English Department Events

Fall 2016


Van Burd Memorial Lecture in Literary Criticism by Dr. Nick Salvato

Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:30 p.m., Jacobus Lounge


Reading by poet Camille Rankine

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5 p.m., Jacobus Lounge

Past Events

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Dr. Rebecca Moore Howard: When Plagiarism Policies Don't Work
March 30th, 2016

Students, faculty, and administrators are invited to come for a campus-wide talk and discussion about student writing, plagiarism, and the research behind how we read and write. 

View Dr. Moore Howard's talk here.


A Conversation with Ethan Young, Graphic Novelist and Illustrator
April 6th, 2016

Ethan Young is an illustrator, graphic novelist, and the author of Nanjing: The Burning City (2015, Dark Horse Comics). Nanjing delves into World War II’s forgotten tragedy, the devastating Japanese invasion of Nanjing, and in beautiful black-and-white illustrations, it tells a heart-wrenching tale of war, loss, and defiance.

More about Ethan Young and video of his talk available here.

Dr. Marcelle Haddix, Chair, Department of Reading & Language Arts, Syracuse University

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Becoming a Teacher in the (Re)Awakening of Racial Violence

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Dr. Michael D. Snediker, Poet and Queer Theorist

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Dr. Michael D. Snediker
with Dr. Tyler Bradway,
Assistant Professor of English

On April 21st 2015, Dr. Michael D. Snediker (University of Houston) gave a reading from his Lambda-Nominated poetry collection, The Apartment of Tragic Appliances (Punctum, 2013) and his forthcoming work, The New York Editions, which translates Henry James's novels into lyric poems.

Dr. Snediker’s poems have been published in journals such as The Cortland Review, The Paris Review, Black Warrior Review, and Pleiades. View a recent interview with Dr. Snediker.

Dr. Snediker also gave a lecture entitled “Weaver’s Handshake, Grave Rubbing: Sedgwick and Chronicity,” drawn from his next book, Contingent Figure: Aesthetic Duress from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (under contract, University of Minnesota Press). The book reads disability theory and aesthetics across the long American nineteenth century.

Dr. Snediker’s previous book is the acclaimed Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions  (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). In this book, Snediker recovers positive affect for queer theory through readings of poets such as Emily Dickinson, Hart Crane, Elizabeth Bishop, and Jack Spicer. Queer Optimism was nominated for the MLA First Book Prize, the Alan Bray Prize, and Phi Beta Kappa's Christian Gauss Prize.

Below is Dr. Snediker’s lecture in three parts: