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Distinguished Alumna Vivian Howard Finds Recipe for Success
Along with being a very fine chef, Vivian Howard (English, '00) is a restaurateur, TV star, writer and ambassador of Southern culture and cuisine. Meet the college's 2015 Distinguished Alumna. [...]
PBS Selects Cherokee Language Film for National Distribution
This award-winning documentary about the Cherokee language, created by NC State linguistics professor Walt Wolfram and his colleagues in the North Carolina Language and Life Project, was recently selected for national distribution by PBS. [...]
English Professor's Film Brings Oxford Archaeological Project to Life
"Great Houses Make Not Men Holy," a film co-created by professor of medieval and early modern literature Jim Knowles, virtually reconstructs a medieval friary at Oxford, England. [...]
Online Tool Aims to Help Researchers Sift Through 15 Centuries of Data
Digital humanities scholars from NC State University and Texas A&M University are launching a powerful new system to help researchers more quickly and accurately sift through hundreds of thousands of archives and articles related to materials dating from 450 A.D. [...]

Welcome to NC State's Department of English!

A mastery of English is often the key to success in every profession that requires communication, compassion, and understanding among human beings. Many famous people started out as English majors, and our own NC State English majors have gone on to successful careers in public relations, technical and corporate communication, law, teaching, editing, creative writing, sales and marketing, journalism, and more.

"NCSU was an ideal graduate school experience for me. Many of my professors were passionate and attentive. In fact, I credit two of those professors in particular for giving me the foundation I needed to be where I am now--a full time writer with multiple NYT Times and internationally bestselling novels."

Melissa Marr, author of the WICKED LOVELY series for young adults and GRAVEMINDER for the adult market                                                                                                                                                       

Quote of the Month: November 2015

"A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him."

                                                                                - Dylan Thomas

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MLK Dream Resounds in Historic Audio

Jason Miller's King's First Dream project is making the first ever recording of Dr. Martin Luther's King "I Have a Dream" speech available online. The website (not yet live) will include historical background, photographs, interviews, and hyperlinks to over 89 annotations on the speech. This speech took place in Rocky Mount, North Carolina a full eight months before King's famous speech at the March on Washington in 1963. The project has received coverage on the CBS and ABC National Evening News, the BBC, and in USA Today. It was also featured by Charlie Rose on the CBS Morning Show and named the "Best New Thing in the World Today" on the Rachel Maddow Show. In addition to being featured in hundreds of local newspapers and on radio stations, articles have been published in Canada and Japan and even translated into German and Italian. Dr. Miller was also interviewed on NPR and live on CNN.

CNN Interview
NPR "Morning Edition" with Rene Montagne
Sample clip from the documentary film