Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Conferences and Abstracts

Thank you for those of you who could make Maia's "Writing Abstracts and Attending Conferences" session on Monday. For those of you who couldn't make it, we recommend checking out our blog post on Conferences and Abstracts. Also, Erin announced her plans to run a Public Speaking workshop this semester, so stay tuned for more information on that. In the meantime, please feel free to send us interesting CFPs that we can share with everyone. We also want to know which conferences you are attending so that you can carpool/room share with other grads!

Note: the deadline for abstracts for the NeMLA is coming up! Check out their site for more information.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

National Book Festival

Please join us for a walk around the Mall at the Library of Congress National Book Festival this weekend September 22-23. If you have never been before, you should definitely find a time to attend this weekend. Check out their website for the full schedule, author bios, and information about the tents. There is always a book tent with books for sale. You will have an opportunity to get books signed by attending authors, and this year, there is a tent which explores the top books that shaped America. Take advantage of this beautiful weather and come out for the National Book Festival.

Note: EGSA president, Tawnya Ravy, will be on the Mall starting 3:00 on Sunday with her little sister to see Avi (author of Confessions of Charlotte Doyle). If you would like to join them, please let her know (tcravy@gwu.edu). Also, if anyone else is planning on attending, please share the details with our Facebook group so others can join you. This would be a great mentor/mentee event! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Upcoming Events

So great to see so many of you join us for last week's Happy Hour! Now we would like you to join us for our September EGSA Meeting tomorrow September 17 at 5:30pm in Rome 663. These meeting are open to GW English Grad students, and we welcome your attendance and participation!

Also this week:

Friday, September 21 - Join the members of ALCO (American Literature and Culture Organization) for their Fall kick-off event in Rome 771 at 4-5pm. Meet and greet the organizers and other students in the Americanist cohort. There will be wine and snacks and a brief session discussion by Elizabeth Pittman.

Saturday and Sunday September 22-23 - Join EGSA members at the National Book Festival located on the Mall in D.C. Details are forthcoming about times/meeting locations, but check out the schedule until then.

Stay tuned for more updates and events, and please remember to Like us on Facebook and subscribe to this blog!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

M.A.T.C.H. Reading Group

This is a reminder and a plug for tomorrow's M.A.T.C.H. meeting @ 6:15 in the Rome Hall vestibule where it will move to an available meeting space. The meeting will last an hour and then you are welcome to join in for dinner. This month's reading is from The Queer Art of Failure by Judith "Jack" Halberstam who will be visiting GWU at the end of this month. You can contact M. Bychowski (mbychows@gwmail.gwu.edu) for the reading or if you have any questions about the event. You are encouraged to come even if you are anxious about discussing Theory. Let me assure you, these opportunities to discuss theory outside of the classroom are invaluable! So take your mentee or your mentor, your study buddy or friend - this is a great opportunity to connect with your fellow grad students. 
For more information about M.A.T.C.H. or this event, check out the Facebook page!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Upcoming Department Events - September

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Welcome to a new year! We hope your first week of classes was not too stressful. As you know, we are currently working on developing the Mentor Program, so stay tuned for more information about that. In the meantime, we have drawn up a long list of upcoming events for our department. Many of these events are great opportunities to network with members of our program and others from outside the department. As these events approach, we will showcase them on this blog. If you have one you would like to add to this list, please leave a comment below or contact us at gwegsa@gmail.com. You can also Like us on Facebook and/or follow this blog via email using the box to the right.

September 7 Inaugural Dean Lecture 3:30pm Mt. Vernon Campus 
September 13 M.A.T.C.H. Theory Reading Group 5-6pm Rome Hall (Dinner to follow)
September 14 EGSA September Happy Hour 4-7 Location TBA
September 17 EGSA Board Meeting 5:30 Rome 771 (EGSA meetings are open to GWU English Grads)
September 20 American Literature and Culture Organization Event (Details TBA)
September 22-23 EGSA National Book Festival Outing (Details TBA)
September 24 Professional Development: Attending Conferences and Writing Abstracts

More information about our first event - the Dean's Lecture:
Please join us for the Inaugural Dean's Lecture on Friday, Sept. 7, at 3:30 p.m. on the Mt. Vernon Campus.

Dr. Gail Kern Paster will be delivering her talk entitled:  "Shylock, Othello and the Theatrical Coding of Difference: Picturing Shakespeare at the Folger" Images of Shylock and Othello from the Folger Shakespeare Library image database show how these figures of the Jew and the Moor as Other have been represented since the eighteenth century. These images also show how they have been presented for consumption and display. Setting images side by side has great potential for understanding the theatrical coding of difference in an historical trajectory. The talk is designed for a broad audience.
This event is open to the public and will be followed by a reception. Please see the attached flier for more information.

There is a free shuttle service available from Foggy Bottom: