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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 2021

Date Event
February 2 Classes begin
February 5 Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom
February 5 Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom
February 9 Last day to add a class without a signature
February 10 Saidiya Hartman Interview and Q & A, 7 p.m., via Zoom
February 12 Internship for credit deadline
February 16 Drop and/or change to Audit deadline
February 19 Virtual Coffee Hour for students and faculty, 7 p.m., Zoom, sponsored by the Student Reps.
February 25 After the English Major w/Profs. Bozio and Hrbek, 5 p.m., Zoom
March 4 Steloff Lecture with Kwame Anthony Appiah, Zoom
March 5 Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom 
March 5 Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom 
March 8 Exploremore: What is the English Major/Minor all about?, 7 p.m., Zoom
March 16 Break Day, no classes
March 18 Last day to change Grade Option (S/U) 
March 26 Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom
March 26 Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom
March 30 Capstone Informational Meeting with Prof. Golden, 5-6 p.m., Zoom
April 5 Advising Week begins
April 9 Tentative Make-up Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom 
April 9 Tentative Make-up Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom
April 13 Registration for Fall 2021 begins
April 15 Withdrawal deadline
April 18 An Evening of Readings on Loss and Healing, 7 p.m., Zoom
April 26 A Screening of Coded Bias, directed by Shalini Kantayya, 7 p.m., Zoom
April 30 English Department Writing Awards Ceremony, 1:45 p.m., Zoom
April 30 Department Meeting, 2:30 p.m., Zoom
April 30 Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Zoom
May 4 Last Day of Classes
May 5 Academic Festival
May 5 Honors Convocation
May 6-9 Study days
May 10-13 Final examinations
May 13 Senior grades due from faculty
May 14 Spring semester ends
May 17-21 Senior Week
May 19 Faculty Meeting, 10 a.m., Zoom
May 22 Commencement, details TBD
May 25 Non-Senior grades due from the faculty
June 25 Incomplete grades due from the faculty