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2016-2017 Events

The 2016-2017 year began with the "Political Imagination" Marathon Read in September. This was followed by the CALS Community Read/Centre County Reads, which investigated questions of the American West in Stacey Lee's Under a Painted Sky. To engage with the novel, CALS hosted a writing contest on the subject of being "wanted" and a roundtable on Rethinking the American West. In March, CALS organized an invigorating symposium called Radical Engagements: Speculative Fictions and Social Justice.

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2015-2016 Events

Another great academic year for CALS, 2015-2016 kicked off with the "Marathon of Madness" Marathon Read in September. The Centre County Reads program, co-Sponsored by CALS and The Richards Civil War Era Center, this year read Karen Abbott’s Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, which inspired a round-table event on "Re-Imagining the Civil War" and a "Secret Writing" contest for Centre County community members in early March. One of this year's highlights was the return of the conference for C19, the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, to Penn State. This conference, with the theme "Unsettling," was held in mid-March. The academic year wrapped up with the CALS Graduate Awards Symposium in April.

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2014-2015 Events

CALS began with a strong start in the 2014-2015 academic year, co-sponsoring the Marathon Read on "Banned Books." The spring 2015 semester kicked off with a CALS symposium, "Circuit, Current, Connection," in February, followed by a series of events inspired by Jess Walters's novel, The Beautiful Ruins: a writing contest, a round-table discussion, an evening with and then a reading by the author. CALS also held its annual spring symposium, "American Literature as a Public Space" in late March. Finally, CALS wrapped up its event-filled year with the First Book Institute in June, 2015.

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2013-2014 Events

CALS kicked off Fall 2013 as a co-sponsor for the marathon read of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. Spring 2014 saw an incredible line-up of events for the academic and local community, including symposiums on ethnic American literature and the alternative academy, the annual Community Read, and the second First Book Institute.

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2012-2013 Events

Fall 2012 was a great semester for CALS, which acted as a sponsor for two symposiums on Early American studies as well as a public marathon read of Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Spring 2013 continued the trend with many more interesting scholarly events, including the annual Community Read and Spring Symposium.

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2011-2012 Events

2011-2012 saw a continuation of the CALS Spring Symposium series, along with a successful community read of Mark Zusak's The Book Thief.

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2010-2011 Events

CALS sponsored its first annual Spring symposium in 2011, along with the Centre County Read/CALS Community Read and discussions of queer regionalism, memoir, and the relationship between Democracy and literature.

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2009-2010 Events

2009-2010 was an exciting year for the Center for American Literary Studies, as it saw the inaugural conference of C19: The Society of Nineteenth Century Americanists, as well as the beginning of our partnership with the Centre County Reads for the a community read of The Maltese Falcon.

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2008-2009 Events

Among the many highlights of 2008-2009 was the launching of the Imaginary Vistas: Americanist Symposium Series, coordinated by Penn State Professor Christopher Castiglia. With this series, CALS and the Penn State English department were able to sponsor numerous visits from distinguished professors in American literature, adding to the lively discussions of American literature at Penn State.

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