Summer Hiatus

Like the rest of the campus, the English Department blog will be taking a summer break.  If you have questions or suggestions for stories for next year, please feel free to email us at ucbenglish@gmail.com.  In the meantime, have a restful and productive summer.

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Professor Kathleen Donegan wins American Cultures Innovation in Teaching Award

The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor Kathleen Donegan is this year’s recipient of the American Cultures Innovation in Teaching Award. This campus-wide award, given by the American Cultures Center, “recognizes the use of pedagogical developments to enhance the students’ learning experience in the American Cultures classroom.” Professor Donegan was awarded this distinction for the ENGL 166AC course she taught this past Fall, “Race and Revision in Early America.” Read full post…

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Ian Duncan Delivers Annual Gayley Lecture, Department’s Highest Honor

On a recent Thursday evening, the English Department gathered in the DarwinMaude Fife Room on the third floor of Wheeler Hall for the annual Charles Mills Gayley lecture, the department’s highest honor. The speaker that evening was Professor Ian Duncan, an expert in Victorian literature and Scottish Romanticism, whose talk was entitled “Darwin’s Voyage.” Read full post…

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Wheeler Hall Welcomes Children for Zachary Cruz Day

In what follows, graduate student Frank Cruz describes a different kind of English Department event, “Zachary Day.” The day commemorated Frank’s son Zachary, who passed away unexpectedly on February 27, 2009, just two weeks before his sixth birthday, when he was hit and killed by an automobile as he crossed the street in Berkeley. Read full post…

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Solidarity Reading Illustrates the Vitality and Importance of Berkeley Poetry

What follows is an account of a recent event, sponsored by a number of campus literary magazines and the newly-formed Solidary Alliance , in which students, faculty and community members came together for a poetry reading that expressed the frustration and outrage at the recent cuts to education in California. Read full post…

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Department Graduate’s Acclaimed Play Returns to Berkeley

A staged reading of English department graduate Wajahat Ali’s critically-acclaimed play Domestic Crusaders will be performed in Berkeley on April 10 and 11 as part of the ongoing “Islam Today” program run by Berkeley’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for South Asia Studies, and Center for Southeast Asia Studies. Read full post…

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Alumni and Faculty in the News: Links.

Some links about alumni and faculty:

1. Young Jean Lee (who visited the Department as a Distinguished Alumna last Spring) has a new play out, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear. It has gotten a lot of attention from critics of all stripes who have been polarized over the piece. A sample of reviews can be found at the following links:

New York Times

The New Yorker

http://travsd.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/lear/

2. Professor Scott Saul is making his own press as a commentator on the recent death of J. D. Salinger. The blog for the SFWeekly quotes Professor Saul in their piece on the significance of J. D. Salinger, and you can hear an conversation with him on the same topic here.

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