November 2020


November 18. “Poetic Justice: Poetry, Protest, and Democracy in Higher Education.” A Works-in-Progress talk by Cheryl Smith. Zoom, TBA. 2:30

    Black and Puerto Rican students protest underrepresentation of students of color at City College, 1969. Image courtesy of the CCNY Digital Archive



Kamal Belmihoub‘s review of the edited book Changing Practices for the L2 Writing Classroom: Moving Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay was published in the latest issue of the New York State TESOL Journal.

Adrian Izquierdo published the article “Quevedo y la Vita Anacreontis: retórica y dialéctica al servicio de la biografía” in Cinco estudios sobre paratexto y biografía en el Siglo de Oro, JANUS, Revista de Estudio sobre el Siglo de Oro, Anexo 15 (2020), pp. 17-48.  He also published a book review of Anacreón Castellano, Elena Gallego Moya y J. David Castro, eds., A Coruña, SIELAE, 2018 in JANUS, Revista de Estudio sobre el Siglo de Oro, 9 (2020): 183-190. His translation of André Aciman’s essay “In Freud’s Shadows” also appeared in Granta español: “A la sombra de Freud.”

Michael Staub has published reviews and commentary this fall in the American Journal of Psychology, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Social History, and American Jewish History.



Allison Deutermann presented a Works-in-Progress talk, “Celebrity Shakespeare: People Made Public in Early Modern England,” to the department, on October 13, via Zoom.

Adrian Izquierdo will present a paper at the International Golden Age Association Conference (AISO) that will take place virtually at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. His paper sheds light on a manuscript annotation and a satirical sonnet discovered in the archives of the Hispanic Society of New York about the Historia de Salamanca, a book by 17th-century Spanish historian Gil González.  



December 15. Applications for a PSC-CUNY Research Award are due by 5pm. Check the Research Foundation’s website for eligibility requirements, the application link, and other details.

December 18. Leave applications are due on Interfolio.

Please remember to encourage students to submit their writing to Refract Magazine or consider asking students whether you can submit pieces on their behalf if you think it will increase the likelihood that their essays will reach the Refract inbox.


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

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