Graduate Student Calendar

2017 Calendar



5 - Sam Hamilton will be presenting his dissertation, "(Re)Presentations of Self-Culture: Sampling Digital Literacies and American Citizenship" (1:00 PM - 407 CL)



9 - Kerry Banazek will be presenting her dissertation, "Complex Descriptive Systems: An Object-Oriented Poetics for Rhetoric and Writing" (11:00 AM - 501 CL)

16 - Matthew Kelly will be presenting his dissertation, "Now You're Playing With Pedagogy: Video Games, Digital Literacies, and Trans-Media Participatory Cultures" (12:00 PM - 512 CL)



14 - Julie Nakama will be presenting her dissertation, "Shopping the Look: Hollywood Costume Production and American Fashion Consumption, 1960-1969" (11:00 AM - 501 CL)

17 - Tara Propper will be presenting her dissertation, "(Re)Presenting the Public in Print: Examining African American Media Activism at the Century's Turn" (11:00 AM - 501 CL)

21 - Jess FitzPatrick will be presenting her dissertation, "Hacking the Future: The Space of Earth in Postcolonial Science Fiction" (11:00 AM - 501 CL)

24 - Elizabeth Oliphant will be presenting her dissertation, "Inventing the Southwest: How Modernists Shaped an American Regional Experience" (1:00 PM - 501 CL) 



22 - Graduate Student Orientation - this is an opportunity to learn about services and programs offered by the University. The orientation will occur from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, with a picnic and cookout to follow from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.on the Cathedral of Learning Lawn by the Log Cabin. This event is organized by the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG), with support from Graduate Studies in the Office of the Provost. For more information, see the GPSG orientation site (

31 - The Five Interdisciplinary Programs 2017-18 Welcoming Event - sponsored by Cultural Studies; Film Studies; Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies; Jewsish Studies; and Medieval Studies, this is an opportunity for new graduate students to learn about interdisciplinary programs, meet directors and faculty, meet graduate students, and to socialize over food and wine (3:00-5:30 PM - 401 CL)



21 - Speculative Fiction meeting, moderated by Jess FitzPatrick and Geoffrey Glover - for more information, please contact Jess at (5:00 PM - Union Grill, Craig Steet)

29-30 - The Film and Media Studies Graduate Student Organization presents: Action!: Performance, Sports, and Moving Bodies in Film and Visual Media, the 2017 Film and Media Studies Graduate Conference. For more information, please visit the conference program.



11 - Felipe Pruneda Senties will be presenting his dissertation

20 - Gordon Sullivan will be presenting his dissertation, "No Reason to Be Seen:" Cinema, Exploitation, and the Political (10:30 AM - 512 CL)

26 - University of Pittsburgh MFA and PhD alum Stacey Waite will be giving a talk based on her just released book Teaching Queer. Sponsored by The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, the talk will be held in 501G CL from 12:30-2:00 PM.



7 - Informational meeting about competitive graduate fellowships (5:00-6:00 PM - 501G CL)

17 - Jedd Hakimi will be presenting his dissertation



8 - All bound and approved MFA manuscripts for graduating MFA students are due to the Graduate Administrator (12:00 PM - 529C CL)