Fall Preview

From “Kansas Fall Color Parade” (Collected by Dr. Megan Kennelly, 2014)

The Fall 2022 semester is underway — and we’re cautiously optimistic, as we welcome more students and faculty back to campus during this current phase of the pandemic.

This fall, our events will be fully online or hyflex (in-person with a concurrent streaming option), so we can accommodate colleagues and students who may not be able to travel or gather safely in person. A continuing advantage of this format: we can welcome to a shared virtual space our out-of-town alumni, students, and friends who otherwise wouldn’t be able to join us. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Below are some of our upcoming events to add to your calendar:

~ Our Visiting Writers Series includes two authors this fall. We’ll first hear from the New York Times best-selling author Eula Biss on Friday October 7 at 3:30pm on Zoom (register at https://tinyurl.com/bisskstate), followed by the award-winning fiction writer Dantiel Moiz on Friday October 14 at 3:30pm on Zoom (register at https://tinyurl.com/monizkstate).

~ Amanda Ripley, author of the 2022 K-State First Book selection The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes — and Why, will offer a virtual lecture on Thursday September 22 at 7:00pm. Additional programming is also open to the public throughout the fall semester. More information about all 2022 KSFB events is available from K-State First Book.

~ Monday October 10 brings K-State’s 7th Annual Indigenous Peoples Day. This year’s theme is “Indigenous Kansas: Past, Present and Future,” and presentations will run from 9:00am to 3:30pm, in person and live-streamed. Leaders from the Kaw Nation, Osage Nation, Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Prairie Band Potawatomi, Kickapoo Nation of Kansas, and lowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska will speak on a range of topics: Indigenous Peoples Histories and Futures; Current Issues and Politics; Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit Peoples; and Indigenous Language Revitalization in Kansas. Visit the event web site to complete a free registration.

~ Explore the theory and practice of cultural studies with our 2022 Cultural Studies Mini-Seminar. Sponsored by the Cultural Studies Track, the mini-seminars will take place this fall. Contact Michele Janette, Interim Track Head for Cultural Studies, at mjanette@ksu.edu for more information.

~ K-State scholarly and creative expertise in English will be on display for our Fall 2022 Colloquia Series on Wednesday October 19 and Wednesday November 30 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 online 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, Department Head

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