Events and News

Lorrie Moore poses with students on the steps of Old West, the traditional Stellfox photo.

The traditional Stellfox photo, staged on the steps of Old West, is an homage to a photo of Jean Louise Stellfox '60 and fellow students, on the steps with poet Robert Frost in 1959.

Every semester, the English department hosts several lectures, readings, or special events. Below are descriptions of our annual series. Most events are free and open to the public: stop by!

Cogan Alumni Fellowship
Eleanor Cogan

Eleanor Cogan

Dickinson English alumni have all sorts of interesting jobs. Each spring, the Cogan Alumni Fellowship brings a graduate to campus to share life experience and career advice with current students. The residency was name in honor of Eleanor Cogan (1909-2011), who took her first 52 classes at Dickinson when she was seventy. Mrs. Cogan's adventurous spirit and lifelong curiosity inspires our choice of Cogan speakers.

This spring's Cogan Fellow was Maggie Andrews '03 who is the Director of Development for 826 National. Go to our Cogan Alumni Fellows page to read more about Maggie and other Cogan Fellows.

The Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Scholars and Writers Program

Jean Louise Stellfox ’60 was inspired to become an English teacher after meeting Robert Frost during the poet’s visit to Dickinson in 1959. The Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Scholars and Writers Program, funded by Jean Stellfox’s generous gift and named after her parents, continues to inspire students through literature. Each year, it brings to campus a renowned figure in the arts.

While in residency at Dickinson, the distinguished recipient visits classes, holds a seminar for aspiring writers, gives readings and presentations, and shares meals with students and faculty.

Award-winning creative writer Lorrie Moore was the Stellfox Visiting Scholar recipient in the fall 2014. She visited Dickinson November 6-8, 2014.

In the spring of 2014 Stellfox recipient Paul Muldoon delivered a literary call to action during his inspiring residency this spring.

Belfer Reading Series

The Belfer lectureship brings a recognized author to Dickinson to read and visit classes at Dickinson. Recent recipients include Claire Vaye Watkins, Elyse Fenton, Susan Stewart, Tobias Wolff, and Rick Moody.

Notable News

David Ball, associate professor of English, recently published False Starts: The Rhetoric of Failure and the Making of American Modernism. Ball addresses the fundamental questions of language, meaning and authority that run counter to claims of American innocence and positivity, beginning with the American Renaissance and extending into modernist and contemporary literature. Northwestern University Press.

Professor Wendy Moffat's
research on World War I uncovers work of PTSD pioneer.

Senior English major Isabel "Izzy" Rosenthal Zimmerman '14 is an aspiring photojournalist presented an exhibition with her father, Arnie Zimmerman.

Mary Naydan '15 is the recipient of a 2014 Beinecke Scholarship.

Assistant Professor Claire Seiler was recently awarded two fellowships this spring.