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Department News & Events

Fall 2015

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 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 for the 2015-2016 Academic Year:  Rebecca Cepek, Jeff Martin, Rebecca May, Gregory Specter and Jerry Stinnett. We are also pleased to welcome Justin Sines as the new Technical Director for the Genesius Theater.

  • Dr. Jerry Stinnett joins us as the new Director of First-Year Writing.

  • Dr. Tom Kinnahan has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and Dr. Greg Barnhisel has been promoted to Full Professor.

  • Dr. Kristin Klucevsek will be on maternity leave for part of the Fall semester. (We congratulate her and her family!)

  • Dr. Magali Michael has been appointed to the position of Associate Dean in the McAnulty College.

  • Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire has been appointed Director of Undergraudate Studies.

  • Retired faculty member Dr. Daniel Watkins received the title Professor Emeritus.

Graduate Student News

Bryon Williams received a McAnulty College and Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship for 2015-2016.

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


September 21, 2015

Cynthia Hogue, poetry
Elizabeth Savage, poetry

October 20, 2015

Steve Scherill, fiction
GC Waldrep, poetry

November 17, 2015  

Yona Harvey, poetry
Malcolm Friend, poetry


Februrary 10, 2016

Katie Hilton, fiction
Ava Cipri, poetry

March 22, 2016

Cathleen Miller, poetry
Dave Newman, fiction

April 13, 2016

Rebecca Wolff, poetry
Angie Cruz, fiction


All Colloquia begin at 3:00 pm in 548 College Hall.

Friday, September 11

PhD student Cheryl Read will present "The Literary Marathon: Book Lists, Reading Challenges, and Middlebrow Readers", and Dr. Sarah Breckendridge Wright will present "Building Bridges to Canterbury".

Friday, November 13

PhD student John Hadlock will present " 'He Did Not Wipe His Tears Away': Unwriting Gender Binarism in Ceremony" and Dr. Justin Kishbaugh will present "The Devil is in the Details:  Laurence Binyon and the Imagist Extremes of Milton and Dante."

Dissertation Presentations

Thursday, September 3
3:00 pm, 504 Rockwell Hall

Dr. Jeff Stoyanoff, "Bringing Frames into Focus: Reading Middle English Literature"
              Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire, Director; Dr. Anthony Adams, First Reader; Dr. Sarah Miller, Second Reader; Dr. Sarah Wright, Third Reader 

Friday, September 25
1:00 pm, 507 Rockwell Hall

Dr. Justin Stevenson, "Sin, History, and Liberty:  Milton, Anna Letitia Barbauld, and Anne Grant in the Eighteen Hundreds"
              Dr. Susan Howard, Director; Dr. Laura Engel, First Reader; Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire, Second Reader

Friday, October 30
2:00 pm, 351 College Hall

Dr. Maureen Gallagher, "Lyric Subjectivity, Ethics, and Contemporary Poetics: Claudine Rankine, Fanny Howe, and Elizabeth Robinson"                                   Dr. Linda Kinnahan, Director; Dr. Laura Engel, First Reader; Dr. Faith Barrett, Second Reader

Tuesday, November 3
1:00 pm, 324 Fisher Hall

Dr. Matthew Vickless, "Visionary Nonconformity: Miltonic Resonances and the Poetics of Religious Dissent in the Long Eighteenth Century
              Dr. Daniel Watkins, Director; Dr. Laura Engel, First Reader; Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire, Second Reader    


Tuesday, September 15
8:30 pm, Genesius Theater

Open Mic Night

Monday, November 9
9:00 pm, Genesius Theater

Post-Halloween Open Mic Night

Contact lexicon@duq.edu if you're interested in performing!

Visiting Speakers

Dr. Ruth Evans, Professor of English at Saint Louis University

Thursday, October 1
4:30 pm, 104 College Hall

CIQR speaker: Dr. Gaurav Desai

Thursday, October 8
Public Talk
7:00 pm, 608 Union

Friday, October 9
10:00 am, 119 Union

Special Event:  Dedication of Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queene"

Friday, October 9
3:00 pm, Silverman Center, Gumberg Library

This 1611 edition of "The Faerie Queene" was generously donated by PhD alum Dr. Robert Giannetti, in honor of his dissertation director, Dr. Foster Provost.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Janet Sculimbrene (412.396.6388 or sculimbr@duq.edu) by Friday, October 2.



Death of a Salesman
By Arthur Miller
October 1-18
*There will be a special Homecoming event for the Red Masquers on Saturday, October 8.   
More information about it can be found here!

Premieres XXXIX
Written and directed by students
December 2-5

A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare
February 4-20

The Consorts
By Tim Ruppert
April 7-16

One Acts for Charity
Written and directed by students
April 23

All shows Thursday-Saturday begin at 8:00 pm, and Sunday shows begin at 2:00 pm, in the *NEW* Genesius Theater and are FREE with Duquesne ID, Carlow ID, or Red Masquers Card.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing tickets@duq.edu or through the new Ticketing Website.

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

Undergraduate Student Events

Meeting for Current and Prospective Majors and Minors

Wednesday, October 7
4:30 pm, 553 College Hall

All undergraduates are welcome to attend this event to learn more about the English and Theater Arts majors and minors, the Film Studies minor, and other programs offered through the department!

Graduate Student Events


Early Job Market Planning
Wednesday, September 30
2:00 pm, 643 College Hall

Networking Workshop
Wednesday, October 28
2:00 pm, 643 College Hall

English Graduate Programs Open House

All are invited to attend and learn more about the Master's and Doctoral programs in English at Duquesne!

For an overview of the programs, please visit our Graduate Program website.

Friday, October 16
3:00-5:00 pm, Duquesne Union 608

English Department Study Abroad Week

October 12-16
Various times and locations

The English Department, along with the History Department, will host a joint Study Abroad Week in October to promote the many programs available to students here at Duquesne.  Events will include class visits, information tables set up around campus, a free food day, dance performances on A-walk, and more!

Study Abroad Event for English Majors and Minors:
Wednesday, October 14
4:00 pm, Union 119

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:  Summer 2015

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