Past Events

Professor Dillon lectures at the Mahindra Humanities Center

February 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Professor Elizabeth Dillon will deliver a talk in the American Literature and Culture seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center (12 Quincy Street) at Harvard University on Wednesday, February 6th, at 6:00 p.m.  The title of the talk is “Kinship Imagined and Unimagined: The Atlantic Origins of the Novel.”  All are welcome

Humanities Center Issues of Immigration Panel

October 27, 2011 at 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Moderated by Professor Lori Lefkovitz

Graduate Studies Workshop: After the MA

November 8, 2011 at 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Dissertation Defense: Tanya Zhelezcheva

November 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM-1:15 PM

“The Poetics of the Incomplete in the Works of Thomas Traherne (c.1637-1674)”

Spring 2012 Registration Begins

November 14, 2011

General registration information can be found at

Graduate Studies Workshop: Conference Talks & Abstracts

November 29, 2011 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM

An American Poet in the 21st Century

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM in 421 Snell Library

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück will read from her work as part of a series of events connected with Snell Library’s exhibit featuring Emma Lazarus, another famous American poet. Glück is the the author of numerous books of poetry including A Village Life: Poems; Averno, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award in Poetry; The Seven Ages; and Vita Nova, winner of Boston Book Review’s Bingham Poetry Prize and The New Yorker’s Book Award in Poetry. The event is free and open to the public.

Humanities Center: Faculty Works-in-Progress Colloquium Series

December 5, 2011 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM

“‘Do You Remember the Days of Slav’ry?’: Creolizing the Neo-Slave Narrative in Contemporary Caribbean Cultural Production”

Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Preparation Workshop

January 24, 2012 at Noon-1 PM

Location: 400B Holmes Hall

2012 EGSA Conference

March 31-April 1, 2012

 “Memory Remains”
Conference Schedule

8th Annual Peter Burton Hanson Memorial Lecture

April 12, 2012 at 7 PM

Reading and Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. More information can be found on the Northeastern Humanities Center website at

A New Translation by Francis Blessington- Trojan Women by Euripides

May 18th-June 2nd, 2012

Directed by Benjamin Evett

New Graduate Student Orientation

September 4, 2012 at 1:30-2:45 PM

The Department of English’s Graduate Coordinator, Professor Elizabeth Dillon, will touch on a few key aspects of starting the Master’s and Doctoral programs here at Northeastern. All new students are expected to attend.

New MA Luncheon

September 4, 2012 at Noon

Following the New Student Orientation (10-11:30 a.m. in 400B Holmes Hall), new M.A. students are invited to stay for a casual luncheon with faculty advisers and peer mentors. This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and learn about the opportunities, challenges, and culture of M.A. program in English at Northeastern University. Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by August 24. Be sure to inform Melissa ( about special diets or food allergies.

Annual Fall Graduate Programs Reception

September 4, 2012 at 3-5 PM

The Department of English’s new and returning graduate students, faculty, and staff gather at Our House East to celebrate the start of another academic year. Appetizers will be served, and there will be a cash bar.

Department Meeting & GSC Meeting

September 10, 2012

Department Meeting: 11:45 AM, 472 Holmes Hall

GSC Meeting: 2 PM, 4ooA Holmes Hall

Teaching 2.0: Faculty Perspectives & Practices

November 17 2011 at 8:30 - 4:15

English Department Professors Neal Lerner and Patricia Sullivan and doctoral student Genie Giaimo will present on a variety of teaching tools and strategies at “Teaching 2.0: Faculty Perspectives & Practices,” a colloquium presented by EdTech on Thu, November 17 2011, 8:30 – 4:15. All are welcome! For more information, please visit the colloquium website:

English Major’s Pizza Party

October 3, 2012 at Noon

Graduate Program Workshop: Conference Talks and Abstracts

October 19, 2012 at 2-3 PM

A presentation for graduate students by Professor Kimberly Juanita Brown and Professor Neal Lerner, Department of English. Please RSVP to

Stephanie Pappas Dissertation Defense

November 20, 2012 at 10 AM-12PM

“Research Shows: Recasting Research Instruction in Writing-about-Writing Approaches to First-Year Composition” All are welcome.

A Talk by Patrick Mullen, College of Social Sciences and Humanities “New Management: Aesthetics and the Queer Politics of Form”

February 4, 2013 at 12:00-1:00 pm, 426 Renaissance Park


Lunch Provided



Peter Burton Hanson Lecture with Dr. Jill Lepore

February 28, 2013 at 5 PM

“The Archive and the Editor: Or, What Happened to Benjamin Franklin’s Sister’s Letters”

This year’s Peter Burton Hanson lecture will be Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and Chair of the History and Literature Program at Harvard University, and also a staff writer at The New Yorker.  Please do save the date!

“alt/” EGSA Graduate Student Conference

March 15, 2013

The Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association’s (NU EGSA) seventh annual conference, alt/, is interested in discussions of how a consideration of alt transforms the production, reception, and interpretation of cultural materials. The conference schedule is available at

Jennifer Sopchockchai Bankard Dissertation Defense

March 19, 2013 at 2:30-4:30 PM

“Testing Reality’s Limits: ‘Mad’ Scientists, Realism, and the Supernatural in Late Victorian Popular Fiction”

Homage to Henry

March 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

A Dramatization of John Berryman’s The Dream Songs

Adapted and Performed by
Jim Vrabel

Admission Free
Sponsored by Northeastern University English Department
courtesy of Prof. Francis S. Blessington

Arturo Zilleruelo Dissertation Defense

April 23, 2013 at 10 am-Noon

“‘Severer Interventions’: William Wordsworth and the Play of the Line”

Danielle Skeehan Dissertation Defense

April 24, 2013 at 9 am-11 am

“Creole Domesticity: Women, Commerce, and Kinship in Eighteenth-century Atlantic Writing”

James Richie Dissertation Defense

April 24, 2013 at 4 pm-6 pm

“Third Way Poets: Navigating the Ontological/Epistemological, Subjective, and Linguistic Uncertainty of Modern and Postmodern Poetry”

Aparna Mujumdar Dissertation Defense

April 25, 2013 at 10:30 am-12:30 pm

“Colonial Education, Mimicry and Forms of Counter Knowledge: Representations of Schooling in the Novels of Naipaul, Barnes, Brodber and Ghosh”

Graduate Program Fall Reception

September 3, 2013 at 4-6 PM

Writing Tomorrow: Diverse Students and the Future of Writing in Higher Education

September 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Join us for a talk and discussion with Mya Poe on four trends in education that will dramatically change the teaching of writing.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Reception sponsored by the Department of English to follow.

Applying for Fellowships

October 11, 2013 at Noon

This workshop will help English graduate students prepare applications for external research fellowships and grants.  The workshop will focus on clarifying project plans, articulating the import of research, and negotiating application deadlines.

Publishing Your Research

October 21, 2013 at 3 PM

For graduate students in English

Creating and Maintaining a Professional Presence Online w/Professor Cordell

November 1, 2013 at 2 PM

For graduate students in English and History.

An Interdisciplinary Conversation on Sexual and Textual Virality

November 7, 2013 at 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

The Northeastern Humanities Center presents:
Viral Culture Series

first public presentation of the series 

“An Interdisciplinary Conversation on Sexual and Textual Virality”

For more information visit:


Annual Barrs Series Lecture: Lewis Hyde

November 12, 2013 at 4:30-6:00 PM

Professor Hyde is a 2013-2014 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, a former MacArthur Fellow, and a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His most recent book, Common as Air (FSG 2010) is a defense of our “cultural commons.” His current work, on the cultural necessity of forgetting, is an interdisciplinary exploration of the beneficial uses of forgetfulness, drawing from mythology, history, politics, aesthetics, psychology, and other disciplines.

Professor of the Practice Julia Flanders: “Studying Transatlantic Reception and Readership: The Women Writers Project”

January 27, 2014 at 12 PM-1 PM

Faculty Works-in-Progress Colloquium Series Spring 2014

Assistant Professor Erika Boeckeler: “Playfull Typography: The First Printed Edition of Hamlet

February 3, 2014 at 12 PM-1 PM

Faculty Works-in-Progress Colloquium Series Spring 2014

Ruth Mack- Hogarth’s Practical Aesthetics

February 27, 2014 at 4:30PM

Mack_Barrs Series Lectures 2013-2014

We welcome Ruth Mack to the campus as a part of our Barrs Lecture Series. Professor Mack is associate professor in the English Department at University of Buffalo and the 2013‐2014 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study. She will be speaking about Hogarth’s Practical Aesthetics and will welcome all to come and join.

The Spectacular! 2014 EGSA Conference, March 28-29

March 28, 2014

Keynote Address: Wendy S. Hesford, Professor of English, The Ohio State University
Faculty Address: Theo Davis, Professor of English, Northeastern University


Annual Peter Burton Hanson Lecture: Marjorie Agosín on “Poetry as a Path for Activism and Human Rights”

April 3, 2014 at 4:30-6:00 PM

Marjorie Agosín

Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies; Professor of Spanish, Wellesley College

Poet, human rights activist, scholar of Jewish literature and of Latin American women’s literature. Author of Of Earth and Sea: A Chilean Memoir (2008); Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love: The Arpillera Movement in Chile (2007); At the Threshold of Memory: New and Selected Poems (2003), and other works.

“Poetry as a Path for Activism and Human Rights”

Linda Bamber Book Talk and Signing

April 8, 2014 at 4:30PM


Linda Bamber is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is also a Professor of English at Tufts University. Her recent fiction collection, Taking What I Like, includes re-inventions of six Shakespeare plays, a riff on Jane Eyre, and a fictional look at the work of Thomas Eakins. Her book was chosen by NPR’s All Things Considered as one of the four best fiction books of 2013.

Book signing to follow.

Sponsored by the English Department.

All are welcome.




“From the Camp to the Commons: The Biopolitics of Frederick Douglass’s Alter-Geographies.” Barrs Lecture:: Donald Pease

April 22, 2014

“From the Camp to the Commons: The Biopolitics of Frederick Douglass’s Alter-Geographies.”  Donald E. Pease is the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities  and Chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth College.  He is the Director of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College.