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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.

Professor John O'Brien awarded Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship
Friday, April 11, 2014

Professor John O'Brien of the English Department has been awarded the Daniels Family National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship, a three-year appointment. O'Brien describes his project in part thus:

"I will use the three-year term of this award to engage students in the task of editing and annotating primary literary texts for use by other students. Over time, we will build a repository on the web of fully edited and annotated literary works that will be available for use by students and teacher around the world, who will also be invited to participate by adding additional texts and supporting materials. My project will built upon this University's well-established capabilities in the digital humanities and will bring students into contact with University resources like the Special Collections Library, the Scholars' Lab, the Digital Media Lab, and SHANTI. Most important, it will demonstrate how students can work collectively to make lasting contributions to scholarship and to the digital commons. They will learn by doing, and will create something that can be shared by others. The three years of this professorship should be long enough to bring this project to the proof-of-concept stage, establishing standards of work flow and sustainability so that we can demonstrate this to teachers at other colleges and universities."

Professor A. C. Spearing awarded Doctor of Letters from Cambridge
Friday, April 11, 2014

A C Spearing, William R Kenan, Jr Professor of English, has been awarded the Doctor of Letters (Litt.D) from the University of Cambridge, an honor conferred on those who have achieved the highest national or international prominence in their field.

Doctoral candidate Laura Goldblatt awarded Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
Friday, April 11, 2014

Laura Goldblatt, a PhD candidate in the English Department, has won the 2013-14 All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in Arts and Humanities.

Professor Bruce Holsinger on Here and Now
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Professor Bruce Holsinger was on Here and Now to talk about his new novel, A Burnable Book. Holsinger spoke to Robin Young about the bawdiness of medieval England, what he learned about the Middle Ages from the writing process, and the endurance of medieval culture in the modern world. Listen to the conversation and read an excerpt of A Burnable Book here.