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Ellis Named Sterling Allen Brown Professor of English and Humanities for Spring 2015

Thomas Sayers EllisThe Department of English has named poet and photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis as the Sterling Allen Brown Professor of English and Humanities for the spring 2015 semester.

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Ellis also will lead two writing workshops for students and members of the Howard community (Jan. 21-22); conduct a public lecture (“A Crank-Shaped Lecture: The Hip Hop in Go-Go’s Pocket” in February); and hold a conversation with Howard faculty member Dr. Meta D. Jones (author of The Muse Is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to Spoken Word).

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Assistant Professor of American Literature

The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in American literature beginning Fall 2015. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in hand, at least one publication in the field, and a strong record of research and teaching in late 19th and/or early 20th century American literature. Ability to teach critical theory is also welcome. All applicants must submit the following documents via the MLA (www.mla.org) online system by COB November 01: a current cv, a letter of interest, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Advanced assistant professors should also submit a brief research agenda. Howard University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing

The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, with an emphasis on fiction and creative non-fiction, with duties to commence Fall 2015.The successful candidate will have an MFA or PhD, one published book of fiction or non-fiction and a record of publication in the second area, and an excellent record in teaching creative writing. Please send a single PDF file application with curriculum vitae, names of three references related specifically to teaching, and teaching portfolio (syllabi, evaluations) to Dr. Dana A Williams at d_williams@howard.edu no later than November 10. Books should be sent to Department of English 2441 Sixth Street, NW 248 Locke Hall Washington, DC 20059. Howard University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.

Assistant Professor of British Literature

The Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor to teach the long 18th Century (1660-1830) with duties to commence Fall 2015. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in hand and research, teaching, and publication interests that reflect attention to how British literature of the period (including homeland and colonial authors) addresses issues of empire, colonization, globalization, slavery, revolution, and cosmopolitanism.  An additional expertise in Black British authors would be welcome. All applicants must submit the following documents via the MLA Joblist online system (www.mla.org) by November 10: a current cv, a letter of interest, official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Advanced assistant professors should also submit a brief research agenda. Howard University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.

A Tribute to Maya Angelou

Evidence of the living legacy and heritage of African American literature speaks through Maya Angelou and her peers. Perhaps there is no more compelling way to present this truth than by the example of her work.  She was, like the title of her autobiographical narrative, Singing and Swinging and Getting Merry Like Christmas. The fulcrum of her work wakes to literary resonance that energizing moment that bridges the so-called “Harlem Renaissance” and the so-called “Black Arts Movement.”

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The Department of English Celebrates a Son of Howard—Amiri Baraka

It was he, Amiri Baraka, that voice, who years ago pronounced the meaning and profound implication of the moments and the voices of the fullness of Black life. He does so, ever more, and in a moment of reflection when he is assessing moments of his own awakenings.

Youth in their fervor know no limitations except that they are celebrations of them. Narrow, because they lack experience, yet fervent, super-energetic, super optimistic.

 –“The Black Arts”

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