English and Journalism

Upcoming events

English & Journalism has scheduled the following events:

Department Governance:

March 27 (Friday) : Dinner and Conversations with Christy Wherley. 5:00pm-8:00pm, Alumni House. More details forthcoming.

April 18 (Saturday) : English and Journalism Annual Spring Picnic. 12:00pm-6:00pm, Everly park in the Evergreen Pavillion . All English and Journalism faculty and majors are welcome.

April 22 (Wednesday): UPI Safety Meeting.  12pm, Simpkins 14, we will meet to address safety issues in our building as well as open the discussion to safety concerns campus wide.


Writing Faculty Meetings:

February 13 (Friday): 9am-1pm, place TBA, we will meet to assess ENG 280

March 11 (Wednesday): 4-5pm, Simpkins 14, we will meet to discuss assessment results and other program matters

April 16 (Thursday): 4-5pm, Simpkins 14, we will meet for a professional development session (specific topics TBA)


Pilot Curriculum Lunch Meetings:

(BYOL) These meetings are not mandatory and are not limited to faculty who are piloting. Everyone is welcome to attend! We will share our experiences as well as assignments and lessons that have proven effective. The lunch meeting dates are listed below:

February 4 (Wednesday), 12-1pm, Simpkins 14

February 19 (Thursday), 12:30-1:30pm, Simpkins 27

March 4 (Wednesday), 12-1pm, Simpkins 14

March 26 (Thursday), 12:30-1:30pm, Simpkins 27

April 8 (Wednesday), 12-1pm, Simpkins 14

April 23 (Thursday), 12:30-1:30, Simpkins 27

May 6 (Wednesday), 12-1pm, Simpkins 14


Film Events:

Film Club Screenings at WIU: Wednesdays in Simpkins Hall Room 220 @7pm

See: Schedule of Events; Film Club Poster

January 28: Being John Malkovich (1990, USA): A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star. Director: Spike Jonze; Starring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, John Malkovich, Octavia Spencer (IMDB)

February 11: Castle in the Sky (1986, Japan): A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Starring: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman (IMDB)

February 25: Claudine (1974, USA): Claudine tries to provide for her six children in Harlem while on welfare. She has a romance with Roop, a cheerful garbageman she meets while working on the side as a maid. Director: John Berry; Starring: Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones (IMDB)

March 11: How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989, UK): Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream. His obsessive worrying affects not only his relationship with his wife, his friends and his boss, but also his own body - graphically demonstrated when he grows a large stress-related boil on his shoulder. Director: Bruce Robinson; Starring: Richard E. Grant, Rachel Ward, Richard Wilson (IMDB).

March 25: Nine Queens (2000, Argentina): Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps. Director: Fabian Bielinksy; Starring: Gaston Pauls, Ricardo Darin, Leticia Bredice (IMDB)

April 8: Salaam Bombay! (1988, India): The boy Krishna is abandoned by his mother at the Apollo Circus and she tells him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for the bicycle of his brother that he had trashed. Krishna is left behind by the circus and he takes a train to Bombay. Director: Mira Nair; Starring: Shafiq Syed, Hansa Vithal, Chanda Sharma (IMDB)

April 22: Indie Game: The Movie (2012, Canada): A documentary that follows the journey of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. Director: James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot; Starring: Edmunch McMillen, Tommy Refenes, Phil Fish, Jonathan Blow (IMDB)

May 6: Tusk (2014, USA/Canada): When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him. Director: Kevin Smith; Starring: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp (IMDB)


Journalism Events:

March 25 (Wednesday). 11:00am-12:00pm. Sandburg Theater, Student Union. Spring 2015 Journalism Day Keynote Speech: ("The First Amendment Is Only for A Free Press in America?; New York Times V. Sullivan's Impact on Ethical Journalism") Dr. Kyu Ho Youm & Jonathan Marshall.


Visiting Speakers (sponsored by the Dept. of Eng/Jour): 

February 4 (Wednesday), 5:00pm, Art Gallery, Elissa Washuta: Public Reading . Elissa Washuta is an emerging memorist and multimedia artist. Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of My Body is a Book of Rules, a memoir published by Red Hen Press. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Eduction, Filter Literary Journal, and Third Coast. She recently received a Potlatch Fund Native Arts Grant, and Artist Trust GAP Award, and a 4Culture Grant. In 2012, she was named an inaugural fellow in the Made at Hugo House program.

February 25 (Wednesday), 7:00pm, Art Gallery, Ire'ne Silva: Public Reading. Ire'ne Silva is a poet and experimental writer. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in more than forty journals and anthologies. Ire'ne Silva is the 2014 Recipient of the final Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the 2013 Fictional Finalist for AROHO's Gift of Freedom, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award. She is also a 2010 Cantomundo Inaugural Fellow.

March 25 (Wednesday), 5:00pm, Sandburg Theater, Lev Grossman: Public Reading. Lev Grossman is an American novelist and journalist, known for such novels as Warp, Codex, and The Magicians. He has written for The New York Times, Wired, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, and other major publications. His novel The Magicians has been heralded as "The Catcher in the Rye for devotees of alternative universes"; this novel won the 2010 Alex Award. In 2011, Grossman received the John W. Campbell Award for best New Writer.

April 17 (Friday), 5:00pm, Sherman Hall (3rd floor auditorium), Rachel Kushner: Public Reading. Rachel Kushner is an award winning American writer known for such novels as Telex from Cuba and The Flamethrowers. She has been a finalist twice for the National Book Award and in 2014 her novel The Flamethrowers was on the shortlist for the Folio Prize. This novel was also named a "Top Book" of 2013 by such publications as Time Magazine, The New Yorker, and Vogue. In 2013, Rachel Kushner received an honorary doctorate from Kalamazoo College, and that same year was a Guggenheim Fellow.

May 4 (Monday), 5:00pm, Art Gallery, Justin St. Germain: Public Reading. Justin St. Germain currently teaches at the University of New Mexico. His memoir, Son of a Gun, was the winner of the 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award in Nonfiction. This work was subsequently named "Best Book" of 2013 by Amazon.com and Library Journal, and was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice for 2013. This book is published by Random House, and, most recently, has been called a work of "austere, luminous beauty" by NPR reviewer Julian Keller.



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