Countdown to the Plotzfest: October 22

If you haven’t already marked your calendars, get our your smart phones, pens, and day planners, and reserve Friday, October 22 for a day in celebration of Professor Emerita of English Judith A.A. Plotz.

The “Plotzfest,” as we’ve dubbed it, in a reflection of our affectionate regard for Judy Plotz, will feature a mini-symposium featuring six speakers, who will present on topics–including children’s literature, 19th-century literary studies, and postcolonial literary and cultural studies–in which Prof. Plotz has expertise.

The speakers are: Prof. Carolyn Betensky (Univ. of Rhode Island), Prof. John Plotz (Brandeis Univ.), Prof. Margaret Higonnet (Univ. of Connecticut), Prof. Uli Knoepflmacher (Princeton Univ.), Prof. Richard Flynn (Georgia Southern University) and Prof. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan (NYU and Univ. of Oxford).

After the talks, which will be brief and aimed toward an audience of generalists, there will be a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception at which we’ll toast–perhaps for hours, perhaps into Saturday?–Prof. Plotz.

All are welcome to this event, which takes place in the Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have questions, please email

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