Graduate Student Calendar

2017-18 Calendar



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.



2 - Placement Event: “Job Market Orientation, Cover Letter Writing, CV Organization” (4:00 PM – 512 CL)

11 - Felipe Pruneda Senties will be presenting his dissertation, "Another Habitat for the Muses: The Poetic Investigations of Mexican Film Criticism, 1896-1968" (11:00 AM - 5601 Sennott Square)

11 - Placement Event: “Writing Your Dissertation Abstract” (12:00 PM – 512 CL)

13 - Speakeasy: First Year Edition - Featuring Pitt first year MFAs (5:00-7:00 PM, The Glitter Box Theater)

14 - EGSO Fall Celebration Picnic (1:00-6:00 PM - Schenley Park, Westinghouse Shelter)

18 - Placement Event: “Writing Your Teaching Statement and Teaching Portfolio” (4:00 PM – 407 CL) 

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

21 - Hot Metal Bridge is going to Conversations and Connections, a one-day writer's conference. For more information, please visit the conference site. Registration, using the coupon code "PITT", is $65.00.

21 - Funny Ladies: Jennifer Bannan, Rachel Brickner, Rachel Mabe, and Shannon Reed will be reading at City Books (7:00-9:00 PM - 908 Galveston Avenue). For more information, please visit the event site.

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.

26 - Readings and conversation with Pitt MFA alumni poets, featuring Cynthia Arrieu-King, CM Burroughs, Brandon Som, and Stacey Waite (7:00 PM - Kurtzman Room, WPU)

27-28 - Kristeva Circle Conference - View the full program with all panels here (University Club, Gold Room)

27 - Speakeasy : Spookeasy edition - featuring chillingly excellent writing from the most bewitching of Pitt MFA students (5:00 PM - 501CL)

31 - Lunchtime Colloquium: "'Pursuing Death': A Lunchtime Coversation with James R. Kincaid. An RSVP is recommended (12:00 PM - 512 CL)



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

8 - Placement Event: “Applying for Alt-Ac and Non-Ac Positions” (4:00 PM - 407 CL) 

16 - Digital Pedagogy Roundtable: The roundtable will feature talks by Sandra Nelson (SC: Gender), Dan Libertz (Writing for the Public), and Mark Best (Intro to Film; Narrative & Technology) on approaches to digital pedagogy in various courses in our department. The Composition Program will provide a light lunch. RSVPs to are appreciatedbut they are not necessary—last minute walk-ins and latecomers welcome!

17 - Jedd Hakimi will be presenting his dissertation, "Press Play: Video Games and the Ludic Quality of Aesthetic Experiences across Media" (11:00 AM - David Lawrence Hall 211)

20 - Placement Event: “The Job Interview” (4:00 PM – 512 CL)



1 - English Department Digital Student Showcase: this open-house event welcomes students, faculty, and staff to enjoy light refreshments while exploring a wide range of digital student work (10:00 AM-2:00 PM - 501G CL)

4 - John Rhym will be presenting his dissertation, "Frame and Finitude: The Aporetic Aesthetics of Alain Resnais's Cinematic Modernism" (10:00 AM - 501 CL)

6 - Materialities of Writing Works-in-Progress Symposium: Please join us for a lively, transhistorical symposium focused on different materialities of writing: manuscripts, video, and print (2:00-4:30 PM - 501G CL)

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

8 - Reading group, led by Marlee Fuhrmann and Nick Marsellas, for graduate students and faculty members who would like to read some of Stacy Alaimo’s work and talk about the larger frames for her work in advance of her January 16 visit (3:00 PM - 527 CL)



10 - Matthew Overstreet will be presenting his dissertation, "Writing the Fragments:  William James and Composition in an Age of (Dis)connection" (10:00 AM - 501 CL) 

16 - Stacy Alaimo: a lecture, “Feminist Posthumanism and Life in the Abyss,” (4:00 PM - 501 CL) and a lunchtime graduate student colloquium (11:00 AM - 501 CL)

21 - Sunday Speakeasy, with Angie Cruz! Also featuring Pitt MFA readers: Hannah Eko, Adam Brewer, and Amira Hamouda (5:00-8:00 PM - The Glitter Box Theater)



23 - Speakeasy reading series event, headlined by Erin Anderson and featuring Tom Bair and Sandra Nelson (5:00 PM - 501 CL)



1 - Master Class with Carl Phillips & Laylah Ali - an RSVP (due Feb. 28) is requited for participation. For more information about Ali and Phillips, see the CAAPP website (2:00 PM - 501 CL) 

26 - Kelsey Cameron will be presenting her dissertation, "The Matter of Identity: Digital Media, Television, and Embodied Difference" (10:00 AM - 501 CL)

26 - Laura Stamm will be presenting her dissertation, "Sustaining Life During the AIDS Crisis: New Queer Cinema and the Biopic" (12:00 PM - 501 CL)



2 - Veronica Fitzpatrick will be presenting her dissertation, "The Rehearsal for Terror" (11:00 AM - 501 CL)

5 - Katie Bird will be presenting her dissertation, "'Quiet on the set!': Craft Discourse and Below-the-Line Labor in Hollywood, 1919-1985" (12:00 PM - David Lawrence 211)

8 - Jeff Heinzl will be presenting his dissertation, "Feel It All Around: Art Music Video, Art Cinema, and Spectatorship in the Streaming Era" (12:00 PM - 512 CL)

15 - Noel Tague will be presenting her dissertatiom, "The Winds: Susceptible Livelihood and Industrial Wind Development in Rural Northern New York" (1:00 PM - 501 CL)



8 - Kyle Winkler will be presenting his dissertation, "Resemble Assemble Reply; or, the Use of Misfit Tropes in Student Writing" (10:00 AM - 501 CL)

12 - Laura Feibush will be presenting her dissertation, "The Earful Body: Towards a Rhetoric of Listening in and Beyond Scenes of Writing Instruction" (11:00 AM - 501 CL)