Thanks to a generous bequest from Joseph S. Schick, Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana State University, the Department of English is able to host the Joseph S. Schick Lectures in Language, Literature, and Lexicography. According to the conditions of Professor Schick's will, "Eminent scholars . . . will be invited to present lectures on the literature, language and lexicography of the United States . . . and Great Britain. The topics of the lectures will be limited to the period before 1900."
After a number of delays, frustrations with furniture delivery, and carpeting that arrived long before the room was ready, the Joseph S. Schick Reception Room has been opened. The room has seen duty as a reception area after the Schick Lectures, hosted the Department holiday party, and hosts the Pfennig Scholars receptions. Please come and join us at any of the Schick lectures and enjoy the comfort of the reception room.
Beginning in 1988, the Department has hosted from four to eight Schick Lecturers a year. Scholars from around the United States--and from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales--have presented formal lectures related to periods before 1900. As part of their visits, these scholars have also presented informal talks on contemporary topics, read from their works, and visited literature classes and writers' workshops.
To enhance the Schick Lectures, the Department purchases copies of all in-print books authored or edited by Schick Lecturers. After they are signed, they are placed in the Department's collection, which currently includes over five-hundred volumes. The collection is available for research and reading by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty.
All programs to be held in Root Hall at 3:30 PM unless otherwise noted.