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2018-2019 English Department Events

(calendar is under development! check back often)







September 2018

Mon. Sept. 3 Labor Day observed/no classes

Mon. Sept. 3 Reading and book signing by J. Webb Garrett, EIU English alumnus, 7 pm, Bob's Books. Webb's latest book is The Eye of Balor.

Weds. Sept. 5 All-college meeting for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 3 pm, The Theatre, Doudna Fine Arts Center. All CLAS faculty and staff are invited to talk about the newly created College with the Dean, Associate Deans, and other staff.

Thurs. Sept. 6 "What Is the Role of Liberal Higher Education in the Current Environment of Public Retreat and Disengagement?" 3 pm, Charleston/Mattoon Room, MLK Union. A frank discussion of the issues impacting higher education and the options for reform with EIU Provost Jay Gatrell and ISU Provost Jan Murphy. Sponsored by EIU’s Faculty Senate and Provost’s Office.

Wed. Sept. 12 - Poetry on the Porch, 5 pm-6:30 pm, Tarble Triangle. Tarble is hosting this event for poetry, spoken word, and storytelling. Students, faculty and community members are all invited. Come share! Come hear! 

Tues. Sept. 25 - "Kicking the Bucket List: Death and the Art of Shining," a lecture by Scott Samuelson, 6 pm, Lecture Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Scott Samuelson is professor of philosophy at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa and author of The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone. He will present this year's Phi Beta Kappa Association lecture, sponsored by the EIU Humanities Center and the Redden Fund for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education.

Weds. Sept. 26 - Nancy Hennings Memorial Poetry Reading featuring fiction writer Woody Skinner and EIU graduate student Brandi Gard, 6 pm, Bob's Bookstore, 303 Lincoln Avenue (just across from campus). Woody Skinner is an award-winning writer, author of A Thousand Distant Radios, and the newest faculty member in EIU's English Department. Brandi Gard is an EIU graduate student writer who works in multiple genres and has won several campus awards for her writing. Come enjoy their writing, get a book signed, and mix and mingle with other writers and readers in the wonderful atmosphere at Bob's.

Fri. Sept. 28 - Editors' Roundtable, 12 pm, CH 3732. Olga Abella, Julie Campbell, and Chris Wixson will discuss their work as editors for three prestigious journals. Bring your lunch. (Some goodies will be provided.)

October 2018

Tues. Oct. 2 - Discussion of Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson, led by Dr. Jeannie Ludlow, 5 pm, Tarble Atrium. This Tarble Reads event will be led by Dr. Jeannie Ludlow, Professor of English. Free and open to the public.

Tues. Oct. 9 - Information Session for Summer 2019 Study Abroad to China, 5:00 pm, in Coleman 3170. Learn more here.

Thurs. Oct. 11 - English Department Faculty Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Coleman 3130.

Fri. Oct. 12 Fall Break/no classes

Fri. Oct. 12 - The Eastern Illinois Writing Project 2018 Institute Day, 8:30-1:30, Doudna Fine Arts Center. Teachers from across grade levels and  disciplines, as well as students of teaching, are invited to this free and open continuing education opportunity. Keynote speakers will be Katie O'Dell and Terri Fredrick. Teachers earn 5 CPDUs, students receive certificates, and lunch is provided. Register here.

Mon. Oct. 15 - Vehicle submission deadline.  Submit your creative writing and art to The Vehicle, EIU's student-edited literary magazine. Oct. 15 is the deadline for consideration for the Fall 2018 online issue. Submit here.

Wed. Oct. 17 - Composition-UGS Workshop/Discussion--"A Pedagogical Swap Meet: Using Reflection in Our Classrooms," 1:00 p.m., CH 3732. Faculty will show how they incorporate reflection in their classrooms, share ideas, and discuss how to cultivate more reflective practices in classes.

Wed. Oct. 17 - Handshaking Night, 6:00 p.m., Doudna Concourse. Professionals in a variety of fields will be on hand to talk about careers for English majors. Come learn where their education in English took them--and how to design yours so it can take you where you want to go.

Wed. Oct. 24 - Celebration of Scholarship, Creativity, and Engagement, 4:00 p.m., Doudna Concourse. 

Sun. Oct. 28 - Reading and booksigning by David Busboom, EIU alumnus, 1 pm, Bob's Books, 303 Lincoln Avenue. Busboom's most recent novel is Nightbird.

Tues. Oct. 30 - “Immunity and Contagion: Living in the Age of Bio-Politics,” a talk by CC Wharram 4 pm, 4440 Booth Library. Dr. Wharram, Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Humanities, will address the history of biopolitics in this talk about the 300th anniversary of smallpox inoculation as part of Booth Library's 1918 Flu Exhibit.

Weds. Oct. 31 - Frankenreads, starting at 9am and going on all day at various locations on campus. Join a host of speakers (and perhaps, other performers) in a reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to commemorate the 200thanniversary of this influential (and highly enjoyable) novel.  

November 2018

Thurs-Fri. Nov. 1 & 2 - James Jones Symposium, lecture, Nov. 1, 6 pm at the Doudna Lecture Hall. The symposium will be Nov. 2 at noon in Witters Conference Room (Booth Library, Room 4440) featuring the writing of Jackson Bayer, Siera Carpenter, Isabella Garza, Jamie Golladay, Kelly Pierce, Connor York, Daiva Markelis, and John Guzlowski, read by Dana Ringuette.

Thurs. Nov. 8 - Nancy Hennings Memorial Poetry Reading featuring creative writer Bess Winter and EIU graduate student Kelly Pierce, 6 pm, Bob's Bookstore, 303 Lincoln Avenue (just across from campus). 

Nov. 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break/no classes

Wed., Nov. 28Embarras Valley Film Festival, Student Short Film and Video Festival, Lumpkin Auditorium (room 2030), 3:00-7:00 p.m. 

December 2018

Tues. Dec. 4 - Undergraduate Research Symposium and Bazargan Lecture featuring Christopher Hanlon, Lunch Discussion at 12:30 in Booth Library's Edgar Room; Lecture at 5:00 p.m. in Doudna Lecture Hall.

January 2019

Tues. Jan. 22 - A talk with Laurie Matheson, "Behind the Curtain: Demystifying Scholarly Publishing," Editor-in-Chief of the University of Illinois Press, 5 pm, Booth Library Conference Room 4440. Dr. Matheson will speak with faculty about publishing with UIP and academic publishing more generally. Humanities faculty interested in publishing scholarly books and articles are invited to this presentation by Dr. Laurie Matheson, Director of the University of Illinois Press. The session will include plentiful tips on preparing a proposal, approaching an editor, and navigating the peer review and revision process; advice on revising a dissertation; and insights on the current, rapidly evolving publishing landscape. Bring your colleagues and your questions to this informative and enlightening session!

Laurie Matheson is the director and music acquisitions editor of the University of Illinois Press. Since arriving at the Press in 1996 she has served as editor-in-chief, acquisitions editor, and marketing copy writer, among other roles. She has acquired award winning books in a variety of fields, including music, labor history, women's history, folklore, and Appalachian studies. Matheson holds a doctorate in Music from the University of Illinois, a Masters in Music from Westminster Choir College, and a B.A. in English from Swarthmore College. She is organist and adult choir director at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Decatur, Illinois, and is active as a singer and composer, with recent appearances at the Newberry Library, Illinois State University, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.


Sat. Jan. 26 - Lions in Winter literary festival, Doudna Fine Arts Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Doudna Lecture Hall and Recital Hall. For the complete schedule and more information, go here.  


February 2019

Tues. Feb.12 - A talk by Tim Engles, "White Man, Listen!": Richard Wright's Prophetic Warnings about Angry White Men, 5 pm, Booth Library Conference Room (4440).

How did so many of today's white American men get so angry? In the 1950s, the most famous black American writer of his time, Richard Wright, offered some answers, and some predictions. Savage Holiday is Wright's gory, yet insightful novel about a rage-filled white man. Writing from a racial perspective that was necessarily insightful, Wright dramatized in this "white life novel" some of the characteristic feelings and tendencies that are still felt by many of today's domineering white men--including those displayed by a certain man who recently demanded our nation's riveted attention.

Tim Engles is the author of  White Male Nostalgia in Contemporary North American Literature (2018), in which he argues that literary fiction's interior dramas can help us understand and counteract the inner workings of deluded dominance.

Wed. Feb. 13 - English Department Faculty Meeting, noon, Coleman 3130.

Wed. Feb.13 - Teaching English as a Second Language (Here and Abroad),  4pm, English Conference Room (3732).

A panel of speakers will discuss their experiences teaching English abroad and teaching Second Language Learners here in the U.S., as well as the educational training available for those interested in this career path.  Speakers will include current and former English Department instructors and alumni: Dr. Tim Engles, Dr. Letitia Moffitt, Georgia Danos, Autumn Fryholm, and Jessica (Bayles) Starbird.

April 2019

Mon. April 1 - We Need Diverse Books, Booth 4440, 4pm

Tues. April 2 - English Studies Conference9am-5pm, 3rd Floor Coleman Hall

Mon. Apr.8 - CLAS Awards Ceremony,  12-1 pm, Dvorak Concert Hall

Wed. Apr.10 - Allen Neff Memorial Poetry Reading by Corey Van Landingham, 5 pm, Location TBA.

Wed. Apr.17 - Scholarship and Awards Tea, 3:00 pm, Tarble Arts Atrium 






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