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Scholars examine memory through many lenses

Mon, 05 Mar 2018

From the post-Reformation trauma of Shakespeare's history plays, to the poignant scrapbooks created by the families of British soldiers killed in World War I, the fellowships sponsored by the Humanities Center this year focus on the interdisciplinary study of memory and forgetting.

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Digitizing Douglass

Fri, 09 Feb 2018

Victor Garza '19, left, and associate professor of English Gregory Heyworth prepare to scan the marble bust of Frederick Douglass in the Frederick Douglass Building . The students in Heyworth’s Digital Imaging class are using a structured light scanner to create a digital rendering of the marble bust. Their goal is to create a file that can be accessed and the bust reproduced anywhere with a 3D printer. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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Can you read my handwriting?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018

The teaching of formal cursive handwriting may have declined in our digital age, but to show our appreciation for scribes and their tools of the trade, we dug into our special collections to highlight a sampling of hand lettering, from ancient hieroglyphs to modern conscripts.

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Poet James Longenbach unites spare and spooky in Earthling

Wed, 29 Nov 2017

This fifth collection of poetry from the Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English had its roots in a poem he wrote called “Pastoral,” which would set the collection's tone of “feeling or spiritual development.”

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Three honored with Goergen Awards for teaching excellence

Mon, 16 Oct 2017

Established in 1997, the award recognizes distinctive teaching accomplishments of faculty in Arts, Science, and Engineering. “The recipients embody all that we value in teaching at the University,” says Dean of the College Jeffrey Runner.

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‘I emphasize that the classroom is a space for experiment and for playing with ideas’

Mon, 16 Oct 2017

One of the things I appreciate most about having grown up in Alaska—other than the incredible natural beauty—is that it was home to people with so many different perspectives and leading so many different lifestyles. It’s a place where almost everyone is from somewhere else. People go there in part because they think differently than […]

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Timely political drama plays out on stage

Tue, 10 Oct 2017

The play, created directly from transcripts, chronicles the 1954 Atomic Energy Commission hearing in which the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer is called before the commission.

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Nobelist Ishiguro: Novelist of ‘quiet riskiness’

Sat, 07 Oct 2017

Adam Parkes '93 (PhD) explores the writing of Kazuo Ishiguro, recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, noting his fearless literary experimentation meshed with a simple austerity.

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Elizabeth Poliner receives 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

Fri, 06 Oct 2017

The annual prize was created in 1976 to recognize American women on the precipice of promising writing careers.

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Mysteries shape Joanna Scott’s newest novel

Tue, 19 Sep 2017

Careers for Women, a new novel by English professor Joanna Scott, had its beginnings in her attic where she rediscovered a paper bag full of newspaper clippings that she’d collected in the wake of September 11, 2001.

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