English Department Events 2016-2017:

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Pop Talk: Harry Potter and the Art of Storytelling in OM 4th Floor Lounge, April 5 at 5:00pm

The English department is holding its fifth Pop Talk at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, in Old Main fourth floor lounge. Pop Talks is a series of discussions on a POPular Culture topic with a different English faculty member leading each talk. The topic for this session is Harry Potter and the Art of Storytelling with Professor Matt Burgess.  Please pop in for a Pop Talk and popcorn. Students from all departments welcome.

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First Thursdays Workshop Session #6 Make a Big Idea Happen with special presenter Mary-Catherine harrison, April 6 at 4:45-6:15 in Smail Gallery.

Do you have a big idea -- a community project or a partnership -- but you don't know where to start? Are you trying to figure out what entrepreneurship or public activism might look like within the humanities, or how you can really make a difference? Professor Mary-Catherine Harrison, founder of Rx for Reading Detroit, will share the story of how she launched a program that has put thousands of books into the hands of children in Detroit, partnering within low-income health, dental and WIC clinics, Head Start programs and homeless shelters to distribute 2000 children's books per month in places where they are needed most. She's done this in three years while also working full-time as a professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy. The talk will to help you figure out the steps you need to take to make your huge dreams of making a difference into a sustainable project that has real community impact. 


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Layli Long Soldier Poetry Reading, April 18 at 7:00pm in JBD

Layli Long Soldier will do a poetry reading on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00pm in JBD in the Macalester Campus Center. Her newest collection of poems “WHEREAS” was published by Graywolf Press this spring. She has served as a contributing editor of Drunken Boat. Her poems have appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader and The Kenyon Review Online. She is the recipient of the 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2016 Whiting Award. Layli Long Soldier is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This event is free and open to the public.