September 12th, 2015
M.H. Abrams Memorial Celebration
September 17th, 2015
Lecture by Mark McGurl (Stanford U.)
September 24th, 2015
Reading by Colson Whitehead
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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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Van Clief-Stefanon Co-authors Artspace Piece
September 2nd
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Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon co-authors A Cherry Timedive, a site-specific piece that will be performed at the future home of The Cherry, a new multidisciplinary artspace in Ithaca.
M.H. Abrams Memorial Celebration
August 27th
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A memorial celebration for M.H. Abrams will be held at 2pm on Saturday, September 12th in Statler Auditorium, Statler Hall. All are welcome to attend.
New Novel Highlights Exile
August 26th
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Cornell Chronicle highlights Mrs. Shaw, a new novel by Assistant Professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi.
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