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.

A publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Librarians, Choice supports the work and professional development of academic librarians by providing tools and services that help them become more effective advocates for their patrons.

Civettini Reads Chapter from His Upcoming book at Princeton

Andrew Civettini, associate professor of political science, attended an invited author workshop at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University on February 7 and 8. Civettini read his paper, “Hope as a Foundation for Future-Oriented Political Behavior,” which will be a chapter in the upcoming Hope volume in the Oxford University Press series, The Virtues. The 15-volume set will be published over the next several years, with Hope due out in late 2020 or early 2021. The first two volumes, Justice and Humility, are available now.

Davenport Creative Nonfiction Prize Deadline March 4

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) only one essay per author is allowed;

3) submitted essays need not be written especially for the contest, but cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude an essay from entry); no piece 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) each submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name and complete contact information, as well as the title of the essay; please leave your name off subsequent pages;

5) each submission should be double-spaced and paginated;

6) each submitted manuscript is limited to 10,000 words;

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

8) all entries must be submitted to via attached pdfs in email (please do not share on the drive) no later than Wednesday, March 4, by 4:00 p.m. 

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 Sheryl St. Germain. For more details, click here. Prizewinner will be announced at St. Germain’s Caxton reading on April 3 at 4 p.m.

Thrall Book Published

Mystic Moderns: Agency and Enchantment in Evelyn Underhill, May Sinclair, and Mary Webb, by James H. Thrall, has been published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. Thrall is Knight Distinguished Associate Professor for the Study of Religion and Culture. He directs the Religious Studies Program and co-directs the Peace and Justice Studies Program. Mystic Moderns examines the responses of three British authors and mystics to the emerging modernity of the long early twentieth-century moment encompassing the First World War.