‘English on the Ides’ discussion series starts Aug. 23

Western Carolina University’s Department of English and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva are sponsoring a series of informal public discussions focused on research being conducted by members of WCU’s English faculty.

All events in the “English on the Ides” series will be held at 1 p.m. Sundays at the bookstore.

“Bringing examples of in-progress and recent research into the community, these talks create a forum for academic knowledge that highlights how English as a discipline and the humanities in general intersect with everyday, non-academic life,” said Paul Worley, a WCU assistant professor of English who worked with bookstore staff to organize the series.

The series will kick off Aug. 23 when English professor Brian Gastle presents “Chaucer the Poet and Chaucer the Veteran.”

The series will continue Sept. 13 when Worley discusses “Maya Book Arts on Exhibit at the WCU Fine Art Museum.” Laura Wright, associate professor and head of the English department, will talk about her book “The Vegan Studies Project” on Oct. 11, and English professor Annette Debo will present “Poets are Lyric Historians: The Necessary Past for African-American Poets” on Oct. 25.

For more information about the series, contact Worley at pmworley@wcu.edu or the bookstore at more@citylightsnc.com.