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This week's quote

 

The quotation of the week is the end of Langston Hughes's poem   "Let America Be America Again":


O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath-
America will be!


Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain-
All, all the stretch of these great green states-
And make America again!

 

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A memorial service will be held for Nora Crow on Saturday, September 24, 1-3 p.m. at Helen Hills Hills Chapel.

A reception will follow at the Alumnae House.

Nora was a member of the English Department for 44 years.

She had retired in 2015.

 

The department of English Language and Literature aims to teach all the students it serves, both majors and non-majors, to write and speak well and to read skillfully, thoughtfully and with pleasure. We continue to offer many courses that stress literary history and canonical figures, but we also give our students opportunities to experiment with a variety of new fields, theoretical perspectives and linguistic developments, and to pursue creative writing of their own.

We expect that our majors will graduate with an understanding of the historical and cultural forces that have shaped literatures in English, beginning in the British Isles, but now spread across the world. We want all our students to learn to wrestle with the complex interpretive challenges that literature poses and to become, in the words of Henry James, people "upon whom nothing is lost."