Come Home to English 2013 | Homecoming

Homecoming 2013

A Department of English Celebration of ASU Homecoming.


All events are free of charge, open to the public, and take place at the ASU campus in Tempe.

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Art & Archives Gallery

Wed.-Fri., Oct. 16-18 Art Gallery
W, Th 9-5; F 9-3:30
Language and Literature (LL) 316
The Come Home to English Art & Archives Gallery is an annual exhibit of original artwork by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the Department of English at ASU. Curated by Sarah Dean and Bruce Matsunaga. More information:

National Day on Writing Celebration

Wed., Oct. 16 National Day on Writing Celebration
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
On the mall near Danforth Chapel and in the Language and Literature (LL) Lobby

ASU English's Writing Programs hosts the fifth annual "write-in" celebrating the National Day on Writing 2013. Students, faculty, staff, and passersby are invited to participate in our two writing events. At the Danforth Chapel, passersby are invited to compose writing that will be sent to local elementary schools. The LL Lobby will offer short video clips on writing from various perspectives, and also, participation via social media will be encouraged using the hashtag #ASU4NDOW. An album about the day’s events will be compiled in the Writing Programs Digital Archives. Also: presentation of the Behind-the-Scenes Writer Award will take place at noon at the Danforth Chapel booth. More information:

Vernissage: Meet the Artists

Wed., Oct. 16 Vernissage

3:30-5 p.m.
Language and Literature (LL) 316
Celebrates the opening of the Come Home to English Art and Archives Gallery. Meet the artists! Live classical guitar music by ASU English Associate Professor Taylor Corse and ASU Film, Dance & Theatre Professor Rob Kaplan. Wine and hors d'oeuvres served. Free of charge and open to the public. More information:

Lecture by Devoney Looser + Homecoming Writing Awards Presentation

Fri., Oct. 18Looser
3:30 p.m.
Memorial Union, Gold Room (MU 207)
Professor of English Devoney Looser reprises her keynote speech--"The New Woman's Jane Austen"--from the Pride & Prejudice Bicentennial event. Following the lecture, winners of English's Homecoming Writing Awards will be announced and will read from their work.

About the talk:
It has become a truism—if not a truth universally acknowledged—that Jane Austen (1775-1817) was a feminist. But what does that label signify in relation to Austen, whether now or in the past? In this talk, Devoney Looser will look at the previously unexamined ways that proponents of the late nineteenth-century "New Woman" movement and women's suffrage activists of the early twentieth century used Austen to support progressive political arguments. Her writings and image were popular on the amateur and professional stage, came to be proudly advertised on banners, and made appearances at literary costume parties. Join us to learn more about how Jane Austen first became a dynamic, complex, and enduring icon of the women’s movement.

Visit the English booth at the ASU Homecoming Block Party!

Sat., Oct. 19 Block Party

11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cady Mall, outside LL
Part of the annual CLAS celebration, features a giant crossword puzzle designed by Regents' Professor Alberto Ríos (who will also be on-hand for a "Meet the Poet Laureate" session)--children's book giveaway (for kids ages 3-12) facilitated by ASU English Professors Emeriti Alleen and Don Nilsen, and a literary-themed "photo booth" (get your picture taken with Hamlet, Lord Byron, Nurse Ratched, or Hester Prynne!). Information about Dept. of English programs and initiatives will be available.

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