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An adapted classroom: Students and faculty find new ways to engage in teaching and learning

An adapted classroom: Students and faculty find new ways to engage in teaching and learning

September 18, 2020

Students and faculty members adapt to new—and safety-conscious—ways of interacting as teachers, scholars, and researchers.

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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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One of the world’s oldest globes is ready for its close-up

One of the world’s oldest globes is ready for its close-up

February 26, 2020

Rochester professor Gregory Heyworth and his Lazarus Project colleagues have created a 3-D model of one of the treasures of the New York Public Library, the Hunt-Lenox Globe, one of the first globes to show the New World — and to warn “Here be dragons.”

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Multispectral imaging unlocks a Smithsonian treasure’s secrets

Multispectral imaging unlocks a Smithsonian treasure’s secrets

January 23, 2020

This tiny book was acquired by the Smithsonian in 1925. It’s made up of 147 folios of parchment, or treated animal hide, stitched together. The “over text”—the visible text—is of an Armenian prayer book, suspected to date from the 15th century. But there is also an “under text”—a work that was erased to recycle the parchment for the over text. The Smithsonian has turned to University of Rochester professor Gregory Heyworth and his Lazarus Project to help solve the mystery of what that long-ago effaced text might be.

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Medals and teaching awards will honor outstanding achievement at 2019 Commencement

Medals and teaching awards will honor outstanding achievement at 2019 Commencement

May 3, 2019

The University of Rochester will recognize the outstanding contributions of distinguished alumni, educators, and scientists by bestowing the Eastman Medal, Hutchison Medal, and awards for scholarship and teaching.

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How do you make a poem?

How do you make a poem?

April 9, 2019

Speakers of a language rely on its words to carry out even the most mundane acts of communication. But the same words are poets’ medium of creation. In his newest book, How Poems Get Made, James Longenbach asks how poets turn bare utterance into art.

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Has the Renaissance warped our view of the Middle Ages?

Has the Renaissance warped our view of the Middle Ages?

April 2, 2019

The picture of the Middle Ages as “awful, smelly, stinky, [and] dangerous” is not accurate, says medievalist and University of Pennsylvania professor David Wallace, this year’s Ferrari Humanities Symposia visiting scholar.

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Fairchild Award recognizes literature in translation

Fairchild Award recognizes literature in translation

March 28, 2019

Kaija Straumanis ’12 (MA) has received the Lillian Fairchild Award—which recognizes artists for their commitment to the Rochester community—for her work bringing world literature to new audiences.

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A national pastime must have a national presence

A national pastime must have a national presence

March 28, 2019

As the baseball season opens, the league is looking to change some rules to speed up the game. English lecturer and baseball authority Curt Smith presents his own five-point plan to save the sport he loves.

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Saving the lost text of a Torah scroll

Saving the lost text of a Torah scroll

March 19, 2019

Professor Gregory Heyworth and his digital media students are using different wavelengths of light to reveal illegible text that could create a sacred, tangible link with Jewish congregations lost to the Holocaust.

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