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  • October

    • 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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  • September

    • 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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  • July

    • 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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  • June

    • 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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  • May

    • 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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