April 2022

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April 7. A Reading and Conversation with the Harman Writer-in-Residence Ersi Sotiropoulos, introduced by Christina Christoforatou. Library Building, 151 E25th St., Room 750. Reception at 5:00, reading at 6:00

April 26. “Sylvia Wynter’s 1498: Indian Ocean Studies and Transatlantic Modernity”: A Works-in-Progress talk by Micheal Rumore. VC 7-238 and Zoom (TBA). 2:30



Timothy Aubry was interviewed by The Point magazine in the fourth installment of its “Criticism in Public” series, interviews with academics about public writing, academic scholarship, and literary criticism.

Gray Campbell published two prose poems (“Valedictions”) in Big Windows. The pieces will be republished in the journal’s print version this May.

Adrian Izquierdo published a chapter about the intersections of architecture and political and historiographical writings in early modern Europe in the book Plurivocalité et polyphonies: une voie vers la modernité ? (Classiques Garnier, collection Constitution de la modernité, ed. Rafaèle Audoubert, 2022). Izquierdo’s chapter is titled: “‘J’en suis l’architecte’ Juste Lipse, Pierre Matthieu et la construction du discours historiographique et politique à la Renaissance.”

Sean O’Toole‘s new book on transnational decadence and the Wilde archive will be out from Johns Hopkins University Press in spring 2023.

Ian Ross Singleton published a translation of a poem by the Ukrainian poet Irina Ivanchenko on the Asymptote blog.

Michael Staub has published “Making Sense of Plague in the Vietnam War” in Environmental History.

Steven Swarbrick is the ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment) Scholar of the Month in April. This month, he talks about his path to the environmental humanities, new research, what he’s currently reading, and more. You can read his answers here.

Rafael Walker’s essay, “Ernest Gaines’s The Tragedy of Brady Sims: A Final Nod to Toni Morrison,” appears in the spring issue of Arizona Quarterly.



Kamal Belmihoub and Carol Rial led a professional development seminar on general strategies for working on language with multilingual students in first-year writing classes, including the findings of a recent paper and their implications as an example. The presentation was followed by facilitation of an informal conversation about the topic and other pedagogical issues of interest in writing classes.

Dan Libertz presented at the 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication in March on a course he taught called “Data and Writing Toward Social Change.” This research is part of an ongoing project on teaching data literacy and writing.

Brooke Schreiber delivered a Works-in-Progress talk, “Disrupting harmful language ideologies through World Englishes pedagogy,” in the department on March 29.



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