The Department of English Faculty Lecture Series is established to provide a forum for the faculty to present lectures about their current research projects and accomplishments and for prominent scholars from outside the university to present lectures in their area(s) of expertise. The purpose of the lecture series is to promote excellence in research and scholarship, to offer the university community an opportunity to engage with thought-provoking new ideas, and to create an intellectually exciting environment for students to learn. The hour-long lectures take place during the Fall and Spring semesters and are open to the university community and the general public.
A Tale of Two Witchcrafts
English Department Faculty Lecture (Spring 2019) given by Dr. Margaret Murray on the Salem witch executions Monday, April 22, 2019.
English Department Fall 2017 Faculty Lecture: “Arthur Miller and Death of a Salesman in Beijing” presented by Dr. Claire Conceison, Quanta Professor of Chinese Culture /Professor of Theater Arts, MIT, and Visiting Professor at Harvard University. November 6, 2017.
Quentin Darrington, currently starring in Cats on Broadway, having also starred in Ragtime, The Lion King, and other shows, speaks to students of ENG 107/THR 204 taught by Dr. Donald Gagnon on Monday, April 10, 2017.
Two guest speakers for Dr. Donald Gagnon’s ENG 107 Intro to Drama course Monday, April 3, 2017
(L to R) : Michael McDonald (Tony award nominee), Arbender Robinson (Broadway actor, credits including The Lion King, Hairspray, Les Miserables, the Book of Mormon, etc.), and Dr. Donald Gagnon.
Black Lives Matter event held on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
Kyle Scatliffe, an Olivier-nominated actor, currently starring in Les Miserables on Broadway, guest-speaker for THR 298 Musical Theatre History (taught by Dr. Don Gagnon) on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
Dr. Shouhua Qi, Professor of English and coordinator of the MA in English program, gave the Fall 2013 faculty lecture titled “The Bronte Sisters in Other Worlds: Race, Gender, Empire, and Cultural Afterlives of the Bronte Sisters,” November 18, 2013, Warner Hall.
University of New Hampshire Associate Professor of English and African American Studies Dr. Reginald Wilburn gives the Black History Month 2015 talk titled “Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt: Appropriating Milton in Early African American Studies” at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 19 in Warner Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus in Danbury. The event was organized by the English Department.
Dr. Donald Gagnon, Associate Professor of English, gives the well attended African American History Month talk entitled “The Black Man Cometh: Eugene O’Neill’s Politics of Equality” (February 24, 2010).
Dr. Quentin Miller, internationally renowned James Baldwin Scholar, gives the Fall 2009 Faculty Lecture on October 05, 2009.
Dr. Rosemarie Morgan, internationally renowned Thomas Hardy scholar, president of the Thomas Hardy Association (based at Yale University) and Vice President of the Thomas Hardy Society (based in Dorchester, UK) gave the inaugural faculty lecture titled “Tying the Knot: Consanguinity and Affinity in Hardy’s Wessex,” 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2008 – Warner Hall