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
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
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.
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.]