Africana Studies Co-Hosts Film Screening: More Than a Month

Please join us for the Brooklyn premiere of More Than A Month, a film by Shukree Hassan Tilghman. This event is being co-sponsored by the Africana-Studies Program. More here.

Faculty Forum (Works in Progress) Event: Louis Parascandola

Professor Louis Parascandola will speak about his project, "A Coney Island of the Mind: Literary and Cultural Readings of Coney Island.”

All students and faculty are welcome!

Refreshments will be served.

Friday, January 27

3:30 to 4:30 PM (immediately after the English-Department faculty meeting)
Spector Lounge
Humanities Building, Fourth Floor

English Professors to Present Writing Workshops for Brooklyn-Campus Employees

As part of the Provost's Professional & Personal Development Academy, professors from the English Department have been leading workshops for Brooklyn-Campus employees.

Two were held in Fall 2011, and the other two will be held in Spring 2012, as follows:

Grant Writing
with Professor John Killoran
Part 1: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Part 2: Thursday, February 16, 2012

Digital Storytelling
with Professor Deborah Mutnick (Director of the First-Year Writing Program)
Part 1: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Part 2: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

All workshops are 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, in Library Learning Center, Room 515.

Seating is limited.

Please register by calling 718 488 3406 or emailing

Refreshments will be served.

Paumanok Lecture / Voices of the Rainbow Event: Alison Bechdel

Thursday, February 23, 2012
6:30 PM, Kumble Theater

Alison Bechdel, internationally-acclaimed lesbian cartoonist, will deliver this year’s Starting from Paumanok Lecture.  This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing and reception.
For twenty-five years Bechdel wrote and drew the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, a chronicle considered “one of the preeminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period” (Ms.).  She is also the author of the best-selling graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which won an Eisner Award and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.  Time Magazine named Fun Home the number one Best Book of 2006, declaring, "The unlikeliest literary success of 2006 is a stunning memoir about a girl growing up in a small town with her cryptic, perfectionist dad and slowly realizing that a) she is gay and b) he is too….This is a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other."

Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For have been translated into many languages, and Bechdel, who lives in Vermont, has an ardent international following.  She has drawn comics for Slate, McSweeney’s, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta, and her work is widely anthologized.

This year’s event is funded by the John McGrath Fund and the Mellon Fund and is co-sponsored by the LIU Brooklyn English Department’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, the Voices of the Rainbow reading series (English Department), the LIU Brooklyn Gender Studies program, and Greenlight Bookstore. 

MFA Reading Series Event: Martha Southgate

Please join us in welcoming Martha Southgate, visiting writer to the MFA program for the Spring 2012 semester, for a reading and a reception.

Martha Southgate is the author of Third Girl From the Left, The Fall of Rome and Another Way to Dance. Her most recent novel, The Taste of Salt, will be available on the night of the reading.FRIDAY  

When & Where

January 27, 2012  
6-8 PM

Health Sciences Building, Room 119

We will also take this occasion to re-introduce ourselves to one another, meet our new comrades in the program, and discuss upcoming  classes with faculty. It's one of the rare chances for all of us to be in the same place at the same time, so let's be there!  Copies of Brooklyn Paramount #2 will also be available. There are numerous  special MFA events this semester--this is just the beginning. Students in the MA tracks--literature, writing and rhetoric, professional writing--everyone welcome.

Writing Center Event: A Reading of MLK's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

In commemoration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, the Writing Center invites the entire LIU-Brooklyn community to a group reading of "Letter from Birmingham Jail." 

Copies of Dr. King’s powerful essay will be distributed. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
4-6 PM

Writing Center

For more information call the Writing Center at 718-488-1095, or e-mail the Writing Center at