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We are devastated by the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Marcellus Blount, who passed away earlier this week. Marcellus had taught at Columbia since 1985, inspiring students with his courses on American and African-American literary and cultural studies in both the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Research in African American Studies.

Meadhbh McHugh's latest play debuts at The Everyman theatre in Cork, Ireland this June, and moves to the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in November. For more information see here.

The Department of English and Comparative Literature mourns the passing, on Wednesday April 25, of Steven Marcus, George Delacorte Professor Emeritus in the Humanities.