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This month's events:

  A green banner reading "English Department November Events," flanked by graphics of Johnson Chapel and some mushrooms.

November 2nd: Make Me a Perfect Murder: Writing, Research and the 1970s Television Series Columbo. 9:30 am, Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather Hall)
November 5th: Book Talk and Conversation: Sherri Mitchell. 4:30 pm, Ford Hall Event Space
November 13th: Fiction Reading and Conversation: Joseph O’Neill. 4:30–6:00 pm, CHI (Frost Library, 2nd floor)
November 18th: Artful Activism: Why the How of What We Do Matters, with DJ Savarese. 4:30 pm, CHI (Frost Library, 2nd floor)
November 19th: 20E Senior Capstone Symposium. 4:30–6:30 pm, CHI (Frost Library, 2nd floor)

A Major Change

Capstone course presentations
Four seniors giving their presentations: (Clockwise from top left): Sophie Chung ’17, Malinda Labriola ’17, Lauren Tuiskula ’17, and Christopher Roll ’17.

The English Department ends its comp exam, and launches a dynamic student symposium instead.

For some six decades, each senior English major, in order to graduate, had to pass the department’s Comprehensive Exam. Until something better came along.

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Creative Writing at Amherst College

Judith Frank talks about what it takes to succeed as a writer and touches on what students can expect from the creative writing program at Amherst College.

Featured Article

Hwang and Lee

Breaking the Language Barrier

“Translation is the art of failure,” said Umberto Eco. But these two students found success and connection by gathering resonant, hard-to-translate phrases from across campus.

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