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.”
Catherine Denial, Bright Professor of American History, will be one of two keynote speakers at next summer’s Teaching History in the 21st Century conference at University of California, Davis.
The Davenport Poetry Prize Deadline is 4 p.m. on April 2.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. (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.
An editorial by Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Yannick Marshall, “Meet the U.S. presidential candidates’ ‘blacks'” was published in Al Jazeera. Read the article.
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.
Peter Schwartzman, professor of environmental studies, gave a presentation entitled, “The Bright Future that Awaits Those That Will Make It,” at the Green Party Forum on Ecosocialism and the Green New Deal held in Warrenville, Illinois.