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Harvey Weinstein. Ad Infinitum. Ad nauseam.

Wed, 2017-11-29 10:09
Every time I sit down to write this blog post another sexual assault story breaks. What follows are drafts I’ve started and stopped in an effort to document the scandals (plural) as new facts come to light. October 10th— Here in America we like our sexual assault scandals to be “open secrets,” thank you very […]

Gothic Reading Group: Laughing in the Dark

Wed, 2017-11-15 12:59
October 27th marked the second meeting of the Gothic Reading Group.  Of course, fall is the perfect time to be diving into the haunted material usually associated with the gothic. However, the group took a different turn for this month’s reading. Instead of diving into Frankenstein, Dracula, or other traditional texts, we took a trip […]

Parent. Student. Scholar.

Wed, 2017-11-08 14:00
When one of my college professors told me years ago that the best time to write a dissertation is while bouncing a baby with one hand and typing with the other, I scoffed at him.” Easy for him to say,” I thought. He had a partner and an extended family at home to help. He […]

Monday Meet and Greet: Claire Silva

Mon, 2017-11-06 13:00
Tell us about yourself! Hi! I’m Claire, and I’m a first year MA student. I have a BA in English from Penn State. I’m originally from Bethlehem, PA, so I’m really excited to be experiencing my hometown through a whole new lens. I’m primarily interested in the ways class is portrayed in American literature and […]

It’s My Money and I Want It Now?

Wed, 2017-11-01 12:00
Money makes the world go round. The early bird gets the worm. Lover Boy’s “Working for the Weekend.” Thank goodness it’s Friday. All of us have, at some point or another, either heard from or told a friend, “I get anxious if I’m not doing something,” or, “I feel like I should be working.” The […]

Meet and Greet Monday: Ethan Robles

Mon, 2017-10-30 12:00
  Tell us about yourself! My name is Ethan Robles. I graduate from DeSales University in 2014. Before my time with Lehigh, I worked in undergraduate admissions at Lafayette College. My experience with my undergraduate professors drove me in college and has driven my desire to continue my education. Outside of Drown, I am a […]

Give Me a Break!: The Benefits of Taking Time Off During Grad School

Wed, 2017-10-25 13:55
“I didn’t get in anywhere…” I stared blankly at the final MFA rejection notice I’d received via email, and the sudden rush of nothingness flooded over me. Thousands of words, hundreds of dollars, tens of samples, CVs, and recommendations all culminated in eight. terse. rejections. As my cohort celebrated their doctoral acceptances or reveled in […]

Meet and Greet: Shelby Carr

Mon, 2017-10-23 12:00
Tell us about yourself! My name is Shelby and I am a New Jersey native, but I have been in the Lehigh Valley for almost a decade. I completed my undergrad at Penn State University where I majored in English and minored in Women’s Studies. My areas of academic interest are 19th century American lit, women writers, […]

Gothic Reading Group: A Haunting

Tue, 2017-10-17 13:42
Gothic Reading Group was probably the first social activity I engaged in as a 1st-year graduate student, and as such it played a really important function in making me feel like part of a community. Coming together with a small group of veteran grad students who loved spooky, weird stories like me was a highlight […]

Meet and Greet: Cherise Yan Juin Fung

Mon, 2017-10-16 12:00
  Tell us about yourself! Hi! I’m originally from Malaysia and came to the U.S. in 2012 to pursue my B.S. at Kutztown. My background is in psychology, although I also picked up minors in political science and literature. I am happiest when I’m eating (as illustrated in my photo) and being a hermit. Why […]

Fall: A Love Story

Fri, 2017-10-13 12:36
It’s that time again, people. You know what I’m talking about. Somewhere there is a pumpkin latte brewing; shoe leather is being brushed and polished; and an argyle sweater is being resurrected from its storage box. That’s right: it’s fall, baby! And though I do love the marvelous array of color that fall brings, and […]

How Does Department Service Serve Us?

Wed, 2017-10-11 12:00
How Does Department Service Serve Us? Love it or hate it, the fact remains that department and university service remains one of the three pillars of academic life, along with research and teaching. However important serving on committees may be to ensuring the efficiency of various departmental working groups, it is nevertheless a fraught issue. […]

This Is About Gun Violence

Fri, 2017-10-06 15:30
The intention of this post has shifted focus dramatically since I was asked to write an op-ed piece. My intention has continually shifted since I decided to write on the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. When I first thought about moving beyond a visceral reaction to the deadliest mass shooting in […]

Understanding (Anti-)Capitalism(s) and the Possibility of Real Utopias

Wed, 2017-10-04 12:30
This post is the second in an eight-part series on imagining alternatives to Capitalism. The first installment is available here. We invite you to join “Tackling T.I.N.A – An Anticapitalist Reading Group” for bi-weekly readings and discussions on this and related subjects. We meet every other Thursday at noon. Email Adam Heidebrink-Bruno (adh216@lehigh.edu) or Mareesa […]

Meet and Greet: Dr. Lorenzo Servitje

Mon, 2017-10-02 12:39
We are very excited to introduce a new face to the community this semester: Dr. Lorenzo Servitje. Mareesa Miles: What do you love about what you do? Lorenzo Servitje: There are so many things I love about this kind of work. One that strikes me at this particular stage in my career is the communal […]

Prompt(ing) Writing

Wed, 2017-09-27 12:00
I recently attended the first part of the English Department’s Pedagogy Workshops with speakers Dashielle Horn, Jimmy Hamill and Joanna Grim, and facilitation by Kyle Brett. This workshop was all about prompt writing. Coming into the workshop I knew giving out “good” prompts was foundational for receiving “good” papers. I had just covered the subject […]

Title IX

Mon, 2017-09-25 10:00
Recently, along with several members of my teaching cohort, I attended university-mandated Title IX training. Title IX, the federal law that protects students from discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs that receive federal funds, prohibits sexual harassment and sexual violence. Our training outlined university compliance with Title IX, but it also introduced […]

Confessions of a First Year Grad Student: Accepting Your Disaster

Fri, 2017-09-22 15:30
First, allow me to offer you a window into my world: there is an upside down footstool in the middle of my living room. No idea how it got that way. There is a used, bloodied Band-Aid on top of the upside down footstool. Such is my world. As a student who is also a […]

Imagining Alternatives

Mon, 2017-09-18 12:00
In the first meeting of Tackling T.I.N.A, an anti-capitalist reading group, we immersed ourselves in discussion surrounding the power of imagination in struggles for change. As literary scholars our work centers around the imagination. One of the core tenets of fiction is that even when it is based on reality, it comes directly from the […]

Tempus est Pecunia

Fri, 2017-09-08 15:38
As any veteran graduate student who has worked on a thesis or dissertation for twelve or fifteen years can attest, time management can make all the difference between getting nothing done at all or just enough to get by. The team at here at Drown Unbound are no strangers to wrestling with the bugbear of […]


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