Higher education has a public responsibility to reinvigorate democratic life. The Department of English collaborates with a wide range of Twin Cities organizations to build social capital through literacy, education, public work, and event programs.
The Department of English supports an engaged, civic-oriented curriculum. With the assistance of the Career and Community Learning Center, selected English courses teach students the critical skills of reading and writing in the context of community involvement by incorporating community and service-learning components. Students may teach English to new immigrants, assist high school students with finding community resources, or tutor elementary-school children. If your organization is interested in working with service learners, contact the University of Minnesota Career and Community Learning Center. Some of the local community-based education projects and organizations we work with are:
The Department of English continues to work with many arts organizations in the Twin Cities to co-sponsor public literary events. In the past, we have worked with Asian American Renaissance, Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, the Guthrie Theater, Hamline University, the Loft Literary Center, Milkweed Editions, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minnesota Historical Society Press, and SASE/Intermedia Arts, among others.
The Creative Writing Program sponsors an annual benefit reading for hunger, with funds going to Second Harvest Heartland. For more information about Creative Writing Program community partners, go to the Creative Writing Program website.
The Department of English is honored to have a continuing internship program for undergraduate students with one of the foremost university publishers in the United States, University of Minnesota Press. More informally, our English majors have received internships at most of the major independent book publishers in the Twin Cities, along with internships at book arts organizations, newsweeklies and magazines, and non-profit organizations.