September 17, 2014
As a child, University of Rochester professor and noted author Joanna Scott played with figurines collected by her great-grandfather, Armand de Potter. He was believed to have disappeared off the coast of Greece in 1905, leaving behind a family on the brink of financial ruin. But after unearthing a trunk filled with diaries and documents from de Potter and his wife, Scott realized her great-grandfather wasn’t the man that he seemed. This disquieting discovery became the basis for her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.
August 20, 2014
A few spots still remain for this year's four-credit intersession course, conducted in the theatre capital of the world (with a day in Stratford-upon-Avon as well). Students will attend, discuss, and write about approximately 20 productions over a stretch of 11 full days of theatre-going. Venues range from intimate theatres-in-the-round to the grand auditoriums of the National Theatre; plays include Elizabethan, Jacobean, Victorian, and Contemporary drama, as well as musicals and other non-classical forms. For more information, please see the course's website, which describes the program in greater detail and contains syllabi and student journals from the past 25 years, as well as information about fees. Modest need-based financial aid is available.
August 11, 2014
Tough economic times can bring out the worst in people, especially when you mix in family, desperation, and the drive to get ahead in business. This is one of the messages in Bluff City Pawn, a new novel by University of Rochester Professor Stephen Schottenfeld, which hits bookstores this week.
May 27, 2014
The John Gower Society will hold its third International Congress at the University of Rochester from June 30–July 3, 2014. Over one hundred participants plan to attend.
May 8, 2014
Steven Rozenski has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.
May 8, 2014
Richard Dillio, an alum of the UR English Department, has just published a story in The War Writer's Campaign, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans. Rich wrote the story in Joanna Scott's fiction workshop.
May 1, 2014
Please join the 2013-2014 English Honors students as they present their theses on Friday, May 2nd at 2:00pm in Robbins Library. Pizza will be provided!
April 28, 2014
English Night at Todd Theatre: Madame de Sade will take place on Wednesday, April 30. Theatregoers may book discount tickets for English Night by calling the English Department at 275-4092, or by mentioning UEC at the box office. English Night is sponsored by the Undergraduate English Council and the Department of English. After the show, there will be an opportunity to meet the cast over refreshments in Todd Lobby.
April 25, 2014
ATTENTION: Registration and payment must be completed by 4pm on Tuesday, September 16th. There will be a session at the Drama House on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m., to discuss the plays in anticipation of seeing them, and a second session at Drama House Monday evening, September 22, for a final discussion.
April 23, 2014
The International Theatre Program’s production of Madame de Sade opens on Thursday, April 24th and will run through May 3rd.
April 17, 2014
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.
April 16, 2014
Professor 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.
April 15, 2014
Professor 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.
April 15, 2014
Professor 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.
April 14, 2014
Adjunct 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.
April 11, 2014
The Plutzik Reading Series welcomes author Yiyun Li on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
April 11, 2014
English Week 2014 will run from April 14–17. Events include:
April 8, 2014
Kenneth 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.
April 2, 2014
Sixth-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.
March 28, 2014
In 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 email@example.com.
March 26, 2014
Undergraduates 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.
March 20, 2014
The 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.
March 13, 2014
Hollis 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.
March 7, 2014
Nigel 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.
February 24, 2014
The International Theatre Program’s production An Enemy of the People runs from February 27-March 8.
February 12, 2014
The Plutzik Reading Series welcomes author Ken Kalfus on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
January 31, 2014
The William Blake Archive has published an electronic edition of Songs of Innocence copy L.
January 23, 2014
Cary Peppermint has been named the recipient of the 2013 Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award, administered by the University of Rochester.
January 2, 2014
December 5, 2013
The International Theatre Program’s production A Bright Room Called Day runs from December 5-14.
November 14, 2013
A 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.
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.
May 30, 2013
The William Blake Archive has published an electronic edition of Europe a Prophecy copy A.