English Department Events

Annual Departmental Events

Spring 2018

Past Events:

Thursday, January 18, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium. Terese Mailhot, Tecumseh Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of English, will have a reading and reception, a kind of book launch, for her forthcoming memoir, Heart Berries.

Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm, Honors Hall, Honors College.  Viewing of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," from visionary director Julie Taymor.  (Sponsored by the Department of English Big Read, the Honors College, and the Purdue Libraries)

Thursday, January 25, 6:00 pm, Hiler Theater, WALC 1055.  "Stone Soup" (a regional Shakespeare touring group) presents a sneak peak of Season 8 including a rehearsal and staged reading from Taming of the Shrew.  Open to all.  Audience interaction and feedback encouraged!  (Sponsored by the Department of English Big Read and Stone Soup Touring Group)

Thursday, February 1, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 1, Jennifer Freeman Marshall, Assistant Professor of English & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts, will be speaking on Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board)

Thursday, February 8, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 2, P. Ryan Schneider, Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts, will be speaking on Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board)

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium. The 2017-2018 Purdue University Literary Reading Series presents author Carmen Maria Machado. Machado's book, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. Q&A to be held at 4:30pm in WALC 1132. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 15, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 3, Patricia Boling, Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, will be speaking on Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board)

Thursday, February 22, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 4, Gordon G. McNickle, Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, will be speaking on Elizabeth Colbert’s The Sixth Extinction. (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board)

March 19-23, Patti and Rusty Rueff Gallery, Pao Hall.  From the Dissection Lab:  A & D Faculty and Students Respond to Poet Mariannes Boruch's Cadaver, Speak.  (Reception on March 20th, 4:30-6:30 pm)

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 pm, Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.  "Cadaver Speak:  Poetry and Performance from the Dissection Lab"

Monday, March 26, 4:30 pm, Stewart Center 314.  "Compunction and Conversion in Henry James’s The Altar of the Dead, " by Professor Ann Astell.  This lecture is free and open to the public. (Sponsored by the Religious Studies Program and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue, the Thomas Aquinas, Metanexus, and Frank J. Lewis Foundations, and the English Department at Purdue)

Thursday, March 29, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium, Room 140. The 2017-2018 Purdue University Literary Reading series presents poets Vievee Francis and Matthew Olzmann.  Sycamore Review will host a joint Q&A at 4:30pm in WALC 1132. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 6, 6:30 pm, Second Flight Books, Lafayette.  Brian Leung celebrates the launch of his new book Ivy vs. Dogg:  With a Cast of Thousands!

Friday, April 6, 5:40 pm, Krannert G0002.  ESL Go! Speaker Series, featuring Thomas Rickert speaking on  "Thinking About Performance and Invention with a Paleolithic Object."

Tuesday, April 10, 10-3, Stewart Center 302-313.  Purdue Writing Showcase:  A Print and Digital Media Symposium.  For more information visit the website here.

Tuesday, April 10, 4:30 pm, Elm Room, West Lafayette Public Library.  Station Eleven Survial Guide:  A Community Read.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the West Lafayette Public Library).

Thursday, April 19, 5:30 pm, North Ballroom, Purdue Memorial Union.  2018 Literary Awards Banquet with distinguished guest speaker Emily St. John Mandel.  The Banquet includes dinner, the Literary Awards ceremony and remarks from Ms. Mandel about the creative process. Tickets can be purchased March 28 - April 15 on the Literary Awards website.

Thursday, April 19, 8:00 pm, Fowler Hall, STEW.   Emily St. John Mandel reading and book signing. Free and open to the public.


Fall 2018

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, October 18, 7:30 pm (location TBA).  Purdue University's Visiting Writers Reading Series presents Whitney Terrell.  A Q&A is also scheduled at 4:30 pm (location TBA).  This event is free and open to the public.


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