Despite the decline of newspapers, journalism is alive and well, and in need of multitalented journalists who are armed with skills that cross disciplines, according to Professor of English Paula Krebs. This fall, she and Assistant Professor of English Talitha Espiritu will co-direct Wheaton’s newly created journalism minor. Krebs, who teaches literary journalism, as well as many other courses, began working at daily newspapers in New Jersey and in Indiana while she was in college and graduate school. She is the former editor of Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors, author of Gender, Race, and the Writing of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and director of the Summer Institute for Literary and Cultural Studies at Wheaton (a monthlong program aimed at increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue doctorates in English). She also is one of the American Council on Education Fellows for the 2010–2011 academic year. We asked her about the new journalism minor.
Can there be reconciliation between a victim and an oppressor once the repression has ended? The First Year Seminar (FYS) “Truth, Reconciliation and Forgiveness” that Assistant Professor of History Dolita Cathcart has taught for the past two years explores the idea. In the course, she examines the history of repression through the lens of slavery, genocide, the Holocaust and apartheid to consider how groups can move on to build a better world. Cathcart, who has a doctoral degree in American history, mainly researches the political transformation of elite African American women at the turn of the 20th century. She most recently published Crossing Borders, Making Homes: Stories of Resilient Women. The Quarterly asked her about her FYS.