Writer, emeritus professor James McConkey dies at 98Acclaimed writer James McConkey, the Goldwin Smith Professor of English Literature Emeritus and mentor to young writers at Cornell for nearly four decades, died Oct. 24, 2019 in Ithaca. He was 98.
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A Statement from the Department of English
We, the faculty and staff of the Cornell English Department, pledge to support and do our utmost to protect members of our community who are discriminated against, unjustly treated, or otherwise targeted because of race, religion, gender identification, sexuality, immigration status, ability, and other forms of difference.
Recognizing that words and symbols can be manipulated into violence, we renew our commitment to direct the force of language toward large and small acts of learning, alliance, imagination, and justice.
Recent Books by English Faculty
Department faculty continually publish important works of criticism, fiction, poetry, and essays. Visit English Faculty: Recent Books to learn more.
- MFA Graduation Reading 2019
- Chats in the Stacks with Daniel R. Schwarz, Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English
- Lecture by Hortense Spillers, M.H. Abrams Distinguished Visiting Professor
- Reading by Elissa Washuta
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