Drown Unbound

Confessions of a Grad Student: I (Still) Don’t Know What These Words Mean

I am two seminar papers and one e-portfolio away from finishing my first year of graduate school, and that seems significant. But while reflecting on all the fulfilling, thrilling, liberating, and life-altering stuff I’ve learned this year, I can’t help but think about all the stuff I still don’t know. In fact, I’m beginning to […]

An Interview with Kari Moffat about the Film, “Mentored: Sexual Misconduct in Graduate School”

Hi Everyone! In advance of this Thursday’s screening of the film (4:00 pm Drown 210), Mentored: Sexual Misconduct in Graduate School, I’m sharing a conversation I had with Kari Moffat, a member of the production team behind the documentary. The film is written, directed, and produced by Lehigh University students and in its promotional materials, Mentored is […]

Year in Review: Gothic Reading Group

One of the most interesting and exciting parts of being a grad student at Lehigh are the groups that convene outside of the classroom.  The Gothic Reading Group exists to explore the strange, the macabre, the sublime, and the horrific.  This year the group has jumped into multiple examples of Gothic materials and come out […]

Female Friendship in the Academy

Sometimes I wonder if there are any spaces conducive to positive friendships between women. I will not presume to speak for all women, but I have always recognized that genuine friendships between us can be tough to navigate. We are socialized to see each other as competition—for the man, the clothes, the jobs. And the […]

Dr. Kirkland’s Truth: A Reflection on the Keynote Address for the 2018 Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference

Written by Joanna Grim In his Keynote address for the fourth annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference, titled “The Truth That I Owe You: Understanding the Social Contexts of Race and Gender in Literacy Education,” Dr. David E. Kirkland, Associate Professor of English and Urban Education at New York University, shared about his youth […]

(Throwback Thursday) Getting In and Fitting In: First-Generation Students in Graduate Schoo

As a college education becomes more financially feasible and socially expected for a greater portion of the population, historically disadvantaged students and those from working class families are entering colleges and universities at a higher rate than prior decades. Though school officials offer varying definitions of what it means to be a first-generation student, many […]

PhD Program Applications: More Advice

Others have written before on Drown Unbound with advice about the process of applying to PhD programs, here and here. Jimmy, Kyle, and Megan offer excellent advice in these posts; however, I’m writing to add one or two additional and, I think, crucial pieces of advice. Start Now If you are a first year MA student […]

Imagining the World We Want, Together

This article is cross-posted from Southsider article published March 6, 2018. Southsider focuses on celebrating the local vibrant arts district, reporting on arts and culture programming in Bethlehem’s South Side. For more information about Southsider, visit them online. On Wednesday, February 14, Tackling T.I.N.A. hosted the first of three public conversations scheduled this Spring. Themed around the idea of “Storytelling […]