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Faculty Colloquium: Revelations and Reminiscences

Friday, February 16, 09:00-11:30, 3475 Peel

The Department of English invites faculty and students to the 2024 Faculty Colloquium, "Revelations and Reminiscences." Presentations by faculty members will be followed by discussion. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Alexander Manshel, "High School English: A History of American Reading"
Carmen Faye Mathes, “Avoiding Groupwork”
Camille Owens, “The Second Photograph”
Myrna Selkirk, “Opening Up Creativity Through Clown and Mask”
Catherine Bradley, “Fleeting and Permanent”

Organized by Camille Owens & Ara Osterweil

Reading Group: Christina Sharpe's Ordinary Notes

Meeting Dates:
November 16, 2023, 16:00-18:00 PM, Leacock 738
January 17, 2024, 15:00-17:00 PM, English Graduate Lounge (Arts B-22)
February 2024, Location TBD

The Department of English invites graduate students and faculty to a reading group on Christina Sharpe's Ordinary Notes, finalist for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Amber Rose Johnson, McGill Third Century Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

The group will meet three times leading up to Prof. Sharpe's Spector Lecture in March 2024. Please forward any questions to Professor Ara Osterweil [ara.osterweil [at]].

Graduate Group: PRAXIS

Meeting Dates:
January 9, February 7, March 13, April 2
English Graduate Lounge (Arts B-22)

Taking place this winter 2024 semester, PRAXIS is a standing invitation to join fellow graduate students in the newly redesigned grad lounge every Wednesday from 10:00-12:00. There will be free coffee from Humble Lion provided, but bring your own mug! This open, drop-in style meeting time presents an opportunity for us to talk, share resources, and bring our research projects, ideas, and questions out of books and into the world.


Event: PhD3 Colloqium

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 

The PhD3 Colloquium 2023 will take place on Wednesday 6 December in Ferrier 408, beginning at 9:15 AM. All faculty, instructors, and graduate students in English are welcome to attend. Students in the PhD3 cohort will present their research-in-progress, stemming from their Compulsory Research Project, and there will be time for questions after each presentation.

Production: Ibsen's An Enemy of the People

November 22-24 and November 29-December 1, 2023

McGill University's Department of English Drama & Theatre Program Presents: Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People in a new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Doctor Teresa Stockman has discovered her town’s dirty little secret. But when she tries to tell the truth, she finds a much worse lie has poisoned her community to the core.

Book Launch: Alexander Manshel's Writing Backwards

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 

Contemporary fiction has never been less contemporary. Writing Backwards documents how the historical novel took over American literature, and how the push to recover lost or overlooked histories has affected writers of color most of all. 

Join the author, Prof. Alexander Manshel, Assistant Professor of English at McGill University, in conversation with Prof. Ara Osterweil.

Reading: In Conversation with Kasia Van Schaik & Padma Viswanatha

Thursday, October 19, 2023 

The Department of English invites you to a joint reading with the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated authors Kasia Van Schaik & Padma Viswanathan. The readings will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Professor Ara Osterweil. This event does not require registration.

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