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CLA Speaks presents Tony Baxter

Jan 11, 2018

Tony Baxter
Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Disney Imagineering, Retired

Friday, February 9th, 2018 at 7PM
Alex & Faye Spanos Theatre (bldg. 44)

A Disney fan since his youth, Tony Baxter was hired as a Disney Imagineer in 1970 at age 23. He began his tenure as field art director for the Magic Kingdom's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In the following decade, Baxter helped define the modern Disney park landscape with attractions such as Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1979), Imagination pavilion at EPCOT Center and Splash Mountain (1989). 

After serving as executive producer of Disneyland Paris in 1992, he returned stateside to redesign Tomorrowland at Disneyland (1998) and for 50th anniversary projects including the restoration of the Disneyland submarines with Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (2007), the re-opening of an enhanced Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough (2008), an upgraded restoration of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (2009), Star Tours — The Adventures Continue (2011) and Fantasy Faire (2013).

Tony retired in February 2013, but continues to serve as a creative advisor and mentor of a new generation of Imagineers.

Refreshments provided.

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English Department Advisory Board

Career Connections in Search of Alumni Connectors

Dec 15, 2017

The English Department is excited to announce a new program designed to help our English majors and graduate students explore careers that interest them. Called Career Connections, this program draws on alumni “connectors” (like you!) who have contacts in any of a number of fields that might interest an English major. 

Robert Hass Reading

Sep 21, 2017

Robert Hass
National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet, Teacher and Environmentalist; U.S. Poet Laureate (1995-97)

7:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 27
Multi-Activity Center (Bldg. 43)
Poet Robert Hass will give a reading, followed by an on-stage conversation with English Professor Mira Rosenthal on the poet’s life, activism, creativity, and formal imagination. He will be on hand after the event to sign copies of his books, including the newly-released “A Little Book on Form.”
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the English Department.
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George Saunders Reading

Sep 1, 2017

Cal Poly Arts & Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries present George Saunders.  

The award winning and celebrated cult author of four collections of short stories, a novella, and a book of essays will read from his New York Times best-selling debut novel, "Lincoln In The Bardo." 

Saturday, September 30th, at 8:00 PM.

For more information visit:
Box Office: 805-756-4849

VIP tickets available for an exclusive hosted meet & greet; all proceeds benefit the Library Foundation.

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English major Malama Wilson places third on the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus exam!

Jun 7, 2017

Congratulations to senior English major Malama Wilson for placing third on the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus exam this spring!

This national exam assesses seniors on their critical thinking and written communication skills. Malama's score placed her within the 99th percentile of seniors from 157 institutions nationwide, and was the third-highest score of the 200 Cal Poly seniors who participated. Her accomplishment comes with a $100 award.

The Dorothy Cooper Memorial Scholarship Announces Its Winners!

Jun 2, 2017

Congratulations to English Majors Margaret Foss and Ashlynn Ritter!
The English Department is pleased to announce that Margaret Foss and Ashlynn Ritter were chosen as this year’s recipients of the Dorothy Cooper Memorial Scholarship.

Marissa Ahmadkhani wins Academy of American Poet's Contest.

May 15, 2017

English graduate student, Marissa Ahmadkhani won Cal Poly’s Academy of American Poets Contest for her poem “Only Half,” which investigates her Iranian heritage. She will receive a $100 award from the Academy.

Catherine Waitinas earned a 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award.

May 10, 2017

Catherine Waitinas earned a 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award. The annual awards, administered by Kennedy Library and a cross-college faculty committee, recognize outstanding scholarship within Cal Poly’s signature Learn by Doing pedagogy.

Rebecca Gates is this year's American Scholar Prize winner!

May 8, 2017

The English department is pleased to announce that Rebecca Gates was chosen as the winner of the department's American Scholar Prize. She will be presented with her award at the English Department Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 17.

An Afternoon With Author T.C. Boyle

Apr 24, 2017

The PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist and “short-storyista” will discuss his extensive career and the immense joy he finds while creating his work. The author will then perform a new story… which will remind us all  of the elemental pleasure of hearing a single voice in a darkened auditorium, taking us to new places.


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