Do Not be Discouraged; Be Excited

From Stefano Viglietti ’91:

To the Knox community and students I would say, do not be discouraged; be excited. In times such as these, the best and brightest will flourish. Though not all students may realize it yet, (I didn’t at the time), you are prepared to go into the world and make a difference. Though many of you may end up doing something other than what you expected, that’s okay. Be eager, be ready and be hungry; you may perhaps do a job you didn’t anticipate or want originally. The key is to get started somehow on something. Stay positive, as this too shall pass. I am confident that Knox students will go out and make sure that the world is for sure a better place when we come out the other side. The world needs Knox graduates now more than ever!! Be proud, hold your head high, and say, “I went to Knox College.”

Hellenga Publishes New Novel

Robert Hellenga, George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, has published a new book, Love, Death & Rare Books. From an early review from Booklist, “All of Hellenga’s novels revel in the details of their protagonists’ occupations, and this one is no different: it is an ode to physical books, their smell and feel, but also to the idea of both living life and reading about it, not choosing one over the other.”

Davenport Poetry Prize Deadline April 2

The Davenport Poetry Prize Deadline is 4 p.m. on April 2.

Submission Criteria:

1) entrants must be in “good standing” but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course; students who completed coursework on campus during the 2019-20 school year, but have not yet commenced and are not currently enrolled are eligible to submit, provided they will be commencing from Knox in June; 

2) submitted manuscripts should include three poems; only one manuscript submission per student is allowed (our judge reserves the right to select prize winners based on a single poem or on the manuscript as a whole); 

3) submitted poems need not be written especially for the contest, but poems cannot have been previously published off-campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a poem from entry); no poem that has received a prize in a Knox contest may be submitted to any subsequent contest, although a rejected manuscript may be submitted a second time; 

4) your submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name, complete contact information, and the title of each poem; please leave your name off subsequent pages;

5) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);

6) all entries must be submitted via email to no later than Thursday, April 2, by 4:00 p.m. Please attach your manuscript as a pdf (and please do not share on the drive).

If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact (Cash prizes are determined by the English Department, in consultation with the judge’s recommendations for awards. As well, the prize-winning manuscripts each year will be retained by the College and may be published on the English Department’s website.) This year’s judge is John McCarthy. For more details, click here. Prizewinners will be announced at McCarthy’s Caxton reading on April 24 at 4 p.m. at 306 E. Simmons.

Gilbert Gives Lecture at College Art Association Conference

Gregory Gilbert, professor, art and art history, presented the talk “Developing a Specialized Identity as an Art History Generalist in a Teaching College” at the annual College Art Association Conference in Chicago on February 15. He spoke in the innovative pedagogy session “The Art History Generalist: Challenges, Strategies and the Future of Teaching Art History.” His talk focused on developing teaching programs and strategies that benefit student academic development while also providing a professional outlet for advancing faculty research agendas.

Dooley Book Wins Award

William and Marilyn Ingersoll Professor Emeritus of Computer Science John F Dooley’s book History of Cryptography and Cryptanalysis: Codes, Ciphers, and their Algorithms has won a Choice Reviews award for Outstanding Academic Title for 2019. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year. Fewer than 9% of the books on the list were selected for the Outstanding Academic Title award in 2019.

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