March 2020


March 9. “The Politics of Race in America,” a panel discussion featuring Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, and Profs. Shelly Eversley and Marcus Johnson, moderated by Dean Romero. Engleman Recital Hall. 5:30-7

March 18. The College’s Spring Forum on Tenure and Promotion. VC 14-250. 10-11:30

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

March 31. Reading and conversation with Harman Writer-in-Residence Jennifer Clement. Rooms 750/760, Information and Technology Building, 151 East 25th St. 5-7:30

April 2. Writing Program Spring Symposium, “Countering Monolingualism: Translingual and Anti-Racist Pedagogy,” featuring a sessions led by Brooke Schreiber and Kamal Belmihoub and other distinguished speakers. VC 8-210. 12-2

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

April 23. Marathon reading of Toni Morrison’s Sula. Department lounge. TBA

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



Chris Campanioni will edit a special volume on “Anomaly” for the refereed cultural studies journal M/C: Media and Culture, to launch in October. Anyone working at the intersection of media studies and digital humanities is encouraged to send a submission by August 7. A full CFP is here.

Frank L. Cioffi‘s article “Disturbing Comics: The Disjunction of Word and Image in the Comics of Andrzej Mleczko, Ben Katchor, R. Crumb, and Art Spiegelman,” which appeared in  the book The Language of Comics: Word and Image edited by Robin Varnum and Christina T. Gibbons, published by University Press of Mississippi (2002), will be reprinted November 2020 in a volume of Contemporary Literary Criticism on Robert Crumb. The publisher is Lyman Poupard, a division of Gale Cengage.

Brooke Schreiber‘s co-edited collection, tentatively titled Social Justice for Multilingual Writers: Theory, Pedagogy and Advocacy, is now under contract with Multilingual Matters and will be published in their “New Perspectives on Language and Education” series.

Grace Schulman has new poems and an essay on Harold Bloom in the current issue of Literary Matters, and her Poetry Foundation essay on Marianne Moore continues to be read widely.

Michael Staub’s review essay, “Unhappiness Studies,” an analysis of the late career writing of developmental psychologist Jerome Kagan, is in press with the American Journal of Psychology, but available here.

Steven Swarbrick‘s co-authored article “Destructive Environmentalism: The Queer Impossibility of First Reformed” was accepted for publication in Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture.



Jessica Lange moderated a reading and conversation with author Nicole Krauss on February 27.

Patrick Reilly will talk about “Forty Shades of Green: How James Joyce employs Hermes Trismegistus’ Emerald Tablet to inform a Finnegans Wake universe” at the 27th International James Joyce Symposium in Trieste, Italy, from June 15-19.

Lauren Silberman delivered a Works-in-Progress talk titled “Shakespeare’s Rape of Lucrece: Resisting the Narrative” on February 20.

Rafael Walker moderated a discussion with Lionel Shockness, friend and confidant of James Baldwin, on March 4.



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

April 1. Honors Thesis proposals are due.

April 16. Deadline to confirm attendance at Commencement, on June 8, and to volunteer as a marshal and/or to order your academic regalia. The required form is here.

Keep the news coming. The deadline for the next newsletter is April 1.

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