December 2020 / January 2021


December 8. Opening of the virtual Museum of 2020, the creation of nineteen Baruch and Macaulay first-year students enrolled in IDC 1001H: The Arts in NYC. 12:00-1:00

“Part time-capsule, part documentary collection, and part virtual art gallery, the Museum of 2020 consists of five themed exhibits, which explore the ways photography, fashion, design, poetry, digital art, and other art forms have responded to the events of this momentous year. The five exhibits focus on (1) protest art and the celebration of Black life; (2) individuality and self-expression through masks; (3) human connection in a time of social distancing; (4) the ingenuity of small businesses; and (5) what we all want to forget–and maybe also remember–from 2020.”

This event will feature five-minute curator’s talks (one per exhibit), followed by a general Q&A. For the Zoom link and passcode, please contact Laura Kolb.



Laura Kolb published the co-edited volume Early Modern Debts, 1500-1700 in Palgrave’s Studies in Literature, Culture, and Economics series. In addition to the co-written introduction, she contributed a chapter, titled “Debt Letters: Epistolary Economies in Early Modern England.” The book draws together the work of historians, literary critics, and one philosopher to reconsider how debts structured the home, urban life, legal systems, and linguistic and literary forms. The e-book is available now, and ​Early Modern Debts will be in print in January.

Sean O’Toole‘s review of Civic Identity and Public Space: Belfast since 1780, by Dominic Bryan and S. J. Connolly, with John Nagle, and Literacy, Language, and Reading in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, edited by Rebecca Anne Barr, Sarah-Anne Buckley, and Muireann O’Cinneide, will appear in Victorian Studies 63.1 (Autumn 2020).

Steven Swarbrick’s coedited special issue, Renaissance Posthumanism and Its Afterlives, appeared in the journal Criticism along with his (and Karen Raber’s) coauthored introduction. He also published a book chapter on Shakespeare and ecocriticism in the Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Animals.



Grace Schulman‘s public readings for The Marble Bed have included or will include virtual events organized by the Amagansett Library (November 18), the Stella Adler Acting Studio (December 2), and Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor, NY (December 10).

Cheryl Smith presented a Works-in-Progress talk titled “Poetic Justice: Poetry, Protest, and Democracy in Public Education​” to the department, via Zoom, on November 18.



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 23. Final grades are due.


Keep the news coming. The deadline for the next newsletter is February 1. Enjoy the break, everyone!

Featured image by Ed Robertson on Unsplash

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