2014 News Archive

English Night at Todd Theatre: Venus planned for December 10th

December 9, 2014

Event Poster ImageEnglish Night at Todd Theatre: Venus will take place on Wednesday, December 10. Theatregoers may book discount tickets for English Night by calling the English Department at 275-4092, or by mentioning UEC at the box office. English Night is sponsored by the Undergraduate English Council and the Department of English. After the show, there will be an opportunity to meet the cast over refreshments in Todd Lobby.

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Exhibition Honors Late Poet Galway Kinnell, ‘49

November 14, 2014

Remembering poet Galway KinnellA new exhibition in Rush Rhees Library highlights the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and University of Rochester alumnus, Galway Kinnell, who died October 28. Kinnell earned a master’s degree in English at the University of Rochester and frequently returned to campus as a reader at the Plutzik Poetry Reading Series.

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Foundation Seeks Student Reaction Statements to Plutzik Series Readings – for a $50 Honorarium, each

November 5, 2014

Become a literary critic & get paid for it!The Plutzik Foundation is offering to pay up to three students a $50 honorarium for selected written reflections on any of the Plutzik Series readings this academic year, beginning with Susan Choi’s reading on November 11th, and continuing to Katherine Larson’s appearance on January 27th, Stuart Dybek’s reading on February 12th, and including Terrance Hayes’ reading on April 9th. The foundation seeks students’ personal accounts describing the reading from their perspective and giving their thoughts about the impact of the reading. Selected writings will be posted on the Hyam Plutzik /Poet blog, “A Fistful of Words,” and will ultimately become part of the permanent collection of the Plutzik Archives, located in Rush Rhees Library.

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Plutzik Reading Series welcomes Susan Choi

November 4, 2014

Author Susan ChoiThe Plutzik Reading Series welcomes author Susan Choi on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The public reading will be held in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library, at 5:00pm.

Susan Choi is the author of four novels. Her first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her most recent novel, My Education, received a 2014 Lambda Award. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Pete Wells, and their sons.

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New Faculty Publication: Joanna Scott, "De Potter's Grand Tour"

September 17, 2014

De Potter's Grand Tour coverAs a child, University of Rochester professor and noted author Joanna Scott played with figurines collected by her great-grandfather, Armand de Potter. He was believed to have disappeared off the coast of Greece in 1905, leaving behind a family on the brink of financial ruin. But after unearthing a trunk filled with diaries and documents from de Potter and his wife, Scott realized her great-grandfather wasn’t the man that he seemed. This disquieting discovery became the basis for her new novel, De Potter’s Grand Tour.

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Registration Still Open for Theatre in England, January 2015!

August 20, 2014

Theatre in England group photoA few spots still remain for this year's four-credit intersession course, conducted in the theatre capital of the world (with a day in Stratford-upon-Avon as well). Students will attend, discuss, and write about approximately 20 productions over a stretch of 11 full days of theatre-going. Venues range from intimate theatres-in-the-round to the grand auditoriums of the National Theatre; plays include Elizabethan, Jacobean, Victorian, and Contemporary drama, as well as musicals and other non-classical forms. For more information, please see the course's website, which describes the program in greater detail and contains syllabi and student journals from the past 25 years, as well as information about fees. Modest need-based financial aid is available.

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Steven Rozenski selected as NEH Summer Scholar

May 8, 2014

Steve RozenskiSteven Rozenski has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

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"English Night at Todd Theatre: Madame de Sade" planned for April 30th

April 28, 2014

Event Poster ImageEnglish Night at Todd Theatre: Madame de Sade will take place on Wednesday, April 30. Theatregoers may book discount tickets for English Night by calling the English Department at 275-4092, or by mentioning UEC at the box office. English Night is sponsored by the Undergraduate English Council and the Department of English. After the show, there will be an opportunity to meet the cast over refreshments in Todd Lobby.

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Attention All Undergraduates: Stratford Trip Registration Now Open

April 25, 2014

Stratford Festival logoATTENTION: Registration and payment must be completed by 4pm on Tuesday, September 16th. There will be a session at the Drama House on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m., to discuss the plays in anticipation of seeing them, and a second session at Drama House Monday evening, September 22, for a final discussion.

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New Faculty Publication: Jason Middleton, “Documentary's Awkward Turn”

April 17, 2014

Cover of Despite the prominence of "awkwardness" as cultural buzzword and descriptor of a sub-genre of contemporary film and television comedy, it has yet to be adequately theorized in academic film and media studies. Documentary’s Awkward Turn contributes a new critical paradigm to the field by presenting an analysis of awkward moments in documentary film and other reality-based media formats.

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Curtis Teaching Prize awarded to Nikolaus Wasmoen

April 2, 2014

Nikolaus Wasmoen headshotSixth-year PhD student Nikolaus Wasmoen has been awarded the University's 2014 Edward Peck Curtis Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student. Currently serving as a Dean's Teaching Fellow in two of Professor Morris Eaves' courses on the concept of "The Digital Page," while also assisting in a course taught by Professor Bette London on the Twentieth-Century British Novel, Wasmoen has continually found dynamic and eye-opening ways of sharing with students a set of unique skills garnered while writing his ambitious, highly interdisciplinary dissertation on the role of the author-editor in the construction of literary modernism.

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Tanenbaum Award applications due April 4th

March 28, 2014

Tanenbaum deadline imageIn 2004 University alumnus John Tanenbaum ’85 began a funded internship to help English majors subsidize their housing, transportation, and other expenses in a summer independent study. Since 2006 the Tanenbaum Scholarship has helped make internships possible at an academic publishing house in Pittsburgh, a TV production team in Los Angeles, the American Red Cross, and the Legal Aid Society of Rochester. For more information, contact thomas.hahn@rochester.edu.

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Undergraduates awarded Discover grant

March 26, 2014

Blake imageUndergraduates Margaret Speer and Megan Wilson have been awarded a Discover grant to work with the William Blake Archive research group during the summer of 2014. The Archive group at UR produces scholarly editions of Blake’s manuscripts and typographic works for a worldwide audience. The Archive draws on more than thirty major collections of Blake’s work.  For more, see www.blakearchive.org.

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James Longenbach receives Arts and Letters Award in Literature

March 20, 2014

Professor James LongenbachThe American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the names of 20 writers who will receive its 2014 awards in literature. The awards will be presented in New York in May at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial. The literature prizes, totaling $230,000, honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The Academy’s 250 members nominate candidates, and a rotating committee of writers selects winners.

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Hollis Robbins to give George Ford Lecture

March 13, 2014

Hollis RobbinsHollis Robbins, Chair of the Humanities Department at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins, will give the talk "The African American Sonnet Tradition." The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:00pm in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. It is free and open to the public.

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