"Having left Irvine in 1999 with a Ph.D. in English, I began work at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have taught at this comprehensive regional university since then and recently received tenure here. Moving from sunny, urban Orange County to a community in the Upper Midwest with notoriously cold winters and a much smaller population required a significant change in wardrobe and in attachments to my surrounding community. After all, Duluth has a population slightly lower than that of Newport Beach. Over the years, I have grown to love this small, remote city on the western shore of Lake Superior, and moving here from Southern California has forced me to confront the incredible complexity of America’s different regions and community formations. In fact, the contrast between the urban West Coast and the more rural Midwest has directly influenced my approach to the study of twentieth-century literature, a mode of expression that always had to wrestle with industrialization and the legacies of small-scale farming setting the stage for endless conflicts between the town and the country. As I move forward as a scholar in Minnesota, I will always be thankful for training I received at UC, Irvine and the perspectives I gained from eight years in a culturally diverse community of scholars in the coastal hills of the former Irvine Ranch." - John Schwetman
Congratulations to #UCIalumni John Schwetman for receiving a tenured position at University of Minnesota!