News & Events

Department of English Commencement

When: Sunday, June 17, 2018 4:00pm
Where: UCLA Court of Sciences

The departmental event is a smaller, more personal ceremony for our graduates and their families. You will be able to celebrate your accomplishment with your fellow classmates and the English department’s faculty. Around 300 English and American Literature & Culture majors participated last year. Participating students do not need a ticket but must confirm that they are attending. Each participating student may order (4) free guest tickets and up to (4) additional tickets for $12.00 each. There will be a wait list for additional ticket orders.
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A Reading of the Favorite Poem Project

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 7:00pm
Where: UCLA, Kerckhoff Hall, Charles E. Young Grand Salon

Come see members of the Los Angeles community read their favorite poems!  Since its founding 20 years ago by Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the U.S., the  Favorite Poem Project has presented programs that feature people from many walks of life reading and commenting on poems meaningful to them. The Project has also produced the video series at as shown on the PBS NewsHour. 
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Hammer Museum Poetry Reading with Jennifer Moxley

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum – 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024

California native Jennifer Moxley’s most recent collection of poems Druthers (Flood 2018) “elegantly characterizes poetry as a vehicle for immortality” (Publishers Weekly).  Her book The Open Secret (Flood 2014) was awarded the 2015 William Carlos Williams award, and was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts award. Moxley is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of Maine.
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“English Exercises” – Talk with Jeff Dolven

2017-2018 Kanner Series
When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 4:00pm
Where: Faculty Common Room, 193 Humanities Building

Jeff Dolven is Professor of English at Princeton University and teaches poetry and poetics, especially of the English Renaissance.  He is the author of three books of criticism, Scenes of Instruction (Chicago, 2007), Senses of Style (Chicago, 2017), and the admittedly hasty Take Care (Cabinet, 2017), as well as essays on a variety of subjects, including Renaissance metrics, Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare’s reading, Fairfield Porter, and player pianos.
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UCLA English Marathon Reading of “Jane Eyre” and “Wide Sargasso Sea”

When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Where: Powell Library Courtyard
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You’re invited to the 2018 Marathon Reading, presented by the UCLA English department and Friends of English! For a full day, UCLA students and faculty will team up with distinguished guests to read both novels, relay-style, for an audience. Discussions, performances, and other fun breaks will be planned throughout the day. This fantastic event will bring together people across the UCLA campus and wider Los Angeles area to celebrate literature and enhance UCLA’s presence in the community. 
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The Crescent Moon Symposium

When: Friday, May 4, 2018 9:00-5:00pm
Where: UCLA Faculty Center, California Room

The one-day Crescent Moon Symposium (May 4, 2018) explores the lives of philosopher Hu Shih 胡适 (1891-1962), poet Xu Zhimo 徐志摩 (1897-1931), scholar/Shakespearean Liang Shiqiu 梁实秋, writer/painter Ling Shuhua 凌淑华 (1900-1990), and their literary communities.  The quartet of bilingual intellectuals epitomized the vibrant East-West exchanges in the wake of the May Fourth movement. All four were members of the Crescent Moon Society 新月社, established by Xu Zhimo and Hu Shi and designed as a counterpart of the Bloomsbury Group of England.
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