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Three professors to receive Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Mon, 13 Sep 2021

Will Bridges, Jason Middleton, and Elaine Sia will be honored at an on-campus ceremony in October.


Hyam Plutzik’s poetry finds new voice in Spanish/English edition

Wed, 05 May 2021

The work of a fondly remembered faculty member is revived in an edition that foregrounds issues of immigration and exile.


3 collections from the River Campus Libraries worth your time this National Poetry Month

Fri, 02 Apr 2021

Celebrate rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, and other literary techniques by exploring the collected papers of poets John A. Williams, Samuel Greenlee, and Vince Clemente.


Poet James Longenbach explores the ever-current ‘now’ of lyric poetry

Wed, 10 Feb 2021

Writers and musicians from Marianne Moore to Patti Smith are the subject of Longenbach’s new book The Lyric Now.


Humor writer Melissa Balmain honored by Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop

Wed, 09 Dec 2020

An adjunct instructor in the University of Rochester’s English department, Melissa Balmain is the Humor Writer of the Month this December.


Teaching the complexities of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Mon, 26 Oct 2020

English professor Bette London introduces students to Nobel-winning authors and the controversies surrounding the prize.


An adapted classroom: Students and faculty find new ways to engage in teaching and learning

Fri, 18 Sep 2020

Students and faculty members adapt to new—and safety-conscious—ways of interacting as teachers, scholars, and researchers.


Rochester project democratizes access to medieval English literature

Wed, 16 Sep 2020

The pioneering Middle English Texts Series “puts the literature out there for everybody,” making medieval English texts available to scholars and students around the world.


One of the world’s oldest globes is ready for its close-up

Wed, 26 Feb 2020

Rochester professor Gregory Heyworth and his Lazarus Project colleagues have created a 3-D model of one of the treasures of the New York Public Library, the Hunt-Lenox Globe, one of the first globes to show the New World — and to warn "Here be dragons."


Multispectral imaging unlocks a Smithsonian treasure’s secrets

Thu, 23 Jan 2020

This tiny book was acquired by the Smithsonian in 1925. It’s made up of 147 folios of parchment, or treated animal hide, stitched together. The “over text”—the visible text—is of an Armenian prayer book, suspected to date from the 15th century. But there is also an “under text”—a work that was erased to recycle the parchment for the over text. The Smithsonian has turned to University of Rochester professor Gregory Heyworth and his Lazarus Project to help solve the mystery of what that long-ago effaced text might be.