October 6th, 2015
Lecture by Caroline Levine (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
October 6th, 2015
Seminar with Caroline Levine (U. of Wisconsin-Madison)
October 7th, 2015
Chats in the Stacks with Jonathan Culler
English Events Calendar
Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series
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Giorgio Agamben
New Books by English Faculty
Kevin Attell covers the breadth of Giorgio Agamben’s work in his new book.

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Ella Maria Diaz Highlights Chicano Art
October 1st
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Assistant Professor Diaz co-curated an exhibit highlighting the work of Chicano art icon Lorraine Garcia-Nakata. “Navigating by Hand” is on display in San Francisco.
Alice Fulton Reads Poetry at Historic Event
September 30th
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Professor Fulton read three of her poems at President Garrett’s inauguration. All three are published in the chapbook, including a new piece she wrote for the occasion.
Lecture Series Named after Helena Viramontes
September 22nd
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Creative Writing Professor and Director Helena Viramontes kicked off the new Helena María Viramontes Lecture Series at CSULB. The series will celebrate US ethnic writers.
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