The Department of English and Comparative Literature's Dr. William Andrews has been awarded the Jay B. Hubbell Medal by the American Literature Society. As their website says, "The Hubbell Medal, which has been awarded since 1964, is named for the founding editor of American Literature. Jay B. Hubbell, a long-time professor at Duke University, was one of the pioneers of American literary scholarship. Hubbell championed treating American authors as objects of serious attention at a time when academic students of literature focused almost entirely on English authors. The award named for him has been awarded to some of the most distinguished practitioners of the discipline he helped create."
Dr. Andrews will receive his award in January 2018 Modern Language Association's conference in New York.
The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Stephanie Foote
West Virginia University, "Garbage Humanities”
Thursday, December 7th
The Pink Parlor
East Duke Building
The garbage we throw away every day indexes the habits of our daily lives, the way we come to feel at home in a world defined by our ability to drain it of value. But what does it mean to be "at home" in the Anthropocene? This paper explores what the garbage generated by storms—household garbage as well as the ruins of houses themselves—tell us about the global circulation of garbage in a world now defined by increasingly frequent and catastrophic climate events.
Stephanie Foote is Jackson and Nichols Professor of English at West Virginia University. She is the cofounder and editor of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, and is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she is working on her third single author book, The Art of Waste.
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