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Teaching and Learning in the Age of Covid

A Student's Guide to Academic terms during Covid: Asynchronous, breakout room,  lecture video, synchonous, zoom

So, what is the “traditional college experience” really like? Did it become lost during the pandemic, or did it just get reimagined? Did it ever really exist in the first place? Most students will say that the pandemic ruined their time in academia. The events that unfolded in the world were hard to bear. We were all confused at some point, and—let’s be honest—we’re all still a bit confused now. But you have to pick back up where you left off. More>

Building a Disability Studies Certificate

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Gayle Rogers (Chair, Department of English, Jean Grace (Director, William S. Dietrich II Institute for Writing Excellence), and Sam Pittman (Lecturer II, Department of English) have been working together with the Dietrich School to create the new Disabilities Studies Certificate. Although the certificate is still in the works, it aims to be successful in providing an interdisciplinary set of courses that will pair well with a range of majors and/or minors. More>

Writing Small, Writing Big with MFA Alumna Emily Maloney: An Undergraduate Writing Major's Experience

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In all of my three years as an English Writing major, I’d never actually attended a Pitt Writers’ Café before this past April 8th’s event, “Writing Small, Writing Big: Making the Personal Essay Matter,” featuring Pitt alumna Emily Maloney, whose first essay collection, Cost of Living, came out from Henry Holt in February. More>

Generations of Grad Students Pay Tribute to Steve Carr

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Danielle and I both have memories of a Steve class that altered the course of our careers. Mine was Steve’s Romantics course. At the first class meeting, we spent the whole class looking at one poem—“I wandered lonely as a cloud,” by William Wordsworth.  Steve told us that the more we looked the more we would see. And it was true. This was a poem I’d seen hundreds of times, but never “got.”  More>

Scholar of Women Writers of the Global South, Susan Andrade, Retires

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Susan Z. Andrade, associate professor of English, is retiring. She completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan in 1992 with a dissertation entitled “African Fictions and Feminisms: Making History and Remaking Traditions.” At Pitt, she taught a wide range of courses, most notably in the fields of world literature, modernism, and postcolonial literature. She brought dozens of new writers—in particular, novelists in translation from the Global South and from Anglophone and Francophone Africa—to classrooms in the English department. More>

Issue 24

Spring / Summer 2022


526: Notes From The Chair


Extra Credit: Advisor and Teacher Mark Kemp Retires


A Tribute to Tom McWhorter


The No-COVID Contest—The Results Are In!


Do You Remember Barbara?


Faculty, Staff, and Grad Student News


Alumni: Send Us Your News!


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