Ben Percy will be here April 18-19, 2017
His talk is sponsored by the Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing, Bonnie Jo Campbell.Read More
Professor Karin Wimbley has received a GLCA Global Crossroads grant for her course Challenging Borders: Gendered Nationalism in South African Literature and Film.
This course will be taught in collaboration with a professor from Wabash college in the Spring of 2017.Read More
Pulitzer Prize-winning '10 alum Ben Solomon participating in the Boswell Symposium.
Solomon is a video journalist and filmmaker who reports for The New York Times.Read More
National Book Review talks with Prof. Lili Wright about her new book
"I wrote a book I wanted to read: a mixture of travel writing, noir thriller, and love story, with short chapters, multiple points of view, graceful sentences, and strong visuals," says Wright.Read More
DePauw '01 alum Sarah Gerkensmeyer wins Indiana Authors Award.
Gerkensmeyer with DPU professors Gloria and Heithaus, as well as professor emeritus Barbara Bean.Read More
DePauw '05 alum Bill Riley reading from his latest book at The Historic Artcraft Theatre.
Riley is the author of The Milan Miracle: The Town that Hoosiers Left Behind.Read More
Prof. Deborah Geis Publishes Beat Drama: Playwrights and Performances of the 'Howl' Generation
Beat Drama: Playwrights and Performances of the 'Howl' Generation, edited by Deborah R. Geis, Raymond W. Pence Professor of English at DePauw University, has just been issued by Bloomsbury Publishing.Read More
Read a poem by '02 alum Abby Chew.
Chew's poem "Storm" won the Orlando Poetry Prize.Read More
Washington Post publishes essay by DePauw '12 Alum Rajpreet Heir.
Heir's essay, published in the Washington Post, examines "How Miss Cleo [television psychic] taught me to turn racial stereotypes inside out."Read More
Professor Chris White's novel chosen runner-up in the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition.
White's novel, "The Last Bird (The Life List of Adrian Mandrick)," is "a very fine novel,... deeply moving,... stark and disturbing and ultimately redemptive."Read More
English is a discipline that works to understand the world through language and with language. English majors read; they interpret. As they read a text, they peel back the layers of time and language to uncover meaning. They critique and discuss, debate and analyze these meanings. They communicate and decode communication. They create and re-create; they attempt to understand the act of creation. They research and present and struggle and learn.
In our classrooms, this learning process becomes real. Students come together with scholars and working writers in small, congenial classes where together they read closely, construct arguments, and hone their critical and creative skills. Our literature majors develop a keen understanding of literature’s ability to move, to enlighten, to liberate, to provide insight into the human condition. Our creative writing majors aim to take literature into the future, developing their own voices with an eye toward composing prose, poetry, and dramatic texts that could come from no one but themselves. Beyond the classroom, our faculty and students collaborate on scholarship and creative work, engaging both the campus and the wider community.
In the end, we seek to provide students with something to say and how to say it, and with the motivation and means to be engaged members of society, regardless of the path they choose. After DePauw, these paths are virtually limitless. We claim alumni in the arts, business, education, law, media, and many other fields. We teach students how to think, speak, read, and write about meaningful issues, and how to communicate with precision and grace. We produce agile minds: the foundation of a liberal arts education in the twenty-first century.