Come Home to English, Homecoming 2016
A Department of English Celebration of ASU Homecoming
COME HOME TO ENGLISH EVENTS, OCTOBER 17-22, 2016
All events are free of charge, open to the public, and take place at the ASU campus in Tempe.
For more information, please contact Kristen.LaRue@asu.edu.
Mon., Oct. 17 @ 3-4:15 p.m. | Education Lecture Hall (EDC) 117 | ASU, Tempe campus
Scottsdale native and ASU alumnus Adam Galen (BA Film & Media Studies 2014; BS Business 2014) visits for a conversation about his career in marketing and distributing indie films.
In his current position with Preferred Content—one of the leading film, television, and digital sales, packaging, and project finance companies—Galen works to assemble creative and financial elements for PC’s digital content as well as handling the worldwide and North American distribution rights for its slate of fiction and non-fiction sales titles. Select PC credits include Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ll See You in my Dreams, Frank and Lola, Ghost Team, The Nightmare, Blood Brother, The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir, Rich Hill, Another Earth, The Pact, Excision, I Am Big Bird, Rolling Papers, All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, Ratter, and Ride. Galen began his career as the assistant to PC founder and CEO, Kevin Iwashina.
Sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Program in the Department of English in celebration of ASU Homecoming. More information: Kevin.Sandler@asu.edu.
Wed., Oct. 19 @ 3:30-5 p.m. | Language and Literature (LL) 316 | ASU, Tempe campus
Working with a variety of theories of performance and textual performativity, literature and digital humanities scholar Jacqueline Wernimont will present a set of archival performances that draw on literary texts, textual archives, and multimedia tools. Following Wernimont’s talk, winners of English's Homecoming Writing Awards will be announced and will read from their work.
Wernimont is a founding co-Director of the HS Collab and an Assistant Professor of English at ASU, where she specializes in literary history, feminist digital media, histories of quantification, and technologies of commemoration. She directs ASU's Graduate Certificate program in Digital Humanities and is currently a Fellow of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, where she works on new civil rights in digital cultures. She is an active part of the FemTechNet collective.
Wernimont is at work on a monograph that traces long histories (21st century to 16th century) of technologies like wearable devices, body measurements, and body counts. She earned a PhD and MA in English Literature from Brown University and a BA in English from the University of Iowa, where she also studied molecular biology. Wernimont says of her beginnings, "I cut my digital humanities teeth at the Brown University Women Writers Project, where I began as an encoder and later worked as the project manager and textbase editor." In addition to ASU, Wernimont has taught at Harvey Mudd College and Scripps College.
Sat., Oct. 22 @ 3-7 p.m. | Cady Mall, outside LL
Part of the annual university-wide celebration, the Come Home to English booth features giant, interactive crossword and word search puzzles—in 2016 celebrating Sparky the Sun Devil’s 70th birthday—designed by Regents' Professor and Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos. Prizes for correct answers! Kids ages 3-12 can pick up a free book and kids of all ages can converse with our literary-costumed characters.
Image at top: Jackson Pollock's "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Photo by Matthew Mendoza on Flickr, used under CC BY-SA 2.0.