English Department Teaching Symposium

English Teaching Symposium

This symposium features faculty members and graduate students from the English department, coming together to discuss teaching methods, strategies, and philosophies. The event will be conversational–brief presentations followed by infromal discussion about teaching. The event consists of two sessions: 1) “Pedagogical Ecologies” (1-2:30), and 2) “Classroom and/as Community (2:30-4:00). Each session is worth a credit towards the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning. Refreshments include bananas, coffee, and more!

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Fieldnotes Speaker Series: Jeremy Colangelo

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Following up on our succesful first lecture, the Graduate English Society presents its second Fieldnotes Speaker Series. Jeremy Colangelo, a fourth-year PhD candidate, will be discussing non-words in Joyce’s Finnegans Wake with a response provided by Dr. Allan Pero.

This talk will take place in one week on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 1:00pm in AHB 2R07.

The Fieldnotes Speaker Series has been created to highlight the wide range of creative and innovative scholarship developed by graduate students in the Department of English. We hope to see you there!

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Fieldnotes Speaker Series

The Graduate English Society is proud to present the first talk of its inaugural Fieldnotes Speaker Series. Join us on Wednesday, March 22nd at 1pm in AHB 2R07 for a talk by Courtney Church entitled “The Story of Seeing”: Photography and Memory in Paul Auster’s The Invention of Solitude, with a response provided by Jeremy Colangelo.

The Fieldnotes Speaker Series has been created to highlight the wide range of creative and innovative scholarship developed by graduate students in the Department of English. We hope to see you there!

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GES General Meeting


Join us for our next meeting where we will be talking about the new provincial funding model that directly affects teaching opportunities for PhD students.

When: Thursday March 16th at 1:30 pm (immediately following Ground and the Fury)

Where: AHB 1B02

Draft Agenda | Minutes


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GES Book and Bake Sale

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Need books for classes, comps, or a bit of light reading for the February break? We’ve got you covered! Come check out our high-quality course textbooks, literary classics, Canadian literature, drama, literary criticism, popular fiction, and super yummy baked goods at the Graduate English Society’s winter book and bake sale!

Soft covers $2
Hard covers $3
Anthologies $5
Baked goods by donation

All proceeds help to support Graduate English Society Events

GES Members are invited to sign up to help staff the table and/or donate baked goods.

Please see the public Facebook event for more details.

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Poetry Crossover Kickoff: A Literary Sonic Social

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Please join us for:

Kickoff: A Literary Sonic Social

January 11, 2017

The IGAB Atrium, Western University

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join students and colleagues in the Department of English and Writing Studies and across the Arts & Humanities for Kickoff, a full-throated encounter with sound poetry activities animated by Canada Council Writer in Residence Margaret Christakos on Wednesday, January 11 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the IGAB Atrium. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

At Wednesday’s free Kickoff: A Literary Sonic Social, Margaret will lead a series of sound poetry activities exploring the oral, sonic, alphabetic space of our voices amidst the soaring acoustic space of the IGAB Atrium. Solo, small group and collaborative modes of participation will give everyone a chance to expand their “ulu-literary” range. At the Kickoff, Western’s current Student Writer in Residence Victoria Wiebe will also give a short reading from her work and share some of the ways she uses sound and sonics in her poetry.

Join us for a fun and interactive evening and get to know your writing colleagues better. Come and laugh with us at this Literary Sonic Social.

This first sound-focused literary evening is the Kickoff to Poetry Crossover, a series of four literary events that Margaret will animate during the second term of her Western university residency. Each event will invite student poets and writers to participate in reading and performance opportunities, and will consider poetry and writing in relation to specific spaces and contexts on campus.

For more information, please see the Facebook Event.

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GES General Meeting


Join us for our second meeting of the year!

When: Friday, December 9th, 2:30-3:30pm

Where: AHB 1B08

Agenda | Minutes

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GES Winter Holiday Party


Come celebrate the end of the semester with the GES!

Join us on Friday, December 9th at 8pm at The Grad Club and unwind with your colleagues before the busy exam period begins. We will provide a free drink for members of the department and delicious appetizers complete with vegetarian options.

Spouses, partners, and significant others are welcome!

As in past years, there is no dress code, although many take the opportunity to wear their holiday finest: glitz and glam and questionable holiday-themed sweaters are all appropriate!

Since we’d like to have an idea of the number of people planning to attend, we ask that you RSVP on the Facebook invitation and/or email ges.socialcommittee@gmail.com by Friday December 2nd to guarantee your drink ticket and help us make sure there’s enough food!

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MLIS Book Swap

The MLIS Student Council is hosting a Book Swap evening at the Grad Club on Thursday November 3 at 8pm and they’ve invited all of us! This would be a great time to make some new friends in Library & Information Sciences and get some new books! Please see the attached poster for details!books-beer

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Book & Bake Sale


Come out and get the books you need and want for cheap!

When: October 18th, 19th, & 20th, 10am-3pm

Where: AHB 2G28N

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

We’re looking for volunteers to table and bake treats, sign up here!

Go to the Facebook Event to spread the word and tell us you’ll be there!

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