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Humor writer Melissa Balmain honored by Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop

Humor writer Melissa Balmain honored by Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop

December 9, 2020

An adjunct instructor in the University of Rochester’s English department, Melissa Balmain is the Humor Writer of the Month this December.

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Teaching national mythologies doesn’t help society address problems

Teaching national mythologies doesn’t help society address problems

October 29, 2020

In a RealClearEducation op-ed, Rochester philosopher Randall Curren and his coauthor argue there is “little merit in the notion that love of country is something that can be taught through celebratory history.”

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Teaching the complexities of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Teaching the complexities of the Nobel Prize in Literature

October 26, 2020

English professor Bette London introduces students to Nobel-winning authors and the controversies surrounding the prize.

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New research project explores social and political nuances of migration in the Americas

New research project explores social and political nuances of migration in the Americas

October 16, 2020

Rochester scholars in the humanities and social sciences will study migration in the Americas in a ‘temporary research center’ supported by a Mellon Sawyer Seminars grant.

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Historian John Barry compares COVID-19 to the 1918 flu pandemic

Historian John Barry compares COVID-19 to the 1918 flu pandemic

October 6, 2020

John Barry ’69 (MA) says that the virulence of the 1918 flu made it a very different disease than COVID-19, but the lessons of that pandemic still resonate.

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Rochester project democratizes access to medieval English literature

Rochester project democratizes access to medieval English literature

September 16, 2020

The pioneering Middle English Texts Series “puts the literature out there for everybody,” making medieval English texts available to scholars and students around the world.

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Rochester artists look to avant-garde past in new site-specific installation

Rochester artists look to avant-garde past in new site-specific installation

September 16, 2020

Where traces of a once vibrant artistic residency program still stand, University art professor Allen Topolski and his artist daughter, Aster, seek to understand the present through what came before.

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A  ‘different kind of wonder’

A ‘different kind of wonder’

May 27, 2020

The European Renaissance’s engagement with the Arctic is a little-known chapter of history but a relevant one today, when the region once again has become a site of anxious attention.

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Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva Receives Inaugural President’s Ferrari Humanities Research Award

Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva Receives Inaugural President’s Ferrari Humanities Research Award

May 13, 2020

The assistant professor of history is the first recipient of the award, which will support research for his forthcoming book, In the Wake of the Raid: Piracy, Captivity and the 1683 Raid on Veracruz.

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Ethicists: COVID-19 pandemic a ‘wake-up call’

Ethicists: COVID-19 pandemic a ‘wake-up call’

April 23, 2020

Philosophy faculty explore moral dilemmas presented by the crisis and how they intersect with larger structural questions.

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