• Professor Peter Balakian speaks to student while seated at a table
    The New Yorker’s March 2 edition features “Zucchini,” a new poem by Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in Humanities and Professor of English Peter Balakian, the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Ozone Journal.
    February 26, 2020
  • Peter Balakian teaches students around a table
    Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in humanities and professor of English, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Jerome Balmuth Award for Teaching.
    April 19, 2019
  • Joe Berlinger '83 on the set of Intent to Destroy
    When filmmaker Joe Berlinger ’83 appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25 for the premiere of his latest documentary, Intent to Destroy, he had another member of the Colgate community by his side: English and humanities professor Peter Balakian, whose class Berlinger had taken years ago.
    May 24, 2017
  • Peter Balakian teaches an advanced writing class at Colgate.
    Living Writers — one of Colgate’s most popular courses, both on campus and in the wider Colgate community — featured Pulitzer Prize-winning professor Peter Balakian as part of inauguration week festivities at Colgate. Balakian, the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in humanities, professor of English, and director of creative writing at Colgate, won the […]
    September 30, 2016
  • Elie Wiesel visiting Colgate in 1998 with Dean and Provost Jane Pinchin, Balakian, Wiesel, Miriam Grabois and President Neil Grabois, Director of Jewish Studies Steven Kepnes.
    Peter Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Chair in the humanities in the Department of English. He was the first director of the Center for Ethics and World Societies. His book Ozone Journal won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. I first met Elie Wiesel when my friend and English department colleague Terrence […]
    July 8, 2016
  • Illustration of Professor Peter Balakian and Bob Dylan in the background.
    With a pair of new books out in 2015 — one a collection of his essays; the other, new poems — poet and English professor Peter Balakian unpacks, among other things, how language can, in his words, “ingest” the violence of history. The author of the New York Times–bestselling The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and […]
    April 19, 2016