Department News

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.

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