Upcoming Events with the English Department

UVM Tolkien Conference 2023

Please join us on April 1st, 2023 for a full day conference with keynote speaker Dr. Gergely Nagy. The conference will be held from 8:00am to 5:15pm on the UVM Campus in Lafayette L207 or can be attended virtually. This year’s central theme will be “The Second Age of Tolkien’s Middle-earth.” Read for more details.

English 2023: A Student Symposium

Our Spring 2023 English and FTS student symposium will be held on Monday, April 3rd in the Waterman Lounge! Proposal abstracts for Symposium papers are due by 4:30pm on Friday, March 10th 2023. The decision date for submissions will be on Wednesday, March 22nd 2023. Presentation Workshops for accepted presenters will be offered on Tuesday, March 28th 2023 on Teams. Read more for details.

Amitav Ghosh Is Coming to UVM

The Energy Action Seminar Series & The Zelterman Lecture Series are proud to present Amitav Gosh, award winning novelist and climate activist, on March 8th, 2023 for a lecture, Q&A session, and book signing. Learn more about Amitav Ghosh

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Full Professor Lecture Series


The Dean’s Lecture Series: celebrating the wealth of professional knowledge in our college for over 20 years

These lectures are based on faculty members' current research and are open to the public.


Future Lectures:


Recent Lectures:

Full Professor Lecture Series: From Baseball Gloves to Facism: Knowledge and the Social Order

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019, 5:05 - 6:05 pm, Billings Lecture Hall


Full Professor Lecture Series: Is American Literature Secular? (Nope.) by Elizabeth Fenton

Wednesday, September 4 2019, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building

Interview with Professor Elizabeth Fenton.

Past Lectures:

Mary Lou Kete Full Professor Lecture: Vermont's Lucy Terry Prince: Black Mother of the Republic

Wednesday, February 13 2019, in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, 4:30 pm


Professor Andrew Barnaby's Full Professor Lecture on Hamlet Mignon took place on Wednesday, April 25th at 4:30pm in Memorial Lounge.
Interview with Professor Andrew Barnaby.


Professor Todd McGowan presented his lecture on "How Marx's Misreading of Hegel Led to Stalin" on Wednesday, February 28th.

Interview with Professor Todd McGowan.

PDF icon Poster for Professor McGowan's lecture (PDF)

The series was established in 1991 as a way to recognize and honor colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences who have consistently demonstrated the ability to translate their professional knowledge and skill into exciting classroom experiences for their students — faculty who meet the challenge of being both excellent teachers and highly respected professionals in their own discipline. The Award is a celebration of the unusually high quality of our faculty and has become an important and treasured event each semester.