Department News

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 21, 2018
At the 2018 CCCC in Kansas City, I organized a workshop title "Corpus Approaches to Teaching and Studying Writing," sponsored by the Linguistics, Language, and Writing Standing Group, and I co-led, with Michael Israel, a workshop session on constructing and performing preliminary analysis of a corpus of written text, using UMD's "Interpolations" first year writing journal, the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Writing (MICUSP), and the academic subcorpus of the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA-A).
May 20, 2018
Fatima Azam recently published the article “Ink vs. Bytes: The Delicate Balance I Tried to Maintain in a Library.”REFLECTIONS Narratives of Professional Helping: Special Issue Librarians as Helping Professionals, vol. 23, no. 3, 2018, pp. 36-41.
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.
May 16, 2018
Professor Matthew Kirschenbaum receives the Kandice Chuh Mentorship Award during GEO spring ceremony
May 15, 2018
Emeritus Professor of English and poet Rod Jellema passed away in Washington, DC, at the age of 91 on Friday, May 11. Rod, who had a D. Phil. from the University of Edinburgh, joined the Department in 1955 and taught for nearly forty years before retiring in 1992. He was the founding director of the creative writing program as well as the founding organizer of Writers Here and Now.
May 14, 2018
The first round of CLCS grants have been awarded to projects to be held during the 2018-2019 academic year. 
May 9, 2018
The Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize and Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize.
May 3, 2018
On brief before the D.C. Court of Appeals, and with the expert assistance of a Writing Center tutor, Earnest was able to parse through a difficult legal passage and convince the court to vacate its initial conviction. Thank you Writing Center!
May 2, 2018
Senior Lecturer Justin Lohr has been selected to receive the Provost's Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in the area of teaching.

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