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Department News & Events

Spring 2016

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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. 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 644 College Hall.

Friday, January 12 - Dr. Faith Barrett, " 'What Witty Sally:' Phoebe Cary's Poetics of Parody," and Marla Anzalone, "Between Battlefront and Home Front: The Civil War Nurse as Information Intermediary in Maria M.C. Hall's Letter Correspondence and Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches"

Friday, February 12 - Dr. Rebecca May and Jo Sullivan

Friday, March 11 - PCA Panel: Christopher Maverick, Whitney Sandin, Carol Fox, and Sarah Hancock

Friday, April 15 - Cheryl Read and Josie Rush

Dissertation Presentations

Wednesday, February 24

Marcie Rovan, "Happily Ever After?  Ambiguous Closure in Modernist Children's Literature"
4:30 pm, 644 College Hall


Visiting Speakers

Thursday, March 17:  Panel on Careers in the Humanities with an Advanced Degree

Co-sponsered by the Departments of English and Journalism/Multimedia

Speakers include Lindsey Albracht (English MA, Duquesne; currently PhD candidate at CUNY; intern for Slate Culture Gabfest podcast), Rebecca Onion (PhD American Studies from Texas; history editor at Slate) and Lois Raimondo (MA in Chinese lit and culture; journalism chair at WVU).  The panelists will discuss what to do with an advanced degree in Humanities outside of academia and how to prepare.

4:30-5:45, 104 College Hall

Friday, April 1:  Jean Lutes

Presenting "Feeling Syndicated: The Invention of the Advice Columnist in Early 20th-Century America"
4:00 pm, 644 College Hall

Saturday, April 2

American Women Writer's Study Group/Symposium with Jean Lutes
Time and Location TBD

Monday, April 11:  Bill Deasy

The First-Year Writing Speaker Series presents singer/songwriter, novelist and screenwriter, Bill Deasy.
7:00 pm, Union Ballroom



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.

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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