Colloquia and Speaker Series | Department of English

Colloquia and Speaker Series

The English Department sponsors several colloquia and speaker series that provide students the opportunity to meet and learn from distinguished visiting scholars. The Medieval/Renaissance Colloquium, the 18th/19th Century Studies Colloquium, and the American Studies Colloquium host speakers throughout the year, often in conjunction with faculty and students from other campus programs. The Postwar Faculty Colloquium is an interdisciplinary group of UNT English and other faculty whose annual meeting in late March or early April is also open to students.


Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium

The Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium promotes the study of medieval and early modern literature among our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. We host distinguished lectures, workshops, and master classes in order to study the premodern world from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. By participating in these activities, we sharpen critical thinking skills that allow us to assess anew how the past has shaped us and how we shape modern perceptions of the past.

On March 18th, 2020, the Medieval and Renaissance Colloquium and Department of English will host Dr. Paige Reynolds. Click here for more information.

For an archive of previous Med./Ren. posters and programs, click here.


18th- and 19th-Century Studies Colloquium

The 18th- and 19th-Century Studies Colloquium began as a speaker series and research group funded by two Team Mentoring Grants from the Office for Faculty Success, though it is now fully sponsored by the UNT English department. Transdisciplinary and transatlantic in focus, this colloquium offers faculty and students interested in the long 18th and 19th centuries an opportunity to hear distinguished scholars from around the country speak in formal and informal settings on a wide array of subjects and from a wide array of critical perspectives.

Our next event (co-sponsored with the American Studies Colloquium and the Women's and Gender Studies program) will be a talk on March 26th to be given by Dr. Kathleen Luby.

For an archive of previous 18th- and 19th-Century Group posters, click here.


Postwar Faculty Colloquium

The Department of English is a lead sponsor of UNT's Postwar Faculty Colloquium, a gathering of humanities faculty and researchers from our campus and across the DFW region in the period 1945-1980. The Colloquium meets for one day in late March or early April each year, during which presenters from English, Rhetoric and Composition, Communications, History, Media Studies, Art History, Political Science, and related areas share their current work in panel sessions. For the past three years, keynote presenters--distinguished visitors from nationally recognized universities--have concluded the morning and afternoon sessions with lectures on their current research.

This year, on Friday, April 5 at 9 AM, the keynote speakers are:

  • Chon Noriega, Distinguished Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media at UCLA. Professor Noriega is the author of Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema (Minnesota 2000) and the co-author of Home - So Different, So Appealing (UCLA/CSRC/LACMA/Houston Fine Arts/Washington 2017) and Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement (LACMA/California 2008). He has published most recently in October, Australassian Journal of American Studies, Aperture, and Found Footage Magazine, among numerous other journal venues. Professor Noriega was a 2021-22 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2020 CELJ Distinguished Editor, and the 2020 recipient of the de los Santos Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, among numerous other recognitions. He is a multi-million-dollar grant recipient from the Mellon, Getty, Ford, and NEH Foundations (among many other granting bodies) and was profiled in ARTnews as one of six curators "shaping the way art is presented around the globe" (2009). He serves on numerous advisory boards, chairs numerous working groups, and was the editor of Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies from 1996 to 2016.
  • Delia Steverson, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alabama. Professor Steverson is the author of Stumbling Blocks and Other Unfinished Work (Georgia 2023) and is an internationally invited speaker, most recently at "Southern Trans/Formations" in Amiens and Arras, France; and "Race and the Body: The Legacy of Slavery" in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation/Institute for Citizens and Scholars, the Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship, and the Watson Brown Foundation, among others, and has published in Literature and Medicine, The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and The Journal of American Culture, among other venues. Her current research regards the life and work of Mary Herring Wright (1924-2018), a Black deaf southern woman who authored important memoirs about her life and the post-WWII era.

Postwar Faculty Colloquium is a two-time recipient of a Team Mentoring Grant from the Office of Faculty Success. In addition to sponsorship from English, Postwar Faculty Colloquium is supported this year by the Office of Research and Innovation and several humanities departments.

Please see our Colloquium webpage.

For an archive of previous PFC posters and programs, see this page.