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Lynda Barry, Author & Artist

Cartoonist Lynda Barry is 2023’s Mackey Chair in Creative Writing

Graphic novelist and educator Lynda Barry has been named 2023’s Mackey Chair. The 2019 MacArthur Fellow researching the role of words and pictures in encouraging creative output in young children will teach the Mackey Workshop half-semester course for students in the spring of 2023, as well as host a creativity workshop with faculty and staff. Her much-anticipated reading is slated for February.

Umang Garg’22 was one of four students to receive honorary hoods as the top scholars among the candidates for Bachelor of Arts.

Class of 2022 graduates celebrate Commencement

After the upheavals of the past few years, Beloit College graduates have earned the right to list resilience as a skill on their resumes.

Developing and maintaining resilience was a key message delivered at the college’s 172nd Commencement ceremonies, held Sunday, May 15, on the Middle College lawn for over 200 graduates and approximately 1,000 friends and family.

   Martu Collie’23, Shruthi Chandrasekar’23, Veeka Malanchuk’24, Autumn Green’24, and Magali Gray’24 take a break from their lobbying conference to take a photo outside the Capitol.

“It starts with young people”

Five Beloiters recently traveled to the nation’s capital to learn more about lobbying for immigration rights. Funded through the Weissberg Program in Human Rights and Social Justice, the trip showed the students how young people can advocate for lasting change.

Ella Aizeki’25 welcomes the end-of-the-year event as a break from classes and finals.

Beloiters celebrate Spring Day 2022

Beloiters celebrate spring’s arrival and the waning days of the college semester each April with a day off from classes. Spring Day is equal parts food, fun, music, and savoring good times with classmates.

Book party launch-goers surround Furukawa to celebrate the publication of her book The Afterlife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

New Publication by MLL Faculty Member

Susan Furukawa published her book The Afterlife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi: Historical Fiction and Popular Culture in Japan in March.

Barrett working with students at the Boys and Girls Club

Making a World of Difference

See how Stella Barrett has taken a passion for environmental education and turned it into a local internship opportunity with a lasting impact on the future.

A collection of previous Beloit Fiction Journal covers going back to 1985.

Beloit Fiction Journal behind the scenes

Beloit College has a rich history of producing literary publications, from Blue Moon to Pocket Lint, but only the annual Beloit Fiction Journal features professional works of fiction submitted by writers across the country and edited by Beloit students. Through creative writing courses, students consider more than 1,000 submissions, choose the journal’s cover, design the pages, and hold a celebratory reading on campus each spring.

Layna Thompson ’22 with boyfriend Zach (left) and brother Ross (right.)

Layna Thompson ’21 plays key role in supporting Best Buy’s sustainability and social impact initiatives

She monitors industry trends and changes, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new environmental disclosure regulations and the evolving criteria of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

Maura Hanley, with friends Emily Fulcher, Ocean Clevette, Amy Ward.

Maura Hanley ’22 will work for the Ice Age Trail Alliance

Maura reported that her environmental studies capstone project was critical to getting the position: “the interviewers were really impressed with my knowledge and research I’ve done regarding environmental justice and Indigenous rights, which they view as an important asset for this position.”

Students conducted a prescribed burn

Students conducted a prescribed burn at a local prairie

In collaboration with a local conservation nonprofit called Rock County Conservationists, the students built fire breaks and worked the perimeter to keep the fire contained within the prairie.


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