English Department Events

Annual Departmental Events

Fall 2017

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, October 19, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium. Literary Reading series with Maurice Manning reading from his poetry.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Thursday, November 2, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Literary Reading series with Deborah Reed reading from her fiction.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Wednesday, November 15 - Thursday, December 7.  “Museum of Civilization” exhibit.  West Lafayette Public Library

Wednesday, November 15, 6:00 pm, “Museum of Civilization” reception, West Lafayette Public Library. Refreshments provided.  (Part of the "Big Read" program sponsored by the English Department and West Lafayette Public Library)

Past Events:

Saturday, September 9, 7:00 pm, Second Flight Books, Lafayette.  Literary Reading series with Roxane Gay reading from her book Hunger.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue). For more information contact Second Flight Books (765) 250-3368.

Thursday, September 14, 4:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium. 2017 Leonora Woodman Memorial Lecture with guest speaker Martin Puchner from Harvard University, “World Literature: From Clay Tablets to the Moon.

Thursday, September 14, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Literary Reading series with Sharon Solwitz reading from her book Once, in Lourdes.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Wednesday, September 27, 9:00 am, Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.  “Designing Worlds in Science and Fiction”@ Dawn or Doom 2017.   (Part of the "Big Read" program sponsored by the English Department and West Lafayette Public Library)

Thursday, September 28, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Literary Reading series with Kaveh Akbar reading from his poetry.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Wednesday-Friday, October 11-13, 5:30-6:45, West Lafayette Public Library.  Comic Book Workshop.  Refreshments provided.  Registration preferred.  (Part of the "Big Read" program sponsored by the English Department and West Lafayette Public Library)


Spring 2018

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)

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 15, TBD. Literary Reading series and Q&A with Laila Lalami reading from her fiction. (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

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)

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 will go on sale in March of 2018.

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

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