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Rita Dove awarded honorary doctorate from Yale University

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.

English majors Matt Bollinger and Tommy Casalaspi win two national Quizbowl titles

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.

Nine English majors elected to Phi Beta Kappa

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

Professor John O'Brien awarded Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship

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:

Professor A. C. Spearing awarded Doctor of Letters from Cambridge

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

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

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.

Modern Love's Dan Jones returns to UVa

UVa alumnus Daniel Jones, editor of the popular personal-essay column “Modern Love” in the New York Times, will be in the Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge this Monday, March 24, at 10am for a talk about writing, editing, and love. Jones's new book, Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers), is just out. You can read more about Jones, the stories of "Modern Love," and his time with the UVa English Department at the University of Virginia Magazine.

New Global English Literature and Culture track added to Undergraduate Major

A new track has been added to the undergraduate English major. The undergraduate track in Global English Literature and Culture (GELC) allows students in the English major to extend their study into the widest contexts of international literary achievement. As with other paths through the major, it will offer engagement with major works in the Anglo-American literary tradition and will provide strong preparation in writing.

Professor Stephen Cushman awarded Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship

The Teaching Awards Committee has honored Professor Stephen B. Cushman with the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the highest teaching award at the University. This is the 23rd year of an awards program designed to recognize outstanding teaching in all schools of the University. For a further description of the award and past winners, click here.


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