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Department News & Events

Fall 2014


 First Class: A Journal of First-Year Composition is now available online!  You can view the latest edition, featuring last year's winners of the First-Year Writing Contest, here.

Faculty News

  • The Department is pleased to welcome five new full-time faculty members:  Anna Gibson, Marianne Holohan, Justin Kishbaugh, Erin Johns Speese, and Sarah Breckenridge Wright.  

  • Dr. Jim Purdy has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.  

  • Dr. Laura Engel and Dr. Stuart Kurland will be on sabbatical for the Fall 2014 semester.

Graduate Student News

Ashley Kunsa received a McAnulty College and Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship for 2014-2015.

Meet some of our Current Ph.D. Students!




Coffee House Readings

The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University's English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne's campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact friedj@duq.edu


October 7, 2014
Samantha Leon, poetry
Justin Kishbaugh, poetry

November 10, 2014
Lori Jakiela, memoir
Jane Bernstein, fiction

December 4, 2014
Michael S. Begnal, poetry
Karen Lillis, poetry

February 3, 2015
Scott Silsbe, poetry
Craig Bernier, fiction

March 16, 2015
Erin Elizabeth Smith, poetry
Jeffrey Condran, fiction

April 16, 2015
John Thomas Menesini, poetry
Aubrey Hirsch, fiction


All Coloquia begin at 3:00 pm in 644 College Hall.

Friday, September 26

Dr. Magali Michael will present "A Twist on Characterization in Jon McGregor's If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things" and Ph.D. student Lisa Weddell will present "Re-Incarnating the Father of American Exploration: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket."

Friday, October 24

Dr. Stuart Kurland will present "Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare's King Richard II: History and Memory" and Ph.D. student Rachel Luckenbill will present "Sowing Seeds of a Radical Peace: Story and Love in Joy Harjo's Poetry."

Friday, November 21

Professor Mike Begnal will present "‘a liberated identity': Spectrism as Alternative Avant-Garde in Early Modernism" and Ph.D. candidate Ian Butcher will present "From Straight Man to Invisible Man: The 'Admin-ification' of the Academic Novel."

Dissertation Presentations


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The :Lexicon Fall Release Party will take place on Wednesday, December 3 at the Souper Bowl!  Seating and FREE refreshments will be available beginning at 5:30 pm and readings will begin at 6:00 pm.  If you have any questions, please email lexicon@duq.edu.

Visiting Speakers

Friday, September 12
3:00 pm, 105 College Hall

Michael Bérubé



I Am Camera
By John Van Druten
October 2-4 and 9-11

Starlight Room Cabaret: Celebrating Frank Sinatra
November 1

Premieres XXXVIII
Written and directed by students
December 3-6

A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
By Thomas Middleton
February 5-7 and 12-14

By David Rimmer
April 16-18 and 23-25

One Acts for Charity
April 29

All shows begin at 8:00 pm in Peter Mills Auditorium and are FREE with Duquesne ID, Carlow ID, or Red Masquers Card.

Visit www.duqredmasquers.com or send an e-mail to redmasquers@gmail.com for more information.

Graduate Student Events

Book and Bake Sale

Thursday, October 23
2nd floor Lobby, College Hall
9:00 am-5:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Spring 2015

    First-Year Writing Speaker:  Todd Kreidler
    Monday, March 23

    Lexicon Art Show
    Tuesday, March 31

    Alumni Newsletter

    Much Ado

     The department is proud to announce the publication of our Alumni newsletter, "Much Ado". First published in Spring 2008, the newsletter was developed as a way for our graduates to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the department, as well as with each other. The department hopes to publish a new issue each semester.

    We want to hear from you! If you have had any works published, presented papers, received an award or new position, or participated in anything else that you think may be of interest to our Alumni, please let us know.

    Also, let us know if you would like to be included on the newsletter email and/or mailing list.
    Contact: Nora McBurney, at (412)396-6420 or mcburne655@duq.edu

    Current Issue:  Fall 2014 Coming Soon

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