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.
Nebraska author Jonis Agee's The Bones of Paradise has been picked as the Omaha Public Library's 2017 Omaha Reads selection. The finalists are determined by write-in suggestions from readers and the winner by a public vote.
Agee's 2016 book The Bones of Paradise beat out nominees 1984 by George Orwell, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
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.