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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 - Fall 2020

Date Event
August 24 Classes begin
August 31 Last day to add a class without a signature
September 4 Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom
September 4 Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom
September 4 Internship for credit deadline
September 7 Labor Day, classes will be held
September 7 Drop Deadline
September 22 Reading by Prof. Calvin Baker, Intro. by Prof. Mason Stokes, Zoom, 7 p.m.
October 2 Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom 
October 2 Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom 
October 8 Grade option deadline (S/CR/U) 
October 13 Virtual Coffee Hour for students and faculty, 7 p.m., Zoom, sponsored by the Student Reps 
October 16-18 Celebration Weekend 
October 19 Capstone Informational Meeting with Prof. Golden, Zoom, 5-5:50 p.m. 
October 21  Kevin Young teaching a special class for English students from 5-6 p.m. on Zoom 
October 21  Reading by Kevin Young, New Yorker Poetry Editor, Zoom, 7:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored with Arts Administration, Black Studies, and Alumni Affairs 
October 26 Advising period begins 
November 3 Registration for Spring 2021 begins 
November 4 Open Mic Night for students and faculty, hybrid event on zoom and in Filene Hall, 7-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Student Reps.
November 6 Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom 
November 6 Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom 
November 11 Withdrawal deadline
November 12 Annual Critical Futures reading with Skidmore President Marc Conner, The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison, Zoom, 6 p.m. 
November 20 Last Day of Classes
November 23-27 Thanksgiving vacation
November 28-30 Study days (remote)
December 1-4 Final examinations (remote)
December 4 Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom
December 4 Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom
December 5 Fall semester ends
December 16 Fall grades due from Faculty
January 5 SSP Incomplete grades due from Faculty
January 29 Incomplete grades due from Faculty