The Department of English Alumni Lecture series brings in nationally prominent writers and scholars twice each year to talk about ideas and issues related to the study of English. These lectures are free and open to the public.

""Winter 2019: Keith Miller

When: February 13, 2019

Professor of English at Arizona State University, Keith Miller studies the rhetoric and songs of the Civil Rights movement. He is the author of two influential books, Martin Luther King's Biblical Epic: His Great, Final Speech and Voice of Deliverance: The Language of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Its Sources, and multiple essays on figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson, Frederick Douglass, C.L. Franklin, Fannie Lou Hamer, and others.

""Spring 2019: David J. Peterson

When: April 4, 2019

A linguist who constructs artificial languages for TV and movies, David J. Peterson is most known for creating the languages Dothraki and Valyrian for the runaway hit series Game of Thrones. He is the founder of the modern pop culture practice of “Conlanging,” or constructing languages and has both written a book and produced a documentary on Conlang.