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Mark
Title
Professor
Department
English
Academic interests

Urban Studies; Periodical Studies; American Studies; 19th-century American Literature

My Courses

ENGLISH2200, FA2019

ENGLISH2200, FA2019

In this course, we will explore the history and literature of the United States from its first settlement by Europeans until the end of the Civil War. We will discuss the political, economic, and philosophical roots of democracy, migration, and religion; contact between Native American and European populations; race, class, gender, war, nature, and expansion. Our readings, including firsthand accounts, poetry, short stories, slave narratives, political writing, sermons, and letters, will raise a variety of ethical, social, and aesthetic problems that we will examine. I welcome and encourage you to draw connections with other contemporaneous disciplines (science, art, etc), American and otherwise, as well as with current political events.

The Place Where We Dwell: Reading and Writing About NYC

The Place Where We Dwell: Reading and Writing About NYC

The essays collected in your anthology are focused on New York City and urban issues. Reflecting on your own urban experiences alongside these essays will help you become an active participant in discussions about communities, public space, urban art forms, education, homelessness, crime, gentrification, the environment, and other topics of debate. Thinking critically about cities will also help you learn to use writing as a technology for managing competing ideas and clarifying and defending your own.

ENG2400, Films From Literature

ENG2400, Films From Literature

This course will allow students to examine the relationship between film and their literary sources.

ENG1101 LC62-English Composition

ENG1101 LC62-English Composition

This ENG1101 course introduces concepts of critical writing and thinking; introductory research methods; and strategies for constructing effective college level essays. As a First Year Learning Community, we will pair with MAT 0630 to explore the problem of procrastination and form plans for battling this common challenge.

ENG2201 AmericanLiterature II, Spring 2019

ENG2201 AmericanLiterature II, Spring 2019

This course explores the history and literature of the United States starting from the end of the Civil War till the present day. Students will read a mix of genres and a number of classic tales, focusing not just on aesthetics but on the history embedded in these texts. We will cover a variety of issues relating—but not limited to—religion, class, gender, race, politics, human rights, and the history of publishing and authorship. All told, we will try to come to terms with the ethical, social, and aesthetic problems that our readings raise to both better understand our past and present.

My Projects

Office of the Provost

Office of the Provost

City Tech’s Source for Academic Affairs Information

Exploratory Committee for English Degree

Exploratory Committee for English Degree

This is a private working group of the English department and its standing committee for exploring new curriculum and degree possibilities. Avatar Image Credit: Okefenokee Swamp (Jill Belli, personal photo)

ENG 1101 Co-Req Professional Development

ENG 1101 Co-Req Professional Development

This project is for faculty participating in professional development for the ENG 1101-CO course at City Tech.

Literary Arts Festival

Literary Arts Festival

Each year, the English Department at New York City College of Technology organizes the Literary Arts Festival. This event highlights the work of students, staff, and faculty, as well as accomplished writers outside of the City Tech community. There is also a writing competition that awards prizes to students in a variety of writing categories, as well as to faculty and staff in their own category.

First Year Writing @ City Tech

First Year Writing @ City Tech

FYW@City Tech is a program and a digital forum for sharing curricular and pedagogical resources related to teaching and learning about writing at City Tech. The First Year Writing Program @ City Tech (FYW@City Tech) offers professional and curricular support for faculty teaching First Year Writing Courses (ENG1101 and ENG1121) at the college. As a repository of materials related to best practices in teaching writing, the FYW@City Tech Web site is a place where FYW instructors and faculty across the college can learn more about teaching writing and archive their unique disciplinary resources related to teaching writing at a college of technology.

My Clubs

Student Government Association

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association is the representative body for students. We are responsible for recommending student activity fee allocations, shaping policies affecting student life, coordinating extracurricular events and chartering new organizations. Feel free to contact SGA President, Lucas Almonte, with any questions, suggestions or concerns. He can be reached at SGAPresident@CityTech.Cuny.Edu If you wish to start a club on campus contact SGA Vice President, Sylwester Dombroski, at SGAVP@CityTech.Cuny.Edu