Book Discussion: True Grit

“You must pay for everything in this world one way and another. There is nothing free except the Grace of God. You cannot earn that or deserve it.”

Please join English Society (and special guests Dr. Glen Johnson & Dr. Benjamin Djain) for a discussion of

Charles Portis's TRUE GRIT (1968)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 8 PM – 9 PM
Opus Ground Floor Lounge

In the 1870s, young Mattie Ross learns that her beloved father was gunned down by his former handyman. But even though this gutsy 14-year-old is seeking vengeance, she is smart enough to figure out she can't go alone after a desperado who's holed up in Indian territory. With some fast-talking, she convinces mean, one-eyed US Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn into going after the despicable outlaw with her.

To RSVP, please visit the "CUA English Society" Facebook group or visit The Nest.


FYE Essay Prize

Inventio: The Undergraduate Research Journal of The Catholic University of America is currently accepting submissions for “The Best of the FYE” section of the journal & The Phi Beta Kappa Essay Prizes.

Inventio includes a regular special section, “The Best of the First Year Experience,” that features the best writing from FYE Philosophy, Theology, and English classes. Accepted FYE essays will also be considered for the Phi Beta Kappa First Year Experience Essay Prizes. For the 2020 issue, we will be accepting and publishing FYE pieces written for courses taught in Spring 2019 and/or Fall 2019. ENG 101 submissions are limited to Essays 4 & 5 for publication and consideration for the prize.

Tuesday, December 31st
For submissions instructions, please visit the journal website.

Inventio publishes original undergraduate research in theology, philosophy, the humanities, the fine arts, and the social sciences, and highlights the best writing produced by students in the FYE. The 5th volume will be published in Spring 2020. You can read the previous volumes on the website. (Free print copies are available in the University Honors Program office.)

Please contact Dr. Taryn Okuma ( with questions about submissions or the journal.


Transatlantic Romanticism, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English

The Department of English at the Catholic University of America (Washington D.C.) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialty in Transatlantic Romanticism, and the ability to teach courses in adjacent periods. The successful candidate will be able to teach graduate courses and direct dissertations in both American and British literature. Ph.D. expected at time of appointment. The Department of English specializes in literary history and aesthetics, and is interested in candidates whose research is deeply invested in these approaches. Information about the department is available on our website. Send letter of application, C.V., letters of reference, and chapter-length writing sample via Interfolio to Ernest Suarez, Chair of English, The Catholic University of America.

We seek candidates who understand, are enthusiastic about, and will make a significant contribution to the mission of the University, which can be found here. CUA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.