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Fall 2023 Courses

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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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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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Plutzik Reading Series

Lineup announced for 61st Plutzik Reading Series

The 2023-24 Plutzik Reading Series schedule includes Dawn Lundy Martin (Oct. 6, 2023), Ed Park (Dec. 4, 2023), Valzhyna Mort (Mar. 26, 2024) and Stephanie Powell Watts (Apr. 17, 2024). All readings are free and open to the public. 

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Faculty in the News

Professor discusses changing poetic ambitions

Jennifer Grotz, a professor of English, talks about her new poetry collection, Still Falling, on the First Draft podcast.

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English Professor appears on 'Ted Radio Hour'

Gregory Heyworth discussed his work with the Lazarus Project, which uses multispectral imaging to recover hidden text from manuscripts, maps and more on a recent episode of the Ted Radio Hour on NPR.

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The 12th annual Rochester Fringe Festival kicked off this week and runs through Sept. 23. U of R students, faculty, staff, and alumni are featured in numerous performances this year. Of note, the Program of Dance and Movement presents the US debut of Leïla Ka Sept. 14-15 —the first time in history that the University has presented the US debut performance of an international dance artist.

University of Rochester at Fringe


The Department of English is thrilled to welcome back five of our distinguished alumni for a panel discussion about their education, their work and their careers after graduation. It's Friday, September 29th from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Humanities Center Conference Room D.

A reception will follow.

English Alumni Poster 2023

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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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Kali Quinn illustration by David CowlesKali Quinn '03
BA in English

Via Rochester Review: "What’s Your Script?"
Through ‘compassionate creativity,’ theater artist Kali Quinn ’03 finds her own script, and helps others find theirs. Artwork: David Cowles for Rochester Review

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