February 2021


February 18. Department of Black and Latino Studies Open House: Celebrating 50 Years of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch. Register here. 1:00

February 22. Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center webinar discussion with John Brenkman and Masha Gessen. Register here. 5:30

February 25. Globus Seminar I: A Conversation with Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University and author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World. Register here. 1:00

February 26.  “An Anatomy of Pessimism.” A Works-in-Progress talk by Tom Ribitzky. Zoom, TBA. 1:00

Ongoing. A reprise of the Joel Segall Great Works Staged Reading Series’s excellent Fall 2020 production of Othello.



John Brenkman’s essay “Voice and Time” is published in Optional-Narrator Theory: Principles, Perspectives, Proposals, edited by Sylvie Patron. His website features an excerpt from his recent book, Mood and Trope: The Rhetoric and Poetics of Affect (University of Chicago Press, 2020), as well as new additions to Night Thoughts and Passages.

Erika Dreifus‘s essay about (Kathrine) Kressmann Taylor’s 1938 short story “Address Unknown” appeared on The American Scholar‘s website as part of the publication’s “Viral Days” series.

Brooke Schreiber‘s co-authored chapter, “Engaging with Global Englishes through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)”, will appear in the edited collection Language Teacher Education for Global Englishes: A Practical Resource Book, to be published as part of the Routledge Advances in Teaching English as an International Language Series in May 2021.​ A second co-authored chapter, “Productive Frictions of Doing Transnational Composition Research: Voices from Serbia, Lebanon, and the U.S.”, will appear in the edited collection, Teaching and Studying Transnational Composition, forthcoming from MLA.

Ian Singleton‘s review of Pavel Lambersky’s The Death of Samusis, and Other Stories recently appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. His translations of Russian poetry are also published in the Winter 2021 issue of Café Review.



The American Comparative Literature Association has accepted the double seminar “Aesthetics Unbound” that John Brenkman and Sorin Radu Cucu have organized for this year’s annual meeting, to be held virtually​ April 8 – 11.

Rafael Walker was recently a guest on Professor Uli Baer’s (NYU) podcast series Think about It, where he discusses Kate Chopin. Available on YouTube and Spotify.



Six student poems from Grace Schulman‘s poetry class, ENG 3640, have been accepted by Encounters literary magazine. The four poets are Gabriela Torrento, Samantha White, Julieta Cabana, and Scott Horton.

English major Lyndon Thompson has been selected for a competitive New York Review of Books internship.

Congratulations, all!



February 4. Last day for students to add a course or to drop a course with 75% tuition refund.

February 18. Spring verification-of-enrollment rosters due on CUNYfirst.


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

Featured image by Nat DeWolf

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