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Alumni Newsletter

April 21, 2016

Greetings from SCU English
Many thanks to those of you who responded to our alumni survey! 2015-16 has been an exciting year in the English Department, and we write to share some of its highlights with you.

Faculty Updates
    On May 4th, the U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, will give a public presentation at 7:30 pm, which is free and open to the public. Alumni in the area are invited to join us as we welcome the nation’s first Latino/Mexican American poet laureate to our campus. The visit and reading by Herrera caps a stellar year for our Creative Writing Program’s new Reading Series, which annually brings one poet, one fiction writer, and one creative nonfiction writer to campus. Our students are involved with organizing the series and selecting the writers, who give readings of their work and visit creative writing classes. This year’s visiting writers included Norma Elia Cantú and Alexandra Teague. Please visit our website to find out how to support and sustain our new Creative Writing Reading Series.
  Danielle DeVoss February was an especially big month for English. The Writing Program hosted visiting scholar Danielle DeVoss, who gave a talk on Digital Writing, held a workshop on teaching multimodal writing, and held conversations about digital humanities that will help shape our writing curriculum in a digital age. On Leap Year Day, the English Department also hosted a literary studies panel discussion on the sacramental poetics of Denise Levertov—including a talk by Al Gelpi (professor emeritus, Stanford University) and responses by Judy Dunbar (English) and Kevin Burke, SJ (Jesuit School of Theology). These events brought together students, faculty, and librarians across disciplines for rich discussions of literature, writing, and reading.
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  Professor Judy Dunbar will be retiring after 38 years of extraordinary contributions to the English (as well as the Theatre) Department, over which time she has inspired countless students in courses on Shakespeare and theatre, and on poetry and spirituality. We will host a retirement celebration for Judy at the Adobe Lodge on June 2nd from 4:30-7, with a program of tributes from 5-6. Any alumni able to attend are welcome and encouraged to join us, and cards/letters for Judy may be sent to Prof. Phyllis Brown at or via USPS to the English Department.
  We will be welcoming new Assistant Professor Danielle Fuentes Morgan to our faculty this Fall, who will teach African American Literature and who specializes in the study of satire and humor.

For information about faculty publications and research, take a look at our most recent quarterly e-Newsletter, which also includes some updates on the accomplishments and future plans of our students. This year’s Canterbury Fellows, Helena Alfajora and Natalie Grazian, presented their work at the recent Sigma Tau Delta convention. The Canterbury Program supports undergraduate research, and thrives with the support of English Department alumni and friends. We will be hosting a panel of visiting alumni this Spring who majored in the Humanities, and who will talk to our students about the rich and varied careers they have gone on to have - whether in the realms of business, education, the arts and entertainment, law, social and political justice, or non-profits. We also welcomed to campus this Spring, for example, Blye Pagon Faust (English, '97 )—winner of an Academy Award for producing the film Spotlight.

You can help contribute to this effort by giving us a brief update about where you are and what you’re doing for our “Why English?” alumni webpage. Look for other upcoming additions to our new website—including news from alumni and recommended reading from faculty. We look forward to continuing to keep in touch with our alumni!


Upcoming Events
Senior Seminar Meeting
3:30pm, Sobrato Residence Hall Room B & C
Important meeting for all English majors and minors
4:30pm, Sobrato Residence Hall Room B & C
What Careers Can You Pursue with a Humanities Major?
5:30pm, St. Clare Room

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