“Why English?” is a three-day celebration of English at UMF, featuring events for students, alumni, and the public. The theme of these events will be the value (both quantifiable and unquantifiable) of studying literature. Our keynote speaker, Sir Christopher Ricks, the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, will address this theme, as will alumni speakers. The Forum will also include readings and a workshop by writers Evan Hughes (author of Literary Brooklyn) and Adelle Waldman (author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.) and a collaborative performance of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” There will be a special reception for English alumni Friday, Jan. 31. More details to follow; stay tuned!
The schedule for our Farmington Forum, WHY ENGLISH? has been finalized. Mark your calendars! Please share widely, and join us if you can for this exciting three-day reunion and conversation.
Wednesday, January 29
11:45-1:00, Emery Theater: Faculty Roundtable: Faculty members in the English department will discuss T.S. Eliot’s poem, “The Waste Land.”
2:30-4:00, Emery Theater: Reading Methodologies: Approaches to T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” This panel, which will include papers by a faculty member, a student, and an alumnus, will explore a range of methodological approaches to Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” Papers will both address and demonstrate the value of particular approaches for the poem and, more broadly, for the study of English. Professor Dan Gunn will respond.
7:30, Emery Theater: The Waste Land. A collaborative performance of T.S. Eliot’s poem
Thursday, January 30
2:25-4:00 (Location TBA): Literature for a Living: workshop with writers Evan Hughes & Adelle Waldman
7:30, The Landing: Reading by Evan Hughes, author of Literary Brooklyn and Adelle Waldman author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
Friday, January 31st
11:45-1:00, Lincoln Auditorium: Key Note Address by Sir Christopher Ricks
2:20-3:20, Emery Theater: Alumni panel 1 – What Can You Do with an English Major? Alumni in fields such as broadcasting, education, law, and graphic design discuss how they navigated the transition from UMF to their current professional lives.
3:30-4:30, Emery Theater: Alumni Panel 2 – Pursuing an Academic Career in English Alumni currently in PhD programs in English will describe their experiences and discuss the transition from UMF to graduate school in English.
5:00-7:00, President’s House: Alumni reception