Fall Preview

A sun-dappled, late summer landscape behind the ECS Building on the second day of the fall semester ~ 27 August 2019

The trees and landscaped grounds are still verdant here on campus, thanks to the earlier summer rains, but cooler temperatures are on the horizon — along with some great events in the weeks ahead, as the fall semester gets underway.

Here are a few to add to your calendar:

~ Friday August 30 brings our annual Welcome Back Reading at 3:30pm in Union 227. Enjoy a sampler of work by our faculty in Creative Writing as we conclude the first week of the new academic year.

~ Scholar Brad Jones visits Kansas State on Wednesday September 11 for a public lecture at 7:00pm in Leadership Studies Town Hall. His topic: “Lost Inside: The Migrant Death Crisis on the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Professor Jones’ research interests and expertise encompass the domains of race and ethnic politics, in particularly Latina/o politics. His most recent work addresses questions pertinent to race and ethnic politics, with a particular focus on how Latina/os “see,” interpret, and cope with stereotyping and discrimination.  His visit is co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Political Science, the Center for Engagement and Community Development, Leadership Studies, and the Office of the Provost.

~ Novelist Adib Khorram, author of the award-winning 2019 KSBN selection, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, will be here on Thursday September 12 to meet with students and provide a public lecture. The lecture will take place in the Union Ballroom at 7:00pm, with a book-signing following his talk. More information is available from the news release and from KSBN.

~ Dive into the theory and practice of cultural studies with our 2019 Cultural Studies Mini-Seminar. Sponsored by the Cultural Studies Track, the first of three mini-seminars on “The Town and the Country” will take place on Friday September 13, 3:30-5:00pm, in 017 English/Counseling Services Building. Readings will include Raymond Williams’ foundational study The Town and the Country. Contact Lisa Tatonetti, Track Head for Cultural Studies, at tatonett@ksu.edu for more information.

~ David Parks, son of Gordon Parks, and author, photographer, documentary producer and Vietnam War veteran, will present a public lecture on Thursday September 26. His visit to Kansas State is co-sponsored by the Department of English, the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism, the Beach Museum, K-State’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, and others.

~ Year 3 of the renewed Driptorch Creative Performance Series begins on Friday September 27 at 7:00pm at Arrow Coffee. Enjoy work by Millissa Kingbird, Vilune Sestokaite (MA ’20), & Nicholas J. Cady (MA ’20).

~ We’ll open our doors and our (still feeling new to us) 2nd floor of the ECS Building on Tuesday October 1, 11:00am-12:30pm, for our Fall Open House. Stop by for refreshments and for news about our new undergraduate certificates in Film Studies and in Linguistics as well as our Spring 2020 courses.

~ K-State scholarly and creative expertise in English will be on display for our Fall 2019 Colloquia Series on Wednesday October 2 and Wednesday October 30 at 3:30pm in Union Wildcat Chamber (formerly Union Little Theatre). Watch our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter and our online calendar to learn which faculty members will present!

~ We welcome Dr. Kristin Bluemel on Thursday October 3 for a public lecture on her research connected to early and mid-20th c. literature and culture. Join us at 4:00pm in Union Flint Hills Room.

~ Our Visiting Writers Series brings two authors to campus this fall. We’ll first hear from fiction writer Deji Olukotun on Friday October 11 at 3:30pm in the Alumni Center, followed by essayist Elena Passarello on Friday November 8 at 3:30pm in Union Wildcat Chamber.


Keep up to date on all events at our online calendar, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for photos and recaps — and check back here each week for highlights of research and creative activity from our faculty and students, perspectives from our current students and alumni, glimpses into the department’s past, and plans for its future.

Karin Westman, Associate Professor and Department Head

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