I applied to the MFA program because I wanted to write, but like many people, I wasn’t getting anywhere on my own. Going back to graduate school for the second time in a completely different discipline was a major decision, but one that felt necessary in order to bring my desire to write into balance with my desire to help others.
Jim Freeman, who retired last spring, was a member of our department for forty-seven years. An accomplished classicist, he translated numerous works from Greek and Latin and regularly taught a popular graduate course on classical influences on English literature. His research and teaching took him to several international venues, in Italy, Switzerland, Singapore, Ireland, Spain, and the Netherlands.
As a cataloguer in the curatorial department of Winterthur Museum in Delaware, I specialize in textile and costume history, but am currently responsible for researching the museum’s collection of several thousand hand tools—woodworking, blacksmithing, etc.—which date from 1720 to 1940.
In the fall of 2014, we welcomed Caroline Yang to the faculty. A specialist in Asian American and African American studies, she earned her B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, her M.A. in English from Boston College, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington.