ECL Graduate Students Rachel Isom and Adam Engel Inducted into Frank Porter Graham Honor Society

On April 21, ECL graduate students Adam Engel and Rachael Isom were inducted into the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society, founded in 1993, which recognizes outstanding service to the University and community by graduate and professional students. A specialist in British nineteenth-century women poets, Rachael was honored for co-curating the Library Exhibit of UNC's Jane Austen Summer Program, which hosts about 100 attendees from the community each year, many of them local high school teachers. Adam, whose dissertation concerns twentieth-century authors' use of ritual form to express seemingly ineffable experiences like wartime trauma, was cited for his advocacy for Graduate and Professional Students as a member of GPSF, and also for his work with Eternal Carolina, a committee organizing an annual memorial service for students, faculty, and staff who've passed away during their time at UNC.

Department Statement on HB2

In light of the recent passage of NC House Bill 2 (HB2), members of the UNC Chapel Hill Department of English and Comparative Literature reaffirm our commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment, particularly with regard to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.  We are fully committed to the University’s Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination and harassment based on “age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status”  (See the full university policy at We also endorse the protections encoded in Federal Title VII and Title IX regulations. 

UNC-Chapel Hill is a world-class research university that serves the people of the State of North Carolina by attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students from around the state, the country, and the world. The provisions of the recently passed HB2 violate the mission and interests of UNC-CH by making it impossible to protect valued faculty, staff, and students from discrimination arising simply because of who they are. As academics in the humanities, we are deeply aware of the injustices and damage caused by discrimination based on categories of race, ethnicity, class, gender orientation, gender and sexuality. We cannot be silent on HB2 and be true to our vocation. We ask our colleagues and fellow citizens to stand with us and urge the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor of North Carolina to repeal HB2.   

Our department embraces and celebrates diversity and individual rights.  We strive to enable all our faculty, our staff, our students, and our public constituencies to participate fully and with mutual respect in an increasingly interdependent world.  We reaffirm the department’s commitment to maintaining a welcoming environment in which faculty, staff, and students harmoniously work and learn together.

To learn about resources available to students, please contact the LGBTQ Center (phone 919-843-5376; online; Safe at UNC (online at; the Office of the Dean of Students (phone 919-966-4042); or the department (phone 919-962-5481).

Furst Forum: David Ricks Wednesday, April 13

Please join us for the Spring 2016 Furst Forum with Dr. David Ricks, Professor of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature at King's College London for his talk

"'I walk about the streets of Elsinore': Cavafy's Shakespearean Perambulations"
Wednesday, April 13th, 5-6PM
Murphey Hall Auditorium 116