Colloquia Schedule

Colloquium Policy

English majors must attend at least eight English Department colloquia during their academic careers.  The Department will offer an average of four colloquia every semester and may occasionally designate a non-departmental colloquium as qualifying for this requirement.

Attendance will be taken 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 he or she attends, and to keep track of his/her progress towards fulfilling this requirement. Information on colloquium attendance can be accessed in the English Department office.

Amongst the new and ever-changing list of speakers and presenters, visiting authors and inspiring lecturers are annual events in the English Department (dear and recurring friends on the colloquium schedule): The List, The Read-A-Thon, and The Matchbook Poetry project.

Colloquium Schedule 2018-2019

Colloquia Schedule Fall 2018

Wednesday, September 5
4:00 pm in Ness Auditorium and Hollenbeck Atrium – arrive by 4:30 for pictures
*note: colloquium credit not offered for this event

Wednesday, September 5
Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
A documentary about the organizer of the March on Washington
7:00 pm in Shouvlin 201
A discussion will follow the film led by panelists: Dr. Julius Bailey, Philosophy; Dr. ShaDawn Battle, English; and Olivia Montgomery, of the Springfield NAACP and chair of the LGBTQIA Task Force of Ohio

Friday, September 7
Bayard Rustin & Gay Networks in the Civil Rights Movement: a presentation by Dr. Jared Leighton
11:45am in Shouvlin 105
Respondents are: Dr. John D’Emilio, author of Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin; and Walter Naegle, Bayard Rustin’s partner

Thursday, September 27
Bob Davis – “Sacred Play: The Spirituality of Walden
4:30pm in Ness Auditorium, Hollenbeck Hall

Wednesday, October 3
Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound (Witt Series Koppenhaver Literary Lecture)
4:30 pm and 7:30pm in Bayley Auditorium, BDK Science Center

Wednesday, October 31
Literary Halloween Costume Party
(Dress and be able to speak knowledgeably as a literary character/author for colloquium credit)
4:00 in Ness Auditorium, Hollenbeck Hall

Thursday, November 1
Shuly Cawood, Class of ’91: “Detours and Back-Up Plans: Life Lessons of a Writer”
1:00 pm and 2:45pm in Hollenbeck Hall 124

Thursday, November 15
The List
6:30 pm in Founders Pub

Thursday, December 6
What Can You Do With an English Major?
6:30pm in Founders Pub

Colloquia Schedule Spring 2019

January and February events TBD

Thursday, March 28
Literary Pub Fest
6:30 pm in Founders Pub

Friday, April 19
Senior Symposium in Hollenbeck Hall

Thursday, April 25
Creative Writing Capstone Senior Showcase
4:30 pm location TBD