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Fourth-year English major Charles Tyson wins Rhodes Scholarship
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Charles Tyson, a fourth-year student majoring in Political and Social Thought and English, became one of two University of Virginia undergraduates to win a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship. Tyson, who has previously won Wagenheim and Pruden scholarships through the English Department, plans to pursue two one-years master's programs in Victorian literature and history of science before returning to the U.S. for a Ph.D. in English literature.

Read more about Tyson and Evan Behrle, the other UVA Rhodes recipient, at the UVA Today article here.

Professors Elizabeth Fowler, Clare Kinney, and A. C. Spearing Talk on WTJU
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Professors Elizabeth Fowler, Clare Kinney, and A. C. Spearing went on the air October 9th to talk about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight on WTJU's "Soundboard." Professor Kinney read her own translation of a passage, Professor Spearing read from the original, and all discussed the powerful resonances that the fourteenth-century work still has for us today.

UVA Today has a story about the conversation, "Living Literature: Anonymous Author Speaks to Readers Through the Ages,"  where you can read more about the exchange and Sir Gawain.

You can also listen to a recording of the session below:

 

Sir Gawain on WTJU

 

Professor Gregory Orr featured on PBS NewsHour
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Professor Gregory Orr discussed his latest collection of poems, River Inside the River, on the PBS NewsHour. Read the full article and listen to excerpts from Professor Orr's interview here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Professor Lisa Russ Spaar was awarded the 2013 Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize.

In 2005, in connection with its 25th anniversary, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation created the Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize. The award is meant to foster an ongoing dialogue about Jeffersonian ideals and recognizes and celebrates the commitment of outstanding U.Va. faculty members to leadership, scholarship and citizenship, the criteria for the selection of Jefferson Scholars. It includes a $5,000 stipend to support future research and inquiry and the opportunity to address the U.Va. community on the ideals of leadership and citizenship as related to the recipient’s field of scholarship. The prize is awarded every other year by the Alumni Advisory Committee.

Past recipients of the Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize:

Jahan Ramazani, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Postcolonial Literature (2005)
James Childress, Professor of Ethics and Medical Education (2007)
Kenneth Elzinga, Professor of Economics (2009)
Louis A. Bloomfield, Professor of Experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (2011)

 

Commonwealth Professor Rita Dove Releases Poetry Anthology
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Commonwealth Professor Rita Dove’s paperback edition of The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry will be released on September 24, 2013.

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