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Pete’s Letter:  Letter from Head of Department, Pete Coviello: Dear Colleagues, A true fact about being Head of the English Department is that, with somewhat puzzling frequency, you are asked to give what tend to be called “a few remarks.” Usually, these are meant to be about the English major, what it is, what it does, what it might do for you. This is not, I confess, my favorite thing about being Head, if only because I think the answers to those questions are best found less in any pronouncement I might make than in the daily and accruing and astonishing work of the department – in the labors of colleagues who week in and week out show up as advisors, mentors, readers, writers, editors, instructors, sounding-boards, local experts, field-guides to the institution, and so much else. Sometimes, though, a few framing remarks can be helpful. In that spirit, here is what I had to say the other day at a gathering of high school seniors considering UIC, the humanities, and the English major. My goals for myself were, first, “Be brief,” and second, “No, briefer.”  Among the many things you might say about it,

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Jay Bauer smiling

“My time in the English Department has given me the opportunity to study under and alongside brilliant writers from across disciplines and explore subjects in ways I’d have never thought possible. Writing is a trade that will always be needed, and the folks I work with show that the future of writing is in good hands.” 

-Jayden Bauer, Class of 2023

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One on One Reading with Orlando Menes and PhD student Moriana Delgado

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Lily Ginsberg smiling

“My time as an English student has been very rewarding— I have advanced into a leadership position at the UIC Writing Center, traveled to Denver to read a paper at the Sigma Tau Delta Conference, shot free throws with the department head at a UIC basketball game, and received departmental awards. All of this was only possible with the mentorship and guidance of my English professors, all of whom are excellent educators!

-Lily Ginsberg, Class of 2023