English Department Events

Annual Departmental Events


Spring 2017

Upcoming Events:


Wednesday, April 12, 4:30 pm, RAWL 2082.  Literary Reading series, Q&A with author Dana Roeser.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Wednesday, April 12, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Literary Reading series with author Dana Roeser.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Thursday, April 13, 10:00 am, STEW 320/306.  2017 ICaP Showcase.



Past Events:

Wednesday, September 7, 4:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  2016 Woodman Lecture Series with guest speaker José David Saldívar from Stanford University, “Imaginative Transference and the Fukú Americanus in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” 

Tuesday, September 13, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Reading with MFA Professor Donald Platt.  Professor Platt is the author of Tornadoesque (Notable Voices series) published in May of 2016.

Thursday, September 15, 4:30 pm, STEW 320.  Hutton Lecture Series featuring Bill Hart-Davidson (Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State) speaking on "Rhetoric (& writing) in the Age of Robots."

Wednesday, September 28, 4:30 pm, Grissom Hall 103.  Literary Reading series, Q&A with author Christine Sneed.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium, Room 140.  Literary Reading series with author Christine Sneed.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Monday, October 17, 4:30 pm, Brown 1154.  Literary Reading series, Q&A with authors Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Monday, October 17, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium, Room 140.  Literary Reading series with authors Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Thurday, October 20, 6:30 pm, Ivy Tech Auditorium, Lafayette, IN.  Roxane Gay, New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, founder of literary magazine PANK, and Purdue professor, will speak on the intersectionality of gender, race, and sexuality. This event is co-sponsored by Indiana Voices of Women, the Purdue LGBTQ Center and the BCC. Register for your tickets here.

Monday, October 24, 4:00 pm, front of Heavilon Hall.  The West Lafayette Public Library bi-annual book saleWe’ll walk over to the West Lafayette Public Library to browse together. Proceeds from this sale fund the West Lafayette Public Library system—and the prices start as low as $1!

Monday, October 31, 12:30-1:20, BRNG 1284.  MARS Mondays, Brian Nakawaki speaking on “Shakespeare on the Purdue University Stage, 1905-1965”

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium, Room 140.  Reading with MFA Professor Marianne Boruch. Marianne's recent poetry book is titled Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing and was published in July of 2016.

Thursday, November 10, 4:30 pm, MATH 175.  The 2016 MARS Symposium featuring a lecture by Professor Guido Ruggiero entitled “The Lord Who Rejected Love or Boccaccio’s Griselda (Decameron X.10) Reconsidered Yet again.”

Monday, November 14, 4:00 pm, Swaim Instructional Center (4th floor of the HSSE Library).  MARS Mondays, David T. Gura (Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, University of Notre Dame), "A Breton Book of Hours Unbound: Biblioclasty and Reconstruction of a Medieval Book."

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 pm, Wells Center, Lafayette.  Writers Harvest, readings by Scott Russell Sanders, James Tadd Adcox, Gabriela Garcia, and Mitchell Jacobs. Suggested donation is five food items or $5.

Friday, November 18, 5:00 pm, Heavilon Hall main floor lobby.  Literary Board Games featuring Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, Liebrary, Gloom, Mysterium, and Pride & Prejudice. Treats and games provided.  (Sponsored by the English Department, GradSEA, and Sigma Tau Delta)

Monday, January 30, 4:30 pm, BRWN 1154.  Literary Reading series, Q&A with author Adrian Matejka.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Monday, January 30, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Literary Reading series with author Adrian Matejka.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Thursday, February 9, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2017, Week 1, Dorsey Armstrong, Professor of English and Provost Fellow, College of Liberal Arts, will be speaking on Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country.   (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board)

Thursday, February 16, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2017, Week 2, Janet Alsup, Professor and Head of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education, will be speaking on Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board)

Thursday, February 23, 4:00 pm, South Ballroom, PMU.  Books and Coffee 2017, Week 3, Nush Powell, Associate Professor of English & University Faculty Scholar, College of Liberal Arts, will be speaking on Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona.  (Sponsored by the Department of English, the Purdue Student Union Board, GradSEA, and Sigma Tau Delta)

Monday, February 27, Time and location TBD.  Literary Reading series, Q&A with author Don Share.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Monday, February 27, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Literary Reading series with author Don Share.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Thursday, March 23, Reception at 4:00 pm, Ringel Gallery, Stewart Center; Presentation at 4:30 pm, Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.  Books and Coffee 2017, Week 4, Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University, will be speaking on Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board)

Friday, March 24, 5:00 pm, Heavilon Hall G26.  Literary Board Game Night with narrative and trivia games, treats and more!!!

Thursday, March 30, 4:30 pm, GRIS 103.  Literary Reading series, Q&A with author Alexander Chee.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Literary Reading series with author Alexander Chee.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Wednesday, April 5, 5:30 pm, Buchanan Club, Ross Ade Stadium.  2017 Literary Awards Banquet with guest speaker author Margaret Atwood.

Wednesday, April 5, 8:00 pm, Loeb Playhouse.  Reading with the 2017 Literary Awards guest speaker, Margaret Atwood.  Free and open to the public.

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