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An exterior view of the front of Morey hall from the Eastman Quad.

Welcome to Morey Hall

Home to the Department of English, Morey Hall is named for William Carey Morey, 1843-1925, class of 1868. Professor Morey taught Latin, history, and political science, and also helped found the Rochester Historical Society.

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In Memoriam

Morris Eaves, 1944-2024: irreverent innovator, steadfast colleague and devoted teacher

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Professor Tawil sitting in his office with his feet on his desk and a dog in his lap.

In Memoriam

Ezra Tawil, 1967-2024: Joyful spirit, beloved colleague, extraordinary teacher and scholar

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Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in one of our four distinct program tracks.

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Graduate Studies

The National Research Council ranks our English PhD program among the best in the country.

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Our faculty and students participate in numerous individual and collaborative research projects.

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Department News

Lillian Fairchild Award returns, honors five artists

Five artists are the latest recipients of the distinguished Lillian Fairchild Award, a longstanding honor bestowed to residents of the Rochester area for meaningful contributions to art and literature.

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Call for submissions

We are now accepting entries for the 2024 University Literary Competition. Cash prizes will be awarded for creative fiction, humor writing and poetry.

The deadline to submit is Monday, April 29 at 3pm. Click the image for full guidelines & submission details.

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Inspiration Project anthology reading

Join us Thursday, April 25th at 6pm for our final anthology reading for the 2024 Inspiration Project. The collaborative effort pairs UR students with consumers served by CP Rochester to create original written works.

Refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to all.

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Celebrate semester's end with Writer's Lounge

The Writer's Lounge will be celebrating the end of the semester with a party! If you took a writing course, wrote something for class, or attended a reading, this party is for you!

There will be an open mic and free pizza on May 2 from 5-7pm in the Humanities Center Lounge.

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In the News

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126internships and research projects

In the last two years, undergraduates have completed 126 English Department honors theses, local and national internships, and independent research projects.

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