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Timeline of 225 Years of Rhetoric, Writing, Film and Literature at Carolina

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Meet Our Alumni

Executive Vice President, Able Global Partners and Contributing Editor,

“English majors develop skill in writing and speaking – two critical skills for effective management. After completing a Master’s in English literature at UNC, I went on to various management positions. The skills of effective writing, analysis and critical thinking are absolutely essential when helping organizations raise funds or set a clear strategy.”

Master’s in Literature, Medicine, and Culture from UNC

“Thanks to my studies [in English and Comparative Literature], I feel well prepared to be a physician who can listen well to his patients and be sensitive to how to best meet their needs.”

Physician in Family Medicine

“While basic science courses are important, on a day-to-day basis, I was far more prepared for the art of medicine by my non-science courses. In particular, English, Creative Writing, and Comparative Literature courses helped me learn how to think critically about concepts like illness, disability and mortality– a daily affair in medicine.”

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Meet the Faculty: Sarah Leilani Parijs

The DOECL is excited to welcome Dr. Sarah Leilani Parijs as a Postdoctoral Research Associate through the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity.

Colin Dekeersgieter Awarded 2023 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Please join us in congratulating DOECL Ph.D. candidate Colin Dekeersgieter on being awarded the 2023 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for his poetry collection Opium and Ambergris!

Meet the 2023-24 DOECL PhD Cohort

Please join us in welcoming the twelve new PhD students joining the Department of English and Comparative Literature this fall!

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