College of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2016 News


Spring 2016 Events


  1. WIU Literary Magazine, Elements , is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Publication! Click here for More Information
  2. Veterans Magazine Planning Second Edition : SITREP is now seeking submissions of photography poetry, fiction, non-fiction, mixed genre and visual art from members of the WIU veteran and service-member communities. See posters for more information: Veteran Voices 2016 Written Edition and Cover Art Contest

Department Governance:

  • Writing Committee: Writing Committee meets every Wednesday (except Spring Break) from 3-4 pm in SI 127
  • Writing Faculty Meetings: Feb 9, March 9, & April 12 @ 4-5pm in SI 14
  • CC Department Meeting: Feb 4 @10:00am SI 19; Feb 24 @12:00pm in SI 14; Feb 17 @ 12:00 p.m in SI 19; every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in SI 019 for the rest of the semester (excluding Spring Break and finals week).
  • English Department Meeting: February 24 @ 12:00 p.m. in SI 014
  • English Education Meeting: 
  • Graduate Faculty Meeting: February 11 @ 3:30pm in SI ?

Film Events:

  1. Film Club Screenings at WIU: Wednesdays in Simpkins Hall Room 220 @6pm
  2. Chicago Filmmaker Michael Caplan to Screen and Discuss "Algren: The Movie" . April 13, 2016 @ 7pm in Morgan 107. Caplan will not only discuss the subject of his film but will also talk about the process of making "Algren: The Movie:" raising funds, doing research, setting up interviews, collaborating with crew members, distributing the film, and bringing it to the attention of potential viewers. The 85-minute film will be shown at 7:00 p.m. in Morgan 109 and will be followed by Q&A with the director.

STD Events:

  1. The Annual English Department Picnic : Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the Film Club, and the English Department, we invite everyone--English students, faculty, and staff--to our annual spring picnic in the Evergreen Pavilion at Everly Park on Saturday, April 23, starting at noon. The sponsoring organizations are providing hamburgers and hotdogs, buns and condiments, drinks, and cups/plates/utensils/napkins. There will be a sign-up sheet for faculty on the table in the mail-room for side dishes and desserts in a few weeks. Sign-up for side dishes and desserts is encouraged, but not required. We also plan to organize a softball game during the picnic. Hope to see you all there! Families are welcome.
  2. Sigma Tau Delta Bake Sale: STD will be hosting a bake sale on the ground floor of Simpkins Hall  from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, Wednesday, February 10, and Thursday, February 11.
  3. Dinner & Conversations with Dr. Roberta Di Carmine: "The Wish to Travel: Reflections on Experiencing the World through Traveling" this semester's Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Dinner & Conversations event, to be hosted by film professor Dr. Roberta Di Carmine, will discuss the deep and lasting value of traveling and experiencing different cultures around the world. Many students participate in study abroad experiences, perhaps as a member of our very own Harry Potter summer course in England, and Dr. Di Carmine will help us to think through the impact of international travel on us as individuals. An experienced and passionate world traveler, Dr. Di Carmine will give a talk that includes a breathtaking slide show of her recent trips to Patagonia, Vietnam, Japan, Easter Island, Australia, Italy, and more! Please save the date for this potluck dinner open to English faculty and members of Sigma Tau Delta. WHEN: Friday, April 8, 2016, beginning at 5:00 p.m. WHERE: The Old Bailey House, 100 South Campbell Street, Macomb, IL Here is a link to a picture of the home:

English Education Events

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:

  • Friday, February 5th
    • Featured Faculty: Dr. Mark Mossman, Professor and Chair of the English Department(Opening remarks)
    • Featured Undergraduate Student: Jared Worley
    • Featured Graduate Students: Klaira Strickland and Sheldon Gaskell
  • A Very Special Thursday BRRS: Thursday, March 3rd
    • Featured Faculty: Dr. Alisha White
    • Featured Undergraduate Students: Jon Naskrent and Jocelyn James
    • Featured Graduate Student: Micah Tuhy
  • Friday, April 22nd
    • Featured Faculty: Dr. Merill Cole
    • Featured Undergraduate Students: Meghan Haupers, Dakota Carlson, and Alyson Eagan.

Other Events

  1. Last Lecture: On April 28 Dr. Merrill Cole will present the Last Lecture at 7:00 p.m. in Morgan 109. The Last Lecture Series provides an informal occasion for student-nominated faculty to share reflections from their life's journey and to speak to students as if it were their last lecture ever.Faculty members speak from the premise, "if you knew this was the last lecture you would ever give, what would you share with your students?"
  2. Macomb Poetry Festival Kickoff Event, at New Copperfield Bookservice, 3-5pm on April 18
  3. The inaugural Macomb Poetry Festival. 4-21-4/23 The festival will begin on 4/21 with a "Poem in Your Pocket" day at New Copperfield Book Service and a poetry session from 11-12pm in Malpass Library 180.
  4. Reading Reception Celebrating SITREP: Veteran Perspectives on Combat and Peace: May 11 @ 4pm in University Art Gallery. Join us for a reading reception to commemorate the second issue of the WIU Veterans literary magazine, SITREP: Veteran Perspectives on Combat and Peace. This is an excellent opportunity to help give a voice to our veterans and service members. Not only can the writing and sharing of stories help to heal an author, the activity of reading stories about familiar experiences can also be very therapeutic when one is trying to find solace and community. More than 20 submissions by WIU student veterans and alumni.

Visiting Speakers (sponsored by the Department of Eng):

  1. Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case writer-in-residence Series: Edwidge Danticat: Please join us for a reading with Edwidge Danticat, a nationally recognized author, March 24th at 5PM in Sherman Hall Auditorium (3rd FL).
  2. Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case writer-in-residence Series: Ryka Aoki: She will give her reading at 5:00 p.m. on April 7 and an additional Q&A on April 8 (specific locations TBA).
  3. Magliocco Lecture: Dr. Jimmy Guignard: April 21st 7-9pm in Sandburg Theater