The English Department is a certified Green Office within the University, which means that our department does its part in order to help the University be more sustainable. The UMD Sustainability Fund currently has $390,000 available for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD.
The English Department hosted its annual Welcome Assembly on September 7th. Faculty, staff, and students gathered to hear introductions, announcements, and news of plans for the year ahead. Following the formal program in Ulrich Hall was a brunch reception on the third floor patio.
Mark Fitzgerald was recently awarded a writing fellowship from the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. On September 3, he will read from his book, By Way of Dust and Rain, at the Richmond Public Library.
Leigh Ryan was an invited speaker at the National Park Service’s “Network to Freedom” 2016 conference in June at Hilton Head, SC. She presented “’Be all you seem to be; aim to be more than you seem to be’: Chaplain Henry Vinton Plummer’s Life in Freedom.” Earlier in June, she and the Rev. L Jerome Fowler presented “Emily Saunders Plummer: An Ordinary/Extraordinary Enslaved Woman’s Story” at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad conference in Cambridge, MD.
PWP's Jonathan Rick delivered business writing workshops to NASCAR (Charlotte, NC), the International Speedway Corporation (Daytona Beach, FL), the Institute for Humane Studies (Arlington, VA), and Georgetown University's School for Continuing Studies (Washington, DC).
Danuta Hinc was on a panel "Contemporary Multiethnic American Fiction: Obsessions and Innovations" at 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles, CA. She presented a paper, "The Limits of Losing: Language, Exile, and the Self in Eva Hoffman’s memoir Lost in Translation, and Vladimir Nabokov’s memoir Speak, Memory."
Legal writing instructor, Robin M. Earnest, had the honor of arguing before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals this month, for their overturn of an indigent defendant's murder conviction.
Writing-Related Panel for Law School Applicants
In September 2011, several law school admissions officers joined University of Maryland faculty and staff for a roundtable discussion on writing personal statements for law school applications. Videos of the program, which was cosponsored by the English Department’s Professional Writing Program, can be viewed by clicking on the links below: