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Upcoming Events

Laurie Edson memorial

APRIL 29
Service commémoratif: Laurie Edson
 12:00 pm
 Scripps Cottage

You are invited to attend an informal service to commemorate the long and distinguished career of Professor Laurie Edson, who passed away at the end of 2021. Several former students and colleagues will share short memories or readings, and others are welcome to do so too. 

Digital Humanities Showcase

MAY 6
Digital Humanities Showcase and Electronic Literature Competition
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
LA-61

Our annual DH Showcase and E-Lit student competition is back! Join us as we reunite in the DH Center and celebrate all of the creative digital work we created during the Pandemic. Submit your project(s) by April 28, 2022 to be included.
More information.  

MFA Graduation Reading

MAY 6
MFA Graduation Reading
 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Scripps Terrace

Join us for readings from our 2022 MFA graduating students.



SDSU commencement regalia

MAY
13

Commencement
 3:00 pm
 Viejas Arena
The College of Arts and Letters ceremony for students and their guests (tickets required).

 

 

 


Recent News

In Memoriam: Laurie Edson

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Laurie Edson, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, passed away 29 December.  Laurie was an acclaimed scholar of the political, cultural, social, and economic issues facing women in postcolonial cultures, with her works drawing together literary and visual media to critique traditional methods of knowledge production. In addition to scholarly books on Henri Michaux and the Poetics of Movement and Reading Relationally, Laurie guest-edited special collections of several journals, translated Jeanne Hyvrard’s Mother Death, and published more than 30 book chapters and essays. 

Laurie joined SDSU as an Associate Professor of French in 1988, after appointments at Harvard, Stanford, and UCLA, and moved to the Department of English and Comparative Literature as a full professor in 1993, serving in multiple important roles over the course of her career. She introduced students to the works of writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Tsitsi Dangaremba and was recognized as the Most Influential Faculty member on three separate occasions (1989, 2012, and 2017). She also received Mortar Board’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2012 and Phi Beta Kappa’s recognition for excellence in teaching in 2002. Throughout, she drew attention to the lives of the marginal and marginalized, and championed the importance of comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of literature. 

Critical Conversations in Children’s Literature 

Critical Conversations in Children’s Literature brings together authors and scholars to discuss critical topics brewing within the field.

Episode #1 features a coversation with Tae Keller, the 2021 Newbery Award, and Dr. Daley, an assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, discussing the representations of girlhood presented in Keller's novel, When You Trap A Tiger. 

Episode #2 part two to Dr. Daley's conversation with middle-grade author Tae Keller, features Dr. Charlene Tung sharing her insights on the historical and theoretical context of When You Trap a Tiger. Tung, a professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Sonoma State University, specializes in gender and globalization, Asian American women's history/contemporary (im)migration, and gender and race-ethnicity in popular culture.

Episode #3 features Dr. Libby Gruner, the 2021-2022 President of Children's Literature Association (ChLA). ChLA is the largest organization of scholars, critics, professors, students, librarians, teachers, and institutions dedicated to studying children's literature. In this episode, Dr. Gruner considers the subtle and large ways that collaboration exists within the field.

Episode #4 features Lin Oliver, the co-founder of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). SCBWI is the largest organization of children's book industry professionals. In this episode, Oliver acknowledges that collaboration can often be a lesson in power negotiation. 

Episode #5 features our very own Newbery Award winning author, Matt de la Peña, along with New York Times bestselling illustrator, Loren Long. In this episode, they discuss their behind-the-scenes collaborative process for their 2018 New York Times bestselling picture book Love as well as their current project. 

Funded by the Department of English & Comparative Literature andan SDSU IRA grant and is in collaboration with the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature.

Archives

APRIL 28
Adaptive Performance of Brown Girl Dreaming
1:00 pm
LA-61

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson’s lyric memoir about finding her voice as a young African American writer, will be collaboratively adapted for performance by the students in Professor Dani Bedau’s THEA 510 advanced Creative Drama course.
More information. 

APRIL 27
Living Writers' Series
 7:00 pm
via Zoom

Award-winning poet, Atsuro Riley will read from his latest publications and answer questions from attendees.
Learn more.

APRIL 21-22
Omni Echo Event
 10:00 am
LA-61M

The Omni Echo is an immersive synthesizer, an augmented reality experience that stretches sounds in time. Chris Warren, Assistant Professor of Digital Composition and Sound Design, Music Recording Technology and Audio Design Area Coordinator in the School of Music and Dance, will lead this immersive exploration.
More information. 

APRIL 13
Faculty Book Celebration
 12:00 pm
AL-266 or Zoom

Join us as we celebrate recent faculty book publications.

APRIL 6
Living Writers' Series
7:00 pm
On Zoom

Maurice Carlos Ruffin will read from his most recent publications and answer questions from attendees. Learn more.

MARCH 23
NCSCL Visiting Scholar's Lecture
4:00 - 5:30 pm
LL-430

This year's NCSCL Visiting Scholar's Lecture: "A 'Damn Mob' of Scribbling Girls: From Jo March to Starr Carter" by Maria Tatar.

MARCH 21
Warner Innovation Lecture
12:00 - 12:50 pm
AL-102

 Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature Diana Leong will discuss her in-progress book manuscript, Against Wind and Tide: Toward a Slave Ship Ecology, which situates environmental justice within abolitionism to reveal how modern racial slavery shapes our understanding of what it means to be free within an environmentally-just world. 

MARCH 16
Living Writers' Series
7:00 pm
LL-430

Conversations in Children’s, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Literature: A Reading and Discussion featuring Award-winning Authors and Scholars, Chris Baron, Lashon Daley, and Matt de la Peña.
Learn more.

MARCH 14
Bad Air, Built Environments, and the Brookes
10:00 am
On Zoom

Diana Leong will present her current research during the IEPA Faculty Work in Progress Lecture Series.
Learn more about this event. 

MARCH 9
Living Writers' Series
7:00 pm
On Zoom

Elisabet Velasquez will read from her debut novel, When We Make It, and answer questions from attendees.
Learn more.

MARCH 4
Introduction to E-Lit
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
On Zoom

Join Brent Ameneyro for an introduction of his new position and a brief exhibition and discussion of Electronic Literature. 
More information. 

FEBRUARY 16
New Faculty/Staff Lightning Talks
4:00 - 5:00 pm
On Zoom

Lashon Daley - Assistant Professor of English andComparative Literature
Romain Delaville - Digital Humanities Center ProgramsSpecialist.
Dustin Edwards - Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and WritingStudies
Kylie Sago- Assistant Professor of French in the Department of European Studies.

FEBRUARY 16
Living Writers' Series
 7:00 pm
On Zoom

The Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading presents, Award-winning Author and Utah’s Poet Laureate, Paisley Rekdal.

FEBRUARY 23
Indigenous Digital Storytelling
 4:00 - 5:00 pm
On Zoom

“Mite Achimowin (Heart Talk): Indigenous Women’s Expressions of Heart Health & Decolonizing Research Methods through Community-Based Digital Storytelling” with Dr. Lorena Sekwan Fontaine, Associate Professor, Human Rights, University of Winnipeg and SDSU Fulbright Scholar in American Indian Studies.