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Laramie, WY 82071
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Spring 2016

Literature and the Environmental Imagination: A Reading and Discussion Group with Susan Oliver, Visiting Fellow in English; March 31-April 14, 2016, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m., Coe Library 123.  Flyer

MA Alumni Presentations by Lindsey Grubbs and Heather Ackerman; March 4, 2016, 1 p.m., Classroom Building 209

English Majors Meeting; March 7, 2016, 4-6 p.m., BU 129. Pizza party for current English majors. Faculty and English alums will talk about careers for English majors, and the value and purpose of studying English.  Please RSVP to Peter Parolin.

English Matters: 2016 Undergraduate Student Showcase; April 22, 2016, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wyoming Union Skylight Lounge and East Yellowstone Ballroom.  Call for Proposals.

Spring 2015

The Brain is Wider than the Sky - Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference; March 26-27, Hilton Garden Inn

English Matters: 2015 Undergraduate Student Showcase: Friday May 1, 3-6 p.m.

Fall 2014

Thursday, November 20, 3 pm in CR 209: Andy Fitch and Danielle Pafunda will present on their research conducted with the assistance of a grant from the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research.

Monday November 24, 4-6 pm in CR 129: WIHR speaker Dr. Peter Kaufman will deliver a talk “Such Large Discourse: Leadership and the Humanities.”

Jane Austen Club-UW will be hosting a Jane Austen birthday dinner party on the eve of her birthday, Dec. 15th.

Fall 2013

Nina McConigley Public Reading - November 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Coe 506

Upstart Crows Poetry Reading - November 21, 2013, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hoyt 212 (Mathison Library)

L.L. Smith Speaker Series Presents Dr. Elizabeth Weiser, Ohio State-Newark - October 3-4, 2013

  • Presentation--Who We Are: What National Museums Can Tell Us about Our Public Identity. October 3, 2013, 4:10 p.m., BU 121

To faithfully reflect reality, vocabularies must select realities that may well also deflect from reality, wrote rhetorician Kenneth Burke in an early article. National history museums are some of the clearest examples of these reflecting (selecting/deflecting) “vocabularies,” narrating a partially permanent, constantly shifting version of public identity. Drawing on my research in twenty nations on six continents, I will in this talk compare narratives of settlement in the US and elsewhere that made the incorporation of indigenous history problematic, examine efforts to re-narrate that history through a focus on various “mythic images,” and finally end with a consideration of the contrasting ideals of nationalism or transnationalism evident in museums today.  I will look most closely at national museums in the US, New Zealand, and Rwanda, while also drawing on my recent collaboration with the European Commission’s national museums project.  'Who we are' is heavily influenced by—but also influences—who we say we are and who, as a public, we want to be.

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