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CLA Diversity & Inclusion Flyer Design Competition

Apr 6, 2018

The College of Liberal Arts invites you to design a flyer you believe communicates a meaningful and inclusive message that aligns with the CLA value of promoting diversity and inclusion.

  • The first place flyer will receive a prize of $200
  • The second place flyer will receive a prize of $100

Contest is open to CLA students only. Flyers must be 8.5 by 11 inches and submitted in PDF form to by April 20. Include "Flyer Design" in the subject line. All entries may be used for distribution by the CLA.



Writers-at-Work Reading Series Presents Piotr Florczyk

Apr 2, 2018

Writers-at-Work Reading Series Presents a Conversation with Translator

Piotr Florczyk

Wednesday, April 11 10:10 am-12:00 pm
Cotchett Education Bldg. 02-205

“Anna Świrszczyńska's elemental, extractive accountings of the Warsaw Uprising present a history of pain and of personhood so irremediable and unembellished that neither can be stripped from even the dead. Building the Barricade, harrowing and demanding, here takes its place in English among the twentieth century's master works of war-witness.” —Jane Hirshfield

*2017 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award winner
*2017 Found in Translation Award winner

This event is free and open to the public, generously sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts.
Questions? Email Mira Rosenthal at

The American Scholar Prize Application Is Now Open!

Apr 2, 2018

The American Scholar Prize Application Is Now Open! The annual American Scholar Prize is a $750 prize awarded to a Cal Poly English major who meets outlined criteria.

Writers-at-Work Reading Series Presents Maggie Anderson

Jan 18, 2018


Thursday, February 8th - 2:10 - 4:00 PM
Cotchett Education Building 02 Room 203

Maggie Anderson is the author of five books of poems, most recently Dear All. Her awards and honors include two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Isabella Gardner Fellowship, and the B.B. Maurer WV Folklife Scholar Award for her outstanding contribution to the preservation and perpetuation of Appalachian cultural heritage. She is Professor Emerita at Kent State University and the founding director of the Wick Poetry Center.

This event is free and open to the public, generously sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts.

Questions? Email Mira Rosenthal at

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.


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