2011 Fall Calendar

Friday, August 26

10:30 a.m. - noon
University Convocation and Talk by Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Quad

Following the introduction of new Willamette University President Steve Thorsett, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass—a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize Winner, environmentalist and Professor of English at UC Berkeley—will give a speech entitled “Meaning a Life: How to Become a Reader and a Human Being.”

Wednesday, September 14

4:30 p.m.
Book Launch — Prof. Scott Nadelson's New Collection of Stories, Hatfield Room

The English Department and the Willamette Store host the Salem launch of Prof. Nadelson's new collection of stories, Aftermath, hot off the presses at Portland's own Hawthorne Books. Come see for yourself why Margot Livesy calls this "a sophisticated, emotionally complicated collection with an exhilirating undercurrent of danger."

Public Welcome.

Wednesday, September 21

4:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
So You're Thinking About Graduate School? An Informational Session, Eaton 209
Professors Chasar, Makau and Perez will be on hand to talk formally and informally about choosing, applying to, and succeeding in graduate school. If you're considering doing graduate work in English (a Ph.D., M.F.A. or M.A. in literature, creative writing, composition/rhetoric or a similar field) next year or in the future, make plans to attend this event.

Wednesday, September 28

6:00 p.m.
English Department Pizza Party, Alumni Lounge, 3rd floor UC

Come all ye English majors, English minors, prospective English majors and minors, and friends of the English Department. We will toast to the opening of the 2011-12 academic year, eat some pie, meet our new Latin@ literature specialist Roy Perez, and then caravan to the Hatfield Room for the first of this year's Hallie Ford Literary Series readings featuring poet Oliver de la Paz.

Wednesday, September 28

7:30 p.m.
Hallie Ford Literary Series: An Evening with Poet Oliver de la Paz, Hatfield Room

Born in the Philippines and raised in eastern Oregon, Oliver de la Paz is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Requiem for the Orchard. He teaches English at Western Washington University and serves as co-chair of the advisory board for Kundiman.org, a nonprofit organization that cultivates and promotes Asian American Poetry.

Public Welcome

Monday, October 10

7:00 p.m.
An Evening with Memoirist and Fiction Writer Kyoko Mori, Cone Chapel

Born in Kobe, Japan, Kyoko Mori is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Shizuko's Daughter. Her most recent book is Yarn: Remembering the Way Home, a memoir of crossing cultures, losing love and finding Home.

Sponsored by the English Department and the Center for Asian Studies.

Public Welcome.

Wednesday, October 19

7:30 pm
Hallie Ford Literary Series: Songwriter Showcase with Al James, Hatfield Room

Willamette English alum Al James returns to campus to perform his compostions and discuss the art of songwriting. James is front-man for the Portland band Dolorean, recently featured in a glowing review on NPR's Fresh Air.

Public Welcome.

Tuesday, November 8

7:30 p.m.
Hallie Ford Literary Series: An Evening with Writer Lidia Yuknavitch, Hatfield Room

Prose writer Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of three collections of short fiction. Her most recent book is the critically acclaimed memoir, The Chronology of Water.

Public Welcome.

Tuesday, November 15

7:00 p.m.
Atkinson Lecture — Suzan-Lori Parks, Smith Auditorium

One of the most acclaimed playwrights in American drama today, Parks was a 2001 MacArthur Fellow, was named one of Time magazine's "100 Innovators for the Next New Wave," and is the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Her plays include “Topdog/Underdog,” “The Book Of Grace,” 2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist “In the Blood,” 1996 Obie Award-winner “Venus,” 1990 Obie Award-winner “Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom” and more. James Baldwin, Parks’ writing teacher and mentor, called her “an astonishing and beautiful creature who may become one of the most valuable artists of our time.”

A limited number of tickets will be available Nov. 1 at 8 a.m. at the information desk within the Putnam University Center. Any tickets remaining after campus distribution will be released Nov. 14. Students and Faculty Free. General Admission is $20 per ticket. For more information, click here.

Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. A book signing will follow.