News & Events

Jun 19, 2020

Valedictorian Message for 2020 Commencement

Anika T Nykanen, Spring 2020 English Department Valedictorian

We are living through a decisive civil rights movement. Black Lives Matter protests have been held daily across the country for over three weeks. A march for Black trans lives in Brooklyn on June 14th drew an estimated 15,000 people to the streets in solidarity.

My valedictorian speech, which will run as part of the English department commencement ceremony on June 20th, does not address this movement. Instead, I talk about Harry Potter.

The department has kindly offered this space for me to share an alternative to the prerecorded original speech, since technical issues prevent me from taking down and redoing the first version.

Jun 08, 2020

Course Highlight: Transnational Diaspora and Inequality

This summer, students have the opportunity to investigate diaspora, immigration, and inequality in transnational contexts. In ENG 104 — Introduction to Literature: Fiction, students will examine a variety of fictional works by women of color and observe how these contemporary narratives frame the ethical dilemmas modern subjects face in cross-national circuits. 

Course Highlight: Media Aesthetics

This summer, students can deep-dive into the realm of using moving images to analyze form and style in cinema and related media. Analysis will focus primarily on narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound, with students using critical tools developed throughout the class to better understand the individual and overarching elements that allow us to ascribe meaning to moving pictures. 

Jun 04, 2020

Course Highlight: Women Writers' Forms

This summer, students can examine the concept of “idyllic childhood” through a feminist lens, exploring how women writers use the coming-of-age narrative to illustrate the diverse experiences of growing up in the United States. In ENG 316 — Women Writers’ Forms, interested students will analyze a series of novels by women authors to see how their unique perspectives add to the reality of growing up “girl.” 

May 28, 2020

Course Highlight: Literature and Digital Culture

This summer, students have the opportunity to study how digital technologies can be used to study literature and expand our understanding of the world. In ENG 250 — Literature and Digital Culture, the “tech-curious” can experience a guided introduction to the new technologies that shape what we can learn about and from literature in a digital, global world. 

Apr 10, 2020

Online Tutoring for ENG, HC, or AEIS courses

Are you interested in receiving online support over the course of the term for your work in English, Honors College, or AEIS course?  Then you are eligible to access the Writing Associates Online Tutorial services.


Here’s how it works:

• go to our Writing Associates scheduling site:

• click on “Create a new account” and select a username and password

Apr 01, 2020

Mar 31, 2020

Pass/No Pass Options for English Majors | Spring / Summer / Fall 2020

The UO Provost's office has recently announced changes in certain academic policies for Spring , Summer and Fall 2020 terms.

Among these changes is the allowance that students can change their grading option to P/NP for any Spring, Summer or Fall 2020 course. Changing to P/NP will not count against the limit of 12 P/NP credits and 168 required grading credits. In these cases, a special P* grade will be assigned to reflect this allowance.