Lectures in Black Literature and Culture

A series of four talks on the state of the field in Black literary and cultural studies
presented every Friday in March, from noon to 1:30pm.

We hope you can join us for one or all of these special English Department lectures.

Please note: Advance registration is required for access to each lecture.
Registration links can be found below each of the presentations listed.

March 5, 2021 Noon-1:30pm
Cajetan Iheka, Associate Professor, Department of English, Yale University
Title of Talk: The Media Turn in the Environmental Humanities: Insights from a Black Oil Ecology
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March 12, 2021, Noon-1:30pm
Yomaira C. Figueroa Vásquez, Associate Professor, Department of English, African American & African Studies, Michigan State University
Title of Talk: Archives of Indictment: Afro-Atlantic Literatures & the Decolonial Turn
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March 19, 2021, Noon-1:30pm
Candice M. Jenkins, Professor of English and African American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Title of Talk: Towards a Theory of Speculative Pessimism
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March 26, 2021, Noon-1:30pm
Kelly Baker Josephs, Professor of English and Digital Humanities, York College, CUNY and the CUNY Graduate School
Title of Talk:  Caribbean...in Digital Space and Time
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A Major Change

Capstone course presentations
Four seniors giving their presentations: (Clockwise from top left): Sophie Chung ’17, Malinda Labriola ’17, Lauren Tuiskula ’17, and Christopher Roll ’17.

The English Department ends its comp exam, and launches a dynamic student symposium instead.

For some six decades, each senior English major, in order to graduate, had to pass the department’s Comprehensive Exam. Until something better came along.

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Creative Writing at Amherst College

Judith Frank talks about what it takes to succeed as a writer and touches on what students can expect from the creative writing program at Amherst College.

Featured Article

Hwang and Lee

Breaking the Language Barrier

“Translation is the art of failure,” said Umberto Eco. But these two students found success and connection by gathering resonant, hard-to-translate phrases from across campus.

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