Rutgers English Department News

Scenes from Rutgers Day 2018

IMG 9512Photos from the marathon reading of Matilda at Rutgers Day, April 28, 2018. It was a huge success, and this year proved to be one of our busiest marathon readings yet. Even the Rutgers New Brunswick Chancellor himself, Debasish Dutta, stopped by to take a turn reading. 

 Special thanks to Alex Dawson for supplying us with the coolest and most unique table decorations--all Matilda/Roald Dahl themed of course. It was a truly special day...

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Congratulations to Lynda Dexheimer

lynda2 56dffLynda Dexheimer, assistant director, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, was recognized for her leadership in the writing program, including her curriculum design and mentoring, and her excellence in teaching and creating an inclusive and nurturing learning environment for students.

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Professor Evie Shockley's collection of poems, semiautomatic, was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Evie Shockley photo by Nancy Crampton

A statement by Evie Shockley's colleague, Distinguished Professor Mark Doty, about Professor Shockley's work:

Although it’s not a surprise to find wonderful scholars and writers in the English Department at Rutgers, it’s still a remarkable gift to have a colleague like Evie Shockley, whose third full collection of poems, semiautomatic, was one of three finalists for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. 

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Cheryl Wall receives Octavia E. Butler Award

210 5a4be69ce536e a3323Cheryl Wall received the inaugural Octavia E. Butler Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship on Black Women Writers, presented at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA, May 26 2017.

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In memoriam: Tom Van Laan (1931 - 2017)

Thomas F. Van Laan Picture befe0Dear Colleagues,

On November 5, 2017, our former colleague and chair Thomas F. Van Laan died in San Diego, CA. He was 86. Tom taught in the Department of English at Rutgers for thirty-five years, arriving soon after earning his Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1961. He was Chair from 1983 to 1989.

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English Department Resolution

Whereas the faculty of the department of English are committed to making the university a just and inclusive community,

Whereas President Barchi has publicly declared, on December 8, 2016, that “Rutgers is, and will always be, a sanctuary,” committing to protecting the rights of undocumented students by refusing record-sharing and physical access to federal immigration enforcement except as required by court order, warrant, or subpoena,

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