Upcoming Events By Year
Thursday, January 26, 2017
There is a Q&A with Claudia at 3:30 pm on January 26th in room 100-104 McKenna Hall--Everyone is welcome!
This biannual literary event commemorates our esteemed colleague, the poet, scholar and teacher, Ernest Sandeen. A distinguished senior poet is invited to give the reading and selects a younger poet to read alongside him or her, thus honoring both Ernest Sandeen’s accomplishment as a poet and his many decades of mentorship at the University of Notre Dame. In this spirit, Claudia Rankine…
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Reading at the University of Notre Dame by the 2016 Sparks Prize Winner, Kyle Muntz
Kyle Muntz will read Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Hammes Campus Bookstore on Notre Dame. The reading begins at 7:30 PM. It is free and open to the public.
Kyle Muntz is the author of five novels: Scary People…
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Luis Bravo, Javier Etchevarren, and Virginia Lucas will read, Feburary 15, 2017, at Hammes Campus Bookstore on Notre Dame. The reading begins at . It is free and open to the public.…
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Michael Collins will read Wednesday, Feburary 22, 2017, at Hammes Campus Bookstore on Notre Dame. The reading begins at 7:00 PM. It is free and open to the public.
Michael Collins is the author of ten works of fiction. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. His novel The Keepers of Truth…
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Thomson Guster, Erik-John Fuhrer, Ingabirano Nintunze, and Grace Polleys.
Erik-John Fuhrer dominates the blank space with sickness and nightmares that morph into animals. Slanderous, his dog says.
Thomson Guster is a fiction writer, or he might be fiction, or he might be a clone of a fiction writer. We aren’t sure yet.…
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Gregory Howard will read Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Hammes Campus Bookstore on Notre Dame. The reading begins at 7 PM. It is free and open to the public.
Gregory Howard teaches creative writing, contemporary literature, and film studies at the University of Maine. His first novel Hospice…
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Barry Lopez was born in 1945 in Port Chester, New York. He grew up in Southern California and New York City and attended college in the Midwest before moving to Oregon, where he has lived since 1968. He is an essayist, author, and short-story writer, and has traveled extensively in remote and populated parts of the world.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Hilary Plum is the author of the work of nonfiction Watchfires (Rescue Press, 2016) and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). Recent prose and criticism has appeared in Full Stop, Bookforum, the Seneca Review, Poetry Northwest, the Massachusetts Review…
Friday, March 24, 2017
The year's final meeting of the American Area Seminar, will be held Friday, March 24, from 12:15-1:45 in 106 O'Shaughnessy Hall. Jarvis McInnis will be speaking on "Plantation Futures: Marcus Garvey, Booker T. Washington, and the Literary Economies of the Global Black South."
While it is well known that Marcus Garvey was committed to the industrial and commercial development of the black world, scholars have paid less attention to the significance of agriculture, and particularly the plantation, within his project. Inspired by Booker T. Washington’s uplift philosophy and the United Fruit Company’s vast fruit plantations, Garvey envisioned linking black-owned plantations in the Caribbean and Africa with factories in the US as the basis for establishing a global black cooperative. Drawing on scholarship in Caribbean Studies that establishes the plantation as a site of domination on the one hand, and the genesis of black modernity on the other, this paper will explore what it means that Garvey imagined a black agrarian and industrial future that left the plantation intact.…
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Our lecturer this year is the celebrated American poetics scholar, poet and lyric theorist Hank Lazer, who will be speaking about one of Rowan Williams's most recent books,The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language (2014). This spring's lecture and workshop form part of an ongoing conversation which will continue next year when Williams himself (the former Archbishop of Canterbury and renowned theologian) will be our 2018 Religion & Literature…
Abigail Burns pursues punching prose profusely perpetuating powerful people.
Madison McCartha finds the insidious in the whimsical, a voice that is jeering yet insecure, the duplicity of the bully and the trickster.
Daniel Tharp’s prose has been described as sociopathic, yet realistic. Its good authorial intent is never considered by scholars.…
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The English Department is pleased to announce the 2017 Yusko Ward-Phillips Lecture, "War, Race, and Empire in the Anthropocene: Some Occluded Aspects of Climate Change," by acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh. Amitav Ghosh will speak at 4:00 pm Tuesday, April 4, in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business. The 2017 Yusko Ward-Phillips Lecture is presented jointly as the 23rd Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy for the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. This event is free and open to the public.…
War, Race and Empire in the Anthropocene: Some Occluded Aspects of Climate Change
Acclaimed Indian novelist
The fact that the discussion of climate change has largely been centered in Western universities has skewed the discourse in certain directions. Since much of it is produced by scientists, engineers and economists the subject has widely come to be conceptualized as essentially an economic problem which can be dealt with through technological and technocratic fixes. Those who take a more political approach, like Naomi Klein and George Monbiot, also conceive of the issue in economic terms, framing it in relation to capitalism or neo-liberalism. These frameworks tend to exclude many of the overarching cultural, political, geographical and historical contexts of global warming. This talk poses the question: what other frameworks could be relevant to this subject?…
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
4th Annual Poetry Slam @the Snite
An open mic session will kick the event off from 5 – 5:30 p.m., with the Slam starting at 5:00 p.m.
A poetry slam is a competitive event in which individual poets perform their work and are judged by random members of the audience. The rules for the competition are simple. Poems can be on any subject and in any style but must be original creations of the performers. Each poem must take less than three minutes to perform, and these performances may not use props, costumes, musical accompaniment, or memorization aids. Each poet will go through two rounds of performances. Judges are selected from the audience to rate each performed poem on the basis of the presentation of the poem and its content. In each of the two rounds of scoring, the highest and lowest of the judges’ scores are thrown out, and a tabulator calculates each contestant’s score. The third round consists of the top 5 scores (competitors) from round one and two.…
The 5th Annual WHAM! BAM! POETRY SLAM! will be held on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 from 5:00–7:30 PM at the Snite Museum of Art.
A preliminary round was held on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at 2:00 PM.
The WHAM! BAM! POETRY SLAM! is a poetry competition at the University of Notre Dame that, although relatively young, was instantly a classic from its onset, among both locals and people from across the U.S. The talent, the emotion and the artistry can only be paralleled with the congenial yet competitive atmosphere that is unique to the WHAM! BAM! POETRY SLAM!…
Friday, April 7, 2017
You are invited to celebrate the acclaimed poetics scholarship of Professor Stephen Fredman at an event held in honor of his retirement: “Thinking Poetically.” The event will be held April 7, 2017, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Notre Dame Conference Center at McKenna Hall (room 210-214), followed by a reception.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Moonseok Choi’s poetry considers the tattered world, and asks, “Where do I stand? Where should I go?” Probably to snuggle his poodle back at Korea.
If placed on a map of the universe, Daniel Uncapher’s fiction could be triangulated somewhere between Yoknapatawpha County, Jupiter’s third ring, and Prague-Žižkov; however, if you are looking for Daniel, he is right here at Notre Dame.…
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Join distinguished Anglo-Saxonists Hal Momma, Leslie Lockett, and Drew Jones for a talk on current trends in Anglo-Saxon studies. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
There will be a pre-reading reception at 6:15 PM at 204 McKenna Hall, West Lounge, McKenna in the area where the ILS/Julian Zamora Library is located.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Allan Hepburn: "The Novel and the Parish: Barbara Pym’s Parochialisms"
Allan Hepburn is James McGill Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature at McGill University. He is the author of Intrigue: Espionage and Culture and Enchanted Objects: Visual Art in Contemporary Literature. In addition to two essay collections—one about inheritance and narrative fiction, the other about citizenship and rights in twentieth-century novels—he has edited four volumes of archival and little-known works by Elizabeth Bowen. He co-edits the “Oxford Mid-Century Series” at Oxford University Press.…
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Second year students of the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame will be reading five-minute selections from their final theses on Sunday April 30th, 2017 at 3:00 PM in the Eck Center Auditorium.
Zachary Anderson hails from Cheyenne, Wyoming. He received BA degrees in English and French from the University of Wyoming, and an MA in literature, writing a thesis on race and Beat Generation masculinities. His poetry projects are anxiety-ridden explorations of gender performance, late capitalism, constructions of wilderness, the rural, and the gothic.…
Thursday, May 4, 2017
This event will celebrate the 2017 English Honors Concentrators and each of the following students will be giving short presentations about their English Honors Theses.
Free Breakfast foods and beverages will be provided!
2017 English Concentrators:
2017 Graduating Creative Writing Honors Concentrators will be reading selections from their thesis.
Dakota Connell-Ledwon: Dakota Connell-Ledwon’s addiction to stories began when she was a child. An immediate result was a particularly engrossing library book slipping out of her hands and into a toilet. A longer-term result has been Dakota’s persistent exploration of the art of storytelling. She has produced multiple short documentaries and has written for local and national news organizations, but she always finds herself returning to creative writing. Her thesis, “Empty Air,” explores connections between loss, humor, and the supernatural. …