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Fall 2015 Events

This calendar is still under construction, but what's here will give you a sense of what we're cooking up for fall.

Welcome Back Pizza Picnic
Thurs, Aug 27 ~ 4-5:00 pm
 ~ Towers Lawn (or Towers 112, in case of rain)
Celebrate the beginning of a new year by welcoming incoming majors and reconnecting with returning folks over free pizza. Learn how to get involved with Fusion, Sigma Tau Delta, and Quiz & Quill, and more details about what the department's planning for 2015-16. 

Quiz & Quill's Micro-Chapbook Writing Workshop
Thurs, Sep 10 ~ 4-6:00 pm ~ Fusion (60 Collegeview)
QQ staff will facilitate a multi-genre workshop for writers who are interested in experimenting with micro-fiction, micro-essays, prose poetry, and short dramatic monologues for the Fall 2015 micro-chapbook. 

Writers & Scholars Series: Film Studies Visiting Scholar Timothy Corrigan

Thurs, Sep 17 ~ 2-3:45 pm ~ Open Class Session in ENGL 1175: Studies in Film ~ Towers 239
Thurs, Sep 17 ~ 4-5:00 pm ~ Presentation ~ 
location TBA
Discussion of first-person documentary films with Dr. Timothy Corrigan, Professor of English and Cinema Studies at University of Pennsylvania, and author of The Films of Werner Herzog: Between Mirage and History, Writing About Film, American Cinema of the 2000s, The Essay Film: After Montaigne, as well as several other collections of film analyses and theory. 

Professional Development Series: Thinking Grad School
Mon, Sep 21 ~ 4:30-5:30 pm ~
location TBA
Learn the answers to everything you didn't know to ask about graduate school in English studies: why you should never pay for grad school, the wide variety among types of English studies programs, how to find the right program for you, how to request the best letters of recommendation, etc. 

Sigma Tau Delta's Very Harry Potter Party
Fri, Oct 2 ~ 8:00 pm ~ location TBA
Join Sigma Tau Delta's masquerade celebration of the wonder of Harry Potter.

Fusion Studio's "The Monologue & Beyond: Dramatic Writing Workshop"
Sat, Oct 3 ~ 1-5:00 pm ~ Fusion Studio (60 Collegeview)
Join us for an afternoon of dramatic writing workshops exploring the "I and the Not I." Choose from a palette of writing exercises conducted by both faculty and students, from both English and Theater in writing dramatic monologues, in-your-own-voice monologues, and possibly mini-plays, followed by sessions in performance and a closing reading.

Poet Christian Formoso: "The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile: A Bilingual Reading" 
Tues, Nov 3 ~ 6-7:30 pm
~ Fusion Studio (60 Collegeview)
Poetry reading by Christian Formoso from his book, as co-translated by Otterbein faculty member Terry Hermsen and Otterbein alum Sydney Tammarine. This book has garnered many honors, including the Pablo Neruda Prize in 2009. Poems will be heard in both languages, with some discussion and examples illustrating the tricky nature of translation.  

Poet Christian Formoso: "The Eye of Yo: Personal Voice in Latin American Poetry"
Wed, Nov 4 ~ 4:30-6:00 pm ~ Fusion Studio (60 Collegeview)
U.S. poets so often couch their poetry in their own voice, making frequent use of the personal "I," yet this is often not the case for poets in the rest of the world. In Spanish, the "I of the Yo" is not necessary at all for constructing sentences. Christian will address this issue in his own poetry, as well as that of other Latin American writers, and we'll explore this intriguing conflict via an interactive writing exercise as well. 

English Studies Conference
Sat, Nov 14 ~ Towers 110
Plan to attend the second annual English Studies Conference featuring current students' panel discussions and literary readings focused on their Literary Studies, Film Studies, and Creative Writing passions.

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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