The English Department holds a biennial symposium focusing on literature, race, ethnicity, and other topics. Each symposium features a variety of distinguished guests—writers, professors, journalists, and others well recognized in their fields—who speak and lead discussions during the course of the three day event.

Several book volumes have been published based on papers given during the symposia. Please consult the menu on the left to read more about each volume and to see the list of Past Symposia.

The 31st Symposium will take place March 5-8, 2015. The theme is "Literature of Status / The Status of Literature". It will include a keynote address from Marshall Brown, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington and editor of Modern Language Quarterly. Visit the 2015 Symposium website here. The CFP deadline is Monday, November 3rd, 2014.