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2019-2020 English Department Events

(calendar is under development! check back often)







August 2019

Fri. Aug. 30 - Final Friday, 4pm, at The Penalty Box. Each Final Friday event is your opportunity to hear about exciting research, innovative teaching strategies, and creative activites that faculty are accomplishing at EIU. Sponsored by The Center for Humanities and Faculty Development and Innovation Center. Presenters will be Robin Murray, David Smith, and Grace Wilken. 


September 2019

Mon. Sept. 2 Labor Day observed/no classes

Thurs. Sept. 5 - English Club, first meeting, 6 pm, 3130 Coleman

Thurs. Sept. 12 - Faculty Forum, 3 pm, Charleston-Mattoon Room, MLK Union. Details to be added.

Weds. Sept. 18 - Study Abroad Fair, 10 am to 3 pm, Grand Ballroom, MLK Union. 

Thurs. Sept. 19 - Information Session, England Summer 2020 Study Abroad, 5 pm, Edgar Room, Booth Library. 

Thurs. Sept. 19 - The First Annual Mad Hatter's Tea Party, 6 pm, Conference Room, 3732 Coleman Hall. Prizes will be awarded for the wackiest hat and best tea cup--so bring yours. 

Mon. Sept. 30 - Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence for Chairs & Faculty, 8-10 am, 1895 Room-MLK Union. Dr. Jerlando Jackson of the University of Wisconsin's Equity & Inclusion Lab will facilitate.


October 2019 


Weds. Oct. 2 - GSC Workshop,  4:30 pm, 3732 Coleman, Professional Development Workshop for graduate students on how to write conference proposals. Drs. Ames, Taylor, and Winter will lead the workshop. 

Weds. Oct. 9 - Department meeting,  12 pm, 3130 Coleman, Dr. James Howley, Director of General Studies, Educational Attainment, and Outreach at EIU, will give a workshop on classroom practices. 

Fri. Oct. 11 - Fall Break/no classes

Thurs. Oct. 17 - Nancy Hennings Memorial Poetry Reading, 6:00 pm, Bob's Bookstore, 303 Lincoln Ave. Our featured poet is Colleen Abel, reading with Karen Reed and Angie Steineman. 

Tues. Oct. 29 - Toni Morrison: Remembering a Giant, 4:30 pm, Booth Library Edgar Room. English faculty Profs. Jeannie Ludlow, Tim Engles, and Marjorie Worthington will be joined by students for a round-table discussion of the enduring legacy of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. This event is held in conjunction with EIU's 400th commemoration.

Weds. Oct. 30 - Celebration of Scholarship, Creativity and Engagement, 4:00 pm, Doudna Concourse. 


November 2019 

Mon. Nov. 4 - Student Creative Writing Showcase: Race, Racism, and Social Justice, 6:30 pm, 7th St. Underground. Students will present their creative work inspired by 400 years of African-American history, the continuing achievements of the community today, and the continuing challenges ahead. 

Tues. Nov. 12 - Race and Privilege in Early Modern France, a lecture by Christy Pichichero, 5 pm, Doudna Lecture Hall. Dr. Pichichero is an associate professor of French and history at George Mason University and author of The Military Enlightenment. This talk is hosted by the EIU Center for the Humanities, co-sponsored by the English Department, and part of EIU's commemoration of 400 Years of Perseverance. 

Weds. Nov. 13 - Handshaking Night, 6-7 pm, Doudna Concourse. Professionals in English-related fields meet and network with undergraduate and graduate students at EIU. This is an opportunity for students to make contacts and learn about career opportunities.

Nov. 25-29 - Thanksgiving Break/no classes


December 2019


January 2020 

Mon. Jan. 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed/no classes

Sat. Jan. 25 - Lions in Winter Literary Festival, 9 am to 6 pm, Doudna Fine Arts Center. For more information, click here.

Thurs. Jan. 30 - Study Abroad Fair, 10 am to 3 pm, Grand Ballroom, MLK Union    


February 2020

Fri., Feb. 14 - Lincoln's Birthday observed/no classes 


March 2020

Mar. 16-20 - Spring Break/no classes 


April 2020



May 2020









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600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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