In memoriam: Elizabeth Pine Dayton

Our dear colleague and friend Dr. Elizabeth Dayton has passed away. Here is the obituary prepared by her family. It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of  Elizabeth Pine Dayton on May 21, 2018. Born on November 7, 1951 in Washington DC,  Liz, was “Buff”  before she was Liz.  Buff  was raised in Los Angeles where she attended Marlborough High School and she received her BA  from UC, Berkeley where she discovered her passion for linguistics, going on to study with Bill Labov at the University of Pennsylvania and writing her PhD thesis, titled “Grammatical Categories of … Read more…

Dr. María Quintero Aguiló Wins CEA Award

During this year’s 49th annual College English Association Conference, UPRM alumn and current adjunct faculty member, Dr. María C. Quintero, presented her paper “The Sands of Un-Certainty: Tidalectically Synthesizing Nature and Culture in Derek Walcott’s Omeros.” The theme of the CEA Conference was “Bridges” and hundreds of professionals and scholars from all around the academic English spectrum assisted and presented in the event. In a conversation with Dr. Quintero, she shared with us her personal and academic experiences, and explained why she became interested in participating in the event. What called my attention was the theme, “Bridges.” I really enjoyed … Read more…

Women Write the Caribbean!

Students of the English Department, Celia M. Ayala, Joe A. Centeno, Iris A. Soto, Lourdes Rosado, Andrea V. Valdés and faculty member Dr. Ricia Chansky have organized an exhibit for the ¿Del otro lao? conference, where they highlighted female writers of the Caribbean. The exhibit is open this week on the 3rd floor of the Centro de Estudiantes. The goal of the exhibition is to expose the public to a wide range of literature created by and for the Caribbean community. The featured writers included both well known, and obscure authors, among them, Esmeralda Santiago, Olive Senior, Lillian Allen, and … Read more…

Colegiales in the Publishing Industry

Are you Interested in pursuing a career in the publishing industry? Then here’s a look at the lives of Sophia M. Caraballo and Yaisha Cordero, two alumni from our department who have made it into the industry through their hard work, persistence, and dedication. 1. Tell us about your educational background and what you’re currently doing. Educational wise, I have a degree in English Lit from UPRM and I also have a master’s degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Currently, I’m working as an editorial associate for three … Read more…

Featured Alumni: Angel Matos

This semester, I had the opportunity to converse with one of our English Department Alumni, who has recently been hired as a tenure track Assistant Professor at San Diego State University. His story tells us about his path of discovery, the challenges of the current academic job market, and offers sage advice to our community. We would like to know a little about your background, perhaps a past anecdote that has shaped you into the person you have become today. I guess something that has shaped and continues to shape me today is the fact that I never really limited … Read more…

The Wall of Hope

Check out this short video documenting a UPRM Department of English initiative: a wall for the UPRM Community to express itself upon returning to classes after Hurricane María.

Credits: Initiative, design, and implementation by Dr. Mary Sefranek, Jenaira Martínez, and other volunteers, messages by UPRM community, video by Samara Pérez and Victor Soto. Video produced for the English Department Website as a project in Prof. Leonardo Flores’ Digital Humanities Internship class.

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Department of English Alumni, Retirees, and Friends Registry

We’re (re)building a community! The UPRM Department of English is creating an Alumni, Retirees, and Friends Registry so we can stay in touch with members of our community. Sign up with this brief form and let us know how you’ve been and what you’re up to. Our promises: no sharing of contact information with third parties without your consent and no spamming. We will e-mail you 2-3 times a year via an e-mail list that you can unsubscribe from whenever you like. So please take a few minutes to fill in this form. And share it with other alumni, retirees, … Read more…

English Department Fundraising and Food Drive for Come Colegial

After the passing of Hurricane María and its devastating effects on communities across Puerto Rico, the UPRM initiative Come Colegial, dedicated to ensuring low-income students receive alimentary support on a routine basis, urgently requires support. Its warehouse of supplies was nearly depleted after distributing emergency provisions to students prior to the natural disaster. On a regular basis, the organization serves 60-70 students per semester. After the Consejo General de Estudiantes (General Student Council) conducted an online survey last week, however, nearly 600 students reported they would require alimentary assistance in the wake of María. This is a dire situation and … Read more…

Solidarity with the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste

In the wake of Hurricane María, the Department of English would like to recognize and affirm the significant work being accomplished by the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste/the Solidarity Brigade of the West (https://www.facebook.com/brigadasolidariaoeste/) on a daily basis. This grassroots organization, comprised of a collective of distinct groups across the western coast of Puerto Rico, has taken a hands-on, pro-active approach to address the resulting humanitarian and social crisis. The Brigada collectively meets each Friday in Mayagüez, identifying communities severely affected by the hurricane, taking a census of needs, and ensuring that provisions have been delivered – or other aid provided- to meet … Read more…

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