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2019-2020 English Department Events

As of spring break 2020, all public events previously scheduled to be held by the EIU English Department have been cancelled through the end of April. Booth Library has also cancelled the Comic Con, which English faculty were cooperating with, and which would have included a screenwriting workshop with alumnus Craig Titley.








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. 

Thurs. Nov. 7 - International Community Coffee Hour, 4:30-5:30 pm, SweeTea'z Tea Shop across from Old Main. The Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity (ICGD) in collaboration with the International Students and Scholars Office is sponsoring an international community coffee hour. Please come and meet EIU international students and strike up a global friendship. Students, faculty, staff, and Charleston community members are welcome.

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.

Mon. Jan. 27 - Undergraduate Dramatic Literature/Theatre History Research Symposium, 7 pm, Doudna Lecture Hall, an academic panel featuring outstanding undergraduate research      

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 

Thurs. Feb. 27 - Nancy Hennings Memorial Poetry Reading, 6:00 pm, Bob's Bookstore, 303 Lincoln Ave. Our featured poet is Calista Buchen. Other readers will be James Engelhardt and Aumaine Rose Gruich. 


March 2020

Mar. 16-27 - Spring Break/no classes 

Weds. Mar. 25 - Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, 6:30 pm, Coleman Auditorium. CANCELED

Thurs. Mar. 26 - Nancy Hennings Memorial Reading, 6:00 pm, Bob's Bookstore, 303 Lincoln Ave. Valerie Vogrin will read from her new book of fiction. More information about other writers/readers forthcoming. CANCELED


April 2020

Mon. Apr. 6 - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony, noon to 1 pm, Dvorak stage, Doudna Fine Arts Center

Tues. Apr. 7 - English Student Conference, 3rd floor of Coleman Hall CANCELED

Weds. Apr. 15 - English Department Awards Tea, 3:00 pm, Tarble Arts Atrium   CANCELED


May 2020









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