English@80 Stories: A video playlist
In observing the 80th anniversary of English as an independent department at Colorado State University, past and present English faculty and staff describe significant moments in the department's history. Scroll for video entries, and explore the rest of the page for ways to engage with English@80 throughout 2020 at CSU. Find the playlist and other CSU English videos on YouTube by clicking here.
English@80: A historical column
As we celebrate 80 years of English as a standalone department at Colorado State University, this column by department instructor Laura Thomas captures moments in our history for readers’ edification and delight. Scroll for column entries and explore the rest of the page for ways to engage with English @80 throughout 2019-2020 at CSU.
At 11:58 p.m. on May 8, 1970, a University police officer called in a fire burning at Old Main. The blaze, which started in the basement, soon consumed the 92-year-old structure. Stymied by an inadequate water supply, firefighters were unable […]
From the earliest days of the institution that is now Colorado State University, English was taught, and women taught English. Although the first person to teach an English course was its first president, Dr. E. E. Edwards, the first to […]
Readers aware of the many 50th anniversaries marked this year or who themselves recall the year, know that “noteworthy,” “momentous,” and “pivotal” can be applied to the events of 1969 without hyperbole. Woodstock, the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Stonewall […]
When we think of the Vietnam War era on college campuses, doubtless antiwar protests come to mind. Although the antiwar movement’s presence was certainly felt at CSU in the 1960s, Fort Collins was not Berkeley or Madison. In fact, James […]
Due to thinking stimulated by the Honors Colloqium, I personally have revised my conception of art, religion, and the goals of life to which one should strive….In short, I had my eyes opened to many things….This privilege, which should be one […]
November 2, 1964. You are seven weeks into your first quarter as an English major at CSU. You’re one of 10, 175 students enrolled at the university. The English department is at home on the third floor of the year-old […]
Referring to the 1960s as a tumultuous decade has becoming a cliché, but like all such expressions, it earned its overuse by ringing true. Calling a decade marked by war in southeast Asia, political assassinations at home, and violent responses […]
English hit the 20-year mark as a standalone department in 1959. It was the year that Gigi won nine Academy Awards, besting Gone With the Wind’s record eight; that Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway, […]
As Homecoming 2019 arrived on campus in October, the university officially kicked off its 150th birthday celebration. And as English at CSU observes its 80th year as a standalone department, we visit our homes on campus throughout the years. Our […]
In spite of CSU President William Morgan’s strong belief in the value of humanistic education and of the renaming of the institution as a university, expanding the school’s emphasis beyond vocational training did not happen immediately. The research function of […]