Winter 2018 Bywords

Matt Kirschenbaum Receives a Mellon Foundation Grant

Lyra Hilliard Receives CCCC Emergent Researcher Award

Barry Pearson Compiles New Folkways Album

February 6, 2018
John Macintosh recently presented two papers, “Abstraction and/as Catachresis in Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis” at Intersections of Finance and Society at City College London, and “Who Is Precarious Now?” at the Modern Language Association's 2018 convention.
February 6, 2018
Jonathan Williams's article, "Deathly Sentimentalism: Sarah Fielding, Henry Mackenzie," is in print in Eighteenth-Century Fiction 30.2 (Winter 2017-2018).
February 6, 2018
Some of Joshua Weiner's "Trumpoems" showed up in Lana Turner, the journal edited by Calvin Bedient, as well as in Tikkun magazine, and the journal, Scoundrel Time, which can be viewed here.
February 6, 2018
Lyra Hilliard has received a 2017-2018 CCCC Emergent Researcher Award of $10,000 for her project “Cross-Institutional Study of Communities of Inquiry in Blended and Online Composition.” Lyra is researching to what extent online and blended writing courses function as communities of inquiry and how the community of inquiry framework is applicable to Writing Studies. 
February 6, 2018
Peter Witte's drawings were published on The Florida Review's "Aquifer." The drawings, excerpted from Peter's project called "After Kafka," explore and are inspired by Franz Kafka's shorter works.
February 6, 2018
Robert Lucci will present his paper “Staring Down the Panopticon: Surveillance and Resisting the Controls of Whiteness, Chester Himes and If He Hollers, Let Him Go” at both the Frederick Douglass Institute’s 2018 Bicentennial Conference and the 2018 MELUS conference.
February 6, 2018
Kent Cartwright is in his second of two years as a Visiting Scholar at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In November, he gave a talk there at conference on “The City in Elizabethan Comedy,” along with three other public talks at Ca’ Foscari in November and December on topics that included Shakespeare comedy and the history of close reading. In October, he also gave a talk on comedy at a Shakespeare conference at the University of Cambridge. His essay on “Time in Shakespearean Comedy" will appear in February in a volume on Temporality, Genre and Experience in the Age of Shakespeare, edited by Lauren Shohet (Arden Bloomsbury), and the next issue of Shakespeare Newsletter will feature his reflection on the July 2016 performance of The Merchant of Venice in the Jewish Ghetto in Venice.
February 6, 2018
On Oct. 1, 2017, Michael Olmert was on the Talkback panel after Harold Pinter's two one-act plays, The Lover and The Collection, at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington. Olmert was also asked by Yale University Press to vet the publication of Alberto Manguel's latest book, Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions.. This is the second of Manguel's very fine books Olmert has reviewed for Yale. 
February 5, 2018
The D.C. Bar chose a Mock Trial Problem written by Robin Earnest for its 2018 competition. The Problem, entitled, Rally v. Riot: When Words Ignite, involves an analysis of potential First Amendment, and related violations, resulting from a school rally turned riotous. The mock trial will be conducted by the Bar on March 17, 2018.
February 5, 2018
Students from the ENGL393Q Technical Writing Service-Learning course will be working with with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on two writing projects as part of NASA's educational outreach. Students will be creating content for the NASA Visualization Explorer and for Earthzine, a joint venture between NASA and IEEE. Successful projects will result in publication of materials for the students and content for NASA's programs. 
February 5, 2018
Joseph Good recently published "Review: 'South Asian in the Mid-South: Migrations of Literacies' by Iswari P.Pandey" Reflections, vol 17.2 (December 2017)
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.
February 4, 2018
Tom Earles, Assistant Director of the Writing Center, was awarded an Erasmus+ ICM grant for a collaboration between UMD's Writing Center and Lund University's Academic Support Centre. This collaboration will involve a series of presentations and workshops addressing the intersections of creative writing and writing center programs. Strengthening the partnership between our universities will also set the stage for ongoing cooperation, which may include the development of a global classroom on tutor training and EFL/ESL tutoring.
February 4, 2018
Merle Collins will give one of the keynote addresses at a conference on Violence in the Postcolonial and Neocolonial World, Centre for Teaching and Research in Postcolonial Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Liège, Belgium, February 15 and 16, 2018.
February 4, 2018
Temim Fruchter had a piece published in the last issue of Brevity.
February 4, 2018
Kellie Robertson gave several talks this fall related to her new book project: at the University of Brisbane, she spoke on “Thinking the Unthinkable: Belief, Climate Change, and Premodern Weather” and led a one-day masterclass on science, faith, and literature. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she gave a talk in October entitled “Reading the Weather in New Troy: Environmental Fiction and the Problem of the Modern.” In January, she spoke at the MLA as part of a panel to mark the forthcoming publication of Keywords for Today (Oxford University Press, October 2018), a collective updating of Raymond Williams’ influential Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society.
February 3, 2018
Barry Pearson recently worked with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on a new compilation Classic Delta and Deep South Blues​, and provided liner notes for the album. 
February 2, 2018
Thibault Raoult has three hybrid works forthcoming in VOLT.
February 2, 2018
Oliver Brearey presented "Individual and Collaborative Responsibility for Women's Job-Finding Work in Outplacement" on the Association for Business Communication panel at the 133rd Modern Language Association Annual Convention in New York on 4 January 2018.
February 1, 2018
Brian Richardson edited and introduced a special section of the journal Storyworlds on Feminism and Unnatural Narrative Theory (four essays).
February 1, 2018
Setsuko Yokoyama recently presented, "What’s in a Name? Users, the Generalized Others,” at HASTAC 2017, Orlando, Florida, 4 November 2017.
February 1, 2018
Stephen Rojcewicz, a 2017 Ph.D. graduate in Comparative Literature, has published "Compte Rendu du Roman grec et poésie : Dialogues des genres et nouveaux enjeux du poétique" in Agora: Les comptes rendu de GAIA, Vol. 8, 2017. Available at:http://homerica.msh-alpes.fr/agora/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Roman-grec-et-poesie.pdfStephen has also been elected to the Board of Directors of the Thornton Wilder Society.
January 26, 2018
Emily Mitchell gave a reading on 1/25 for Fall for the Book's new Pop Up Lit reading series. She will participate in a panel called "Sound and Fury: Understanding Voice in Fiction" at the AWP annual conference on 3/8.
January 26, 2018
Elissa Washuta graduated from UMD with a BA in English in 2007. Last month, it was announced that she will receive an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. Click here for more information. 
January 25, 2018
Bob Levine's new book, Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies, was just published by Cambridge University Press. At MLA, he led a roundtable on "Frederick Douglass at 200," and he's giving an upcoming talk on Douglass at Marshall University's Carter Woodson Lyceum. 
January 25, 2018
Danuta Hinc recently published two essays: The Lessons of My Childhood in Communist Poland Are Relevant Again. On Propaganda, Martial Law, and Protecting the Truth in the Literary Hub and When I Was Growing Up in Poland, We Didn’t Have “Dynasty” or Donna Summer, But We Did Have Health Insurance in Washingtonian.
January 25, 2018
Jonathan Rick recently published his presentation, "How Social Media Can Help You Land — or Lose — Your Dream Job". He also recently did an interview, which can be read here. 
January 25, 2018
Scott Wible attended the week-long Teaching and Learning Studio Faculty Workshop at Stanford University's Design School. This workshop helps higher education teachers learn to use design thinking methods to create active learning experiences for students and, in Scott's case as Professional Writing Program Director, for PWP faculty.
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. 
October 31, 2017
English Major Sarah Schurman is the recipient of the 2017 Dean's Senior Scholar Award. The award committee cites her distinguished academic performance, leadership qualities, and commitment to community.