On average, the English Department graduates between 300 and 400 majors every year–in 2012-13, the number was 375. These people go on to a variety of surprising and exciting careers. In this new series, we ask alumni to talk to us about where English has taken them.
Sixth in the series is Christian Durán (‘13), whose senior honors thesis — “Reconciling Daniel Venegas: Las Aventuras de Don Chipote in the Balance of History” — was recently recognized with an honorable mention from the Undergraduate Library Prize, one of Berkeley’s most distinguished awards for undergraduate research.
Prachi Naik, now a Berkeley graduate, was chosen to speak at the English Department’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony.
Fifth in the series is a reflection from Nashilu Mouen-Makoua (‘13), who explored three different archives in France, each housing different manuscripts related to the poet and statesman Aimé Césaire.
Lili Loofbourow is a seventh-year graduate student, who works on early modern constructions of reading as a form of eating—theologically, physiologically, etc.
Fourth in the series is a reflection from Spencer Janssen (‘12), who visited the Cormac McCarthy papers, which are located in the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.
Simon Palfrey, Professor of English Literature at Oxford, traveled to Berkeley on April 1st to give a talk entitled “Shakespeare: Where is the Life?”
Justin Park, a senior in the English Department, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship; only 39 students nationwide received the award this year, out of 769 applicants.
Third in the series is an interview with Lauren Ballard (‘12), who worked with dozens of surviving original editions of Susanna Rowson’s novel Charlotte Temple housed at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Second in the series is a reflection from Kathleen Miller (‘13), who visited the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University.