We are living in a political moment marked by the legitimation of bigotry, hate, and misinformation.
The University of Maryland English Department emphatically condemns all acts of racism, sexism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and Islamophobia. We take heart in our common pursuit of literature and language as vital to crossing the boundaries of difference.
The discipline of English is a source of meaning and resilience at this time of misunderstanding and fear. It makes us discerning about language and its effects. It drives us to question ourselves and to empathize with diverse identities. And it helps us compose a better world.
We reaffirm our commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, critical insight, and shared understanding by affirming what we value: social justice, diversity, and open inquiry. And we stand together with all vulnerable members of the campus community and the University System of Maryland.
The University of Maryland English Department
February 6, 2017