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Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Thursday, 03 July, 2014
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Friday, 04 July, 2014
Monday, 07 July, 2014
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Tuesday, 08 July, 2014
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Wednesday, 09 July, 2014
Thursday, 10 July, 2014
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Friday, 11 July, 2014
Monday, 14 July, 2014
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Tuesday, 15 July, 2014
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Wednesday, 16 July, 2014
Thursday, 17 July, 2014
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Monday, 21 July, 2014
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    Until July 31, the Writing Center in Coleman Hall 3110 will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stop by Coleman Hall 3110 or call 581-5929 for an appointment.

    Tags: Writing Center
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Tuesday, 22 July, 2014
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    Until July 31, the Writing Center in Coleman Hall 3110 will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stop by Coleman Hall 3110 or call 581-5929 for an appointment.

    Tags: Writing Center
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Wednesday, 23 July, 2014
Thursday, 24 July, 2014
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    Until July 31, the Writing Center in Coleman Hall 3110 will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stop by Coleman Hall 3110 or call 581-5929 for an appointment.

    Tags: Writing Center
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Friday, 25 July, 2014
Saturday, 26 July, 2014
Monday, 28 July, 2014
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    Until July 31, the Writing Center in Coleman Hall 3110 will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stop by Coleman Hall 3110 or call 581-5929 for an appointment.

    Tags: Writing Center
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Tuesday, 29 July, 2014
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    Until July 31, the Writing Center in Coleman Hall 3110 will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stop by Coleman Hall 3110 or call 581-5929 for an appointment.

    Tags: Writing Center
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Wednesday, 30 July, 2014
Thursday, 31 July, 2014
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    Until July 31, the Writing Center in Coleman Hall 3110 will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stop by Coleman Hall 3110 or call 581-5929 for an appointment.

    Tags: Writing Center
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    We will be open for the first seven weeks of the eight week session, from 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 3:00.

    For a free individualized appointment with a writing consultant, students should come to Coleman Hall 3365 or call the Writing Center at 581-5929 during our open hours.    

    Tags: Current Students | Writing Center
Friday, 01 August, 2014
Monday, 04 August, 2014
Friday, 08 August, 2014
Saturday, 09 August, 2014
Monday, 11 August, 2014
Wednesday, 13 August, 2014
Saturday, 16 August, 2014
Wednesday, 20 August, 2014
Friday, 22 August, 2014
Monday, 25 August, 2014
Wednesday, 27 August, 2014
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    Join the English Club each Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Coleman Hall 3691.

    English Club is open to all students, regardless of major, who have interests in literature, language, and writing. English Club holds student poetry readings, sponsors readings by faculty members and panels by faculty members on career planning and graduate school, coordinates group trips to theater productions locally (Charleston and Champaign), and organizes other social and academic activities of interest to its members.

    Tags: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department
Friday, 29 August, 2014
Monday, 01 September, 2014
Wednesday, 03 September, 2014
Monday, 08 September, 2014
Tuesday, 09 September, 2014
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    * For drop and withdrawal deadlines for your courses (including weekend and short-format courses), please refer to your EIU e-mail or search by individual course crn.

    A student may wait-list weekend or short format courses through the day prior to the first class day of the semester.

    Drop - removes course from student record and billing is adjusted.

    Withdrawal - course remains on student record with a grade of 'W'.

    You must drop a Second-Half-Term course before it begins in order not to be charged for it.

    Tags: Academic Calendar
Wednesday, 10 September, 2014
Tuesday, 16 September, 2014
Wednesday, 17 September, 2014
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    Join the English Club each Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Coleman Hall 3691.

    English Club is open to all students, regardless of major, who have interests in literature, language, and writing. English Club holds student poetry readings, sponsors readings by faculty members and panels by faculty members on career planning and graduate school, coordinates group trips to theater productions locally (Charleston and Champaign), and organizes other social and academic activities of interest to its members.

    Tags: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department
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    An English Department Faculty Meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m., in Coleman Hall 3170.

    Tags: English Department
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    The first English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) meeting of the semester will be Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m. in the Writing Center (CH 3110). This will be a particularly important meeting as we'll be making decisions on what we'll be doing this year. 

    Tags: Current Students | English Department | Graduate School
Friday, 19 September, 2014
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    English Department faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to a Faculty-Graduate Student Social Event Friday, Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m.
    Perhaps you haven’t had a chance yet to meet the new graduate students (many of whom come from undergraduate programs outside Illinois) . . .
    Perhaps you want to renew a conversation with continuing students or . . . 
    Perhaps you just want a reason to get out of the house and meet people who really want to meet you.
    Whatever the reason, come by for an hour or for five.  The gathering is potluck so bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. There is a sign-up sheet in the mailroom.
    Significant others and family are absolutely welcome.
    Questions?  Email Rebekah rsimcox@eiu.edu for directions to the party.

    Tags: English Department
Monday, 22 September, 2014
Tuesday, 23 September, 2014
Wednesday, 24 September, 2014
Thursday, 25 September, 2014
Monday, 29 September, 2014
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    * For drop and withdrawal deadlines for your courses (including weekend and short-format courses), please refer to your EIU e-mail or search by individual course crn.

    A student may wait-list weekend or short format courses through the day prior to the first class day of the semester.

    Drop - removes course from student record and billing is adjusted.

    Withdrawal - course remains on student record with a grade of 'W'.

    You must drop a Second-Half-Term course before it begins in order not to be charged for it.

    Tags: Academic Calendar
Tuesday, 30 September, 2014
Wednesday, 01 October, 2014
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    Join the English Club each Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Coleman Hall 3691.

    English Club is open to all students, regardless of major, who have interests in literature, language, and writing. English Club holds student poetry readings, sponsors readings by faculty members and panels by faculty members on career planning and graduate school, coordinates group trips to theater productions locally (Charleston and Champaign), and organizes other social and academic activities of interest to its members.

    Tags: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department
Thursday, 02 October, 2014
Tuesday, 07 October, 2014
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    Two poets from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program will to speak to creative writing students about applying to MFA programs from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in CH 3159. They will offer an informational workshop that outlines the do's and don'ts of applying and answer questions.

    All undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about MFA programs are welcome to attend.

    The guests poets are:

    MARCELO HERNANDEZ is an MFA graduate at the University of Michigan. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and earned a BA from Cal State Sacramento. He has held residencies at the Squaw Writer’s Workshop, and served as artist in resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. With CD Wright, he is currently translating the Mexican poet Marcelo Uribe. His chapbook, “This Side of Wonder,” was published in 2012 by Amber Moon Press. 

    DERRICK AUSTIN has a B.A. from the University of Tampa. His poetry has appeared in storySouth, Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, receiving an Editor’s Choice for Poetry, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, Ganymede Unfinished, and Poets for Living Waters. He received an honorable mention in the 2009 International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize contest and is a runner up for the Robinson Prize sponsored by the University of Houston. 

    Presented by Stories & Queer and the English Department.

    Tags: Current Students | English Department | Women's Studies
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    Two poets from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program will to speak to creative writing students about applying to MFA programs from 2-3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in CH 3159. They will offer an informational workshop that outlines the do's and don'ts of applying and answer questions.

    All undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about MFA programs are welcome to attend.

    The guests poets are:

    MARCELO HERNANDEZ is an MFA graduate at the University of Michigan. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and earned a BA from Cal State Sacramento. He has held residencies at the Squaw Writer’s Workshop, and served as artist in resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. With CD Wright, he is currently translating the Mexican poet Marcelo Uribe. His chapbook, “This Side of Wonder,” was published in 2012 by Amber Moon Press. 

    DERRICK AUSTIN has a B.A. from the University of Tampa. His poetry has appeared in storySouth, Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, receiving an Editor’s Choice for Poetry, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, Ganymede Unfinished, and Poets for Living Waters. He received an honorable mention in the 2009 International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize contest and is a runner up for the Robinson Prize sponsored by the University of Houston. 

    Presented by Stories & Queer and the English Department.

    Tags: Current Students | English Department
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    Join us in the Writing Center (CH 3110) on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m. for a workshop on APA style.

    All are welcome to attend.

    Tags: Current Students | English Department | Writing Center
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    Two poets will visit the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. to speak to creative writing students and give a reading of their work on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. “A Journey with Two Poets of Color” will feature Marcelo Hernandez and Derrick Austin, both graduate candidates from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Hernandez and Austin will read their original poetry at 5:30 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall. Veronica Bleaus, the self-proclaimed “Worst Drag Queen in the Midwest,” will be the host for the evening. Bleaus was born out of the destruction of a dying era of divas and drag queens. Her alter ego, John Musser, is a PhD student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

    Earlier in the day, Hernandez and Austin will hold two informal workshops in the English Department’s creative writing classes to discuss the dos and don'ts of applying to MFA programs and answer questions. The first workshop will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m., followed by the second workshop from 2-3:15 p.m. Both workshops will be held in Coleman Hall 3159.

    Undergraduate students, graduate students and anyone interested in learning about MFA programs are welcome to attend the workshop sessions.

    Hernandez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Sacramento. He has held residencies at the Squaw Writer’s Workshop, and served as artist in resident at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. With CD Wright, he is currently translating the Mexican poet Marcelo Uribe. His chapbook, “This Side of Wonder,” was published in 2012 by Amber Moon Press.

    Austin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa. His poetry has appeared in storySouth; Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, receiving an Editor’s Choice for Poetry; The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle; Ganymede Unfinished; and Poets for Living Waters. He received an honorable mention in the 2009 International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize contest and is a runner up for the Robinson Prize sponsored by the University of Houston.

    All of the events are free and open to the public. “A Journey with Two Poets of Color” is sponsored by the EIU Department of English, Latin American Studies, EIU PRIDE, and Stories and Queer.

    Visit www.eiu.edu/english/events/poetsjourney.php or call the Department of English at 217-581-2428 for more information.

    Tags: Alumni | Center for the Humanities | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Women's Studies
Wednesday, 08 October, 2014
Thursday, 09 October, 2014
Friday, 10 October, 2014
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    Assistant professor of English Dr. Ruben Quesada will read poetry by Herbert Reed prior to a film screening and discussion of the U.S. premier of "To Hell with Culture," on Friday, Oct. 10, at 12 p.m. at the Tarble Arts Center.

    "To Hell with Culture" is a documentary celebrating the life and work of 20th century English poet, art theorist and self-described anarchist, Herbert Reed.

    Immediately following the screening there will be virtual Q & A session live from England via Skype with film director Huw Wahl, historian Benedict Read (the son of Herbert Read) as well as critic, theorist and Read scholar Dr. Michael Paraskos.

    Tags: Alumni | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Tarble Arts Center
Monday, 13 October, 2014
Tuesday, 14 October, 2014
Wednesday, 15 October, 2014
Thursday, 16 October, 2014
Friday, 17 October, 2014
Monday, 20 October, 2014
Tuesday, 21 October, 2014
Thursday, 23 October, 2014
Monday, 27 October, 2014
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    Are you planning to Student Teach in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016? 

    Informational Meetings will be held on:
    * Tuesday, Oct. 14, 5-6 p.m., Buzzard Hall 1103
    * Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-7 p.m., Buzzard Hall 1103
    * Monday, Oct. 27, 12-1 p.m., Buzzard Hall 1121

    Applications for individuals planning to student teach in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 are now available through the Department of Student Teaching website (http://www.eiu.edu/~clinical/). Remember all individuals planning to student teach in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 must apply no later than October 31, 2014.

    Tags: Current Students | English Department
Tuesday, 28 October, 2014
Wednesday, 29 October, 2014
Thursday, 30 October, 2014
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    Students and faculty are invited to a casual meeting with poet D. Nurkse prior to his reading on Thursday, Oct. 30. He will be in the English Department Conference Room (CH 3732) at 3 p.m. to speak about a wide range of topics -- pretty much anything you would like to talk about. He really is quite fascinating, and you don’t want to miss this opportunity.

    Afterwards, head over to the Recital Hall at Doudna for his poetry reading at 5 p.m.

    Learn more about D. Nurkse at http://www.dnurkse.net/.

    Tags: Alumni | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department | Faculty
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    So, you saw your advisor and need to prepare to register for Spring 2015.  If you are looking for guidance or need a little assistance, let us help you plan your schedule and prepare to register.  Bring your academic advising sheet and registration pin to one of our events, and we will help you create your schedule in a stress free environment.

    Tags: Academic Calendar | Current Students | New Student Programs
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    D. Nurkse will be the featured poet at this year’s Allen Neff Memorial Poetry Reading to be held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    The reading will take place Thursday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Doudna Fine Arts Center.

    D. Nurkse is the author of 10 books of poetry, including his latest works, A Night in Brooklyn, The Border Kingdom, Burnt Island, and The Fall, from Alfred Knopf.

    He is the recipient of a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, the Whiting Writers Award, and prizes from The Poetry Foundation and the Tanne Foundation.

    From 1996 to 2001, he served as poet laureate of Brooklyn, and Bold Type Magazine has characterized Nurkse as “a poet long admired in the smoky biosphere of the New York poetry scene.”

    Nurkse currently teaches courses in the Master of Fine Arts Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He has also taught poetry at MFA programs at other institutions, worked for human rights organizations, and served on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA from 2007 to 2010.

    As a teacher and writer, Allen Neff introduced hundreds of EIU students to the joys of creative writing. He was a member of the Department of English from 1967 to 1977, until his death at age 47. The Allen Neff Memorial Fund was established by the Department of English in cooperation with the EIU Foundation in order to establish a continuing series of readings and lectures by major writers from across the country. The fund has brought writers to EIU's campus every year since 1984.

    The Allen Neff Memorial Poetry Reading is sponsored by the EIU Department of English. The public is welcome to attend the free event.

    For more information on the Allen Neff Memorial Poetry Reading, contact the Department of English at 217-581-2428 or eiuenglish@eiu.edu. Additional information about D. Nurkse is available at www.dnurkse.net

    Tags: Center for the Humanities | Current Students | English Department | Faculty
Monday, 03 November, 2014
Tuesday, 04 November, 2014
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    For the inaugural English Research Seminar, we are very excited to welcome Dr. Brian McGrath, Associate Professor of British literature and literary theory at Clemson University.

    Dr. McGrath will be teaching a chapter from his recent book, "The Poetics of Unremembered Acts: Reading, Lyric, Pedagogy" on Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the English Department Conference Room.

    ENGLISH RESEARCH SEMINAR: What is it?
    In the broadest terms, the English Research Seminar is an opportunity for our students (undergraduate and graduate) to have a brief but intense research experience with a well-respected scholar of English. The invited guest scholar serves as both a teacher and a lecturer.

    Readings are to be handed out in advance of the scholar's visit, the idea being that the more preparation involved, the more fruitful the teaching and the lecture will be for our students. The scholar models rigorous and exciting research and teaching methods, giving our students a lasting impression of what focused study in English can produce.

    Lastly, the visiting scholar offers students a prime opportunity to make a connection with an important scholar who may be able to advise on matters of developing a career in English.

    For more information, visit www.eiu.edu/english

    Tags: Center for the Humanities | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
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    So, you saw your advisor and need to prepare to register for Spring 2015.  If you are looking for guidance or need a little assistance, let us help you plan your schedule and prepare to register.  Bring your academic advising sheet and registration pin to one of our events, and we will help you create your schedule in a stress free environment.

    Tags: Academic Calendar | Current Students | New Student Programs
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    For our inaugural English Research Seminar, the Department of English is very excited to welcome Dr. Brian McGrath, Associate Professor of British literature and literary theory at Clemson University.

    He will present a lecture titled" Dead Men Running" Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Booth Library Witters Conference Room (Room 4440).

    "Dead Men Running" explores the frequency with which the dead win election in contemporary U.S. politics and connects the results of these elections to the poetic trope prosopopoeia (granting a face and a voice to the absent, dead, or inanimate). Revising the "romantic" understanding of poetry as divorced form history and politics, an understanding of poetry that emerges from various conceptualizations of the aesthetic after Kant, readers have worked to show that poetry is deeply imbedded within historical and political discourse.

    The election of the dead to public office helps make legible the ways poetic tropes, namely prospopoeia, condition representative democracy, as one's vote (one's voice) is lent to another, even a deceased one. Attention to the poetics of posthumous election offers readers a chance to think differently the relation between poetry and politics. Just as poetry is political, so too is politics poetical.

    Brian McGrath is an associate professor of English at Clemson University. His research and teaching are focused on the history of poetry and poetics, European Romanticism, and aesthetic and literary theory.

    He has published "The Poetics of Unremembered Acts: Reading, Lyric, Pedagogy" and scholarly articles in journals like Studies in English Literature, Studies in Romanticism, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Romantic Praxis, and diacritics. He is the co-editor, with Sara Guyer, of a new book series with Fordham University Press called "Lit Z."

    ENGLISH RESEARCH SEMINAR: What is it?
    In the broadest terms, the English Research Seminar is an opportunity for our students (undergraduate and graduate) to have a brief but intense research experience with a well-respected scholar of English. The invited guest scholar serves as both a teacher (with at least one teaching session with selected students) and a lecturer (with one formal presentation to which all faculty and students are invited).

    Readings are to be handed out in advance of the scholar's visit, the idea being that the more preparation involved, the more fruitful the teaching and the lecture will be for our students. The scholar models rigorous and exciting research and teaching methods, giving our students a lasting impression of what focused study in English can produce.

    Lastly, the visiting scholar offers students a prime opportunity to make a connection with an important scholar who may be able to advise on matters of developing a career in English.

    Tags: Center for the Humanities | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
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Wednesday, 05 November, 2014
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    The the inaugural English Research Seminar, the Department of English is very excited to welcome Dr. Brian McGrath, Associate Professor of British literature and literary theory at Clemson University.

    A casual discussion (over morning cakes and coffee) of deconstructive critic Barbara Johnson’s 1986 Diacritics essay, “Apostrophe, Animation, and Abortion" will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. in the Witters Conference Room, Booth Library Room 4440.

    Brian McGrath is an associate professor of English at Clemson University. His research and teaching are focused on the history of poetry and poetics, European Romanticism, and aesthetic and literary theory.

    He has published "The Poetics of Unremembered Acts: Reading, Lyric, Pedagogy" and scholarly articles in journals like Studies in English Literature, Studies in Romanticism, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Romantic Praxis, and diacritics. He is the co-editor, with Sara Guyer, of a new book series with Fordham University Press called "Lit Z."

    ENGLISH RESEARCH SEMINAR: What is it?
    In the broadest terms, the English Research Seminar is an opportunity for our students (undergraduate and graduate) to have a brief but intense research experience with a well-respected scholar of English. The invited guest scholar serves as both a teacher (with at least one teaching session with selected students) and a lecturer (with one formal presentation to which all faculty and students are invited).

    Readings are to be handed out in advance of the scholar's visit, the idea being that the more preparation involved, the more fruitful the teaching and the lecture will be for our students. The scholar models rigorous and exciting research and teaching methods, giving our students a lasting impression of what focused study in English can produce.

    Lastly, the visiting scholar offers students a prime opportunity to make a connection with an important scholar who may be able to advise on matters of developing a career in English.

    For more information, visit www.eiu.edu

    Tags: Center for the Humanities | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
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    Join us in the Writing Center (CH 3110) on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. for a workshop on overcoming writer's block.

    All are welcome to attend.

    Tags: Current Students | English Department | Writing Center
Thursday, 06 November, 2014
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    10th Annual Embarras Valley Film Festival

    November 6-8, 2014

    Films of Dick Van Dyke

    Now in its 10th year, the Embarras Valley Film Festival’s mission is to encourage broader appreciation for and study of film as a potent vehicle for human expression and communication through the exploration of cinematic arts involving people from Illinois and alumni of Eastern Illinois University. By screening movies and inviting audience participation in after-film discussions, we encourage members of the larger community to become aware of, and take pride in, the rich cultural and historical heritage of Charleston and the area.

    The theme for 2014 is film and television actor Dick Van Dyke, who grew up in Danville, Illinois. The festival includes afternoon and evening film screenings with introductions by film studies professors and film critics, a short film competition emphasizing work by young filmmakers, and a family-friendly Saturday matinee.

    For more information visit castle.eiu.edu/evff/

    Complete Schedule of Events

    Thursday, November 6

    3:30-5:30pm Film screening of Divorce American Style (1967)with introduction by Robin Murray, Coleman Hall Auditorium, Room 1255

    7:00-9:00pm  Student-Produced Short Film Contest, Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center

    Friday, November 7

    Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

    7:00pm           The Comic (1969)with introduction by Chuck Koplinski

    Saturday, November 8

    Tarble Arts Center Atrium, 2010 9th Street

    2:00pm           Mary Poppins (1964) Family Matinee Movie

    7:00pm           Cold Turkey (1971) with introduction by Dann Gire

    Tags: Alumni | Booth Library | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | Doudna Fine Arts Center | English Department | Faculty | Film Screening | Tarble Arts Center
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    So, you saw your advisor and need to prepare to register for Spring 2015.  If you are looking for guidance or need a little assistance, let us help you plan your schedule and prepare to register.  Bring your academic advising sheet and registration pin to one of our events, and we will help you create your schedule in a stress free environment.

    Tags: Academic Calendar | Current Students | New Student Programs
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    10th Annual Embarras Valley Film Festival

    November 6-8, 2014

    Films of Dick Van Dyke

    Now in its 10th year, the Embarras Valley Film Festival’s mission is to encourage broader appreciation for and study of film as a potent vehicle for human expression and communication through the exploration of cinematic arts involving people from Illinois and alumni of Eastern Illinois University. By screening movies and inviting audience participation in after-film discussions, we encourage members of the larger community to become aware of, and take pride in, the rich cultural and historical heritage of Charleston and the area.

    The theme for 2014 is film and television actor Dick Van Dyke, who grew up in Danville, Illinois. The festival includes afternoon and evening film screenings with introductions by film studies professors and film critics, a short film competition emphasizing work by young filmmakers, and a family-friendly Saturday matinee.

    For more information visit castle.eiu.edu/evff/

    Complete Schedule of Events

    Thursday, November 6

    3:30-5:30pm Film screening of Divorce American Style (1967)with introduction by Robin Murray, Coleman Hall Auditorium, Room 1255

    7:00-9:00pm  Student-Produced Short Film Contest, Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center

    Friday, November 7

    Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

    7:00pm           The Comic (1969)with introduction by Chuck Koplinski

    Saturday, November 8

    Tarble Arts Center Atrium, 2010 9th Street       

    2:00pm           Mary Poppins (1964) Family Matinee Movie       

    7:00pm           Cold Turkey (1971) with introduction by Dann Gire

    Tags: Alumni | Booth Library | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | Doudna Fine Arts Center | English Department | Faculty | Tarble Arts Center
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Friday, 07 November, 2014
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    10th Annual Embarras Valley Film Festival

    November 6-8, 2014

    Films of Dick Van Dyke

    Now in its 10th year, the Embarras Valley Film Festival’s mission is to encourage broader appreciation for and study of film as a potent vehicle for human expression and communication through the exploration of cinematic arts involving people from Illinois and alumni of Eastern Illinois University. By screening movies and inviting audience participation in after-film discussions, we encourage members of the larger community to become aware of, and take pride in, the rich cultural and historical heritage of Charleston and the area.

    The theme for 2014 is film and television actor Dick Van Dyke, who grew up in Danville, Illinois. The festival includes afternoon and evening film screenings with introductions by film studies professors and film critics, a short film competition emphasizing work by young filmmakers, and a family-friendly Saturday matinee.

    For more information visit castle.eiu.edu/evff/

    Complete Schedule of Events

    Thursday, November 6

    3:30-5:30pm Film screening of Divorce American Style (1967)with introduction by Robin Murray, Coleman Hall Auditorium, Room 1255

    7:00-9:00pm  Student-Produced Short Film Contest, Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center

    Friday, November 7 

    Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

    7:00pm           The Comic (1969)with introduction by Chuck Koplinski

    Saturday, November 8

    Tarble Arts Center Atrium, 2010 9th Street           

    2:00pm           Mary Poppins (1964) Family Matinee Movie

    7:00pm           Cold Turkey (1971) with introduction by Dann Gire

    Tags: Alumni | Booth Library | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | Doudna Fine Arts Center | English Department | Faculty | Film Screening | Tarble Arts Center
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    * For drop and withdrawal deadlines for your courses (including weekend and short-format courses), please refer to your EIU e-mail or search by individual course crn.

    A student may wait-list weekend or short format courses through the day prior to the first class day of the semester.

    Drop - removes course from student record and billing is adjusted.

    Withdrawal - course remains on student record with a grade of 'W'.

    You must drop a Second-Half-Term course before it begins in order not to be charged for it.

    Tags: Academic Calendar
Saturday, 08 November, 2014
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    10th Annual Embarras Valley Film Festival

    November 6-8, 2014

    Films of Dick Van Dyke

    Now in its 10th year, the Embarras Valley Film Festival’s mission is to encourage broader appreciation for and study of film as a potent vehicle for human expression and communication through the exploration of cinematic arts involving people from Illinois and alumni of Eastern Illinois University. By screening movies and inviting audience participation in after-film discussions, we encourage members of the larger community to become aware of, and take pride in, the rich cultural and historical heritage of Charleston and the area.

    The theme for 2014 is film and television actor Dick Van Dyke, who grew up in Danville, Illinois. The festival includes afternoon and evening film screenings with introductions by film studies professors and film critics, a short film competition emphasizing work by young filmmakers, and a family-friendly Saturday matinee.

    For more information visit castle.eiu.edu/evff/

    Complete Schedule of Events

    Thursday, November 6

    3:30-5:30pm Film screening of Divorce American Style (1967)with introduction by Robin Murray, Coleman Hall Auditorium, Room 1255

    7:00-9:00pm  Student-Produced Short Film Contest, Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center

    Friday, November 7 

    Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

    7:00pm           The Comic (1969)with introduction by Chuck Koplinski

    Saturday, November 8

    Tarble Arts Center Atrium, 2010 9th Street           

    2:00pm           Mary Poppins (1964) Family Matinee Movie

    7:00pm           Cold Turkey (1971) with introduction by Dann Gire

    Tags: Alumni | Booth Library | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | Doudna Fine Arts Center | English Department | Faculty | Film Screening | Tarble Arts Center
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    10th Annual Embarras Valley Film Festival

    November 6-8, 2014

    Films of Dick Van Dyke

    Now in its 10th year, the Embarras Valley Film Festival’s mission is to encourage broader appreciation for and study of film as a potent vehicle for human expression and communication through the exploration of cinematic arts involving people from Illinois and alumni of Eastern Illinois University. By screening movies and inviting audience participation in after-film discussions, we encourage members of the larger community to become aware of, and take pride in, the rich cultural and historical heritage of Charleston and the area.

    The theme for 2014 is film and television actor Dick Van Dyke, who grew up in Danville, Illinois. The festival includes afternoon and evening film screenings with introductions by film studies professors and film critics, a short film competition emphasizing work by young filmmakers, and a family-friendly Saturday matinee.

    For more information visit castle.eiu.edu/evff/

    Complete Schedule of Events

    Thursday, November 6

    3:30-5:30pm Film screening of Divorce American Style (1967)with introduction by Robin Murray, Coleman Hall Auditorium, Room 1255

    7:00-9:00pm  Student-Produced Short Film Contest, Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center

    Friday, November 7 

    Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

    7:00pm           The Comic (1969)with introduction by Chuck Koplinski

    Saturday, November 8

    Tarble Arts Center Atrium, 2010 9th Street           

    2:00pm           Mary Poppins (1964) Family Matinee Movie

    7:00pm           Cold Turkey (1971) with introduction by Dann Gire

    Tags: Alumni | Booth Library | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | Doudna Fine Arts Center | English Department | Faculty | Tarble Arts Center
Sunday, 09 November, 2014
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    National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. National November Writing Month) is nearly upon us! Anyone interested in writing on a novel, creative work, academic work, or an assignment is free to join the "party". There will be some snacks, tea, and coffee, and people are encouraged to bring something to share, or bring their own snacks. It will be a quiet room, not a silent room. Optionally, you may want to bring: friends, computers, headphones, and books.

    Dates: Sunday, November 9th and Saturday, November 15th
    Time: Noon until 7pm (the doors will not open until approximately noon and will be locked after seven)
    Place: in Coleman Hall Seminar Room (3rd floor)
    Purpose: To write!

    Everyone and anyone who is part of EIU and wants to write is invited to come.

    Tags: Alumni | Arts and Entertainment | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department | Faculty
Monday, 10 November, 2014
Tuesday, 11 November, 2014
Wednesday, 12 November, 2014
Thursday, 13 November, 2014
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    Dan McMillan will be the speaker for this year's James Jones Lecture to be held Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    McMillan is the author of "How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust (2014)". He holds a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law. He has published scholarly work in both history and law, and has worked as prosecuting attorney and as a history professor. He lives in New York City and writes about history and politics.

    "How Could This Happen" is McMillan's first book and is the result of nearly four decades of engagement with German history and the Holocaust. Reading Simon Wiesenthal's "The Murderers Among Us" as a teenager, McMillan felt compelled to understand how something so horrific could have been possible.

    His quest for an explanation has shaped the course of McMillan's life ever since: he became completely fluent in the German language, studied History and German at Stanford, spent his junior year at the Freie Universität in what was then West Berlin, earned a Ph.D. in German history at Columbia, taught at universities in New York, New Jersey and Illinois, read everything he could on the Holocaust, constantly refined his understanding of its causes, and searched relentlessly for ways to explain these causes clearly and concisely.

    Across this long search for answers, McMillan found countless specialized studies that addressed this or that cause of the Holocaust in isolation from the others - books on anti-Semitism, or racism, or World War I, or psychological factors, and so on. Yet there was no book that put all these pieces of the puzzle together in an overarching explanation. In "How Could This Happen," McMillan aims to fill this need by providing a coherent analysis of the many causes of the Holocaust.

    Tags: Alumni | Center for the Humanities | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | Doudna Fine Arts Center | English Department | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars
Saturday, 15 November, 2014
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    National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. National November Writing Month) is nearly upon us! Anyone interested in writing on a novel, creative work, academic work, or an assignment is free to join the "party". There will be some snacks, tea, and coffee, and people are encouraged to bring something to share, or bring their own snacks. It will be a quiet room, not a silent room. Optionally, you may want to bring: friends, computers, headphones, and books.

    Dates: Sunday, November 9th and Saturday, November 15th
    Time: Noon until 7pm (the doors will not open until approximately noon and will be locked after seven)
    Place: in Coleman Hall Seminar Room (3rd floor)
    Purpose: To write!

    Everyone and anyone who is part of EIU and wants to write is invited to come.

    Tags: Alumni | Arts and Entertainment | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department | Faculty
Monday, 17 November, 2014
Wednesday, 19 November, 2014
Thursday, 20 November, 2014
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    Dr. Joseph Carroll (University of Missouri—St. Louis), one of the founders of Literary Darwinism, will visit EIU on Thursday, Nov. 20 to present two lectures.

    Thursday, November 20, 3:30 p.m., Coleman Hall 3691
    Class Talk: “The Truth about Fiction: Biological Reality and Imaginary Lives” (for faculty and students)

    Why do we tell stories? Why do we dedicate much of our time to the imagined lives within songs, books, movies, and video games? Dr. Joseph Carroll, author of the first book in the field of literary/evolutionary studies, will address those questions and more in his talk to Dr. Fritz and Dr. Pence’s “Biological Evolution in the Humanities” course.

    Thursday, November 20, 6 p.m., Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall
    Public Lecture: “The Historical Position of Literary Darwinism.” (free and open to the public)

    How might an understanding of geology, biology, or social science help one analyze famous works of literature like King Lear or Pride and Prejudice? Dr. Carroll, a founder of literary Darwinism, provides an historical overview of what this movement is and explains his interdisciplinary approach to reading literature.

    Joseph Carroll is a founding figure in evolutionary literary study. His book Evolution and Literary Theory, published in 1995, was the first book-length work in the field. His 2004 collection of essays, Literary Darwinism, gave the field the name by which it is most commonly known. Literary Darwinists are animated by a conviction that the human species has evolved in adaptive relation to a physical world, that human bodies and brains contain complex adaptive structures, and that the products of the literary imagination are shaped by biologically grounded motives, passions, and forms of cognition. Carroll’s more recent publications include a second collection of essays, Reading Human Nature (2011) and a collaborative empirical study, Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis of Literary Meaning (2012). 

    All events are made possible through the generosity of the Jack and Margaret Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction and the Humanities Center.

    Tags: Alumni | Center for the Humanities | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department | Faculty
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    Dr. Joseph Carroll (University of Missouri—St. Louis), one of the founders of Literary Darwinism, will visit EIU on Thursday, Nov. 20 to present two lectures.

    Thursday, November 20, 3:30 p.m., Doudna Lecture Hall
    Class Talk: “The Truth about Fiction: Biological Reality and Imaginary Lives” (for faculty and students)

    Why do we tell stories? Why do we dedicate much of our time to the imagined lives within songs, books, movies, and video games? Dr. Joseph Carroll, author of the first book in the field of literary/evolutionary studies, will address those questions and more in his talk to Dr. Fritz and Dr. Pence’s “Biological Evolution in the Humanities” course.

    Thursday, November 20, 6 p.m., Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall
    Public Lecture: “The Historical Position of Literary Darwinism.” (free and open to the public)

    How might an understanding of geology, biology, or social science help one analyze famous works of literature like King Lear or Pride and Prejudice? Dr. Carroll, a founder of literary Darwinism, provides an historical overview of what this movement is and explains his interdisciplinary approach to reading literature.

    Joseph Carroll is a founding figure in evolutionary literary study. His book Evolution and Literary Theory, published in 1995, was the first book-length work in the field. His 2004 collection of essays, Literary Darwinism, gave the field the name by which it is most commonly known. Literary Darwinists are animated by a conviction that the human species has evolved in adaptive relation to a physical world, that human bodies and brains contain complex adaptive structures, and that the products of the literary imagination are shaped by biologically grounded motives, passions, and forms of cognition. Carroll’s more recent publications include a second collection of essays, Reading Human Nature (2011) and a collaborative empirical study, Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis of Literary Meaning (2012). 

    All events are made possible through the generosity of the Jack and Margaret Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction and the Humanities Center.

    Tags: Alumni | Center for the Humanities | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department | Faculty
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    * For drop and withdrawal deadlines for your courses (including weekend and short-format courses), please refer to your EIU e-mail or search by individual course crn.

    A student may wait-list weekend or short format courses through the day prior to the first class day of the semester.

    Drop - removes course from student record and billing is adjusted.

    Withdrawal - course remains on student record with a grade of 'W'.

    You must drop a Second-Half-Term course before it begins in order not to be charged for it.

    Tags: Academic Calendar
Monday, 24 November, 2014
Wednesday, 03 December, 2014
Thursday, 04 December, 2014
Tuesday, 09 December, 2014
Wednesday, 10 December, 2014
Thursday, 11 December, 2014
Friday, 12 December, 2014
Monday, 15 December, 2014
Tuesday, 16 December, 2014
Wednesday, 17 December, 2014
Thursday, 18 December, 2014
Friday, 19 December, 2014
Saturday, 20 December, 2014
Monday, 22 December, 2014
Wednesday, 24 December, 2014
Wednesday, 07 January, 2015
Friday, 09 January, 2015
Monday, 12 January, 2015
Friday, 16 January, 2015
Monday, 19 January, 2015
Wednesday, 21 January, 2015
Monday, 26 January, 2015
Tuesday, 27 January, 2015
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    * For drop and withdrawal deadlines for your courses (including weekend and short-format courses), please refer to your EIU email or search by individual course crn.

    A student may wait-list weekend or short format courses through the day prior to the first class day of the semester.

    Drop - removes course from student record and billing is adjusted.

    Withdrawal - course remains on student record with a grade of 'W'.

    You must drop a Second-Half-Term course before it begins in order not to be charged for it.

    Tags: Academic Calendar
Wednesday, 28 January, 2015
Thursday, 29 January, 2015
Friday, 30 January, 2015
Saturday, 31 January, 2015
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    The Department of English awards over a dozen scholarships and other awards and also nominates students for those university-wide scholarships and awards that require departmental nominations.

    A completed student information form is required for consideration for English Department Scholarships. Complete your form at http://www.eiu.edu/english/scholarships_awards.php.

    The deadline to submit a student information form is Jan. 31, 2015.

    For more information about applying for scholarships and awards in 2015-16, contact Dr. Stephen Swords at sswords@eiu.edu.

    Tags: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department
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    Lions in Winter, an annual literary festival held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston is scheduled for Jan. 30-31, 2015. The two-day festival will feature readings by visiting authors, craft talks, an editor’s panel, a book fair and more.

    Registration is required for all events UNLESS noted as “open to the public.” The free and open to the public events include the Friday afternoon roundtable discussion on the keynote speaker, the two night-time readings with all the authors, the Saturday morning story-hour and the bookfair.

    What does one receive for registering? Breakfast, lunch, admission to the writers’ talks about how to improve one’s craft and the editors’ panel about how to publish one’s work. Visit www.lionsinwinter.org/registration/ to register.

    FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    Friday, January 30th

    4:00 Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion on Keynote Speaker, Stephen Graham Jones Open to the Public [Doudna Lecture Hall]

    7:00 Lions in Winter Keynote Reading, Featuring Stephen Graham Jones Open to the Public [Doudna Lecture Hall]

    Saturday, January 31st

    All Day Bookfair [Doudna Concourse]

    8:30 Onsite Registration Begins [Doudna Concourse]

    9:00-10:00 Continental Breakfast and Welcome [Doudna Concourse]

    10:00-10:50 Craft Talk with Fiction Writer Stephen Graham Jones “I Was a Teenage Infodumper” [Doudna, Room 1518]

    10:00-10:50 Story Hour with Children’s Author Jessica Young [Booth Library, Ballenger Teachers Center] Open to the Public. For children ages 3-7 accompanied by an adult.

    11:00-11:50 Craft Talk with Creative Non-Fiction Writer Julija Šukys “Fragment by Fragment: On Writing and Archives”[Doudna, Room 1518]

    12:00-12:50 Lunch [Doudna Concourse]

    1:00-1:50 Craft Talk with Poet David Tomas Martinez “Creating image: Simile, Metaphor, and Symbol” [Doudna, Room 1524]

    2:00-2:50 Editors’ Panel Discussion Hear the editors of Bluestem, Luna Luna, Quiddity,Cossack Review and Hobart talk about the submission process, literary citizenship, and helpful do’s and don’ts. [Doudna Lecture Hall]

    2:00-2:50 Private Manuscript Consultations (Additional Fee. Deadline for submission: 1-17-15.) [Doudna Concourse]

    3:00-3:50 Craft Talk with Fiction Writer Edward Kelsey Moore “Creating Unforgettable Characters” [Doudna, Room 1518]

    7:00 Visiting Writers Reading Featuring David Tomas Martinez, Julija Šukys, and Edward Kelsey Moore Free and Open to the Public [Doudna Lecture Hall] Book Signing and Reception to Follow

    Tags: Alumni | Arts and Entertainment | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Community | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
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    Lions in Winter, an annual literary festival held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston is scheduled for Jan. 30-31, 2015. The two-day festival wraps up with a Visiting Writers Reading featuring David Tomas Martinez, Julija Šukys, and Edward Kelsey Moore Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall.

    The reading is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the reading.

    Tags: Alumni | Arts and Entertainment | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Community | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
Thursday, 05 February, 2015
Monday, 09 February, 2015
Wednesday, 11 February, 2015
Thursday, 12 February, 2015
Friday, 13 February, 2015
Monday, 16 February, 2015
Tuesday, 17 February, 2015
Wednesday, 18 February, 2015
Thursday, 19 February, 2015
Saturday, 21 February, 2015
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    Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker will be the topic of an exhibit and program series at Booth Library.

    The exhibit “Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend” will be on display from Feb. 7 to April 9 at Booth Library. In addition, a series of related programs and film screenings are planned Feb. 20-23.

    This program will be presented by Robin Murray, EIU professor of English

    The saga of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker is well-known in Texas history, but the story really began in East Central Illinois. Cynthia Ann’s grandfather, Elder John Parker, her uncles, Benjamin and Daniel Parker, and other members of the family were among the first white settlers of what became Coles County.

    In about 1833, several members of the Parker clan moved to Texas and created Fort Parker there. A few years later, a band of Indians attacked the fort, killing many and kidnapping a few of the children, including Cynthia Ann, age 9.

    Cynthia Ann grew up as a member of the Comanche tribe, married one of the chiefs and bore three children; the oldest was Quanah, who later became the last Comanche chief in America.

    Tags: Alumni | Booth Library | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Community | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Film Screening | Lectures/Seminars
Monday, 23 February, 2015
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    Presented by Terri Coleman, MA candidate in English. 
    Title: "Sorrow’s Home: Toni Morrison’s Techniques for Unmattering Race in A Mercy"
    Monday, Feb. 23rd 3:00 PM in Coleman Hall 3732.
    All are welcome to attend. This is an National African American Read-In event.
    Tags: Alumni | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Graduate School | Lectures/Seminars
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    Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker will be the topic of an exhibit and program series at Booth Library.

    The exhibit “Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker: The History and the Legend” will be on display from Feb. 7 to April 9 at Booth Library. In addition, a series of related programs and film screenings are planned Feb. 20-23.

    This panel discussion, "American Captivity Narratives: A Literary Genre of Enduring Interest," will be moderated by Terry Barnhart, professor of history. The panelists are Janice Derr, assistant professor of library services; Laura Russman, graduate student in historical administration; and Angela Vietto, professor of English.

    The saga of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker is well-known in Texas history, but the story really began in East Central Illinois. Cynthia Ann’s grandfather, Elder John Parker, her uncles, Benjamin and Daniel Parker, and other members of the family were among the first white settlers of what became Coles County.

    In about 1833, several members of the Parker clan moved to Texas and created Fort Parker there. A few years later, a band of Indians attacked the fort, killing many and kidnapping a few of the children, including Cynthia Ann, age 9.

    Cynthia Ann grew up as a member of the Comanche tribe, married one of the chiefs and bore three children; the oldest was Quanah, who later became the last Comanche chief in America.

    Tags: Booth Library | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | English Department | Lectures/Seminars
Wednesday, 25 February, 2015
Thursday, 26 February, 2015
Saturday, 28 February, 2015
Tuesday, 03 March, 2015
Wednesday, 04 March, 2015
Thursday, 05 March, 2015
Friday, 06 March, 2015
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    A cash award & certificate will be presented at the English Department Awards Reception in April to the eligible undergraduate who submits the best CRITICAL WRITING about children’s or young adult literature OR the best CREATIVE WRITING for young readers: creative submissions may include poetry, picture book, or fiction (chapters of longer works will be accepted).

    Undergraduates with declared majors or minors in English and majors in Education are eligible for this award.

    Place submissions in the box in the English Department mailroom (CH 3155) by Friday, March 6, 2015 at noon. Include an index card with the title of the submission; your name, major, and email address; and the name of the instructor or course in which the writing was assigned, if applicable. Your name should not appear on the submission.

    OR submit an essay online at www.eiu.edu/english/essay_contests.php

    A specialist in children’s literature, Professor Murray taught in the Eastern Illinois University Laboratory School and in the English Department from 1951 until her death in 1984.

    Questions? Contact Dr. Jamila Smith at jdsmith9@eiu.edu. 

    Tags: Colllege of Education | Current Students | Elementary Education | English Department
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    Purpose: To honor the memory of Graham R. Lewis. Graham was a first-year writing professor at Eastern Illinois University. He also received his bachelor’s degree in English from EIU. He wrote both fiction and poetry, for which he received numerous awards.

    DESCRIPTION OF AWARD
    Any recipient must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, accepted to Eastern Illinois University and be in good academic standing. Nominees will perform their work at the “Graham Slam” (public performance, poetry slam setting) and award recipients will be chosen at the slam. The works are to be reviewed by selection committee in advance. The performances at Graham Slam shall be judged by both audience response and the committee.

    First place - $3,360.00, Second place - $1,680.00, Third place - $840.00, Fourth Place - $420.00, Fifth Place - $210.00, Sixth Place - $105.00. Seventh Place - $52.50, Eighth Place - $26.25, Ninth Place - $13.13.

    Special consideration shall be given to the awarding of the Ninth Place prize, as the number thirteen (doubly represented here by the Ninth Place award), held special significance to Graham Lewis.

    Except in the case of students who are graduating, the award(s) shall be paid during the following Fall Semester and made payable to Eastern Illinois University to be first applied against costs (tuition, fees, housing, etc.) associated with the recipient(s) attending Eastern Illinois University. Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the recipient(s).

    See entry guidelines at http://www.eiu.edu/~english/essay_contests.php or pick up instruction in the English Department office, Coleman Hall 3135.

    The deadline for entry is March 6, 2015.

    Tags: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department
Tuesday, 10 March, 2015
Wednesday, 11 March, 2015
Friday, 13 March, 2015
Sunday, 15 March, 2015
Monday, 16 March, 2015
Friday, 20 March, 2015
Monday, 23 March, 2015
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    2015 Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival (CIFFF) will be held on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. March 23-25, 2015. The theme for this year’s festival is Coming of Age Sexuality.

    The festival kicks off with a screening of Fish Tank  (dir. and writer, Andrea Arnold, 2009) Monday, March 23, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. in the Coleman Hall Auditorium.

    Now in its seventh year, the film festival promotes the mission of the EIU Women’s Studies Program, which is to promote an understanding of how issues related to gender, age, race, economic status, sexual identity, and nationality affect women's lives and the communities in which they live. In order to promote an equitable and sensitive environment for all persons, Women’s Studies also responds to issues affecting women on the EIU campus and in the local community.

    CIFFF takes place each year in March during Women’s History Awareness Month (WHAM). The WHAM schedule at EIU also includes the Women’s Studies Annual Awards Ceremony, a keynote presentation by author, activist, professor and recording artist Elaine Richardson, aka Dr. E, a living history performance, a concert of women’s music, and the Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, among others events. This year’s theme for WHAM is Gender and Sexuality.

    To learn more about the CIFFF, visit www.eiu.edu/~filmmnor/ or http://cifff.wikispaces.com/, email Murray at rlmurray@eiu.edu or call 217-581-2428.

    Tags: Alumni | Arts and Entertainment | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Community | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Film Screening | Prospective Students | Women's Studies
Tuesday, 24 March, 2015
Wednesday, 25 March, 2015
Thursday, 26 March, 2015
Saturday, 28 March, 2015
Tuesday, 31 March, 2015
Thursday, 02 April, 2015
Friday, 03 April, 2015
Saturday, 04 April, 2015
Tuesday, 07 April, 2015
Wednesday, 08 April, 2015
Thursday, 09 April, 2015
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    “We Need Diverse Books!:  An Educational Celebration (Opening Reception, Book Tasting, & Book Give Away) – Thursday, April 9, 2015 – 6pm-7pm – Ballenger Teacher Center (Booth Library 1224)

    In light of the national discussion of the lack of diverse books for children and young adults—evident inThe New York Times (C. Myers & W.D. Myers), the professional literature (K. Horning in School Library Journal), and the kidlitosphere—and inspired by the constructive response to that conversation represented by the organization We Need Diverse Books! on the web and social media, we are hosting an event where pre-service middle and high school teachers from across the content areas – along with other interested English majors and local educators – will have an opportunity to explore and discuss these books through a book-tasting activity facilitated by faculty with expertise in youth literature and issues of diversity.  Participants will also be supplied with the means of keeping up with the conversation about diverse books – via the web, Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, etc.  At the end of the event, participants will be allowed to select a book that would diversify their own growing (classroom) libraries.  

    Event Facilitators:  Ann Brownson, Fern Kory, Jamila Smith

    Tags: Alumni | Arts and Entertainment | Booth Library | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Community | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Prospective Students
Friday, 10 April, 2015
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    Eastern Illinois University’s English Studies Conference is an annual event held during the Spring Semester that showcases the exciting work being done by our students, faculty, alumni, and local community members in the various areas of English Studies. 

    This event is open to the entire university and the public and will feature a range of panels, roundtables, readings, poster sessions, and more in the areas of Creative Writing, Literary & Cultural Studies, Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, and English Language Arts Pedagogy.  Come hear current students discuss their recent creative and scholarly projects and their experiences at internships, local & national conferences, and more.  Gain important tips for the job hunt by attending alumni panels where participants will discuss the ways in which they marketed and applied their English Studies skills to various professions.  And sit in on faculty panels to learn about the diverse research trajectories being pursued by English Studies scholars.

    Date:  Thursday & Friday – April 9-10, 2015

    Cost:  Free – includes light refreshments on Thursday and lunch on Friday for all attendees & participants

    Website: www.eiu.edu/english/conference.php

     

    April 9, 2015

    Conference Kick-Off Event:  “We Need Diverse Books!:  An Educational Celebration (Opening Reception, Book Tasting, & Book Give Away) – Thursday – 6pm-7pm – Ballenger Teacher Center (Booth Library 1224)

    In light of the national discussion of the lack of diverse books for children and young adults—evident inThe New York Times (C. Myers & W.D. Myers), the professional literature (K. Horning in School Library Journal), and the kidlitosphere—and inspired by the constructive response to that conversation represented by the organization We Need Diverse Books! on the web and social media, we are hosting an event where pre-service middle and high school teachers from across the content areas – along with other interested English majors and local educators – will have an opportunity to explore and discuss these books through a book-tasting activity facilitated by faculty with expertise in youth literature and issues of diversity.  Participants will also be supplied with the means of keeping up with the conversation about diverse books – via the web, Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, etc.  At the end of the event, participants will be allowed to select a book that would diversify their own growing (classroom) libraries.  

    Event Facilitators:  Ann Brownson, Fern Kory, Jamila Smith

    April 10, 2015

    Conference Registration:   Friday - 9:30-10:00am – Third Floor Coleman – East Hallway

    Panel Sessions:  Friday - 10am-3pm – Third Floor Coleman Hall – Classrooms

    Keynote Address:  Friday - 3-4pm – Lumpkin Hall Auditorium (LMPH 2030)

    Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Pamela Hoff, Illinois State University

    Dr. Pamela Twyman Hoff is a scholar-activist whose teaching experiences include grassroots and formalized educational venues. Her research interest included transformative education, critical race theory and pedagogy, African American education and comparative education.

    Keynote Presentation Title:   “Educational Equality”

    Tags: Alumni | Arts and Entertainment | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Community | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
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    English Studies Conference Keynote Address: 

    Friday, April 10, 2015 - 3-4pm – Lumpkin Hall Auditorium (LMPH 2030)

    Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Pamela Hoff, Illinois State University

    Dr. Pamela Twyman Hoff is a scholar-activist whose teaching experiences include grassroots and formalized educational venues. Her research interest included transformative education, critical race theory and pedagogy, African American education and comparative education.

    Keynote Presentation Title:   “Educational Equality”

    Website: www.eiu.edu/english/conference.php

    Tags: Alumni | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Community | Current Students | English Department | Faculty | Lectures/Seminars | Prospective Students
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    * For drop and withdrawal deadlines for your courses (including weekend and short-format courses), please refer to your EIU email or search by individual course crn.

    A student may wait-list weekend or short format courses through the day prior to the first class day of the semester.

    Drop - removes course from student record and billing is adjusted.

    Withdrawal - course remains on student record with a grade of 'W'.

    You must drop a Second-Half-Term course before it begins in order not to be charged for it.

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    The English Department will hold a celebration breakfast for our undergraduate and graduate students graduating in Spring and Summer 2015 and their families from Saturday, May 9 from 9-11 a.m. in the Edgar Room, Booth Library. All graduating students and their families are invited to attend.

    Tags: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Current Students | English Department | Faculty
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    Ceremony Times

    • 9 a.m. - College of Sciences and The Graduate School
    • 12 p.m. - College of Arts and Humanities and The Graduate School
      - School of Continuing Education (BA in General Studies)
    • 3 p.m. - College of Education and Professional Studies and The Graduate School
    • 6 p.m. - Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences and The Graduate School

    More Info: http://www.eiu.edu/commence/

    Tags: Academic Calendar
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    The Eastern Illinois Writing Project (EIWP) will hold new summer writing workshops for K-12 teachers on June 19 and June 26, 2015, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. The 2015 Summer Writing Workshops for K-12 Teachers Across the Curriculum will serve teachers across disciplines and grade levels and will be focused on reading informational texts, writing to learn, writers’ workshop, and integrating technology into literacy across the curriculum.

    The first session on June 19 will include workshops focused on writing to learn, Google Classroom Part I, and Writer’s Workshop. The second session on June 26 will include workshops focused on teaching with informational texts, Google Classroom Part II and literacy across the curriculum. 

    Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Teachers will earn three Continuing Professional Development Hours per session.

    The workshops will be presented by seasoned teachers, who have completed the EIWP Invitational Summer Institute and participated in professional development activities designed to hone their teaching demonstrations and/or presentations. The teachers have completed at least six hours of graduate credit in an intense four-week workshop for teachers across the curriculum and grade levels.

    The EIWP Summer Writing Workshops will provide teachers across disciplines and grade levels the opportunity to read professionally, participate in small and whole group discussions, learn and practice new teaching strategies that will ultimately improve student writing and learning. These workshops will show creative ways to integrate reading and writing throughout the curriculum and still meet the Illinois Common Core Standards.

    The workshops will provide a variety of research-based assignments teachers can use with their students. Each session will include demonstrations of strategies, participant writing, and time to brainstorm applications to various content areas/topics. Resources will be shared to encourage both classroom and school-wide changes. The workshops will provide educators with opportunities and skills to collaborate with peers across the curriculum, as well. CCSS addressed will include CC.K-12.W.R.1-10, CC.K-12.R.I.1-10, and CC.K-12.W.1-10.

    The cost to attend is $15 for one session or $25 for both sessions. Pre-registration is required by June 12 and can be completed online at http://castle.eiu.edu/~easternnwp/development.php or by emailing Murray at rlmurray@eiu.edu.

    Checks made payable to Eastern Illinois Writing Project can be sent to Eastern Illinois Writing Project, Eastern Illinois University, Attn: Robin Murray, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920.

    For more information, please email Robin Murray at rlmurray@eiu.edu.

    Tags: Alumni | Community | English Department | Faculty
Monday, 22 June, 2015
Tuesday, 23 June, 2015
Friday, 26 June, 2015
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    The Eastern Illinois Writing Project (EIWP) will hold new summer writing workshops for K-12 teachers on June 19 and June 26, 2015, on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. The 2015 Summer Writing Workshops for K-12 Teachers Across the Curriculum will serve teachers across disciplines and grade levels and will be focused on reading informational texts, writing to learn, writers’ workshop, and integrating technology into literacy across the curriculum.

    The first session on June 19 will include workshops focused on writing to learn, Google Classroom Part I, and Writer’s Workshop. The second session on June 26 will include workshops focused on teaching with informational texts, Google Classroom Part II and literacy across the curriculum. 

    Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Teachers will earn three Continuing Professional Development Hours per session.

    The workshops will be presented by seasoned teachers, who have completed the EIWP Invitational Summer Institute and participated in professional development activities designed to hone their teaching demonstrations and/or presentations. The teachers have completed at least six hours of graduate credit in an intense four-week workshop for teachers across the curriculum and grade levels.

    The EIWP Summer Writing Workshops will provide teachers across disciplines and grade levels the opportunity to read professionally, participate in small and whole group discussions, learn and practice new teaching strategies that will ultimately improve student writing and learning. These workshops will show creative ways to integrate reading and writing throughout the curriculum and still meet the Illinois Common Core Standards.

    The workshops will provide a variety of research-based assignments teachers can use with their students. Each session will include demonstrations of strategies, participant writing, and time to brainstorm applications to various content areas/topics. Resources will be shared to encourage both classroom and school-wide changes. The workshops will provide educators with opportunities and skills to collaborate with peers across the curriculum, as well. CCSS addressed will include CC.K-12.W.R.1-10, CC.K-12.R.I.1-10, and CC.K-12.W.1-10.

    The cost to attend is $15 for one session or $25 for both sessions. Pre-registration is required by June 12 and can be completed online at http://castle.eiu.edu/~easternnwp/development.php or by emailing Murray at rlmurray@eiu.edu.

    Checks made payable to Eastern Illinois Writing Project can be sent to Eastern Illinois Writing Project, Eastern Illinois University, Attn: Robin Murray, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920.

    For more information, please email Robin Murray at rlmurray@eiu.edu.

    Tags: Alumni | Community | English Department | Faculty
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