Fall Preview

From “Kansas Fall Color Parade” (Photo: Dr. Megan Kennelly, 2014)

It’s been a challenging summer, following on a challenging spring, as we navigate a world with COVID-19, but the fall semester is underway — partly face-to-face and mostly online. We’re keeping six feet apart to keep each other and everyone else safe.

Until we can gather together in person, we’re tapping the power of Zoom to create community in a time of physical distancing and looking forward to some great fall events.

Here are a few to add to your calendar:

~ Our Visiting Writers Series brings two authors to campus this fall. We’ll first hear from poet Kimiko Hahn on Friday September 25 at 3:30pm on Zoom, followed by writer, editor, and illustrator Emily Nemens on Friday October 30 at 3:30pm on Zoom.

~ Author William Kamkwamba, author of the 2020 KSFB selection, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, will offer a virtual public lecture on Wednesday September 30 at 7:00pm. More information is available from the news release and from K-State First Book.

~ Explore the theory and practice of cultural studies with our 2020 Cultural Studies Mini-Seminar. Sponsored by the Cultural Studies Track, the first of three mini-seminars will take place on Friday September 11, 3:30-5:00pm on Zoom. Contact Cameron Leader-Picone, Track Head for Cultural Studies, at cleader@ksu.edu for more information.

~ We welcome Dr. Kristin Bluemel on Thursday October 15 for a public lecture on her research connected to early and mid-20th c. literature and culture: “Peter Rabbit, Metropolitan Modernism, and Rural Modernity.” Join us at 4:00pm on Zoom.

~ K-State scholarly and creative expertise in English will be on display for our Fall 2020 Colloquia Series on Wednesday October 21 and Wednesday November 18 at 3:30pm on Zoom. Watch our social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter , and Instagram and our online calendar to learn which faculty members and graduate students will present!

Keep up to date on all events — and find links for the Zoom sessions mentioned above — at our online calendar. You can also and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 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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