Department of English

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Imaginative Reasoning:
Read the World,
Write the Future

An Education in Imaginative Reasoning

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
  • Affirming diversity
  • Engaging with a broad array of real and imagined communities based on empathetic understanding
  • Fostering a sense of belonging
  • Instilling a desire for civic engagement
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Response to Executive Order on Immigration

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Department of English unequivocally condemns the President’s executive order suspending immigrant and non-immigrant travel—including that of students and faculty—from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. We reject prejudice based on religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, cultural characteristics, and social categories. As a department that values the ability to think “hypothetically about the world in all its diversity—the past, present, and future, the local and the global,” we join our colleagues in the Institute for Ethnic Studies at UNL (see their statement, which inspired ours) in opposing this action and do so not only because it creates undue hardships for people from those countries but also because it decreases the array of voices from across the globe in our community. [ continued ]

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