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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.

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, New Orleans-based author Michael Tisserand will speak on George Herriman and his famous comic strip Krazy Kat, syndicated in newspapers from 1913-44. Tisserand is the author of Krazy:  George Herriman, A Life in Black and White (2016), the first full-length biography of a cartoonist who lived his life on America’s color line; Herriman was of African-American descent, but his prominent Creole family hid their racial identity. Tisserand will illuminate the artist’s insights into American culture through the comic strip. He will share his original research into Herriman’s family history and interviews conducted with Herriman’s surviving friends and family. It is our hope that the lecture will be held in Gannett Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.

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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 2022

January 25

Classes begin

January 27

Last day to add a class without a signature

February 1

Internship for credit deadline

February 4

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

February 4

Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom

February 8

Drop and/or change to Audit deadline

February 10

Q&A w/students & Richie Hofmann, 5:30 p.m., Emerson Auditorium

February 10

Poetry reading w Richie Hofmann, 7 p.m., Emerson Auditorium

February 17

Prof. Mintz’s virtual book launch with Northshire Bookstore for Love Affair in the Garden of Milton, 6 p.m., see Northshire’s website for ticket information.

February 18

Critical Futures w/Profs. Benzon, Cermatori, and Wientzen, 5:30 pm, Davis Auditorium

February 22

Prof. Fawcett’s virtual book launch with Northshire Bookstore for Beneath the Stairs, 6 p.m., see Northshire’s website for ticket information.

February 24-25

ADE-MLA consultancy. Early Thursday evening and all-day Friday.

February 28

Exploremore w/Profs. Bernard and Cermatori, 5:30 pm, BOL 382

March 3

Creative Writing Reading with Professor Hrbek, 6-7:30 p.m., Wilson Chapel

March 4

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

March 4

Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom

March 11

Major Declaration Deadline (class of 2024)

March 12-20

Spring Break

March 24

Capstone Options meeting with Prof. Greenspan, 5:15 p.m., PMH 304

March 25

After the English Major w/ Prof. Hrbek and Junkerman, 3 p.m., BOL 281

March 25

3rd Annual Humanistic Symposium, 3-6:30 p.m., Tang Teaching Museum

March 26

3rd Annual Humanistic Symposium, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tang Teaching Museum

March 28

Advising period begins

March 28

Open Mic Night: Grief and Healing with Prof. Cermatori, 7 p.m., Davis Auditorium

March 31

Mark Wunderlich Poetry Reading, 6-7:30 p.m., Wilson Chapel

April 1

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

April 1

Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom

April 5

Registration for Fall 2022 begins

April 7

Marty Baron, Zankel, time TBD

April 14

Coffee Hour w/Student Reps, Porter Plaza, 9-11 a.m. Rain location: Ladd 107

April 14

Withdrawal deadline

April 14

Moseley Lecture featuring Professor Susannah Mintz

April 21

Creative Writing Reading, 6-7:30 p.m., Wilson Chapel

April 29

English Department Writing Awards Ceremony, 1:45 p.m., BOL 281

April 29

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

April 29

Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom

May 3

Last Day of Classes

May 4

Academic Festival

May 4

Honors Convocation

May 5

Open Mic for Creative Writing students, 6-8 p.m., Wilson Chapel

May 5-8

Study Days

May 9-12

Final Examinations

May 12

Senior grades due from faculty

May 13

Spring semester ends

May 16-20

Senior Week

May 18

Faculty Meeting, 10 a.m., Gannett Auditorium and Zoom (hybrid)

May 21


May 24

Non-Senior grades due from the faculty

June 24

Incomplete grades due from Faculty