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Fall 2014 Calendar

Tribe English Picnic
Thursday, Aug 28 ~ 4-5:30 pm ~ Towers Lawn (Towers 110, in case of rain)
Welcome new and returning students, learn about departmental happenings and student organizations. Plus: FREE PIZZA!

Don't Read Alone
Thursday, Sep 11 ~ Time and Location TBA
Informal book club: share the titles of your favorite summer reads and the books you're most looking forward to diving into. 

Professional Development Series: Thinking Graduate School
Monday, Sep 15 ~ 4:30-5:30 pm 
~ Towers 114
Learn answers to all the questions you didn't know to ask about graduate programs in English studies. 

Sabbatical Returns: Shannon Lakanen
Monday, Sep 22 ~ 4:30-5:30 ~ Philomathean Room (3rd Floor of Towers Hall)
Literary reading by essayist and nonfiction professor who traveled through portions of Asia during her sabbatical. 

Quiz & Quill's 4th Annual Hoodlums & Hipsters Open-Mic
Thursday, Sep 25 ~ 7:30-9:30 pm ~ Bag of Nails 3rd Floor Ballroom (24 N. State Street)
Open-mic featuring recent alumni and current students. Sign up to read in advance by emailing quizandquill@otterbein.edu.

Writers & Scholars Series: Mat Johnson
The Literary Studies Program hosts multi-genre author of novels (Pym and Drop), historical nonfiction (The Great Negro Plot and Hunting in Harlem), and graphic narratives (Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story, Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery, and Right State). 
Monday, Oct 6 ~ 1:40-2:50 pm ~ Open Class Session on Black speculative fiction and the genre's commentary on the politics of race ~ Towers 239
Monday, Oct 6 ~ 4-5:00 pm ~ Lecture and Q&A on literary studies' kinship with critical and creative writing ~ Towers 110

Mat Johnson & Edgar Allan Poe: Creative Critical Reactions 
Tuesday, Oct 7 ~ 4:30-6:00 pm ~ Towers 117
The Creative Writing and Literary Studies Programs continue the conversation about and practice of inter-connecting critical and creative writing.

Professional Development Series: Publishing Critical and Creative Writing
Tuesday, Oct 21 ~ 4-5:00 pm ~ Towers 114
Become familiar with common practices and venues for publishing critical and creative work as an undergraduate and beyond.

Sigma Tau Delta's Very Harry Potter Halloween Party
Saturday, October 25 ~ 8 pm ~ Philomathean Room
(3rd Floor of Towers Hall)
Come in costume to celebrate Halloween and your love of Harry Potter. Watch your email for more details from Sigma Tau Delta.

Sabbatical Returns: Margaret Koehler and Norman Chaney
Tuesday, Nov 4 ~ 4-5:00 pm ~ Towers 117
Literary Studies faculty share their scholarly adventures during recent sabbaticals.

A Night of Photographs & Readings: Open-Mic, Open-Photograph
Friday, Nov 7 ~ 4-7:00 pm ~ 60 Collegeview
Bring your most inspirational photographs or writing inspired from photographs to share, or show up empty-handed and open-minded. We'll experiment with writing from images and hold an open-mic to hear what's been created. 

Tribe Fest
Thursday, Nov 20 ~ 4-6:00 pm ~ Towers 110
Quiz & Quill, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Literary Studies program team up to celebrate the scholarly and creative endeavors students have been most dedicated to during fall semester. 

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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