The English Majors Committee and the English Department sponsored "English Major Grads Take on the World," Dec. 10 in Downey House. The event's panel included, from left, Jim Kubat, associate director for career development; Amy Tang, assistant professor of English, assistant professor of American studies; book author Sophie Pollitt-Cohen '09 and staff writer of The New Yorker, Ariel Levy '96. The audience watched a video clip of Levy, who was recently interviewed on "The Colbert Report."
Joel Pfister, the Kenan Professor of the Humanities and chair of the English Department, holds a copy of Levy's book, Female Chauvinist Pigs. Pfister introduced the speakers and moderated the event.
Kubat shared statistics and information on what Wesleyan English majors have done, and currently do. The even focused on how literature is equipment for living, and making a living. Tang worked in several different fields before switching gears and earning her Ph.D from Stanford in 2009. Pollitt-Cohen is an author and independent writer for The Huffington Post, The New York Times Book Review and other publications.
More than 70 students attended the event. Pictured in back are Anne Greene, director of Writing Programs, director of the Wesleyan Writers Conference and adjunct professor of English; and Andy Szegedy-Maszak, the Jane A. Seney Professor of Greek, professor of classical studies and chair of the Classical Studies Department.