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English & Philosophy News

  • 2017

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      Lost and Found

      August 10, 2017

      Under a clear Australian sky, Michael Majok Kuch stood patiently waiting to reunite with his mother. It was July 2008, and it had been two decades since he had last seen her — since he fled his burning village in southern Sudan in the middle of the night as flashes of light pierced the clouded air, his childhood suspended by a civil war he was too young to understand. Just 5 years old, he dodged death on a harrowing journey through refugee camps and across borders, on a path that brought him to the United States and to a new life.

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      A Change of Scenery — and Careers

      June 27, 2017

      Nathan Clarke traveled a long way — 9412 miles to be exact — to find himself at Drexel University. As a study abroad student, Clarke had a very clear idea of the kind of experience he wanted to have when he left his home in Melbourne, Australia. His Drexel experience not only checked all the right boxes, but also led to an unexpected career change.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      June 26, 2017

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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    • Publicity photo of Chuck Barris promoting the June 14, 1976 premiere of the NBC reality talent show "The Gong Show." Photo courtesy NBC Television.

      ABC’s Revived ‘Gong Show’ Pays Tribute to Drexel Alumnus’ Vision

      June 26, 2017

      “The Gong Show,” started by Chuck Barris ’53 in 1976, got a reboot this summer with a new incarnation airing on ABC.

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      25 Faces 25 Years: Ira Taffer

      June 06, 2017

      From the age of three, Ira Taffer knew that he wanted to be a chemist — at least, that’s how his mother tells it. What he may not have known was how big a role Drexel would play in shaping his path. He has been a student, co-op employer, Baiada Institute mentor, advisory board member, Alumni Association chair, and then, coming full circle in 2013, interim head of Drexel’s Department of Chemistry.

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    • Provost Brian Blake with honoree Alison Kenner.

      Drexel Honors Outstanding Faculty Achievements at Year-End Awards

      May 25, 2017

      At the annual Faculty Recognition Awards Ceremony on May 24, Drexel acknowledged the faculty and staff members whose scholarship, service and teaching contribute so much to the University and its students.

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      Miriam Kotzin Publishes Two New Books

      May 22, 2017

      Professor of English Miriam Kotzin, PhD, recently published a collection of fiction, Country Music, and poetry, Debris Field.

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    • Drexel professor Cheri Brooks, center, alongside Courtney Boyd, left, and John Pace.

      Ex-Inmates Visit Drexel University Class on Crime and Justice

      May 11, 2017

      Professor Cheri Brooks brought to class a pair of recently released men who were given mandatory sentences of life without parole as teenagers, inviting a discussion on crime, punishment, retribution and rehabilitation.

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    • Pennoni Honors College Dean Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD, on stage with former Governor Ed Rendell and former Mayor Michael Nutter.

      Former Mayors Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell Discuss Philadelphia’s Past, Present and Future

      May 10, 2017

      Former Philadelphia Mayors Michael Nutter and Ed Rendell reunited on Drexel’s campus for a taping of “The Drexel InterView” to discuss the highs and lows of their terms in City Hall, as well as where they think the city and its population are headed in the future.

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      New Drexel Writing Festival Held on Campus

      May 01, 2017

      The inaugural Drexel Writing Festival, which replaces the 10-year-old Week of Writing, will take place at Drexel University to host 16 events in just three days.

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    • Chris Nielson

      25 Faces 25 Years: Christopher Nielson

      February 09, 2017

      Somewhere in the ridges of Pennsylvania on the Appalachian Trail, a young Christopher Nielson decided that science was no longer his true passion. As he wandered, he thought of the overcrowded chemistry labs he frequented that never quite felt like home. He didn’t miss them. Instead, throughout his whole trip, whenever he had free time, all he really wanted to do was read Shakespeare. When he got back to school, he changed his major to English and he hasn’t looked back since.

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    • "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon was chosen as the 2017 One Book, One Philadelphia featured selection.

      Drexel Unites to Promote One Book, One Philadelphia

      February 09, 2017

      Though Drexel has participated in the annual community book club for years, this marks the first year of interdisciplinary collaboration and panel discussions.

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  • 2016

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      5 Rules for Being a Successful Mentor and Mentee

      November 09, 2016

      Mentorship is a universal language that has helped guide some of the world’s most impactful CEOs, artists and humanitarians. The late former Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs was a known mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Celebrated author and poet Maya Angelou was a major influence on entrepreneur and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey’s career. Even Mother Teresa credits a mentor for helping guide her life’s mission and impact.

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    • Kathleen Volk Miller

      Kathleen Volk Miller Published in "O’s…Guide to Starting Over"

      October 31, 2016

      An essay on choosing happiness by Kathleen Volk Miller, teaching professor of English, co-editor of the Drexel Publishing Group, and co-editor of PBQ, was chosen as the penultimate essay for the anthology “O’s…Guide to Starting Over."

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    • "How Fast Can You Run?"

      Drexel Professor Writes the Incredible True Story of the Life of a Sudanese Refugee

      October 24, 2016

      Drexel professor Harriet Levin Millan wrote about the incredible journey of a Sudanese refugee in a book that was made possible through a chance encounter in her creative writing class seven years ago.

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    • Zora Neale Hurston in 1936, the year she published "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

      Drexel’s Writers Room Kicks Off ‘NEA Big Read’ With Drummers, Dance and a Poetry Slam

      September 19, 2016

      Having received an “NEA Big Read” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Drexel’s Writers Room will honor novelist Zora Neale Hurston.

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      Winter Courses

      September 18, 2016

      Students have two great opportunities to travel to Europe over winter break in intensive courses abroad! Stateside, students can explore how they can curtail our global sustainability crisis, get down with the greatest postmodernist philosophers, or travel through time charting a path through the global history of empires and science.

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      College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards

      June 19, 2016

      The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.

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    • Writers Room participant Jordan McCullough reads to a crowd at last year's Writers Room anthology reading. Photo courtesy Jen Britton.

      Writers Room Celebrates its Second Year With a Special Reading, Anthology Release and Art Show

      June 03, 2016

      Writers Room has created many opportunities for members of the Drexel and West Philadelphia communities to create works of art and literature since its launch last year.

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    • A group of Drexel students listening to a piece written in Writers Room being read. Courtesy of Rachel Wenrick.

      Words to Live By: Drexel’s Writers Room Hosting Festival in Celebration of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’

      May 11, 2016

      With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program, Drexel’s Writers Room will host seven weeks of programming to bring local communities together to explore themes from the acclaimed novel and its author’s life.

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    • This year's co-op award winners are pictured. Bottom row left to right: Lynn Gotuaco, Conchita Taylor, Chau Dang, Angelique Giannascoli and Sarah Griggs. Back row left to right: Sandra Petri, Arvid Roach and Brandon Katz.

      Celebrating the Best of Drexel’s Historic Co-op Program in 2016

      May 06, 2016

      Drexel’s annual Cooperative Education Awards honored outstanding co-op students and employers alike.

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    • Summer Courses

      April 22, 2016

      Students will witness the power of poetry firsthand at CHOP, understand the significance of the U.S.-Mexican War, and explore the human mind and consciousness in these summer courses.

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    • A Crititque of the Moral Defense of Vegetarianism by Drexel Professor Andrew Smith

      Thinking of Becoming a Vegetarian? Well, You Can’t.

      March 01, 2016

      We all have that one snooty friend who is always talking about the ethical reasons for his vegetarianism. Well, now you can prove him wrong.

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      Philosophy in Literature course focuses on utopia

      February 15, 2016

      In the spring term, PHIL 381-001: Philosophy in Literature focuses on utopia. It is cross-listed with ENGL 395-001.

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    • Alisa Melekhina, BA Philosophy, '11

      25 Faces, 25 Years: Alisa Melekhina, BA Philosophy '11

      February 10, 2016

      Most first graders are only just beginning to master the skills of reading, writing and arithmetic — but not Alisa Melekhina. By the age of 7, Melekhina had not only competed in the World Open for chess — a game that requires astute calculation and strategy well beyond the years of most first graders — she had also authored an English translation of a popular Russian fairytale (at the age of 6!). As if that’s not impressive enough, the now 24-year-old attorney went on to receive a full ride to Drexel and graduate in just two years. The astounding timeline of this accomplished alumna is enough to make even the most industrious of us feel like an underachiever.

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    • New Spring Courses

      January 05, 2016

      Students will lead fiction writing exercises with patients at CHOP, discover the therapeutic potential of philosophy, and learn about the millions of species of insects that co-inhabit our planet — for better or worse — in these spring courses!

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  • 2015

  • 2014

    • Andre Carrington presents on "Aya of Yopougon": a French/African Graphic Novel

      December 17, 2014

      In the inaugural meeting of the English Faculty Research Seminar, Andre Carrington presented on French/African graphic novel "Aya of Yopougon."

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    • Gleaning, One of the Earliest Forms of Hunger Relief, Makes a Comeback

      December 16, 2014

      Warped eggplant. Dented zucchini. Too-small squash. One major area of food waste in America is on farms, where crops that aren't suitable for supermarket shelves – usually for aesthetic reasons – are left in the fields to rot. In fact, according to the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America, more than 6 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables go unharvested or unsold each year.

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    • Stop and Smell the Achievements

      November 21, 2014

      The faculty in Drexel's Department of English & Philosophy are hard-working dynamos assembling an impressive portfolio of scholarly, research and creative activities worthy of attention.

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    • English upperclassmen welcome new majors

      October 28, 2014

      English upperclassmen welcome new majors over lunch and a panel discussion.

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    • Odi Gonzales visit November 14, 2014

      October 08, 2014

      In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Drexel community is invited to attend a lunchtime discussion with acclaimed Peruvian Andean poet Odi Gonzales.

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    • New Winter Courses

      September 25, 2014

      Study the history of witchcraft, understand the politics of disability, or learn about sleep and its disorders in these new courses.

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    • New Courses for Fall

      June 24, 2014

      What do time, Abraham Lincoln and LGBT history have in common? They’re all topics you can learn about in these new fall courses!

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    • Dr. Ingrid Daemmrich Retirement

      June 12, 2014

      Dr. Ingrid Daemmrich is retiring from the English and Philosophy Department after 30 years of service.

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    • Senior Project Presentations

      June 11, 2014

      Senior Project Presentations were held on June 10th, 2014. Projects ranged from "The History of the Drexel University Rifle Team" to "Bella's Inner Vampire" and "Myths of the English Major."

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      Songwriting, Storytelling and Sex: “Week of Writing” Festival Explores Literary Issues at Drexel, May 12-16

      May 07, 2014

      The Week of Writing, hosted by the Department of English and Philosophy, kicks off on Monday, May 12. Highlights include student readings, workshops, story slams and panel discussions including “Writing Lyrics,” “Storytelling in Unexpected Places” and “Writing about Sex.” Presenters will include students, faculty, journalists, playwrights, publishers, editors, poets, authors, songwriters and other noted guests.

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    • The Supreme Court

      'Race Matters': A Q&A With Drexel Prof André Carrington

      April 30, 2014

      Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its latest decision on the topic of affirmative action in college admissions, ruling 6-2 that voters can ban state colleges and universities from using race as a factor in admitting students. André Carrington was paying close attention.

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    • Professor’s New Film on Black American WWII Soldiers Makes Philadelphia Debut at Drexel

      March 13, 2014

      During World War II, more than a million African Americans fought in a segregated and discriminatory United States military. A landmark new documentary, "Choc'late Soldiers from the USA" produced by Drexel University writing professor Gregory Cooke, tells the compelling, previously untold story of 140,000 of these African American men and women who were stationed in Great Britain, and how they crossed a racial divide to forge an unexpected bond with British civilians.

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    • Drexel Professor’s New Film Tells Untold Story of Black American Soldiers in Great Britain during World War II

      March 10, 2014

      During World War II, more than a million African Americans fought in a segregated and discriminatory U.S. military. A landmark new documentary, “Choc'late Soldiers from the USA,” produced by Drexel University writing professor Gregory Cooke, tells the compelling, previously untold story of 140,000 of these African American men and women who were stationed in Great Britain, and how they crossed a racial divide to forge an unexpected bond.

      The film will make its Philadelphia debut at Drexel on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium of the Bossone Research Center (3120 Market St.). A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the screening from 8 – 9 p.m.

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    • Psychology Undergrad Edits Memoir By Grammy Winner

      March 05, 2014

      Last month we spoke with English prof Rachel Wenrick about her experience co-authoring "Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music" alongside Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo. And while it was highly collaborative project between the writer and singer, Wenrick is the first to say they couldn't have done it without the help of Drexel psychology student and Humanities Fellow, Khushbu Patel.

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    • DPG Contest Announcement

      February 10, 2014

      The Department of English and Philosophy announces the 7th annual DPG Essay Contest. The contest is open to current Drexel students in all majors. There is no entry fee. Categories are the Zelda Provenzano Endowed STEM Award; Humanities; Social Sciences; and Graduate Student Essay. There are a number of prizes in each of the categories, including Drexel University Bookstore gift cards and an Amazon Kindle Fire HD! Winning essays will be considered for publication in The 33rd.

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    • The Value of a Humanities Degree

      February 06, 2014

      During a speech last week at a Wisconsin General Electric plant, President Obama reiterated his support for the manufacturing industry, encouraging young people to pursue a technical education – while simultaneously slighting humanities disciplines.

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    • Co-Authoring a Memoir With a Grammy Award-Winning Artist: A Q&A With Rachel Wenrick

      February 04, 2014

      For most writers, publishing with one of the largest publishing houses in the world is the ultimate dream. For Rachel Wenrick, associate teaching professor of English at Drexel, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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    • Students Spend Their Co-op Collecting Memories From Strangers

      January 29, 2014

      Three Drexel students on co-op at the Spaces Between Your Fingers (SBYF) nonprofit have gained more than something to put on their resumes. Kat Kapetenakis, Michelle Johnson and Victoria Durand are getting the experience of a lifetime - and the experience of someone else's lifetime too - by talking with senior citizens to write about their most meaningful memories or life lessons for SBYF's Junior Memory Collectors Program.

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    • Drexel Professor Co-Writes Memoir of Grammy Award-Winning World Music Artist Angélique Kidjo

      January 28, 2014

      Hailed as “the undisputed queen of African music” (Daily Telegraph) and “Africa’s premier diva” (TIME), Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy Award-winning artist with a mission to unite different cultures through music, while raising global respect for her native continent. In her debut memoir, “SPIRIT RISING: My Life, My Music,” which was released by Harper Collins on Jan. 7, Kidjo shares the inspiring story of her journey from a little-known city in Benin, on the west coast of Africa, to international superstardom. The autobiography was co-written with Rachel Wenrick, an associate teaching professor of English in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • 2013

    • Drexel Peer Readers Present at National Conference

      December 05, 2013

      Drexel Writing Center (DWC) peer readers Drew Houriet and Jen Jolles, undergraduate English majors, and Mesha Roy Paladhi, undergraduate biological sciences major, presented "What's In A Name: The Peer Reader In Context," at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring of Writing in Tampa on Saturday, November 2, 2013. Houriet, Jolles and Paladhi presented alongside Rachel Wenrick, associate director of the DWC, and Janel McCloskey, coordinator for writing in the DWC.

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      Literary Death Match combines readings, silliness

      October 07, 2013

      Literary Death Match is a traveling series of author’s readings infused with reality-show-style competition and humor. When it comes to Philadelphia, it’s produced by the Painted Bride Quarterly magazine housed at Drexel.

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    • 'Interview' Beams Drexel, Famous Guests to 400 TV Stations

      September 17, 2013

      When she sat down for her first episode of "The Drexel InterView," Paula Marantz Cohen hoped she could help show the world just how big Drexel's intellectual tent was, that it was a place for humanities scholars as well as scientists and engineers.

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    • Students Take a Literary Tour of Haiti

      July 23, 2013

      While most Drexel students were enjoying their week off this spring, 10 industrious dragons travelled to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti for a firsthand look at the role of literature in the country’s efforts to rebuild after the 2010 earthquake

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    • New Courses for Fall Quarter

      July 22, 2013

      Looking to branch out this fall? Try one of our new electives. Ditch the classroom for a writing workshop that meets in museums, contemplate the mind-bending concept of time, or examine the “culture of poverty” in a deeply personal way.

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    • New Summer Philosophy Courses

      May 06, 2013

      Students looking to add new courses to their summer schedules can explore the philosophy of sport, science, literature and “queer theory” in these exciting courses!

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    • What I'm Reading: Eva Thury

      May 02, 2013

      For associate professor of English and philosophy Eva Thury, it all started on Pinterest. It was on this social sharing website that she found a new favorite author, John Green. After pinning a quote of his to her board labeled “So True,” Thury was inspired to learn more about Green. Her research eventually led her to his best-selling book, The Fault in Our Stars.

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    • Announcing the 2013 Week of Writing

      April 04, 2013

      It’s the start of spring—time for April showers, May flowers and a Week of Writing! The Department of English and Philosophy’s Annual Week of Writing kicks off on May 20, 2013 in the lobby of Drexel’s Recreation Center at 3301 Market Street.

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    • DPG Essay Contests Open to All Students

      April 03, 2013

      In conjunction with the Week of Writing, the Department of English and Philosophy is now accepting submissions for the 2013 Drexel Publishing Group (DPG) Essay Contest, and the Week of Writing (WoW) Contest. DPG Essay Contest categories include humanities, social sciences, the graduate student essay, and the Zelda Provenzano Endowed STEM Writing Award (previously known as the science and math category). The WoW Contest offers categories in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, humor, and op-ed/persuasion.

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    • Now Accepting Paper and Panel Submissions for EC/ASECS Annual Meeting

      March 04, 2013

      Scholars and graduate students working in research areas relevant to the 18th century are invited to submit papers and panel suggestions for the East-Central/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ annual fall meeting, “Retirement, Reappraisal, and Renewal in the Eighteenth Century.”

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    • Week of Writing Contest 2013

      February 26, 2013

      It is time again for the annual Week of Writing Contest. All current Drexel undergraduates are eligible to submit. Categories are Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Humor, and Op-ed/Persuasion. There are prizes in each category including a $125 Drexel Bookstore gift card. All submissions will be considered for publication in The 33rd and Maya.

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    • Philosophy Week 2013 Schedule

      February 25, 2013

      In a nod to knowledge and reason, Philosophy Week 2013 will debut next month! The event kicks off on Monday, March 4th and will feature interdisciplinary panel discussions and lectures, including a special visit from nationally recognized philosophers Drs. Douglas Anderson and Robert Audi.

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    • Sixth Annual DPG Essay Contest

      February 08, 2013

      The Department of English and Philosophy announces the 6th annual DPG Essay Contest. The contest is open to current Drexel students in all majors. There is no entry fee. Categories are the Zelda Provenzano Endowed STEM Award; Humanities; Social Sciences; and Graduate Student Essay. There are a number of prizes in each of the categories, including Drexel University Bookstore gift cards and an Amazon Kindle Fire! Winning essays

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    • One Book, One Philadelphia Writing Workshop Series Kicks Off In February

      January 22, 2013

      The Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing is gearing up for its annual series of writing workshops next month, beginning February 13th, 2013.

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    • Harriet Levin Millan Guest Edits Issue of Pedagogy & Writing

      January 18, 2013

      Harriet Levin Millan, associate teaching professor of English and director of the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing, is guest editor of the latest issue of Writing & Pedagogy, a special topic issue on creativity and writing pedagogy.

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    • For the Love of Reason: Philosophy Week 2013

      January 05, 2013

      The College of Arts and Sciences’ Philosophy Program is excited to announce its first ever “Philosophy Week” this March.  The weeklong affair will feature major thinkers from across the country, an interdisciplinary panel on “Religion and the Philosophy of Religion” and a participatory “Philosophy Slam” —think poetry slam, but less limerick, more logic.

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  • 2012

    • Dr. Rebecca Ingalls Co-Edits Book on Plagiarism

      November 29, 2012

      Freshman Writing Program Director Dr. Rebecca Ingalls and colleagues explore the intricacies of plagiarism in their new book Critical Conversations About Plagiarism (Parlor Press, 2012)—a project 6 years in the making.

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    • Final Week for Spanish Book Drive

      October 25, 2012

      In honor of Latino Heritage Month, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English and Philosophy, and the Office of Equality and Diversity are sponsoring a Spanish Book Drive to benefit the Mahatma Ghandi Foundation in the small town of Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic.

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    • An Evening with Lise Funderburg

      October 22, 2012

      Author Lise Funderburg will be on campus on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 to discuss her book Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home, this year's Freshman Reading Program selection.

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    • Paula Cohen

      What I'm Reading: Paula Marantz Cohen

      July 24, 2012

      DrexelNow recently spoke with Dr. Paula Marantz Cohen, distinguished professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English and Philosophy. She is currently reading Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America by John M. Barry.

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    • English Senior Project Presentations

      June 12, 2012

      The Department of English and Philosophy had their English Senior Project Presentations on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

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    • Announcing the 2012 Week of Writing

      April 30, 2012

      It’s spring and that means it’s time for the annual Week of Writing (WoW), hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English and Philosophy!

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    • English and Philosophy Welcomes Sheila Sandapen

      April 23, 2012

      The Department of English and Philosophy warmly welcomes a new teaching faculty member this term: Dr. Sheila Sandapen, assistant teaching professor of English and Philosophy.

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    • English and Philosophy Welcomes Margene Petersen

      April 23, 2012

      The Department of English and Philosophy warmly welcomes a new teaching faculty member this term: Margene Petersen, assistant teaching professor of English and Philosophy.

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    • CoAS Welcomes New Philosophy Professor

      January 04, 2012

      The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to welcome Dr. Flavia Padovani, the College’s newest tenure-track faculty member in the Department of English & Philosophy.

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  • 2011

    • English and Philosophy Welcomes Nathan Hanna

      October 05, 2011

      The Department of English and Philosophy warmly welcomes a new tenure-track faculty member this term: Dr. Nathan Hanna, assistant professor of English and Philosophy.

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    • Drexel Prof Named Philly Creative Connector

      October 04, 2011

      The College of Arts and Sciences’ Kathleen Volk Miller was named one of Philadelphia’s top 76 Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. The full list of connectors can be found on the WHYY/NewsWorks website, along with a personal essay by Volk Miller that details her work as co-editor of the international literary magazine Painted Bride Quarterly and as co-director of the Drexel Publishing Group.

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    • Panorama 2011

      September 30, 2011

      College of Arts and Sciences freshmen kicked off the school year with PANORAMA 2011, a Drexel tradition now in its second year. On the morning of September 16, roughly 400 CoAS students, faculty and staff gathered in Behrakis Hall to discuss the 2011 shared freshmen reading: Hoops by Philadelphia-native Major Jackson. In an exciting twist this year, Jackson joined the event—via Skype.

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    • Remembering Dr. F. Elaine DeLancey

      July 21, 2011

      It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. F. Elaine DeLancey, associate professor of English and founding editor of BMa: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review. Dr. DeLancey died in her home on Monday, July 18, 2011.

      In her 33 years at Drexel, Dr. DeLancey served not only as a faculty member in the Department of English, but also as the director of the African American Studies and Women’s Studies programs for a number of years. She taught courses in American and African American literature, with a distinct focus on the interplay between science, technology, and literature. For her expertise in these areas, she was invited to serve as a Pennsylvania Humanities Council speaker for five years in the 1990s, lecturing on “Technology & the Black Community: Black Talk Radio” and “Technology & the Black Community: Internet,” and “Slave Narratives.”

      The Drexel community and the world at large benefitted from Dr. DeLancey’s early appreciation for the work of African American poet Sonia Sanchez. As the foremost scholar on Sanchez, DeLancey championed her importance to the literary community long before most people, making Drexel one of the first universities to honor and teach Sanchez’s work.

      A high-achiever from a young age, Dr. DeLancey was named Junior Fellow of the Carnegie Foundation when she was a senior at Temple University. This prestigious appointment allowed her to conduct research with Lawrence Reddick, American historian and biographer of Martin Luther King Jr., and Alex Haley, author of Roots and coauthor of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Dr. DeLancey went on to receive her M.A. in American literature (English composition) and her Ph.D. in American literature (early and modern) from Temple.

      The College of Arts and Sciences and Drexel University as a whole have lost a talented and well-respected scholar. Our deepest sympathies go out to Dr. DeLancey’s family and close friends.

      An event will be held in Dr. DeLancey's honor at the start of classes in September. More information will be announced on this page as the academic year approaches.

      A personal message from Dr. Abioseh Porter, head of the Department of English, can be found here.

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    • Week of Writing

      June 22, 2011

      Drexel's Week of Writing takes place annually during the Spring spring term. Highlights from this year’s weeklong event include panel discussions on The Future of the Graphic Novel; , The Art of Advertising, and Sketch Comedy Writing. Renowned writers and editors like Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, and Andrew McCarthy, travel writer and actor, also shared their expertise.

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    • JKCF Graduate Arts Award Recipient

      June 20, 2011

      Rachel Semigran, B.A. English '10, was one of only ten students nationally to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award for 2011. This generous award supports students of exceptional promise and financial need to attend graduate school in the creative or performing arts. Rachel will pursue a Master's in Community-Based Theater from the Central School of Drama at the University of London.

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    • 6th Annual Week of Writing

      June 16, 2011

      If you missed the 6th Annual Week of Writing, never fear: we have (almost) the whole week on video. Watch visiting authors and faculty discuss writing about travel, history, comedy, graphic novels and more! View the videos here.

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    • Famous Authors, Actors and More at the 2011 Week of Writing

      May 16, 2011

      The sixth annual Week of Writing (WoW) will kick off on May 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Behrakis Grand Hall. This year boasts some exciting special guests, including comic book writer John Arcudi, best known for his work on The Mask; Tom Brennan, Drexel alumnus and editor at Marvel Comics; travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy; and H.G. Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights. As always, the series will also include readings by faculty and students, as well as panels, writing workshops, the Story Slam and a bookfair.

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      Panel discussions will center on a range of topics, from “The Future of the Graphic Novel” and “Sketch Comedy Writing,” to “The Art of Advertising” and “The Young Adult Novel.” On Thursday, May 26 at 12:30pm, the “Making History” panel will feature Bissinger, among others. Bissinger is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and the author of three highly-acclaimed nonfiction books, including Friday Night Lights and A Prayer for the City, the critically-acclaimed account of former Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell’s first term. Bissinger and his fellow panelists will discuss the challenges involved in manipulating historical events and characters in their writing, including the issue of achieving realistic atmosphere and (in some cases) dialogue, and the problems involved in recreating the past with limited or contradictory resources.

      Also on May 26, four accomplished writers will discuss travel writing, including their own work and what it means to be a travel writer in the 21st century. Andrew McCarthy will be among the panelists. McCarthy is a two-time Lowell Thomas Award winner and a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. His travel writing has appeared in Travel+Leisure, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic, among others. Before travel writing, McCarthy was best known for his starring roles in such films as “Pretty in Pink,” “St. Elmo's Fire,” and “Weekend at Bernie's.”

      Reading marathons throughout the week will feature the student winners of the Drexel Publishing Group writing contests, as well as the work of faculty from across the University.

      “This year,” noted Kathleen Volk Miller, organizer of WoW and co-director of the Drexel Publishing Group, “our investment is university-wide and not just something the English department is doing. We’ve integrated other departments and colleges into our process from the very early planning stages, and will have representation from Pennoni, Westphal, and various CoAS departments.”

      Painted Bride Quarterly, an international literary publication housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, will also host the third annual Bookfair for Literacy in the Great Court of the Main Building on Wednesday, May 25. The Bookfair will feature both regional and national literary publications, including the American Poetry Review, Philadelphia Stories, The Literary Review, and comic book publisher Ringtail Café Productions, as well as a used book sale. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Philadelphia Reads, a literacy non-profit, while the remaining books will be given to Books through Bars, an organization that distributes educational materials to prisoners. The entire Drexel community is invited to donate their used books: drop-boxes are located on the first floors of the Creese Student Center and MacAlister Hall. This event, in particular, harnesses efforts to acknowledge that the written word has never been more important, and that the role of the book continues to be crucial.

      The week will culminate in one of WoW’s historically most popular events, the Story Slam. Part Whose Line is It Anyway? and part Henry Rollins, the event is a glimpse into the monthly Story Slams hosted by Painted Bride, of which Volk Miller is editor in chief. Often humorous by nature, the Slam introduces students to the spontaneous side of writing—encouraging them to re-imagine literature, and to write it.

      Said Volk Miller, “I would hope that WoW would be one of the things that really does set us apart from other schools; we have a spectrum of events and fantastic guests—every panel is put together with so much thought. To be given that opportunity right on your own campus, to have these really unique, one-of-a-kind events, is very lucky.”

      Locations for WoW events vary, though most will be hosted in the Mandell Theater Lobby, accessible via Chestnut Street entrances. Please check the event schedule for individual event details.

      This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of English and Philosophy, and in part by Magnificent Minds, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and the Pennoni Honors College.

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    • Jack The Ripper Through a Wider Lens

      May 12, 2011

      Enigmatic and haunting, Jack the Ripper is perhaps the most infamous serial killer in history. So many popular books and movies have speculated on his origins and historical implications. So much has been written, yet so little is known.

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  • 2010

    • Matthew Quick Presentation

      October 26, 2010

      Matthew Quick came to Drexel University as part of the Freshman Reading Program to discuss The Silver Linings Playbook. Quick gave a talk about his journey as a writer and encouraged the students to follow their dreams.

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    • Syl Cheney-Coker

      October 05, 2010

      Poet Syl Cheney-Coker visited the English and Philosophy Department and gave a talk entitled "The Poetry of a West African Heritage and Beyond: Society, Humanity and the Muse of Exile."

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    • Senior Presentations 2010

      June 08, 2010

      The 2010 seniors presented their projects to the department.

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    • Writing Awards Ceremony 2010

      May 21, 2010

      The Writing Awards Ceremony took place on Friday, May 21, 2010.

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  • 2009

    • Cory Doctorow Visited Drexel University

      November 19, 2009

      Cory Doctorow visited Drexel University on Thursday, November 19th, for a presentation and question & answer session about his book of short stories, Overclocked, the text chosen for this year's Freshman Reading Program. The presentation and Q&A were held in the Main Auditorium from 11am to 12pm, followed by a reception and book signing in the Grand Hall.

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    • Dr. Scott Warnock's Book Featured on NTCE Website

      October 30, 2009

      Dr. Scott Warnock's book, Teaching Writing Online: How and Why, was a featured item on the National Council of Teachers of English website. Dr. Warnock is the Director of the Freshman Writing Program, and was this year's Rothwarf Winner for Excellence in Teaching. Also on the website for NCTE is the National Gallery of Writing, including Drexel University's Gallery of Writing. The project was spearheaded by Dr. Rebecca Ingalls (curator of the site), Rachel Wenrick, and Harriet Millan.

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    • The Department of English and Philosophy featured in the Triangle

      October 16, 2009

      The Department of English and Philosophy was featured in the Ed-Op section of the October 16th issue of the Triangle.

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    • Annual Retreat Held

      September 16, 2009

      The Department of English and Philosophy had their annual retreat on Wednesday, September 16th, in the University Club.

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    • New Programs

      September 01, 2009

      The Department of English and Philosophy has brand new programs! Fall of 2009 ushered in a Philosophy Major, Certification in Secondary English and two certificates in Philosophy.

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    • English Senior Project Presentations

      June 09, 2009

      The Department of English and Philosophy had their English Senior Project Presentations on Tuesday, June 9, 2009.

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    • Writing Awards

      May 15, 2009

      The Writing Awards were held on Friday, May 15th, the last day of the Week of Writing, showcasing and rewarding the writing talent of many students.

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    • Dr. Scott Warnock Winner for Excellence in Teaching

      May 01, 2009

      This year's Faculty Awards featured our very own Dr. Scott Warnock, Program Director of Freshman Writing, as the Rothwarf Winner for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations, Scott!

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