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EWL Professor Cecilia Feilla Wins 2020 Innovative Course Design Competition

Congratulations to Cecilia Feilla, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and World Literatures, who has been named a winner of the 2020 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Innovative Course Design Competition for her Fall 2018 “Coffeehouse Pop-up Museum”.
About the Pop Up Museum

The Fall 2018 students in Dr. Feilla’s “Reading the 18th Century” course developed a pop-up museum showcasing the introduction of coffee into London in the 17th century and the coffeehouse culture that rapidly blossomed in the 18th century. The class designed their own 18th-century cafe, named Julian’s Coffeehouse, and featured exhibits on the global economics of coffee from the 1700s to today, the 18th-century preparation of coffee, coffeehouse crime, changing gender dynamics of coffeehouses, and more.

According to ASECS Executive Director Lisa Berglund, the Society’s annual competition was established to promote excellence in teaching eighteenth-century studies at the undergraduate level. Candidates provide a brief description of a course that they have recently designed (or that they propose to teach), and the three finest applications are selected by a committee of scholar-teachers. The winners, including Dr. Feilla, are invited to speak about their courses at the annual meeting, which in March 2020 will be held in St. Louis. Winners receive a $500 course development grant and are asked to prepare a description of their courses for publication on the ASECS website.

Congratulations, Dr. Feilla!

Published: January 30, 2020


Michael Colvin, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of English and World Literatures