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Department of English Language and Literature


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.

November

NOV 9 – Fall Festival of Authors - Lynda Millett

When:  Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library  (map)

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a Guggenheim fellow, Millett is the author of the ten novels, often with environmental themes, including her latest, Sweet Lamb of Heaven. She received the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction for the novel My Happy Life. 

Free and open to the public

NOV 14 – Qiana Whitted - Optical Illusions of Blackness and Embodiment in EC Comics

When:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Where: Humanities Classroom Building, Room 103  (map)

Optical Illusions of Blackness and Embodiment in EC Comics 

Qiana Whitted will explore representations of race and social protest in three “shock” comics published by the Entertaining Comics Group from the early 1950s. She considers the strengths and shortcomings of the company’s approach to challenging racial discrimination during the Korean War and early Civil Rights era against the formal and aesthetic choices of EC’s distinctive genre traditions. This talk is based on a chapter from her forthcoming book on EC for the Comics Culture series at Rutgers University Press. 

Reception to follow in the English Department Lounge

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 – Author Colson Whitehead's visit

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

Author Colson Whitehead will discuss his work and take questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public. 

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 – Author Cristina Garcia's visit

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

Author Cristina Garcia will discuss her work and take questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.