September 28, 2023


Dear Colleagues,

I hope your semester is going well and that students (and you!) are enjoying classes.  You will find below some recent Kudos and also reminders for October. Please remember to send me news of any recent accomplishments I should share in the next missive.  And if I overlook sending out anyone’s good news, please remind me of that, too.

Today from 4 to 5:15 in the Seminar Room (Fretwell 290B) award-winning essayist Patrice Gopo will read from her new book, Autumn Song: Essays on Absence, followed by a Q+A and conversation 

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of our students and the English Department!

Best wishes,



Pilar Blitvich delivered a plenary talk titled “The Pragmatics of Light Groups—Towards a Further Understanding of Intergroup Online Communication” at the 18th International Conference of the China Pragmatics Association. Guangzhou, ChinaShe also participated in a conference workshop titled “Charting Uncharted Territory: Affect and Effect.”

Pilar attended another international conference, the 18th International Pragmatics Conference, Brussels, Belgium, where she participated on the following panels:  

·      Garcés-Conejos Blitvich, P. & Sifianou, M. (2023). Convenors of expert panel: Conflict and language aggression in post-digital societies. (Celebrated JLAC’s 10th anniversary)

·      Garcés-Conejos Blitvich, P. & Fernández Amaya, L. (2023) Morality, civility, and aggression in the attribution and ratification of the Karen social identity. Panel Conflict and language aggression in post-digital societies.  

·      Garcés-Conejos Blitvich, P. & Bou-Franch, P. (2023). Colorism claims/attributions and (non)verifications: Desengañate …NO ERES BLANCO / Face it…YOU’RE NOT WHITE.

Pilar also received funding from Proyectos de Generación de Conocimiento 2022, Investigación Orientada Tipo B. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation for a research project titled: “PATOLOGIZACION DISCURSIVA DIGITAL EN TWITTER, INSTAGRAM Y TIKTOK” (PATDISC). “Discursive pathologizing: Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.”

The audiobook version of Janaka Lewis’s recently published book Light and Legacies has been released.

Kirk Melnikoff’s book chapter “Publishing Virginia (1608–1615): Specialization, Commissioning, Networks” was published in the Oxford Handbook of the History of the Book in Early Modern England (Oxford UP, 2023).

Lara Vetter received favorable reviews of her new H.D. biography in The New York Sun and New Criterion. In his review, Carl Rollyson, also a biographer, writes as much about Lara as a biographer than he does about H.D.  He offers high praise for Lara’s writing, stating “she is as supple as her subject” and “The biographer handles this symbiosis of the writer and her words with exquisite delicacy.” The review from the New York Sun is attached.


October 3, 4, and 10 – Opportunities to meet with Interim Provost Troyer and search firm about the CHESS Dean Search

o   Meeting with Provost Troyer:

  •  §  Tuesday, October 3, 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Cone 320

o   Meetings with Search Firm:

  • §  Wednesday, October 4, 3:00-3:45 p.m., Denny 200
  • §  Tuesday, October 10, 10:00-10:45 a.m., via Zoom

October 6 – 10:30 to 11:30 – All Faculty and Staff Townhall Zoom meeting with Interim Dean Smail. This meeting will be used to discuss questions arising from the reorganization of the college. Please use the link below to access the meeting. All Faculty and Staff Townhall Zoom meeting

October 6 –Department Meeting (reminder: the meeting will start at 12:00 so interested faculty and staff can attend the CHESS town hall meeting from 10:30 to 11:30).

October 6 – Need to complete action on office phones re: migration to Zoom phones.  See email today from Syreeta Taylor titled “OneIT and Zoom Phone Migration.”

October 7 –Textbook orders for Spring 2024 due to bookstore

October 13 – Mid-Term Unsatisfactory Grades due (even if you have no unsatisfactory grades to report, you should still complete the grade form indicating you have no unsatisfactory grades to report)

October 19 – Last day for students to withdraw from a full-term class, grade subject to withdrawal policy