Several of the Big Ten Departments of English will launch our new Emerging Scholars Lecture Series in the 2018-2019 academic year. This series enables departments to host an advanced graduate student or newly minted PhD from another Big Ten English Department for a two-day visit during which the visiting speaker will deliver a lecture and engage in other campus visit-related activities. We see this joint initiative as a proactive way of providing our graduate students with a job talk-like experience, while also promoting networking across universities.
Selection process: Each department nominates three candidates, and the chairs of the participating departments collectively decide which of the nominees will be invited to give a lecture.
This year’s invited lecturers are:
Michael Gadaleto from Penn State, who will present from “The Island Nation and Its Discontents: Transnational Identities and Participatory Nationhood in English Renaissance Literature from Shakespeare to Milton” at UMN.
Derek Lee from Penn State, who will present from “Parascience and Revolution: The Paranormal Mind in Twentieth-Century Literature” at UIUC.
Katelin Krieg from UMN, who will present from “The Victorian Mind’s Eye: Perception as Form in Literature and Science” at UW.
Matthew Guzman from UNL, who will present from “Non/human: Praxis and Flux in Nineteenth-Century American Literature” at MSU.
Laura B. McGrath from MSU, who will present from “Comp Titles, Computation, and Contemporary Literature” at UNL on September 10, 2018.
Emily L. Loney from UW, who will present from “Preposterous Revisions: Reordering Space and Time in the Sidney Circle” at Penn State on September 21, 2018.
Kate Norcross from UIUC, who will present from “Beowulf and Trauma” at Penn State on September 7, 2018.