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English Graduate Organization (EGO)

This organization serves both social and scholarly functions on behalf of English graduate students. EGO organizes social functions, including the Fall Picnic and Coffee Hour. At the Fall Picnic, we welcome new graduate students by grilling them tasty food. At our monthly coffee hours we hold workshops and invite faculty members to share their experiences with us. With the close of each semester, we have a "kudos party," where we compile and read a list of the accomplishments of all graduate students. EGO also supports graduate student scholarship by funding certain events (decided on a case-by-case basis) and encouraging conference attendance and publishing projects. EGO has representatives to both the Undergraduate and Graduate committees, as the as Saint Louis University's Graduate Student Association (GSA). Through EGO's affiliation with the GSA graduate students are able to receive conference funding. For more information, please contact the current president, Jonathan Lux at


President: Angela Blumberg
Vice President: Patrick Brooks
Secretary: Megan Brueske 
Event Coordinator / Treasurer: Seth Strickland 
Graduate Student Association Representatives: Candis Bond and Lauren Kersey
Graduate Committee Representatives: Anessa Kemna and Heather Bozant Witcher
Undergraduate Committee Representative: Emily Tuttle
Research Committee Representative: Geoff Brewer

The Kudos List is a listing of accomplishments by graduate students during the semester. It is read at the end of the semester EGO reception.

American Literature Reading Group

The American Literature reading group invites graduate students and faculty interested in American literature and culture to discuss, usually once a month, a piece of American writing. We pick readings from any genre and time period and base our selections on members' suggestions (often linked to exam preparations or dissertation reading material). We also share thoughts on background information about and theory approaches to the primary readings. The group does not have officially designated presenters for the sessions, but rather takes the shape of one big group conversation. If you have any questions about the American Literature reading group, please contact Ina Seethaler at

Athenaeum: 19th-Century British Literature Research Group

This is a collection of graduate students interested in British and American literary and non-fiction works of the period, central theorists, and the critical conversation surrounding these various works. The group welcomes all interested graduate students throughout the humanities, from those just beginning graduate school to those writing the dissertation, as well as post-docs and faculty. Each year, the group will choose a theme so that the readings and discussion revolve around this broad theme. This network also functions as an area for exploring issues of professionalization by conducting workshops pertaining to the state of the academic field, grant writing, job talks, etc. In addition, the group is cognizant of the need to conference and publish, and will hold mock conferences, readings/reviews of each others' work, and sponsor settings for individuals to discuss works and ideas in progress. Moreover, Athenaeum strives to sponsor interested guest speakers from SLU and the surrounding area universities. Schedule: bi-monthly meetings, with one meeting focused on a reading and the other meeting focused on professionalization; days and times will accommodate members of the group. For more information, contact Heather Bozant Witcher ( or Angie Blumberg (

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South Asian/Postcolonial Literature Reading Group

The South Asian/Postcolonial reading group is open to all genres, time periods, and geographic regions within South Asian or Postcolonial Literature. We examine issues relevant to race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexual orientation, within this cultural matrix. We typically meet 2 or 3 times a semester, and welcome students and scholars from all disciplines. Please contact Saher Alam ( or Joya Uraizee ( for more information.

The Woode-Walkers Medieval Reading Group

"He moste needes walke in woode that may not walke in toune."
(The Tale of Gamelyn, line 672)

The Woode-walkers were founded in the summer of 2008, and the group is open to any interested graduate students. They take their name from a fourteenth-century English romance, in which Gamelyn must take to the woods while living the life of an outlaw. (Woode is a pun on "woods" and the Middle English term "wode," an adjective that describes individuals who are excited, senseless, or just plain mad, such as grad students!) This group reads medieval literary and historical texts, as well as modern critical theory, and meets for weekly discussions with one member serving as the discussion leader. For more information on the Woode-walkers, please contact Amanda Barton,