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October 10, 2017
Ph.D. Candidate Danielle Griffin presented at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Dayton, OH on Oct. 7, 2017. The title of the talk was "'Considering the greatness of our number': The Collective Authorship of Women Servants in Seventeenth Century English Petitions
October 10, 2017
Maud Casey's story, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," appeared in The American Scholar and her story, "Two Inclinations," is forthcoming in Conjunctions. Her essay, "To Be Undone," appeared in a recent issue of New England Review. The essay is an excerpt from her book The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions, to be published by Graywolf Press in January 2018. 
October 10, 2017
Bob Levine has given recent talks at Notre Dame and McDaniel College. His July presentation on Douglass at the National Archives has been airing on C-Span. He is the General Editor of the 9th edition of two-volume The Shorter Norton Anthology of American Literature, which was published last month
October 5, 2017
The National Archives hosted a dramatic reading of an 1852 speech by former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass on the meaning of American independence to slaves, sometimes called, “What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?” Professor ​Robert Levine was invited to participate in the event. 
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.
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
August 2, 2017
Theresa Coletti, Julius Fleming, Laura Rosenthal, and Scott Trudell met throughout the year to discuss research findings.
July 10, 2017
With the guidance and vision of Professor Merle Collins, students enrolled in English 361 developed narratives included in the volume CAFE CONNECTIONS.
June 22, 2017
 Joshua Weiner read in a protest event this spring at the Queens Museum in Flushing that also launched the anthology, Resist Much/Obey Little, noted in a front page New York Times article about poetry and protest in the age of Trump.   
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.
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 18, 2016
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, November 18th, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Drs. Holly Peppe and Tim Jackson will  discuss their recent edited collection: Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition.”
November 1, 2016
The Opening Reception for The Stamp Gallery's latest exhibiton Black Maths is Free and Open to the Public and will take place Tuesday, November 1 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
April 21, 2016
With Professor Mortimer Sellers, Ulrich Recital Hall in Tawes Hall at 3:30 PM
February 18, 2015
Hill Center & PEN/Faulkner Literary Reading Series, Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century
January 29, 2015
Register now! http://theclarice.umd.edu/events/2015/black-theatre-symposium
January 28, 2015
Nigerian-American writer Chinelo Okparanta will read selections from her work and participate in a moderated discussion with Angel Batiste, Africa Area Specialist in the African and Middle Eastern Division. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, and presented in partnership with The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa.
January 7, 2015
The Imaginary Real: Weaving Fact into Fiction. An evening with Ruth Ozeki and Claire Vaye Watkins at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
November 19, 2014
Click here to access the playlist for Jonathan Auerbach's Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture.
October 10, 2017
Ph.D. Candidate Danielle Griffin presented at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Dayton, OH on Oct. 7, 2017. The title of the talk was "'Considering the greatness of our number': The Collective Authorship of Women Servants in Seventeenth Century English Petitions
October 10, 2017
Maud Casey's story, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," appeared in The American Scholar and her story, "Two Inclinations," is forthcoming in Conjunctions. Her essay, "To Be Undone," appeared in a recent issue of New England Review. The essay is an excerpt from her book The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions, to be published by Graywolf Press in January 2018. 
October 10, 2017
Bob Levine has given recent talks at Notre Dame and McDaniel College. His July presentation on Douglass at the National Archives has been airing on C-Span. He is the General Editor of the 9th edition of two-volume The Shorter Norton Anthology of American Literature, which was published last month
October 5, 2017
The National Archives hosted a dramatic reading of an 1852 speech by former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass on the meaning of American independence to slaves, sometimes called, “What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?” Professor ​Robert Levine was invited to participate in the event. 
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.
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
August 2, 2017
Theresa Coletti, Julius Fleming, Laura Rosenthal, and Scott Trudell met throughout the year to discuss research findings.
July 10, 2017
With the guidance and vision of Professor Merle Collins, students enrolled in English 361 developed narratives included in the volume CAFE CONNECTIONS.
June 22, 2017
 Joshua Weiner read in a protest event this spring at the Queens Museum in Flushing that also launched the anthology, Resist Much/Obey Little, noted in a front page New York Times article about poetry and protest in the age of Trump.