Author: Jimmy Hamill

“We were very tired, we were very merry”: Reflections on the Lehigh alLUsions Program

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This past August, I had the pleasure of leading nine incoming first-year students and three undergraduate student leaders through the alLUsions program. alLUsions began six years ago when two former graduate students in the department wanted to find intentional ways to build bridges with undergraduate students. The idea was simple: invite incoming students to move in early and use writing as a tool to build community and unleash creativity before they began their college careers. By writing […]

Restorative Practices and Literature: An Interview with Lehigh Ph.D. Candidate Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno

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Lehigh Culture & Community / Literature & Social Justice / Teaching

Editorial Note: In my original questions, I conflated the terms “restorative justice” and “restorative practices,” which Sarah clarified for me in her responses. Many thanks to Sarah for educating me on these distinctions. Where did you first hear of Restorative Justice? I first found out about RJ when doing research for a seminar paper a few years ago. I happened to stumble upon the website for the International Institute for Restorative Practices, a local organization that trains facilitators in RP.

The Benefits of Taking a GAship Outside of the English Department

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Advice / Lehigh Culture & Community / Literature & Social Justice

Co-written by Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno and Jimmy Hamill Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno, Ph.D. Candidate, 2 years in the Center for Gender Equity For me, one of the best parts of teaching before and after I had a GA position at the Center for Gender Equity was the fact that my experiences in the classroom and in a student center symbiotically benefited one another. For instance, being a teacher taught me how to manage my time, respond thoughtfully to […]

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. […]

From “Should I?” to “Submit”: a step-by-step guide to the Ph.D. application process

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And here we go again, applicants! Graduate school application season is upon us! In the flood of personal statements, GRE scores, writing samples, and recommendations, applying to Ph.D. English programs may seem like an insurmountable task. But fear not! Thanks to the efforts of Jenna Lay, Assistant Professor of English here at Lehigh, we’ve compiled a list of things to keep in mind as you begin to send applications out.

Creative Justice

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Literature & Social Justice

As my first year of graduate school comes to a close, I stare at the collection of texts I’ve accumulated over the year, astounded by how much I’ve been able to read and experience in a mere eight months. As I look at each book, I can’t help but think about the endless connections I’ve begun to draw between the words on these pages and the ethical and social justice connections that these narratives provide. Coming from […]