Spring Preview

Spring Lilacs in Manhattan, KS (2022)

Welcome to the spring semester! We hope that you are keeping well and safe as 2023 gets underway.

Here are some of the events — some online only, some HyFlex, some only in person — that we’re looking forward to in the months ahead. Please join us for community, creativity, and reflection! All are free but online access requires advance registration:

~ Our online spring events begin next Tuesday January 24 at 8:00pm ET / 7:00pm CT with an event connected to our department’s non-profit press American Buffalo Books and its debut author Aaron Burch. Burch will read from his novel, Year of the Buffalo (2022), followed by a free-wheeling conversation with Patrick Somerville, showrunner for HBO Max’s Station Eleven. Register for the Zoom link at https://tinyurl.com/aaronpatrick2023.

~ On Friday February 10 at 3:30pm CT, we will welcome our first author in our Spring Visiting Writers Series: fiction writer Ethan Chatagnier. Register for his online reading at https://tinyurl.com/chatagnierkstate. Later this spring, on Friday March 31at 3:30pm CT, join us in person in Union Wildcat Chamber or online at https://tinyurl.com/michaelmkstate for a poetry reading/performance by K-State alum Michael Mlekoday. We’re grateful for the support of K-State students and their Fine Arts Fees to feature these two great writers.

~ After a COVID interlude, the London Actors return to Kansas State this February to perform Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and to visit with students. We’ll be celebrating their return with “Love Letters to Romeo and Juliet,” a presentation of six lightning-fast talks by faculty and graduate students from the Literature Track on all things related to love and tragedy. Join us in person at the Rehearsal Room at McCain, 6:00-7:00pm, in advance of the performance at 7:30pm.

~ Wednesday February 15 at 3:30pm CT brings our first presentation in our Spring Colloquia Series. Up first that afternoon: Don Hedrick will share his research, in person and streaming online, with a presentation on “Axioms of Entertainment.” Then, on Wednesday April 19 at 3:30pm CT, join us in person or online for presentations by our M.A. students for our annual Graduate Literature Symposium. If you can’t join us in Union 227, you can register for the first event at https://tinyurl.com/englcolloq2023 and for the second at https://tinyurl.com/englgradlit2023.

~ Our annual Cultural Studies Symposium is in its 32nd year, maintaining its track record as the longest running Cultural Studies event in the U.S. This year, on Friday February 17 at 4:00pm CT, we’ll host Dr. Tiffany King, the Barbara and John Glynn Research Professorship in Democracy and Equity and Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality, at the University of Virginia. Dr. King’s work explores abolitionist and decolonial traditions within Black Studies and Native/Indigenous Studies. Register at https://tinyurl.com/kingkstate.

~ Learn more about activism in the 1980s when Ron Goldberg presents “Acting Up: LGBTQ Activism with Ron Goldberg” on Friday March 3. A leader of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, Goldberg will share his experience with social justice and read from his acclaimed memoir, The Boy with the Bullhorn (Fordham University Press, 2022). Join us at 4pm in Union Wildcat Chamber. Our thanks to SAGE, our graduate student organization, for co-sponsoring this event.

Keep up to date on all events at our online calendar, 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 alumni, images of the department’s past, and plans for its future.

Wishing good health for all —

Karin Westman, Department Head

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