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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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Clockwise from top left: Herb Smith, Olivia Kim, Stephen Schottenfeld, Quajay Donnell, Missy Pfohl Smith

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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Congratulations, Class of 2024!

Hats off to all our graduating seniors! Congratulations to the class of 2024 on this commencement weekend. You should be proud of all your accomplishments during your time at the University of Rochester.

We can't wait to see what your next chapter holds for you.

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2024 anthology published

After weeks of working together, University of Rochester students and consumers served by CP Rochester have published the 2024 "Dignity" anthology. It features original written works -- short stories, poems and more.

Click the image below to read all of this year's works.

2024 Inspiration Project participants


2024 Award Winners Announced

The winners for the 2024 Creative Writing Awards have been selected! Awards were given for fiction, poetry, drama and humor writing.

Thank you to all who submitted their work.

Click the image below for a full list this year's winners.

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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.

A class with ChomskyLiterature andLanguage
A class at the George Eastman HouseFilm andMedia
Students performing in a playCreative writing andtheater

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