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Spring 2015 Events

Fusion Studio (60 Collegeview) Grand Opening
Thurs, Jan 22 ~ 7:00 pm
 ~ 60 Collegeview
Celebrate the grand opening of Otterbein's only student-managed collaborative arts space (formerly referred to as "60 Collegeview").

Sigma Tau Delta's Open Meeting Kickoff
Thurs, Jan 29 ~ 5:00 pm ~ Towers 241
Calling all literature lovers!  Sigma Tau Delta is opening up several meetings a month this spring to allow anyone who loves English to get together for an opportunity to discuss, write, and experience literature outside of the classroom. Join us for our first open meeting to participate in discussion and learn more about the organization!

Literary Citizenship Festival
Fri, Jan 30 - Sat, Jan 31
The Creative Writing Program brings back some of our mot successful alums to discuss literary citizenry, how to sustain a creative and engaged life after graduation, and to read from their own published work. 

  • Reading and Q&A with Jen Knox and Becca Lachman: Fri, Jan 30, 7-8:30 pm, Philomathean Room
  • Literary Citizenship Symposium: Sat, Jan 31, 1-4:00 pm, Fusion Studio (60 Collegeview)
  • Reading and Q&A with Ladan Osman and Jen Roberts: Sat, Jan 31, 7-8:30 pm, Riley Auditorium

Literary Studies Program's Literary Futures
Fri, Feb 13 ~ 4:00 pm ~
Fisher Gallery (Roush Hall lobby)

Quiz & Quill's Haiku Death Match
Thurs, Feb 19 ~ 7:00 pm ~ Bag of Nails (3rd floor)
Spoken-word haiku competition. Write 15-20 haiku to prepare (or write them on the spot), or come to serve as a voting member of the audience. Winner receives bragging rights, one-year custodianship of the coveted Haiku Death Match Champion sash, and a $50 gift card. 

Sigma Tau Delta's Literary Heroes Party
Fri, Mar 13 ~ 8:00 pm ~ Philomathean Room
The literary world is full of authors who continue to inspire writers and thinkers through their work and make us all remember why we love literature.  Join Sigma Tau Delta as we celebrate the heroes of literature who inspire us both personally and professionally by reading aloud their work, discussing their literary and personal impact and even dressing up like our favorite literary heroes.

Film Studies Visiting Scholar: Sandra MacPherson
Tues, Mar 17 ~ 4-5:30 pm ~ Presentation: "The Look of Rape" ~ Towers 112 

Senior Readings
Sun, Mar 29 ~ 10-4:00 pm ~ Towers 110 
Hear students read excerpts from and celebrate their completion (or nearing completion) of the 2014-15 Senior Writing Projects in the Literary Studies, Integrated Language Arts, and Creative Writing majors. Readings will be grouped into distinct sessions … watch the halls, your email, and the English Department's Facebook group for more details later this spring.

One Hundred Years Ago, One Hundred Years From Now: The War to End All Wars and Poetry
Wed, Apr 1 ~ 4:30 pm
~ Java Central (20 S. State Street)
Literary Studies Salon hosted by English 2220 students exploring the Great War's poetry and its legacy: war/anti-war/peace poetry ever since and into the future. A mix of reading, commentary, discussion, and speculation. 

Quiz & Quill Writing Awards Ceremony
Tues, Apr 14 ~ 4:00 pm ~ Towers Lawn (Roush Lobby, in case of rain)
We'll recognize the 2015 QQ Writing Award Winners' work, hear some of it read out loud, eat some cake, and release the Spring Magazine. 

Literary Studies Visiting Scholar: John Sitter
Thurs, April 16 ~ 4 pm ~ Presentation: "Teaching the Future: Liberal Education in the Anthropocene Academy" ~ Towers 122
University of Notre Dame specialist in 18th-century poetry and teacher of poetry, satire, and fiction from the Renaissance to the present will discuss how environmental understanding should affect how and why we study the liberal arts. 

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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