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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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Continuing the tradition of bringing Middle English texts to larger audiences

Thomas Hahn, a professor of English, has received a $299,748 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue work on Rochester’s pioneering Middle English Text Series (METS) of scholarly editions and translations. The new project entails preparing six volumes of Medieval literary texts, ranging from the 13th to the 15th century, for print and digital publication, and a redesign of the digital interface for the METS.

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Lineup announced for 61st Plutzik Reading Series

The 2023-24 Plutzik Reading Series schedule includes Dawn Lundy Martin, Ed Park, Valzhyna Mort, and Stephanie Powell Watts. All readings are free and open to the public.

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Alumni Panel

Friday, September 29, 2023
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Humanities Center Conference Room D

The Department of English is thrilled to welcome back five of our distinguished alumni for a panel discussion about their education, work, and careers after graduation. A reception will follow.

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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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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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