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Department of English News

The English department offers a variety of courses in literature, language and writing. Our majors explore literature as an artistic medium from both theoretical and historical perspectives, in the process honing students' analytical and writing skills.

Current English News

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Arts and Culture | August 4, 2019

From works providing context for today's political issues to the unexpected inspiration of sheep, Black Mountain Institute staff offer their recommendations.

Steven Sexton, assistant professor of English
People | May 20, 2019

This assistant professor of English pursued varied academic interests but found his purpose studying the stories of indigenous peoples.

Karsyn Wilson sitting on stage in an empty theater.
Research | May 1, 2019

Through interviews and writing, this Research & Creative Honors Program participant discovered how storytelling empowers marginalized groups.

Christen Lena Gomez working at her computer.
Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant makes educating children about the diversity within the Latino community fun.

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Arts and Culture | April 26, 2019

Books by UNLV professors deal with topics as disparate as Thai food and feminist-owned sex-toy stores and the impact both have had in the U.S.

Research | April 16, 2019
UNLV’s Research & Creative Honors Program provides undergraduates with unique opportunities that prepare them for graduate studies.

English In The News

The Nevada Independent
June 7, 2019

The Board of Regents adopted a new corequisite model for remedial college classes Thursday, kicking off a two-year-long implementation process that will replace existing remedial coursework that critics say dramatically decreases the likelihood a student finishes their degree with credit-bearing classes that provide additional resources for students who need it.

Oxford Mail
May 20, 2019

Now, detective work by an American academic has uncovered the fantasy author’s previously unpublished Clarendon Chaucer, and a new book will reveal his conclusions.

The Guardian
May 20, 2019

The influences on JRR Tolkien’s writings were many, from Norse mythology to Beowulf, the eighth-century poem. Now the extraordinary discovery of his previously unpublished Clarendon Chaucer edition, a project that he abandoned after 30 years, has revealed his masterpieces were also influenced by the medieval author.

Las Vegas Weekly
January 7, 2019

New year, new artistic endeavors. What does 2019 have in store for the Las Vegas arts and culture scene? What do our city’s creative folk wish to see in the new year? We polled some of the local movers and shakers, asking them to share their cultural New Year’s resolutions, hopes, plans and wishes. Here’s what they had to say:

NPR
September 7, 2018

This week, Geoffrey Owens, who decades ago played Elvin Tibideaux on the Cosby Show, was photographed bagging groceries at Trader Joe’s. (via The Takeaway/WNYC)

Desert Companion
September 6, 2018

As the sun sets on summer, the fall cultural season is just getting started. Plan your outings with our handpicked collection of great art, music, literature, theater, and festival events!

English Experts

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Recent English Accomplishments

July 25, 2019
P. Jane Hafen (English) and Brenden H. Rensink (Brigham Young University) co-edited Essays on American Indian and Mormon History, published by the University of Utah Press. With the aim of avoiding familiar narrative patterns of settler colonialism, the editors and contributors seek to make American Indians the subjects rather than the objects of...
June 21, 2019
Jarret Keene (English) wrote a short comics story, "Cannonball," which appears in the just-published The Good Fight: Taking a Stand Against Racism and Bigotry. The anthology contains more than 40 stories by all-star comics creators such as Mark Waid and J.H. Williams III, with all profits benefiting the Southern Poverty Law Center.
May 6, 2019
Clarissa Otoo (Hospitality), Zulma Arceo (Public Health), Caroline Farah (Teaching and Learning), Cambria Del Castillo (Theatre), and Camisha Fagan (Sociology and English) successfully completed their involvement in UNLV’s Grad Rebel Advantage Program. All five are undergraduates. The Grad Rebel Advantage Program helps prepares students for...
May 2, 2019
Camisha Fagan (Sociology and English) was inducted into UNLV’s Hall of Fame at the Rebel Awards 2019. She is an undergraduate student.
April 24, 2019
Chelsea Heinbach, Brittany Paloma Fiedler,  Francesca Marineo, Rosan Mitola, Cory Lampert, Marina Georgieva, Maggie Farrell, Starr Hoffman, Samantha Godbey (all Libraries), Melissa Bowles-Terry (Libraries & Faculty Center), and Kaitlin Clinnin (English) all presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries 2019 Conference in...
April 19, 2019
Toni Repetti (Hospitality), Philip Rushe (English), Dale Melgaard (Film), Tyler Maatallah (Urban Studies), and Ashamii Henderson (Psychology) served as panelists at the 2019 Office of Online Education's Lessons Learned Lunch last month. The panelists shared their experiences as online teachers and learners with faculty who will be developing and...