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Graduate English Association

The GEA organizes and sponsors academic and social events throughout the year, with the aim of bringing all English graduate students together. Look for teaching and research seminars, happy hours, seasonal parties, poetry and fiction readings, an alternate jobs panel, and fundraising book sales. Tri-Chairs are elected at the end of spring semester, one each from literature, creative writing, and composition and rhetoric.

American Literature Colloquium

The ALC was founded to foster intellectual exchange among graduate students and faculty interested in all facets of American literature. The ALC hosts research presentations by faculty or guest lecturers and has sponsored panels on such topics as book collecting, the job search, influential scholarship, and current questions in the field. The ALC collaborates with the Nineteenth-Century British Club to organize the department's national graduate student conference each spring.

Nineteenth-Century British Club

This organization brings together students and faculty interested in the literature, culture, and history of the Romantic and Victorian periods in England. The club hosts academic discussions and research presentations and sponsors annual events like the Jane Austen dinner. Each spring, the club collaborates with the American Literature Colloquium to organize and host the department's national graduate student conference in nineteenth-century English and American literature.

Rhetoric Society of America @ USC

This organization is made up of students and faculty interested in the teaching of and research in rhetoric. It sponsors presentations by faculty members, colloquia, opportunities to assemble panels for the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The association also presents the annual Nancy Thompson Achievement Award for enduring service to the field and excellence in scholarly research.