Welcome from the Chair

Welcome back to FAU! We are all excited for a great 17-18 school year, with plenty of reading, writing, and discussion in your English classes.

In accordance with statements recently made by FAU President John Kelly the English department also wishes to express our sympathy and support for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Virginia, and the surrounding community of Charlottesville. In light of recent events, I would like to reiterate the FAU English Department’s commitment to diversity, understanding, healing, and knowledge, as it is embodied in the greatest works of literature. We categorically reject ideologies antithetical to these values, including white supremacism, racism, neo-Nazism, fascism, and related (and repulsive) dogmas. The English department’s course offerings are a place of intellectual debate and exchange, and there is room for a wide variety of opinions, ideologies, and interpretations within our department, its faculty, and its students. There is no room here, or anywhere, for closed-mindedness, violence, hatred, and bigotry. Bigotry is a decision, a verdict against large groups arbitrarily singled out for hate-speech and even annihilation. English literary and cultural studies, in contrast, embraces diversity and honors the thoughts and insights of all who write and think with grace.

Thank you for reading this note. I hope you have a happy, healthy, and intellectually invigorating semester!

Eric Berlatsky
Professor and Department Chair