Department of English

Maia Stephenson sits on a pink bench
Born from frustration and a first-year classroom, senior Maia Stephenson’s work on hip-hop, diversity and rhetoric has earned her publication credits, funding and community connections.
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The struggles of trans children in the era before modern medicine show not just how trans youths are far from a new phenomenon, but also how tenacious they were compared to their parents and doctors, writes Pitt’s Jules Gill-Peterson for The Conversation.
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A collaboration between WPTS and the English department created opportunities for undergraduate students and highlighted Pitt Humanities’ perseverance during the pandemic.
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Gayle Rogers, professor in and chair of Pitt's Department of English and author of the forthcoming book, “Speculation: A Cultural History from Aristotle to AI,” writes about financial speculation through the ages, from tulips and scrips to bitcoin and meme stocks.
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The Pitt Prison Education Project brings together incarcerated students and college students to bridge gaps of difference, facilitate conversations and empower all.
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In addition to learning the foundations of journalism, students in Brian Broome’s nonfiction course recently tried their hand at the art of the op-ed for the Pittsburgh Current.
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The 15 Pitt recipients of the prestigious U.S. Fulbright Scholarship for 2020 are the most ever in the University of Pittsburgh’s history. For the 10th time in 11 years, Pitt was also named a top producing institution of Fulbright students.