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July 31, 2017

Jane Mai-Ling Maas

Spring 2017 English Department Commencement: Mai-Ling Maas, valedictorian.

Jane Mai-Ling Maas (BA English with a minor in Business Administration 2017) was valedictorian for the English Department’s Class of 2017. This is the text of her commencement speech delivered to her English peers at the 2017 English Department Commencing on June 19, 2017.

“Decide what your story is” (more…)

July 7, 2016

Christine Senavsky

Senavsky 2016 ValecictorianChristine Senavsky (BA English, BMus Music Performance 2016) was valedictorian for the English Department’s class of 2016. This is the text of her commencement speech delivered to her English peers at the 2016 English Department Commencement on the 13th of June 2016.

“Studying English is no mere jaunt through the classics’ corridors.” (more…)

September 16, 2015

In Memoriam: Olivia Smith

3308851Olivia Kathryn Smith died unexpectedly in Seattle, Washington on September 3, 2015 at the age of 22 years.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM at West Side Presbyterian Church, 3601 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116. Pastor Bill Carr to officiate the service. (more…)

September 14, 2015

Spring 2015 Commencement

New app_smallerOn June 15, 2015, UO English graduated 164 majors, twenty-three MA candidates, and thirteen PhD candidates. Congratulations, graduates! Professor David Vázquez delivered the commencement address (more…)

September 1, 2015


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August 31, 2015

“Studying Comics from A(nt-Man) to Z(odiac)”: Professor Ben Saunders’ Origin Story

saundersweb The latest issue of the UO Alumni Association Newsletter features UO English Professor Ben Saunders who discusses his love of comics and the founding of the UO English Comics and Cartoon Studies minor, the first of its kind in the nation. (more…)

August 13, 2015

UO English Newsletter now available

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_n2014-2015 UO English Department Newsletter is now available! Read about all the great things UO English accomplished this year, including Shakespeare’s First Folio visit to UO. (more…)

August 12, 2015

Joel Ekdahl

Profile PicJoel Ekdahl (BA 2015) was valedictorian for the English Department’s class of 2015. This is the text of his commencement speech delivered to his English peers at the 2015 English Department Commencement on the 15th of June 2015.

I would like to start by doing something that we as English majors so often do and that is to challenge an assumption. (more…)

November 23, 2014

Cameron Lambright

webmail.uoregon.eduCameron Lambright (BA 2003) has just published a new novel, The Young Garden Manifesto (Incandescence Press, 2014). An English major, graduating from Robert D. Clark Honors College, he attended law school in New York, but soon opted to return home to the Pacific Northwest and pursue his calling as a writer. (more…)

October 15, 2014

Luchen Li

Luchen LiSince earning his Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon in 1998, Luchen Li has had a rich and varied career as an administrator and scholar of John Steinbeck and American literature and cultural studies. He recently accepted the title of Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of New Hampshire, where he will oversee all international efforts on UNH’s three campuses, Durham, Manchester, and Concord Law School. (more…)

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