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Listen for Bruce Holsinger on With Good Reason
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

An interview with Professor Bruce Holsinger will air on With Good Reason beginning May 31st to June 6th. You can find broadcast times posted here.

Doctoral candidate Anna Ioanes wins Zora Neale Hurston prize
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Anna Ioanes, a PhD candidate in the English Department, has won this year's Zora Neale Hurston prize for best graduate student essay. The competition was held by the department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Ioanes's essay is titled "Disgustingly Beautiful: Affect and Aesthetics in Sula and Kara Walker's 'Silhouettes'."

Rita Dove awarded honorary doctorate from Yale University
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

At its 313th Commencement on Monday, May 19, 2014, Yale University bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

Among Ms. Dove’s fellow honorees are Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web; Daniel Kahneman, 2002 Nobel laureate in economics; Joseph Polisi, president of the Juilliard School; Michael Posner, the U.S. State Department’s top human rights official from 2009-2013; actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith; bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley; Ahmed Zewail, 1999 Nobel laureate in chemistry; and eminent medical researcher Huda Zoghbi.

English majors Matt Bollinger and Tommy Casalaspi win two national Quizbowl titles
Sunday, May 11, 2014

This year, the UVA quizbowl team consisting of Matt Bollinger (undergrad, English), Tommy Casalaspi (undergrad, English), Evan Adams (grad, law), and Dennis Loo (grad, math) performed the rare feat of uniting the sport's two national titles. On March 29 they won the NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. Then, on April 12-13, they went undefeated to clear the field at the National Championship hosted by the Academic Competition Federation. Both tournaments featured intense head-to-head competition on questions testing for graduate-level knowledge of literature, history, biology, chemistry, physics, philosophy, religion, classical music, visual arts, and social science, among other categories.

Nine English majors elected to Phi Beta Kappa
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Congratulations to the following English majors who have just been elected to the UVa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa!

Abigail McKenzie Meredith

Emily Rose Sullivan

Kevin Christian Hermann

Morgan Alayna Dresner

Seyed-Sassan Mousavi-Vapouri

Elizabeth Barrott Bickley

Katherine Todd Hutto

Laura Ritland Gaul

Sarah Elizabeth Angelo

As the oldest and most distinguished honor society in the country, Phi Beta Kappa offers membership to less than one percent of all undergraduates. Many of the leading figures in American history and culture have begun their careers with election to the society, including seventeen presidents of the United States. As a result, membership is a remarkable accomplishment, both for the student who achieves it and the faculty and staff whose support and guidance has led to this milestone.

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