What’s Happening? May 2017

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Hello Summer! We have only 3 weeks left in the Spring Semester and although things are winding down across campus there are still several events you should schedule time to attend.

Monday, May 1 at 5:30 – Lehigh Review Release Party

This year’s edition showcases yet again the amazing work that our undergraduates are doing through their studies at Lehigh–in both research and original art. To help celebrate our contributors work, we are hosting a release party on May 1st (There will be food and coffee/tea!).

Friday, May 5 at 4:00 – Betsy Fifer Retirement Party

The English Department is holding a celebration in honor of Betsy Fifer, who is retiring at the end of this semester after teaching at Lehigh for 44 years.

The event will be held on Lehigh’s campus at the Tower Room in the Iacocca Building on Mountaintop from 4-6.

If you get a chance check out Brian’s interview with Dr. Fifer here.

Monday, May 8 at 2:00 – Williams Prize Ceremony.

Attend the ceremony in Williams Hall in the Global Commons to congratulate your students! There were some phenomenal papers!

Wednesday, May 10 at 4:00 – M.A. Thesis Presentations and End of Year Celebration in the Humanities Center


Ashley Evans “Contemporary Resistance to Feminist Utopian Visions in Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time and Joanna Russ’s The Female Man

Laura Fitzpatrick, “‘The Boy Who Lived’: Harry Potter and the Practice of Moral Literacy”

Alex Thompson, “The Power of Action, Decisiveness, Vitality, and Kindness: Ingmar Bergman’s Atonement for his Nazi Past and Preparation for an Uncertain Future”

Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 – Jane Austen Book Club: Sense and Sensibility at the Bethlehem Public Library

Saturday, May 20 at 8:00 AM – Final Grades Due! Summer Commences!

Summer Writing Group: MA and Ph.D., incoming and current students welcome. Dates TBD.

Graduate students interested in participating should email Joanna Grim at jcg314@lehigh.edu with the subject line “summer writing group.”

The plan is to meet on or near campus for several day-long writing retreats. The dates, location, and other details (like food and coffee, of which there will be plenty) will be worked out over email. Whether you want to work on an academic article, public humanities essay, creative writing, or other project, you are welcome to join. The goal is to provide space, support, and motivation for meeting your summer writing goals.

Fall 2017 Reading Group & Summer Planning Sessions: Tackling T.I.N.A. (“There Is No Alternative”): An Anti-Capitalist Reading Group

We are organizing some planning sessions over the summer to launch a Fall 2017 reading group. Anyone interested in joining contact Adam Heidebrink-Bruno at adh216@lehigh.edu

FYE: Summer Reading Discussion Leaders Needed

Join us as we read and discuss our 2017 selections, exploring the theme History & Societal Change!

Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Students: Sign up here to be a discussion leader for the incoming students at the end of the summer.

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