English Department Events

Nov 29: SELF Movie Night

SELF is pleased to announce a movie night with Prof. Garry Leonard -- join us for a screening of Stagecoach!

Nov 23: Career Paths Panel

Please join us (virtually) for a discussion of the career paths open to you as an English graduate. We'll have suggestions from Academic Advising as well as illustrious alumni guest stars!

Nov - Jan: SELF Essay Clinics

SELF is ready to help you improve the quality of your papers! Sign up for individual meetings with one of their peer editors.

Oct 16: Hamilton with SELF + PSSA

The Students of English Literature & Film (SELF) and their co-hosts, the Political Science Students' Association (PSSA), host an open conversation on the musical Hamilton!

Orange Shirt Day 2020

UTSC English stands in solidarity with Indigenous people as we acknowledge the legacy of Residential Schools. Click for events and resources.

UTSC English Commencement Address 2020

A socially distanced commencement message from current Chair Professor Katie Larson and incoming Chair Professor Neil ten Kortenaar on behalf of the faculty and staff of UTSC English.

Apr 3: Torching the Dusties at TIFF

Please join us for the Toronto premiere of Torching the Dusties, Prof. Marlene Goldman's film adaptation of Margaret Atwood's short story.

Mar 5: Shasha Nakhai Filmmaker Visit

Join Prof. Alice Maurice for an evening with filmmaker Shasha Nakhai! Based out of Toronto, Nakhai is a producer of the upcoming film adaptation of Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez.

Feb 25: Making Party

UTSC English invites you to take a creative study break, enjoy some food and good company, and express your feelings about and experiences with our department.

Feb 13: Self-Publishing Masterclass

Join Professor Sindu for a masterclass on self-publishing! This talk and Q&A will feature guest speaker Kern Carter, and will focus on the process of self-publishing books, including publishing through hybrid presses.

Feb 6: Traditional Publishing Masterclass

Join Professor Sindu for a free masterclass on publishing! This talk and Q&A will focus on publishing creative books (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) in the U.S. and Canada through small and large publishers.

Jan 15: Meet Writer-in-Residence Gary Barwin

The UTSC English Department along with the Library, Student Housing & Residence Life and the Centre for Teaching and Learning are pleased to welcome our 2020 Writer-in-Residence, the award-winning writer and multidisciplinary artist Gary Barwin.

Nov 26: Screenplay Workshop Event

UTSC English Department's Visual Storytelling Lab invites students and faculty to a reading of screenplays written by students in Dr. Marlene Goldman's ENGB25: The Canadian Short Story class.

Oct & Nov: SELF Essay Clinics

Have an English essay started but don't know how to articulate your ideas? SELF's essay clinics are designed to give you feedback and tips to up your writing game.

Nov 4: How to Be a Scholar-Artist

Join UTSC English alum Dr. Adrian De Leon for a public lecture and accompanying workshop that will consider what it means to lead a fulfilling creative life while surviving the perils of academic life.

Oct 31: SELF's Scary Story Night

On Halloween night, The Students of English Literature & Film are hosting a Scary Stories Night. Come ready to listen and be spooked, prepare a story of your own ghostly encounters, or re-tell a chilling tale you've heard.

Oct 30: Lit on Tour Scarborough

The UTSC English Department, in partnership with The Toronto International Festival of Authors, welcomes you to Lit on Tour: In Conversation with Maureen Jennings & Helena Janeczek.

Oct 29: An Evening with Brett Story

The Department of English will be hosting Canadian filmmaker Brett Story at a screening of her critically acclaimed film, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016, 90 min.).

Oct & Nov: Scarborough Studies Zine Workshops

The Scarborough Studies Collective is an interdisciplinary and intergenerational collective comprised of UTSC alumni, students, and faculty, as well as Scarborough-based artists, community organizers, and residents from various fields and knowledge bac

Oct 10: Poetry Reading With Gary Geddes

Canadian poet Gary Geddes is visiting UTSC! Join the class of ENGB06 (Canadian Literature I: First Words to 1900) in BV363 on Thursday, October 10 from 2:00-3:00pm. This reading is free and open to the public!

Oct 7: An Afternoon With Amitav Ghosh

The UTSC English Department and the Jackman Humanities Institute are proud to present An Afternoon With Amitav Ghosh on Monday 7 October, from 2:30-5:00pm in the Ralph Campbell Lounge.

Oct 2: Career Paths Panel

Please join us for a panel discussion about what you can do with your English degree after graduation.

Sept 26: SELF Mix & Mingle

Please join the Students of English Literature & Film for their annual Mix & Mingle event, held on Thursday 26 September, from 3-5pm in the Ralph Campbell Lounge.

June 1: Alumni Reunion & Graduate Celebration

We invite all UTSC English alumni and graduates of the Class of 2019 to join us for a reunion and celebration on Saturday 1 June. Keynote readings will be given by Prof. Daniel Tysdal and other creative writing students and alumni.

Apr 18: CW Book Launch

Join us for the UTSC Creative Writing Book Launch of three of our stars: Téa Mutonji, Zarah Tootonsab, and Oubah Osman on April 18th at 6PM in the Ralph Campbell Lounge!

Apr 12: The University and the Challenge of Indigenous Stories

We would like to invite everyone interested in the Humanities at the University of Toronto to participate in a workshop on The University and the Challenge of Indigenous Stories: A Workshop, to be held April 12 2019 at Victoria College (EM108). The workshop is a sequel to the very successful workshop on “Humanities Pedagogy Confronting Colonization” held in October 2018.

Apr 4: How to Get Published in Canada

On April 4th, Professor Westoll and his ENGD95 (Creative Writing as a Profession) will host a masterclass on "How to Get Published in Canada". 

The event will feature a discussion panel and Q&A with four publishing insiders.

Apr 3: Emerging Voices Magazine Launch

Please join the Students of English Literature & Film on Wednesday 3 April, from 6-8pm in MW120, to celebrate the launch of Emerging Voices. This will be the inaugural issue of SELF's own creative writing magazine, and all are welcome!

Mar 21: The Creative Life Keynote & ScarFair Launch

Please join us to celebrate our creative writing program and our Writer-in-Residence, Carrianne Leung, who will give the annual keynote address "The Creative Life." Carrianne's talk will be followed by a reception to launch this year's issue of Scarbor

Mar 20: Open Mic with Charlie Petch

On March 20th, Professor Tysdal's ENGC05 Poetry and New Media class teams up with Charlie Petch for an open mic! The event will be hosted from 12pm to 1pm in HL008. All students welcome!

Mar 19: Department Movie Night

Please join SELF and Prof. Alice Maurice for our next Department Movie Night, when we'll be screening "Sorry to Bother You," directed by Boots Riley.

Feb 5: Reel Scarborough Screening

Please join Prof. Maurice's ENGD94 class for a screening of student documentary projects, as well as a panel discussion with filmmakers and industry professionals.

Jan 31: SELF Literature & Lattes

Join SELF's 'Literature & Lattes' event on January 31st from 2-4pm in HW335. Bring your friends and their mutual friends! There'll be coffee, doughnuts, and good cheer. Can't wait to see you. 

Dec 6: Crazy Rich Asians Film Screening

Give yourself a brain break before exam period and come join us for a screening of Crazy Rich Asians at 5pm on Thursday 6 December. We'll be in MW110, and SELF will be generously providing pizza. All are welcome.

Nov 15: King Lear Screening

Join us on Thursday 15 November  for a screening of Grigori Kozintsev's film version of King Lear, introduced by Prof. Yulia Ryzhik.

The screening will begin at 5pm in SY110, and all are welcome!

Nov 8: SELF Literature & Lattes

SELF will be holding their next "Literature & Lattes" event on Thursday 8 November, from 2-4pm in the SELF Office (HW335). Lit 'n' Lattes is a great way to meet fellow students as well as chat with faculty members over coffee and snacks.

Nov 7: SELF Essay Clinic

SELF (Students of English Literature & Film) will be holding their next essay clinic on Wednesday 7 November, from 2-4pm in the SELF office (HW335). Come by for advice and support from your peers!

Oct 31: SELF Halloween Movie Night

SELF is hosting their Halloween Movie Night on Wednesday 31 October, starting at 6pm in MW120. They will be screening Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and the film will be introduced by Dr. Sonja Nikkila.

Oct 31: SELF Essay Clinic

It's that time of year... SELF will be holding an essay clinic on Wednesday 31 October, from 2-4pm in the SELF office (HW335). Come by for advice and support from your peers!

Oct 25: SELF Literature & Lattes

SELF will be holding their first "Literature & Lattes" event on Thursday 25 October, from 2-4pm in the SELF Office (HW335). Lit 'n' Lattes is a great way to meet fellow students as well as chat with faculty members over coffee and snacks.

Oct 24: Lit on Tour Scarborough

The UTSC English Department, along with the Toronto International Festival of Authors, presents Lit on Tour Scarborough, featuring Ins Choi and Tina Makereti.

Oct 4: Career Paths Panel

Curious about what comes after graduation? Please join us for a career paths panel discussion, and hear about various options from faculty, advisors, and UTSC English alumni.

Oct 3: Goldman at Memory & Dementia Symposium

Prof. Marlene Goldman will be a featured speaker at the Memory, Dementia, and the Arts public symposium on October 3.

Her talk will be from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at 686 Bay St., Toronto M5G 0A4

Sept 25: Leonard at Literary Nites

On September 25th, Professor Garry Leonard will be giving a lecture entitled "Navigating Our Sea of Troubles by the Intermittent Flicker of Great Literature," as a part of the

Jun 2: English Dept Alumni Reunion

UTSC English alumni are invited to a lecture by Professor Garry Leonard, This is the Water. This is the Well: Puritan Typology and David Lynch’s America, followed by a mix and mingle with fellow alumni and senior students.

Apr 3: SELF's Annual General Meeting

SELF's Annual General Meeting (in which candidates for the positions of acting chairs of next year's team will be running) will be taking place on April 3, 2018 from 6-8pm in MW170. All are welcome! Food will be provided!

self coffee house

Mar 7: SELF Coffee House

SELF's Coffee House is a great way to meet instructors in an informal setting. The next one will be taking place on March 7 from 2-4pm in HW335. 

utsc english dept at choosing your program fair: pictures of faulty and students at display booth

Mar 7: Choosing Your Program Fair

Students got their program related questions answered and talked to faculty and student representatives from the English Department on the March 7 Fair.

Mar 6: International Women's Day event

Please join us to commemorate International Women’s Day in collaboration with the Women’s Writing Circle: “Who is this woman?” on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018. 12 noon - 1:00 p.m. AA160.

Taxi Driver Film Screening 26 Feb

Feb 26: Taxi Driver Screening

SELF and UTSC English present the next screening in our Department Film Series: Martin Scorsese's TAXI DRIVER

The screening will be held on Monday 26 February at 7pm in MW120. The film will be introduced by Prof. Garry Leonard.

SELF To be named CW group

SELF Creative Writers' Group Spring 2018

The SELF creative writers' group To Be Named will hold their winter/spring meetings on Mondays from 4-5pm in the SELF office (HW335). Come meet fellow creative writers and discuss aspects of the writing process!

Feb 12 & 16: Essay & Exam Clinics

Come receive help and advice from upper-year students as SELF's critical writing team will be holding their first essay/exam clinics of the semester on February 12th and February 16th, in HW335 from 12-2 PM.

Feb 7: SELF Coffee House

The SELF Coffee House is a great opportunity to get to know some of your instructors in an informal way, a chance to discuss a variety of questions, issues, and topics. Come to HW335 from 2-4 PM next Wednesday February 7th.

SELF Mix & Mingle 24 Jan 2018

Jan 24: SELF Mix & Mingle

SELF is holding their Winter Mix & Mingle from 2-4pm on Wednesday 24 January in the Ralph Campbell Lounge.


Jan 16: 'UTSC Reads' Launch Party

'UTSC Reads' Launch Party on Tuesday, January 16th from 2-4 pm in the Library Makerspace. Co-sponsored by the Department of English. The Department of English is proud to be a co-sponsor of the 2018 installment of UTSC Reads. Faculty, staff, students, and members of the wider community are all invited to participate in the UTSC Reads initiative, which focuses on Catherine Hernandez’s Scarborough

Nov: Anime Discussion Group

The English Department announces the launch of our Anime Discussion Group!

Please join us for informal discussions of the critically acclaimed avant-garde anime series Serial Experiments Lain.


Nov 20 & 22: SELF's Essay & Exam Clinics

SELF's is hosting a series of Exam and Essay clinics to assist students in writing, studying, or general English assignment tips, curtesy of veteran students in the English program.

Nov 21: Film Screening: Twin Peaks

The next screening in our English Department Film Series will be held on Tuesday, November 21st at 6pm in MW160. We will be watching Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, directed by David Lynch. The film will be introduced by Prof.

Please join Dr. Marlene Goldman and Dr. Lora Senechal Carney in celebrating the launch of their new books “Forgotten” and “Canadian Paints in a Modern World, 1925-1955”.  Date: Friday 10 November 2017, 6-8pm  Location: Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street. Parking is available at the Bay Adelaide Centre, accessible from Richmond or Adelaide. A short walk from Queen Station and the Queen streetcar line.  RSVP by 20 October 2017 at: carney@utsc.utoronto.ca. poster includes images of their book covers

Nov 10: Dr. Marlene Goldman's Book Launch for "Forgotten"

Join Dr. Marlene Goldman and Dr. Lora Senechal Carney in celebrating the launch of their new books “Forgotten” and “Canadian Paints in a Modern World, 1925-1955”. Friday 10 November 2017, 6-8pm at Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street. RSVP by 20 October 2017

critical theory society presentation | dr nikkila| from derrida to drag | november 6 2017 from 10-11am in mw264

Nov 6: Dr.Sonja Nikkila's "From Derrida to Drag"

Dr. Sonja Nikkila, in partnership with the Critical Theory Society, will be presenting a talk named "From Derrida to Drag" on Monday, November 6, 2017 from 10-11am in MW264. All are welcome.

woman holding plants in her hands

Oct 25: ENGC51 Research Display

The students of ENGC51: Contemporary Arab Women Writers are holding their campus research display on Wednesday, October 25 from 11:30 am - 1:30pm in the MW atrium.

Oct 11:Thinking about Going to Grad School?

The Department of English downtown invites all undergraduate students to attend their event: "Thinking about Going to Grad School?" on October 11th, 3-5 pm in Room 100, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street

SELF presents: coffee houses (with faculty). Events on October 5, 2017 from 3-5 pm in HW335, and November 2, 2017 from 3-5pm in HW335

Oct 5, 2017: SELF's First Coffee House

Join the Students of English Literature and Film and faculty for two 'Coffee Houses' in the Fall semester: October 5 & Nov 2, both from 3-5pm in HW335.

SELF hosting Creative writers group called To Be Named, where writers can meet fellow creative writers and discuss aspects of the writing process. Exact dates: oct 3 & 24th, and november 7, 21, and 28. All sessions are on tuesdays from 4-5pm in HW335

Oct - Nov, 2017: SELF's Creative Writing Group

SELF is hosting a series of creative writing group sessions called "To Be Named". Fall sessions to take place on: October 3 & 24, and November 7, 21 & 28; all Tuesdays, all from 4-5pm in HW335.