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.
Announcing a New Writing Concentration for English Majors
Starting in Fall 2022, English majors will be able to enroll in a new Writing Concentration. The concentration will be officially recognized on students’ transcripts, thus allowing graduates to announce their extensive work in writing to potential employers and graduate schools.
Professor and Creative Writing Director Ed Schwarzschild honored as literary legend
Albany Public Library honors Professor and Creative Writing Director Ed Schwarzschild as a literary legend at the annual gala of the Friends and Foundation of the Albany Public Library on October 1st.
English Department Undergrad Students Earn University and Departmental Awards
Undergraduate students of the Department of English earned both University and Departmental Awards. Winners of the Undergraduate Awards include: Erik T. Jones, Paige Neal, Jordan Castaldo, Mairead Abbenda, Calvin Giudici, Lakota Levandowski, Kayla Carter, Kaya Carvajal, Xavier Fitzsimmons Cruz, Linfeng Li, and Jewls Douge. See the complete awards list. (Pictured, L to R: Jewls Douge, Erik T Jones, Linfeng Li, Jordan Castaldo, Paige Neal, Lakota Levandowski, Mairead Abbenda, Xavier Fitzsimmons Cruz)
Transformational Teaching Honored in Annual Torch Award
English Professor Jeffrey Berman was recognized as the 2022 Torch Award Professor, along with three outstanding nominees: Associate Professor Rita Biswas, Lecturer Marcie Newton and Associate Professor Matthew Szdagis.
Undergraduate Research and Writing Conference 2022
The English department's annual Research and Writing Conference will be April 20, 2022, followed by the Arch spring reading and reception.