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  • McLean Lectures – Decolonizing Conversations: Indigenous Texts in the Pacific Northwest before 1992

    When: 16th Mar 2017 7:00:pm
    Where:
    Green College (Coach House)

    Professor Margery Fee, the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies, will deliver three lectures on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb 9: Stories We Didn’t Hear: Controlling Traditional Oral Stories Thursday, March 9: Writing We Didn’t Read: Manifestos, Declarations and Other Collective Texts Thursday, March 16: Lives We Overlooked: Life Writing by “Inauthentic Indians” Venue: Green College, Coach House (6201 Cecil Green Park Road) In the McLean Lectures, Professor Fee will outline the history of Indigenous texts in the Canadian northwest and model ways to read them. Since the 1990s, literary works by Indigenous writers have been brought into the curriculum. However, oral and written works from earlier periods are rarely included. Instructors are concerned about how to teach these works while respecting their difference. To teach oral stories requires knowledge of national cultural protocols, languages, histories, and worldviews. Prominent early Indigenous written genres, such as life stories, political commentary, and ethnography require ways of reading that differ from those typically used to analyze the preferred European genres of poetry, fiction and drama.

  • Cannon Schmitt – “Soft Water: A Metaphor and Its Vicissitudes”

    When: 21st Mar 2017 4:30:pm
    Where:
    Buchanan Tower 1197

    Oecologies, the Science and Technology Studies Program and the Department of English present "Soft Water: A Metaphor and Its Vicissitudes" by Cannon Schmitt, Professor of English University of Toronto 21 March, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. BuTo 1197 Cannon Schmitt is the author of two books, Darwin and the Memory of the Human: Evolution, Savages, and South America (Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback reprint 2013) and Alien Nation: Nineteenth-Century Gothic Fictions and English Nationality (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997), and co-editor of Victorian Investments: New Perspectives on Finance and Culture (Indiana University Press, 2008). His essays have appeared in RepresentationsVictorian StudiesELHGenre, and elsewhere. His current SSHRC-funded book project, which is tentatively titled The Literal Sea, hypothesizes that the ocean and associated phenomena—tides, prevailing winds, marine engineering, ships under sail—constitute a privileged locus of the literal in Victorian fiction.

  • Brown-Bag Series: Careers – Jessica Shaw

    When: 22nd Mar 2017 12:00:pm
    Where:
    Buchanan Tower 599

    English Honours and Majors students, and other interested students, are warmly invited to the Department’s lunchtime series on Careers for English graduates. This talk will be given by 2014 English graduate, Jessica Shaw.  Jessica is currently the Editorial & Production Assistant at Rick Steves’ Europe; she edits and reviews text and maps for European guidebooks. These events are designed for undergraduates in English, but will be useful more broadly, and everyone is invited to attend! 22 March, 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. in BuTo 599 See All Events in the Brown-Bag Series

  • Faculty Research Series – “Throat, Blood, Word, Voice”

    When: 24th Mar 2017 3:30:pm
    Where:
    Buchanan Tower 599

    Faculty Research Series T2Our Faculty Research Series on presents "Throat, Blood, Word, Voice: Tanya Tagaq and the Politics of Song" by Kevin McNeilly and Bronwyn Malloy Friday, 24 March at 3:30 p.m. Location: Buchanan Tower 599 Faculty Research Series 2016-2017 - Join us for faculty roundtables, research talks and discussion.

  • English Major and English Honours Program: Information Session

    When: 29th Mar 2017 12:00:pm
    Where:
    Buchanan Tower 599

    The English Department will be holding a combined information session for the English Honours and English Major programs on Wednesday, March 29 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in Buchanan Tower 599. This session is especially designed for students completing their first or second year of the B.A. Advisors will be on hand to answer students’ questions about the programs and the admission process. Students who may be considering a Double Major are very welcome to attend, as are students interested in a Minor in English. Pizza will be served!

  • Faculty Research Series – “Can I teach that in a new way?…”

    When: 31st Mar 2017 3:30:pm
    Where:
    Buchanan Tower 599

    Faculty Research Series T2The final presentation in our Faculty Research Series is "Can I teach that in a new way? Two examples of technology in our English classes" with Miranda Burgess and Tiffany Potter 31 March, 3:30 p.m. Location: BuTo 599

  • What Business Has Fiction in Politics? Of Literature and Refugees, and How The Illegal Came to Life

    When: 3rd Apr 2017 12:00:pm
    Where:
    Buchanan Tower 599

    Come hear novelist Laurence Hill, the next Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor discuss his work with Professor Laura Moss. "What Business Has Fiction in Politics? Of Literature and Refugees, and How The Illegal Came to Life" 10 April, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Buchanan Tower 599 Lawrence Hill is the author of ten books, including The Illegal (2015) and The Book of Negroes (2007), winner of various awards including The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. Hill delivered Blood: The Stuff of Life. He co- wrote the adaptation for the six-part television miniseries The Book of Negroes, which attracted millions of viewers in the United States and Canada and won CSA awards in a total of eleven categories, including best writing, TV movie/miniseries, director, actress, actor and supporting actress. He is currently writing a new novel and a children’s book, and co-writing a television miniseries adaptation of The Illegal for Conquering Lion Pictures. He holds honorary doctorates from seven Canadian universities and colleges, and in 2015 was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, received the Governor General’s History Award and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph.   See what else is happening...visit our Events Calendar