Design a Poster, Hobnob with the Chair, the President, and Assorted Celebs

On October 23 2009 at 5 PM, Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson of Emory University will deliver the inaugural GW English Distinguished Lecture in Literary and Cultural Studies in the Marvin Center Continental Ballroom. Her talk will be entitled The Gas Chamber and the Metro: Space, Mobility, and Disability. Professor Garland-Thomson is a founder of Disability Studies, an interdisciplinary approach to literature and culture that examines (among many other things) how the normal is created, and who is excluded from that category.

Professor Garland-Thomson will be introduced by José Muñoz, the second Wang Visiting Professor of Contemporary English Literature. GW President Steven Knapp will give the university welcome.

The event is free and welcomes all who would like to attend. But would you also like to have the chance to meet Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, José Muñoz, and Steven Knapp in person? One lucky GW student will have that privilege, attending a reception at President Knapp’s house after the lecture as the guest of the Chair of the Department of English.

How do you earn all that fame, you ask? Simple: we are running a poster contest to advertise the event, and would welcome your submission. The winner gets the hobnobbing! and the food! and the fame! The poster must include:

  • the title of the lecture 
  • Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s name
  • the fact that she is being introduce by José Muñoz and that President Knapp is giving the welcome
  • that this is the inaugural GW English Distinguished Lecture in Literary and Cultural Studies
  • that the event is made possible through the generous support of the Wang Endowed Fund in English Literature and Literary Studies

Click here for more information about the lecture’s topic,  and here to steal a picture of Professor Garland-Thomson. You can also use the image that we have used to illustrate this post, a juxtaposition that will be used in the lecture itself. You are not required to use any of these images, though: we are looking for something visually powerful and creative.

All submission should be in .doc, .pdf, or some other easy to open format. Send your poster to Jeffrey Cohen ( by MONDAY OCTOBER 5.

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