The First Day of the Cuba in the World Symposium: Mayra Montero

The First Day of the Cuba in the World Symposium: Mayra Montero

What does Cuba mean to you? To be entirely candid with you, my only experience with Cuba is its delicious cuisine. However, Cuba has always fascinated me with its rich cultural and political history. Last night’s reading with author and journalist, Mayra Montero only solidified that interest. As H.G. Carrillo emphasized in his warm introduction…

Tour of the Library of Congress in GW Magazine

Tour of the Library of Congress in GW Magazine

From the latest edition: Touring a National Treasure Alumnus shows students Library of Congress’ riches A tour of the Library of Congress allowed students to admire the building’s remarkable artwork and architecture. Photo by Rick Reinhard As they perused the personal collection of one of our nation’s founding fathers, GW students took a break from…

Gayle Wald in the NYT Sunday Book Review

Gayle Wald in the NYT Sunday Book Review

From Laura Sinaga’s review of Gayle Wald’s Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe in today’s NYT Book Review: In the 1940s, when big bands were hiring pretty girls with sweet voices to bob over their beats, Tharpe fronted Lucky Millinder’s raucous swing outfit with gutsy force. In the late…

Welcome Alumni

Welcome Alumni

Although our undergraduate majors have been enjoying this site for a month, many new readers are finding the English Department’s blog this week via the Colonial Cable. We welcome you, and encourage you to have a look around. Try the “Contents at a Glance” list on the righthand side of this page. You may also…

Gail Paster on the GW English Department

Gail Paster on the GW English Department

Below are some reflections on the GW English Department given by our former colleague Gail Kern Paster at Commencement in 2004. Professor Paster was the recipient of an honorary degree. Professor Paster joined the department in 1974, rising from the rank of instructor to full professor. An internationally acclaimed Shakespeare scholar, Paster left GW in…

A Note from the Chair

A Note from the Chair

I was hired as an assistant professor by the George Washington University in 1994, and have been happy to be a part of the English department from the very first day. Now as a full professor and new chair, I am daily filled with wonder at the excellence of our undergraduate students, at the vigor…