The English Department hosts scholarly talks throughout the school year but also houses several lecture series, colloquia, and workshops.
The annual American Indian Returnings (AIR) series, held on the Autumnal Equinox by the Eidson Foundational Fund, and directed by LeAnne Howe (Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature, Department of English) and Channette Romero (Associate Professor, English) brings eminent Native scholars and writers in the field to campus.
The annual Barbara Methvin Lecture, organized by Barbara Methvin Professor John Wharton Lowe, has included Thadious Davis, Vereen Bell, Eric Sundquist, Lloyd Pratt, Keith Cartwright, and Dolores Flores-Silva.
The Creative Writing Program organizes readings given by authors both within our department and without, and hosted by the English Department, ICE, and the Willson Center.
The Georgia Colloquium in 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature, directed by Roxanne Eberle (Associate Professor of English) and Casie LeGette (Assistant Professor of English) is housed in the English Department and supported by the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts and the Rodney Baine Lecture Series, the latter of which is devoted to bringing prominent scholars of eighteenth-century studies to campus.
The Lanier Speakers Series, sponsored by Helen S. Lanier Professor Jed Rasula, has in recent years featured prominent Americanists Donald Pizer, Michael Awkward, Marjorie Perloff, Louis Menand, and Robert O'Meally, among many others.
The department also co-hosts the Symposium on the Book with the UGA Special Collections Libraries, a semesterly seminar and workshop that focuses on books themselves as objects of study.
The Willson Center’s Interdisciplinary Modernisms Workshop, directed by Nell Andrew (Associate Professor, Art History, Lamar Dodd School of Art) and Susan Rosenbaum (Associate Professor, Department of English) facilitates and formalizes a collaborative and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas providing graduate students, visiting scholars, and university faculty the opportunity to discuss and provide feedback for works-in-progress.