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2017-2018 English Department Events







September 2017

Mon. Sept. 4 Labor Day observed/no classes

Weds. Sept. 6 - English Department faculty meeting, 4:30 pm, 3170 Coleman Hall.

Thurs. Sept. 14 - "The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter and the Culture of Death." 7 pm, Booth Library West Reading Room. As part of the kick-off event for Booth Library's Harry Potter 20th Anniversary exhibit, Dr. Suzie Park of EIU's English Department will give the keynote talk. 

Weds. Sept. 20 - English Club Student-Faculty Challenge, 6:30 pm, Bowling at the University Lanes ($1 games, $1 shoes). English students and faculty (with family and friends) all welcome. 

October 2017

Thurs. Oct. 5 - Nancy Hennings Memorial Poetry Reading, featuring John McCarthy.  The first Hennings reading of the year will be held at Bob's Bookstore, which has moved to 303 Lincoln Avenue, 6:00-7:30 pm.The featured poet is John McCarthy, author of Ghost County (MG Press, 2016), which was named a Best Poetry Book of 2016 by The Chicago Review of Books. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2015, Copper Nickel, Redivider, Sycamore Review, and Zone 3. McCarthy will be joined by local writer Charlotte England and EIU English graduate student Jamie Golladay. 

Mon. Oct. 9 - EIU Open House (for prospective students and their families), 9 am-1:30 pm. Future English majors, we hope you'll plan to stay for the afternoon event, too! Read more and register for open house here.

Mon. Oct. 9 - Dare to Dream: Putting Your Passion to Work, a career event for students in the arts and humanities, 1 - 5 pm, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Current EIU students, current students from other colleges, and current high school students are all welcome to this free career exploration event. Read more here.

Mon. Oct. 9 - “ ‘Fortune favors the prepared’: How to launch yourself effectively in any career,” a career workshop for English majors by Angela Scalpello, successful English major.  7 pm, English Department Conference Room, 3732 Coleman Hall. Angela Scalpello is the former SVP of Organizational Development for UBM, the world's premier B2B events organizer in the world, with more than 300 events in over 20 countries and almost 4,000 employees across the globe. Angela has worked in a number of organizations helping CEOs and senior leadership teams create and execute programs that attract, develop and retain the best talent. Angela's work has also focused on creating high performing teams and aligning employees behind change and transformation strategies in order to deliver business outcomes.  Angela has also spoken widely on what employers want from prospective employees and also how employees can more effectively and strategically manage their careers.  Angela now has her own consulting practice working with individuals and organizations to help them achieve their personal and professional objectives

Mon. Oct. 9 - Registration opens for graduate students

Fri. Oct. 13 Fall Break/no classes

Fri. Oct. 13 - The Eastern Illinois Writing Project 2017 Institute Day: "Teaching Argument in the Real  World." Teachers from across grade levels and  disciplines, as well as students of teaching, are invited to this free and open continuing education opportunity. Teachers earn 5 CPDUs, students receive certificates, and lunch is provided. Register for the Institute Day here.

Mon. Oct. 16 - Registration opens for seniors and priority registrants

Weds. Oct. 18 - English Department faculty meeting, 4:30 pm, 3170 Coleman Hall.

Mon. Oct. 23 - Registration opens for juniors

Oct. 25-28 - Embarrass Valley Film Festival: Horror and the Thriller in Illinois (watch this space for further details on the schedule)

Mon. Oct. 30 - Registration opens for sophomores

November 2017

Sun. Nov. 5 - Honors Thesis Presentation (Music & English) by senior English major Autumn Frykholm, 1 pm, Doudna Recital Hall. 

Mon. Nov. 6 - Registration opens for freshmen

Weds. Nov. 8 - James Jones Symposium key note lecture with Dr. James McLeod  

Thurs. Nov. 9 - James Jones Symposium, featuring a screening of the film So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of a War (2016) with director David Plath and student panels, 12:30-4:00 pm, Buzzard Auditorium.

Thurs. Nov. 9 - Nancy Hennings Memorial Poetry Reading, featuring John Palen, 6:00-7:30 pm, at Bob's Bookstore, 303 Lincoln Ave. John Palen’s new poetry collection, Distant Music (Mayapple Press, 2017) evokes his lifelong bond with the American Midwest. Raised in small towns in southwestern Missouri, he earned degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Michigan State University, and worked for 45 years as a journalist and journalism educator in Missouri, Illinois and Michigan. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines since the late 1960s, in Prairie Schooner, Kansas Quarterly, Passages North, Arcadia, Midwest Prairie Review, The MacGuffin, Bluestem and elsewhere. Mayapple Press brought out his Open Communion: New and Selected Poems in 2004. His work has appeared in anthologies from Wayne State University Press and Milkweed Editions. He lives and writes in retirement in Central Illinois, where he enjoys volunteer work as a certified Master Naturalist. Other readers will include a local writer from the Charleston/Mattoon community as well as a graduate student in creative writing from the English Department.

Mon. Nov. 13 - Annual English/Theatre Arts Undergraduate Research Symposium, 7:00 pm, Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall.

Tues. Nov. 14 - "On the Zong Slave Ship Massacre: A New Discovery in the British Library," a lecture by Dr. Michelle Faubert, Associate Professor of English at the University of Manitoba, 7:00 pm, Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall. This lecture is part of the English Research Seminar series, with funding generously provided by the Jack and Margaret Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Instruction, the Phi Beta Kappa Association of East Central Illinois, and the EIU Humanities Center.

Nov. 20-24 - Thanksgiving Break/no classes

January 2018

Sat. Jan. 27 - Lions in Winter literary festival, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Featured writers will be poet CM Burroughs (Columbia College Chicago), creative nonfiction writer Rachael Hanel (Minnesota State University), and novelist Vu Tran (University of Chicago). Read more about our featured writers here.

April 2018

Mon. Apr. 9 - We Need Diverse Books! 4:00-6:00 pm, 4440 Booth Library. Dr. Fern Kory will present the kick-off event for the annual English Student Conference, including a give-away of diverse books. 

Tues. Apr. 10 - English Student Conference 9:00 am-5:00 pm, 3 floor of Coleman Hall. EIU English undergraduate and graduate students will present their research, creative writing, pedagogical projects and more. Dr. Jad Smith will present the keynote address, and alumni will join us to talk about their experiences beyond EIU. Snacks and lunch provided.




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Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
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