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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. 

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 See the full schedule here.

Mon. Oct. 30 - Registration opens for sophomores

November 2017

Sun. Nov. 5 - Honors Thesis Presentation (Music & English) by senior English major Autumn Frykholm, noon, Recital Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center. 

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, Clint Walker, and Ann Hart, 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. John Palen will be joined by EIU alumnus, fiction writer Clint Walker, and current EIU graduate student and poet Ann Hart.

Mon. Nov. 13 - Annual English/Theatre Arts Undergraduate Research Symposium, 7:00 pm, Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall. The judges have chosen essays by English major Richard Donaldson and Theatre Arts students Emma Walker and Cheyenne Flores. The students will present their work and field questions at the symposium. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Department of Theatre Arts.

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

Thurs. Jan. 18 - "The Remarkable Receptions of Ta-Nehisi Coates & Colson Whitehead," a lecture by Howard Rambsy II, Professor of Literature at the University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. 5 pm, Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center. This presentation contributes to our understanding of major black writers by discussing the promise and problem concerning the extraordinary literary successes of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Colson Whitehead, two of our most widely discussed contemporary African American authors. Over the last few years, in addition to appearing on The New York Times bestseller list and receiving National Book Award honors, works by Coates and Whitehead have been lauded by Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and hundreds of others. Yet, the kinds of remarkable receptions that Coates and Whitehead have enjoyed rarely extended to large numbers of black writers, and thus sometimes prompted noticeable intra-racial resentment. A consideration of the responses to Coates and Whitehead reveals why the rise of major black writers is cause for celebration and frustration. 

Sat. Jan. 27 - Lions in Winter literary festival, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Featured writers will be poet CM Burroughs, creative nonfiction writer Rachael Hanel, and novelist Vu Tran. More information is available here:

Tues. Jan. 30 -English Faculty Colloquium on Editing Scholarly and Creative Journals. 2 p.m., English Conference Room, 3732 Coleman Hall. Professors Olga Abella (editor of Bluestem), Julie Campbell (editor of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal) and Christopher Wixson (editor of Shaw: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies) will talk about their experiences editing three journals with national and international reputations. The talk is free and open to students as well as faculty.

March 2018

Thurs. Mar. 22 - Neff Poetry Reading with Luisa Igloria, 5 pm, Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts CenterLuisa A. Igloria is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world's first major award for ecopoetry. She is the author of the chapbooks Haori (Tea & Tattered Pages Press, 2017), Check & Balance (Moria Press/Locofo Chaps, 2017), and Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass (Kudzu House Press eChapbook selection for Spring 2015). Other publications include the full-length works Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (Utah State University Press, winner of the 2014 May Swenson Prize), Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, 2014), The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize), and nine other books. A Professor of English, Luisa Igloria teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015. Further information can be found at

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, 3rd 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.

Fri. Apr. 13 - Nancy Hennings Memorial Poetry Reading, featuring Julija Šukys 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, at Bob's Bookstore, 303 Lincoln Ave. Julija Šukys is a creative nonfiction author and associate professor of English at the University of Missouri. Her most recent book is Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter's Reckoning. Šukys will be joined by a local writer and an EIU creative writing student.




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