English Lectures and Events

Gilbert Lectures

Mark your calendars for future Gilbert Lectures:

*      Dana Nelson, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
       April 6, 2017, 6pm, McCord Auditorium, DH 306
*      Bill Maxwell, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
       April 20, 2017, 6pm, McCord Auditorium, DH 306



Thursday, February 23, 2017

McCord Auditorium, 6:00pm - Reception; 6:30pm Lecture.  Title:  New Media, New Natural History.  

Heather Houser: 

University of Texas at Austin

Abstract: Can designer ecosystems compensate for ecological loss? This talk examines new media projects inspired by this question. I argue that visualizations by Maya Lin, Audubon Society, and others remediate epistemological and representational techniques from classical natural history not out of nostalgic yearning but to express the ongoing grief that extinction incites and conservation engenders. 


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Dedman Life Science Building, Room 131.  6:00 Reception; 6:30 Lecture

Robert S. Levine:

University of Maryland


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hyer Building, Room 0100.  6:00 Reception; 6:30 - Prose Reading

Randall Kenan:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dedman Life Sciences Building, Room 131.  6:00 - Reception; 6:30 - Poetry Reading


 Dora Malech

Thursday, November 12, 2015

McCord Auditorium, 6:00 - Reception; 6:30 - Lecture

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen:  George Washington University

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fondren Science Building, Room 158, 6:00 - Reception; 6:30 - Lecture

John Michael:  University of Rochester


Thursday, November 13, 2014          

McCord Auditorium, 6:00 – Reception; 6:30 – Lecture

Devoney Looser:  Arizona State University


Thursday, March 26, 2015

DeGolyer Library, 6:00 – Reception; 6:30 – Lecture

David Hall:  Harvard


Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

McCord Auditorium, 6:00 – Reception; 6:30 – Lecture

Shirley Lim: University of California, Santa Barbara


Thursday, April 16, 2015

McCord Auditorium, 6:00 – Reception; 6:30 – Lecture

Ian Bogost: Georgia Tech University


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DeGolyer Library, 6:00 pm.

 Maurice Manning



March 19-21, 2015

Doctoral Lecture Series

The Doctoral Lecture series features presentations by our graduate students who are finishing their dissertations this year.  In these 30-minute presentations, the Ph.D. candidate will outline the scope of his or her dissertation project and demonstrate a focused reading of a text or texts that exemplifies the best work in the dissertation.  After a presentation of 30 minutes, the lecturer will take about 30 minutes of questions.  Students, faculty, and members of the public are welcome to attend. 

The lectures will be on the following Fridays at 3:30pm in 101 Dallas Hall:

Sept. 12: Kristina Booker: “Domestic Servants and the Character of Value in Tom Jones.”

Oct. 3: Chris Goldsmith: "Without a master, one cannot be cleansed': Sovereignty, Filth, and the Eighteenth-Century Body.”

Oct. 24: Charles Wuest: "Chaucer's ‘Thing’ and William Caxton's Erasure of It.” 

Nov. 7: Bethany Williamson: “Gulliver’s Travels and the ‘True Spirit of Liberty'.” 

Dec. 5: Julianne Sandberg

College Language Association

April 8-11, 2015