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Margaret Brent Room (Stamp 2112)
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 - 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Join us for a talk and readings by Pulitzer-nominated Poet Garrett Hongo.

2115 Tawes Hall
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Prof. Harpham will ENGL faculty and students on Friday, Sept. 26, at 10-11:30AM in Tawes 2115.

1100 Tawes Hall
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

A young woman searches for her mother, who gave her up for adoption at birth, fearful of even laying eyes on her. But as they are about to abruptly discover, the daughter is black; the mother white. And now the future, as well as the past, needs sorting out.

Tawes 3134
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Student initiated and facilitated with faculty consultation, the second meeting of the annual Comparative Literature colloquium, "Trauma and Global Literature" (CMLT 788B) will meet this Friday, from 1-3 in 3134 Tawes.

Bioscience Research Building 1103
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Robert Kurzban will present evidence for the view that people adopt moral positions based on calculations of their self-interest.

by Liam Farrell, Terp Magazine 

It was a story conceived in one of the most primal ways possible, inspired amidst rainy nights, vivid dreams and shared ghost stories. By this fall, technology will allow people around the world to see how Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” grew from a teenager’s vision on the shores of Lake Geneva to a centerpiece of 19th-century British literature.

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is a partner with the Bodleian Library at Oxford, England, and the New York Public Library in creating the digital Shelley-Godwin Archive, which has received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. When completed, it will have images of major works and correspondence from Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley and other writers in their circle.

Documents encompassing “Frankenstein” will be available in time for Halloween. With a longstanding debate surrounding how much of the story was written by Mary or husband Percy, students and scholars will be able to see original notebook pages in her handwriting and revisions he made.

“This allows people to understand the life of a literary work,” says Neil Fraistat, an English professor, director of MITH and Shelley scholar leading the project at Maryland.

Broader goals are to get students involved in curating online material by looking for transcription mistakes, encoding source material online and getting a critical appreciation for the documents. Then, people around the world can view original manuscripts and transcriptions side-by-side while annotating and sharing their own findings. “This is ultimately about the public and making them part of the humanities,” Fraistat says. “It allows us not just to project out what we do but to bring the public in to what we do.”

Perhaps the inspiration for the next great monster tale won’t come sitting around a campfire but in front of a computer screen

See the archive at shelleygodwinarchive.org.

Congratulations to new ADVANCE professor Laura Rosenthal, a professor of English in the College of Arts and Humanities. Rosenthal is an accomplished faculty member with a multitiude of learship positions within the college. She serves as a role model and mentor for junior colleagues. 

The ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence aims to transform the insitutitional culture of the university by facilitating networks, offering individual mentoring and support, and providing information and strategic opportunities for women faculty in all areas of academia. The ADVANCE program aims to produce academic environments with assumptions, values and beliefs, policies and practices that support and generate professional growth and excellence for all faculty.

Learn more and see the full list of new ADVANCE professors at the program website.


Tawes Hall
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:00 AM to Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 8:00 PM

From March 27-29, leading scholars will explore the interdisciplinary relationships between sounds and texts.


Department of English 

The College of Arts and Humanities would like to congratulate Professor Joshua Weiner, who is a 2013 recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation!

Professor Weiner is the English department's 4th winner in the past 5 years. He joins 8 other current faculty members who are Guggenheim laureates: Vin CarrettaMichael CollierMerle CollinsReggie Harrison,Matt KirschenbaumBob LevineHoward Norman, and Stan Plumly. In addition, 10 other former and emeritus faculty members from our department have received Guggenheim fellowships: Eric Bentley, Adele Berlin, Carl Bode, Gladys-Marie Fry, John Fuegi, Annabel Patterson, Bill Peterson, Jack Salamanca, Sam Schoenbaum, Reed Whittemore, and Cal Winton.

Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Established in 1925 by former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, in memory of seventeen-year-old John Simon Guggenheim, the elder of their two sons, who died April 26, 1922, the Foundation has sought from its inception to "add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding." The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year, and approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded each year.


Department of English 

Our own Kari Kraus was one of the featured participants on The Kojo Nnamdi Show as Kojo moderated a terrific conversation about the digital humanities on "Tech Tuesday."  The discussion also included Brett Bobley, director of the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities and Benjamin Schmidt, a visiting graduate fellow at the Cultural Observatory at Harvard and a graduate student at Princeton.

To listen to the conversation, please click here. A transcript of the show is also available here.



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