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English & Philosophy Events

  • Shakespeare Read-Aloud: Measure for Measure

    Wednesday, March 6, 2024

    4:00 PM-5:00 PM

    On Zoom. RSVP here: https://drexel.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b40VthwNJY0ndzw

    • Everyone
    Wednesdays starting November 29, 4-5 p.m. EST
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  • Book Club: Small Things Like These, by Claire Keegan

    Thursday, March 7, 2024

    4:00 PM-5:00 PM

    Drexel University MacAlister Hall, 5051b in the "Interdisciplinary Lounge"

    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    • International Students

    Drexel's 'Bookbound' Book Club is in session! The book club is open to any student who is interested. At our next meeting on March 7, we will discuss "Small Things Like These," by Irish author Claire Keegan.

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  • Dean's Lecture Series: Black Political Humor and "The Legitimacy of Forces Other than Good Ones"

    Wednesday, March 13, 2024

    2:00 PM-3:00 PM

    Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences MacAlister Hall, 6th Floor Sky View Room and Lounge

    • Faculty
    • Staff

    Join us for the third in the Dean's Lecture Series when Jakeya Caruthers, PhD, presents “Black Political Humor and “The Legitimacy of Forces Other than Good Ones" on March 13, 2024. The scholarship of Dr. Caruthers, an assistant professor of English and Africana Studies at Drexel University, attends to black political aesthetics within 20th and 21st century cultural production and to the study of race, gender, sexuality, and state discipline. She is working on a book-length project that examines literature and performance to explore the ways black folks manage racial terror through a sense of humor endowed with black feminist affects like curiosity or a sense of political legitimacy imagined to be possible even among morally, materially, and politically opposing figures.

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  • Dean's Lecture Series: Anti-Colonial Methods of Reading Eighteenth-Century Natural History

    Wednesday, April 10, 2024

    2:00 PM-3:00 PM

    Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences MacAlister Hall, 6th Floor Sky View Room and Lounge

    • Faculty
    • Staff

    Join us for the fourth in the Dean's Lecture Series when  Elizabeth Polcha, PhD ,  presents “Anti-Colonial Methods of Reading Eighteenth-century Natural History” on April 10. Dr. Polcha is an assistant professor of English and Digital Humanities at Drexel University whose research examines race, gender, and sexuality in print and visual culture from the eighteenth-century Atlantic World. Her book project, Venus in Transit: Gendered Violence and the Production of Natural History, argues that natural history became a discipline in the eighteenth century through a culture of sexual exploitation.

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  • Drexel Writing Festival 2024 – Reading and Discussion with Poet and Essayist Heather Lanier

    Wednesday, April 10, 2024

    7:00 PM-8:30 PM

    Drexel University MacAlister Hall, Room 5051B 3250 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

    Heather Lanier is a poet, essayist, teacher, speaker, and thrift-store shopper. An assistant professor of creative writing at Rowan University, Lanier is the author of the memoir, Raising a Rare Girl (Penguin Press, July 2020), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, along with two award-winning poetry chapbooks, The Story You Tell Yourself, and Heart-Shaped Bed in Hiroshima. She received a Vermont Creation Grant and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Her full-length poetry collection, Psalms of Unknowing, is forthcoming from Monkfish Publishing. Heather will be joined by Stacey E. Ake, PhD, PhD, Drexel Teaching Professor of Philosophy.

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  • Drexel Writing Festival 2024 – Reading and Discussion with Iván Monalisa Ojeda, Trans Essayist, Poet

    Monday, April 15, 2024

    3:30 PM-4:50 PM

    Drexel University Rush Building, Room 209 30 N 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

    Iván Monalisa Ojeda was born in the late sixties in southern Chile and grew up on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. He/she studied theater at the University of Chile, in Santiago, and when he/she got his/her degree, Iván Monalisa settled in New York, where he/she currently lives. He/she published an essay collection, La Misma Nota, Forever (Sangria Publishers, 2014) and has written articles for magazines and plays. In addition to being a writer, he/she is a performer and is at work on a novel. Iván Monalisa's pronouns are he/she, his/hers, him/her because he/she considers him/herself to be both genders.

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  • Drexel Writing Festival 2024 – Discussion and Workshop with Mark McBeth, Author of Queer Literacies

    Monday, April 29, 2024

    12:30 PM-1:50 PM

    Drexel University Rush Building, Room 213 30 N 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

    Mark McBeth teaches undergraduates in the English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and PhD candidates at The Graduate Center, CUNY. McBeth specializes in composition and rhetoric at the intersections of literacy studies and Queer theory. His recent book Queer Literacies: Discourses & Discontents examines the homophobic discourses of the 20th century and celebrates the advanced literacy labors –reading, writing, research, and critical response– that Queer literates undertook to upend heteronormative constructions and worldviews. McBeth's former work has looked at Victorian teacher training at Cambridge, UK. In addition, he has published on writing program administration, pedagogy, and similar issues. Mark will be joined by Liz Kimball, PhD, Drexel Assistant Professor of English.

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  • Drexel Writing Festival 2024 – English Accents in Blockbuster TV and Movies with Rachel Reynolds

    Monday, May 6, 2024

    11:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Drexel University MacAlister Hall, Room 5051B 3250 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

    Rachel Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Drexel, where she directs the Minor in Linguistics and also serves as graduate faculty in Communication, Culture & Media graduate programs.  Lately, she has been conducting research on television and social movements, especially around the portrayal of gendered violence.  In 2024, she will be conducting research in the UK on masculinity in British television. Rachel will be joined by Maria Volynsky, Drexel Associate Teaching Professor of English.

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  • Drexel Writing Festival 2024 – Meet Barbara Jones, Literary Agent

    Wednesday, May 8, 2024

    3:30 PM-4:30 PM

    The Study at University City – The Drawing Room 20 S 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Everyone

    Barbara Jones is an agent with the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, where she represents writers of upmarket fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on voices from previously underrepresented communities and on durable talents and stories. Jones' clients include Kate Axelrod, Charles Bock, Rafael Frumkin, Danielle Lazarin, Isaac Oliver, and The Swans of Harlem. Previously, she spent several decades as an editor. First, at magazines, including Harper’s Magazine, Vogue and Real Simple, then in book publishing, where she edited award winning and bestselling novels and nonfiction by writers such as Paul Auster, Susan Choi, Sebastian Faulks, Lauren Groff, Katherine Howe, Rachel Khong, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, Coretta Scott King, Lillian Li, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Jacqueline Novogratz, Christa Parravani and Carl Safina.

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  • Dean's Lecture Series: House Mice and Changing Environments

    Wednesday, May 29, 2024

    2:00 PM-3:00 PM

    Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences MacAlister Hall, 6th Floor Sky View Room and Lounge

    • Faculty
    • Staff

    Join us for the final event in the Dean's Lecture Series when  Megan Phifer-Rixey, PhD ,  presents “House Mice and Changing Environments” on May 29. Dr. Phifer-Rixey is an assistant professor of Biology at Drexel University. An evolutionary biologist, her research is motivated by the challenge of making connections between genotype, phenotype, and fitness, especially for complex traits and in the context of changing environments.

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