A private donor’s gift has endowed the UO’s Comics & Cartoon Studies minor. The endowment invests $50,000 per year over four years to further the program’s efforts to create new courses and bring teachers, artists, and other industry professionals to visit classrooms and present lectures.
“Comics constitute a remarkably successful mode of communication, with a history that is at least as old as print culture, and a global reach that includes most of the nations of the world. This private investment in our program is evidence that we are doing something important and worthwhile,” says UO English Professor Ben Saunders, director of the Comic Studies program. “It’s a sign of faith in the cultural value of the comics form itself.” (more…)
Women’s Work and Black Cultural Nationalism: Professor Courtney Thorsson discusses her new book on the WURD
Professor Courtney Thorsson discusses her new book, Women’s Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women’s Novels, with Philadelphia’s 900 am WURD. In her book, Thorsson reconsiders the gender, genre, and geography of African American nationalism as she explores the aesthetic history of African American writing by women. (more…)
Paul Peppis, an associate professor and associate head of the UO Department of English, will serve as interim director of the Oregon Humanities Center for the 2013-14 academic year, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation announced. (more…)
The Dark Knight vs The Dork Knight: Professor Ben Saunders explains the two sides of Batman to Radio National’s The List
In his second appearance on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National program The List, UO English Professor Ben Saunders, author of Do the Gods Wear Capes? Spirituality, Fantasy, and Superheroes, discusses the controversy over casting Ben Affleck as The Caped Crusader in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel. (more…)
Alison Lau Stephens, a graduate student in English, was awarded the Dan Kimble First Year Teaching Award sponsored by the Graduate School and the Teaching Effectiveness Program (TEP), which recognizes outstanding teaching performances by GTFs in their first year of classroom experience and acknowledges a GTF’s investment in professional development. (more…)
Congratulations to the English Majors named to the spring 2013 term dean’s list!
Each term, the University of Oregon names its top students to the dean’s list in recognition of their academic achievements. During the 2013 winter term, 1,352 UO students qualified for this honor. The dean’s list is compiled for fall, winter and spring terms. To qualify, a student must be an admitted undergraduate and complete at least 15 credits for the term; 12 of the 15 credits must be graded with a GPA of 3.75 or better.
Total undergraduate enrollment for the term was 19,233. Dean’s List
Every year the English Department hosts a silent auction for the annual Governor’s State Employee Food Drive. The silent auction typically features hand-crafted and hand-me-down items donated by students, faculty, and staff. One unusual item this year connected the department’s past and present.