Prof. Roberts with students Doctoral Student Nazia Manzoor reads a selection from Beloved while UAlbany faculty, students and community came together to pay tribute to the late Toni Morrison, Pulitzer prize winning former UAlbany English professor, in the Science Library Standish Room at the University at Albany on Friday, November 1, 2019. The event was sponsored by the English Department, New York State Writers Institute, and English Graduate Student Organization. (photo by Patrick Dodson)


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Black Lives Matter Statement

The Department of English wholeheartedly supports the Black Lives Movement. We reject police brutality and the everyday violence that white supremacy visits upon Black people everywhere. We reaffirm our commitment to the University at Albany's Black students: to actively mentor and support you; to practice an anti-racist pedagogy that centers BIPOC and LGBTQ+ of color voices and expressive practices, as well as global histories of colonialism and imperialism; and to continue urging the UA administration to replace the two tenure-track professorships in African American literature and rhetoric that our department has recently lost. The University at Albany has committed itself to diversity and dismantling structural racism. We believe in making the study of African American literature available to students. This is because Black Lives Matter.

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