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  • August 20, 2015 1:00 pmNew Student Welcome
  • August 20, 2015 4:30 pmGrad Student Welcome Picnic
  • August 24, 2015Fall semester begins
  • August 27, 2015 5:30 pmEnglish Department High Table event
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Queer black writers cause stir in American consciousness

The 1920s was a dynamic, voltaic, energizing and boisterous period of our nation’s history — even more so for an African-American community that was reeling from the aftermath of slavery, emancipation, racist politics of the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacist regimes of Jim Crow segregation, the end of World War I, race riots, and mass migration into Harlem. Many black…

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English graduate conference on visions of self and space

Join English graduate students for their course conference entitled, "Transformative Horizons: A Graduate English Conference on Visions of Self and Space," Thursday, May 7, 9am-5pm in the British Studies Room, 5th Floor Norlin Library. The conference, which represents the hard work of 24 CU English graduate students, covers a variety of exciting topics — from the T.V.…

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Job Marketing Info for Graduate Students

Paul Youngquist and Janice Ho are hosting a job market information meeting on Tuesday, May 5, from 11am to 1pm in Hellems 104.  The meeting will be in two parts: The first hour is an open Q&A session for any graduate student (both MAs and PhDs) interested in finding out more about the job market and how to think about professionalization over the course of your…

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2015 Graduate Conference: Song, Sound, and Literary Studies

Please join the students of ENGL 5109 and ENGL 7179 for their joint graduate conference “Song, Sound, and Literary Studies” on April 20, 22, 27, and 29 from 2-4:30 each day.  Panels on Monday, April 20 and 27 will be in the Center for British and Irish Studies; panels on Wednesday, April 22 and 29 will be at Innisfree Bookstore and Cafe (1203 13th Street).  Light…

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Judith Roof to speak on gender id

Professor Judith Roof will give a public lecture titled, Gender: What It Is, What It Does, on Friday, May 1 at 4pm, UMC 247. Professor Roof will also teach a seminar for faculty and graduate students titled, "Why Sexual Difference" from 10-noon on May 1, UMC Room 425. The seminar will address why and to what effect American culture constantly conflates gender and sexual…

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Code Switching and Recoding Language

The CU Creative Writing Association, with the support of the Cultural Events Board and the CU English Department, invites you to join us for our fantastic upcoming panel & reading event on Monday, April 6 from 7-9pm at the Fiske Planetarium. Featured artists Mykki Blanco, Jennifer Tamayo, and Cathy Linh Che will be performing their work and discussing their encounters…

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Talks rethink geographies of transamerican and American literary studies

  Guest lecturers Kirsten Silva Gruesz, professor of Literature at the University of California Santa Cruz, and Michelle Burnham, professor and chair of English at Santa Clara University, discuss issues of migration in the 19th century from Central America and across the oceans, and particularly how that migration has shaped and influenced…

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Bruce Kawin: Starting Over

April 1, 2015:  A chapbook of 22 short poems called Starting Over, Bruce Kawin's latest work, is published by Omerta Books (San Francisco). Copies of the book are available on Omerta's website, or at Innisfree Bookstore after April 16. Join Bruce for a reading of selections from his book on Thursday, April 16, 7pm at…

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Spring 2015 Commencement

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students at the English Department's Commencement ceremony, Friday, May 8, 2015 in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. We will host a casual reception at 10:30am; program will begin at 11:30am. Our keynote speaker is Selah Saterstrom, and our undergraduate valedictorian is Lauren Thurman. CU-Boulder's Commencement…

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Brian Caraher to give graduate seminar on “Finnegans Wake”

Graduate Seminar: 'Combarative embottled history' or 'Drumming Before the Twelfth':Uncorking "Finnegans Wake" 140.8--141.7 and 398.29--399.28' Open to faculty, graduate students, and upper division undergraduates Abstract: This seminar will explore some of the linguistic play, regional accents, literary texture and cultural politics of two passages from James Joyce's…

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Well-known Joycean Brian Caraher argues case for Thomas Moore as enlightened poet

Cosmopolitanism, Transatlantic Poetics and Multi-cultural Politics of Thomas Moore's Melodies Abstract: This talk will explore the problematic reception and reputation of Thomas Moore in post-partition Ireland and beyond.  It will consider some recent initiatives to recover and reconsider Moore and will argue a case for Moore as an enlightened, cosmopolitan…

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Dr. Katherine Hayles ponders water properties

Second lecture in the English Graduate Student Council's spring speaker series: Dr. Katherine Hayles (How We Became Posthuman, Writing Machines) speaks on "Nonconscious Cognition and Material Processes," Wednesday, April 15 at 4:30pm in the Center for British and Irish Studies (5th floor Norlin). Prof. Hayles will also teach a seminar for graduate students interested in…

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Guest lecturer Jed Esty exposes open society

Mark your calendars for the following talk by Prof. Jed Esty titled, "White Invasions: Conrad, Nabokov, and the Imperial Open Society."  The event will take place on Friday, April 24, at the Gates Woodruff Cottage, 4:30pm.  (The later time is to ensure that the event doesn't clash with the Digital Humanities Speaker Series scheduled for 3pm on the same day.)   There…

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Jack Halberstam speaks out on queer issues

CU-Boulder is proud to announce two upcoming talks featuring Jack Halberstam, Professor of English and Director of The Center for Feminist Research at the University of Southern California (USC). Halberstam is the author of Female Masculinity and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the Edge of Normal, and is currently working on a project about queer anarchy tentatively titled…

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Creative Writing Reading Series presents faculty reading

Creative writing faculty members Julie Carr, Noah Eli Gordon and Ruth Ellen Kocher present excerpts of their work for the Creative Writing Reading Series on Tuesday, April 21, 7:30pm in the British Studies Room, Norlin Library. Julie Carr Julie Carr is the author of Mead: An Epithalamion (University of Georgia Press, 2004), selected by Cole Swensen for the University of…

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Reading by Lisa Fishman and Sandra Simonds

 The Creative Writing Reading Series welcomes Lisa Fishman, author of Dear, Read, and Sandra Simonds, author of Warsaw Bikini, for a presentation on Thursday, April 16, 7:30pm in the British Studies Room, Norlin Library M549. Sarah Jedd will introduce speakers. Lisa Fishman Influenced by the British Romantic poets and the pastoral tradition, Lisa Fishman composes…

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Reading by Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson, author of Windeye and Fugue State, joins the Creative Writing Reading Series on Monday, April 20, 7:30pm in the British Studies Room, Norlin Library M549. Brian Evenson Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and the novel Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were…

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Literary Buffs events

Interested in exploring the literary world both on and off campus? Join a fun, lively group of fellow undergraduate students for activities and events that will stimulate your literary senses and create helpful connections.  The Literary Buffs meet every Thursday from 4-5pm in EDUC 136. Everyone is welcome to attend — no pressure to join (although we like new members).…

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3rd Annual Medieval Poetry Night coming soon!

Hear poetry in original medieval languages performed by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate medievalists! You may hear Latin, Old English, Old Norse, Middle English, Medieval Welsh, Old Irish--hwa secgan maeg (who can…

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English Department launches the first Annual Doug Burger Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Literature this March

February 2015 — The CU-Boulder English Department will host the first ever Annual Doug Burger Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Literature on Tuesday, March 10, to honor and recognize retired professor Doug Burger’s remarkable achievements and contributions throughout his years with the university. The event takes place in the British Studies Room, Norlin Library…

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Creative Writing Reading Series presents Gillian Conoley

The Creative Writing Reading series graduate student group presents author Gillian Conoley, who will read on Thursday, Feb 26, 2015, at 7:30pm in Humanities 150. Conoley is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Peace (2014), The Plot Genie (2009), Profane Halo (2005), Lovers In The Used World (2001), and Tall Stranger (1991), a finalist for the National Book…

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Doug Burger Lecture Series 2015

On Tuesday, March 10, the English Department is kicking off the First Annual Doug Burger Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Literature to honor Doug Burger, a much-loved professor. There will be a reception at 4 pm in the British and Irish Studies Room (Norlin Library), followed by a talk at 5 pm by David Aers of Duke University. Aers's talk will explore one of the grand…

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EGSC presents Amitava Kumar, “Ah, the deadening language of academia!”

The English Graduate Student Council features Amitava Kumar, Professor of English at Vassar College, as their Spring Speaker Series guest. In his talk, “Ah, the deadening language of academia!”, Kumar will discuss the state of academic style and writing as well as read from his book, A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna. Please join EGSC in welcoming Amitava…

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WIP: Touching/Feeling the Past

WIP: “Touching/Feeling the Past: Material Emotions and Embodied Time in Early Modern History”

Feb 11, 2015: Don't miss the first WIP of the Spring semester! Melanie Lo will be reading her paper: “Touching/Feeling the Past: Material Emotions and Embodied Time in Early Modern History”. WIP will be held in the Dilts Lounge from 11:30 to 12:30pm today! Stop by for what is sure to be a great paper and some delicious…

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Non-Academic Job Training Series for Graduate Students

Part 1: Transferring Academic Skills to the Non-Academic Job Search Tuesday, February 17 3:30-5pm UMC Art Gallery Join Career Services' Graduate Student Program Manager, Annie Piatt, as she discusses what skills employers want. This interactive workshop will focus on how to identify skills you have gained during graduate school that are transferable to the non-academic…

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Genders’ Future Tense two-day conference showcases emerging work

Genders' Future Tense conference features four 45-minute addresses on each of two days, followed by roundtable discussions, film screenings, and performances. The conference seeks to address the pasts and possible futures of “genders” as an analytical tool in itself, as well as one that invariably finds expression through a labile nexus of allied categories. The…

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The Gutter! graduate student group discusses X-Men and Y: The Last Man

We'd like to invite you to join us in The Gutter!  First meeting will be next Thursday, January 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Mabel Van Duzee room in Norlin. "The Gutter" is a graduate student reading group that provides a space for graduate English students to critically read and discuss comics, as well as workshop their writing in the field of comics.  The Gutter's…

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Stephen Graham Jones signs new book at Boulder Book Store

January 2015: Stephen Graham Jones will discuss and sign his latest book, After the People Lights Have Gone Off, at Boulder Book Store on Wednesday, January 21, 7:30pm. About the Book: The fifteen stories in After the People Lights Have Gone Off explore the horrors and fears of the supernatural and the everyday by one of our most beloved horror writers, Stephen Graham…

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MFA grad student Bird Marathe performs literary work

Join MFA student Bird Marathe Tues, Dec 2, 2014, 7pm for "The Spider Will Die: A Literary Reading" at the Henderson Natural History Museum, Paleontology Hall. Introduction by Hector…

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EnglishConnects! with Yuri Chicovsky

Join our web conference, English Connects, this week Thursday at 4pm for discussion with English alum and savvy artistic entrepreneur, Yuri Chicovsky. For a lively, personable and helpful conversation (especially if you are interested in exploring a nontraditional path), log in right from your computer, wherever you are. (See directions below.) Start networking now! Yuri…

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Native American and Indigenous Studies Research Talk

Please join us for this Native American and Indigenous Studies lunchtime research talk by visiting scholar Aurélie Roy. Aurélie A. Roy is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Columbia University. Her dissertation examines Indian law practice and the protection of Indian sovereignty through the use of American and international law in the post-Civil Rights era. Her talk is…

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Dahlia Porter on “How to Get Out of Your Self: Detached Organs and Poetic Dissection”

Consider attending an exciting guest lecture sponsored by the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Reading Group: Dr. Dahlia Porter, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at University of North Texas will speak Thursday, 11/6 at 4:30 PM in the Mabel Van Duzee Room (Norlin N424B). In "How to Get Out of Yourself: Detached Organs and Poetic Dissection," Dr. Porter…

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Diversity in the Profession

Faculty Q&A with Adam Bradley, Cheryl Higashida, Janice Ho, and Maria Windell Informal panel discussing all things related to diversity in the profession. English Graduate students, email us your own questions for these panelists ahead of time, inquiring about anything from the faculty members’ experiences on the job market to methods of addressing diversity in…

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Creative Writing Reading Series: Lucy Corin

Lucy Corin is a fiction writer and the author of two short story collections—One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney's Books, 2013) and The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books, 2007)—and the novel Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2 in 2004). Her work has appeared in journals such as American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, The Southern Review,…

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FC2 Anniversary Reading: Lance Olsen and Michael Mejia

The Creative Writing Reading Series presents the FC2 Anniversary Reading with Lance Olsen and Michael Mejia Friday October 24, Paleontology Hall, CU Museum of Natural History, 7:30PM Lance Olsen is author of twelve novels, one hypertext, five nonfiction works, five short-story collections, a poetry chapbook, and two anti-textbooks about innovative writing, as well as…

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Medieval Materiality: A Conference on the Life and Afterlife of Things

This national conference brings together scholars from across the disciplines of history, art history, and languages and literatures to reflect on and converse about what some have called the "material turn" in medieval studies. This term refers to the recent flourishing of interest in materiality -- both the objects themselves (books, relics, inventories) and what their…

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“Reading Breaking Bad” premiers at Homecoming 2014

October 2014: Professor Richelle Munkoff will present a one-hour workshop based on her class, Reading Breaking Bad, to participants attending Homecoming festivities on Friday, October 24. The workshop is the first time an English Department class makes its debut as part of the "beside football" activities that the Alumni Association offers to alumni and guests on…

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Suzanne Heintz brings mannequin “family” to campus

Many people think Suzanne Heintz is crazy.  The 1987 CU-Boulder alumna got tired of dealing with the question, "Why aren't you married?” after she graduated. So, she decided to buy a mannequin husband and daughter, and for the last 14 years she has traveled all over to photograph special Kodak moments with her "family." Why? Because she has something important to say…

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Guest speaker Diana Maltz offers advice on Broadview Editions

Since the mid-1990s, Broadview Editions have profoundly enhanced the way we teach literature at the university level. They differ from Penguin Classics and Oxford World Classics paperbacks through their inclusion of social and historical appendices at the end of the primary text. These appendices illuminate cultural issues and debates from the time period of the novel, and…

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How to apply to graduate school

English professors Janice Ho, Karim Mattar, and Maria Windell, as well as graduate students Alex Corey and Allison Shelton will speak to undergraduates about the practical mechanics of applying to graduate school. They will discuss topics such as: How do you write a successful statement of purpose? How important are GRE scores? Whom do you ask for a letter of…

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Creative Writing Reading Series: M. NourbeSe Philip

NourbeSe Philip is a poet and writer and lawyer who lives in Toronto. She is the author of five collections of poetry and two novels, as well as various essays, dramatic pieces, and short stories. Her most recent collection of poetry, Zong! (Weslyan University Press & The Mercury Press, 2008) is an extended poetry cycle based on a legal decision at the end of the…

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Marilyn Krysl speaks about new book at Boulder Bookstore

Retired English faculty Marilyn Krysl will speak about and sign her new book, Yes, There Will Be Singing. Yes, There Will Be Singing brings together Marilyn Krysl's essays on the origins of language and poetry, poetic form, the poetry of witness, and poetry's collaboration with the healing arts. Beginning with pieces on her own origins as a poet, she branches into…

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Creative Writing Reading series: Rae Armantrout reads poetry

  Rae Armantrout, one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, stands apart from other Language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the interior and the domestic. Her short-lined poems are often concerned with dismantling conventions of memory, pop culture, science, and mothering, and these unsparing interrogations are often…

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Jeff Cox honored at Professor of Distinction reception

You are invited to attend the College of Arts and Sciences Professors of Distinction Lectures and Reception, Tuesday, Sept 16, 4-5pm, in Old Main Chapel. (Reception following at 5pm in the CU Heritage Museum in Old Main.) CU Boulder's College of Arts & Sciences has named Jeff Cox Professor of Distinction for 2014. The honor is reserved for scholars and artists of…

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Technology of the past at the MAL

The motto of the Media Archaeology Lab (MAL) is that “the past must be lived so that the present can be seen.” Nearly all digital media labs are conceived of as a place for experimental research using the most up-to-date, cutting-edge tools available. By contrast, the MAL – which is the largest of its kind in North America – is a place for cross-disciplinary…

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Paul Levitt’s new novel, “The Denouncer”

Paul Levitt reads and discusses selections from his recent book, The Denouncer, at the Boulder Book Store on Thursday, August 28, 7:30pm. Book Synopsis Denunciation became so commonplace under Stalin that people regarded it as their patriotic duty to spy on others and even expose members of their own family. The original Bolsheviks, for reasons of ideological purity, put…

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MAL presents Swedish visual artist and poet, Johannes Heldén

Thanks to the generous support of the CU Department of English and with the support of the Swedish Arts Grants committee, the Media Archaeology Lab (MAL) is delighted to host Swedish visual artist and poet, Johannes Heldén, for an upcoming artist residency. Johannes will be in the MAL from Saturday, September 13 to Wednesday, September 17. Below, is Johannes’ description…

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Works in Progress/WIP

The Works-in-Progress Colloquium (or WIP) is an ongoing series of presentations, sponsored by the English Graduate Student Council (EGSC), designed to workshop and showcase graduate work in all theoretical fields and historical periods. Through the WIP Colloquium Series, we aim to increase discussion and engagement between the sub-disciplines represented in the English…

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Awarding-winning Chicano Queer writer, Michael Nava, reads from The City of Palaces

Michael Nava is a lawyer and novelist. His Henry Rios novels, published between 1988 and 2000, followed the life and cases of a gay criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles during the tumultuous period of the AIDS epidemic and the movement for gay rights. In 2000, he was awarded the Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBT literature. Previously he was awarded six…

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Human Mercy and the Sense of Touch in King Lear and The Tempest AUDIO AVAILABLE

FIRST guest professor Ralph Williams enlightened an audience of Shakespearean aficionados with his talk on how Shakespeare used the sense of touch to convey a deeper meaning. For full audio of his presentation, hit play on the audio file below. Join the English Department's Faculty in Residence Summer Term (FIRST) guest Ralph Williams for an illuminating discussion about…

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What Henry Percy Saw: Prophecy, Providence, and Politics in Shakespeare’s History Plays

Join the English Department's Faculty in Residence Summer Term (FIRST) guest Ralph Williams for an illuminating discussion about Shakespeare's history plays. Professor William is an award-winning faculty member from the University of Michigan. He is much loved by his students, and his presentation style promises to keep you engaged. Reception 5 PM; Talk 5:30 • Wed July…

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Synodoches: Parts for the Whole

The Media Archaeology Lab's current artist-in-residence, Mark Franz presents  a sound collage using machines in the MAL. Saturday June 7,  7-8pm at 1320 Grandview Ave. in Boulder. Mark's work, Synecdoches: Parts for the Whole, highlights how individual technologies express characteristic qualities by virtue of their unique designs. By referencing the interconnected…

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Faculty Showcase

Don’t miss the Faculty Showcase this week Friday in the British Studies Room, 5th floor Norlin Library. It’s a rare chance to hear from 16 members of our talented literature and creative writing faculty and ask questions about their work. Program: Panel 1: 9:00-10:20 am Tiffany Beechy, “Letterplay, Wordplay, and Poetics in Medieval Grammatical Culture” Ben…

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Dr. Gail Kern Paster Shares Shakespeare

The Center for British and Irish Studies and the Center for Western Civilization present two events with Dr. Gail Kern Paster, Director Emerita, Folger Shakespeare Library and Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly: Wednesday, April 16, 7:00pm, Center for British and Irish Studies (Norlin M549): a talk for faculty, students, and the general public as part of the College of Arts…

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