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George Elliott Clarke,

Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canda (2016-2017)


will give a talk on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 in the Poetry Center in Wright Hall.

He will also be the guest speaker for the Literary Lunch on Friday, March 2nd in the Poetry Center.

We hope that you can attend one or both of these events!




The department of English Language and Literature aims to teach all the students it serves, both majors and non-majors, to write and speak well and to read skillfully, thoughtfully and with pleasure. We continue to offer many courses that stress literary history and canonical figures, but we also give our students opportunities to experiment with a variety of new fields, theoretical perspectives and linguistic developments, and to pursue creative writing of their own.

We expect that our majors will graduate with an understanding of the historical and cultural forces that have shaped literatures in English, beginning in the British Isles, but now spread across the world. We want all our students to learn to wrestle with the complex interpretive challenges that literature poses and to become, in the words of Henry James, people "upon whom nothing is lost."