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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
January 23, 2018
Mary Helen Washington appears in the new PBS documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, which is available for free viewing here. 
January 13, 2018
Matt Kirschenbaum has been awarded a Mellon Foundation grant for Books.Files, a new project designed for assessing the potential for the archival collection and scholarly study of digital assets associated with today’s trade publishing and bookmaking. This project represents the first organized attempt to put ambassadors from the scholarly communities traditionally invested in safeguarding and studying the material history of bookmaking into contact and conversation with thought leaders and influencers from the contemporary publishing world. The centerpiece of the project will be a convening to bring those figures together in New York City in early 2018. Matt Kirschenbaum’s efforts will also be supported by site visits to observe the bookmaking process as it unfolds across different settings, and interviews with industry experts. Findings for scholars, archivists, and publishers will be presented in a white paper made publicly available in late 2018. 
December 20, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 4th through the 7th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students. 
November 28, 2017
Please join us in congratulating Doug Kern and Jess Enoch, the first recipients of the John Long Innovative Teaching Award!  Each award is $1500. 
September 13, 2017
Michael Olmert lectured on “18th Century Architecture and the Creation of Sacred Spaces,” at Historic St. Martin’s Church (built 1756-63), Worcester Co., MD.,  Sept. 9, 2017.  This talk was adapted from a chapter of his forthcoming book, "Space, Meaning, and Intention in 18th Century Architecture."
September 5, 2017
Judith Krummeck spoke with Rudy about his forthcoming book, Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies (Johns Hopkins UP, December 2017). 
June 20, 2017
The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of their Spring Funding Cycle.
May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
May 5, 2017
The Faculty Research & Writing Group consisting of Luka Arsenjuk, Melanie Kill, Oliver Gaycken, Matthew Krischenbaum, Lee Konstantinou, Scott Trudell, and Orrin Wang discussed emergent projects.
November 1, 2016
The Opening Reception for The Stamp Gallery's latest exhibiton Black Maths is Free and Open to the Public and will take place Tuesday, November 1 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
October 27, 2016
The Tournées Film Festival will run from October 27 to December 8 at the Old Greenbelt Theatre. Films will be shown every Thursday (with the exception of 11/24), followed by a guest lecture from a UMD Professor. For more information click here.
September 2, 2016
Sept. 9 at 3:30 pm: "From Bacon to Edges: Remediating the Early Modern Social Network"
November 4, 2015
Fred Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian documentary filmmaker. His film, 18 Jus Soli  offers an important perspective on the situation of immigrants in Southern Europe and Italy in particular. His Inside Buffalo focuses on the experience of World War Two Buffalo Soldiers in Italy, and his current project, Blaxploitation, which is still in post production, analyzes the often neglected and marginalized presence of actors of color in the first 100 years of Italian cinema. 
November 4, 2015
Sangeeta Ray at Georgetown University's Environmental Humanities Seminar. Ecology of Intimacies: An Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Reading Postcolonial Environmental Fiction. Lannan Center, New North 408.
October 14, 2015
On Saturday, October 17, at 4:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Nyumburu Cultural Center, there will be a panel presentation, followed by discussion, on the topic of "Cultural Heritage:  Why Do We Care?"  This event, in observance of International Archaeology Day, is co-sponsored with the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.
January 29, 2015
This will be a Q & A discussion with director, producer, and UMD alumnus ('83) Mark Ciardi. This event will be moderated by Adam Nixon, a Lecturer in the Department of Communication - teaching digital filmmaking and screenwriting - and a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies. Almendrita Vergara is a Film Studies student who will also be moderating the discussion. This events is open to students of all majors.
January 29, 2015
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Dr. Alan Galey, "Veils of Print and Veils of Code: The Challenge of Understanding Digital Texts Bibliographically"
November 19, 2014
Click here to access the playlist for Jonathan Auerbach's Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture.
October 2, 2014
School of Music Music Scholars Lecture Seriespresents Sean Williams The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington "Irish-Speaking Regions as a Locus of Musical Exile" Leah Smith Lecture Hall (room 2200, School of Music, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center)
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
January 23, 2018
Mary Helen Washington appears in the new PBS documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, which is available for free viewing here. 
January 13, 2018
Matt Kirschenbaum has been awarded a Mellon Foundation grant for Books.Files, a new project designed for assessing the potential for the archival collection and scholarly study of digital assets associated with today’s trade publishing and bookmaking. This project represents the first organized attempt to put ambassadors from the scholarly communities traditionally invested in safeguarding and studying the material history of bookmaking into contact and conversation with thought leaders and influencers from the contemporary publishing world. The centerpiece of the project will be a convening to bring those figures together in New York City in early 2018. Matt Kirschenbaum’s efforts will also be supported by site visits to observe the bookmaking process as it unfolds across different settings, and interviews with industry experts. Findings for scholars, archivists, and publishers will be presented in a white paper made publicly available in late 2018. 
December 20, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 4th through the 7th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students. 
November 28, 2017
Please join us in congratulating Doug Kern and Jess Enoch, the first recipients of the John Long Innovative Teaching Award!  Each award is $1500. 
September 13, 2017
Michael Olmert lectured on “18th Century Architecture and the Creation of Sacred Spaces,” at Historic St. Martin’s Church (built 1756-63), Worcester Co., MD.,  Sept. 9, 2017.  This talk was adapted from a chapter of his forthcoming book, "Space, Meaning, and Intention in 18th Century Architecture."
September 5, 2017
Judith Krummeck spoke with Rudy about his forthcoming book, Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies (Johns Hopkins UP, December 2017). 
June 20, 2017
The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of their Spring Funding Cycle.
May 17, 2017
Please join us in congratulating our students who have received the following fellowships and awards.
May 5, 2017
The Faculty Research & Writing Group consisting of Luka Arsenjuk, Melanie Kill, Oliver Gaycken, Matthew Krischenbaum, Lee Konstantinou, Scott Trudell, and Orrin Wang discussed emergent projects.