Events and News
Every semester, the English department hosts several lectures, readings, or special events. Below are descriptions of our annual series. Most events are free and open to the public: stop by!
Cogan Alumni Fellowship
Dickinson English alumni have all sorts of interesting jobs. Each spring, the Cogan Alumni Fellowship brings a graduate to campus to share life experience and career advice with current students. The residency was name in honor of Eleanor Cogan (1909-2011), who took her first 52 classes at Dickinson when she was seventy. Mrs. Cogan's adventurous spirit and lifelong curiosity inspires our choice of Cogan speakers.
Read about this year's Cogan Fellow Chris Maier '99 and what is his narrative.
The Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Scholars and Writers Program
Jean Louise Stellfox ’60 was inspired to become an English teacher after meeting Robert Frost during the poet’s visit to Dickinson in 1959. The Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Scholars and Writers Program, funded by Jean Stellfox’s generous gift and named after her parents, continues to inspire students through literature. Each year, it brings to campus a renowned figure in the arts.
While in residency at Dickinson, the distinguished recipient visits classes, holds a seminar for aspiring writers, gives readings and presentations, and shares meals with students and faculty.
The 2014 Stellfox recipient Paul Muldoon delivered a literary call to action during his inspiring residency this spring.
Belfer Reading Series
The Belfer lectureship brings a recognized author to Dickinson to read and visit classes at Dickinson. Recent recipients include Claire Vaye Watkins, Elyse Fenton, Susan Stewart, Tobias Wolff, and Rick Moody.
Senior English major Isabel "Izzy" Rosenthal Zimmerman '14 is an aspiring photojournalist presented an exhibition with her father, Arnie Zimmerman.
Mary Naydan '15 is the recipient of a 2014 Beinecke Scholarship.
Assistant Professor Claire Seiler was recently awarded two fellowships this spring.