English Events


Upcoming Events


Tyree ThumbnailJ. M. Tyree - Saturday, June 26, 2021, 3:30pm

Join Justin St. Clair, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Alabama, as he moderates "Inherent Vice: A Conversation with J. M. Tyree." Nonfiction Editor at New England Review and Contributing Editor to Film Quarterly, Tyree has placed his work in a host of enviable venues, including Brick, Lapham's Quarterly, Sight & Sound, The Believer, and McSweeney's. His most recent book, The Counterforce: Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, arrived this spring from Fiction Advocate. This event will be held over Zoom. PHOTO: Ben Walters.


Past Events


Webinar ThumbnailPoetry Heals: Writing Workshop for Healthcare Workers - Saturday, April 24, 2021, 2:00pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing is offering a free writing class for Covid-19 healthcare workers. This interactive writing class will offer prompts, poems, and writing time during the afternoon session. This workshop is intended to inspire healing through poetry. The class is over Zoom on Saturday, April 24 from 2:00-3:30 CST. 


Pettus HeadshotDr. Mudiwa Pettus - Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 4:30pm

As part of the English Department's Race and Identity Lecture Series, Dr. Mudiwa Pettus, Assistant Professor of English Composition and Rhetoric at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, will present "Against Compromise: What Black Rhetorical Education in the Age of Booker T. Washington Teaches Us About Our Current Moment." This event will be held over Zoom.


Corral HeadshotEduardo Corral - Friday, March 26, 2021, 3:00pm

Join poet Eduardo Corral, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, as he shares strategies on how to reimagine your revision process. His debut collection of poetry, Slow Lightning (2012), won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino recipient of the award. His second collection is Guillotine (2020). Praised for his seamless blending of English and Spanish, tender treatment of history, and careful exploration of sexuality, Corral has received numerous honors and awards, including the Discovery/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Valentine


Brown HeadshotRev. Joseph Brown - Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 4:30pm

As part of the English Department's Race and Identity Lecture Series, Rev. Joseph Brown, SJ, Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, will present "Race and Identity in Literature and Culture." This event will be held over Zoom.


Brimhall HeadshotTraci Brimhall - Thursday, March 4, 2021, 5:00pm

Traci Brimhall is the author of Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon, 2020); Saudade (Copper Canyon, 2017), Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, and Best American Poetry. A 2013 NEA Fellow, she’s currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.


Romero HeadshotDr. Channette Romero - Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 4:30pm

As part of the English Department's Race and Identity Lecture Series, Dr. Channette Romero, Associate Professor of English at the University of Georgia specializing in Native and Multiethnic literature and film, will lead "Buckled Hats and HipHop Tricksters: A Conversation on Political Humor in Indigenous Animation." This event will be held over Zoom.


Groff HeadshotLauren Groff - Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 6:00pm

Lauren Groff is the author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award. Her third novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kirkus Award. Her work has appeared in journals including the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Tin House, One Story, and Ploughshares, and in the anthologies 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories, and five editions of the Best American Short Stories. She lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband, two sons, and dog.


Gaillard HeadshotFrye Gaillard - Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4:00pm

Frye Gaillard, USA Writer in Residence, will read from his new book, Live As If... A Teacher's Love Story, reflecting on the life and work of his wife, Nancy Gaillard, who died of leukemia in 2018. Partly a memoir of a vibrant marriage, Live As If... also recounts the story of Nancy's work as a public school teacher, principal, and assistant professor at South Alabama, as well as her final journey with leukemia. "If love had a voice and could tell us its story," says best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry, winner of the Harper Lee Award, "it would be this one by Frye Gaillard. As Gaillard recounts the extraordinary life of his wife, Nancy, he . . . offers us a peek into a life so well-lived, a life so full of courage and generosity, that it changes us just by reading about her."


Tucker HeadshotCynthia Tucker and Frye Gaillard - Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 4:30pm

As the first installment in the English Department's Race and Identity Lecture Series, USA Journalist in Residence Cynthia Tucker and Writer in Residence Frye Gaillard will present "Reflections on Isabel Wilkerson's Caste: A New Perspective on Race in America." This event will be held over Zoom.


Smith HeadshotPatricia Smith - Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6:00pm

On Tuesday, November 10, poet Patricia Smith, National Book Award Finalist and four-time individual National Poetry Slam champion, will talk about her transition as a slam poet to the literary scene.

Patricia Smith is the award-winning author of eight critically-acclaimed books of poetry, including most recently Incendiary Art (2017), winner of numerous national awards and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), and Blood Dazzler (2008), which focused on Hurricane Katrina. Her other works include the poetry collections Teahouse of the Almighty, Close to Death, Big Towns Big Talk, and Life According to Motown; a children’s book; and the history Africans in America, a companion to the PBS series. Her verse has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Baffler, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Tin House, and Best American Poetry, among other venues.


Poissant HeadshotDavid James Poissant - Monday, October 19, 2020, 7:00pm

Are you looking to make over your book? Join talented author David James Poissant for his craft talk "Buying the Flowers Yourself: Beginning, Building, and Revising Your First Novel"! He will discuss what elements the first chapter of a literary novel should have.

David James Poissant is the author of the novel Lake Life (Simon & Schuster, 2020), a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, Publishers Weekly Summer Read, and a Millions Most Anticipated Book of 2020. His story collection The Heaven of Animals was a winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a Florida Book Award, a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and was longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, One Story, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and in numerous textbooks and anthologies including New Stories from the South, Best New American Voices, and Best American Experimental Writing. His books are currently in print in six languages. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters.


Poissant HeadshotDr. Laura Vrana - Thursday, October 8, 2020, 4:00pm

The 18th Annual Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English will be given by Dr. Laura Vrana, Assistant Professor of English at USA.  Her presentation, "#publishingpaidwho? Black Women's Poetry, Ethics, and Citizen(ship) in Minneapolis, 2020" will take place on Thursday, October 8 at 4 p.m. via Zoom.  This event is open to the public.


Hood HeadshotPatterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers - Monday, March 2, 2020, 7:30pm

We're thrilled to announce the third installment of the Annual Songwriter Keynote --- Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers live at the University of South Alabama on Monday, March 2, 2020!

This special event will feature a musical performance by Patterson Hood, a short presentation on roots music by Peter Cooper from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and a roundtable discussion that will include critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Will Johnson.  All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of IMC Volume One.  For more information, please visit rootsonrecord.org.

Please note: this free event will be held in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center (Mainstage Theatre).  Seating is limited, and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis at the door on the day of the show.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.  ASK 2020 is co-sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the USA Department of English, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing, the USA Department of Theatre and Dance, the USA College of Arts and Sciences, and the Independent Music Collective.  PHOTO CREDIT: Andy Tennille.

Callahan HeadshotPatti Callahan - Thursday, February 13, 2020, 3:30pm and 5pm

On Thursday, February 13, join Patti Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis, as she leads participants in a free, one-hour class on writing historical fiction at 3:30pm. Coffee with refreshments will follow.  Callahan will then read from her work at 5pm as part of the Southern Writers’ Workshop, a new feature to our series in 2020.


Danticat HeadshotKeynote Speaker: Edwidge Danticat - Thursday, January 30, 2020, 5pm

Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother, I’m Dying, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and a National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Danticat focuses on national identity, mother-daughter relationships, and diasporic politics. While at the university, she will lead a creative writing class for currently enrolled students and discuss her latest novel published in August of 2019. Co-sponsors include the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Dwell Mobile, and Phi Kappa Phi. PHOTO CREDIT: Lynn Savarese Photography


McCorkle HeadshotJill McCorkle - Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5pm

Jill McCorkle has published six novels and four collections of short stories, five of which have been named New York Times notable books. Her work is anthologized in Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.  McCorkle has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and the Thomas Wolfe Prize. She is core faculty in the Bennington Writing Seminars and frequently teaches in the Sewanee Writers Program. Her new novel Hieroglyphics will be published in spring 2020.  In addition to the public reading, McCorkle will lead a workshop for currently enrolled fiction students.


Peters Headshot

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 4:00PM

The English Department presents a public lecture by John G. Peters, University Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas.  His talk, "Silence, Space, and Nothingness in Joseph Conrad’s African Fiction: 'Heart of Darkness' and 'An Outpost of Progress,'" will be held on Thursday, October 3 at 4 p.m. in the USA Archaeology Museum.  A reception will follow.


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Monday, September 23, 2019 - 4:00PM

The 17th Annual Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English will be given by Dr. Patrick Cesarini, Associate Professor of English at USA.  His presentation, "Reconstructing Mobile's Civil War Literature" will take place on Monday, September 23 at 4 p.m. in the USA Student Center Terrace Room.  A reception will follow.  This event is open to the public.


Smith Headshot

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 5:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents writer and performer Danez Smith at 5pm in the John Counts Room of the Mitchell Center. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception with refreshments will follow.  PHOTO:  Hieu Minh Nguyen


Palaemon Flyer

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 2:00PM

Join the USA Libraries for a roundtable featuring three distinguished writers in dialogue on the new Palaemon Press Limited collection at the Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library.  Professor Emerita and former Alabama Poet Laureate Sue Brannan Walker, University of South Alabama Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard, and Director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing Charlotte Pence will discuss features of the collection and its place in the Southern literary tradition.  This event will be held in the Marx Library Auditorium.  All are welcome.


Morrison Flyer

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 4:30PM

The USA Honors College in partnership with The Book Club and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society present a celebration of Toni Morrison's life on Thursday, September 5 at 4:30 p.m.  Join English faculty and students, including Dr. Laura Vrana, Dr. Kern Jackson, Dr. Christopher Raczkowski, Ms. Mary Murphy, Mrs. Deborah Ferguson, Mr. James Craig, and Ms. Mocha Hunter, for a group reading in Seaman's Bethel.  Refreshments will be served.


Nguyen Headshot

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 5:00PM

Diana Khoi Nguyen’s debut collection of poetry, Ghost Of, won Omnidawn’s Open Contest in 2018 and is a finalist for the National Book Award, a rare honor for a first book. This reading will be held in the USA Student Center Terrace Room, with a book signing and reception to follow.


Ritter Headshot

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:30PM

We're thrilled to announce our Annual Songwriter Keynote --- ASK 2019 will feature Josh Ritter, live at Laidlaw on Thursday, March 7th.  The two-act event will feature a musical performance, a reading, and an interactive Q&A.  Please note: this free event will be held in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center (Mainstage Theatre). Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. ASK 2019 is co-sponsored by the Independent Music Collective, USA Department of Theatre and Dance, the USA Department of English, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  PHOTO:  Laura Wilson.


Quatro Headshot

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 5:00PM

Jamie Quatro is the author of two books of fiction, Fire Sermon and I Want to Show You More.   This reading will be held in the USA Student Center Terrace Room, with a book signing and reception to follow.  PHOTO:  Stephen Alvarez.


Jones Headshot

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 7:00PM

With the support of the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Native American Student Association, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Stephen Graham Jones at the Student Center Outdoor Amphitheater. The author of sixteen novels, six story collections, and a comic book, Jones is a genre-bending writer who spans the worlds of experimental fiction, horror, crime, and more. The event begins at 7pm, with a book signing and reception to follow.


Chaucer Poster

Friday/Saturday, October 19/20, 2018

The English Department will host the conference "Chaucer: Sound and Vision" on October 19 and 20 at the USA Faculty Club.  Michael Kuczynski of Tulane University will be the plenary speaker.


Galliard Headshot

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 4:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing and the Center for War and Memory present Frye Gaillard reading from his new book, A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost on Tuesday, October 2 at 4pm in the USA Faculty Club.


Gay Headshot

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 7:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing is proud to present Roxane Gay, one of America’s most beloved writers and cultural critics.  Her New York Times best-selling books include Bad Feminist, Hunger, An Untamed State, and Difficult Women. This event will be held in the USA Student Center Ballroom, with a reception and book signing to follow. Co-sponsors include Jaguar Productions, the English Department, AAUW at South Alabama, Phi Kappa Phi , Gender Studies, and the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 4:00PM

The 16th Annual Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English will be given by Dr. Becky McLaughlin, Associate Professor of English at USA.  Her presentation, "Trac(k)ing Chaucer's Cut With Jacques the Knife: 'Wild' Analysis and the Symptomatic Storyteller," will take place on Thursday, August 30 at 4 p.m. in the Marx Library Auditorium.  A reception will follow.


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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 7:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing is proud to co-sponsor a lecture by journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert.  Her most recent book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, won the 2015 nonfiction Pulitzer and is first on the Guardian’s list of the 100 best nonfiction books ever.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7pm in the Student Center Ballroom.


May Headshot

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents poet Jamaal May, who will read from his work in the Terrace Room of the Student Center at 5pm.  A reception will follow.


Darnielle Headshot

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:30PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing and the Independent Music Collective present John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats at USA's Dramatic Arts Mainstage Theatre in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.  The two-act event will feature a musical performance, a reading, and a short interview conducted by the Stokes Center's new writer-in-residence Adam Prince. Doors open at 7 pm and the show will begin at 7:30 pm.


Knight Headshot

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 5:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents award-winning writer (and native Mobilian) Michael Knight, who will read from his latest collection, Eveningland, in the Terrace Room of the Student Center at 5pm.  A reception will follow.


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Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:00AM

Dr. Charlotte Pence’s fall poetry class will be reading with Catharsis to celebrate the end of the semester.  This event will be held in the Room 205 in the Student Center.


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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00PM

Please join us at 7pm on Thursday, November 16 in the Student Center Ballroom.  Charlotte Pence, Director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing, will conduct a Q&A with Yaa Gyasi, the award-winning author of USA's 2016/17 Common Read selection Homegoing.  A reception will follow the presentation.


Prince Headshot

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 4:00PM

Please help us welcome Stokes Visiting Writer Adam Prince.  He will be reading from his work in the Terrace Room at the USA Student Center on Monday, October 30 at 4pm.  Light refreshments will be provided.


Poole Headshot

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:30PM

Please help us welcome Nathan Poole, our new Assistant Professor of Creative Writing.  He will be reading from his work at the Faculty Club on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30pm.  A reception will follow.


Walker Headshot

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:00PM

Professor Emerita Sue Brannan Walker will celebrate the launch of her new poetry book titled Let Us Imagine Her Name (Clemson University Press, 2017).  This event, co-sponsored by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, will be held at the Faculty Club.  A reception will follow.


Pence Headshot

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:00PM

The 15th Annual Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English will be given by Charlotte Pence, Director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing at USA. Her presentation, "Many Small Fires: A Poetry Reading," will take place on Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. at the Faculty Club with a reception following.


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Monday, February 20, 2017 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Molly Brodak at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public.  Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night, winner of the 2009 Iowa Poetry Prize, along with three chapbooks of poetry and Bandit: a Daughter's Memoir (Grove Atlantic).


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 4:00PM

The English Department and the Stokes Center for Creative Writing present Dr. Nick Sturm, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing.  His lecture, "Poetry and the Living Archive," will take place on Tuesday, February 7 at 4 p.m. in the Marx Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 5:00PM

The 14th Annual Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English will feature Dr. Cris Hollingsworth, Associate Professor of English. His lecture, "Countdown and Aftermath: Edgar Allan Poe and Anxiety in the Age of Rockets" will take place on Wednesday, November 16 at 5 p.m. in the Marx Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


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Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 4:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Poetry Salon with Frye Gaillard and Julie Suk at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Nathaniel Mackey at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public. An esteemed poet and scholar of 20th century poetics, Mackey has been awarded the National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and The Bollingen Prize, among other awards. His most recent book of poetry, Blue Fasa, was published by New Directions in 2015.


Frank Headshot

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Rebecca Morgan Frank at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public.  Currently the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University, Frank is the author of two collections of poetry, The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2016) and Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon, 2012).


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Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Ada Limón, Michael Robins, and Adam Clay at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public.


Haines Headshot

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 4:30PM

The English Department's annual Student Recognition Ceremony will be held at 4:30 PM on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Faculty Club.  Carolyn Haines will deliver the address.


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Monday, March 21, 2016 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Major Jackson at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public. A prizewinning poet, Jackson is the author of Leaving Saturn (Georgia, 2002), Hoops (Norton, 2006), Holding Company (Norton, 2010), and Roll Deep (Norton, 2015).


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 4:00PM

As part of the Visiting Writers Series, the Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents Kirstin Valdez Quade at 4pm in the Archaeology Museum. The event is free and open to the public. The author of Night at the Fiestas (Norton, 2015), Quade's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 4:00PM

The 13th Annual Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English will feature Mira Rosenthal, Director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing at USA. Her lecture, "Tracing the Lyric: A Reading from Recent Poems and Translations," will take place on Wednesday, November 11 at 4 p.m. in the Archaeology Museum with a reception following.


Remembering Americais War in Vietnam

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 9:00AM to 4:00PM

The Center for the Study of War and Memory is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium in Seaman's Bethel Hall titled "Remembering America's War in Vietnam, 1965-2015." Andrew Wiest, Distinguished Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, will deliver the keynote address. Other speakers include Frye Gaillard, Steven Trout, and Elizabeth Rivenbark.


Remembering Americais War in Vietnam - Screening

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 7:00PM

As part of the symposium "Remembering America's War in Vietnam, 1965-2015," the Center for the Study of War and Memory will be screening the Errol Morris film The Fog of War:  Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003) in the Marx Library Auditorium.  A panel discussion and Q&A with Vietnam veterans will follow.


Cloyd Cover

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Center for the Study of War and Memory is hosting a symposium in the Bethel Hall titled "The Civil War in History and Memory, 1895-2015." Benjamin Cloyd, author of Haunted by Atrocity: Civil War Prisons in American Memory, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include Frye Gaillard, Mel McKiven, Elizabeth Rivenbark, and Carol Ellis.


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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 4:00PM

The English Department's annual Student Recognition Ceremony will be held at 4:00 PM on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Actor Laura Cayouette (English MA, '88) will deliver the banquet's keynote address.


2014 Hamner Lecture

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:00PM

USA Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard will deliver the twelfth Eugenie L. Hamner Lecture for the Graduate Program in English on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.  Prof. Gaillard’s talk, "Journey to the Wilderness," will be held at 4pm in the Marx Library Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.


2014 DeChant

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 4:00PM / 7:00PM

Award-winning Nashville songwriter Anne E. DeChant will visit USA on Thursday, Oct. 30, appearing at two events sponsored by the Common Read and Gender Studies programs. At 4 p.m., DeChant will join USA Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard at the Marx Library Auditorium for a discussion of "Story-Telling Through Song." The discussion will followed by a 7 p.m. acoustic concert at Satori Coffee House. Both events are free.


WWI Poster

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 2:00PM

Please join Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr. (University of Georgia) and USA faculty members Susan McCready, Dan Rogers, and Steven Trout for a panel discussion in the Marx Library Auditorium.  "The First World War:  100 Years After" will explore the impact of WWI on 20th-century history.  USA Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard will moderate.  Everyone is welcome.


Morrow Bookcover

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:00PM

Dr. John H. Morrow, Jr. (University of Georgia) will discuss his latest book, The Harlem Rattlers and the First World War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality (2014).  A signing will follow the presentation.  The event will be held at the Marx Library Auditorium.  Everyone is welcome.


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 6:30PM

Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard hosts an evening of readings and song featuring author and syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson and acclaimed Nashville songwriters Davis Raines and Pamela Jackson. This free event begins at 6:30 at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library.


Haggard

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 1:30PM

Professor Hong Pan, the Chair of the Foreign Languages Department at Fuzhou University Zhicheng College, will give a presentation on the Victorian novelist Rider Haggard.  This event will be held in the Arts and Sciences Dean's Conference Room (HUMB 122).


Tremblay

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 7:00PM

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing presents a reading by Bill Tremblay, award-winning author, poet, and founder of the Colorado Review.  The event will be held at the University of South Alabama Faculty Club, and will begin at 7pm.  Everyone is welcome.


In decades past, the English department sponsored an impressive roster of writers as speakers at USA, including Charles Bernstein, Marjorie Perloff, Hank Lazer, Jeanie Thompson, Sandra Gilbert, Jack Coulehan, Margaret Drabble, Margaret Atwood, Marge Piercy, Jack Gilbert, Andre Dubus, Vivian Shipley, Richard Moore, Virginia Spencer Carr, Wade Hall, W. D. Snodgrass, Diane Wakowski, Mike Shugrue, Tom Franklin, Brewster Milton Robertson, Robert Morgan, and Eugene Walter.

African American Studies has also helped bring an impressive range of speakers to campus, including Michael Eric Dyson, Charles Johnson, Angela Davis, Nikki Giovanni, Alex Haley, Cornel West, Juan Williams, Priscilla Cooper, Wallace Terry, Albert Murray, Maulana Karenga, Constance Baker Motley, Tony Brown, Mary Frances Berry, Ted Joans, Michel Fabre, Rosemary Braziel Butler, Trudier Harris, and Clifton Taulbert.