Central to the core mission of the Department of English is imaginative reasoning: the ability to think hypothetically about the world in all its diversity—the past, present, and future; the local and the global—in order to engage critically with social and political phenomena, envision what is possible, and dream up audacious solutions to seemingly insoluble problems. Imaginative reasoning is the tool that enables us to create a rupture in the seemingly smooth flow of daily information by helping us re-frame how we look at the world—at ourselves and others, as well as at institutional structures and social, economic, and political constraints... [ continued ]
Our Core Values
Pursuing social justice
Engaging with a broad array of real and imagined communities based on empathetic understanding
Jonis Agee's latest novel, The Bones of Paradise, is among three finalists for the 2017 High Plains Book Award in fiction. Thirty-six books have been selected as finalists in 12 categories for the 11th annual awards, which will be presented at the annual Awards Banquet on October 21, 2017. Of the 36 finalist books, twelve authors hail from Canada, eleven are from Montana and the remainder represent nine US States.
The High Plains Books Awards have been established to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The English Department Development Fund supports a range of department programs and student needs: assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, writing and scholarship awards, visiting lecturers and writers, and special opportunities for the department and the community.
The English Department’s mission is deeply informed by a sense of social justice and unequivocal affirmation of diversity and inclusion; for this reason we want to reiterate our commitment to the LGBTQA community. Our department was among the first in the country to offer courses on gay and lesbian literature -- the Crompton-Noll Award, a national prize given by the Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the Modern Language Association, is named in honor of Louis Crompton, the UNL English professor and pioneer in LGBTQA scholarship. Today, our LGBTQA graduates are shaping the literary culture... Our faculty is proud of our decades-long commitment to the intellectual development and professional guidance of our LGBTQA students, and our provision of safe spaces for learning in Andrews Hall. [ continued ]
Joining readers and writers around the world, the Department of English mourns the passing of one of the giants of world literature. To show our respect, we offer here a poem by Kwame Dawes, Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, Chancellor’s Professor of English, and founder of the African Poetry Book Fund.