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Rochester’s college-in-prison program expands to become western New York’s prison education hub

Wed, 08 Sep 2021

This year, the University’s prison education program starts courses at Attica, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the prison uprising.


Emil Homerin: An American religion scholar remembered

Mon, 11 Jan 2021

A leading scholar of Sufi poetry and mysticism, Emil Homerin is remembered by his students and colleagues for his enthusiasm and generosity


University prison education initiative awarded major grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Fri, 12 Jun 2020

The University's cornerstone prison education initiative receives a $1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to expand and further develop its programming.


Colleagues remember history professor emeritus Dean A. Miller

Wed, 03 Apr 2019

Friends and colleagues are remembering Dean A. Miller, a professor emeritus of history with a secondary appointment in religion and classics, for his 30-year career at Rochester, and for his scholarship, character, and generosity.


Saving the lost text of a Torah scroll

Tue, 19 Mar 2019

Professor Gregory Heyworth and his digital media students are using different wavelengths of light to reveal illegible text that could create a sacred, tangible link with Jewish congregations lost to the Holocaust.


An academic understanding of hate

Thu, 29 Nov 2018

Listening to the news, it can feel as though acts of violence—particularly violence inspired by bigotry and hate—are on the rise, and unfortunately the numbers back that up. How are we to make sense of this rise? Three Rochester researchers sat down for an academic conversation about hate and intolerance, discussing reactions to recent incidents of hate, important lessons from history, and the psychology of stereotypes and intolerance.


‘High-risk’ research receives University seed funding

Wed, 23 May 2018

University Research Awards for 2018-19 have been awarded to 15 projects ranging from an analysis of the roles of prisons in the Rochester region, to a new approach to genome editing, to new initiatives for advanced materials for powerful lasers.


Thinking about time

Fri, 03 Nov 2017

Spring forward. Fall back. On two Sundays each year, as we move in and out of Daylight Saving Time, time itself suddenly starts to seem a little arbitrary. Every discipline in the University has its own way of constructing and thinking about time.


Whose heritage do we honor when building—and destroying—monuments?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017

What’s the function of a monument? Who should be honored with one—and who gets to decide? Richard Leventhal, a professor of anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, will explore these questions in the second annual James Conlon Memorial Lecture.


University builds bridges to community through Fringe Fest

Fri, 22 Sep 2017

Students, faculty, and alumni take their unique perspectives on difficult and controversial conversations into the community as part of the annual arts fest.


The recently created Humanities Center supports multidisciplinary engagement around literature, history, the arts, and philosophies of cultures past and present with the aim of fostering educated, contributing global citizens.

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