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Female Friendship in the Academy

Fri, 2018-04-20 13:10
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

Fri, 2018-04-13 10:00
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 […]

Restorative Practices and Literature: An Interview with Lehigh Ph.D. Candidate Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno

Thu, 2018-04-05 11:52
Editorial Note: In my original questions, I conflated the terms “restorative justice” and “restorative practices,” which Sarah clarified for me in her responses. Many thanks to Sarah for educating me on these distinctions. Where did you first hear of Restorative Justice? I first found out about RJ when doing research for a seminar paper a few years ago. […]

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

Thu, 2018-03-29 12:00
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

Sat, 2018-03-10 14:08
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

Wed, 2018-03-07 07:35
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 […]

Advice to (not) Follow: One Way to Get Through the Reading Semester

Fri, 2018-03-02 13:21
The first bit of qualifying exam advice is not to follow anyone’s advice. If you are reading, prepping to read, procrastinating reading, complaining about reading, behind, ahead, or on schedule for reading, then you are probably already in the whirl of veterans telling horror stories of broken computers, interrupting undergrads, crying, absurd laughing, and days […]

LSJ Conference Round 4!

Mon, 2018-02-26 12:00
Get excited for the 4th Annual LSJ Conference happening this weekend (March 2-3)! If you don’t already have this marked down on your calendars, you should do so ASAP. The LSJ committee has been hard at work prepping for this conference, and we are stoked to hear from different graduate students, independent scholars, public humanists, […]

5 Tips to Start (or Continue) Creative Writing in Graduate School

Fri, 2018-02-23 11:43
Whether we like it or not, we’re people who are building our resumes and careers on the written word. However, this work is often confined to the scholarly side of writing and publishing. What about the creative side of scholarly publishing? If you’re a potential short story teller, poet, novelist, creative nonfiction wizard, or just […]

What Have We Wrought?

Wed, 2018-02-21 12:00
I was eighteen years old on April 20, 1999, the day of the Columbine High School massacre. The world stopped. People were stunned—and in pain—for days, weeks. The story was the lead on every news show, in every newspaper, for days, weeks. The footage of Pat Ireland falling out of a second-story window into the […]

The Benefits of Taking a GAship Outside of the English Department

Fri, 2018-02-16 09:03
Co-written by Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno and Jimmy Hamill Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno, Ph.D. Candidate, 2 years in the Center for Gender Equity For me, one of the best parts of teaching before and after I had a GA position at the Center for Gender Equity was the fact that my experiences in the classroom and in a student […]

Sticking to a Schedule?

Tue, 2018-02-06 12:38
Being a graduate student is one of the rare occupations in which we can make our own schedules; technically we can work whenever we’d like.  Before beginning graduate school this flexibility seemed an extremely exciting benefit, but once I began I realized how difficult it actually was to keep myself on track and prevent burnout. […]

What’s Happening: The Return

Fri, 2018-02-02 19:11
February is a month of winter chills which is all the more reason to attend some of the great indoor events happening on campus. The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross Film Screening Monday, February 5th from 6:00-8:00 pm in 184 Rauch Business Center A film screening hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs 2018 […]

Moving Forward With Hope

Thu, 2018-01-25 11:00
In an essay on Octavia Butler titled “The Only Lasting Truth,” Tananarive Due calls attention to the necessity of utopic thinking, hope, and desire. It is an important reminder in a political present that is charged with an incessant appeal to catastrophism. The dystopian rise of Donald Trump has drawn on people’s fear and offered […]

Our Silence Does Not Protect Us

Mon, 2018-01-22 21:01
Co-written By Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno and Sarita Mizin *Trigger Warning: Sexual Harassment/Assault* I was a little girl the first time a grown man, a stranger, touched me against my will. He told me that I was beautiful, that I reminded him of his daughter, then he reached in through an open car window to kiss my […]
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