The English Department provides additional support for areas of study by hosting lectures by eminent scholars, theorists, and creative writers. The Lanier Speakers Series, sponsored by Helen S. Lanier Professor Jed Rasula, have in recent years featured prominent Americanists Donald Pizer, Michael Awkward, Marjorie Perloff, Louis Menand, and Robert O'Meally, among many others. 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 department is home to the Rodney Baine Lecture Series, which brings prominent scholars of eighteenth-century studies to campus. The English Department, in conjunction with the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts, hosts the Georgia Colloquium in 18th-and 19th-Century British Literature, a speakers and workshop program that promotes intellectual inquiry across the disciplines. 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. Graduate students interested in Creative Writing areas also benefit from the many readings given by authors both within our department and without, hosted by the English department, ICE, and the Willson Center. Other colloquium series and reading groups are also available to students or faculty who wish to organize them. Graduate students interested in Transatlantic Currents and Modernisms areas also benefit from the Willson Center’s Interdisciplinary Modernisms Workshop, which provides graduate students, visiting scholars, and university faculty the opportunity to discuss and provide feedback for works-in-progress.