Commencement 2018


Congratulations to the newest English graduates: Sarah Forner, Blaire Grassel, Kimberly Grogan, and Sabrina Skelly earned M.A. degrees and Evan Chaloupka earned his Ph.D.

left to right: Kurt Koenigsberger, Kimberly Grogan, Sarah Forner, Sabrina Skelly, Blaire Grassel, Evan Chaloupka, and Christopher Flint

Case Western Reserve University’s Spring Commencement 2018 was held Sunday, May 20 at the Veale Convocation Center and featured an address from Cleveland Clinic’s executive advisor Toby Cosgrove, M.D.

The EGSA cheers all our graduates (as well as their loved ones and the faculty and staff who supported them along the way) and wishes them well in their next adventures!


Michael Chiappini and Melissa Pompili at RSA Conference


Congratulations to two Ph.D. students presenting at the 18th Biennial Conference of the Rhetoric Society of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 31 – June 3, 2018.

Michael Chiappini presents “Archives as Rhetorical Ecologies: Producing Queer Histories through Immersion” as part of the panel “Archival Queers at the Kinsey Institute: Queering Historical Productions of HIV and AIDS.” 

Melissa Pompili presents “Strange Encounters with Dead Selves: Medical Memoir, Apostrophe, and the Making of an American Physician” on a panel titled “Medical Institutions and Rhetorical Constitution.”

The theme of the conference, “Re-Inventing Rhetoric: Celebrating the Past, Building the Future,” calls participants to a dialogue of three partsThe conference theme encourages the rethinking the canon of invention. How is invention related to reinvention, the hermeneutic act of interpreting what it is to imagine what has never been?

2018 Graduate Awards Ceremony


The 2018 Graduate Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 2 in the Tinkham Veale University Ballroom, and the following awards were celebrated:

Adrian-Salomon Dissertation Fellowships:
Philip Derbesy, third-year Ph.D.
Daniel Luttrull, third-year Ph.D.
Melissa Pompili, fourth-year Ph.D.

The Neil MacIntyre Essay PrizeMelissa Pompili, fourth-year Ph.D.

Timothy Calhoun Prize for PoetryDaniel Luttrull, third-year Ph.D.

Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence AwardMegan Griffin, fifth-year Ph.D.

Congratulations, everyone!

Philip Derbesy, Daniel Luttrull, and Melissa Pompili Selected for Arts & Sciences Dissertation Fellowships


Ph.D. students Philip Derbesy, Daniel Luttrull, and Melissa Pompili  have each been selected for a 2018 College of Arts & Sciences Dissertation Fellowship.

The $3,000 fellowship allows for students to work with dissertation seminar supervisors, Music Professor Daniel Goldmark and English/Law Professor Martha Woodmansee, to complete a chapter of their dissertation suitable for circulation and discussion during a Fall 2018 seminar dedicated to supporting the dissertation work of up to 12 doctoral students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Derbesy, Luttrull, and Pompili are also the recipients of the 2018-2019 Adrian-Salomon Fellowships.