by Rick H. Lee

This year, the university launched a publicity campaign—Jersey Roots, Global Reach—to celebrate contributions to knowledge and service made by our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Just as Rutgers is everywhere, so too is Rutgers English. The influence and accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni are felt in Murray Hall, across the campus, and, indeed, worldwide.

Here are recent and forthcoming highlights:

Junot Díaz (BA 1992) published The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for best novel.

Richard E. Miller and Kurt Spellmeyer co-edited the third edition of The New Humanities Reader to teach a new generation of students in expository writing to think, read, and write critically about the enduring challenges and opportunities of our time.

Evie Shockley had two of her poems reproduced and featured in the Biko 30/30 Art Exhibition, which was shown in major cities in South Africa to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the death of anti-apartheid activist Stephen Bantu Biko.

Michael McKeon taught a seminar at the Institut du Monde Anglophone at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle to French graduate students specializing in English literary studies.

• Rutgers senior Matt Cortina and Virginia Tech senior Grant Gardner—co-founders of a nonprofit organization, Planting America, Inc.—cycled across the country planting one million trees to promote social and environmental responsibility.

Brad Evans worked on the restoration of photographer Edward Curtis’s 1914 silent film, In the Land of the Head Hunters, which will be screened this year at the Getty Research Institute, the Moore Theater, the Field Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and Rutgers University.

• Beginning in fall 2008, Cheryl A. Wall will annually mentor two postdoctoral fellows conducting research in African American and African diaspora literary studies and prepare them for professional success.


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