Professor Laura Krughoff's new collection of stories, Wake in the Night, was published by Arc Pair Press on October 1, 2018. Six stories span a century of rural American women. Marriages occur in the 1930s for lack of other opportunities; a young girl dances to Thriller for her friend’s older brother; a pastor remembers her childhood spent fantasizing that she is the prophet John the Baptist. In the small towns of the Midwest, girls and women dream of finding voice and forcing the world to listen. Copies can be ordered here.
For 2017-2020, Professors Priti Joshi (English) and Monica DeHart (Sociology and Anthropology) will jointly hold a Dolliver Professorship, focused on the question “What’s in a Fact?” Their project is prompted by the question: “Who or what can we believe?” It takes the Fact as its central focus and engages in conversations about Fact and Truth, particularly as it is inflected in the current political climate. Last spring, they held a faculty seminar and in the coming months, they will invite a roster of guest speakers. Prof. Joshi’s and DeHart’s affiliations, respectively, with Asian Studies and Gender & Queer Studies and with Latin American Studies and Global Development Studies enrich the breadth of perspective they will bring to the Dolliver project.
Two professors from the English department were honored at the annual faculty dinner. Professor Priti Joshi was named a Distinguished Professor and Professor Tiffany Aldrich MacBain was presented with a Davis Teaching Award. Created in 2003, the dean's teaching awards were named to honor Thomas A. Davis, who served as dean of the university from 1973 to 1994. Faculty members in the ranks of instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor are eligible for the award. Congratulations Tiffany and Priti!
Congratulations to John Wesley on being named a Rhodes Trust Inspirational Educator by the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholar Billy Rathje '15 nominated Wesley for the inaugural award which aims to "highlight the incredible teaching which occurs throughout the world." Read the full story.
Julie Christoph (left) was appointed Associate Dean. She’s pictured here with Austin Scharff, Kristen Lane, Kazu Suzuki, Nakisha Renée Jones, and Cara Monaco.
Professor Priti Joshi accompanied students on the 2018 Pacific Rim Study Abroad Program which promotes the liberal educational mission of the University of Puget Sound, extending the curriculum to incorporate substantive encounters with Asian life and culture. PacRim also serves as a forum for students’ personal development through involvement in community, the cultivation of tolerance and independence, and improved intercultural competence.