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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.


Jennifer Moore

"One River, Many Stories"
On Thursday, February 4, journalism professors Jennifer Moore and John Hatcher presented at the 6th Annual St. Louis River Summit, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Superior. They discussed research-in-progress supported by a Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation grant for "One River, Many Stories." This project supports area journalists and citizen storytellers to produce at least one story about a topic connected with the St. Louis River and its neighboring communities. You can learn more about this project and how you can participate 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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