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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.

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 - fall 2021

September 8

Classes begin

September 10

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

September 10

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

September 13

Last day to add a class without a signature

September 13

Poetry Reading with Peg Boyers and Catherine Pond, 5:30 p.m., Tang Tent

September 15

Internship for credit deadline

September 21

Fox-Adler Lecture with Michael Tisserand, 5:30 p.m., Zoom

September 22

Drop Deadline and S/U Deadline

October 1

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

October 1

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

October 4

Alice Wong, author of Disability Visibility, Zoom, 7 p.m.

October 5

Alice Wong class with English majors/minors, Zoom, 7 p.m.

October 11

Study Day

October 15-17

Celebration Weekend

October 21

Capstone Options meeting with Prof. Greenspan, 5:30 p.m., TLC 202

October 25

Advising period begins

November 2

Registration for Spring 2022 begins

November 5

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

November 5

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

November 11

Withdrawal deadline

November 11

Steloff Lecture with Adam Phillips, Tang Payne, 7 p.m.

November 24-28

Thanksgiving vacation

December 3

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

December 3

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

December 10

Last Day of Classes

December 11-13

Study Days

December 14-17

Final Examinations

December 18

Fall semester ends

January 3, 2022

Fall grades due from Faculty

January 6, 2022

SSP Incomplete grades due from Faculty

January 21, 2022

Incomplete grades due from Faculty


* ALL meeting locations for Oct, Nov, Dec are subject to change *