College of Arts and Sciences

Fall 2015 News

Fall 2015 Events

Department Governance:

  • Writing Committee: every Wednesday from 11 to noon in SI 27.
  • Literature Faculty Meeting Monday, November 9 at 12; Simpkins 19; Agenda is recruitment, contact Merrill Cole
  • CC Department Meeting: Every Thursday, 1:30-2:30 pm, Simpkins 19
  • English Department Meeting: November 4, 12-1pm, Simpkins 14; & December 2, 12-1pm Simpkins 14
  • English Education Meeting: Fri, Nov 6-8:30-9:30am; Fri, Nov 13, 10am; Fri, Dec 4 & Fri, Dec. 11 @ 10am SI 226
  • Thomas Hardy Reading Group: Every Tuesday, 9am, Simpkins 124
  • Faculty Research & Scholarship Committee Meeting: Friday, November 13, 3:30pm
  • Writing Faculty Meetings:
    • Tuesday, Sept. 22: Neil Baird will present “Writing Transfer and the Idea of a Writing Center” (3:30-4:30 pm in SI 14). Description: Theories of learning transfer and research on writing transfer are impacting the University Writing Center, just as they have the Writing Program. Come learn how this scholarship is affecting how writing consultants are trained and how the writing center supports your student writers and the writing you assign.
    • Wednesday, Oct. 21: The role of reflection in the teaching of writing (4:20-5:20 pm in SI 14). Description: We will read selections from Writing Across Contexts (Yancey, Robertson, and Tacsak) and discuss the role of reflection in the teaching of writing. A .pdf of the reading will be made available soon.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 17: The role of reading in the teaching of writing (3:30-4:30 pm in SI 14). Description: We will read “Reading Practices in the Writing Classroom” (Adler-Kassner and Estrem) and discuss the role of reading in the teaching of writing. A .pdf of the reading is attached.

Film Events:

  1. Film Club Screenings at WIU: Wednesdays in Simpkins Hall Room 220 @7pm
  2. International Education Week and the WIU Film Club Present: The Babadook (Australian Horror Film) Friday, November 13, 6:00 pm Morgan Hall 109
  3. A Personal Story of War & Remembrance Documentary & Panel Discussion: When: Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 PM. Location: University Union Sandburg Theatre; The 25-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion which will include actors and producers of the film. Letters Home to Hero Street was produced by WQPT-Quad Cities PBS and Fourth Wall Films.
  4. Film Club Trivia: Oct 22 7-9pm, grote pit & Dec 3, 6:00pm, Tanner Hall Circle: Film Professor Roberta Di Carmine and film student Rachel Troyer invite you to test your film trivia knowledge! All students are welcome!

EGO Events:

  1. EGO/STD Conference: English at Play: A Conference on Language and Literature
    • EGO Keynote: Dr. William Kuskin, "Iron Man's Heart and the Paradox of Online Intimacy", Sat. Nov. 7th, 1:00-2:30 PM Sandburg Theater


  1. Naming What We Know Reading Group

On the following dates from 3:30-4:30 in Simpkins Student Lounge. Contact Magdelyn Helwig for more info.

  • Tuesday, October 20: We will be discussing everything up through Concept 2 (that's up to page 47)
  • Tuesday, November 3: We will be discussing Concepts 3 and 4 (that's pages 48-70)
  • Tuesday, December 1: We will be discussing everything up through Chapter 9 (that's up to page 154)

Boiler Room Reading Series

All the following dates are from 4-5pm in the University Art Gallery. Come for the amazing written work, stay for the homemade cookies! Please find attached our poster.

  1. Date: October 23, 2015
    • Featured Faculty Reader:Roberta DiCarmine
    • Student Readers: Katelin Deushane & Emily Byrnes
  2. Date: November 13, 2015
    • Featured Faculty Reader: Cass Litle
    • Featured Student Readers: Lucas Marshall, Jo Chapman, & Natasha Morgan


  1. Monday, November 9, 2015– Veterans Voices ~ Personal Stories of Combat and Peace – Announcing the 2015-16 campaign to introduce an innovative writing and publication project for veterans and service members. The open house will be held in the Veterans Resource Center (333 Ward Street) from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. All interested veterans and service members are invited to stop in and learn more about this exciting new venture, cosponsored by the English and Journalism Department and the Veterans Resource Center. Veteran students, staff, faculty, and alumni are encouraged to share their stories through poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. We welcome all stories, and are not simply seeking writing on the combat experience. We seek to provide a space on the page that encompasses the complex, rich experience of service.

Visiting Speakers (sponsored by the Department of Eng): 

  1. The Fred Ewing Case & Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence: Poet Monica Berlin: Reading, Q & A, and book signing; Date: Thursday, November 19th; Time: 7:00 p.m.; Location: University Art Gallery
  2. The Fred Ewing Case & Lola Austin Case Writer-in-Residence: Isabel Quintero: A reading by Isabel Quintero from Gabi, A Girl in Pieces; WHEN: November 12th, 5:00, Wine Cellars/Taylor Hall downtown Macomb.