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Spring Events

Colloquia Schedule Spring 2024

Thursday, January 18
True North: Author Reading & Book Signing with Andy Graff
4:30pm in Ness Auditorium and Hollenbeck Atrium

Friday, January 26
4:00pm in Ness Auditorium and Hollenbeck Atrium

Tuesday, February 6
Sierra Leone - Poet: "Not my dust, But my Story"
2:30pm in Shouvlin 105

Monday, February 19
Koppenhaver Lecturer: Poet & Essayist Hanif Abdurraqib 
Q&A 3:30pm in Ness Auditorium, Hollenbeck Hall
Lecture 7:00pm in Bayley Auditorium, BDK Science Center

Tuesday, March 19
Kent Brooks: "Black Musical History Blurring the Sacred vs Secular Line"
2:30pm in Shouvlin 105 (Note change of location)

Wednesday, March 27
Jane Thrailkill: "Beyond Empathy: Designing a Critical Medical Humanities Program"
7:00pm in Shouvlin 105

Tuesday, April 9
Leventhal Lecturer: Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Eli Saslow 
7:00pm in Bayley Auditorium, BDK Science Center

Friday, April 19
Senior Symposium
2:00pm in Blair Hall 101 - part of Connections Symposium

Tuesday, April 23
Literary Pub Fest and Creative Writing Capstone Reading
4:30pm in Founder's Pub


English majors must attend English department colloquia during their academic careers.

The department will offer an average of three colloquia every semester, and students are expected to attend at least one colloquium per semester. The department may occasionally designate a non-departmental colloquium as qualifying for this requirement.

Sign-in sheets will be at all English department colloquia, and attendance records will be kept in the English department office. It is the student's responsibility to sign in at each event they attend, and to keep track of their progress toward fulfilling this requirement. Information on colloquium attendance can be accessed in the English department office.

All colloquia will be advertised at the fall and spring department assemblies, as well as on the English department calendar. In addition to speakers and alumni events, the following always count as colloquia: The List defenses, the Literary Pub Fest, and Senior Symposium.

Senior Exercises/ENGL 405 Requirement:
Attendance at six colloquia is required by the end of the spring semester senior year. Students who fail to attend six colloquia will have their ENGL 405 grade dropped a third of a letter grade for each colloquium short of the requirement. Students may check in with the department administrative assistant at any time about their current number of credits, or if they have concerns about meeting this requirement.

To more fairly introduce the new requirement, majors graduating in spring 2024 only need two colloquium credits, and majors graduating in spring 2025 only need four. The class of 2026 will be the first class to have the full six-credit requirement.

Colloquia Schedule Fall 2023

Fall Fest Thursday, September 21
Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years, 1984-1992 Screening
6:00pm in Ness Auditorium and Hollenbeck Atrium

Wednesday, September 27
Dr. Tiffany Florvil lecture: "Finding May Ayim In the Wake"
4:30pm in BDK Science Center 262

Thursday, September 28
4:00pm in Ness Auditorium and Hollenbeck Atrium

Saturday, October 7
Poetry-Themed Tailgate with English Faculty
10:00am East Campus Drive

Friday, October 27
Literary Costume Party with Ghost Story Open Mic
3:00pm in Ness Auditorium 

Monday, December 11
ENGL 341: The Lyric Sequence Student Poetry Reading
5:30-7pm Ness Auditorium



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