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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
On March 15 in Annapolis, Emily Saunders Plummer (1815-1876) was posthumously inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame 2018 with Yumi Hogan, Maryland’s First Lady, and other dignitaries in attendance. Leigh Ryan has researched Plummer’s life as an enslaved woman. She nominated Plummer and spoke at the induction. Leigh was interviewed for Comcast Newsmakers, presented a talk “’To do right and overcome’: The Plummer Family in Slavery and Freedom” at the Maryland State Archives on March 28, and has several other presentations scheduled throughout the state. Leigh also worked with Riversdale House Museum staff to mount a Black History Month exhibit on Plummer family escapes and the family’s life after freedom. During Black History Month, she also planned and conducted tours based on workers at this historic plantation.
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.
March 13, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor Chad Infante will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland. 
February 20, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor GerShun Avilez will be joining us this fall as Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
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.
January 23, 2018
Mary Helen Washington appears in the new PBS documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, which is available for free viewing here. 
April 23, 2018
Friday, 27 April, Francis Scott Key Hall Room 0106, 9 am. The reception will be in the Merrill Room (Key 2120)Please contact Gail Russell at gruss@umd.edu with any special parking requests or dietary considerations.
February 20, 2018
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2017-2018 series will take place on Friday, March 2nd, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Dr. Victoria E. Burke will deliver a talk entitled “Collecting, Compiling, and Creating: Engaging with the Bible in Seventeenth-Century Women’s Manuscript Writing.”
November 29, 2017
Join us on Monday, December 11 at 7:30pm, as we celebrate the genius of Emily Dickinson with scholar and poet Sandra Gilbert. This third reading in the 2017/18 O.B. Hardison Poetry Series is co-sponsored with The Poetry Society of America.
September 19, 2017
We invite proposals for scholarly papers and panels at TRANSFORMING QUEER, the 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations about the history, present, and future of trans and queer studies, bringing together scholars and artists whose work stands at the intersection of both.
June 29, 2017
Tracy K. Smith, who read at Maryland as part of the Writers Here & Now Series, was recently named the new US Poet Laureate.
November 18, 2016
The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2016-2017 series will take place on Friday, November 18th, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. Drs. Holly Peppe and Tim Jackson will  discuss their recent edited collection: Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition.”
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 2, 2014
Jonathan AuerbachWeapons of Democracy: How Social Reformers Became Propagandists for World War IThursday, November 13, 4:00 pmUlrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
April 1, 2014
Thursday April 3, 4:00-5:30 PMMcKeldin Library, Room 6137Special Events Room  
March 25, 2014
May 1-3, 2014 The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center Blacksburg, Virginia
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
On March 15 in Annapolis, Emily Saunders Plummer (1815-1876) was posthumously inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame 2018 with Yumi Hogan, Maryland’s First Lady, and other dignitaries in attendance. Leigh Ryan has researched Plummer’s life as an enslaved woman. She nominated Plummer and spoke at the induction. Leigh was interviewed for Comcast Newsmakers, presented a talk “’To do right and overcome’: The Plummer Family in Slavery and Freedom” at the Maryland State Archives on March 28, and has several other presentations scheduled throughout the state. Leigh also worked with Riversdale House Museum staff to mount a Black History Month exhibit on Plummer family escapes and the family’s life after freedom. During Black History Month, she also planned and conducted tours based on workers at this historic plantation.
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.
March 13, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor Chad Infante will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland. 
February 20, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor GerShun Avilez will be joining us this fall as Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
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.
January 23, 2018
Mary Helen Washington appears in the new PBS documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, which is available for free viewing here.