“Dear Mister Zweig: A few years ago, in a moment of doubt, I took heart and sent out
a selection of my poems, whose words were to determine my fate: whether I would continue
working on them or whether I would follow my surroundings and throw all mental activities
aside and adopt a reasonable profession. I sent these poems to you.” Thus wrote Erich
Maria Remarque in 1929 letter to Stefan Zweig. His groundbreaking novel about World
War I, All Quiet on the Western Front, had just been published to great international acclaim; and the letter attests to
the pervasive influence played by Zweig over some of the greatest European writers
of the early twentieth century.
The hand-written letter by Remarque, as well as the poems he sent to Zweig, are among
a handful of archival items from Fredonia’s renowned Stefan Zweig Collection that
will be on display in the exhibit, “Stefan Zweig and World War I,” that is to officially
open this Thursday Oct 16 at 3 pm in the lobby of Reed Library. The opening, which will be followed by a reception,
is free and open to the public at large.
Marking this year’s centennial of the outbreak of World War I, the exhibit offers
a for Western New York unique insight into the causes that led to the war, and how
it was experienced by the European artists and writers of the era. Curated by the
English graduate students in Prof. Birger Vanwesenbeeck’s “Remembering the Great War” course, the exhibit tells
the story of Zweig’s dramatic transformation from his initial employment as a propagandist
in the Austrian war archive towards his pacifism later in the war. Among the items
to be displayed are hand-written letters by James Joyce and Frans Masereel; some
of Zweig’s manuscripts and typescripts; as well as a translation of Zweig’s 1915 war
poem “Der Krüppel” (“The Cripple”) that, until now, had been unavailable to English
The opening of the exhibit, which will be on display in Reed Library through December
15, will mark the official kick-off for a whole week of Zweig-related activities on
the Fredonia campus that will include a staged reading of the play The Last Days of Stefan Zweig; and a keynote lecture on Zweig by French novelist Laurent Seksik.
Talk & Roundtable / Veterans Book Project
Located in Rosch Recital Hall, followed by reception 7:30-9:00 in Reed Library
4:00pm & 7:00pm 202 McEwen
MLW visiting writers series
Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry, Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice (University of Pittsburgh, 2013), My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (University of Pittsburgh, 2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle
Award, and She Didn't Mean to Do It, (University of Pittsburgh, 2000), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Award. For
her poetry, she's received Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, as well as a Pushcart
Prize and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares. Recent poems have been published in the London Review of Books, The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry, The Threepenny Review and in Best American Poetry. http://daisyfried.weebly.com
A Fredonia native and alumnus, Loran Peterson worked as an editor of material translated
from Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Dari and Urdu in Doha, Qatar. He has taught self-designed
language courses for translators from all over the Near East and was a writing tutor
at the American University of Beirut. He is currently the Features Editor and a contributing
writer at NOW News, in Beirut, Lebanon, and is writing his graduate thesis on rhetorical
scale and physiological ethics at AUB under Dr. David Currell.
This event is sponsored by the English Department with the student groups Sigma Tau
Delta and English Works. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.
The life and works of the Austrian-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) offer a
unique insight into the artistic and political turbulence of the first half of the
twentieth century. A self-styled humanist and pacifist as well as a longtime advocate
for European unification, Zweig was deeply affected by the carnage of World War I
and subsequently sought to redeem its trauma through artistic-cultural solidarity.
In the 1920s the popularity of his stories and his biographies of such historical
figures as Erasmus and Marie-Antoinette made him, according to one study published
at the time, the most translated author in the world. A decade later his books would
be burned by the Nazis. Forced into exile—like so many other Austrian and European
Jews—Zweig moved to Petrópolis, Brazil where, horrified by the carnage of yet another
war ravaging his beloved European soil, he committed suicide together with his second
The manuscripts, correspondences and personal items of Fredonia’s Stefan Zweig Collection
offer a unique insight into the many aspects of this extraordinary life and its literary
output. This internationally renowned collection, which first came to Fredonia thanks
to the efforts of the late Robert Rie, a longtime friend of Zweig’s and former Professor
of Modern Languages at Fredonia, has long been a preferred lending place for museums
in Europe who have eagerly displayed some of its items in their exhibits over the
years, including most recently in Berlin and Vienna. A video about Fredonia’s Zweig
Collection may be accessed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj42TCk6pRY
On Wednesday Oct 22 French author Laurent Seksik will deliver the 3rd Biannual Stefan Zweig Lecture in Rosch Recital Hall at 6 pm. Seksik, who is also
a practicing physician, is the author of Les Derniers Jours de Stefan Zweig (translated in English as The Last Days), a bestselling novel about the final months of Zweig and his second wife Lotte who
committed suicide in Brazil in 1942. The novel, which was staged as a theaterproduction
in Paris in 2012 and, more recently, adapted into a comic book, has been translated
into fifteen languages. Seksik’s lecture will be
entitled, “The Physician as Writer: How Stefan Zweig Changed My Life.” His lecture
will be free and open to the public at large. The Biannual Stefan Zweig Lecture series
celebrates the legacy and works of Fredonia’s world-renowned Stefan Zweig Collection.
For more on this collection, please go to http://www.fredonia.edu/library/collections/archives/zweig.asp
Reproduction of a 1929 letter by Erich Maria Remarque to Stefan Zweig Courtesy of Reed Library
Copies of Seksik’s books as well as the works of Stefan Zweig are available in the
campus bookstore. For more information on the 3rd Biannual Stefan Zweig lecture, please contact Prof. Birger Vanwesenbeeck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staged Reading of “The Last Days of Stefan Zweig”
Directed by Prof. Jessica Hillman and performed by students in Fredonia’s Theatre
& Dance department, the staged reading of The Last Days of Stefan Zweig will mark the American premiere of a play that dramatizes the final months of Stefan
Zweig and his second wife Lotte before they committed suicide in Petropolis, Brazil,
on February 22 1942. The play was earlier staged in Paris and Tel Aviv; currently
a Munich production is being prepared.
English Works meeting
Williams Center G103C
Join us for a speaker from the CDO describing internship opportunities and other resources. Hope to see you there!
“Sigma Tau Delta Coffee Talk ”
English Reading Room
Sigma Tau Delta is having their first Coffee Talk of the semester tonight at 6pm in the English Reading Room. In honor of Banned Books Week, there will be a discussion about our favorite banned books and why books are banned
in the first place. Coffee and cookies will be served. Bring your favorite banned
book and a friend!
4:00pm & 7:00pm 202 McEwen
MLW visiting writers series
Turgeon is the author of five novels: Rain Village, Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, Mermaid, the middle-grade The Next Full Moon, and The Fairest of Them All (Simon & Schuster, 2013) all re-imaginings of fairy tales. Turgeon teaches in the
University of Alaska Low-Res MFA program. http://carolynturgeon.com
Russell Joy Park lower pavilion
English department faculty, majors, minors, and graduate students are invited to celebrate
the start of a new school year!
Click here to see the list of events from the 2013-2014 Academic year
The English Department takes time at the end of each year to recognize the achievements
of both faculty and students.
16th Annual Student Research & Creativity Exposition
Williams Center MPR
Come check out the amazing work done by students of the English department and of
all the other departments on campus. For more information about the event follow the
Bedtime Stories with Sigma Tau Delta
April 29th 6:30-7:30pm
Japanese Garden, in Reed Library
Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, will be sponsoring its Bedtime Stories
event on Tuesday, April 29th, from 6:30 to 7:30, in the Japanese Garden at Reed Library.
Come in your PJs to hear Bedtime Stories!
The Department of English is a proud sponsor of the Big Read keynote events
Dr. Alexandra Socarides Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri MLW Lecture & Big Read Keynote Speaker
“Layers of Erasure: Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Recovery”
Wednesday, April 23rd 7:30 pm at the 1891 Opera House
Co-sponsored by Reed Library, The Big Read, the Mary Louise White Fund, and the SUNY
Fredonia Department of English.
Despite our best efforts, Emily Dickinson remains the only nineteenth-century American
woman poet to be taught in high schools and colleges as well as read by a general
and robust audience. more...
In this talk I describe the ways in which women’s poetry was everywhere in the nineteenth century and explore a new explanation for its erasure from literary
history. By reading this poetry with knowledge of the cultural and literary conventions
that shaped it and circulated it, I argue for a rethinking of our method of recovery
– from one that takes its cues from our 21st-century desires to one that listens to the poetry itself.
Big Read Meet & Greet
Thursday April 24th 9:30-11am
Japanese Garden Room in Reed Library
Students are invited for refreshments and casual conversation with our Big Read keynote
speaker Dr. Socarides. This event is free and open to the public.
Big Read Library Discussion
Thursday April 24th 6:30pm
Patterson Library, Westfield, NY
“‘Just How the Fingers Hurried’: Emily Dickinson and Poetry Making”
One way to gain access to a seemingly impenetrable writer’s work is to ask how she
went about making that work. Where did she sit, did she use a pencil or a pen, what
kind of paper did she write on? more...
Did she draft and draft until she got it just so, or did the works we know today come
out fully formed? What had she read in the newspaper that morning, or dreamt the previous
evening? Who was having an argument within earshot? While these might seem like biographical
and historical questions of little importance, investigating them can often get us
reading poetry from the inside out: not as nuts to crack, but as the creations of
real people in real time. In this talk/discussion, I will explore how reading Emily
Dickinson’s poems with such questions (if not, always, answers) in mind gives us new
access to her work. See the full Big Read event calendar for more details about events
planned throughout the local community. http://www.neabigread.org/communities/?community_id=1096
Coffee & Literature: Sigma Tau Delta Coffee Talk
April 23rd, 2-3pm
English Reading room in Fenton Hall
Sigma Tau Delta is proud to host a Coffee talk where English professors will come
and discuss how they discovered what their specialties in literature. This event will
hopefully help those of us who're confused about what literature courses to sign up
for, but more importantly will be a great opportunity to hang out with professor's
outside the class room. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the
Celebrate Earth Day
April 22nd, 9am-5pm College Lodge 8067 Route 380 in Brocton, NY
Come out to the College Lodge and spend a day in nature both relaxing and learning
about our planet and what you can do to help make it a better place! Be sure to check
out the events being put on by members of the English department at 12:50 and 2:20.
For a complete list of all the events, which are free and open to the public, click here. A free shuttle will run between the SUNY Fredonia campus and the Lodge, starting
at 9:30 AM and ending at 5:00 PM. Buses will depart campus from the loading area near
Rockefeller and Maytum. Free food and drinks provided courtesy of FSA in conjunction
with the SUNY Fredonia Sustainability Committee, SUNY Fredoina's Go Green Initiative
and SUNY Fredonia.
Slam Poetry Festival
April 14th, 6:30 p.m.
in 209 McEwen
Join us for Maxim Backer, Good Ghost Bill, Fatimah Asghar, and Andrea Gibson Free event. Tickets can be picked up at the box office or available at the event.
Sponsored by Writer's Ring, Pride, and the Women's Student Union
The Day of Poetry and Prose
April 10th, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Williams Center S204
The 6th annual Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 12-5 in room S204 of the Williams Center. This event celebrates the great literature
taught by Dr. Dunn as well as your favorite poems or prose pieces. It is held during
National Poetry month and promotes the art of reading aloud. There is no charge to
attend and everyone is encouraged to come and listen. Due to its length it is a come
and go as you need to event. Reading fees are required prior to the event and raise
funds for the Albert A. Dunn Scholarship and Book Grant(s). Participation forms for readers will be available in February
in the English Dept.
Join us for the opening of the Outlaw/ed Bodies exhibit. We will be joined by special
guest Dr. Bill Boerner, chief diversity officer. There will be refreshments and live
cello music! The exhibit will remain on display for the remainder of the semester.
Here's a link to the campus report page with more information!
Foreign Bodies: A Graduate Faculty Panel
Monday March 10th from Noon-1pm
Over the past few years the body -- and the foreign body in particular -- has emerged
as one of the primary foci within the field of English. Join Dr. David Kaplin, Dr.
Heather McEntarfer, and Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck for a panel discussion of how approaches
to foreign bodies informs their current scholarship. Refreshments will be provided.
L. Annette Binder, Fiction
Writer Craft Talk and Reading
March 6th, Craft Talk at 4pm followed by Reading at 7pm 202 McEwen Hall
L. Annette Binder's collection of stories, Rise (Sarabande Books) http://www.lannettebinder.com/, received the 2011 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Her stories have recently
appeared or are forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize XXXVI, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, One Story, American Short
Fiction, The Southern Review, Third Coast, and others.
Welcome Back To English Works!
21 East Bookstore, Dunkirk
Sunday February 23rd at 5 p.m.
Join the English Works Club as the celebrate the start to a new semester! Stop by
and see how awesome English works is!
In this workshop, students are encouraged to express their thoughts and concerns that
they are interested in knowing about in addition to sharing their gains from this
series of workshops both verbally and in written form. Students will be given a questionnaire
to answer some questions which can help themselves realize what they have learned
in these workshops as well as help the workshop holder to learn what other topics
should be included in future semesters in order to better assist international students
Workshops for International Students at SUNY Fredonia
Reducing Stress and Identifying Expectations Nov. 19, Tuesday, 2:00 - 3:20 English Reading Room (127 Fenton Hall)
To all students, stress may affect each of us in different ways. It is important to
realize some symptoms caused by stress and then effectively deal with them. In this
workshop, tips for identifying sources of stress as well as strategies for reducing
and minimizing stress will be introduced. Some students may be invited to share what
stressful situations they have experienced and how they overcome their stress effectively.
Gathering to remember Thom Dean
Please join use for for a campus gathering to honor the memory of Thomas Dean.
Wednesday, 11/20, 4 pm, Horizon Room, Williams Center
Craft Talk and Reading with Poet Tamar Yoseloff Monday, September 16, 2013 6:00pm McEwen Hall 209 Everyone is invited to this free event! Tamar has collaborated with graphic artist
and photographer Vici MacDonald on some fascinating projects, including Formerly,
"poems and photos about disappearing London." Check out the website for the project, bios, and more.
English Department Fall Picnic
Friday, September 6, 2013
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Russell Joy Park, lower pavilion
English and English Education Majors are invited to join English Department Faculty
for a potluck picnic to celebrate the start of a new school year!
Click here to see a list of events from the Spring 2013 semester
Tuesday, April 30th, 12-3pm in the Williams Center (S-204-ABC), will mark the first
English Works event! This is a new student group, now acknowledged by Student Association,
to help English students connect to professional opportunities.
Mary Louise White Visiting Writers Series
We are excited to have an ongoing series of nationally-acclaimed visiting writers,
who work directly with our students in small workshop as well as lecture settings.
All are welcome.
Author craft talk: 4-5pm, reading 7pm. All events in 202 McEwen Hall and free and
open to public. Q&A and book-signing after each reading.
3/14:Eugene Cross is the author of the short story collection "Fires of Our Choosing," which was long
listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He was born and raised
in Erie, Pennsylvania and received an MFA from The University of Pittsburgh. His stories
have appeared in Narrative Magazine (which named him one of "20 Best New Writers"
and his story "Harvesters" a "Top Five Story of 2009-2010"), American Short Fiction,
Story Quarterly, TriQuarterly, and Callaloo, among other publications. His work was
also listed among the 2010 Best American Short Stories' 100 Distinguished Stories.
He is the recipient of scholarships from the Chautauqua Writers' Festival and the
Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, as well as a fellowship from the 2012 Sewanee Writers'
Conference. He is the winner of the 2009 Dzanc Prize for Excellence in Literary Fiction
and Community Service and is the Simon Blattner Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative
Writing at Northwestern University. He currently lives in Chicago where he also teaches
in the Fiction Department at Columbia College Chicago. You can find him online at www.eugenecross.com
4/4: Eduardo C. Corral (Xicano poet) is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger
Poets competition for his first collection, Slow Lightning. His poems have appeared in New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. His work
has been honored with a "Discovery"/The Nation Award and residencies from The MacDowell
Colony and Yaddo. He holds degrees from ASU and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work
has been honored with a "Discovery"/The Nation award and residencies from MacDowell
and Yaddo. He has taught poetry at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident
in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. To read some of his poems and other materials
on poetry, please visit his blog Lorcaloca.
3/11: McEwen Hall 202 Slam Poets on Campus: Shanny Maney and Buddy Wakefield Free and open to the public
Schedual: 6-7pm: Shanny Maney craft talk/Q&A 7-8pm: Buddy Wakefield craft talk/Q&A Intermission 8-9pm: performances by both Shanny and Buddy
Shanny Maney (hosted by Writer's Ring) is a performance poet and teacher from the middle of the Midwest. With poet Robbie Q. Telfer, she cofounded The Encyclopedia Show, a radical literary reading/spectacular which now runs in venues all across the globe. Maney continues to co-curate the original show in Chicago. Years ago, she hosted the Ear Candy open mic/music/poetry slam series in Normal, IL. She lives with her husband and cute dogs in the house that looks like their dreams. Her first book of poems, I Love Science!, is available from Write Bloody Publishing.
Buddy Wakefield (hosted by Pride) is the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then successfully defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries with works translated into Dutch. In 2005 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship. An author at Write
Bloody Publishing, his books include Gentleman Practice and Live for a Living.
The Second Biannual Stefan Zweig Lecture
3/19: Rosch Recital Hall at 7:30 pm Robert Kelz (Assistant Professor of German at the University of Memphis): lecture will focus on a little known aspect of Zweig’s 1936 visit to Buenos Aires:
his address to the pupils (most of them Jewish émigré children from the Third Reich)
of the Pestalozzi school, the only German language school in Argentina not to have
fallen under the spell of Nazi ideology. Drawing in part on personal interviews that
Kelz conducted with some of the former pupils of the Pestalozzi school, his lecture
will offer a unique insight into the long-lasting (!) impact of a creative writer
in the classroom and into what Kelz calls a “pedagogy of the persecuted.” more info and here
3/20: Diers Recital Hall, in Mason Hall at 5:00 pm Cyberbullying Workshop: Dr. Heather McEntarfer will present and lead discussion on research and information
from UB’s fall conference on cyberbullying.
The Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose
The 5th annual Albert A. Dunn Day of Poetry and Prose will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 12:00-4:30 p.m. in room S204 of the Williams Center. This event celebrates the great literature
taught by Dr. Dunn as well as your favorite poems or prose pieces. It is held during
National Poetry Month and promotes the art of reading aloud. There is no charge to
attend and everyone is encouraged to come and listen. Due to its length, it is a
come and go as you need event. Reading fees are required prior to the event and raise
funds for the Albert A. Dunn Scholarship and Book Grant. Participation forms for
readers will be available in February in the English Department office.
Community Bedtime Stories
For campus community kids (or just kids at heart)--
Join Sigma Tau Delta (the national English Department Honor Society) and Reed Library
Wednesday April 24th from 7-8pm in the garden at Reed Library Wear your pjs!
Small snacks will be provided!
Bedtime stories will be read by professors Susan Spangler, KimMarie Cole, and Dustin
English Works--Mini "Internship & Job" Fair for English Majors
Tuesday, April 30th, in the Williams Center Room S204 ABC 12:00-3:00 A panel of staff and business leaders will close the event, discussing the real-world
applications of an English degree, and answer questions from students.
Poetry Gala reading, featuring the poets of ENGL 460: Advanced Poetry
Kristie Beckinghausen, Shelby Converse, Laura Distaso, Gabriel Fontanez, Ashley Friedman,
Dan Hahn, Alice Hodge, Jake Lesinski, Drew Lockwood, Peter Mason, Jesse McMahon-Eagan,
Emily Metzler, Teresa Porcaro, Mark Schlewitt & Will Walawender May 7th 5-6pm Japanese Garden Room Reed Library Refreshments will be provided!