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Events and Activities

The Department of English Language and Literature is home to a dynamic group of scholars who regularly share their expertise with others. Many of our events and activities are free and open to the public, and we encourage you to get involved.

MARCH 5-7
-Maxy Visiting Fellow:   LESLEY NINEKE ARIMAH

When: TBA
Where: Room TBA

Arimah is a writer of rapidly growing prominence, whose 2017 short story collection "What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky" is seemingly on everyone's "Best Of" list and which just won a Kirkus Prize.

MARCH 22
-Talk by Raphael Dalleo

When: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Where:
Room/Times TBA

Dalleo is Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University and author (most recently) of American Imperialism’s Undead: The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anticolonialism. Sponsored by the Walker Institute’s Caribbean Studies Working Group.

MARCH 26
-Open Book:   Talk on The Underground Railroad

When: 6 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2018
Where: Capstone Campus Room

Elise Blackwell will discuss The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead as the Open Book Series opens. The event is free and open to the public. 

MARCH 28
-Open Book 2018:   COLSON WHITEHEAD

When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Where: Capstone Campus Room

Colson Whitehead (born November 6, 1969) is an American novelist. He is the author of six novels, including his debut work, the 1999 novel The Intuitionist, and The Underground Railroad (2016), for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has also published two books of non-fiction. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Fellowship ("Genius Grant").

All talks and author appearances run 6-7 p.m., including time for questions, in the Campus Room of the Capstone Building. Author appearances are followed by refreshments and book signing. Seating is first come, first served. All events are free and open to all, including students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.

 

APRIL 2
-Open Book:   Talk on King of Cuba

When: 6 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2018
Where: Capstone Campus Room

Joshua Jelly-Shapiro will discuss the King of Cuba by Cristina Garcia. The event is free and open to the public. 

APRIL 4
-Open Book 2018:   CRISTINA GARCIA

When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Where: Capstone Campus Room

Cristina García (born July 4, 1958) is a Cuban-born American journalist and novelist. After working for Time Magazine as a researcher, reporter, and Miami bureau chief, she turned to writing fiction. Her first novel, Dreaming in Cuban (1992), received critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has since published her novels The Agüero Sisters (1997) and Monkey Hunting (2003), and has edited books of Cuban and other Latin American literature. Her fourth novel, A Handbook to Luck, was released in hardcover in 2007 and came out in paperback in April 2008.

All talks and author appearances run 6-7 p.m., including time for questions, in the Campus Room of the Capstone Building. Author appearances are followed by refreshments and book signing. Seating is first come, first served. All events are free and open to all, including students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.

APRIL 11
-Open Book 2018:   ANTHONY MARRA

When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Where: Capstone Campus Room

Anthony Marra attended high school at the Landon School, and graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa with an MFA. In 2009, he attended the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He was a 2011–2013 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Currently, he teaches at Stanford University as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA. He has contributed pieces to The Atlantic, Narrative Magazine, and MAKE Magazine. His debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was published in May 2013 by Hogarth.

All talks and author appearances run 6-7 p.m., including time for questions, in the Campus Room of the Capstone Building. Author appearances are followed by refreshments and book signing. Seating is first come, first served. All events are free and open to all, including students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.

April 13
-INK! Conference

When:  April 13, 2018, Time TBA
Where: Room TBA

So, INK! is the Undergraduate English Association. The all-day conference is an opportunity for undergraduate students to present scholarly or creative work to an audience of peers and professors. For students wishing to submit for the conference, the link is https://garnetgate.sa.sc.edu/submitter/form/start/159424

APRIL 18
-Open Book 2018:   JUAN FELIPE HERRERA

When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Where: Capstone Campus Room

Juan Felipe Herrera (born December 27, 1948) Fowler, California is a poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher, and activist. Herrera was the United States Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017.

Herrera's experiences as the child of migrant farmers have strongly shaped his work a lot, such as the children's book Calling the Doves, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award in 1997. Community and art have always been part of what has driven Herrera, beginning in the mid-seventies, when he was director of the Centro Cultural de la Raza, an occupied water tank in Balboa Park that had been converted into an arts space for the community.

All talks and author appearances run 6-7 p.m., including time for questions, in the Campus Room of the Capstone Building. Author appearances are followed by refreshments and book signing. Seating is first come, first served. All events are free and open to all, including students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.