Reading and Lecture Series

The English Department hosts a number of ongoing series including innovative poetry and fiction readings, and film and scholarly lectures.

  • 1/16/20
    Watch and discuss classic films, from the beginnings of cinema to the present, every week of the semester with Distinguished Professors Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson.
  • 8/30/18
    The riverrun Global Film Series aspires to create a dialogue between local community and institutions of higher education in Buffalo through a selection of films that provide a better understanding of our present existence in the globalized networked world.
  • 1/31/20
    The Exhibit X Fiction Series showcases experimental and innovative fictions.
  • 2/22/19
    Juxtapositions is the Department lecture series. Every year we host talks by established scholars and emerging voices across a range of periods, areas, and topics.
  • 1/31/20
    A reading series sponsored by Poetics Program, Poetics Plus brings contemporary experimental poets to UB to read from their work.
  • 10/22/14
    The Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture sponsors cutting edge talks and conferences.
  • 4/4/18
    Thursday, April 12 Lecture by Lisa Robertson 5:30pm, venue TBA
    This year’s Robert Creeley Lecture in Poetry and Poetics will be given by
    Lisa Robertson. An important focus of her talk will be 11th-13th century
    poetries in the Occitan language, in which she will trace an avant avant
    garde thinking through of literary form as embodied, affective process,
    linguistic difference and minority/endangered languages and worlds, and the
    production and circulation of social meaning. This discussion will in turn
    have bearing on how contemporary poetic movements refuse and elude the
    reduction of what poetry communicates to the semiotics of global capital.
    Canadian poet Lisa Robertson recently published her tenth book, 3
    Summers, with Coach House Books, as well as a chapbook, Starlings, with
    Krupskaya. Previous titles include Cinema of the Present, The Men, and the
    essay collections Nilling and Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the
    Office for Soft Architecture. This year she is the inaugural recipient of the C.D.
    Wright Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in
    New York. She lives in France.
  • 7/24/17
    The Center for Global Film and Media organizes events and screenings that deal with topics related to an ever-changing global environment. The premise of the center’s research and activities is that today we inhabit a new and irrevocably different world and this necessitates new conceptual tools and discourses. The goal of the center is to increase awareness of important global issues in our interconnected society, catalyze social change and promote cross-cultural understanding through the medium of film. The competence of the center rests in the fields of Film Theory, Global/Transnational Cinema, Film-Philosophy, Theories of Representation, Cinematic Modernisms, Film Adaptations, Narrative Film, and Film Criticism. All events of the center are open to UB undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and the WNY community at large.
  • 5/8/18
    Thursday, May 24
    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm