English and Journalism

Upcoming events
English & Journalism has scheduled the following events:



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.

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




January 28th--Being John Malkovich (1999, USA): A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star. Directors: Spike Jonze Starring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, John Malkovich, Octavia Spencer (IMDB)

February 11th-- 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 25th --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 11th --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 25th --Nine Queens (2000, Argentina): Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps. Director: Fabián Bielinsky Starring: Gastón Pauls, Ricardo Darín, Leticia Brédice (IMDB)

April 8th --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 journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. Director: James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot Starring: Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes, Phil Fish, Jonathan Blow (IMDB)

May 6th --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)

VISITING SPEAKERS  (sponsored by the Dept. of Eng/Jour):
Elissa Washuta.  Public Reading: Wednesday, Feb. 4th. 5:00, Art Gallery. 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.  7:00, Art Gallery. 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. 5:00, Sandburg Theater. 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.  5:00, Sherman Hall (3rd FL auditorium). 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. 5:00, Art Gallery. 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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