Events Archive

Melville’s Worlds Symposium

Friday, October 12, 2018

9:00am - 5:30pm

Department of English Wetmore Fund for Literature and the Humanities Initiative Programming Fund

Pembroke Hall

Room 305

“Give me Vesuvius’ crater for an inkstand!” Ishmael’s imagining of what he needs to write Moby Dick testifies to the largeness of scale of Melville’s work, which crosses oceans, spans centuries, invents genres, and imagines new forms of life. “Melville’s Worlds” responds to this largeness of scale, exploring his work across a variety of discourses and disciplines: legal, political, ecological, sociological, and aesthetic.

Alexander Chee, “The Writer and the Life”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Nonfiction Writing Program, Department of English and the Charles P. Sisson II Memorial Lectureship

Smith-Buonanno Hall

Room 106

Novelist/essayist/journalist Alexander Chee inaugurates this year’s public lecture series devoted to various forms of nonfiction writing.  [email protected], organized by the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English, features Korean American writer Alexander Chee, Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Dartmouth College.  

Russell Leo: “Thomas Rymer, Poetic Justice, and the Limits of Representation: Dispatches from the Representative Regime of Art”

Thursday, October 4, 2018

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Department of English

Brown/RISD Hillel

2nd fl. Meeting Room

In this illustrative account of one of Shakespeare’s harshest early critics, Professor Russell Leo offers a provocative history of the origin of the term “poetic justice.” Leo, examining Thomas Rymer’s scathing assessment of the plot of Othello, demonstrates the interrelation of theology, criticism, and poetics in the development of eighteenth-century aesthetics. In doing so he elucidates the limits of the representative regime of art and explores how and why philosophical aesthetics collated religious and artistic experience.

255th Opening Convocation

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

4:00pm - 5:00pm

College Green

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the 255th Opening Convocation to celebrate the start of the academic year and welcome new students to Brown. President Christina Paxson will officially open the school year. Provost and Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs, Richard M. Locke, will deliver the keynote address. The Convocation procession of incoming students will form on College Street beginning at 3:40 PM and the ceremony will begin at 4 PM on the Main Green.

Jackie Wang Talk

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Event type: Nonfiction


Carceral Capitalism and Abolitionist Poetics

Write It Brown Presents our Annual Reading Event!

Date/Time: Friday, April 27, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Brown Bookstore

The Write It Brown Noveling Club is a group of writers on campus that pursue long-form fiction over the course of the school year. This Friday we invite you to hear 10 members read aloud from the finished ...

Asale Angel-Ajani Lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm


Asale Angel-Ajani "Engaged Observation and Essential Gestures"

Nathan Hensley lecture

Date/Time: Monday, April 09, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm


The Poetics of System Collapse: Tennyson, Carroll, Rossetti

Lloyd Pratt lecture

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Nonfiction: Alumni Writers Forum

Date/Time: Friday, March 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Event type: Nonfiction


The Department of English, Nonfiction Writing Program, will present an Alumni Writers Forum on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm in Smith-Buonanno Hall, Rm. 201, 95 Cushing Street. Four alums from the Nonfiction Writing Program will offer insights on careers in nonfiction writing, editing, and teaching. Poet and essayist, April Freely '04; "Wirecutter" staff writer, Sabrina Imbler '16; freelance writer and MFA student, Erica Schwiegershausen '13; and writer and environmental activist, Daniel Sherrell '13.5 will read from their work and talk about writing beyond Brown.

Molly Murray lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Pleasures and Prisons: The Poetics of Carceral Liberty in Early Modern England

Jimmie Briggs, Great Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series

Date/Time: Monday, March 05, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Event type: Nonfiction


English DUG End of the Year Social

Date/Time: Friday, December 08, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Are you scared to look at your to-do list as assignments, applications, and finals creep up on you leaving you desperately trying to find a way to destress? Do you feel like you need a break? Do you ...

Anna Kornbluh Lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Lawrence Weschler Lecture

Date/Time: Monday, November 13, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Event type: Nonfiction


Melissa Sanchez Lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Middle East Studies Symposium | "Afterlives of Witnessing: Moving Images from the Levant and the Political Imagination"

Date/Time: Saturday, November 04, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm

Organized by Hanan Toukan, Adrienne Minassian Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Architecture and Middle East Studies, and Kareem Estefan, PhD student in Modern Culture and Media ...

Middle East Studies Magic Lantern Cinema | A Pre-Symposium Screening for "Afterlives of Witnessing: Moving Images from the Levant and the Political Imagination"

Date/Time: Friday, November 03, 2017 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: List Art Building, Room 120, 64 College Street

Q&A with artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou Rahme Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou Rahme | ​Only the Beloved Keeps Our Secrets (Palestine, 2016, 10 min) Abounaddara​ | ​The Unknown Soldier ...

Jerald Walker, Great Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series

Date/Time: Monday, October 23, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Event type: Nonfiction


Spooky Blind Date with a Book

Date/Time: Friday, October 13, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Are you looking for some leisurely reading but can’t decide what book to commit to? Come to the English DUG’s Spooky Blind Date with a Book and let fate decide for you! Hosted on Friday the 13th ...

English DUG Open House

Date/Time: Thursday, September 28, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Whether you are an English concentrator or are still thinking about declaring, whether you read voraciously or dabble in the art, this is a chance for you to meet some of your fellow classmates outside ...

John Eligon talk

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Event type: Nonfiction

Workshop on Displacement and the Making of the Modern World

Date/Time: Friday, April 21, 2017 12:00am - Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:00am

The modern world can be seen as a triumph of enlightenment thought, of scientific progress, and of collective endeavor for the betterment of human kind. The modern world is also a result of massive ...

Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture: Ezra Edelman

Date/Time: Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Event type: Nonfiction

Oscar-winning director Ezra Edelman will deliver the 17th Annual Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture. Edelman directed the 2016 five-part documentary "O.J.: Made In America," for which he earned an Academy Award. He also co-produced the documentary "Cutie and the Boxer," a profile of a 40-year-old New York couple that was nominated for an Oscar in 2013. Edelman's lecture will precede a presentation of the 17th Annual Casey Shearer Memorial Awards for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction.

English Concentration Declaration Day!

Date/Time: Friday, April 07, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm

You are cordially invited to attend the second annual English Concentration Declaration Day, hosted by the English Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG)! This welcoming ceremony for newly declared ...

Resurgent Russia in the Time of Trump with NPR's Corey Flintoff

Date/Time: Thursday, April 06, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Event type: Co-sponsored

NPR correspondent Corey Flintoff spent four years as NPR's bureau chief in Moscow, where he reported as Russian President Vladimir Putin cracked down on dissent, seized Crimea, and led Russia into war in eastern Ukraine. Since his recent return to the U.S., Flintoff has been following the revelations of the Trump administration's ties to Russia, and what that could mean for the future of relations between two of the world's most potently armed nations.

The Disappearance of Things/The City as Archive

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Event type: Co-sponsored

Naiza Khan and Bani Abidi are two of the most important multi-media artists from Pakistan, and their work on the city of Karachi interrogates both the sensory scale of the South Asian city, as well as its historical and political conflicts.

Alumnae Writers' Forum, Writing Diversity Lecture Series 2016-17

Date/Time: Monday, March 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Center
Event type: Nonfiction


The Department of English, Nonfiction Writing Program, presents an “Alumnae Writers’ Forum” on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm in Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert ’62 Center, 75 Waterman St. This event will feature teacher Sara Mann '10; science writer Jean Hazel Mendoza '12; media writer Doreen St. Felix '14; and writer and editor Dayna Tortorici ’11 who will read from their work and talk about post-graduation careers for writers.

Board Games with the English DUG

Date/Time: Friday, March 17, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Do you think you can beat an English concentrator in a game of Scrabble? Come find out! Join the English DUG for an afternoon filled with wordy board games on Friday, February 24, from 2-4 p.m. in the ...

Emily Steinlight lecture

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm