Monday, May 4, 2009

2008-9 Year in Review, Part 1 (Fall Speakers)

As we hurtle toward final exams, graduation, and the promise of summer beyond, I thought it might be good to review some highlights of the year that was in the English Department. In September the School of Humanities hosted the 7th Annual Humanities Symposium: Debate, Dissent, and Dialogue. Featured speakers included Michael Berube, Daniel Frick, and Belmont alum Masood Raja (pictured at right). English faculty Bonnie Smith, David Curtis, Sue Trout, and Maggie Monteverde also delivered talks at the very well-attended symposium.

In October, Samuel Crowl gave two lectures, "Professing Shakespeare" and "Kenneth Branagh: Flamboyant Realist." Dr. Samantha Morgan-Curtis got us ready for Halloween (and the first Twilight movie) with her talk, "Stephanie Meyer: Putting the Bite on Classic Literature," which played to a packed room in LCVA.

November brought us poet Lisa Williams, reading from her Barnard Women Poets Award-winning collection, Woman Reading to the Sea. Lisa, a Belmont English alum, also talked to a group of students about her life as a professor and poet the following afternoon.

In December we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton with a mini-symposium featuring English professors Maggie Monteverde, James Wells, Marcia McDonald, and Doug Murray.