The CMLLC Colloquium Series is designed to give faculty members and graduate students the opportunity to get together in an informal atmosphere and share research and ideas. Refreshments are served.


· Scholarly Exchange. To facilitate the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between department faculty and students.

· Community. To foster intellectual and social community among department faculty and students.

· Experience. To provide an opportunity for graduate and advanced undergraduate students to present their original research in a scholarly  forum.




All events will be held in Mano 446 at 4:30 PM unless otherwise specified.

January 26 - Nicole Coleman, “Student-Centered Teaching with Blank Syllabi and Grading Contracts”

February 9 (5:30 PM in Mano 328) - Galina Tirnanic (Oakland University), “Blinding in Byzantium”

February 27 (MONDAY at 4 PM in 10302 Maccabees) - Eleni Sikelianos, Poetry Reading. Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Loving Detail of the Living and the Dead and The California Poem, which was a Barnes & Noble Best of the Year, as well as hybrid memoirs, The Book of Jon and You Animal Machine (The Golden Greek). Sikelianos teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver. Co-sponsored by the English Dept.

March 9 - Leonidas Pittos, “The Liturgy of the Senses: The Mystical Aesthetics of Nicholas Kabasilas” 

March 23 - Kristin Courville (Title: TBA)

March 30 - Thomas Kohn (Title: TBA)

April 6 - Natalie Bakopoulos (Title: TBA)

Date: TBA - Alina Cherry (Title: TBA)


All events will be held in Mano 446 at 5:00 PM unless otherwise specified.

October 6 - Roundtable: Amy Cooper, “Forming Learning Communities I”

October 27 - Lecture: Saeed Khan, “Gaining Awareness of Artificial Intelligence & Self-Awareness: Ethical and Philosophical Considerations for the Next Technological Revolution”

October 31 - Conference: “Energy: Issues, Innovations & Implications”. 12:00-3:00 p.m. 285 Student Center

November 2 - Workshop: “Forming Learning Communities II”

November 15 - Lecture: Raffaele DeBenedictis: “Umberto Eco on Ugliness”

December 1 - Lecture: Sandra Russo, "Code-switching in Chopper! Chopper! Poetry from Bordered Lives by Verónica Reyes"

December 8 - Lecture: Julie Koehler, "Telling Stories: Women Writers Employ the Märchenoma (Fairy-Tale Grandma)"


All events will be held in Mano 446 at 5:00 PM unless otherwise specified.

January 28 - Roundtable: Leonidas Pittos, “The Humanities in Higher Education”

February 4 - Related event: Amy Ransom, "Quebec Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: National Art Negotiates Popular Genres", 3:00–4:00 PM, French Room, Reception follows

February 18 - Lecture: Elizabeth LaFray, "Wily Woman: Feminine Intelligence in Homer's Odyssey"

March 3 - Related event: Global Studies Roundtable, “Refugees, Migration, and Islamophobia”, 2:30-4:00 PM, Student Center 

March 10 - Mock Talk: David Kraus, “Straight Out Of The Closet: Sexuality, Traumnovelle and Jacob Hinrich’s Graphic Novel Adaptation”

March 24 - Panel: Anne Duggan and Julie Koehler, "Nineteenth-Century German and French Women Writing Wonder". Romanian Room (Mano 408)

March 30 (Wed) - Mock Talk: Claire-Marie Brisson, “Fashioning a Collective Perception: Decoding Fascist Aesthetics in Occupied France” 

April 21 - Lecture: Haiyong Liu, “Inalienable Possession in Mandarin Chinese"

CMLLC Colloquium Committee: Leonidas Pittos (Chair), Claire-Marie Brisson, Alina Cherry, Nicole Coleman, Vanessa DeGifis, Laura Kline, and Haiyong Liu.

Questions? Contact Leonidas Pittos at


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