January 31, 2002

Written Word

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Whether you’re in the Arts school or not, you’ve probably seen evidence of this campus’ literary heritage. From the pictures of A.R. Ammons and Alison Lurie that hang in Libe Cafe, to the plaque mounted outside of what was Vladamir Nabokov’s Goldwin Smith office, the Cornell campus is riddled with clues that point to the school’s long standing literary roots. Perhaps even more impressive is that, in an age where biology departments and engineering schools seem to take an academic precidence, Cornell has upheld its dedication to the written word with such initiatives as the John S. Knight writing program and an MFA program in creative writing that has produced recent stars like Melissa Bank and Junot D