The 2016-2017 Purdue University Literary Reading Series presents author Christine Sneed on Wednesday, September 28th at 7:30 p.m. in Krannert Auditorium, Room 140, on the Purdue campus. Earlier that day, join us for a Q&A with Christine Sneed at 4:30 p.m. in Grissom Hall 103.

 The event, sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program, is free and open to the public.

Donald Platt Poetry Reading – Tuesday, September 13 @ 7:30pm in Krannert 140

The Department of English and Creative Writing Program are proud to present a poetry reading by Donald Platt, our distinguished colleague, in recognition of the recent publication of Tornadoesque, his fifth book of poetry.

Join us Tuesday, September 13, in Krannert room 140 at 7:30pm.

 Donald Plat is the author of four previous books of poetry, Dirt Angels, My Father Says Grace, Cloud Atlas, and Fresh Peaches, Fireworks, & Guns.  He has been awareded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and three Pushcart Prizes. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, New Republic, Poetry, Paris Review,  and in three editions of The Best American Poetry among other publications.

Jim Davidson Lecture in the Sociology of Religion – Thursday, September 15 at 3:30 pm  in Marriott Hall, Rm. 148

The Sociology Department is pleased to welcome you to join us for the first ever Jim Davidson Lecture in the Sociology of Religion next Thursday, September 15 at 3:30 pm  in Marriott Hall, Rm. 148. The lecture is sponsored by Purdue Sociology with the generous support of the Jim and Anna Davidson Fund.

Our speaker will be Dr. Geneviève Zubrzycki, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, who will be presenting a talk entitled “Between Retreat and Revival: Religion, Secularism and the Politics of National Heritage” (flyer attached).

Professor Zubrzycki’s work focuses on the relationships between religion, nationalism, and the politics of commemoration. Her first book, The Crosses of Auschwitz: Nationalism and Religion in Post-Communist Poland (2006) received the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Book Award in the Sociology of Religion; the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies’ Orbis Book Prize; and the Polish Studies Association’s Kulczycki Best Book Award. Her current research focuses on the genesis and transformation of French Canadian/Québécois national identity from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with specific attention to the career of St John the Baptist – the national patron saint – in processions, parades and protests and the concurrent secularization of national identity during the 1960s’ Quiet Revolution.

The Cummings-Perrucci Lecture Series on Class, Race, and Gender Inequality – September 13 @ 6:30-8:00pm in Fowler Hall

The African America Studies & Research Center is hosting the Black Lives Matter Panel Discussion on September 13, 2016. The panel will run from 6:30pm-8:00pm and will be held in Fowler Hall.

Speakers will include Janaya Khan, International Ambassador for #BlackLivesMatter Network; Reverend Starsky D. Wilson, Pastor, Philanthropist, and Activist; and Attorney Justin Hansford, Professor of Legal History.

The panel is co-sponsored by the Center for Trans-institutional Capacity Building, Educational Equity in STEM, and the Black Cultural Center.

For more information contact: African American Studies and Research Center, Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education. 765-494-5680

The Newberry – Milton Seminar – Saturday, October 8 @12pm

Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa
“Milton and Readmission”
Saturday, October 8, 12 noon

This scholarly program is free and open to all, but space is limited and registration in advance is required. The format is not a lecture, but discussion of a precirculated paper, which will be sent to registrants electronically.

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Registrations will be processed until 10 am Friday, October 7.
For more information and to register: 

Download a printable PDF flyer to post and distribute:

 Faculty and graduate students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend this program. For more information:

MARS Monday – Monday, September 12 @12:30 in BRNG 1284 – Manushag Powell (English), “Criminal hair: Flaming beards, flowing locks, and pirates in pigtails.”

Come hear a talk by your esteemed and incomparable DGS!

Please join us for our first Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS) Monday of the 2016-17 AY, to be held Monday 12 Sep. from 12.30-1.20 in BRNG 1284 (Dean’s Conference Room). We will be hearing from Manushag Powell (English), who will present “Criminal hair: Flaming beards, flowing locks, and pirates in pigtails.”
If you have never been before, MARS Mondays are an informal gathering of faculty, grad students and undergrads where we share works in progress with one another. The atmosphere is informal–but the presentations are of a high quality. Faculty, grad students, and undergrads are all welcome, and feel free to bring along your lunch.

We look forward to seeing you there.

You can check the schedule any time on the MARS website:

Purdue MFA Graduate Reading Series – Thursday, September 08 @ 8pm @ Knickerbocker

Is week three of the semester giving you ennui?  Luckily, we have the cure: come to the Purdue MFA Graduate Reading Series reading this Thursday 09/08 at 8pm at Knickerbocker!

 Come enjoy the poetry and fiction of Caleb Milne, John Milas, Mitchell Jacobs, Gabriela Garcia, Anthony Sutton and Samantha Atkins!

 We’ve moved to Knickerbocker and we have some new writers this year!  Say goodbye to Fried Pickles and hello to Hell Fries: food from Prof Joe’s and Digby’s can be ordered!  So come have pizza!  Have a beer or not-beer!  Come, oh come, whoever you are!  Bring your friends!  Bring your frenemies!  All are welcome!

ITW’s annual conference “What Is Essential in the Teaching of Writing?” – Sept. 17 at Marian University.

Online registration is available. ITW’s program includes both morning breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and an afternoon workshop on working with students on the autism spectrum. You may register for morning only, afternoon only, or all day.

 Registration for any part of the conference includes a yearly membership into ITW and a subscription to the Journal of Teaching Writing.

A schedule for the day, including presentations and roundtable discussions, can be found on our website. We think you’ll find topics of interest in one or both time frames. Please visit our site here for more information and to register.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at