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Department News & Events

Spring 2015


 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 six new full-time faculty members for the 2014-2015 Academic Year:  Rebecca Cepek (Spring 2015), Anna Gibson, Marianne Holohan (Fall 2014), 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. Linda Kinnahan and Dr. Judy Suh will be on sabbatical for the Spring 2015 semester.

  • Dr. Magali Michael will be teaching at Duquesne's Rome Campus for the Spring 2015 semester.

  • Dr. Laura Engel has been appointed Director of Graduate Studies, beginning in Spring 2015.

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


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 Colloquia 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."

Friday, March 13

Dr. Laura Engel will present "Austen, Actresses, and Accessories: Much Ado About Muffs."

Dissertation Presentations



Fourth Annual Art Show

Tuesday, March 31

More information TBA.

Visiting Speakers

First-Year Writing Speaker:

Playwright and Duquesne Alum, Todd Kreidler

Monday, March 23

7:00-8:30 pm, Power Center Ballroom

Open to the public

Nathan Hensley, Assistant Professor at Georgetown University:

"Sovereignty and Form in Victorian Modernity: Swinburne / Drone Art"

Wednesday, April 22

3:00 pm, 220 College Hall



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

EGO Conference:

"Access:  Redefining Disability and Mobility Studies"

March 21, 2015

Keynote Speaker:  Jonathan Hsy, Associate Professor of English at George Washington University

For more information, please contact accessMarch2015@gmail.com or visit the Access website.

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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