February 2020


February 12. A screening of Christian Petzold’s film Transit. Engelman Recital Hall. 6:30

February 20. A Works-in-Progress talk by Lauren Silberman. VC 7-238. 1-2:15

February 27. A reading and conversation with author Nicole Krauss and Jessica Lang. Engelman Recital Hall. 5:30

March 4. Mr. Lionel Shockness will join us for a talk about his friend and confidant James Baldwin. VC 14-250. 1-2

March 19. The Addison Gayle Lecture in honor of Tuzyline Allan, featuring Jennifer Morgan, Professor and Chair of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. VC 14-270. 12-2:30

April 2. Research and Creative Activities Reception. Nagelberg Theatre, BPAC. 3-4

May 7. Creative Inquiry Day. VC gymnasium, Level B2. 12:30-2:30



John Brenkman’s new bookMood and Trope: The Rhetoric and Poetics of Affect, has been published by the University of Chicago Press. He has also launched a personal website.

Eva Chou published two dance reviews in the fall/winter 2019 issue of Ballet Review (New York): The National Ballet of China, Raise the Red Lantern, at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; and The Ballet of L’opera della Roma, Serata Philip Glass, works by Benjamin Millepied, Jerome Robbins, and Sébastien Bertaud set to music by Philip Glass, at the Opera House, Rome.

Donika Kelly‘s poem “From the Catalogue of Cruelty” was published in the January 6 issue of The New Yorker.

Sean O’Toole‘s article “The Letters of Ethel Smyth to Edith Somerville, 1918-1921: A Chronicle of Desire” was accepted for publication in the Journal of the History of Sexuality.

Erica Richardson‘s piece “The Trouble with Tags: The Challenges of Collaborative Metadata and Participatory Culture in Class Blogs” appeared in the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP).

Ian Singleton’s interview of novelist Leland Cheuk was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Steven Swarbrick‘s article “Object-Oriented Disability: The Prosthetic Image in Paradise Lost appeared in JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory.



John Brenkman has co-organized with Sorin Radu Cucu (LaGuardia Community College) a three-session seminar, Aesthetics Unbound, for the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, March 19-22, in Chicago.​

The Harold Clurman Poetry Reading Series presented an evening of poetry and discussion with Grace Schulman, Gregory Pardlo, and Anders Carlson-Wee on February 3 at Stella Adler Acting Studio.

Steven Swarbrick presented a paper titled “The God Trick: Milton and Donne” at the MLA meeting in Seattle on January 12.



Shelly Eversley has been appointed as Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost and assigned Interim Chair of the Department of Black and Latino Studies in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.

Peter Hitchcock has been named a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London where he will deliver a lecture, a keynote address, and a masterclass.

Brooke Ricker Schreiber and Constantin Schreiber welcomed a baby girl, Maja Morgan Schreiber, to the world on December 19.

Congratulations, all!


February 19. Spring verification-of-enrollment rosters due on CUNYfirst.

February 28. Entries to Digital Measures due for inclusion in this year’s Research and Creative Activities Reception for full-time faculty, scheduled for April 2.

March 15. Applications for the CUNY Academy Adjunct Faculty Travel Awards due.

Keep the news coming. The deadline for the next newsletter is March 2.

Featured image:  James Baldwin, NYC, 1964

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