Drown Unbound

Lehigh University Celebrates Frankenstein

This Halloween celebrated the culmination of a year-long celebration of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein. Arguably the inventor of the science fiction genre, Shelley’s tale of creation and destruction still resonates two hundred years later. The Lehigh University English department teamed up with the Bethlehem Area Public Library, ArtsQuest, the Health Medicine and Society Program, […]

Religion and LSJ: Reflections from Members of the Lehigh English Department

This post was collaboratively conceived of by three religiously-engaged graduate students in the department. Each of us has considered how our religious traditions affirm and come in conflict with the values we are espousing through the LSJ program. Here are our thoughts. Cherise, Christian Religion has been a huge part of my life for as long […]

What We Need to Hear

I started practicing mindfulness and meditation exercises when I was 11 years old, though at the time I didn’t know that was what these activities were called. I was part of a group of kids in middle school that met with a counselor every few weeks to discuss our concerns about the school at large […]

Monday Meet and Greet: Naashia Naufal

Tell us about yourself! I’m interested in Southern Gothicism and the intersection of medicine and literature. I’m currently also working on a historical fiction novel; fingers crossed that it’ll be finished by next year! Why did you choose Lehigh? I chose Lehigh because it seemed to be a very interesting but almost secretive place – […]

Monday Meet and Greet: Ava Bertone

Tell us about yourself! Hi! I’m Ava, and I’m in my first year of the MA program. I was born and raised in northern New Jersey. I’m an only child. I have what all of my former (and, possibly, current — hi, Reagan) housemates would call an unhealthy passion for Halloween décor. At home in […]

Tackling T.I.N.A. and Creating a Successful Public-Facing Discussion Group

Tackling T.I.N.A. has entered its second year and is going strong. The reading for the September meeting was an approximately 30 page selection from Matthew Desmond’s book Evicted, published in 2016, in which Desmond tracks the precarious lives of people in Milwaukee as they face eviction and homelessness while he explores the policies that cause […]

Monday Meet and Greet: Kelsey Stratman

Tell us about yourself! I’m really thrilled to be here in this environment. These first few weeks have been a whirlwind but have also been exhilarating- how lucky am I to be here essentially getting paid to learn? Academically, I’m currently on a kick of saying that I want to study Appalachian literature, but my […]

Diversity at Lehigh

It is not easy to be a person of color in America. Being a person of color on a campus is un-easier still. Narrow that field down and being a person of color at Lehigh can often feel like a challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I love Lehigh. I love Drown Hall which increasingly, has […]

Monday Meet and Greet: Robin Lee

Tell us about yourself!  This is my first time living outside Tennessee, and it’s wildly exciting! I got my BA in 2016 and have been working various odd jobs ever since, always holding some vague idea of graduate work in the back of my mind. During this stretch, I wrote a lot of poetry and […]

Do You Smell That?

I smell something in Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. Do you know what it is? It’s fear. Kavanaugh, Trump, McConnell, Graham, Grassley: they reek of fear. They’re scared shitless because the structure of white male domination is crumbling before their very eyes, on their watch.   That’s right, we are witnessing the death throes of the […]

Teaching Tip Tuesdays: One Minute Feedback

One of my favorite pedagogical tools is what I call one minute feedbacks. I shamelessly stole this tool from Lieutenant Colonel John Church, whose pedagogy I deeply admire. Through our Writing Center, I taught grammar/formatting lessons for his honors composition class as a junior and senior in college. He printed them on yellow paper (known […]

Monday Meet and Greet: Katherine McCaffery

Tell us about yourself!  Well, I majored in English and Spanish and minored in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Dayton. I am originally from Memphis, TN (which means I’m likely severely underprepared for the winter). My academic interests include medieval and 18th century literature, feminist and queer theory, women writers, and feminist […]

Lead the Summer Reading Discussion

In the flurry of emails I received as a new graduate student this summer, I took notice of one request in particular. The Office of Student Affairs and the staff of the First-Year Experience were recruiting volunteers to be a Summer Reading Discussion leader for fall orientation. I was anxious to take advantage of as […]

Monday Meet and Greet: Ashlee Simon

Tell us about yourself!  My name is Ashlee Simon. I was born and raised in Southern California and received my bachelor’s degree in June 2017 from the University of California, Riverside. My parents live on a farm in Norco, Horsetown U.S.A. where my mom owns and shows myotonic (fainting) goats. She’s currently working on setting […]

“We were very tired, we were very merry”: Reflections on the Lehigh alLUsions Program

This past August, I had the pleasure of leading nine incoming first-year students and three undergraduate student leaders through the alLUsions program. alLUsions began six years ago when two former graduate students in the department wanted to find intentional ways to build bridges with undergraduate students. The idea was simple: invite incoming students to move in early […]

Meet and Greet: Heather Flyte

Tell us about yourself! I’m a non-traditional student with a background in web-development and journalism. I enjoy cooking and video games, but not cooking video games. There is a rumor that I watch anime. I will not confirm this. I have seen Anthrax and Billy Ray Cyrus in concert, though not on the same night. […]

Welcome Back!: Reading Groups and Events

The smell of the classroom, the reading assignments, hands cramping after writing too much in margins, and the down-and-out copy machine…. Ah, the telltale signs that another semester has started in the English department. On behalf of Drown Unbound, I would like to welcome our new members and our returning veterans. It is shaping up […]

Teaching Tip Tuesdays: Knowledge Retrieval

Welcome to the fall 2018 semester–and a new series that we are debuting for Drown Unbound. Every two weeks or so, I (Sarah HB) will be inviting graduate students and professors to share their favorite pedagogical approaches and teaching techniques for folks to try out in your English 1 classrooms and beyond.  Please think of […]