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 […]