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The Department is planning a number of events to celebrate the anniversary year, including a kick-off party, several guest speakers, and a conference in June 2011. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please check back for information on dates, times, and places.

This page will be updated as visiting speakers and events are confirmed. Click on each event for more information.

Exact times and places TBA; online registration may be available. If you are a Facebook member, you can RSVP for the events on the 50th Anniversary Facebook page. Alternately, send us an email at to let us know that you are coming!

Upcoming Events


Past Events



Conference on Literature, Rhetoric, and Values - Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5 2011

Christopher Hitchens and Barry Brummett Debate; CBC Radio Q host Jian Ghomeshi moderates - Saturday, June 4th, 2011


Digital Media Evening - Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Creative Writers Evening - Thursday, February 17th

Visiting Speaker David B. Morrell - Thursday, January 27th   


Visiting Speaker Nick Rombes - Tuesday, November 16th

Visiting Speaker Mary Louise Pratt - Tuesday, October 12th  
Five Things You Need to Know About Dr. Mary Louise Pratt

Visiting Speaker Elaine Showalter - Wednesday, October 6th
Five Things You Need to Know About Dr. Elaine Showalter

Official Kick off of the Department's 50th Anniversary Celebrations - Friday, September 17th

Guest speaker and 2010 Arts in Academics Award winner Dr. Gordon Campbell on "How the Bible Became Literature" - Thursday, September 16th

Visiting Speaker Dr. Terry Eagleton on "The Nature of Evil" - Thursday, May 13th
Five Things You Need to Know About Dr. Terry Eagleton