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.
We poked around the heads of twins—balancing back and forth on that thin occipital nerve between understanding and perspective—playing with every trope that comes with having an identical counterpart.
The Digital Media laboratories in Denney Hall are usually kept fairly chilly. Large ventilators perch on window tops where they pump out the excess heat created by computer components, then stream cool air back into the room.
In the spring of 2017, the Department of English received a generous donation from Andrea Lunsford—the Director of Stanford University's Program in Writing and Rhetoric, former director of Ohio State's Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing (1997 to 2000) and current Department of English Advisory Council member—to remodel our beloved but downtrodden Graduate Lounge.