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Whereas the faculty of the department of English are committed to making the university a just and inclusive community,

Whereas President Barchi has publicly declared, on December 8, 2016, that “Rutgers is, and will always be, a sanctuary,” committing to protecting the rights of undocumented students by refusing record-sharing and physical access to federal immigration enforcement except as required by court order, warrant, or subpoena,

Whereas the report of the Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History has shown that Rutgers must rectify its historic wrongs,

Whereas, lest future generations find more wrongs committed in our own historical moment, this 250th anniversary of the university demands a shared affirmation of our commitment to justice for all the diverse peoples of our university,

Whereas the days since the election have seen what the Southern Poverty Law Center calls a “national outbreak of hate,” with almost 900 reported incidents of harrassment and intimidation, many of them in schools and on campuses, targeting African Americans, Muslims, immigrants, members of the LGBT community, women, Jews and others,

Whereas President-elect Trump has vowed to repeal DACA, which is of great importance to undocumented students across the country, and without which undocumented Rutgers students who have excelled in and outside of the classroom will be denied the opportunity to continue their studies and complete their degrees,

BE IT RESOLVED, the faculty of the department of English endorses the resolution “condemning violence and hate, with a call to action” by the New Brunswick Faculty Council dated November 15, 2016,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the faculty of the department of English expresses its continuing solidarity with the national Sanctuary Campus movement,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the faculty of the department of English commends President Barchi’s commitment to creating a sanctuary that protects all students regardless of immigration status, and calls upon President Barchi and Chancellor Edwards to make this commitment concrete by taking the following measures without delay:


What's in a name?" Juliet famously asks in Shakespeare's iconic tale of young love.

For the Rutgers British Studies Center – nee the Rutgers British Studies Project – a name not only confers new, formal status, but also suggests that the state university is positioning itself to become a pre-eminent venue for interdisciplinary scholarship on topics from Beowulf to Tony Blair.

Barry V. QuallsBarry V. Qualls, Professor of English and FAS Dean of Humanities, receives distinguished award at a reception hosted by President Richard L. McCormick to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers

A teaching method that combines online education with face-to-face interaction is gradually finding its way onto Rutgers’ campuses.

Cheryl A. WallCheryl A. Wall, a distinguished critic in the field of African American literary studies, has been named Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English. Professor Wall is the author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, and Literary Tradition (North Carolina, 2005) and Women of the Harlem Renaissance (Indiana, 1995), and the editor of Changing Our Own Words: Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women (Rutgers, 1989). She has edited two volumes of writing by Zora Neale Hurston for the Library of America—Novels and Short Stories (1995) and Folklore, Memoirs, and Other Writings (1995)—as well as two volumes of criticism on Hurston's fiction: "Sweat": Texts and Contexts (Rutgers, 1997) and Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Casebook (Oxford, 2000). She served as section editor of the Norton Anthology of African American Literature (2003), and currently serves on the advisory board of Signs and African American Review.