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Dear friends and colleagues,

Happy Thursday! We trust this newsletter finds you well. Here are a few events happening in the next couple of weeks. We hope to see you in some, if not all, of them!


This Week:

Employing Interdisciplinarity

Employing Interdisciplinarity: Early Modern Legacies, Future Challenges, an interdisciplinary graduate conference, will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Decio 233 on Friday, September 20 and continue through 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. In addition to four panels that showcase interdisciplinary work by regional early modern graduate students, the conference will feature two keynote lectures, two teaching workshops, and a faculty roundtable on "Interdisciplinarity and Job Markets." Though the conference is geared toward early modernists, students in any field may be interested in Professor Robert Frodeman's opening keynote lecture "Interdisciplinarity and the Future of the Humanities."

If you would like more information about the conference, please visit the following website.
Interdisciplinarity Conference
Next Week:

Creative Writing MFA Alumni

Next week, starting on Wednesday September 25th at 7:30pm, the Creative Writing Department will host a two day mini-conference. Six past Creative Writing MFA students are coming back to Notre Dame to read their newest works. Readers will include Angela Hur, Katie Lehman, Christina Kubasta, Stuart Ross, Michael Smith, and Charles Valle. 
Grad Student Appreciation Week
Starting the Monday of October 30th, Notre Dame will be celebrating Grad Student Appreciation Week. There will be a number of different events, opportunities for free food and swag, and more! Keep your eyes open for the email from Grad Life, or visit their calendar through the following link:
Grad Life Calendar
Other Events:

First Year Panel for new PhDs
Organized by Quality of Life Chair Emily McLemore and Professional Development Chair Emily Donahoe, our annual panel for first-year students will take place sometime in October, before Fall Break. The panel will be composed of English graduate students at various stages in the program and is designed to address any questions or concerns new PhD students have about the program or about life as a graduate student. If you're a first-year PhD student, please fill out the following doodle poll by Friday, September 20th to let us know what time and date would work best for everyone. We look forward to seeing you there!
Doodle Poll First Year Panel

In addition, the Quality of Life Chair, Emily McLemore, is in the process of coordinating a workshop with a representative from the McDonald Center for Student Well Being with first-year students especially in mind but which will, of course, be open to all English graduate students. The tentative date is Friday, November 8th. If anyone has anything in mind that they would like addressed in that workshop, it'd be great to hear from you. You can contact Emily via email at
Town Hall and Board Meeting
This year, EGSA officers will be meeting every first Friday of the month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, at Decio 235. The purpose of these meetings is mostly to organize our semester events. However, we will be using the first 15 minutes to serve as a town hall meeting, where every member of our department can come and talk to us, discuss any concerns they might have, and/or ask questions to the board.

Join us for our first meeting this Friday, October 4th at 1:00pm. See you there! 
We want to hear from you!
Do you have any announcements or messages you would like to share with all of us? Send our President, Laura Ortiz Mercado (, a quick email so we can feature your announcement in our next newsletter.  
Also, don't forget to visit our website! Here you will find information about our goals and even a copy of our constitution, keep up-to-date with our events by following our Google Calendar, find incredibly useful links and resources shared by our different chairs, and more!
EGSA Website
Those are all our announcements for now. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to reach out to us any time. Follow us on Facebook too, where we will be posting updates and pictures of our activities. 

We hope to see you in all our events! 

The English Graduate Student Association Board
President: Laura M. Ortiz Mercado
Vice-President: Trish Bredar
Vice-President: Shela Raman McCabe
Treasurer: Dominique Vargas
PhD Professionalization Chair: Emily Donahoe
MFA Professionalization Chair: Scarlett Wardrop
Quality of Life Chair: Emily McLemore
Social Chair: Jennifer Thorup
GSU Representatives: Josua Wright & Oliver Ortega

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