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All congratulations to Andrew Dorkin, this year’s winner of the UB Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award. His dissertation, “‘The Mind Sneezing’: Modernist Poetry and the Para-Mediation of Humor,” was written under the supervision of Cristanne Miller (director), Ming-Qian Ma, and Bill Solomon, and it offers a brilliant consideration of the communicative function of humor. A tremendous achievement!

Please join us Today at 4:30 PM for the next installment of the Social Justice Works-in-Progress Series where we'll hear...

Please join us Today at 4:30 PM for the next installment of the Social Justice Works-in-Progress Series where we'll hear from Kristen Moore on “Redressing Inequities through the 4Rs: Making Sense of Stories in a Narrative Inquiry Study.” Zoom information and flyer below.

Hope to see you there!
Nicole Lowman and Doug Basford

Watch this space for more details!

Watch this space for more details!

Real congratulations to Bill Solomon, on receiving a very well-deserved Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award: ...
UB Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award

Real congratulations to Bill Solomon, on receiving a very well-deserved Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award:

Established by UB's Graduate School in 2011, this award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding and sustained support and development of graduate students from course completion through research and subsequent career placement. 


Hats off to Nicole Lowman, as UB’s nominee for the Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, and for taking third place at the Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication conference for her presentation, “Advising the Police Advisory Board: Toward a More Usable Technology.”

Please join us for Patricia Matthew’s lecture, “‘The Cold Winds of Self-Scrutiny’: Race/Racism in the University Classro...
Patricia A. Matthew - Talk

Please join us for Patricia Matthew’s lecture, “‘The Cold Winds of Self-Scrutiny’: Race/Racism in the University Classroom,” on Monday 12 October. She is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UB’s Center for Diversity Innovation.
For details, see

“’The cold winds of self-scrutiny’: Race/Racism in the University Classroom, Part I.” This talk will serve as an introduction to race and pedagogy.


The Library of Congress has put online the finding aid to the first half of the Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian Collection. Congratulations!
To search the listing of contents, see


TODAY at 11.30: CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar Professor Patricia Matthew on "The Georgian House, Fons Americanus, and the Afterlives of Abolition." Please contact Karen Serrianne for the Zoom link: [email protected].


“Hodinöhsö:ni′ Geographies: Unsettling the Settler State.” Please join Jolene Rickard, Mishuana Goeman, Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, and Meredith Palmer this Thursday (10/01, 4:00-5:15 pm EST) for a place-based discussion on meaningful acknowledgements in Hodinöhsö:ni′ traditional territories.
“Hodinöhsö:ni′ Geographies” is co-sponsored by the UB Center for Diversity and Innovation, the UB Humanities Institute, and the College of Arts and Sciences. To register, go to:


Please join us in welcoming the new English Department graduate students:
Jacob Allen
Madison Archard
Alexandra Buscaglia
Michelle Coopersmith
Seth Davis
Dana Fang
Sebastian Galbo
Catie Henzel
Tyler Hudson
Isaac Kolding
John Madsen
Bianca Rae Messinger
Zanatul Noor
Nate Portnoy’s
Haley Reed
Simon Ross
Ian Santora
Claire Tranchino


The English Department is pleased to announce that four Visiting Assistant Professors have joined us for the coming year. They are Hunter Capps, Hannah Fogarty, Martin Goffeney, and Michael Pawluk. Welcome!

Professor Carrie Bramen on WBFO discussing the role of music in the women's suffrage movement. "The music was an absolut...
The em-power of music in the Women's Suffrage Movement

Professor Carrie Bramen on WBFO discussing the role of music in the women's suffrage movement. "The music was an absolutely vital part of the Suffrage Movement," said Carrie Tirado Bramen, director of the Gender Institute and a professor of English at the University at Buffalo. "It's all about the politics of voice and who can speak. And women for generations, for centuries, have been defined by their silence, right? I think what music did was normalize the idea of women voting, it made it less terrifying."

Music isn't just easy on the ears, it has been used as a rallying cry by political and social movements for centuries. As we commemorate the 100th


We still have seats available in The Language of Black Freedom (ENG395), with Prof. Pritchard. The course examines the role of language and literacies in the pursuit and expression of freedom by people of African descent in social movements from the 19th century to the present. Texts include speeches, fiction, poetry, essays, photography, dance, popular music,and fashion and style. Among the movements explored are abolition, suffrage,the civil rights movement, voting rights, Black Power, Black Feminisms, BlackLGBTQ activism, #BlackLivesMatter, mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, Black athlete activism, recent student activism against racism and discrimination on college campuses, and the pursuit of representational diversity and equity in the fashion and beauty industries. Sign up now!

Rachelle Toarmino (BA 2012), known in Buffalo for her work as the founding editor in chief of Peach Mag, recently publis...
That Ex | Rachelle Toarmino

Rachelle Toarmino (BA 2012), known in Buffalo for her work as the founding editor in chief of Peach Mag, recently published her first book-length poetry collection That Ex with Big Lucks Books. Excerpts of That Ex have appeared or are forthcoming in P-QUEUE, Cosmonauts Avenue, Shabby Doll House, Sundress Publications, and elsewhere. All news related to the book, including readings, interviews, reviews, and more, can be found at Rachelle's website: In additional news, Rachelle will be an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Amherst in the fall.

Rachelle Toarmino's debut collection of poems is "The Glass Essay" for the Tinder generation, a fiery and playful exploration of the tropes, stereotypes, and all-too-real experiences that come with being an ex. While the title suggests a meditation on leaving and being left—on absence, even on w...


Congratulations to Walt Hakala on winning the Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education by UB's Council on International Studies and Programs!

Catch Bruce Jackson's online conversation and retrospective -
Being There with Bruce Jackson — Six Feet Photography Project

Catch Bruce Jackson's online conversation and retrospective -

Thursday, May 21st, 7 pm - 8:30 pm ET Bruce Jackson is an American writer, folklorist, documentary filmmaker, and photographer. His most recent book Places: Things Heard, Things Seen has been described as an alt-left history of American culture since the 50s. His matchless variousness bears witne


Congratulations to Andrew Dorkin and Amanda McLaughlin on winning this year's Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Awards!

[virtual] Scholars at Hallwalls with Bill Solomon later today
Humanities Institute :: University at Buffalo :: [VIRTUAL] [email protected]: Bill Solomon, “Black Humor and the Making of the Counterculture: Race, Madness, and American Literature in the 1960s”

[virtual] Scholars at Hallwalls with Bill Solomon later today

Join us for a virtual edition of our Faculty Fellows talks! This lecture series brings current UB humanities research out into the community.



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Attention literary scholars interested in mad studies, disability studies, or in the work and life of Virginia Woolf: I wanted to share with anyone interested in Virginia Woolf and the subject of institutionalization that Maria Rovito and I are co-chairing a Woolf-focused panel at the upcoming Northeast Modern Language Association (2021) virtual conference. The title of the panel is "The Lunatic Upstairs: Virginia Woolf and the Ethics of Institutionalization." This is an excerpt from the CFP: "Virginia Woolf’s work has critically engaged with the question of institutionalization and the confinement of Mad peoples, from the medical treatment of Septimus Warren Smith in Mrs. Dalloway (1925), to the question of madwomen’s spaces and meaning-making in A Room of One’s Own (1929), to Woolf’s own institutionalization in Burley House in 1910. As Woolf writes in a letter to her sister, Vanessa Bell, “However, what I meant to say is that I shall soon have to jump out of a window. The ugliness of the house is almost unbelievable—having white, and mottled green and red. Then there is all the eating and drinking and being shut up in the dark.” Indeed, as a figure of the madwoman within literature and culture, Woolf’s ethics of institutionalization can be analyzed through a variety of critical modes, ranging from feminist and disability theory to queer and crip studies. As madwomen throughout modern western history have been confined and silenced by the institution, new engagements in Woolf studies must question the nature of the asylum in Woolf’s life and work. This panel seeks to theorize and question Woolf’s ethics surrounding institutionalization and the asylum throughout her writing, including her fiction, essays, short stories, drama, and autobiography. This panel will explore how Virginia Woolf’s work foregrounds an ethics of institutionalization for madwomen and Mad folx who are silenced by the asylum. What is the importance of reading the figure of the institution in Woolf’s work? How did the asylum and her own encounters with forms of institutionalization and enforced treatment and care affect Woolf’s life and creative output? Is it possible to create an ethics of institutionalization through the Woolf canon?" Please consider submitting an abstract for a paper, a performance, or a work of art relating to this subject. You can see the full CFP and submit by clicking on the link below:
الشاع3ر جميل حسن عبد الصمد عوف شبرا العنب منيا القمح محافظة الشرقية 22/4/2020 إليها فطمت نفسي عنها أياما وسنينا هل طفل مدلل عن فطام يتوب قبلتها على رأسها مرتين متيما تشدني مرة شمالا ومرة جنوب أيتها السمراء البيضاء الشقراء كوكتيل صافي خالي العيوب أركض خلفها تسبقني مسرعة لون أعلامها تتوق له الشعوب نفسي لها دواء نفسي لها فداء إن أصابها خطب من الخطوب ماأكثر عشاقها وماأكثر أسراها أحياناعابدة أحيانا تبدو لعوب تهرب تبتعد تختفي عني وتعود متاهة قلبها تتوه فيه الدروب حبيبتي الجميلة أحضانها دفئ نظراتها سحر تأسر كل القلوب الشاعر جميل حسن عبد الصمد عوف شبرا العنب منيا القمح محافظة الشرقية 22/4/2020
Please find at the link below the CFP for the 2019 American Literature in the World​ Graduate Conference, which will be held at Yale University on April 5, 2019. In addition to the paper panels, conference attendees are also invited to a slate of related events: a reading on Thursday, April 4, by poet Danez Smith, whose collection Don’t Call Us Dead was a finalist for the National Book Award; a research workshop with Sara Powell, Research Services Librarian at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library​; and a publication workshop with Wai Chee Dimock, editor of PMLA, Robyn Creswell, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, translator, and editor-at-large for poetry at Farrar, Straus and Giroux​, and Anna Shechtman, film editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)​.
Hey English Students! Based on the novel Jagveld by South African Deon Meyer, the film #HuntingEmma is an outback crime thriller following a woman (Emma) as she is chased through the desert by drug smugglers after witnessing a murder. Emma is cunning and resourceful, with combat training, keeping the plot suspenseful as she struggles to survive. The cinematography is beautiful - this is a guaranteed summer hit, especially if you're a fan of Deon Meyer's work! #HuntingEmma is available now on iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Microsoft, DirecTv, Googleplay, and Hoopla!
UB English grad Max Crinnin cites professors Barbara Bono, Robert Daly, and Don McGuire as inspirations for Foundlings Press. Read about it in The Spectrum:
CARL DENNIS will join poet Alan Feldman in a reading from each of their new books at 8 p.m. on May 24 at the Butler Mansion, 672 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo. A Buffalo resident and professor emeritus of English at the University of Buffalo, where he taught from 1966 to 2001, he is the author of 13 full-length collections including “Signs and Wonders” (1979), “Practical Gods” (2001), for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2002, and "New and Selected Poems, 1974-2004." In 2000, he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize for lifetime achievement in American poetry by The Poetry Foundation. This poem appears in his new collection "Night School" published earlier this month by Penguin Books.
Hi is anyone taking ENG 100 and ESL 411 in the fall semester?
anyone taking ENG 100 and ESL 411 in the fall semester?
Hi may I know is anyone living on Villas at Chestnut Ridge? I got couple of question to ask about signing the leasing.