Series and Events

The Department of English hosts visiting scholars and visiting writers throughout the year. Events are open to faculty, students and the public.

CompCon: Student Rhetoric and Composition Conference

CompCon, or "Rhetoric and Composition: A Celebration of Student Writing," is a conference dedicated to first-year composition students. It features workshop panels on specific writing components and topics, such as topic sentences and writing organization. CompCon invites students and faculty to attend.

  • Date: November 4, 2016
  • Location: Building 76A, Rooms 101, 102, and 103 

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Visit CompCon online and learn more about this year's conference! 

The Visiting Writers Series

The UWF Department of English Visiting Writers Series hosts a wide range of nationally and internationally acclaimed authors.  Writers in this series present new works of fiction, poetry and nonfiction in a comfortable, intimate setting that fosters dialogue and good conversation.  All events in the series are free and open to the public.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the department welcomed Jeff Newberry and Matthew Olzmann

2016-2017 Visiting Writer Series Schedule 

October 18, 2016

Please revisit this page for updated series information. 

315x176 Jeff Newberry Visiting Author 2016 - Photo c/o Michael Spooneybarger, CREO
Author Jeff Newberry lectures during the Visiting Writers Series. Photo courtesy of Jeff Spooneybarger, CREO.

Past Featured Writers

Author Jeff Newberry Entertains Audience with Reading of His Work

By   FEB 15, 2016, UWF's Center for Research and Economic Opportunity and WUWF

For poet Jeff Newberry, a recent presentation for the University of West Florida’s Visiting Writers and Scholars Series was a homecoming, of sorts.  The writer and college professor earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UWF. Between readings, Newberry chatted with the crowd, which included former peers and instructors from his graduate and undergraduate days... Read More. 

The Visiting Scholars Series

The UWF Department of English and First Year Composition hosts the Visiting Scholar Series. The series brings notable scholars to campus to share their current work with students, faculty, staff, and members of the broader Pensacola community.  Speakers present engaging new ideas on topics of literary, historical, and cultural significance.  All events in the series are free of charge and open to the public.  

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the department welcomed Lisa Siraganian and Eric Lyle, author of Streetopia.   

2016-2017 Visiting Scholar Series Schedule 

September 15, 2016

  • "Shakespeare and Derivatives" with David Hawkes
  • Dr. Hawkes' lecture looks back to a time before the ‘economy’ had been conceptually separated from other forms of representation. Hawkes examines Shakespeare's forward-looking attack on abstract financial instruments.
  • 6pm 
  • UWF Campus, Building 58A, Room 101
  • Lecture is free and open to the public. 

October 13 and 14

  • "UWF Romanticism Symposium" with Tim Fulford and Julia Carson
  • Time and Location TBA
  • Lecture is free and open to the public. 

Please re-visit this page for additional information regarding the 2016-2017 series schedule.

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Eric Lyle lectures during the Visiting Scholar Series. Photo courtesy of Jeff Spooneybarger, CREO.

Past Featured Scholars

Erick Lyle Encourages Reflection, Activism With His Writing

By   APR 8, 2016, UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity and WUWF

Zine creator, musician and social activist Erick Lyle lectured at the University of West Florida Tuesday night explaining how an art festival protesting the makeover of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood served as the basis for his latest book, “Streetopia.” 

Streetopia was the name of a five-week-long art fair in the low-income Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco (described in many tourist guides as "the worst neighborhood in San Francisco"). The fair featured the work of more than 100 artists, as well as lectures and performances and a café that served two free meals a day for the duration of the event. Lyle described Streetopia as ... Read more

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