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English Department Statement on Police Violence

Author: Andrew Deliyannides

The English Department faculty joins our graduate students in condemning racially motivated violence in the killing of George Floyd and many others, including Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We stand together with communities of color and all who work in solidarity against police repression and systemic racism. As educators, we believe it is our responsibility to denounce the legacies of slavery in this country and to support antiracist thought and action. We take seriously our role in dismantling white supremacy and anti-blackness and recognize that educational institutions are central to the long and worthy road to reparations. We acknowledge the histories of coloniality and racism that have shaped English, American, and Comparative Literature as disciplines. As a department we aspire to a curriculum that examines and resists institutional and systemic racism and fully support our faculty members whose courses expose the ways in which the psychic, material, and spiritual oppression of peoples of color has been systematically concealed. We affirm and celebrate the voices, perspectives, and insights of our students and faculty of color and aim to grow into a yet more diverse department.…

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Upcoming Events

Monday, August 10, 2020

Campus Reopening for Fall Semester Classes

Location: campus-wide

First day of classes.

The University will welcome students back to campus for the 2020-21 fall semester the week of Aug. 10, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled, and will forgo fall break in October and end the semester before Thanksgiving, the University’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced in letters to the campus community.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Research Uncorked: “More than Manners: Answering the Call to Civil Discourse”


Location: Online

Research Uncorked is a monthly speaker series featuring informal interviews with leading scholars and scientists from the University. Typically hosted at Ironhand Winebar in South Bend, the series has temporarily moved online because of the coronavirus.

In August, we’re excited to be joined by John Duffy

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Creative Writing Reading Series ft. Johannes Göransson and MFA Alum, Paul Cunningham


Location: Zoom conversation

Johannes Göransson is the author of eight books as well as the translator of numerous books, including poetry by Aase Berg, Kim Yideum and Ann Jäderlund. He will be reading from his most recent book, POETRY AGAINST ALL, diary entries from the fall of 2013 when he stayed in Sweden working on another book (The Sugar Book, 2014). The entries deal with such topics as homesickness, the figure of the foreigner, the contamination of art and the unsettling power of the image.  He teaches creative writing at Notre Dame.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Creative Writing Reading Series ft. Joyelle McSweeney & Valerie Sayers


Location: Zoom conversation

This will be a faculty book launch for Professor Joyelle McSweeney's Toxicon and Arachne and Professor Valerie Sayers' The Age of Infidelity and Other Stories.

Joyelle McSweeney is the author of ten books of poetry, stories, lyric novels, verse plays, translation, and criticism. Her most recent book is Toxicon and Arachne

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