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Source: Karin Westman, 785-532-2190, westmank@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Darrah Tinkler, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu 

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 

Events to fall for: English Department sponsors lectures, poetry reading, mock trial

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's department of English will start off the fall with a series of readings, lectures and a mock trial of Shakespeare's characters.

"Our events this fall represent the diversity of work in English," said Karin Westman, associate professor and department head. "Join us for readings by creative writers, conversations about illustrations for children's books and about academic writing, and a mock trial of Shakespeare's characters.”

All events are free and open to the public. They include:

* Anne Phillips, associate professor of English, will launch the department's Fall Colloquia Series with her lecture "'The Scene fitted Mrs. Wilder's description perfectly': Illustrating the Little House Series," at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Big 12 Room at the K-State Student Union.

* Poetry on Poyntz will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery, 406 1/2 Poyntz. Faculty, students and community members are invited to read a selection of their work.

* Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, University of Illinois, Chicago, will present the lecture "Demystifying Academic Writing" at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building. Graff and Birkenstein are co-authors of the best-selling composition textbook "They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing," a compact guide to helping students develop effective writing practices.

* Katy Karlin, assistant professor of English, offers the second presentation in the department's Fall Colloquia Series at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room. She will discuss her research for her current creative project in a talk titled "Looking for Jean Seberg: Real People and Fictional Lives."

* The Bard at the Bar: A Mock Trial will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Nichols Theatre. Co-sponsored by the department of English and the pre-law program, this event is based on the extremely popular Shakespeare trials conducted annually in Washington, D.C. Several Kansas judges and attorneys will participate in an imaginary case drawn from Shakespeare's controversial comedy, "The Merchant of Venice." The play is being performed Oct. 25-27 in Nichols Theatre by Actors from the London Stage for the university's McCain Performance Series.

More information about the events is available at http://www.k-state.edu/english/calendar/ or by contacting the department of English at english@k-state.edu or 785-532-2190.