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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 2019

September 4
Classes begin
September 6
Internship for credit deadline
September 6
Department meeting, 2:30 p.m., PMH 304
September 6
Faculty meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
September 8
Last day to add a class without a signature
September 17
Fox Adler Lecture with Author Will Grill, 5:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
September 18
Drop deadline & Grade Change Option (S/U) deadline
September 27
Reading & Discussion with Bob Boyers upon publication of his new book The Tyranny of Virtue @ Northshire Bookstore, 7 p.m.
October 4
Department meeting, 2 p.m., BOL 280
October 4
Faculty meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
October 9
Yom Kippur, NO CLASSES
October 15
Frances Steloff Lecture and Panel with Mary Gaitskill, TANG Payne, 8 p.m.
October 18-20
Celebration Weekend
October 22
After the English Major w/ Profs. Bozio and Hrbek, 5 p.m, PMH 303
October 25
Study Day
Oct 28/Nov 1
Advising Week
October 29
Capstone Informational Meeting with Prof. Golden, 5:15 p.m., PMH 304
October 30
"Bitten By Witch Fever" lecture by Lucinda Hawksley, 5:30 p.m., Somers Room, Tang Teaching Museum
November 1
Department meeting, 2:30 p.m., PMH 304
November 1
Faculty meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
November 5
Registration for Spring 2020 begins
November 14
Withdrawal deadline
Nov 27/Dec 1
Thanksgiving vacation
December 6
Department meeting, 2:30 p.m., PMH 304
December 6
Faculty meeting, 3:30 p.m., Gannett Auditorium
December 7
Marathon Reading with Prof. Junkerman, Moby Dick, times and locations TBD
December 11
Last day of classes
December 12-15
Study days
December 16-19
Final examinations
December 20
Fall semester ends
January 2
Fall grades due from Faculty
January 31
Incomplete grades due from Faculty