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volume 23, issue 1

Knowledge is a treasure,
but practice is the key to it.

—Lao Tzu

Image of chalk on sidewalk, saying "I write to feel seen" from National Day on Writing at ASU 2019 / Photo by Bruce Matsunaga

public humanities: sharing, practicing, translating knowledge

A note from the editors: Making it public
Larry Ellis

Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing. 

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.

—Audre Lorde

humanities in the news: public scholars

The worst is not, so long as we can say 'this is the worst' (The Lancet)
Jonathan Bate discusses pandemics in literature

The poems that poets turn to in a time of strife (The New York Times)
Natalie Diaz highlights a must-read for these times

Jane Austen behind bars (Corrections Today)
Joe Lockard, Devoney Looser, and Cornelia Wells quoted on prison teaching

How Scooby-Doo's origins are related to the RFK assassination (Smithsonian Magazine)
Kevin Sandler examines violence in children's television

All that glisters is not gold (NPR)
Ayanna Thompson on racism in Shakespeare

Language evolves, and that's okay (O.K.?) (The Washington Post)
Elly van Gelderen explores a simple word's complex past


Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

editorial staff

Accents on English 2.0 is produced by the Department of English at Arizona State University.

Executive EditorsMeghan ApaoLarry EllisKristen LaRue-Sandler  |  Web EditorKristen LaRue-Sandler

Copy EditorsSheila LunaKira Assad, T.M. McNally

Newsletter CommitteeMeghan Apao (Co-Chair) Larry Ellis (Co-Chair), Kira Assad, Sarah Florini, Kristen LaRue-SandlerSheila Luna, T. M. McNally

about the masthead image

Image of a copper glazed plate by Andrea Dickens. Courtesy photo.Andrea Dickens. Copper Glaze Plate. Courtesy photo.

A view from close-up suggests a petri dish or maybe an artist's vision of planet earth. However, the image at the top of this newsletter is of a ceramic creation by Lecturer Andrea Dickens. For more about Dickens and her work, read Avrajit Dey's profile of her in this newsletter.

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