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
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.
Grounded in our core values of affirming diversity, engaging with a broad array of communities based on empathetic understanding, pursuing social justice, fostering a sense of belonging, and instilling the desire for civic engagement, the Department of English unequivocally condemns all racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, homophobic, sexist, and other hate speech and acts.
In accordance with our core values—including, importantly, affirming diversity, pursuing social justice, fostering a sense of belonging, and instilling a desire for civic engagement—the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln expresses its complete and unequivocal support for Husker athletes DaiShon Neal, Michael Rose-Ivey, and Mohamed Barry, who took a knee during the playing of the national anthem at the Northwestern game, and for all other athletes who choose to do so in the future.
The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that Hope Wabuke is one of 37 writers to receive an FY 2017 individual creative writing fellowships of $25,000.
“The NEA has an excellent record of supporting writers who have gone on to have impressive literary careers,” said NEA Director of Literature Amy Stolls. “With their talent and diverse backgrounds, this year’s Creative Writing Fellows, including Hope Wabuke, will add to our country’s rich literary history.”
"I am extremely grateful to the NEA for affirming my poetry in this way," says Wabuke. "I will use the resources from this fellowship to complete work on my poetry collection The Body Family, which explores my family's escape from Idi Amin's Ugandan genocide and the aftermath of healing in America."