If you are reading this in a dining hall, look up: do you think you could assemble a list of 5 living writers that the majority of the dining hall would recognize? The list would likely falter after J.K. Rowling and Stephen King. Change the topic to professional athletes, actors, DJs or rappers and you would finish your meal before the list was exhausted. More interesting, make the topic five dead writers and nobody would struggle either.
David Halliburton, professor emeritus of English and founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning, died June 2 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 80.
Last Wednesday marked the final competition for the third annual “Poetry Out Loud” event, which was sponsored by the English Department and Creative Writing Program in the Terrace Room in Margaret Jacks Hall. The competition showcased 10 strong finalists, and, after weeks of memorization and training, these finalists were ready to give their A-game. Not only did were the finalists a diverse group of Stanford students (only two of whom were English majors), they brought to the table a diverse collection of poetry, ranging from contemporary poetry to well-known classics, for example, Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.”
Stanford allotted an $850,000 increase in funding for the Creative Writing Program this academic year in response to a rise in course enrollments, according to the 2013-14 University budget.
Despite concerns about the popularity of the humanities at Stanford, University administrators say they are not worried about enrollment in the humanities or the post-graduation career opportunities for students in these departments.
Professor of English John Martin Evans, a staunch defender of the humanities who taught at Stanford for almost 50 years, died on Sunday night at his on-campus home, according to an email sent to English majors by department chair Gavin Jones on Wednesday morning. “He was a wonderfully warm and generous person,” Jones said. “I…
Named “one of the nation’s most influential and imaginative college professors” by Playboy, Johnson is an associate professor of English with an emphasis in creative writing. He is also a Whiting Writers’ Award recipient. His fiction has appeared in publications including Harper’s, The Paris Review and “Best American Short Stories” and Random House published his most recent novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” in January of this year.
Johnson was born in South Dakota and raised in Arizona. From an early age, he cultivated a probing sensibility to understanding the world around him. In his early childhood, Johnson’s favorite place was the Phoenix Zoo. His father, a zoo night watchman, would take his son out on evening excursions to see the animals. It was from these excursions that Johnson developed a growing awareness of the depth and multi-layered nature of stories.
Ramón Saldívar, professor of English and comparative literature, received the 2011 National Humanities Medal Monday.