Alumni News

Do you have news to share about your own accomplishments or those of other UMD alumni, or other news that might be of interest to friends and alumni of the English Department?  We'd love to hear your updates.  Please send to englweb@umd.edu.

News

May 22, 2018
Emily J. Orlando was promoted to the rank of Professor of English at Fairfield University five years after earning tenure.
May 21, 2018
Congratulations to PhD student Aqdas Aftab who has been awarded the Rodler-Wood Scholarship from LGBT Studies in recognition of their work on decolonial trans and queer studies.
May 21, 2018
Bob Levine has recently published essays on Frederick Douglass in History Now, the Howard Journal of Communication, and Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has essays forthcoming in The New Melville Studies and A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction, both to be published soon by Cambridge UP. He recently gave an invited talk on Hannah Crafts at Indiana University and he's speaking next month at the University of Texas on "What Is the American Literary Tradition: An Editor's Perspective." 
May 21, 2018
Gerard Holmes was appointed to the Modern Language Association's Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Humanities, for the period July 2018-June 2021.
May 21, 2018
It is with great sadness for us to inform you that Janet Duncan, former English Department Office Manager and Staff Supervisor, passed away on May 7, 2018. She worked with several department chairs, including Gene Hammond, Theresa Coletti, and Chuck Caramello.
May 21, 2018
Nahid Ahmadian published "A hermeneutic reading of Baghebane Marg (The Gardener of Death) by Mohammad Charmshir" in Daftarhaye Nila, (no. 14), a Persian journal on drama studies and theater.
May 21, 2018
This spring Sabrina Islam has a short-short "New Market in August" in Acta Victoriana and another story "Khea" in Flock. She also has three short-shorts - "Language", "Inheritance" and "School Hours" - appearing in the Fall 2018 issue of the minnesota review.
May 19, 2018
Sangeeta Ray attended a few conferences and gave a couple of talks in AY 2017-18. In September 2017 she went to the English Institute conference on Scale at The University of California, Irvine in her continuing role as a member of the Supervisory Board. In October 2017 she presented a paper at the ASAP conference in Oakland, CA on a roundtable on the "Greatest American Novel of the 21st century" alongside Professor Lee Konstantinou. In November 2017, she was a respondent at the "Reading the Indian Ocean: A Global Humanities Seminar," at Georgetown University. In January , 2018 she cycled off as the Ex-President of the 20th and 21st century Comparative Literature at the MLA Forum. In February, 2018 she gave a plenary talk along with 6 other international speakers on the "Global Novel" in a conference at the University of North Bengal, Siliguri, India, "Do the Humanities Matter?" In February she was apart of a faculty panel for the Graduate Students'Conference at Georgetown University on "The New Biopolitics." In March she was part of the plenary panel at our GEO conference on "Formations: Intersections of Form Across the Literary, Social and Political." In March she also presented a paper at the ACLA conference in Los Angeles, in a seminar on "The African Literary Field: Imagining Five Years Forward." In April she gave a plenary talk at the Université de Montréal, titled "Reading for Form in the Anthropocene," at a conference on "Planetary Cultural and Literary Studies: New Epistemologies and Relational Futures in the Age of the Anthropocene." She is presenting a paper at the Novel conference at Cornell University in June 2018.
May 2, 2018
Senior Lecturer Justin Lohr has been selected to receive the Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in the area of teaching.
April 23, 2018
The MFA Program in Creative Writing is pleased to announce the winners of our annual thesis awards in fiction and poetry.