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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 including 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.

The 2019 Fox-Adler Lecture, “The Art of Distillation: The Unlikely Road to Making Books,” will be delivered by William Grill on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. More information is available here.

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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

Spring 2020

Date
Event
January 21
Classes begin
January 23
Last day to add a class without a signature
January 28
Internship for credit deadline
February 4
Drop deadline 
February 6
Lecture with Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer's English, 8 p.m. TANG Payne Room
February 7
Department meeting, 2:30 p.m., PMH 304
February 7
Faculty meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
February 18
Exploremore: What is the English Major/Minor all about? 5:30-6:30 p.m. PMH 301
March 3
Critical Futures with Profs. Black and Bozio, 6:30 p.m., Wilson Chapel
March 6
Department meeting, 2:30 p.m., PMH 304
March 6
Faculty meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
March 7-15
Spring Vacation
March 23-27
Advising Week
March 24
Moseley Lecture with Matthew Hockenos, 8 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
March 31
Registration for Fall 2020 begins
April 3
Department meeting, 2:30 p.m., PMH 304
April 3
Faculty meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
April 7
Reading with Profs. Chung and Hrbek, 5:30-7 p.m., Wilson Chapel
April 9
Withdrawal deadline
April 24
English Department Writing Awards Ceremony, 1:45 p.m., PMH 300
April 24
Department meeting, 2:30 p.m., PMH 304
April 24
Faculty meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
April 28
Last Day of Classes
April 29
Academic Festival
April 29
Honors Convocation, 7 p.m., Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, 2nd floor
April 30-May 3
Study days
May 4-7
Final examinations
May 7
Senior grades due from Faculty
May 8
Spring semester ends
May 11-15
Senior Week
May 12 or 13
Party for graduating English majors, details to follow
May 13
Faculty meeting, 10 a.m., Gannett Auditorium
May 16
Commencement
May 19
Non-Senior grades due from the Faculty
June 19
Incomplete grades due from Faculty