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English Department

English Department Annual Events

Skidmore's annual Frances Steloff Lecture honors the work of a major literary figure. The Steloff Lecture series was established in 1967 at Skidmore by Frances Steloff, a native of Saratoga Springs, founder of the Gotham Book Mart in New York City, and well-known patron of writers. She endowed the lecture series as a way to bring outstanding literary and artistic talent to the college. Notable Steloff speakers have included five Nobel Prize winners and dozens of the world’s most important writers. Previous Steloff honorees include Mario Vargas Llosa, Nadine Gordimer, Seamus Heaney, J.M. Coetzee, Saul Bellow, Arthur Miller, Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, Colm Toibin, Don DeLillo, Marilynne Robinson, John Banville, and Joyce Carol Oates, among many others.

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The Fox-Adler Lecture series was founded in 1991 and commemorates Skidmore’s Norman M. Fox Collection, which features approximately 400 books by prominent Victorian authors and illustrators. Housed in Special Collections in the Lucy Scribner Library, the Fox Collection has fostered scholarship and played an integral part in students’ learning in courses and independent academic work. This annual lecture features a distinguished scholar or practicing artist, and focuses on the creation, history, culture, and/or theoretical significance of illustrated works, ranging from books and magazines for adults to children’s literature. Notably Fox-Adler speakers include Françoise Mouly, George Landow, Barry Moser, Scott McCloud, Jonathan Bate, and Michael Kimmelman.

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Every year the English faculty host a “Critical Futures” event, in which members of the department synthesize for students (and their colleagues) the most exciting and innovative developments within the field of literary studies. Centering on the research of faculty members, recent Critical Futures events have focused on disability studies, ecocriticism, and thing theory.

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Why Read Aloud?” is an annual event that began in 2001 in order to bring students and faculty together to share their love of literature. The program celebrates the experience of communal listening and the spoken word. Since 2006, the program has been called “Why Read Aloud?: The Megan Rogers Annual Festival” in honor of the life of the 2003 graduate, who died of leukemia shortly after graduating. Megan Rogers was a beloved student, who majored in English and enjoyed all the aspects of this annual event. In recent years, the “Why Read Aloud?” program has focused on marathon readings of single literary texts, such as John Milton’s Paradise Lost and James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Calendar of Events and Important Dates - fall 2022

September 7

Classes begin

September 9

Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., PMH 304

September 9

Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium

September 12

Last day to add a class without a signature

September 14

Internship for credit deadline

September 20

Fox-Adler Lecture with Kate Teltscher, 5:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium

September 21

Drop Deadline and S/U Deadline

October 3

Frances Steloff Lecture with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 8 p.m. Gannett Auditorium

October 6

Dunkerley Dialogue with Sumita Chakraborty and Maggie Greaves, 6:30 p.m. Wachenheim Gallery, TANG Museum

October 7

Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom

October 7

Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium or Zoom

October 10 

Study Day, No Classes

October 13

Coffee Hour w/student reps and faculty, 9-11 a.m., Case Center, Porter Plaza

October 13

Creative Writing reading w/Profs. Hall & Soderlind, 6 p.m. Wilson Chapel

October 14-16

Celebration Weekend

October 18

Capstone Options meeting with Prof. Golden, 5 p.m., Emerson Auditorium

October 24

Advising period begins

October 27

Special class led by author & Alumni, Cleyvis Natera, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., PMH 301

October 27

Author visit and reading with Cleyvis Natera, 5:30 p.m., The Center

October 28

Ralph Ellison in Context book launch with President Conner and Paul Devlin, 3:30 p.m., Emerson Auditorium

November 1

Registration for Spring 2023 begins

November 4

Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom

November 4

Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium or Zoom

November 10

Withdrawal deadline

November 23-27

Thanksgiving vacation

December 1

Creative Writing students open mic reading, 6 p.m., Wilson Chapel

December 2

Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom

December 2

Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium or Zoom

December 9

Last Day of Classes

December 10-12

Study Days

December 13-16

Final Examinations

December 17

Fall semester ends

January 2

Fall grades due from Faculty

January 5

SSP Incomplete grades Due from Faculty

January 20

Incomplete grades due from Faculty