Our New Widget, aka First Post of 2011!

I rang in the new year in rural West Virginia, far from cell phone towers or, for that matter, a satellite connection to transmit images of the ball dropping in Times Square. Although I felt a bit disconnected from my annual TV ritual, the night sky was dark enough for star-watching, a rarity in Washington DC.

And although this winter break barely feels like one, I’m looking forward to the spring semester. (The phrase alone–“spring semester”–has a good vibe.) I’ll be teaching ENGL 1320.80W (get used to those new four-digit course numbers!), Literature of the Americas, a course that critically examines the “American” in “American Literature.” For students who are still looking for a good course, we have several excellent offerings that have spaces left, including Global Literature and Cinema (with Prof. Daiya) and Topics in U.S. Latino/a Literature and Culture (with Prof. Lopez). Both of these courses are taught by highly praised professors.

And we have events aplenty this semester, as always. Indeed, LOOK TO YOUR RIGHT. Do you see it? It’s the newest GW English blog widget–a Google calendar with Department-related events, so you can always be on top of what’s happening. The big events for the spring are:
  • AWP Conference (Associated Writing Programs) in Washington, February 2-5. GW English is an institutional sponsor, and several faculty members–including Thomas Mallon, Gregory Pardlo, and Edward P. Jones–will be participating. Lucky GW English-Creative Writing majors will receive tickets.
  • GW MEMSI hosts its “Animal, Vegetable Mineral” conference March 10-12.
  • Acclaimed novelist E.L. Doctorow, one of our greatest writers, reads at GW on April 7.

I hope to see you at one or more of these events, most of which are free and open to everyone.

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