Welcome Back!

Happy first day of the Fall semester! Hopefully everyone’s summer was both relaxing and productive and everyone is ready to start getting back into the full swing of things. There were many exciting things that happened while we were away, so a few congratulations are in order.

Spearheaded by Prof. Kathleen Davis, our department was awarded the NEH challenge grant to work on broadening employment opportunities for humanities PhDs. Congrats to everyone involved! In addition, Molly Hall was awarded one of the first fellowships, the Coastal Institute Graduate Fellowship.

We welcome Prof. Travis Williams as our new Department Chair and Prof. David Faflik as our new Director of Graduate studies.

One of the first events of the new semester is this Sunday, 09/11. The event, Memory V. Representation: Soldier’s Homecoming in History, Literature, and Testimony, is sponsored by URI and The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and will bring together scholars and veterans to talk about the homecoming experience. The symposium this Sunday is just the first of three panel discussions concerning veterans and homecoming. This event will be held in Doody Auditorium from 2:00-3:30pm. More information can be found here: http://rivetsspeak.weebly.com/

The blog will be kicking off the new semester with a wonderful three-part series of interviews conducted by Molly Hall. In it she asks students from multiple schools about the comprehensive exam and rationale writing process. It is filled with some great insights and a slew of different approaches to studying, note-taking, writing the exams, and preparing for orals. Don’t forget to check it out!

As always, thanks to everyone who continues to make the blog work by contributing all of our wonderful write-ups, spotlights, and interviews.

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