Advising/Registration Info for Spring 2013

Advising for the English Department will begin on Tuesday, 10/9/12.  Adviser assignments will be posted outside of the English Department, room 3036A this week.


Registration dates for the Winter & Spring 2013 semesters are:

Monday, 11/5:  Seniors

Thursday, 11/8: Juniors

Monday, 11/12: Sophomores

Thursday, 11/15:  Freshmen

Dr. Christopher Hobson Book Talk

Please join us for a book talk in celebration of the publication of Dr. Christopher Hobson’s new book, The Mount of Vision: African American Prophetic Tradition and Dr. Carol Quirke’s new book: Eyes on Labor:  News, Photography, and America’s Working Class, both from Oxford University Press.


Date:  Thursday, October 4, 2012

Time:  Refreshments at 12:30; talks from 1:00pm-2:40pm

Location:  Student Union Multipurpose Room B

The authors will discuss their books, there will be a question and answer session, and copies of the books will be on sale.

Click for Official Event Flyer

Poetry Club Meetings

Interested in poetry and creative writing? The Poetry Club will be meeting this semester on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30pm in the New Academic Building, room 2109. All are welcome!!! Please come and get involved with fellow students who share a love for poetry.

Check back here soon for more information about the exciting events the club is planning for this semester.

A Poem in Celebration of Autumn

To Autumn by John Keats


SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness!

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;

To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,

Until they think warm days will never cease,

For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.


Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?

Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find

Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,

Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;

Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,

Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook

Spares the next swath and all its twinèd flowers;

And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep

Steady thy laden head across a brook;

Or by a cider-press, with patient look,

Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.


Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?

Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—

While barrèd clouds bloom the soft-dying day,

And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;

Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn

Among the river sallows, borne aloft

Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;

And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;

Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft

The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;

And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.


From:  Quiller-Couch, Arthur Thomas, Sir. The Oxford Book of English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1919, [c1901];, 1999.

Call for Submissions

Want to see your work in print? Harmonia is a platform to display poetry, short stories, lyrics & prose written by you! We also accept artwork!

Submit all work through email to Prof. Williams at

Please include your full name, email address, and titles for all pieces submitted, and include “Harmonia submission” in the subject line.


Submissions due by Tuesday, October 16th!

Harmonia is the English Department at Old Westbury’s student creative writing journal, run by Professor Jessica Williams and edited by students Emily Besthoff and Erin Kratina

Faculty Research Series: Dr. Hobson

Please come out to support Professor Christopher Z. Hobson of the English Department as he discusses “The Mount of Vision: The ‘God of the Oppressed’ in African American Prophetic Tradition” as part of the Faculty Research Series.

When: Wednesday, September 19th during common hour.

Where: Natural Science Building Room S-100

The Fall 2012 Wednesday Faculty Research Series is co-sponsored by the Faculty Senate of SUNY College at Old Westbury and the Office of Academic Affairs.  All members of the College Community are welcome to attend this free lecture.

Meet your new SGA English Senator

Hello English majors, minors, concentrators, and professors! My name is Emily Lasprogato and I’m really excited to be your new SGA English Senator. My role is to serve as the bridge between the students and faculty. I encourage you to reach out to me if you have comments or questions regarding anything to do with the English Department. This includes but is not limited to: information about clubs, events, professors, and classes. Please feel free to contact me via my e-mail or come to Suite 309 in Student Union during my office hours. Both are listed below. Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.

Office Hours:

Mondays: 12-1pm & 2:30-3:30pm

Tuesdays: 4:30-5:30pm

Wednesdays: 12-1pm

Located: Student Union, Suite 309


Faculty Bio Project Kicks Off with Dr. Torrell

This semester will we be posting student-written faculty biographies for all of our full-time English Department professors. The project, coordinated by Professor Williams, is kicking off today with Dr. Torrell’s biography. The biography was written by recent graduate and English major, Joanna Russo. Follow this link to read Dr. Torrell’s biography.

Expect a new faculty biography to be posted every few weeks throughout the semester. Once each is posted here on the main page, it can also be found on the “Contact” page of this website underneath each professor’s information. We hope you enjoy reading about us through the eyes of our students!

Poetry Club Info Sessions

The Poetry Club will be hosting two information sessions next week. Please drop by and find out about club meeting times and events for the Fall 2012 semester!

Monday 9/10 at 8pm

Wednesday 9/12 at 12pm

Both info sessions will be held in the second floor lounge of the New Academic Building.

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