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November 28, 2017
Please join us in congratulating Doug Kern and Jess Enoch, the first recipients of the John Long Innovative Teaching Award!  Each award is $1500. 
November 28, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Josh Weiner, Professor Gabrielle Fuentes, and Professor Randy Ontiveros for receicing Creative and Performing Arts and Research and Scholarship Awards from the Graduate School for 2018-19. Continue reading to learn more about their projects. 
October 30, 2017
Christopher Suarez presented "Jimi Hendrix and His Muse: "Manic Depression," "Little Wing," & "Voodoo Chile"' at the ALSCW Conference on October 26-29 at Dallas University, in Dallas, Texas.
October 26, 2017
With Julie Enszer (Maryland MFA; Maryland WMST PhD), Martha Nell Smith has coedited Everywoman Her Own Theology: On the Poetry of Alicia Ostriker (forthcoming U of Michigan Press Fall 2018).
October 25, 2017
Audrey Farley's essay "Psychoanalysis Via Comics: Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?" will be published in ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies. Her essay "Physiology Gone Wild: Oliver Sacks' Clinical Tales and Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower" will be published in Journal of Science Fiction. She also has a book review forthcoming in Public Books and a chapter in the upcoming volume, Illness and Disability in Asian America (Eds. Jennifer Ho and Jim Lee). 
October 25, 2017
Brian Richardson published “The Paradoxical Paradigm of Unnatural Narrative Theory,” in Emerging Vectors in Narratology, eds. Per Krogh Hansen, John Pier, and Wolf Schmid. His interview with Minrui Li was published in Foreign Literature Studies. His essay, “Silence, Progression, and Narrative Collapse in Conrad’s Plots,” was the runner up for the J. H. Stape award for the year’s best essay in Conradiana. He delivered a paper on “The Material Book and the Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse” at the International Virginia Woolf Conference in Reading (UK) in July. He also evaluated the work of doctoral students and an international doctoral program in comparative literature based at the University of Lisbon.
October 25, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper, "More than a Feeling: Frame Metonymy and Cultural Scripts in Persuasive Communication," at the 14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, held in Tartu, Estonia.  The talk uses classical rhetorical concepts, corpus methods, and Cognitive Grammar to model how rhetors coordinate evaluations and beliefs with their audiences to make them recognize cultural knowledge about what makes people emotional. Cameron was also nominated for and accepted the position of Junior Scholar on the International Cognitive Linguistics Association governing board.
October 25, 2017
Daune O'Brien presented at the Feminisms and Rhetoric's Conference in Dayton, OH on October 7, 2017. The title of the talk was "Dorothea Dix’s Legislative Memorial: Visual Rhetoric and Advocacy for the Mentally Ill"
October 25, 2017
On October 7, Gabriela presented on a panel with Danielle Griffin and Elizabeth Miller at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference hosted by the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio). The title of Gabriela's presentation was "Collections and Collective Performances in Madeleine de Scudéry’s Les Femmes illustres."
October 25, 2017
Matthew Kirschenbaum recently keynoted the Book History + Digital Humanities conference organized by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin Madison with new research entitled "Post Scripts: Graphologies of Bookmaking After Adobe." He also participated in the Rare Book School's conference Bibliography Among the Disciplines in Philadelphia, including as an invited member of the closing plenary panel. Later in the month, he will again travel to Philadelphia to present work at the Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and Society. His chapter on floppy disks is forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence.
November 29, 2017
Join us on Monday, December 11 at 7:30pm, as we celebrate the genius of Emily Dickinson with scholar and poet Sandra Gilbert. This third reading in the 2017/18 O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is co-sponsored with The Poetry Society of America.
November 6, 2017
Jimenez Hall, Room 2123 2:00PM - 3:13PM The French Department's guest Fall lecturer, Pamela A. Pears, will be giving a talk on "The Recto-Verso Effect”: Covering Assia Djebar and Malika Mokeddem in Contemporary France".  Pears is Professor of French at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She has published on francophone Maghrebian and Vietnamese writers and filmmakers, including Abedllatif Kechiche, Kateb Yacine, Ly Thu Ho, Yamina Mechakra, Nina Bouraoui, and Assia Djebar. Her most recent book is Front Cover: Iconography and Algerian Women’s Writing: Heuristic Implications of the Recto-Verso Effect (Lexington Books, 2015).
November 1, 2017
(SUB)URBAN Curated by Matthew McLaughlin Featuring work by Amze Emmons, Yoonmi Nam, Benjamin Rogers, Nick Satinover, Christine Buckton Tillman, and Sang-Mi Yoo. October 30–December 16, 2017     Opening Reception Wednesday, November 1, 5–7 pm, Free and Open to the Public  This fall, the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents (Sub)Urban, an exhibition presenting works by six contemporary artists who question the reality of suburban and urban contexts through humor, satire, and irony. Through a combination of print, painting, installation, and sculpture, (Sub)Urban explores our contemporary surroundings and the underlying psychology of our modern living environments. These artists work in varying media, but their underlying interests coalesce around our diverse experiences of space, identity, consumption, and labor as immigrants, transplants, and minorities living in the contemporary built environment of late capitalism. They examine items from our houses and our streets, presenting them in new ways and bringing new associations to them, and in the process they uncover unexpected narratives that shape the ways we dwell within the rush of modern life. The exhibition is curated by Matthew McLaughlin.(Sub)Urban is on view at the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, October 30 through December 16, 2017. An opening reception will take place on November 1, 5–7pm, in the Stamp Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
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
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 28, 2017
Please join us in congratulating Doug Kern and Jess Enoch, the first recipients of the John Long Innovative Teaching Award!  Each award is $1500. 
November 28, 2017
Congratulations to Professor Josh Weiner, Professor Gabrielle Fuentes, and Professor Randy Ontiveros for receicing Creative and Performing Arts and Research and Scholarship Awards from the Graduate School for 2018-19. Continue reading to learn more about their projects. 
October 30, 2017
Christopher Suarez presented "Jimi Hendrix and His Muse: "Manic Depression," "Little Wing," & "Voodoo Chile"' at the ALSCW Conference on October 26-29 at Dallas University, in Dallas, Texas.
October 26, 2017
With Julie Enszer (Maryland MFA; Maryland WMST PhD), Martha Nell Smith has coedited Everywoman Her Own Theology: On the Poetry of Alicia Ostriker (forthcoming U of Michigan Press Fall 2018).
October 25, 2017
Audrey Farley's essay "Psychoanalysis Via Comics: Alison Bechdel's Are You My Mother?" will be published in ImageText: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies. Her essay "Physiology Gone Wild: Oliver Sacks' Clinical Tales and Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower" will be published in Journal of Science Fiction. She also has a book review forthcoming in Public Books and a chapter in the upcoming volume, Illness and Disability in Asian America (Eds. Jennifer Ho and Jim Lee). 
October 25, 2017
Brian Richardson published “The Paradoxical Paradigm of Unnatural Narrative Theory,” in Emerging Vectors in Narratology, eds. Per Krogh Hansen, John Pier, and Wolf Schmid. His interview with Minrui Li was published in Foreign Literature Studies. His essay, “Silence, Progression, and Narrative Collapse in Conrad’s Plots,” was the runner up for the J. H. Stape award for the year’s best essay in Conradiana. He delivered a paper on “The Material Book and the Scene of Reading in To the Lighthouse” at the International Virginia Woolf Conference in Reading (UK) in July. He also evaluated the work of doctoral students and an international doctoral program in comparative literature based at the University of Lisbon.
October 25, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper, "More than a Feeling: Frame Metonymy and Cultural Scripts in Persuasive Communication," at the 14th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, held in Tartu, Estonia.  The talk uses classical rhetorical concepts, corpus methods, and Cognitive Grammar to model how rhetors coordinate evaluations and beliefs with their audiences to make them recognize cultural knowledge about what makes people emotional. Cameron was also nominated for and accepted the position of Junior Scholar on the International Cognitive Linguistics Association governing board.
October 25, 2017
Daune O'Brien presented at the Feminisms and Rhetoric's Conference in Dayton, OH on October 7, 2017. The title of the talk was "Dorothea Dix’s Legislative Memorial: Visual Rhetoric and Advocacy for the Mentally Ill"
October 25, 2017
On October 7, Gabriela presented on a panel with Danielle Griffin and Elizabeth Miller at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference hosted by the University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio). The title of Gabriela's presentation was "Collections and Collective Performances in Madeleine de Scudéry’s Les Femmes illustres."
October 25, 2017
Matthew Kirschenbaum recently keynoted the Book History + Digital Humanities conference organized by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin Madison with new research entitled "Post Scripts: Graphologies of Bookmaking After Adobe." He also participated in the Rare Book School's conference Bibliography Among the Disciplines in Philadelphia, including as an invited member of the closing plenary panel. Later in the month, he will again travel to Philadelphia to present work at the Society for the History of Technology's Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and Society. His chapter on floppy disks is forthcoming in the Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence.