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Plutzik Reading Series: Claire Messud

April 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library

Claire Messud

Did you know?

English department faculty have garnered numerous awards and honors, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, Newberry Library, and Modern Language Association, among others.

For 20+ years, Professor Emeritus Russell Peck led the “Theater in England” course, shepherding participants to multiple plays each day over two weeks. Katherine Mannheimer now leads the course.

Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, a journal devoted to the artist and poet William Blake, is celebrating its 50th year in 2016-17.


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Turning the gears of a 16th century search engine

Technology and the mellow scent of wood aren’t often associated with each other in the 21st century. But a new piece of early modern machinery has brought them together in the Rossell Hope Robbins Library at the University of Rochester. The medieval studies library is now home to a custom-made, full-size book wheel, a kind of rotating bookshelf that was the brainchild of 16th-century Italian military engineer Agostino Ramelli. The book wheel, a collaboration between librarians, textual science and engineering students, solved the problem of needing access to multiple books at the same time.

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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.

Alumni in the News

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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