English and Journalism

Upcoming events
English & Journalism has scheduled the following events:

OCT 24-25th -- English Graduate Organization and Sigma Tau Delta Conference: Keynote Speaker

The English Graduate Organization (EGO) and the Sigma Tau Delta chapter of Western Illinois University will be hosting our eleventh annual conference at WIU. The conference will begin with a talk by our keynote speaker Professor Julie Rak from University of Alberta in Morgan Hall 109. Her talk will focus on her current book project, Social Climbing: Gender in Mountaineering Expedition Writing and Film and is free and open to the public.

READ ADDITIONAL INFO HERE : http://www.wiu.edu/cas/english_and_journalism/graduate/egostdconf.php



Western Illinois University’s Journalism Day will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. This upcoming Journalism Day will focus on “ Ethics: A Foundation for Personal Growth and Social Responsibility” . Our keynote speaker will be Bill Knight who is an award winning journalist with more than 20 years of teaching and practicing journalism .  In addition, there will be the same high caliber workshops conducted by our WIU Journalism faculty.

Journalism Day Schedule

9:30 a.m.    Registration (free), University Union

10-10:45      10-            10:45 a.m.      Breakout sessions with WIU professors

               11 a.m.       11 a.m.            Keynote speech: Bill Knight

                 Noon         Noon               Free pizza lunch

                                  12:45-1:30 p 12:45-1:30 p.m          Optional tours of campus newspaper offices, radio and/or TV stations



Take a Study Trip to Italy! (May 18-June 1, 2015). Exploring the Great Beauty of Rome and Beyond.
All Alumni, Friends and Students Welcome!
A Study Abroad Course to introduce you to Italian contemporary society from a film and cultural studies prospective.
There are two information meetings regarding the study abroad course to Italy. Both in the University Union
SEPT 22nd (MON) from 2:00-3:00pm
SEPT 24th (WED) from 4:00-5:00pm
Both sessions will be in the Macomb campus University Union - in the Springfield Room (south section of Capital rooms).

Quad City Campus: Sept. 24 (WED), 2-3pm (Quad City Complex 1112)

For further information, contact Dr. Roberta Di Carmine (219 Simpkins, r-dicarmine@wiu.edu) and/or Dr. Carla Paciotto (EIS, c-paciotto@wiu.edu)


NOV 5th--(WED), Sandburg Theater, 7-9 pm (followed by a reception, Sandburg Lounge, 9-10 pm)

WIU Film Club is pleased to bring to campus Italian-African filmmaker and social activist Fred Kudjo Kuwornu. He will screen and discuss his documentary film “Inside Buffalo.” This multi-awarded documentary shot in Italy and in the US tells the “forgotten” story of the 92nd African-American infantry division of 15.000 soldiers who served in Italy during WWII (for more information, see http://www.insidebuffalo.org/). Kuwornu will also discuss his latest work on immigration in Italian society. A Q&A session will follow as well as a reception (Sandburg Lounge).

The event is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the Film Club, the Department of English and Journalism and the President’s Office. Co-sponsored by the Departments of African American Studies and Broadcasting.

More information is available by emailing Dr. Roberta Di Carmine, Associate Professor of Film and Film Club Advisor, r-dicarmine@wiu.edu


SEPT 10th -- Miller’s Crossing (1990, USA) Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Albet Finney, John Turturro (IMDB)

SEPT 24th -- The Parallax View (1974, USA) An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the worlds headlines. Director: Alan J. Pakula Starring: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, William Daniels (IMDB)

OCT 8th --  Noroi: The Curse (2005, Japan) A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba." Director: Kôji Shiraishi Starring: Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, Tomono Kuga (IMDB)

OCT 22nd --  Les Diaboliques (1955, France) The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. Director: H.G. Clouzot Starring: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse (IMDB)

NOV 19th -- Django (1966, Italy) A coffin-dragging gunslinger enters a town caught between two feuding factions, the KKK and a gang of Mexican Bandits. That man is Django, and he is caught up in a struggle against both parties. Director: Sergio Corbucci Starring: Franco Nero, José Canalejas, José Bódalo (IMDB)

DEC 3rd --  Santa Claus (1959, Mexico) With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of the devil Pitch to ruin Xmas. Director: René Cardona Starring: José Elías Moreno, Cesáreo Quezadas, José Luis Aguirre (IMDB)


SEPT 17th -- As part of the "Perceptions:Exploring Self and Identity through Visual Art" exhibition at the University Art Gallery, and through the generosity of the Visiting Lecture Committee, we are lucky enough to welcome poet, professor, and editor Kirstin Hotelling Zona to our campus on Wednesday, September 17th. Zona will give a craft talk based on the theme of the exhibition at 12:15 in the University Art Gallery. She will also give a poetry reading and answer questions that afternoon, in the same location, at 4:15 p.m.

Kirstin Hotelling Zona’s most recent collection of poems, Drift (2011) was a semi-finalist in the Finishing Line Press Open Book Contest. Her poetry has appeared most recently in journals such as the Southwest Review (winner of the Stover Prize), the Cincinnati Review, the Georgetown Review, the Mississippi Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Columbia, and Poet Lore. Kirstin is the Editor-in Chief of SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review), as well as the author of a book of criticism, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and May Swenson: The Feminist Poetics of Self-Restraint (Michigan UP). Kirstin has published numerous essays on contemporary poets and poetics in journals such as ISLE, Modernism/Modernity, and Twentieth Century Literature. She lives with her two children in downeast Maine and in central Illinois, where she is Co-Host of Poetry Radio on WGLT, a local NPR affiliate, and Associate Professor of English at Illinois State University. Kirstin is also a life coach, drawing upon her experiences as an educator and writer to help women realize their full creative potentials in the crafting of joyous, purposeful lives.

This exhibition, according to the University Art Gallery,is "an effort to engage Western Illinois University students and the greater McDonough County community in conversations about visual art, the University Art Gallery and the Department of English and Journalism have partnered to present the annual Perceptions Project exhibition. This fall, the exhibition theme explores questions about self-perception and identity." As well, "The artwork is accompanied by personal reflections, poems, and flash fiction. These "community voices" offer viewers an opportunity to examine how personal interests and experiences have shaped their colleagues and friends' perceptions of visual art, as well as their own." For more information about this exhibition and the University Art Gallery as a whole, please visit http://www.wiu.edu/cofac/artgallery/.

VISITING SPEAKERS  (sponsored by the Dept. of Eng/Jour):
Roxane Gay.  Public reading: Wednesday, Nov. 19th, at 5pm.  Roxane Gay is an award-winning writer and the founder of Tiny Hardcore Press.  Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stores 2012 and The New York Times Book Review.  She is the author of a short story collection entitled Ayiti, a novel entitled An Untamed State, and an essay collection entitled Bad Feminist.  Roxane Gay is currently a Professor of English at Purdue University.

Elissa Washuta.  Public Reading: Wednesday, Feb. 4th. Elissa Washuta is an emerging memoirist 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 Education, Filter Literary Journal, and Third Coast. She recently received a Potlatch Fund Native Arts Grant, an Artist Trust GAP Award, and a 4Culture Grant. In 2012, she was named an inaugural fellow in the Made at Hugo House program.  

Ire'ne Silva. Public Reading: Wednesday, Feb 25th.  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 Fiction 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.

Lev Grossman.  Public Reading: Wednesday, March 25th. 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.

Rachel Kushner.  Public Reading: Friday, April 17th.  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 she was a Guggenheim Fellow.

Justin St. Germain.  Public Reading: Monday, May 4th. 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 Julia Keller.



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