UMass Amherst English Department

UMass Amherst English Department University of Massachusetts South College, 150 Hicks Way Amherst, MA 01003-9274

Check it out! UMass English major Joanna Buoniconti has a piece on thankfulness in the Daily Hampshire Gazette this week...
11/28/2020
Joanna Buoniconti: Just because I’m in a wheelchair doesn’t mean I’m less thankful

Check it out! UMass English major Joanna Buoniconti has a piece on thankfulness in the Daily Hampshire Gazette this week: https://www.gazettenet.com/Buoniconti-column-37514759

This year’s Thanksgiving looked a lot different for a lot of people — including me. While COVID-19 may have made getting together with extended family for bountiful dinners impossible, it only cemented my desire to sit in the quietness for a moment...

“After taking a creative writing seminar course in my first semester, I remembered my passion for writing. Moving into t...
11/13/2020

“After taking a creative writing seminar course in my first semester, I remembered my passion for writing. Moving into the second semester of my first year, I included the English secondary major. I was also able to further involve myself within the department by adding a creative writing specialization ...”

Meet the Major: Paige Roy, a sociology and English double major. "As an in-state student, the affordability and high caliber of the programs offered made my decision pretty easy," she says.

Read more here: https://www.umass.edu/admissions/student-blog/2020/meet-major-sociology-and-english

A poem from Martín Espada about visiting the tomb of Frederick Douglass three days after Obama's election.
10/31/2020

A poem from Martín Espada about visiting the tomb of Frederick Douglass three days after Obama's election.

Twelve years ago, the unthinkable happened: we elected a Black man President of the United States. This year, we vote to save democracy itself. We can do it. This poem by Martín Espada celebrates the "the impossible, the unthinkable, the unimaginable, now and forever" at the tomb of Frederick Douglass, three days after the election of Barack Obama.

Bees!August 1, 2020 | 1:00pmA virtual workshop with Jade Alicandro Mace, Milk & Honey Herbs and Dr. Haylie Swenson, Folg...
07/19/2020
Grounded Knowledge: Bees

Bees!

August 1, 2020 | 1:00pm
A virtual workshop with Jade Alicandro Mace, Milk & Honey Herbs and Dr. Haylie Swenson, Folger Shakespeare Library.
This workshop offers light readings, simple recipes, and a lively conversation about bees, hives, and honey production venturing across gardens, books, and art—past, presents, & future.

Grounded Knowledge is inspired by the desire to link hands-on practice with literary and historical knowledge production. Workshops bring together local artists, farmers, herbalists, and chefs with students and scholars to explore connections between our Renaissance kitchen gardens and apple orchard and our rare book collection, including: agricultural treatises, gardening manuals, early modern literature, and early earth science writing. Upcoming workshops include a focus on: seed stories in global landscapes, women’s production of herbal remedies and medical knowledge, fermented fruits and cider making, and distillation: pigments, perfumes, and syrups.

Limited seating available, RSVP early: RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfA8e2AC6aAEHo_SE-amHdYfQvfoD8yBy9x2ugSI9YYaHh24Q/viewform

This workshop has limited virtual seating. We will circulate short readings, recipes, and a zoom link one week before the workshop.

"Love reading and looking for a fun way to connect with UMass alumni? Take a break from your everyday and join the Read ...
07/17/2020

"Love reading and looking for a fun way to connect with UMass alumni? Take a break from your everyday and join the Read UMass Virtual Book Club to discuss new ideas and connect with other curious minds!

Our private, online forum is designed to let you read at your own pace and participate in curated discussions. Our next book is On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, a critically acclaimed novel written by renowned poet and UMass Amherst Department of English Assistant Professor Ocean Vuong."

https://www.umassalumni.com/s/1640/rd17/interior.aspx?sid=1640&gid=2&pgid=6792&content_id=6564&authkey=6qvpxOO9KRLp22AXfYABOxlO7Qd9fItwhFlv6bwEW57jBROu%2fLAyvg%3d%3d

WMWP
07/08/2020

WMWP

A Message from the WMWP Leadership Team:

We want to acknowledge all that has happened these past weeks. The protests that erupted after the murder of George Floyd highlight the reality that has existed for Black Americans in this country for centuries. These events are not new and have happened before. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, and many others show us that systemic racial violence continues. We mourn for these lost Black lives and stand together to demand justice for these victims and their families.

We recognize all communities of color experience racism (i.e., anti-Black, anti-Native, anti-Latino, anti-Asian). The Black Lives Matter movement and protests have put a spotlight on institutionalized racism through structures, policies, and practices that can be traced back to the institution of slavery.

As WMWP, we have made it our mission to struggle for social justice in schools and communities and, at this moment in time, the need to challenge racism and anti-Blackness could not be more urgent. As educators, we stand in solidarity with our Black students and their families and communities. We are committed to helping our White teachers and students interrogate institutional practices of oppression, racism, and inequities, while reflecting on their own ideologies, biases and prejudices in order to take action in solidarity against racial injustices.

As we move forward we ask that school boards and DESE, as well as educators and. teacher educators re-imagine a decolonized curriculum that gives voice and power to those underrepresented in the curriculum. We have a social responsibility to all students to interrogate our curricular choices and teaching practices. The following critical questions to guide this work, build on Wooldridge’s (2001) inquiry: How do these choices and practices position our students and their families and communities? What do they communicate about them? What counts as learning and what counts as knowledge? What/whose knowledge is seen as valuable? What/whose views do we present? Whose views are not represented? What are students learning about participating in the classroom, community, etc.? How might our students’ lived experiences, interests, and/or inquiries inform our curriculum design? How are our curriculum choices dis/empowering? How else might our lessons be taught? Curriculum units be redesigned? What resources might support us in this work?

Here are several resources to support ongoing anti-racist education and decolonizing curricula:
Black Lives Matter
https://www.teachingforblacklives.org/
https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist
https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/may2018/teaching-learning-race-and-racism
https://rethinkingschools.org
https://www.tolerance.org
http://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/writing_for_change1.pdf
https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/student-tasks/do-something/truth-to-power-writing-letters-for-change
https://www.teachingforchange.org
https://doors2world.umass.edu
http://readingwhilewhite.blogspot.com
https://thebrownbookshelf.com
https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning
https://www.embracerace.org
https://ncte.org/resources/position-statements/all/#Diversity/177

https://www.umass.edu/english/news/statement-solidarity-black-lives-matter-movement
06/10/2020
Statement of Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement | Department of English | UMass Amherst

https://www.umass.edu/english/news/statement-solidarity-black-lives-matter-movement

The Department of English supports the Black Lives Matter movement as we stand united against police violence and anti-black racism. We grieve the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black lives. In our teachings, we are committed to encouraging aw...

English and Communication double major Aaliyah Quintal interviews her mom, who's sent two children to college, to get ad...
05/22/2020
Parent Interview: How to start looking for colleges? | Undergraduate Admissions | UMass Amherst

English and Communication double major Aaliyah Quintal interviews her mom, who's sent two children to college, to get advice about the college decision process from a parent's perspective.

As a soon to be rising senior (scary, I know!), my junior year of high school feels like a lifetime ago. Since I have been home due to COVID-19, my junior year of college has become oddly reminiscent of my junior year in high school. Being home, in my childhood bedroom, has me thinking a lot about m...

Are you a prospective UMass student? Here's your chance to shoot some questions to one of our English majors, Aaliyah Qu...
05/16/2020

Are you a prospective UMass student? Here's your chance to shoot some questions to one of our English majors, Aaliyah Quintal!

Get answers to your questions about attending UMass Amherst! Aaliyah is a current student taking questions today, May 16, over on Instagram:

instagram.com/umassadmissions

Know a young writer (grades 8-12)?The Juniper Institute for Young Writers has been redesigned as a week of synchronous, ...
05/15/2020
Apply | Juniper Institute for Young Writers | UMass Amherst

Know a young writer (grades 8-12)?

The Juniper Institute for Young Writers has been redesigned as a week of synchronous, dynamic and participatory online learning, sharing, and community building in the Juniper Young Writers Online (JYWO) program July 20-24, 2020.

At the JYWO program, young writers of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and writing styles come together to find inspiration and to be a part of a community of creative peers. Over the course of five days, participants will engage with their instructors and peers in the pursuit of wild invention.

https://www.umass.edu/juniperyoungwriters/juniper-apply

COVID-19 Update: The Juniper Institute for Young Writers will not be held in-person this summer. And we’re thrilled to still be able to offer our usual programming, redesigned as a week of synchronous, dynamic and participatory online learning, sharing, and community building in the Juniper Young ...

Labor Center at UMass Amherst
03/30/2020

Labor Center at UMass Amherst

Queer Communism in the Days of Covid-19 with PINKO Magazine | Thurs, Apr 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/784846312

Sponsored by the Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC). Co-Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department, UMass Amherst English Department, the Feinberg Series: Another World is Possible & the Trans Asylum Seeker Solidarity Network.

A documentary film for book lovers: https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/the-booksellers/?fbclid=IwAR242bh7FK...
02/07/2020
The Booksellers - Movie Trailers - iTunes

A documentary film for book lovers:

https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/the-booksellers/?fbclid=IwAR242bh7FKQA_zlliltcXUFh8iBf3nUoM9f9mC8lMI659enwtWvkPqOAdsk

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinat...

01/25/2020
Hidden Details of the New York Public Library | Architectural Digest

Cold and rain got you down? Take a video tour of the NYPL's glorious reading rooms and underground tunnels!

Tour includes a glimpse of a writing table that belonged to Charles Dickens, a Shakespeare first folio, and the actual Winnie the Pooh that belonged to the real Christopher Robin Milne.

https://youtu.be/roi5V8ppi7Y

Noted historians serve as your personal audio guide through a virtual walking tour of the New York Public Library. Find out about hidden details of the famed...

"Fifty years after the death of Eliot’s purported muse, Princeton has unveiled hundreds of passionate — and deeply revea...
01/05/2020
The Love Letters of T.S. Eliot: New Clues Into His Most Mysterious Relationship

"Fifty years after the death of Eliot’s purported muse, Princeton has unveiled hundreds of passionate — and deeply revealing — letters the poet wrote to her."

Those familiar with the neighborhood around Smith College may be interested in address shown in the article's last photo!

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/04/us/ts-eliot-emily-hale-letters.html

Fifty years after the death of Eliot’s purported muse, Princeton has unveiled hundreds of passionate — and deeply revealing — letters the poet wrote to her.

12/04/2019

Mark your calendars! This Thursday, Jane Yolen, award-winning author, will be here at UMass Amherst!

Thursday, Dec. 5, 5-7 p.m.
Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell
Talk: "The Long Perspective: Notes from a 60-Year Writing Veteran, with Occasional Poetic Byways."

Jane Yolen, often called the "Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of nearly 400 books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. She is particularly known for the "Pit Dragon" series of young adult fantasy novels. Yolen is perhaps best known as a writer of original folk and fairy tales and fables with a strong moral core. She has won many awards, including two Nebulas, three World Fantasy Awards, a Caldecott, two Golden Kite Awards, the Jewish Book Award, two Christopher Medals, and the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates, including UMass Amherst.

Perhaps the most powerful argument for why students (and their parents) might want to think twice about abandoning human...
10/20/2019
The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors

Perhaps the most powerful argument for why students (and their parents) might want to think twice about abandoning humanities is the data. The National Center for Education Statistics also keeps track of pay and unemployment rates by major.

There’s no denying that the typical computer science major makes more money shortly after graduation than the typical English major.

Contrary to popular belief, English majors ages 25 to 29 had a lower unemployment rate in 2017 than math and computer science majors.

That early STEM pay premium also fades quickly, according to research by David J. Deming and Kadeem L. Noray from Harvard. After about a decade, STEM majors start exiting their job fields as their skills are no longer the latest and greatest. In contrast, many humanities majors work their way to high-earning management positions. By middle age, average pay looks very similar across many majors.

English majors are down 25.5 percent since the Great Recession, just as world’s top economists say we need more ‘storytellers.’

"The advantage for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors fades steadily after their first jobs,...
09/26/2019
In the Salary Race, Engineers Sprint but English Majors Endure

"The advantage for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors fades steadily after their first jobs, and by age 40 the earnings of people who majored in fields like social science or history have caught up.

Why do the earnings of liberal arts majors catch up? ... Midcareer salaries are highest in management and business occupations, as well as professions requiring advanced degrees such as law. Liberal arts majors are more likely than STEM graduates to enter those fields.

... According to a 2018 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the three attributes of college graduates that employers considered most important were written communication, problem-solving and the ability to work in a team. Quantitative and technical skills both made the top 10, alongside other “soft” skills like initiative, verbal communication and leadership. In the liberal arts tradition, these skills are built through dialogue between instructors and students, and through close reading and analysis of a broad range of subjects and texts."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/20/business/liberal-arts-stem-salaries.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

Technical skills taught in college have a short shelf life, while a liberal arts education prepares graduates for jobs that haven’t been invented yet.

Ocean Vuong, an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, today was name...
09/25/2019
MacArthur Foundation Announces 26 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

Ocean Vuong, an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, today was named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow in the Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing category. Congratulations, Ocean!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/25/arts/macarthur-foundation-genius-winners.html

This year’s fellows include artists, writers, scientists, urban designers, community activists and others who have demonstrated “extraordinary originality.”

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Jim Freeman and Ernie Gallo are not listed on the emeriti profiles on the website for UMass English. They are both alive and had many admirers in their day. Combined yrs: 100.
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This course will fulfill a course in British literature after 1700 or 200+ English elective.