By Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno, Dashielle Horn, and Emily Shreve Emily: First-year graduate students have a lot of reading, writing, and grading to do, often in an unfamiliar town away from the usual haunts, and, often, with a tight budget, restricting your options. Over time you’ll discover the best working locations for you, but to speed that process along, Dashielle, Sarah, and I have some suggestions for wonderful (cheap!) places to work and eat in Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.
James McAdams: You mentioned in your March 4th keynote address to the 2nd annual Lehigh LSJ Conference a certain moment in time (circa 2004-2008) where social media and various open access publishing platforms manifested a “technoutopianism” where the spirit of sharing, collaboration, and community was, in fact, “real,” before being co-opted by economic forces, trolls, ads, etc. Could you mention an example or two of inspirational Public Humanities (PH) or Digital Humanities (DH) work during […]
Recently, current Lehigh English Department Ph.D. candidates and sole staffers of ‘Merica Magazine Ed Simon (Editor and Founder) and Wade Linebaugh (Assistant Editor) sat down to discuss their joint venture, graduate school, public humanities, and the finer points of laundry etiquette. Their banter has been edited for length and clarity. WL: So the properly ‘merican thing to do would be to start with our origin myth, right? What made the whole thing start?
As many of you know, Amaranth is the literary magazine published by the English Department and released annually each spring of the academic year. Our goal is to promote the literary arts on and around campus and to highlight the talent and range of Lehigh students. Because Lehigh is primarily recognized as an elite, research university whose main focus is engineering, many in the college community might not realize our intense commitment to the literary […]
by Emily Shreve and Laura Fitzpatrick At the beginning of March, Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess, graciously took some time out of his visit to sit down with us for a chat about his graduate school experiences, his thoughts on what grad students can do to fix the “graduate school” mess, and his best teaching and professionalization advice. Enjoy! Emily Shreve & Laura Fitzpatrick: Tell us your favorite anecdote or story from your graduate school […]
Our second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference has come to a close! I know I found the presentations and conversations on the public humanities inspiring and exciting. As I reflect on my experience at the conference, three ideas stand out: 1. There are many, distinctive publics. There is a tendency in academia, I think, to view the public as a homogenous hyperactive mass that thinks in tweets and memes, and fails to appreciate […]
By Emily Shreve and Laura Fitzpatrick Hello faithful readers! Drown Unbound has two new editors for the 2015-2016 academic year; we are Laura Fitzpatrick and Emily Shreve, a first-year master’s student and a final-year doctoral candidate, respectively.
Co-written by Sarita Mizin and Dashielle Horn Coursework is the cornerstone of beginning graduate studies. It is usually the first thing we commit to when deciding to pursue anM.A. or Ph.D.. To continue the conversation already started by Jimmy on our blog (https://lehighgrad.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/which-classes-should-i-take-tips-for-graduate-coursework-registration/comment-page-1/#comment-19 ), we would like to offer some tips for handling the rigors of the graduate classroom.
Alicia: Like many teaching fellows in the English department, my primary background is in English. I have taken classes and done work outside of English departments but I’m sure that over time I’ve slowly adopted some English-specific habits or ways of looking at the world. You may notice that your students, who often hail from disciplines other than English, have slightly different ways of looking at the world. This is splendid, but challenging. I turned […]
The following post on the Angela Davis and Nas event was written by members of the spring 2014 “Politics & Poetics of Black Feminist Thought” class being offered by the Africana Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and English programs. Contributors include adjunct faculty, graduate students in English, American Studies, and Sociology, and undergraduate English majors. We chose to put our individual voices together and give writing credit to the whole class as an exercise […]