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Dear friends and colleagues,

Happy Tuesday! We hope week 2 of this new semester is going well for everyone. 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:

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, September 6th at 1:00pm. See you there! 
"Seeing the Racial Water"
Dr. Robin D'Angelo, author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, will be delivering a keynote address for the "Diversity and Inclusion" conference at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center this Friday, September 6th at 11:30am. Her keynote is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the door one hour prior to the event. 

If anyone is interested in participating in a reading group to discuss White Fragility and the academy, our Quality of Life Chair, Emily McLemore, would be very happy to organize one. Anyone who is interested should contact Emily via email (, and she can work on obtaining copies of the book for everyone. 
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 or want to register to attend, please visit the following website. The deadline for registration is Monday, September 9.     
Interdisciplinarity Conference
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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