News, Publications, and Presentations

Sarah Zentner (PhD candidate) presented her paper, "What could be more heavenly? Hannah Coulter's Liturgical Imagination," at the Catholicism, Literature, and the Arts Conference, hosted in July by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame.

Prof. Ryan Wilson was profiled in Christianity Today’s arts & culture magazine, Ekstasis. He was also interviewed by Thomas Mirus for the Catholic Culture Podcast. His poem, ‘L’Estraneo,’ was analyzed, along with long poems by David Mason and Marilyn Nelson, in Brian Brodeur’s essay on the legacy of Expansive poetry in The Hopkins Review. 

Dr. Megan Murton presented a paper at the biannual New Chaucer Society conference, held in Durham, England in July. Her paper was part of a panel on Reconsidering Fortune and was entitled "Chaucer's 'Fortune': Deconstruction and Invention."



Drs. Gibbons and Auerbach will be leading the discussion for the first of this year's Reading Together series on September 19th. This year's series focuses on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. All four meeting dates and reading lists (with links to the poems) can be found on the Reading Together site.

Dr. Jonathan Buttaci
 (School of Philosophy) is hosting a new series called “Philosophers and Poets,” starting with two discussions of Homer’s Odyssey on Wednesday October 19th (Books I-IV) and Wednesday November 9th (Books V-VIII). Both will meet at 6:30pm in the Aquinas Library. 

English Society will hold its first meeting on September 26th at 8pm to discuss William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. All are welcome, and seniors should note that this novel is on the comps list. Future meetings are October 24th (An Artist of the Floating World) and December 6th (Helena). 

Andrew Delbanco, a distinguished professor from Columbia, will deliver the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on October 19th at 6:30pm. His title is “The Question of Reparations: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future,” and the location is President Lincoln’s Cottage, a short walk from the Catholic U campus. The event is free but tickets are required and become available online on September 14th. Click here to request tickets.

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If you are a current English major/minor or alumna/us of the department and would like to contribute to The Annex, please email Dr. Megan Murton ( The Annex is always seeking writers to contribute alumni profiles, faculty/class/program profiles, articles about department events, or original writing relevant to the newsletter's focus on the English Department.