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Madame de Sade opens April 24th

April 23, 2014

Event Poster ImageThe International Theatre Program’s production of Madame de Sade opens on Thursday, April 24th and will run through May 3rd.

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New Faculty Publication: Jason Middleton, “Documentary's Awkward Turn”

April 17, 2014

Cover of Despite the prominence of "awkwardness" as cultural buzzword and descriptor of a sub-genre of contemporary film and television comedy, it has yet to be adequately theorized in academic film and media studies. Documentary’s Awkward Turn contributes a new critical paradigm to the field by presenting an analysis of awkward moments in documentary film and other reality-based media formats.

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Kenneth Gross named recipient of 2014-2015 fellowship at Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers

April 16, 2014

Professor Kenneth GrossProfessor Kenneth Gross has been selected as a recipient of a 2014-2015 fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library.

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Jennifer Grotz named co-recipient of the 2014 Poetry International C.P. Cavafy Award

April 15, 2014

Professor Jen GrotzProfessor Jennifer Grotz has been named a co-winner of the 2014 Poetry International C.P. Cavafy Award for her poem “Watchmaker," found in her forthcoming manuscript The Window Left Open.

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Joel Burges named recipient of 2014-2015 fellowship at Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities

April 15, 2014

Professor Joel BurgesProfessor Joel Burges has been selected as a recipient of a 2014-2015 fellowship at the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Wellesley College.

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Faculty Spotlight on Melissa Balmain, author of "Walking in on People"

April 14, 2014

Walking in on People book coverAdjunct Instructor Melissa Balmain will be featured in this evening’s Faculty Spotlight, part of English Week 2014. Melissa will be sharing some of her most recent poems at 5:00pm in Robbins Library. Balmain is the author of the recent book of poems Walking in on People, now available for pre-order with Able Muse Press.

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Plutzik Reading Series welcomes Yiyun Li

April 11, 2014

Author Yiyun LiThe Plutzik Reading Series welcomes author Yiyun Li on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

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English Week 2014 runs April 14–17

April 11, 2014

English Week posterEnglish Week 2014 will run from April 14–17. Events include:

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Scholar Kenneth Gross Named First Holder of Alan F. Hilfiker Distinguished Professorship in English

April 8, 2014

Ken Gross headshotKenneth Gross, a Renaissance scholar and professor of English at the University of Rochester, became the inaugural holder of the Alan F. Hilfiker Distinguished Professorship in English on Friday, April 4.

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Curtis Teaching Prize awarded to Nikolaus Wasmoen

April 2, 2014

Nikolaus Wasmoen headshotSixth-year PhD student Nikolaus Wasmoen has been awarded the University's 2014 Edward Peck Curtis Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. Currently serving as a Dean's Teaching Fellow in two of Professor Morris Eaves' courses on the concept of "The Digital Page," while also assisting in a course taught by Professor Bette London on the Twentieth-Century British Novel, Wasmoen has continually found dynamic and eye-opening ways of sharing with students a set of unique skills garnered while writing his ambitious, highly interdisciplinary dissertation on the role of the author-editor in the construction of literary modernism.

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Tanenbaum Award applications due April 4th

March 28, 2014

Tanenbaum deadline imageIn 2004 University alumnus John Tanenbaum ’85 began a funded internship to help English majors subsidize their housing, transportation, and other expenses in a summer independent study. Since 2006 the Tanenbaum Scholarship has helped make internships possible at an academic publishing house in Pittsburgh, a TV production team in Los Angeles, the American Red Cross, and the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. For more information, contact thomas.hahn@rochester.edu.

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Undergraduates awarded Discover grant

March 26, 2014

Blake imageUndergraduates Margaret Speer and Megan Wilson have been awarded a Discover grant to work with the William Blake Archive research group during the summer of 2014. The Archive group at UR produces scholarly editions of Blake’s manuscripts and typographic works for a worldwide audience. The Archive draws on more than thirty major collections of Blake’s work.  For more, see www.blakearchive.org.

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James Longenbach receives Arts and Letters Award in Literature

March 20, 2014

Professor James LongenbachThe American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the names of 20 writers who will receive its 2014 awards in literature. The awards will be presented in New York in May at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial. The literature prizes, totaling $230,000, honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The Academy’s 250 members nominate candidates, and a rotating committee of writers selects winners.

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Hollis Robbins to give George Ford Lecture

March 13, 2014

Hollis RobbinsHollis Robbins, Chair of the Humanities Department at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins, will give the talk "The African American Sonnet Tradition." The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:00pm in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. It is free and open to the public.

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Russell and Ruth Peck Artistic Directorship Installed, Nigel Maister Named First Recipient

March 7, 2014

Nigel MaisterNigel Maister, artistic director of the International Theatre Program at the University of Rochester, was installed as the inaugural holder of the Russell and Ruth Peck Artistic Directorship on Friday, February 28.

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An Enemy of the People

February 24, 2014

Event Poster ImageThe International Theatre Program’s production An Enemy of the People runs from February 27-March 8.

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Plutzik Reading Series welcomes Ken Kalfus

February 12, 2014

Author Ken KalfusThe Plutzik Reading Series welcomes author Ken Kalfus on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

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New Blake Archive Publication

January 31, 2014

Songs of Innocence coverThe William Blake Archive has published an electronic edition of Songs of Innocence copy L.

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Cary Peppermint receives 2013 Lillian Fairchild Award

January 23, 2014

Cary PeppermintCary Peppermint has been named the recipient of the 2013 Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award, administered by the University of Rochester.

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Theatre in England

January 2, 2014

Theater in England PosterSpaces are still available for the upcoming winter intersession trip “Theatre in England.” Please email Professor Mannheimer with questions and download the flier for more information.

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A Bright Room Called Day

December 5, 2013

Event Poster ImageThe International Theatre Program’s production A Bright Room Called Day runs from December 5-14.

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Advanced Studies in England with Professor Tucker, Summer 2014

November 14, 2013

Study in England PosterA new summer program in Bath addresses the philosophical and political issues pertinent to a selection of literary works about ideal and hellish societies. An information session will be held 2 to 3 p.m. November 14 in Dewey Hall 2-110C.

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Website Launched in Honor of Russell Peck

August 1, 2013

Help establish an endowed University position in the names of Russell and Ruth Peck—a fund that would bear their names in perpetuity. A new website celebrates Professor Peck's half century of dedication to the University.

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New Blake Archive Publication

May 30, 2013

The William Blake Archive has published an electronic edition of Europe a Prophecy copy A.

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