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Department Highlights 2015-2016

  • Special Guest Lecture:
    "Explain me this -- learning what not to say"
    Monday, February 29, 2016, 3:00 PM, Kirby Rafters

    How do we learn to avoid "mistakes" when we learn a language? Children and second language learners sometimes make grammatically correct sentences that many people perceive as “mistakes.”
    For example, they say “the afraid boy”
    instead of “the boy who was afraid.”
    As we learn, we cease making these “mistakes.”

    Noted Princeton linguist Adele Goldberg will explain how our brains adapt to avoid these awkward constructions and the ways we learn language.

  • A $47,000 grant from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation will allow the Journalism program to conduct a regional media collaboration project called One River, Many Stories. This project will give UMD Journalism students a chance to collaborate with area media to produce stories connected to the St. Louis River. The grant includes up to six paid internships for students. The stories will be published in April of 2016. The grant team includes Journalism faculty John Hatcher, Jennifer Moore and Chris Julin as well as Writing Studies alumna Emily Haavik. Visit them at

  • Congratulations to students who were in Rob Wittig's New Media Writing class last spring! Their worldwide collaborative "I Work for the Web" project made the shortlist for the New Media Writing Prize, which was awarded recently at the University of Bournemouth in the UK. They're in with a lot of great creative people and great projects, so we should be proud! You can check them all out here.


Summer 2016 Registration

Queued registration for the Summer 2016 semester begins in March. For more information about registering for WRIT, JOUR, or LING courses, visit this page. Please note that the only way to get into a closed class is via the online wait list.

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