We’re busy this spring. Really busy.

Here is a list of planned public events offered by the English Department this spring. There is lots available for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends in the wider community. Please put at least one of these events on your calendar.

Several other events are in the works; please check back here for updates.

JLL = Jewish Literature Live (made possible by the generosity of alumnus David Bruce Smith)

HJ = Howard Jacobson, British Council U.K. Writer-in-Residence (in association with the British Council and the Jenny Moore Fund)

MEMSI = Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute


Jan. 28 – Myla Goldberg Reading (JLL), DCJCC, 16th and Q Streets, NW; 7:30 p.m. Free to GWU students with ID

Jan. 29 – MEMSI talk: Alf Siewers (Bucknell University), “Ecocriticism”; 4 p.m. Marvin Center Amphitheater


Feb. 5 – Katerina Kolarova (Gender Studies, Charles University in Prague): Disability and Film Talk (sponsored with Disability Support Services); 3 p.m., Location TBA

Feb. 9 – Rebecca Goldstein Reading (JLL); 6:30 p.m. Marvin Center, Room 405
Feb. 11 – Howard Jacobson Big Read (HJ); 4-6 p.m. Rome 771

Feb. 12 – MEMSI Symposium: “Orienting Early Europe”; 1-3 p.m. Rome 771
MEMSI talk: Michelle Warren (Dartmouth), “The Postcolonial Past”; 4 p.m. Marvin Center Elliott Room 310

Feb. 25 – Howard Jacobson Reading (HJ/JLL) DCJCC, 16th and Q Streets NW; 7 p.m. Free to GWU students with ID

Feb. 26 – “Jewish Writing, Jewish Lives” panel (HJ); Featuring Andrea Levine (WLP), Jenna Weissman Joselit (Judaic Studies), and Judith Plotz, in conversation with Howard Jacobson; all are invited. 2-4 p.m.; Room TBA

Feb. 28 – Film event: Screening of “Jesus the Jew” (2008), a production of Channel 4 in Britain, followed by talkback with Howard Jacobson and Roger Bennett; 5-7 p.m. Betts Theater, Marvin Center. C0-hosted with Judaic Studies.


March 5 – MEMSI Symposium: “Race?” Features Ayanna Thompson and a panel of GW faculty: Jennifer James, Antonio Lopez, Thomas Guglielmo, Andrew Zimmerman; 2 p.m. Marvin Center Amphitheatre.

March 11- Reading by GW Faculty Gina Welch (In the Land of the Believers) and Ramola D (Temporary Lives); 7 p.m. Marvin Center 310

March 25 – Dara Horn Reading (JLL); 7 p.m., Marvin Center Amphitheatre, 3rd floor

March 26 – MEMSI Lunch Seminar: Marissa Greenberg, “Pulling Down the Pillars: Staging Tragedy in Samson Agonistes“; 12 p.m., Rome 771.

MEMSI talk: Marissa Greenberg (U. of New Mexico), “Writing and Space”, 4 p.m., location TBA


April 13 – Cynthia Ozick Reading (JLL) ; 7 p.m., Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 3rd floor

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