Department of English

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Alumna Lands on New York Times Best Seller List With Help of Faculty Mentor

Rachael Lippincott (A&S ’17) wrote the young adult book “Five Feet Apart" with the support of Siobhan Vivian of Pitt's English department. A film version hits theaters in March.
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Vibrant Media Lab Taking World’s First Game Console, the 47-year-old Odyssey, Online

Pitt’s Vibrant Media Lab is helping to answer complex questions of technology and culture, exploring past forms of media and experimenting with new ones in a cultural and social context. The OdysseyNow Project exemplifies the lab’s goals.
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Professor Explores Barack Obama’s Presidency, Legacy Through Letters

With support from Pitt’s Department of English and the Center for Creativity, Jeanne Marie Laskas sifted through hundreds of citizens’ letters to President Obama, resulting in an acclaimed magazine story and full-length book.
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Chess Ace Makes Her Next Move

The 18-year-old founder, president and CEO of The Queen’s Gambit Chess Institute, Ashley Priore, is coming to Pitt as an English major this fall, bringing with her the message that the skills of the game are the skills of life.

Student Newspaper Goes High Profile

Pitt’s award-winning daily student newspaper, The Pitt News, is celebrating its latest issue of Silhouettes — an annual special edition that profiles interesting characters around campus.
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Undergraduates Learn Alongside Inmates in Pilot Year of Prison Education Initiative

The Pitt Prison Education Project puts undergraduates in the classroom with inmates — not as teachers or assistants, but as fellow students taking the same college course.
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English Professor Who Wrote for 'Black Panther' Comic Franchise Discusses Cultural Milestone

Yona Harvey, an assistant professor of English, co-authored two spinoff series for the "Black Panther" comic book franchise and has dedicated much of her career to creating art with women and children of color in mind.