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Stories, Histories, Justice

Welcome to the website of the Department of English, a member of the College of Arts and Sciences and one of the largest programs on campus. We are a community of students and teacher-scholars passionate about storytelling, rhetoric, and interpretation.

We believe that words, images, and narratives change the world—that they can stimulate or lull into complacency, mystify or inform, alienate or uplift, enslave or empower. In our 475 undergraduate and graduate courses led by 60 full-time faculty members, we explore how writers, cultures, and institutions tell the stories that shape people’s very different experiences, for better or worse. Thus, we study literature, writing, critical thinking, and ethical research practices to construct a just future.

To this end, our undergraduate and graduate programs feature courses in traditional fields and techniques as well as distinctive offerings in environmental humanities, comics studies, medical humanities, disability studies, digital humanities, and the study of race and ethnicity.

Please search through our site or contact us to learn more about how you can join our efforts to read our culture and work toward social justice.


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This week's installment previews an exciting guest lecture on "Race and Gender in the Digital Humanities."

Join UO Poetry Slam Captain Wendy Roman for the release of her stunning new poetry collection.

6:00 PM, Friday, May 24, 2019, Global Scholars Hall 117

CAS recognizes Professor Brown for excellence in teaching and scholarship

Northwestern University Professor Laurie Shannon will deliver the 2019 Kingsley Weatherhead Lecture in Shakespeare Studies

3:00 PM, Thursday, May 16, 2019, Knight Library Browsing Room ...

Dr. ku'ualoha ho'omanawanui joins UO English and Ethnic Studies for a lecture on Native Hawaiian poetry and politics

12:00-1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, Many Nations Longhouse

Filo wins the CAS Dissertation Fellowship for exploration of the relationship between sex and self in early modern England.

Celeste Reeb, Stephanie Mastrostefano, and Carmel Ohman are recognized for promising work in women, gender, and society.

Professors David Vázquez and Sarah Wald will facilitate "Contexts for Teaching Under the Feet of Jesus"

1:00-3:00 PM, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Ford Alumni Center Ballroom

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Calling all inDUCKtees to the UO Alumni family!

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019, EMU Amphitheatre

Around the O features Professor Ben Saunders for his curation of the Marvel Universe

The Department is accepting commencement applicants who are within twelve (12) credits of degree completion.

12:30 PM, Monday, June 17, 2019, Memorial Quad ...

Please click to read a message from Professor Gordon Sayre regarding the arrangement of the Foundations to the English Major.