Month: October 2017

Meet and Greet Monday: Ethan Robles

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  Tell us about yourself! My name is Ethan Robles. I graduate from DeSales University in 2014. Before my time with Lehigh, I worked in undergraduate admissions at Lafayette College. My experience with my undergraduate professors drove me in college and has driven my desire to continue my education. Outside of Drown, I am a creative writer, theater enthusiast, lover of horror and science fiction, amateur conspiracy theorist, comic con attendee, a lover of history, […]

Give Me a Break!: The Benefits of Taking Time Off During Grad School

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“I didn’t get in anywhere…” I stared blankly at the final MFA rejection notice I’d received via email, and the sudden rush of nothingness flooded over me. Thousands of words, hundreds of dollars, tens of samples, CVs, and recommendations all culminated in eight. terse. rejections. As my cohort celebrated their doctoral acceptances or reveled in their new moves and career plans, I sat in a chair in the common room of Drown Hall utterly humiliated. […]

Meet and Greet: Shelby Carr

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Tell us about yourself! My name is Shelby and I am a New Jersey native, but I have been in the Lehigh Valley for almost a decade. I completed my undergrad at Penn State University where I majored in English and minored in Women’s Studies. My areas of academic interest are 19th century American lit, women writers, and the glorious short story. In my free time I enjoy hiking, crocheting, and napping. Why did you choose Lehigh? […]

Gothic Reading Group: A Haunting

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Lehigh Culture & Community

Gothic Reading Group was probably the first social activity I engaged in as a 1st-year graduate student, and as such it played a really important function in making me feel like part of a community. Coming together with a small group of veteran grad students who loved spooky, weird stories like me was a highlight of my first year. So it may seem odd to report that I felt rather anxious about reviving this group […]

Meet and Greet: Cherise Yan Juin Fung

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  Tell us about yourself! Hi! I’m originally from Malaysia and came to the U.S. in 2012 to pursue my B.S. at Kutztown. My background is in psychology, although I also picked up minors in political science and literature. I am happiest when I’m eating (as illustrated in my photo) and being a hermit. Why did you choose Lehigh? I chose Lehigh because I loved the smaller size of the department and the social justice […]

Fall: A Love Story

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It’s that time again, people. You know what I’m talking about. Somewhere there is a pumpkin latte brewing; shoe leather is being brushed and polished; and an argyle sweater is being resurrected from its storage box. That’s right: it’s fall, baby! And though I do love the marvelous array of color that fall brings, and my breath, in clouds, floating off on the crisp breeze, nothing says fall to me like the prolonged drone of […]

How Does Department Service Serve Us?

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community

How Does Department Service Serve Us? Love it or hate it, the fact remains that department and university service remains one of the three pillars of academic life, along with research and teaching. However important serving on committees may be to ensuring the efficiency of various departmental working groups, it is nevertheless a fraught issue. For example, in April of 2017, Inside Higher Ed published an article detailing research that indicated that women professors (and […]

This Is About Gun Violence

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Politics

The intention of this post has shifted focus dramatically since I was asked to write an op-ed piece. My intention has continually shifted since I decided to write on the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. When I first thought about moving beyond a visceral reaction to the deadliest mass shooting in American history, I thought about rhetoric. I don’t think it’s coincidental that this emotional to theoretical shift could have happened […]

Understanding (Anti-)Capitalism(s) and the Possibility of Real Utopias

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Literature & Social Justice / Politics

This post is the second in an eight-part series on imagining alternatives to Capitalism. The first installment is available here. We invite you to join “Tackling T.I.N.A – An Anticapitalist Reading Group” for bi-weekly readings and discussions on this and related subjects. We meet every other Thursday at noon. Email Adam Heidebrink-Bruno (adh216@lehigh.edu) or Mareesa Miles (mam916@lehigh.edu) to see the schedule, join the email list and find out more. Capitalism: they say there is no alternative. […]

Meet and Greet: Dr. Lorenzo Servitje

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Lehigh Culture & Community

We are very excited to introduce a new face to the community this semester: Dr. Lorenzo Servitje. Mareesa Miles: What do you love about what you do? Lorenzo Servitje: There are so many things I love about this kind of work. One that strikes me at this particular stage in my career is the communal aspect of furthering knowledge—be that in engagement with another’s work in writing an article, collaborating on a project, hearing the […]