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Congratulations to the Class of 2020! 

We're so proud of everything you've accomplished and want to help you celebrate now, check out the link above!

Congratulations to Professor Rebecca Lush, the SEA Scholar of the Month for April!

The Society of Early Americanists (SEA) selected Professor Rebecca Lush as their "scholar of the month" for April 2018! Read the Full Interview. Congratulations, Professor Lush! 


Community and World Literary Series

Join us at one of our CWLS events!These live literary readings feature award-winning authors and poets reading and discussing their work. All CWLS events are free and open to the public! Check out the full schedule on our CWLS page!


Reading and Signing with Tomi Adeyemi    stack of Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi and Rebecca Lush

On September 26, 2019 we welcomed author Tomi Adeyemi to campus for a reading and Q&A of her debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone. We had a wonderful evening listening to her read the enticing introduction and answer student questions about the creative process, publishing, character creation and more! 

Tomi Adeyemi on stage

Tomi Adeyemi event


Tomi Adeyemi signing for students

Tomi Adeyemi signing


Interview and Meet & Greet with Kristian Nairn

On October 15th, 2019 Professor Heidi Breuer hosted an interview and Q&A with DJ and actor Kristian Nairn! Beloved for his role as Hodor in the HBO series Game of Thrones; Nairn discussed his work as a DJ, getting and playing the role of Hodor, and how his career has changed his life. 

 Kristian Nairn with a student


 Kristian Nairn with Heidi Breuer

Kristian Nairn with Heidi Breuer

 Kristian Nairn's tattoos


Spring Humanities & Arts Graduate Conference 

The fourth annual Spring Humanities & Arts Graduate Conference was held on  April 20, 2019. The theme of the conference was This, That & The Other. Visit the Spring Graduate Conference page for more details about the graduate conference and information about how to participate in this year's event! For any inquiries regarding the program or to volunteer, please contact