May 24th, 2015
Diploma Ceremony and Reception
English Events Calendar
Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series
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Barely Composed
New Books by English Faculty
Alice Fulton reimagines the great lyric subjects in her new book of poems.

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Jonathan Culler Highlights Cornell Accomplishments
May 18th
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To celebrate Charter Day, Professor Jonathan Culler reflects on 50 years worth of Cornell accomplishments that transformed the humanities, as part of panel discussion.
Jeremy Braddock Presents on The Firesign Theatre
May 15th
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Cornell Chronicle on Jeremy Braddock’s paper "The Firesign Theatre’s Wax Poetics.” Braddock serves as Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies.
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon Revists the Great Migration
May 6th
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Associate Professor Van Clief-Stefanon responds to a Lawrence painting as part of PBS NewsHour's “Revisiting the Great Migration through paintings and poetry.”

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