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March 21, 2022

Professor Qiana Whitted will headline the 2022 English Undergraduate Colloquium. Her public talk, All-New, All-Negro: Orrin C. Evans and the Golden Age of Comics, will take place on Monday, March 21 at 6pm in Rogers Chapel. 

Dr. Whitted is a Professor of English and the Director of African American Studies at Univeristy of South Carolina. She is the editor of Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, and author and editor of numerous books including EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest (Rutgers 2019).

April 11, 2022

Tiphanie Yanique, novelist, poet, essayist, and short story writer, as the Boudreaux Emerging Writers Series' guest speaker. Author of Monster in the Middle, Land of Love and Drowning , and How to Escape from a Leper Colony. Monday, April 11, 2022 in Rogers Memorial Chapel at 7pm.

April 14, 2022

Please join the Tulane University English Department for its 2022 Josephine Gessner Ferguson lecture on Thursday evening, April 14, at 7:00pm in Stone Auditorium on the Tulane campus. Our lecturer will be Barry McCrea, the Donald R. Keogh Family Professor of Irish Studies in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame. Professor McCrea is a prize-winning novelist and prestigious scholar of modern European, Latin-American, and Irish literature. He will be speaking about place and the experience of migration in the great modernist novels of James Joyce and Marcel Proust, and about how ideas like home and exile shape literary narratives.

March 7-9, 2022

Brit Bennett as the 2022 Zale-Kimmerling writer-in-residence. Public reading and interview will be on March 7. We will likely be offering course development grants in the fall to faculty interested in incorporating her work into a class and having her do a class visit while she is here. More info to come.

November 17, 2021

Simeon Marsalis, New York writer who earned his MFA in 2019 from Rutgers University-Newark. His first novel, As Lie Is to Grin, was published by Catapult in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction's first novel prize. His short story, "The Exterminator," appears in the Fall 2021 Founders' Issue of Lampblack, a magazine and literary organization that he helped to co-found. Marsalis is working on his second novel, End Times, and is currently a part-time lecturer in the English Department at Rutgers University-Newark.

Public reading, conversation with Professor Lazar, and a Q&A portion, 11/17 at 7:00pm, Stone Auditorium.

For more information, call the English Department at 504-865-5160.

November 7-8, 2021

Khadijah Queen as the Arons visiting poet. A public reading on the evening of November 8 and a small workshop for students on November 7. Khadijah is the author of seven books; her most recent is Anodyne (Tin House Books, 2020).

September 21, 2021

Yaa Gyasi: Transcendent Kingdom – Reading Project Selection. Public talk Tuesday 9 /21 5:30 Dixon Hall

March 4, 2021

Tyrone Palmer, post-doctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University. Guest speaker for ENLS 7780-01 Contemporary African American Literature and Black Critical Theory, Selamawit Terrefe.

Talk titled "Feeling-as-Capture".

This talk considers Dionne Brand’s 2001 experimental memoir A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging, arguing that the text theorizes the gulf between Blackness and the World as rooted in the question of affective experience. I read Brand’s deployment of the concept-metaphor of “the Door” and its attendant “tear in the world” as indexing the chasm from which Black feeling outside of and against “the World” as relational container irrupts. Brand’s text reveals that rather than offering an escape from meaning-as-capture, when considered from the position of Blackness, feeling is capture, and it is this seemingly paradoxical state of things that renders Black affect aporetic.

March 17, 2021

Lisa Woolfork, Associate Professor of English and Co-Chair of the Center for Liberal Arts, University of Virginia. Guest speaker for ENLS 7720-01 Black Women Writer Long 19th Century, Kate Adams. Discussion of Embodying Slavery

April 7, 2021

Irvin J. Hunt, Assistant Professor of English, African American Studies, and Interpretive Theory at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Guest speaker for ENLS 7720-02 Black Women Writer Long 19th Century, Kate Adams. Discussion of “Planned Failure”.

April 19, 2021

Zoë Henry, Ph.D. candidate, Indiana University Bloomington. Guest speaker for ENLS 7760-01 Modern American Literature: Living the Apocalypse, Erin Kappeler. The talk is titled “‘I am Speaking’: A Reappraisal of Critique in Times of Crisis.”

April 13, 2021

Ava Kim, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania: " Trans/Nation: Death, Democracy, and Transnormativity" for ENLS 7140, Cheryl Naruse.

April 13, 2021

Sayan Bhattarcharya, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Minnesota: " Memory as an Act of Care: Towards a Decolonial Politics of Queerness" for ENLS 7140, Cheryl Naruse.

April 29, 2021

Joy James, Ebenezer Fitch Professor of the Humanities, Williams College. Guest Speaker for Selamawit D. Terrefe's ENLS 7780-01, Contemporary African American Literature & Black Critical Theory. Title of talk: '"What is to be Done?": A Query for the "Beloved Community."'

May 4, 2021

Aiko Yamashiro, Director for Hawai'i Humanities Council: "Indigenous and Postcolonial Theories: Origins, Actions, and How we Feel in the Doing" for ENLS 7140, Cheryl Naruse.

Spring 2017

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Panel:

"Bridge to Understanding - A discussion on Systemic Racism in America"

Moderated by Bernice L. McFadden, Author and Tulane Professor

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art CenterFree and open to the public.

The 28th Annual Josephine Gessner Ferguson Lecture:

"Two Professors, 'Busting' the German Code, and a Landmark Edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales"

Featuring Christina von Nolcken (University of Chicago)

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time: 6:00PM

Location: Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center

Free and open to the public.

Delivered annually in late March or early April, the Josephine Gessner Ferguson Lecture is the only endowed lecture in the Tulane English department. It was established by Charles Ferguson and Barbara Ferguson Ginsberg in memory of their mother, Josephine, who was a student of English Literature at Newcomb College in Tulane University. Although it began as a lecture devoted exclusively to19th-century British literature, the Ferguson Lecture now considers literature from any of the traditional British periods.

Spring 2016

27th Annual Josephine Gessner Ferguson Lecture "Shakespeare in America"

Featuring James Shapiro (Columbia University)

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center

Delivered annually in late March or early April, the Josephine Gessner Ferguson Lecture is the only endowed lecture in the Tulane English department. It was established by Charles Ferguson and Barbara Ferguson Ginsberg in memory of their mother, Josephine, who was a student of English Literature at Newcomb College in Tulane University. Although it began as a lecture devoted exclusively to19th-century British literature, the Ferguson Lecture now considers literature from any of the traditional British periods.


First Folio! Exhibition Grand Opening

Includes a Jazz Funeral for Shakespeare, conducted by Michael White and the Liberty Brass Band

Date: Monday, May 9, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Newcomb Hall, Newcomb Art Museum

First Folio! The exhibition opens on the Tulane campus with a Jazz Funeral for Shakespeare, conducted by Michael White and the Liberty Brass Band, 6:30 pmhttp://newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu/portfolio-item/shakespeare-first-folio/http://firstfolio.tulane.edu

Parking Information:

https://newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu/parking/


First Folio! HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WORKSHOP

conducted by Scott Oldenburg (Associate Professor, English Department, Tulane University)

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Newcomb Art Museum

Open to the public, to participate, contact the English Department, Tulane University, (504) 865-5160


Sonnets in the Gallery Poetry Reading

featuring Peter Cooley (Professor, English Department, Tulane University and Poet Laureate of the State of Louisiana)

Date: Monday, May 16, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Newcomb Art Museum

Open to the public, to participate, contact the English Department, Tulane University, (504)865-5160

Past Event Highlights

See our event photo archives page.

A memorial service for Caecilia Davis-Weyer, Professor emerita of Medieval Art History at Tulane

A Reading by the Creative Writing Faculty: Thomas Beller, Peter Cooley, Zachary Lazar, and Jesmyn Ward

A Reading by Robert Stone

A Reading by Chang-rae Lee

Michael Ondaatje & Linda Saplding

Ferguson Lecture: Mark Samuels Lasner

Jericho Brown

A.S. Byatt

Josephine Gessner Ferguson Lecture: Ian Baucom

Poet Laureate Series: Robert Hass

Writers Writer Series: James Salter

Great Writers Series: Michael Ondaatje

Pierce Butler Chair Lecture: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Remembering Katrina: A 5th Anniversary Poetry Reading

Great Writers Series: Carlos Fuentes

Poet Laureate Series: Rita Dove

Writer's Writer Series: Edmund White

Writer's Writer Series: Deborah Eisenberg

Less-Than-Secret Lives: A Symposium on the Personal Essay

Great Writers Series: Joan Didion

Poet Laureate Series: Billy Collins

African Writers Symposium