Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

English Department

Faculty Lecture Series and Guest Lectures

The Department of English Faculty Lecture Series is established to provide a forum for the faculty to present lectures about their current research projects and accomplishments and for prominent scholars from outside the university to present lectures in their area(s) of expertise. The purpose of the lecture series is to promote excellence in research and scholarship, to offer the university community an opportunity to engage with thought-provoking new ideas, and to create an intellectually exciting environment for students to learn. The hour-long lectures take place during the Fall and Spring semesters and are open to the university community and the general public.  


A Tale of Two Witchcrafts

English Department Faculty Lecture (Spring 2019) given by Dr. Margaret Murray on the Salem witch executions Monday, April 22, 2019.

Two guest speakers for Dr. Donald Gagnon’s ENG 107 Intro to Drama course Monday, April 3, 2017


(L to R) : Michael McDonald (Tony award nominee), Arbender Robinson (Broadway actor, credits including The Lion King, Hairspray, Les Miserables, the Book of Mormon, etc.), and Dr. Donald Gagnon.


Kyle Scatliffe, an Olivier-nominated actor, currently starring in Les Miserables on Broadway, guest-speaker for THR 298 Musical Theatre History (taught by Dr. Don Gagnon) on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Dr. Shouhua Qi, Professor of English and coordinator of the MA in English program, gave the Fall 2013 faculty lecture titled “The Bronte Sisters in Other Worlds: Race, Gender, Empire, and Cultural Afterlives of the Bronte Sisters,” November 18, 2013, Warner Hall.


Dr. Donald Gagnon, Associate Professor of English, gives the well attended African American History Month talk entitled “The Black Man Cometh: Eugene O’Neill’s Politics of Equality” (February 24, 2010).

Dr. Rosemarie Morgan, internationally renowned Thomas Hardy scholar, president of the Thomas Hardy Association (based at Yale University) and Vice President of the Thomas Hardy Society (based in Dorchester, UK) gave the inaugural faculty lecture titled “Tying the Knot: Consanguinity and Affinity in Hardy’s Wessex,” 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2008 – Warner Hall