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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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Hear Our Stories

ECL Graduate Student Dailihana Alfonesca Shares Stories, Successes

Dailihana Alfonesca, a Literature, Medicine, and Culture master’s student, finds herself—and success—in creative writing. Alfonesca was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Prof. Eliza Richards uses Hyde Fellowship for George Moses Horton Book

Prof. Richards’ project, The Collected Works of George Moses Horton: A Critical Edition, will serve as the first complete critical edition of George Moses Horton’s work.

Portrait of Theodore Nollert.

Theodore Nollert Concludes First Full Semester as GPSG President

Department of English and Comparative Literature Ph.D. candidate Theodore Nollert just concluded his first full semester as Graduate and Professional Student Government (GSPG) President.

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Saturday 6:00 pm

Reading Day

Wednesday 12:00 am

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