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Fall 2006



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Coming in August 2006


New Assistant Professor Joins Faculty

The Department of English would like to introduce our newest Assistant Professor, Dr. Emily Hipchen. Please join us in welcoming her.

Emily Hipchen has lived much of her life in the South, most recently in Florida where she endured to a greater or lesser extent all five hurricanes of 2004, one of which made the sky a lovely (read: terrifying) shade of mauve for several hours. Her BA is from Furman University and her PhD is from the University of Georgia, both in nineteenth-century British literature. She reinvented herself about four years ago after reuniting with her birth-family, writing a memoir about it, and becoming an editor of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. She now concentrates on creative nonfiction, specifically life writing, more specifically adoption autobiography. She is on the executive board of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption, Identity and Kinship and recently organized the first Conference on Adoption and Culture for which she was awarded an NEH/Florida Humanities Council grant. Her book on her experience with adoption was released in September of last year.

At home, she likes to hang out with her husband, look for raptors in the back yard, do heavy gardening, bake sweets, watch movies on the wall, and entertain her animals.

English Undergraduate Conference

The English Department will have its first annual student-run conference on Thursday, April 13. While the graduate students in the English Department will establish the conference’s structure, more than forty of the department’s undergraduates will provide the substance in the form of critical and creative presentations. All English classes are cancelled from noon until 5:30 so that students and faculty can attend. The students presenting in the conference will share the research and work that they have done and are doing in classes ranging from ENGL 1101 to Senior Seminars, from XIDS courses to Creative Writing classes. So along with giving students the chance to show off in front of their professors in a relaxed and encouraging environment, the conference will also allow students to see what their classmates are doing in other courses.

Following the afternoon of thinking and sharing, a professional scholar will show all of us how it is done on a larger scale. In the Martha Munro Building on the evening of April 13, Dr. Molly Moran, a professor at the University of Georgia, will speak about her book Finding Susan, a literary memoir exploring the effects that her sister’s disappearance had on her family.

--Josh Grant

Undergraduate Conference

Dr. Molly Moran Presentation

Thursday, April 13, 12:00pm-5:30pm

Evening of Thursday, April 13

Pafford Building, Third Floor

Martha Munro Building


All students and professors are welcome to attend.