College of Arts and Sciences

Fall 2016 News

Fall 2016 The Mirror and The Lamp

Fall 2016 Events

Film Events:

  1. Film Club Screenings at WIU: Tuesdays in Simpkins Hall Room 220 at 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  2. Filmmaker Ryan Walker- Screening of "The Bootlegger": November 10, 6:30-8:30pm, University Union Sandburg Theater
  3. Film Minor, Adam Colgan, is screening his short documentary film November 29, 6-7pm, in Simpkins 220: WIU Film Club and the Interdisciplinary Film Minor will host the screening of the documentary short film Rx: Pot. The Journey for Pain Relief by WIU Film Minor Adam Colgan from Canton, IL, a sophomore Network Technologies Major with an emphasis in Cyber Security. A project in an independent study Adam completed with Associate Professor of Film Dr. Roberta Di Carmine, the documentary film follows Adam as he applies for a medical marijuana card to get relief from chronic pain. There will be a discussion with the filmmaker following the screening. See poster.
  4. Dec 1, 2016: Screening of Documentary Film "Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier"

EGO Events:

  1. English Graduate Organization Conference: "Economy: Moral Challenges and Opportunities": A Conference on Language and Literature; Date: September 30 & October 1, 2016: Keynote speaker, Dr. Jennifer Ruth, will present “Citizenship in the Age of Financialization: From Hannah Arendt to George Saunders to Gary Shteyngart" on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. in 109 Morgan Hall. For more information, check out the webpage!
  2. Talks about Faculty Research Projects. Though the miracle of codec, the events are open to everyone on both campuses! This Monday the 28th at 5:00 PM catch Rebekah Buchanan, Everett Hamner, Dan Malachuk, and live from sabbatical Shazia Rahman. On Wednesday the 30th at 2:00 PM , we have Merrill Cole, Jose Fernandez, and Magdelyn Helwig

  English Education Events:

  1. IATE Fall 2016 Conference, Friday, October 21, 2016, some of WIU's English Education students with assistant professor, Alisha White, will present at the IATE conference in Bloomington, IL. Their presentation is called "Connecting to Home through Artifactual Literacies Projects."
  2. Harry Potter Study Abroad Information Session: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Simpkins 019, 5-6pm

  Sigma Tau Delta Events:

  1. President Jack Thomas Speaks to STD: Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016  Time: 6:00 p.m.  Place: Knoblauch Café (239 Knoblauch Hall)
  2. Dinner and Conversations with Tim Helwig: “The Cult and Visual Culture of Edgar Allan Poe” : Members of Sigma Tau Delta and English faculty are invited. Please RSVP by November 1. This semester's Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society’s Dinner & Conversations event, to be hosted by Dr. Tim Helwig, will discuss the ubiquity of Edgar Allan Poe and his writing in American popular culture. From “Poe-ka dot” tote bags and socks, T-shirts, candles, and air fresheners for your car, to the many bad and not so bad television and film adaptations of his works, American popular culture has helped keep Poe alive in the national consciousness and at the same time grossly misrepresents his life and times. Dr. Helwig will share insights about Poe’s writing, will “set some matters of the record straight” about Poe’s life, and will share a series of photographs and letters from Poe-important sites on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Please feel free to bring and share items from your own collection of Poe curiosities, gewgaws, and baubles!

  Boiler Room Reading Series

The readings will all be from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery on the dates below:

  • September 16: Dr. William Knox, Chris Bell, Holly Griffith
  • October 28: Dr. Patricia Young, Adrienne Tinsley, Stephanie Hoover
  • December 2: Dr. Chris Morrow, Haley Helgesen, Kayla Smith


  1. WIU's #Shakespeare400 Film Series: The film series will start at 6:30pm in the University Union Sandburg Theater. Each film will conclude with a brief interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring speakers from English, history, theatre, the Veterans Club and more! Part of Military Appreciation Week (pdf)
    • September 7: Much Ado About Nothing (BBC ShakespeaRe-told, 2005)
    • October 5: Henry V (Hollow Crown, Season 1, Episode 4, 2013)
    • November 9: Macbeth (See-Saw Films, 2015)
    • December 7: Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2009)

  WIU Game Studies Group:

 The game studies will be on the dates below from 3-5pm at the Kozmic Game Emporium, 135 Randolph St, Macomb

  Department Governance:

  1. Dec 2, 2016: Faculty/Staff CAS Awards Program: Lynne Ward is getting her Civil Service Employee of the Year Award!
  2. English Department Fall Open House: Come and meet the faculty and students of the English Department and explore our courses, majors, minors and student organizations. November 4th, 2016 9:30am-3:30pm
  3. English Department Awards Ceremony: Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017; Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm; Place: University Union Lamoine Room

  Visiting Speakers (sponsored by the Department of Eng):

  1. Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Visiting Writer Stuart Dybek Reading: Date: October 12, 2016; Place: Sherman Hall Auditorium; Time: 5pm; What: Acclaimed writer Stuart Dybek will be reading at WIU.This event is free and open to the public
  2. Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Visiting Writer Josh MacIvor-Andersen: Date: November 2, 2016 Place:University Art Gallery; Time: 5-6pm; What: Josh will read from his newest work, answer questions, and sign books.

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