English Department in the News/Kudos

Thomas Mallon and his CW colleagues offer one-on-one instruction to to aspiring writers.

This month’s E-magazine from Columbian College leads with two items about English:

  • a piece about our Creative Writing program, which gives students one-on-one access to accomplished writers, including award winners Edward P. Jones, Thomas Mallon, and Jane Shore;
  • and a piece about Prof. Jeffrey Cohen, winner of a prestigious Guggenheim Foundatioan Fellowship for his outstanding contributions to the field of medieval literary and cultural studies. This award comes on the heels of Jeffrey’s receipt of an ACLS [American Council of Learned Societies] fellowship, and puts him in a very elite group of scholars, indeed!

Here are some additional kudos:

  • CW faculty member Lisa Page, President of the Pen/Faulkner Board of Directors, will be moderating an event May 2 at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, part of the PEN World Voices Festival. The reading will feature writers from Sudan, the United States, and Sweden.
  • Prof. Patty Chu spoke at a March 22 event hosted by the Asia Society Washington, on a panel titled “Homeward Bound: Chinese Reverse Migration and Identity.” Prof. Chu shared her research–some of it based on personal experience–about the Chinese-American diaspora and narratives of return to China.
  • Samuel Fitzpatrick, an English major who graduated in January 2008, has received a fellowship to pursue at Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa. At GW, Fitzpatrick was inspired by courses in African American literature, by Prof. Jennifer James’s “Ethnicity and Place” course, and by Prof. Tony Lopez’s “Caribbean Cultural Studies” course. At Iowa he will focus on Postcolonial Studies. “The idea of empire and its impact on the world’s people has always been swirling around in my mind as a subject of interest,” he writes. Now it’s full steam ahead!

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