Saturday, March 26, 2016

Professor Margaret Soltan Lectures on Poetry

A week from today Professor Margaret Soltan will be delivering the first in a series of three lectures at the Georgetown Public Library.  Full information, including registration information for this event (free and open to the public), is below! 

Professor Margaret Soltan
The lectures will be offered on three Saturdays:

Lecture One: 
Winter kept us warm:  Poetry as Paradox April 2, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
In a year that began with a great blizzard in Washington, we'll look first in this lecture series at what poetry makes of the snow: as an image, a symbol, a mood, a setting.  We'll focus on three poems - T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Louis MacNeice's Snow, and Hayden Carruth's The Curtain - and ask not only what sort of utterance poetry is, but also what it offers us intellectually and emotionally as we experience the power of nature.
Lecture Two: Stirring dull roots with spring rain:  Poetry as Life Itself April 9, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
April is the month of these lectures; April is National Poetry Month; April marks the renewal of life in the spring season.  That all sounds great, yet Eliot calls April "the cruellest month."  Our focus in this lecture will be James Schuyler's exuberantly long poem, Hymn to Life, which is set in Washington DC in the spring.  
Lecture Three: Flying off into nothing: Poetry as Death April 16, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Our final two poems, Gerard Manley Hopkins' Spring and Fall, and Sylvia Plath's Berck-Plage, complete our seasonal exploration of what poetry is, and what it can do by way of clarifying our relationship to our lives in nature.

Please call or email to register: 202-727-0232

Monday, March 21, 2016

Majors Open House in the All-New English Department

The English Department:
Are You a Member?
Faculty and majors in the English Department look forward to hosting potential majors this Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6 PM each day.  For the first time ever, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is holding their annual majors fair in the actual departments.  That means that students interested in becoming English majors can come to see us in our new natural habitat, on the sixth floor of Phillips Hall.

The Majors Open House provides a forum for students to visit academic departments of interest to them and to discuss opportunities in that discipline with faculty -- particularly the curricular requirements of majors and/or minors, and what it means to pursue a program of study with that department.  The Department of English offers a major in English and a major in Creative Writing and English, as well as minors in both.

GW English faculty teach a wide range of courses, from creative writing to medieval literature, from Shakespeare to queer film, from British postcolonial studies to American studies in a hemispheric context.  We're convinced you should become an English major already, but if you're still deciding, why not come talk to us about it?  Faculty doors will be open and majors will be around as well.  In our lounge (Phillips 628), we'll have pizza and soda on the first day (Wednesday) but feel free to come by whenever it's convenient.  We look forward to hosting you -- and to having you stick around and study with us for the next few years!  Declaration of major forms will be available for you as needed.