Dr. Novak Named November’s Professor of the Month

The English Department is thrilled to announce that we have chosen Dr. Daniel Novak as our November Professor of the Month. Dan Novak was born in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.A. at UCLA, and his M.A. and Ph.D at Princeton University. Previous to teaching at the University of Mississippi, he taught at Tulane … Continue reading Dr. Novak Named November’s Professor of the Month

Banned Books Week Comes to a Close with Offutt’s Words

To conclude this week, Professor Chris Offutt has written a statement concerning the banning of some of the world's most influential novels. "Censorship is  desperate act made by people who fear their authority is unwarranted, their morality invalid, and their intelligence compromised.  Censorship is the weapon of cowards.  Worse, it always backfires, especially with young … Continue reading Banned Books Week Comes to a Close with Offutt’s Words

Banned Books Week: Margie Cox’s Thoughts on Slaughter-House Five

For our final Banned Book, junior secondary English Education major Margie Cox has taken the time to talk about her beloved Slaughter -House Five.  She explains how Vonnegut instantly captured her attention and why she holds the book so dear to her heart. “There isn’t any particular relationship between all the messages, except that the … Continue reading Banned Books Week: Margie Cox’s Thoughts on Slaughter-House Five

Banned Books Week: Professor Raber’s Take on Lord of the Rings

Dr. Karen Raber has taken the time to explain the reasoning behind the banning of The Lord of the Rings and the supposed danger that fantasy literature featuring magic poses upon the minds of American youth. Written by Oxford don, J. R.R.Tolkein, this book has been challenged (not outright banned in most cases) in school … Continue reading Banned Books Week: Professor Raber’s Take on Lord of the Rings

Banned Books Week: Mary Kathryn Barry’s Take on the Catcher in the Rye

Today, we have chosen junior secondary English education major Mary Kathryn Barry to share her thoughts on The Catcher in the Rye with us.  Barry is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and the Classics Book Club, as well as the METP program. It is hard for me to pick one specific banned book as … Continue reading Banned Books Week: Mary Kathryn Barry’s Take on the Catcher in the Rye

Banned Books Week: 1984 From Whittington’s Eyes

For our first Banned Book, professor Ian Whittington has written an ode to his favorite endangered book, 1984 by George Orwell.  Whittington brilliantly discusses the toils and trials that 1984 has had to face for questioning authority and government censorship in the Cold War era.   Few novels seem to crystallize the high political stakes … Continue reading Banned Books Week: 1984 From Whittington’s Eyes

Vang Coming to the Powerhouse

VANG, a play about recent immigrant farmers, will be performed at 7:30 on Tuesday, October 25, at the Powerhouse. The Vandal Theatre Lab and their affiliated playwright Mary Swander are pretty amazing and creative people--as is the Pulitzer-prize-winning photographer whose photos are part of the performance. All are welcome

Southern Teachers Agency to Visit Campus on Thursday

a Southern Teachers representative will be on campus to interview University of Mississippi students who are interested in teaching jobs at great K-12 private/independent schools. Thursday, October 27, 2016 Students should submit resumes via EmployUM Resume submission deadline:  October 23   It’s important to note that teacher certification is not required for most of these jobs.   Thanks … Continue reading Southern Teachers Agency to Visit Campus on Thursday

Professor of the Month – Dr. Cristin Ellis

UM English Department has started selecting a professor of the month to highlight the intricate and exciting research being conducted every day in Bondurant Hall.  October's professor is Dr. Cristin Ellis, PhD Johns Hopkins University.  Here, she tells us about her current writings and musings in Oxford. This is my sixth year teaching at the … Continue reading Professor of the Month – Dr. Cristin Ellis