GES Summer Election Results

The following candidates have been acclaimed in the summer elections:

Co-Chair: Lori Maddigan

Secretary/Treasurer: Courtney Church

Academic Coordinator: Sidra Khan

Steering Committee Representative: Aleksander Franiczek

Writer-In-Residence Committee Representative: Sharon Lindenburger

Website and Social Media Coordinator: Lisa Templin

Thanks again to everyone who volunteered! It looks like we are going to have a great year!

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Fieldnotes: Ian Hynd

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The third GES Fieldnotes talk of the year will take place March 16th at 2:00 p.m. in AHB 2R21.  Ian Hynd’s epic talk is entitled ‘“On War and Mutual Slaughter Bent’: Civil Broil in Milton’s Paradise Lost Book VI.” Dr. John Leonard will be responding to Ian’s paper.
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Fieldnotes Talk by Lisa Templin


Fieldnotes is back this semester for another round of talks given by the delightful members of our graduate department.

First on the docket this year is Lisa Templin with a paper entitled, ‘“Golden Distraction[s]’: Silencing Speght from the Margins of A Mouzell for Melastomus.”

The talk is Friday, February 9th at 2:00 p.m. in AHB 2R21. It’s a public lecture so all are welcome!

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Book & Bake Sale

February 2018 Book Sale

The Book & Bake Sale in support of GES events will be held February 6th and 7th from 10am to 4pm in AHB 2G28.

All books are $5 or less, and delicious baked goods are available by donation.

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GES General Meeting

Join us for our next meeting where we will be discussing quite a few important items including the recent email sent to year 7+ students, changes to our grad programs including the MA thesis option, and updates on the IQAP review and the renovations to UC. We will also have reports from various members and lots of announcements about upcoming events. As always, everyone is welcome to attend!

When: Friday February 2, 2018, 12-2pm

Where: AHB 2B02

Agenda | Feb 2018 Minutes

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Request for Proposals for Speaker Series Fieldnotes

The GES is excited to announce that it is continuing the Speaker Series, Fieldnotes, which had its inaugural run in the winter of 2017. Fieldnotes is designed to highlight all that is ground-breaking, creative, and outstanding in the scholarship of the Department of English’s graduate students. Designed to spark conversation and debate, this series will take the form of lectures ranging from 20 to 30 minutes which will be accompanied by a brief response from another member of Western’s scholarly community, typically a faculty member or graduate student working in the same field. Our intent in establishing this event is to offer graduate students a chance to engage the broader community in their note-worthy research and strengthen the academic community as well as their individual resumé.

To this end, the GES is currently accepting brief proposals from those interested in presenting their research (350 words max.). Please forward any proposals via e-mail to Courtney Church, GES Academic Coordinator, at We encourage submissions from students at all points of study—whether you’re a new MA student, a PhD candidate days away from defense, or anywhere in between.

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GES Holiday Party

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On Thursday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m., the GES is holding their annual Winter Holiday Party at the Grad Club. A variety of tasty appetizers and one drink ticket will be provided for all professors and graduate students. Please RSVP to the Facebook event to reserve your drink ticket. Looking forward to celebrating the holidays and the end of fall semester courses with you!

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Book & Bake Sale Volunteers Needed

books sale 2017

The Book & Bake Sale is taking place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (October 24-26) from 11 am to 4 pm each day. We need volunteers to help us run the sale and to donate baked goods.

Here’s the sign up sheet. Please donate your time or baked goods if you can.

All funds support the Graduate English Society Events. We very much appreciate your help.

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Lego Grad Student Informal Q & A

Lego Grad Student

The Lego Grad Student is coming to Western! And the Graduate English Society is hosting an informal department chat/Q&A session following the larger SOGS event.

We’ve been asked not to take pictures, but he will be selling merch.

Everyone welcome!

When: Wednesday, October 4th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Talbot College 202

Want to find out more about the Lego Grad Student?

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GES Election Results

Thanks to everyone who volunteered we now have a full compliment of representatives on the GES!

The following people have been acclaimed in this round of elections and over the summer:

CO-CHAIRS — Lisa Templin, Cameron Riddell
WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE COMMITTEE REP: Sharon Lindenburger, Farrah Nakhaie
M.A. REPRESENTATIVE — Hillary Muller
SOCIAL COORDINATORS — Jeremy Johnston, Jackie Reed
GTA UNION STEWARDS — Diana Samu-Visser, Andrew LiVecchi, Stuart Cheyne

Thanks again to everyone who volunteered! It looks like we are going to have a great year!

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