English Student Conference

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 9:00am EDT
Event Location: 
Zoom
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Judith Leggatt
Event Contact Phone: 
807-343-8010 ext 8292
Event Contact E-mail: 

We invite all undergraduate and graduate students of English on both campuses to participate in the English Student Conference, held on Thursday April 13th 2023. All papers will be presented online via Zoom. Students will present 15 minute (7–8page) papers focused on all aspects of English studies, including:
•  Literary texts from all periods and genres
• Films and television
• Graphic novels and comics
• New media (i.e. web comics, instagram, blogs, etc.)
• Visual texts
• Cultural texts (i.e. architecture, fandom, ideas of “nature”, etc.)
Please send a) the title of your proposed paper, plus b) an abstract describing the proposed paper (max 300 words) to jleggatt@lakeheadu.ca by Friday, March 3,2023.

 

Works-in-Progress

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 1:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Orillia (live, with the speaker): OA3007 Thunder Bay (in-person, via videolink: AT5037
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Max Haiven
Event Contact E-mail: 
Dr. Sarah Olutola will read from her work in progress "The Queen's Spade"

The event will take place on November 11 at 1pm Eastern
About the work: The year is 1862 and murderous desires are simmering in England. 18-year-old Sarah Bonetta Forbes (Sally), once a princess of the Egbado Clan, desires one thing above all else: revenge against The British Crown and its system of colonial ‘humanitarianism,’ which stole her dignity and transformed her into royal property. From military men to political leaders, she has a list of Brits she wishes to ruin for transforming her into a political puppet and royal pet. The last on her list? Her godmother, Britain’s mighty monarch, Queen Victoria herself. THE QUEEN’S SPADE is loosely inspired by the true story of Queen Victoria’s African goddaughter.

Sarah Olutola (pen name Sarah Raughley) is an author, writer, and academic. While currently teaching writing at Lakehead University, she is also a freelance columnist and has written for publications such as The Walrus, Teen Vogue, NBC, CBC, Zora Magazine, and The Washington Post, to name a few. She is also an emerging Young Adult (YA) author whose novels and short stories are published around the world.

 

The Corporate Threat to Freedom of Expression

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Online
Event Fee: 
Free
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Monica Flegel
Event Contact E-mail: 

In 2003, The Corporation shocked audiences around the world with its insight into the way powerful economic interests and a culture of greed are undermining democracy and human rights around the world. In The New Corporation writer and director Joel Bakan returns, asking: how can corporations claim to now be “good actors” while they take us to the brink of existential crisis? 

However, when Bakan and his team tried to promote the film’s trailer on Twitter, they were told it was “too political,” and the Canadian Government did nothing to protect their freedom of expression. Now they’re bringing constitutional lawsuits against both Twitter and the Canadian Government. 

Join us for an online screening of the film and discussion with Joel Bakan. This event is part of Freedom to Read Week and hosted by Lakehead’s Department of English, the Faculty of Law, and the University Library, in association with the Thunder Bay Public Library.

Registration is required. A link to the film and/or discussion will be provided with registration.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Storying Climate Change

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Leacock Museum National Historic Site
Event Fee: 
free, but please register in advance
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Cheryl Lousley
Event Contact Phone: 
705-330-4008, ext. 2643
Event Contact E-mail: 

As part of a series of readings and discussions taking place across Canada, Storying Climate Change invites communities to discuss and reflect on what climate change means for them now. Canadian writers Kyo Maclear (Birds Art Life, Orillia’s Big Read 2017 selection), Deborah McGregor (Indigenous Environmental Justice, York University & Whitefish River First Nation), and Hillary McGregor (Sport Ontario) will be joined by local writers and storytellers to read, tell stories, and discuss a new collection of climate change stories, titled Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times. Including more than forty works of short fiction, memoir, and poetry, Rising Tides emphasizes the need for intimate stories and thoughtful attention to climate change.

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Sponsored by Storying Climate Change, a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellowship, the Lakehead University Research Chair in Environmental Humanities, Caitlin Press, and Manticore Books.

 

CANCELLED: 4th Annual English Student Conference

Event Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2020 - 8:30am to 4:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
AT5041 & OA2020
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Douglas Hayes
Event Contact Phone: 
807-3467885
Event Contact E-mail: 

CANCELLED

We invite all undergraduate and graduate students of English on both campuses to participate in the English Student Conference, held on April 6th, 2020.  Students will present 7–8 page papers focused on all aspects of English studies, including: 

  • Literary texts
  • Films and television
  • Graphic novels and comics
  • New media (i.e. webcomics, instagram, blogs, etc.)
  • Visual texts
  • Cultural texts (i.e. architecture, fandom, ideas of “nature,” etc.)

To participate: please submit applications (which can be based on essays or seminars completed or being written for English classes) that include the following:

  1. The title of your paper
  2. An abstract describing your proposed paper (max. 300 words).

Applications should be sent to dhayes@lakeheadu.ca by Monday, March 2nd, 2020.

The conference will be held in the telepresence rooms on both the Orillia and Thunder Bay campuses.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Papers of 15 minutes will be delivered in panels of three or four, with question periods to follow.

 

Resurgent Reading Practices: Indigenous and Anishinaabe Literature Book Clubs in Northwestern Ontario.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 11:00am EST
Event Location: 
AT5036 and OA2005
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Monica Flegel
Event Contact E-mail: 

SSHRC post-doctural fellow Dr. Adar Charleton will discuss how reading Indigenous Literatures serves transformative, healing, decolonizing, and place-based resurgent potentialites. 

All welcome.

Organized by the Department of English.

Video-conference to Orillia 

Works in Progress Talk

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 2:30pm EST
Event Location: 
AT5036 & OA3041
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Monica Flegel
Event Contact Phone: 
343-8285

The Department of English invites you to join us on this "Works in Progress" talk 

Dr. Kathryn Walton is presenting a talk on her current works in progress: "Medieval Literary Magic and the Power of Literature"

 

Everyone welcome.

Career Day!

Event Date: 
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 2:30pm EST
Event Location: 
AT 5036 & OA2005
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Judith Leggatt
Event Contact E-mail: 
"What can you do with an English degree?" Hint: Lots of things ...

Come hear from several recent BA and MA graduates of English to find out what they are doing and how their English training helped prepare them for the working world, as well as a representative from the Career Zone Student Success center.

Date: Friday, January 24, 2020        Time: 2:30-5pm

Location(s): AT 5036 and OA 2005 

 Presenters will include:

Meagann Blundon

Ashley Johnson

Doug Diaczuk

Elizabeth Garofalo

 

 

Lit on Tour Masterclass

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 1:00pm EST
Event Location: 
RB 3026
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Scott Pound
Event Contact E-mail: 

The Department of English, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and in conjunction with Toronto International Festival of Authors presents:
Lit on Tour Masterclass with Linden McIntyre

Linden MacIntyre is a Canadian journalist, broadcaster and novelist. He has won ten Gemini Awards, an International Emmy and numerous other awards for writing and journalistic excellence, including the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his 2009 novel, The Bishop's Man.

Everyone welcome.

Orillia Campus - English Department Meet and Greet

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 1:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Alumni Commons
Event Contact Name: 
Cheryl Lousley
Event Contact E-mail: 

The English Department invites all English majors to this relaxed atmosphere event.  Come out and meet your peers as well as Department of English Faculty.  Enjoy light refreshments and be sure to enter your name for a door prize. This will run from 1 pm to 3 pm.

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