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Jack Lohmann: Nauru
Featured Thesis: English Major Jack Lohmann explores Nauru, where the environmental future is now Posted May 21, 2019

Jack Lohmann, a Princeton English major and environmental studies certificate student, spent a month on the Pacific island of Nauru for his senior thesis documenting life and politics in a destroyed environment. Strip mining for phosphate during the 20th century reduced the 8-square-mile nation to a narrow ring of coastal plain surrounding a moonscape of towering limestone spires and deep chasms (shown). Today, roughly 80% of the island is uninhabitable. With few economic opportunities, Nauru is now home to a controversial immigrant detention center funded by Australia.

Princeton Communicates
Connect: Harnessing the Power of Words Posted May 15, 2019

University communicators gathered last week for a Princeton Writes symposium titled “Connect: Harnessing the Power of Words.” The English department's acting chair, Jeff Dolven, led a master class called “Writing with Styles.”

‘Reading’ Toni Morrison: Students explore Princeton’s literary icon from archive to page Posted May 10, 2019 This semester, two courses are immersing students in the works of writer Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, and a Nobel laureate.
Congratulations to Mara Isaacs on her Tony-nominated musical, HADESTOWN Posted May 6, 2019

Mara Isaacs, who is currently co-teaching ENG/THR 382: International Theatre: Plays and Politics with Professor Tamsen Wolff, is the lead producer of the musical HADESTOWN, which received 14 Tony Award nominations this week, more than any other musical in the running.

Cook off 1
ENG395-AMS384: Literature, Food, and the American Racial Diet Cook-off Posted May 2, 2019

Students from ENG 395/AMS 384/GSS 301 developed recipes and cooked dishes based on their research into the relationship that food culture (broadly conceived as  including kinds of food, ideas of taste, rituals surrounding food, aspects of American foodways, environmentalism, history of food, and more) bears to American racial dynamics then and now. The goal is to combine practice with research, to encounter food as material and as a critical site for racial reflection.

English Majors Colloquium Considers “(Re)Visionary Writing” Posted May 1, 2019

On the evening of April 30, department faculty and senior English majors gathered in McCormick Hall for the annual English Majors Colloquium. Every year, the English majors of the senior class ask three professors to deliver brief talks on a theme; this year, Professors Anne Cheng, Diana Fuss, and Russ Leo addressed the theme of “(Re)Visionary Writing.”

Matthew Ritger
Ritger examines role of literature in the birth of modern punishment Posted April 26, 2019

Whether and how to incorporate rehabilitation into incarceration is an issue that society has grappled with for centuries and still struggles with today. In his dissertation, graduate student Matthew Ritger is looking at an unexpected source to study the period when the concept first began to emerge.

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Matthew Ritger
Ritger examines role of literature in the birth of modern punishment Posted April 26, 2019

Whether and how to incorporate rehabilitation into incarceration is an issue that society has grappled with for centuries and still struggles with today. In his dissertation, graduate student Matthew Ritger is looking at an unexpected source to study the period when the concept first began to emerge.

Click here to read more.

Joshua Kotin
Joshua Kotin awarded Dean for Research funding Posted April 26, 2019

The translation into English of a major work of African literature and an exploration into the lives of writers and artists through their book-borrowing habits in 1920-30s Paris have been chosen to receive support from the Dean for Research Innovation Funds.

Indigenous/Settler Conference Posted April 16, 2019

The “Indigenous/Settler” conference held April 4-6 at Princeton brought together Indigenous scholars and activists with Princeton students and faculty.

Max West baseball team
Military service prepared West for leadership on baseball team Posted April 15, 2019

Senior Max West talks about how his military service prepared him as a collegiate athlete.

Tiger Chef Challenge
Tiger Chef Challenge Posted April 10, 2019

Congratulations to Team Bloomburgers with Fries from Butler College, and mentor chef Christeen Griffiths, for taking home the Tiger Chef Cup in last week’s fourth annual Tiger Chef Challenge. Dream Team, mentored by Whitman College chef James Park, was the runner up.

The Challenge is a highly visible example of our Vision in action, supporting our community to be its healthy best on and off campus.

Sophomore sign-in
Sign-in Information for the Class of 2021 Posted March 13, 2019 Sophomores please click here to read sign-in instructions.
Victoria Davidjohn
Congratulations to senior Victoria Davidjohn Posted March 13, 2019

Princeton senior Victoria Davidjohn has received a Martin A. Dale ’53 Fellowship to spend a year after she graduates to pursue a project of special interest to her.

Approaching deadlines for Undergraduates Posted March 7, 2019 Click to see details.
Andrew Cole and Wendy Brown (UC Berkeley) in a moment of levity during the Fall 2018 Gauss Seminars in Criticism. Photo: Sameer Khan
Andrew Cole Delivers 2019 Clark Lectures at Cambridge Posted February 19, 2019

Andrew Cole, Professor of English and Director of the Gauss Seminars in Criticism, delivered the Clark Lectures 2019 at Trinity College, Cambridge University, U.K., from January 28 to February 6.

Click here to read the full article on the Humanities Council website.

Photo credit: Sameer Khan

Matthew Ritger
Congratulations to graduate student, Matthew Ritger Posted February 18, 2019

English Department graduate student, Matthew Ritger, along with three other students have been awarded the Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton’s top graduate student honor.  The fellowships support the final year of study at Princeton and are awarded to one Ph.D. student in each of the four divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering) whose work has exhibited the highest scholarly excellence.

Annabel Barry
Annabel Barry '19 named Pyne Prize winner Posted February 15, 2019

Congratulations to Annabel Barry, co-winner of the University’s 2019 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize.

UCL students
Calling all rising juniors! UCL Information Session Posted February 8, 2019

If you are considering declaring either English or Comparative Literature and would like to study abroad in Fall 2019, then please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 13th for lunch and conversation.

Black Poetry: A Conference Posted February 7, 2019

“Black Poetry: A Conference” — a historic gathering of 42 poets — will open with a gala reading at 7 p.m Thursday, Feb. 14, at McCarter Theatre Center’s Matthews Theatre. The reading, free and open to the public, features nine award-winning poets.

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