It is time to welcome the new school year, which also means welcoming new hires across the Department of English's many campuses. Please take a moment to welcome these new faces by dropping in their offices or inboxes.
Associate Professor David Brewer has been appointed editor of Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. Brewer will officially begin the position during the 2020-2021 academic year. He will spend 2019-2020 serving as associate editor, learning from the journals current editors Eve Tayor Bannet, recently retired from the University of Oklahoma, and fellow Ohio State faculty member Roxann Wheeler.
On the evening of July 20, 2018, comic scholars, artists and fans from around the world gathered at San Diego Comic-Con to attend the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor Frederick Luis Aldama took home this “Oscar of the comic book world” for his book, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics (2017, University of Arizona Press), which was nominated in the category of Best Academic/Scholarly Work.
Associate Professor Koritha Mitchell distinctly remembers seeing a Malcolm X poster on the walls of her high school that said “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” This poster and other posters featuring historical black leaders would line the halls of her high school each February for Black History Month. It was seeing those posters between classes—classes with almost exclusively-white curricula—that alerted Mitchell to the names of important figures, and even some of what they thought. “The fact that I still remember that demonstrates how starved I was to learn about non-white people’s roles in making a life for themselves in this country—even though you couldn’t have convinced me then that I had any such hunger,” continues the American literature specialist.