Hello everyone -

We face unprecedented and uncertain circumstances at the moment. By “we,” I mean students, faculty, and staff. I know there may be obstacles for all of us as we work and learn online: children home from school; spotty internet; multiple demands on your computer at home; people in your household who require care; and maybe even longer work hours. As we try to continue as normally as possible when things are not even remotely normal, we may want to do everything the same way we usually do. Or we may not feel able to face the tasks in front of us, however “small” they may seem. We may feel angry, sad, hopeful, hopeless. And we may feel some combination of these things all in the same day or in the same hour! 

I’d like to assure you that the health of you and your family should be your first priority. Take care of yourselves and them first. If your work gives you a sense of purpose and helps you cope, do it. If you find yourself struggling with your work at any point, take a break from it.

Please communicate as best you can. Students, let your professors know what’s happening when you try to access course materials. Faculty, let your students know when you have materials available, when you are working out bugs and kinks in your system, and when they are fixed. Students, faculty, and staff, keep me updated. Let me know what you need.

All best -

Dr. Wightman

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Open Access 2018: Radical Transformations

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Open Access 2018 Radical Transformations

This year the Oviatt Library celebrates the open access movement once again with Open Access: Radical Transformations, at which we will present our Fifth Annual Open Access Award! Read more

Graduate Reading Series

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm


The second Graduate Reading Series of the semester will take place in Jerome Richfield 319 on Friday, October 19th at 7:00PM. Read more

Teaching Credentil Information Session

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

teaching credential

Join us for an info session with the Associate Chair of the Credential Office to learn about the pathways within the English major that will turn your love of English and Literature into a fulfilling career as an English teacher!  Read more



Faking the News

September 13, 2018

Fake News

Attend Dr. Ryan Skinnell's talk on the book Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump. Read more


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