Department News

February 5, 2018
The world premiere of Wild Nights with Emily!, a film featuring Molly Shannon (“Saturday Night Live,” “Divorce” and much more) for which Martha Nell Smith serves as a consultant and which draws heavily on her books Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Letters to Susan Dickinson and Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson, and on her archival work, will be featured at SXSW on March 10. Director Madeleine Olnek has received numerous awards, and the film-in-progress won the top prize at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris in early July. https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/films/122607
February 5, 2018
In January Norrell participated in the MLA Connected Academic's Career Development Boot Camp which provided resources and training around career development in fields alternative to academia. Norrell will be presenting a section of her dissertation titled, "Les lieux de Duvalie: Memories of the Duvalier Dictatorship in New York at the 2018 MELUS conference, “TransCulture,” in Las Vegas, NV, May 3-6, 2018. Norrell will also be presenting a variation of this chapter at the College Language Assocation's 2018 Convention in April. Another reworking of a dissertation chapter will be published in the collection Paris and the Marginalized Author: Treachery, Alienation, Queerness and Exile with Lexington Books.
February 4, 2018
Tom Earles, Assistant Director of the Writing Center, was awarded an Erasmus+ ICM grant for a collaboration between UMD's Writing Center and Lund University's Academic Support Centre. This collaboration will involve a series of presentations and workshops addressing the intersections of creative writing and writing center programs. Strengthening the partnership between our universities will also set the stage for ongoing cooperation, which may include the development of a global classroom on tutor training and EFL/ESL tutoring.
February 4, 2018
Merle Collins will give one of the keynote addresses at a conference on Violence in the Postcolonial and Neocolonial World, Centre for Teaching and Research in Postcolonial Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Liège, Belgium, February 15 and 16, 2018.
February 4, 2018
Temim Fruchter had a piece published in the last issue of Brevity.
February 4, 2018
Kellie Robertson gave several talks this fall related to her new book project: at the University of Brisbane, she spoke on “Thinking the Unthinkable: Belief, Climate Change, and Premodern Weather” and led a one-day masterclass on science, faith, and literature. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she gave a talk in October entitled “Reading the Weather in New Troy: Environmental Fiction and the Problem of the Modern.” In January, she spoke at the MLA as part of a panel to mark the forthcoming publication of Keywords for Today (Oxford University Press, October 2018), a collective updating of Raymond Williams’ influential Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.
February 3, 2018
Barry Pearson recently worked with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on a new compilation Classic Delta and Deep South Blues​, and provided liner notes for the album. 
February 2, 2018
Thibault Raoult has three hybrid works forthcoming in VOLT.
February 2, 2018
Oliver Brearey presented "Individual and Collaborative Responsibility for Women's Job-Finding Work in Outplacement" on the Association for Business Communication panel at the 133rd Modern Language Association Annual Convention in New York on 4 January 2018.
February 1, 2018
Brian Richardson edited and introduced a special section of the journal Storyworlds on Feminism and Unnatural Narrative Theory (four essays).

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