Friends of the Department

Gallagher Family Fund  

            In the Fall Semester of 2006 the English Department, thanks to the hard work of Penn Szittya, Barbara Feinman Todd, David Gewanter, and Kathy Temple, has received a $500,000 endowment supporting an initiative to develop a Cultural Journalism track within the Journalism program.   This initiative builds upon the presence in the English Department of  Maureen Corrigan, NPR's distinguished reviewer on Fresh Air, author of  the critically acclaimed Leave Me Alone, I'm Reading, as well as numerous book reviews and articles in The Washington Post, Newsday, and The Nation. Her reviews and essays have also appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, The New York Observer and The Philadelphia Inquirer. A co-editor and Contributor to the two volume Mystery and Suspense Writers, (Scribners) she won the coveted Edgar Award in 1999. During her seventeen years at Georgetown Maureen Corrigan has in addition been one of the Departmentís most accomplished teachers.   Thanks to this endowment from the Gallagher Family Fund, Maureen Corrigan will become Georgetown's Critic-in-Residence, and with the help of Barbara Feinman Todd, our Coordinator of Journalism, will lead the development of  new courses in cultural journalism, including a course on "Public Intellectuals,"  together with affiliated lectures and in-class appearances by prominent intellectuals and cultural journalists from Washington and other areas.  This initiative will also serve to complement some of the other initiatives that have come out of the Department in recent years, such as the Humanities Initiative and the Lannan Programs.   

Elizabeth Leahy

            Elizabeth Leahy has given the English Department a gift of $30,000 to be spread over 5 years at $6000 per year.  Ms. Leahy who graduated from Georgetown as an English major wishes to help support the study of Shakespeare at Georgetown.  Her gift will help support a yearly appearance of the Shenandoah Shakespeare on campus. 
            The Shenandoah Shakespeare, which is now known as The American Shakespeare Center, this year performed A Midsummer Night's Dream on Tuesday evening, March 20, 2007, in the Black Box (in Walsh) in a performance which was open to all members of the Georgetown Community without charge. 

Williams Family

A gift has come to the English Department from two alumni, Meaghan McLaughlin Williams who graduated from the Nursing School, and M. Lloyd Williams who graduated from the College, majoring in Government. They have given stock  worth $4,020 which will help the Department with its work.

Friends of the English Department

[If you have contributed gifts earmarked to the English Department and you do not see your name listed here please contact John Pfordresher or the English Department office.  We would like to acknowledge our gratitude here.] 

Elizabeth Bleicher
Deanna Chaudoin
GE Foundation
Susan Goldstein
Peter Hornick
Seth Lucia
Kimberly Martin
Brendan OíConnor
Kristen Plant
Julie Schaff
Sarah Schiff
Julie Smith
Melissa Vergara