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.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumna Lenora Hanson has accepted an offer from New York University. She will be joining their English faculty this fall as an assistant professor.
Lenora Hanson earned her Masters degree from the Department of English in 2009, where she built foundations in both British Romanticism and critical theory before pursuing her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hanson specializes in Romanticism, political economy, biopolitics, and the emergence of the life sciences, and has been active in organizing autonomous political spaces, including the MLA Subconference, the #Ferguson2MLA march, and the graduate student labor union at UW-Madison.