The Department of English hosts a variety of monthly and annual events series, from monthly Humanities on the Edge lectures to our annual Creative Writing Month celebration.

Department Events Series

Book Launch Conversation:
Birding While Indian, by Tom Gannon

June 29, 2023


  • Leslie Huerta, Francie & Finch Bookshop
  • Joy Castro, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Tom Gannon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Events Series

Creative Writing Month advertisement 2017

Creative Writing Month

Every October, the Creative Writing program brings writers, poets, editors, and agents to campus to celebrate creative writing in all its diverse forms. Readings, panels and clinics give students opportunities to meet other writers, hear award-winning authors discuss their work, and learn more about creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

See the 2018 schedule

Photo of Siva Vaidhyanathan, a 2014-15 Humanities on the Edge lecturer, giving a talk

Humanities on the Edge

Humanities on the Edge is a speaker series founded in 2010 to promote cross-disciplinary conversation and theoretical research in the humanities. The series was co-founded by Dr. Marco Abel and Dr. Roland Végső, who now co-ordinate the series together with Dr. Jeannette Jones (Department of History and Institute for Ethnic Studies), and Carrie L. Morgan (Curator of Academic Programs at the Sheldon). All lectures are free and open to the public.

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National Poetry Month advertisement with illustration of a man typing on a typewriter

National Poetry Month

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln joins the nation every April in celebrating National Poetry Month. Since 2017, University Libraries and the Creative Writing program have co-sponsored events throughout the month that feature poets both past and present.

See the 2019 schedule

Professor Robert Knoll

Robert E. Knoll Lecture

The Knoll Lecture Series was founded to honor Professor Robert Knoll, D.B. and Paula Varner Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus, for his extraordinary service to the department, the university, and the community. The series presents annual lectures by distinguished visiting scholars addressing topics of interest to faculty, undergraduate students, and members of the public who have an interest in literature.

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