With a new academic year in full swing, we continue to miss deeply our brilliant, witty, shrewd, intense, demanding, playful, and always engaged colleague. His scholarship, his pedagogy, and his citizenship were celebrated not only in the halls of the English Department at the University of Maryland but across the country and overseas, as well. So you will not be surprised to learn that we--colleagues and friends--are eager to remember Marshall in a lasting way, to re-name the Renaissance Reckonings lecture series in his honor.
Judith H. Anderson, Indiana University  | Harry Berger, Jr., University of California Santa Cruz  | Kent Cartwright, University of Maryland  | Ann Coiro, Rutgers University  | Theresa Coletti, University of Maryland  | Katherine Eggert, University of Colorado Boulder  | Stanley Fish, Florida International University  | Noam Flinker, University of Haifa  | Heather James, University of Southern California  | Theodore Leinwand, University of Maryland  | David Lee Miller, University of South Carolina  | Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College  | Jason Rosenblatt, Georgetown University  | Anita Sherman, American University  | Gordon Teskey, Harvard University  | Joseph Wittreich, City University of New York Graduate Center 
|Marshall's friends and colleagues have formed a committee to assist the English Department in creating a fund in Marshall’s honor. Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 in order to establish an endowment account. Its income would be used to support the Department’s long-standing Renaissance Reckonings speaker series. Should we be unable to establish a true endowment, funds received would be used to set up an operating account to offset the costs of the lecture series. In either case, the Renaissance Reckonings speaker series would be renamed as the Grossman Lecture Series to honor Marshall.|
|The contest of ideas, spirited discussion of scholarship, conversation among faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates, these were all very close to Marshall’s heart. And they are the hallmarks of the Renaissance Reckonings  series. Those of you who have attended or spoken at one of these events will remember that Marshall was always actively engaged. He may have been doodling, but he never failed to ask probing questions that sponsored rigorous collegial debate. Although Marshall’s breadth of knowledge was daunting and the acuity of his mind was remarkable, it was his abiding commitment to generous scholarly give-and-take that makes it fitting that we name this speaker series after him.|
We hope that you will make a donation to the Marshall Grossman Memorial Fund. Checks may be made payable to the English Department at the University of Maryland, with the name of the fund on the “Memo” line. A form to accompany your donation is available here . Gifts may also be made on line at www.english.umd.edu .
Gifts to the Department of English are accepted and managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc. , an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents. Contributions to the University of Maryland are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor for details.
Our financial goal is ambitious; our affection for Marshall is much larger still. Thank you in advance for any contribution you make.