By Jan Adams | Wednesday, August 19, 2015
By Jan Adams
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
We hope you had a great summer filled with time at the beach, vacations with family and friends, and of course, lots and lots of reading. What are we reading right now? We’ve noticed a few people wandering around Bartlett with David Mitchell novels (in particular, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet) in hand. One colleague is indulging in Margaret Atwood’s “MaddAddam Series.” (Oryx and Crake is first in the trilogy.) Another griped that he was reading Love’s Labour’s Lost “yet again.” (He rolled his eyes, but we know the truth – he loves this Shakespeare stuff!) A number of faculty abandoned reading altogether and have fled to Edinburgh for the infamous Fringe Festival. We can only hope they return!
Of course, soon we’ll be putting down our summer reading and research, and classes we’ll begin once more. We’re all getting excited about the start of the term and look forward to seeing everyone back on campus. For those who don’t know it, this will likely be our last full year in Bartlett. Rumor has it that the South College renovation/expansion is on track and will be ready by early 2017.
But even before our physical relocation we have renovated the look of our website. If you are reading this short welcome, this is old news. But you might not know that this new site now allows us to keep our English Department Events list up-to-date. You can check out our calendar to see the many wonderful things going on. And be sure to check back; there are new talks and readings being added all the time. You can also follow us on Twitter at “UMass English Events.” In addition to posting things on the website, we will announce our events, talks, and seminars there.
So again, welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. We know it will be a great one!