- Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.
Department of English
Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU
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- Two new web exhibits, both curated and written by Christoph Irmscher, have just been published by the Lilly Library.
- "Walt Whitman at the Lilly" is based on an exhibit at the Lilly compiled on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, an event that had a profound influence on Walt Whitman's life and work. "Music for the Worms: Charles Darwin at the Lilly Library" tracks Charles Darwin's career from the publication of his first bestselling book, the Journal of Researches, to his last popular success, a book about earthworms.
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English at Indiana — Who We Are and What We Do
The English Department explores and expands the power of the English language, in all its historical, persuasive, and expressive range. We are devotees of the word; our mission is to celebrate powerful writing, and to bring more of such writing into the world. This mission embraces everything we do, from freshman composition instruction to the most advanced research published by our world-class faculty.
Our classes and publications draw connections between the globally diverse and everyday life. We study everything from science to religion, business to popular culture, politics to philosophy. In the department you’ll find novelists and lexicographers, biographers and poets, rhetoricians and critics, experts in everything from performance theory to professional writing, and from Shakespeare to Elvis. We publish on a very wide variety of topics, among them the Harlem cabarets of the 1920’s and the invention of the thoroughbred horse; Audubon’s ornithological travels and the role of race in medieval romance; images of Judas through the ages and on the locks of Sylvia Plath’s hair housed in the Lilly Library; Renaissance rhetoric and contemporary slang; war and animals, slumming and pirates, glamour and perfection, Lacan and Lebowski.