Departmental News

Romantic poet Charlotte Smith will debut at Carnegie Hall on November 4, thanks to the efforts of UNC alumna Beth Dolan (PhD 1999). The world premiere of "Five Arts Songs based on Beachy Head" by Dolan, Amanda Jacobs, and Shelley Waite, was a highlight of the 2017 Conference on British Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers, organized by Doreen... read more
"Sobered Speakers, Wasted Words: Washingtonian Spectacle and Temperance Autobiography in Antebellum America”  Refreshments provided!   —    In the early 1840s, groups of ex-drunkards—collectively known as the Washingtonians—gathered in taverns and recited tales of their former inebriation. Soon following, these speakers attempted to reproduce their speeches... read more
An interactive pedagogy workshop for teaching fellows in English and Comparative Literature   Sponsored by CoLEAGS   Join us! Inspired by bell hooks's book, "Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom," Communication PhD Scholar, Nicole Castro (she/her pronouns) helps us bring black feminist critiques of colonial models of education to life in our syllabi... read more
2018 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Julia Alvarez Tuesday, February 27 Genome Sciences Auditorium 7:30 p.m. UNC Campus Free and Open to the Public  Julia Alvarez Bio For full event details, click here
Professor Michael McFee's appearance on WUNC's "The State of Things" has now been archived!  He discusses his new book _Appointed Rounds_ (Mercer University Press, 2017), his second collection of essays (and sixteenth book):   He is scheduled to appear at the following readings/events... read more
  Jenn Williamson earned her PhD from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. She is now the Senior Director for Gender and Social Inclusion at ACDI/VOCA, an economic development organization that promotes sustainable, socially responsible economic growth in developing countries. While working on her PhD, Jenn researched representations and... read more
  Sarah Morris earned her B.A. from the Department of English and Comparative Literature (2012) and her M.S.L.S from the School of Information and Library Science (2015) at UNC. She is now the Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian at UNC, where she works with faculty and students in American Studies, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies. As a Comparative Literature... read more
The National Humanities Center and the Critical Speaker Series will host a seminar and talk by Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies (Georgia Institute of Technology) Ian Bogost on February 21st.  Seminar: “Pitching, Writing, and Editing for General-Readership Publication” February 21 10:00am Location: Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall Talk: “The Tactical Humanities,... read more
As St. Gregory said, every time the sacred text describes a fact, it reveals a mystery.  In this talk, I will turn to songs by Bob Dylan that offer glimpses of the end of time.  Beginning with his notorious conversion to Christianity in the late 1970s, I will offer up Dylan’s musical catalog as an expression of his sacramental view of the universe.    One of his more... read more