Lectures and Readings
The English Department sponsors lectures and readings by a wide range of visiting scholars and creative writers during the year. These are public events for the university community, and undergraduates are especially invited to attend them. They provide an enriching dimension to your education beyond your formal course work. These events will be announced over the English major list-serv, to which you will be subscribed when you declare your major.
Recent visitors brought to the campus by the program in Creative Writing have included a Nobel Prize Winner, ten Pulitzer Prize winners, four winners of the National Book Award, four winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award, two Tony Award winners, one Booker Prize winner, and four Poet Laureates of the United States-Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass, Rita Dove, and Mark Strand. Other visitors have included Gwendolyn Brooks, Pearl Cleage, Athol Fugard, Jorie Graham, Ernest J. Gaines, David Henry Hwang, Mario Vargas Llosa, Salman Rushdie, and Ellen Bryan Voigt.