Thursday, February 2, 2017

Announcing the 15th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Words Matter: Politics, Rhetoric, and Social Justice
Indiana University, Bloomington | March 24-25, 2017

We are delighted to announce the 15th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference entitled "Words Matter: Politics, Rhetoric, and Social Justice," hosted by the English Department at Indiana University Bloomington, March 24-25, 2017.

The conference's keynote speaker will be Rosa A. Eberly, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and English at The Pennsylvania State University. Eberly works on histories and theories of rhetoric, publics theory, public memory, and deliberation in higher education contexts and beyond. Her most recent book, Citizen Critics: Literary Public Spheres (2000), considers the links between literature, rhetoric, and democracy using works like James Joyce's Ulysses and Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, among others. 

The conference—open to IU students (both graduate and undergraduate), IU faculty, and the general public—is generously supported by the Department of English, Department of Anthropology, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, and the Cultural Studies Program. 

For more information, please visit our website:

Friday, January 27, 2017

Helping Hand, Volume 1 Issue 4

The Helping Hand                                                                                          Volume 1 Issue 4

Dear ENGLGRADer’s, 

A Happy New Year to you all from your Community Outreach Coordinators! We hope that your break was both productive and restful, readying you for another semester together. In fact, let’s linger on that last word, “together,” for a moment. With the political horizon set to change for the immediate future, it will become increasingly important for us to imaginatively and compassionately create more opportunities for togetherness, so that we can build each other up in hope, community, and support, so that we can resist well together when needed. 

‘Community service’ means being of use to our neighbors, and to that end, here are a couple of upcoming events aimed at equipping us to be so. First, tonight, our department (via our new minor program, "Communication and Public Advocacy") will present “Trump Inaugurates Social Movements: A Discussion of Activism after the Election.” It takes place from 4:30-6 tonight in the Hoagie Carmichael room in Morrison Hall.  

Secondly, this weekend there are a great many events taking place throughout Bloomington that aim to educate and better equip us for activism. Check out a full schedule at:

As always, if you would like to know more about volunteering in Bloomington, check out the information available here ( You can also check out our archive on the English Department Blog for specific recommendations from your peers.

Lastly, we are currently looking for another group service activity to follow up last semester’s meal at the Shalom Center. If you have a service event on which you would like us to collaborate as a department, please contact either Stephen ( or Phil (

As always, thank you for all the ways you give to your communities. We’re proud to serve alongside you and look forward to another semester together.

Best wishes, 
Stephen and Phil