Public Conversations about Literature

Join English faculty as they discuss works of literature that have challenged and inspired them as readers, scholars, and teachers. Each "Reading Together" session will feature faculty in conversation and open up to a wider conversation with attendees - our hope is that we can think about, question, discuss, and read these poems and stories together.

All sessions will take place in-person only and are free and open to the public.


2022-23 Series: The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

September 19th, 7-8:30pm: “Heaven Haven” (1864), “The Habit of Perfection” (1866), “For a Picture of St. Dorothea” (1866)
With Dr. Amanda Auerbach and Dr. Daniel Gibbons. Location: Aquinas 102.

November 14th, 7-8:30pm: The Wreck of the Deutschland (1875)
With Dr. Gregory Baker, Dr. Amanda Auerbach, Dr. Kevin Rulo, and Dr. William Gonch. Location: Aquinas 102.

February 13th, 7-8:30pm: “The Windhover" (1877), “God’s Grandeur” (1877), “Pied Beauty” (1877)
With Dr. Kevin Rulo, Dr. Christopher Petter (PhD alumnus, 2021), Prof. Ryan Wilson. Location: Aquinas 102.

March 27th, 7-8:30pm: “Carrion Comfort” (1885), “No worst, there is none” (1885), “I wake and feel” (1885), “That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire” (1888)
With Dr. Daniel Gibbons, Dr. Gregory Baker, and Prof. Ryan Wilson. Location: Aquinas 102.


Past Series

  • 2021-22: The Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot


"Reading Together" is co-sponsored by English Society and Vermilion. For disability accommodations please contact Dr. Taryn Okuma ( / x5488).