News & Events

Jul 28, 2020

Course Highlight: Introduction to Chicanx/Latinx Literature

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This summer, students have the opportunity to explore the diverse world of Chicanx/Latinx literature, examining the various cultural movements and concepts that shape the authors’ stories and styles. Through analyzing the work of authors from various Latinx identities, students can discover the formal, thematic, and cultural diversity woven into each story. 

Jul 14, 2020

Jun 30, 2020

UO Face Covering Regulations

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Effective June 15, 2020, the University of Oregon (UO) requires faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors across all UO locations to use face coverings, which include masks (note: masks with exhaust valves are discouraged), cloth face coverings, or face shields, when in UO owned, leased or controlled buildings, EXCEPT when alone in a space (e.g., room with four walls).


Jun 22, 2020

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.