September 3rd, 2014
The William H. and Jane Torrence Harder Lecture by Professor Joanie Mackowski
September 11th, 2014
Shop Talk with Valerie Borchardt, John Hennessy, and Ethan Nosowsky
September 25th, 2014
Reading by Luis Urrea
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Fredric Bogel argues for a new kind of literary analysis in his new book.

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Fall 2014 Reading Series Announced
August 18th
Luis Urrea
The Cornell Dept. of English Program in Creative Writing's Fall 2014 Zalaznick Reading Series to Include Readings by Luis Urrea and Kwame Dawes (photo The Tuesday Agency).
Obama presents medal to M.H. Abrams
July 29th
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Professor Abrams was honored in Washington on 7.28.14 for "broadening the study of literature" and "influencing and inspiring generations of students." (Photo J. Augustino, NEH)
M. H. Abrams wins National Humanities Medal
July 23rd
On the eve of Prof. Abrams' 102nd birthday it was announced that he's been named a recipient of a 2013 National Humanities Medal. He will be honored by President Obama on July 28.
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