Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public and free of charge.

Fall 2015


MarketWise Job Seeker Workshop #1: Crafting Effective Cover Letters and CVs, with Dr. Barbara Mennel. Friday, Sept. 18, 2:00–3:30 pm in Pugh 210. All are welcome.


MarketWise Job Seeker Workshop #2: Crafting Effective Research Statements and Dissertation Abstracts with Dr. Susan Hegeman. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 4:00–5:30 pm in Pugh 160. All are welcome.


Graduate Certificate Meet-and-Greet
Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 2:00–4:00 pm, Smathers Library (East) 100

This informal meet-and-greet will introduce graduate students across disciplines to graduate certificate programs outside of their departments. Our objectives are to foster interdisciplinary work and intellectual communities at UF and to inform students about opportunities for gaining skills and finding careers beyond traditional faculty positions. For more information contact Leah Rosenberg, Department of English Graduate Coordinator, or Tim Blanton, Program Coordinator for the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. More information is available here.


Morning with the Curators: 3D Printing, Baldwin Children’s Literature, Judaica, and Latin American & Caribbean
October 5, 9:00–11:00 am, Smathers Library, Special Collections and Second Floor Lobby

Please join us for an informal meet-and-greet with Curators and Experts in the Libraries for Humanities and Arts Graduate Students and Faculty. The Curators will share rare and unique treasures from the collections and introduce ways of thinking about and working with texts, collections, and materiality, including 3D printing. The event will start with brief introductions by all Curators, and then time for small group conversations with the Curators. See this page for more information.


MarketWise Fall Workshop Series for Job Seekers
Monday, October 5, 4:00–5:30 pm, Pugh Hall 150

Dr. Jodi Schorb will lead a workshop on crafting effective teaching philosophies and teaching portfolios. Our guest speaker will be Sabrina Gilchrist, winner of a Department of English Graduate Student Teaching award and the winner of the 2015 University-wide Graduate Student Teaching award. Sabrina will share her process and offer examples of how she crafted a philosophy and chose materials to demonstrate teaching effectiveness. All are welcome.


“Imagining Climate Change: Science & Fiction in Dialogue”

This international, interdisciplinary colloquium will bring noted climate scientists and science fiction authors and scholars to the UF campus to discuss the effects of climate change on the physical environment and the human imaginary. Confirmed speakers include Christian Chelebourg, Andrea Dutton, Jean-Marc Ligny, and Nathaniel Rich, and UF faculty from the Department of English, the Center for African Studies, the UF Climate Institute, and the UF Water Institute. A second colloquium in the series will take place in February 2016. For more information, visit the colloquium WWW site,


The English Graduate Organization’s 2015 conference, “How to Talk About Horror,” will take place Thursday, October 22–Saturday, October 24.


Professor Katrin Sieg (Georgetown University)
Public Talk: “Queering Asylum: Refugees in Recent European Cinema”
4:00 pm
Ustler Hall Atrium

Many of the refugees reaching European shores now include gay, lesbian, and transgendered people who seek protection from persecution for belonging to a “specific social group” in their country of origin. The enshrining of gay rights in EU law seemingly signals the victory of glbt rights as human rights. What perverse impulse, then, drives some European filmmakers to call the idea of a cosmopolitan, ethnically diverse, and sexually tolerant Europe into question? The talk discusses the films Unveiled (dir. Angelina Macaroni, 2005) and Jaures (dir. Vincent Dieutre, 2012) to ask how queer European cinema has helped to envision alternatives to the current asylum regime, which would better correspond to the lived realities of glbt people in Europe and outside of it.

Katrin Sieg is Professor of German and European Studies at Georgetown University. Her areas of research are modern and contemporary German theater and European cultural studies. She is the author of three monographs on twentieth-century German theater and performance, including Ethnic Drag: Performing Race, Nation, Sexuality in West Germany (2002) and Choreographing the Global in European Cinema and Theater (2008). She has published in journals in women’s studies, theater, German, and European studies. Among her ongoing areas of interest are German and European popular culture, Turkish-German theater and literature, and Afro-German film and performance. Her two current research projects revolve around films and performances by and about refugees and efforts to decolonize European ethnology museums.

The talk is funded by the Jean Monnet Chair and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence with funding from the European Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission, and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel or Amie Kreppel.


MFA@FLA presents the 2015 Florida Writers Festival
UF grad students host four authors November 13–14

For further information please contact Eileen Rush. For general MFA@FLA program information see For the latest in specific festival information see

The 2015 Florida Writers Festival will feature Denis Johnson, Averill Curdy, Joy Williams and Charles Simic. The authors will read from their works and hold informal talks. All events will take place in the Ustler Hall Atrium on the University of Florida campus. The festival is free and open to the public.

The festival is presented by the 2016 class of MFA@FLA, the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English, University of Florida, and sponsored by The Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research. It is made possible by generous donations from Terry and Dorothy Smiljanich and the Office of the Provost of the University of Florida.

For the 2015 Florida Writers Festival Poster, Postcard, & Author Bios, click here.


Readings 8 p.m., Friday, November 13
Ustler Hall Atrium

Craft Talks 1 p.m. Saturday, November 14
Ustler Hall Atrium

Readings 8 p.m., Saturday, November 14
Ustler Hall Atrium


Shannon Silva—Film Screening
The Wooly, 20 N Main Street @ 7:00 pm

Shannon Silva is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and an experimental and documentary filmmaker with interests in gender, celebrity culture, fandom, and community building creative initiatives.

29 Places I Once Called Home(2006)

(Director/Producer, 2006, 20 minutes) From motels and trailer parks along the east coast to a ranch house in suburban, small town Texas, this 20-minute, experimental documentary utilizes super 8mm and 16mm footage along with family interviews to explore the multi-layered connections between poverty, frequent relocation, substance abuse, family violence and memory instability.

It’s a Girl Thing: Tween Queens and the Commodification of Girlhood(2012)

(Director/Producer, 2012, 57 minutes) It’s a Girl Thing speaks with consumer critics, tween brand marketers, girls, moms, and educators to explore the seemingly benign cultural universe of candy-coated, pastel-colored, hyper-commercialized girl culture to reveal the complex and contradictory messages directed at today’s young girls. Historical research, playful reenactments and found footage allow the film to look closely, and critically, at the tween markets evolution and the role of Disney and Nickelodeons’ tween queens in the markets explosion.

Funded by the Waldo W. Neikirk Professorship. For questions, please contact Barbara Mennel.


MarketWise Interviewing Session

You are cordially invited to the MarketWise session on Interviewing next Monday, Nov. 23, from 4pm–5:30 in Pugh 150. Dr. Jodi Schorb will share some advice on interviewing, and fabulous recent alumni Jordan Youngblood (Assistant Professor, Department of English, Eastern Connecticut State University) and Claudia Hoffman (Assistant Professor of Film, Clarkson University) will join us via SKYPE to speak about their recent interviewing experiences and offer tips and advice.

Spring 2016


Non-Academic Career Symposium
January 24, 2016
Pugh Hall Ocora

This event will feature panel presentations by 9 alumni of graduate programs at the University of Florida who are currently working in Alt-Ac or non-traditional jobs. Between panels, there will be break out sessions and time for informal meetings between graduate students and alumni. This will give current graduate students an opportunity to hear from alumni about: how they searched for and obtained non-traditional and alt-ac jobs, what skills their graduate work provided them with that they use in their current work, and what they do in their current work and what work outside of the academy is like.

Panel topics

Department Alumni panelists include:

Sarah Bleakney (PhD English, 2012)
Instructional Designer for the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration. She provides instructional design support to graduate and undergraduate faculty. Her current research focuses on supporting active and engaged learning in blended and online learning environments.

Todd Reynolds (PhD English)
Political Coordinator for the AFT-Maryland, the state federation for 10 different local unions, including the Baltimore Teachers Union, the Union for Baltimore City Employees, and the Union for Employees for Maryland State Employees. He works to engage membership in the local, state, and federal electoral process. He also oversees the union’s efforts to develop and advance within the legislative process the causes of education and public employee rights.

For a complete list of speakers, their bios, and the panel topics, see this link. (Three out-of-state speakers will Skype in.)

Sponsored by Graduate Coordinators Working Group, Center for Humanities in the Public Sphere, Department of English, and others; Lead organizer: Elizabeth Dale, Professor of History, Graduate Coordinator (History):


Film Studies Symposium
Graduate Students in Film Studies at UF
Harn Museum, January 29–30, 2016
With responses and keynote by Elena Gorfinkel (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Friday, January 29
4:00pm     Screening: Tsai Ming Liang, Journey to the West (2014, 56 minutes)
5:00pm     Keynote: Elena Gorfinkel, “Walking Still”

Saturday, January 30
Panels with Responses by Elena Gorfinkel
2:00–4:00pm     Panel 1: Politics & Allegory
4:15–6:00pm     Panel 2: Formal Histories & Aesthetics

For questions, please contact Dr. Barbara Mennel.


Olive Senior
A Reading and Conversation
Monday, 8 February at 4:00 pm in the Judaica Suite (Special Collections, 2nd Floor, Library East)

Olive Senior will read from her poetry and fiction and discuss Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, her recent prizewinning book which exposes a little-known side of a monumental story.

Author of over 16 books, Olive Senior is one of the most prominent contemporary Caribbean writers, having won prizes for her fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Senior has worked internationally as a creative writing teacher and lecturer on Caribbean literature and culture. She is on the faculty of the Humber School for Writers, Toronto, and has taught in the writing programs at University of Toronto, St. Lawrence University, Barnard College, and Columbia University.

In the 1970s and 1980s, she worked as a journalist for the Jamaican Daily Gleaner and edited two leading journals in the Anglophone Caribbean: the Jamaica Journal and Social and Economic Studies. In the 1980s and 1990s, she published acclaimed works of fiction and poetry, including her short story collection, Summer Lightening (1986), which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and her poetry collection Gardening in the Tropics (1994), which won the F.J. Bressani Literary Prize and is required reading on the regional Anglophone Caribbean syllabus (CXC Cape). Her non-fiction works on Caribbean history and culture include Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, which won the 2015 OCM Bocas Literary Prize for Non-Fiction and the Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize for the best book written about the Caribbean in 2015, as well as influential works such as Working Miracles: Women's Lives in the English-Speaking Caribbean (1991) and The Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage (2003).

Her work in recording and disseminating the cultural heritage of Jamaica was honored in 2003 with the Norman Washington Manley Foundation Award for Excellence and in 2004 with the Gold Medal of the Institute of Jamaica. Her work is represented in numerous anthologies worldwide and has been translated into several languages.


Wind of Change
Wednesday, February 17th @ 4:00 p.m.
Room 100 Smathers East

This screening will be followed by a Q+A with the festival’s curator, Nicole Dreiske, Director of the International Children’s Media Center.

On Wednesday, February 17th, the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature and the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture at the University of Florida will present a special screening of Wind of Change, a program of short films from the Global Girls FilmFest, the first festival featuring female-focused short films juried by formerly homeless young women. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q+A with Festival Founder, Nicole Dreiske. The Wind of Change program will showcase six diverse and empowering short films from five countries. The Global Girls Film Festival was created by the International Children’s Media Center (ICMC) as a 14-week film immersion program in which formerly homeless and abused young women screen and discuss 40–50 films from around the world. Global Girls is designed to prompt self-reflection and thought-provoking discussions that culminate in a festival curated by residents themselves. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to spread the word about it to your colleagues, friends, and students. We hope to see you at the screening! For more information please feel free to contact:

Suzan Alteri, Curator, Baldwin Library
John Cech, Director, Center for Children’s Literature and Culture
Leila Estes, Coordinator, CCLC


Imagining Climate Change
University of Florida, February 17–18, 2016

“Imagining Climate Change” will engage authors, scholars, scientists, and the general public in the vital work of imagining our collective climate futures. The Spring 2016 colloquium will bring award-winning and influential French and American science fiction authors and climate scientists to the UF campus to dialogue with UF faculty and researchers in the humanities, climate studies, and water management, and to explore new ways of representing and responding to environmental change.

The colloquium begins on February 17, with a plenary roundtable co-hosted by the UF Water Institute as part of the Institute’s 5th Biennial Symposium. Introduced by UF President W. Kent Fuchs and Cynthia Barnett of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications, the roundtable will feature Tobias Buckell, Jay Famiglietti, Ellen E. Martin, Yann Quero, and Jeff VanderMeer. The colloquium concludes on February 18 with individual talks by Tobias Buckell, Christian Chelebourg, Ellen E. Martin, Yann Quero, and Jeff VanderMeer, and responses by UF faculty from the Center for African Studies and the Departments of English, Entomology and Nematology, Geological Sciences, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

All events are presented in English or simultaneous English translation and are free and open to the public. See for a schedule of event locations and times, interviews with the authors, and excerpts of their work in climate science and fiction. For additional information, contact Terry Harpold or Alioune Sow.


The Marxist Reading Group will hold its 18th Annual Conference.


Peter Logan (Temple University) Talk
Dauer Hall 219, 5–7pm

Peter Logan will present “Eccentric Dickens,” a talk on characterization and Victorian medical psychology.

“Eccentric Dickens”
Peter M. Logan, Temple University


What does “eccentricity” mean? Dickens is routinely called “the novelists of eccentricity” by scholars of that quality, and they point to the same qualities that led E. M. Forster to use Dickens’s character as his primary example of “flat” rather than “round” characters. But ideas about eccentricity in Victorian Britain were nothing like they are today or during Forster’s day. Dickens’s life as a writer corresponded with the dominance of a uniquely Victorian form of eccentricity, known as "Moral Insanity." This was the established medical term for eccentricity, and it famously pathologized social non-conformity. By analyzing the logical structure of moral insanity and the psychological assumptions it rested on, I show that Victorian psychology gave eccentricity considerable complexity as a psychological condition. But it also created a conundrum at the center of the condition: eccentricity’s principle symptom was an apparent psychological flatness, in which actions lacked the clear motivation provided by psychological depth. In the world of Moral Insanity, the reductive psychology of eccentricity actually signified psychological depth, rather than its absence. This talk uses eccentricity in Dickens to look at the implications for psychological realism that follow from studying fiction in the context of the time-bound nature of beliefs about universal human psychology. 

Dr. Logan is the Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship Center at Temple University and the former Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple. A professor of English, he teaches courses in Victorian literature, the history of the novel, and digital humanities. He is the author of two books on Victorian literature as well as Editor of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.


Peter Logan (Temple University) Workshop
Nygren Studio, Library West, 2–3pm

Peter Logan will lead a works-in-progress workshop on using computational textual analysis to analyze changes in the nature of knowledge across time in C19, a DH project analyzing historical editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Encyclopedic Time Workshop
Peter M. Logan, Temple University

What can encyclopedias tell us about the changing nature of knowledge in the nineteenth century? This workshop looks at the pilot stage of a large research project designed to track changes in key cultural concepts by applying textual analysis tools to historic editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica, from 1797-1911. This project seeks to identify broad patterns in the changing shape of knowledge over time by looking at the language used to explain major scientific and cultural concepts. Does the complexity of language increase as the century progresses? Are there generic distinctions between changes in the humanities and sciences or do they follow overlapping paths? Answers to these questions lie in the future, but this workshop will explore the design of the pilot study and any preliminary results from it. We will also talk about the history of the Encyclopedia Britannica and the advantages of working with continuously-revised documents instead of primary sources. We will also touch briefly on the different types of textual analysis being used, including dynamic topic modeling, an algorithm specifically designed to analyze topics that change over time.

Recommended Reading

  1. Moretti, “Style, Inc.” from Distant Reading.
  2. Andrew Piper and M. Algee-Hewitt, “The Werther Effect I: Goethe, Objecthood, and the Handling of Knowledge,” in Distant Readings : Topologies of German Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Erlin and Tatlock (2014).
  3. A. Goldstone and T. Underwood, “What Can Topic Models of PMLA Teach Us About the History of Literary Scholarship?” Jrnl of Digital Humanities 2.1 (2012).

Dr. Logan is the Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship Center at Temple University and the former Director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple. A professor of English, he teaches courses in Victorian literature, the history of the novel, and digital humanities. He is the author of two books on Victorian literature as well as Editor of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.

Summer 2016


13th Annual UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels
The 13th Annual UF Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels on the theme of Transnational Comics will be held from April 8–10th, 2016. For more information, see this link.


Julian Go (Boston University) Discussion Session
Dauer Hall 219, 10:30am

Julian Go will discuss his paper “Colonialism’s Ends: Field Theory and the Contraction of the Imperial Repertoire of Power” with interested graduate students. The paper is available at this link.


Julian Go (Boston University) Talk
“Postcolonial Thought & Social Theory”
Dauer Hall 219, 2:30pm

Description: Postcolonial thought and social theory today stand in seeming opposition. Postcolonial thought emerges from anticolonial thought of the mid-twentieth century and now nestled within the academic humanities. Social Theory emerges from the culture of empires and is now settled in disciplines like Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, and Anthropology. Despite this seeming opposition, this talk considers some of the ways in which postcolonial thought and social theory share common ground and how they might fruitfully inform each other.

Julian Go is Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate in Asian Studies and New England & American Studies at Boston University. His interdisciplinary work examines global social formations, empires, colonialism, postcolonial thought and social theory. His first sole authored book, American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political Cultures in Puerto Rico and the Philippines under US Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2008), won the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book from the American Sociological Association and was a Finalist for the Philippines National Book Award). His most recent book Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires, 1688 to Present (Cambridge University Press, 2011), won prizes from the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, and was one of Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Titles” in 2012.
This event is sponsored by the departments of English, Sociology, Political Science, and the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere.


MarketWise Workshop: Getting a Head Start on the Academic Job Market
Pugh 210, 1–2:30pm

For those planning on going or considering going on the academic job market this upcoming academic year, please attend MarketWise’s final 2015–16 workshop, “Getting a Head Start on the Academic Job Market.” The workshop, led by Dr. Jodi Schorb (with input from job seekers), will be held in Pugh 210 on Thursday, April 21, from 1–2:30pm. The workshop will discuss steps and things you can do in advance this summer to get ready for the long, time-intensive, and often ongoing job search process. Everyone is welcome, although the workshop will be framed around first-time academic job searches for those less familiar with the process.


Short Film Screening
The Wooly, 6:00pm

Please join us for a screening of short films made by the Film & Media Studies students of ENG 4136 Video Production and ENG 4146 Advanced Video Production. The event will begin at 6pm on Thursday, April 21st, at The Wooly, located at 20 N. Main St.

The evening will take the form of a mini film festival and feature experimental, nonfiction, and narrative films along with a Q&A with the filmmakers.

It's free and open to the public, so please come out to support filmmaking at UF, and help us spread the word!