Center for Literary and Comparative Studies

A dynamic venue for critical and creative work at the University of Maryland, the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies sponsors lectures, symposia, conferences, readings, and other activities. For 2017-18 the Center begins the second year of its two-year theme, "Migrations."  

Fall 2017 events associated with this theme include the Petrou lecture and polyseminar given by Lisa Lowe, a conference November 10-11, 2017, organized by the Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies, "Migrations: Body, Word, and Spirit", and an undergraduate research conference December 8, 2017, coordinated by Ralph Bauer.

Spring 2018 will feature a symposium in February 2018 conducted by the Eighteenth Century Reading Group and the Marshall Grossman Lecture Series, "The Intermedia Restoration," and a conference sponsored by the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, "Constellations of the Political: Media and Representation in the Neoliberal Age," April 2018.

Other events throughout the year include symposia, talks, colloquia, book launches, reading group meetings, roundtables, and other events, including the acclaimed Writers Here and Now series. 

Watch for further announcements about our fall and spring funding cycles, when we will invite proposals for events to support the theme of "Migrations" in 2017-18 as well as other scholarly initiatives. Information about grant proposals is available here.

Upcoming Events

Fri Sep 29

1:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 2115

Fri Oct 6

3:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 3136

Tue Oct 10

12:30 PM
MITH Conference Room, Room 0301 Hornbake Library North

Wed Oct 11

11:00 AM
1:00 PM

Thu Oct 12

11:30 AM
1:30 PM
5:00 PM

Fri Oct 13

3:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 3132

Tue Oct 24

12:30 PM
MITH Conference Room, Room 0301 Hornbake Library North

Fri Oct 27

1:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 3134

Tue Oct 31

12:30 PM
MITH Conference Room, Room 0301 Hornbake Library North

Wed Nov 1

Mon Nov 13

1:00 PM

Fri Nov 17

3:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 2123

Fri Dec 1

3:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 2123

Tue Dec 5

Thu Dec 7

Fri Dec 8

3:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Room 3136

Fri Jan 26

3:00 PM

Fri Feb 2

3:00 PM

Wed Feb 7

Fri Feb 9

Fri Feb 16

9:00 AM
3:00 PM

Fri Feb 23

Fri Mar 2

3:00 PM

Fri Mar 9

Wed Mar 14

Fri Mar 30

3:00 PM

Tue Apr 3

Wed Apr 4

2:00 PM

Fri Apr 6

Wed Apr 11

Fri Apr 13

3:00 PM

Fri Apr 27

3:00 PM

Sat Apr 28

10:00 AM
Tawes Plaza, Art Gallery ASY

Fri May 4

10:00 AM
3:00 PM

News

September 14, 2017
Lindsay Bernal, whose poetry collection What It Doesn't Have to Do With is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press, has been selected for the 2017 National Poetry Series competition.
September 13, 2017
The Tessera--the NSF-funded game Kari Kraus and her collaborators launched last spring--will be showcased as an Indiecade 2017 Official Selection at this year's festival (press release here). 
September 13, 2017
Michael Olmert lectured on “18th Century Architecture and the Creation of Sacred Spaces,” at Historic St. Martin’s Church (built 1756-63), Worcester Co., MD.,  Sept. 9, 2017.  This talk was adapted from a chapter of his forthcoming book, "Space, Meaning, and Intention in 18th Century Architecture."
September 12, 2017
Tyler Mills, a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, was recently selected by Oliver de la Paz for the 2017 Akron Poetry Prize. Her manuscript ​Hawk Parable is forthcoming in 2019.  
September 6, 2017
PhD student, Dominique Young, was recently featured in an article about the graduate school's mentoring and diversity initiatives. 
September 6, 2017
Christin Taylor '13 recently got a book contract with the University Press of Mississippi for a version of her dissertation, directed by David Wyatt. The book is tentatively titled Labor Pains: New Deal Fictions of Race, Work and Sex. It reconsiders the use of an imagined working class black folk across genres of southern modernism during the New Deal and Popular Front eras.
September 5, 2017
Judith Krummeck spoke with Rudy about his forthcoming book, Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies (Johns Hopkins UP, December 2017). 
August 28, 2017
Emily Johnson graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in spring 2017 with a double major in English and Linguistics. While on campus, she completed an Honors College citation, was admitted to Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, and received the Dean's Scholarship. She is currently interning at Her Mind magazine and is in search of a career in editing or publishing. This summer, Johnson gained admission to a Folger Institute workshop on digital archives at the Folger Shakespeare Library. — Editor's Note
August 24, 2017
This summer Simone Drake was promoted to full professor and awarded the Youngberg Distinguished Professor chair in the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. She is affiliate faculty in the Department of English as well as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is also the principal investigator for an $130, 000 Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme grant at Ohio State University that focuses on Transnational Black Citizenship.
August 8, 2017
Professor Zita Nunes received a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
October 23, 2017
 For 49 seasons, the O.B. Hardison Poetry series has brought some of the best writers and speakers to the Folger stage. From traditional poetry readings to multimedia presentations to eclectic combinations of lecture, conversation, and performance, we are committed to expanding the contexts in which poetry is experienced.Learn more about the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series.
September 19, 2017
We invite proposals for scholarly papers and panels at TRANSFORMING QUEER, the 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations about the history, present, and future of trans and queer studies, bringing together scholars and artists whose work stands at the intersection of both.
June 29, 2017
Tracy K. Smith, who read at Maryland as part of the Writers Here & Now Series, was recently named the new US Poet Laureate.
April 25, 2017
Four of our students in the English Department were selected to be Senior Marshals: Elizabeth Caldera, Casey DeFrancesco, Melissa Eck, and Emmy Schafer. These students will help lead the procession at the main campus commencement ceremony, and will also be honored at a reception.
April 21, 2017
There has never been a more important time for Terps to continue leading the way on climate action and sustainability. Protecting our Earth requires a year round commitment and Earth Day provides a unique and fun-filled opportunity to celebrate and recognize the work being done for a better planet and environment. 
March 28, 2017
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. David Norbrook will deliver a paper titled “I write not for the presse to boast my own weaknesses to the world”: Lucy Hutchinson and the Restoration Public Sphere’.
February 14, 2017
Learn more about UMD's sustainability programs. Terps leave small footprints!
February 14, 2017
MITH and the AADHUM initiative warmly invite your participation in the annual conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship, to be held on campus, May 26 - June 2. The deadline for proposals is February 26.
November 22, 2016
Jhumpa Lahiri will  visit The Mercatus Center at George Mason University on Monday, December 5 at 6:00 PM in Founders Hall Auditorium.
November 22, 2016
That time of the year is here! Share-A-Bear (Or Any New Stuffed Animal)!
September 14, 2017
Lindsay Bernal, whose poetry collection What It Doesn't Have to Do With is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press, has been selected for the 2017 National Poetry Series competition.
September 13, 2017
The Tessera--the NSF-funded game Kari Kraus and her collaborators launched last spring--will be showcased as an Indiecade 2017 Official Selection at this year's festival (press release here). 
September 13, 2017
Michael Olmert lectured on “18th Century Architecture and the Creation of Sacred Spaces,” at Historic St. Martin’s Church (built 1756-63), Worcester Co., MD.,  Sept. 9, 2017.  This talk was adapted from a chapter of his forthcoming book, "Space, Meaning, and Intention in 18th Century Architecture."
September 12, 2017
Tyler Mills, a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, was recently selected by Oliver de la Paz for the 2017 Akron Poetry Prize. Her manuscript ​Hawk Parable is forthcoming in 2019.  
September 6, 2017
PhD student, Dominique Young, was recently featured in an article about the graduate school's mentoring and diversity initiatives. 
September 6, 2017
Christin Taylor '13 recently got a book contract with the University Press of Mississippi for a version of her dissertation, directed by David Wyatt. The book is tentatively titled Labor Pains: New Deal Fictions of Race, Work and Sex. It reconsiders the use of an imagined working class black folk across genres of southern modernism during the New Deal and Popular Front eras.
September 5, 2017
Judith Krummeck spoke with Rudy about his forthcoming book, Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies (Johns Hopkins UP, December 2017). 
August 28, 2017
Emily Johnson graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in spring 2017 with a double major in English and Linguistics. While on campus, she completed an Honors College citation, was admitted to Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, and received the Dean's Scholarship. She is currently interning at Her Mind magazine and is in search of a career in editing or publishing. This summer, Johnson gained admission to a Folger Institute workshop on digital archives at the Folger Shakespeare Library. — Editor's Note
August 24, 2017
This summer Simone Drake was promoted to full professor and awarded the Youngberg Distinguished Professor chair in the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. She is affiliate faculty in the Department of English as well as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is also the principal investigator for an $130, 000 Arts & Humanities Discovery Theme grant at Ohio State University that focuses on Transnational Black Citizenship.
August 8, 2017
Professor Zita Nunes received a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities