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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of English Language and Literature

Conferences & Festivals


   Carolina Children's Literature Consortium
   Visit The Carolina Children's Literature Consortium Page

USC offers 37 children's literature courses to undergraduate and graduate students in six different departments - art, English, education, Language, Literature and Cultures, Library and Information Science, and theater and dance.

In 2011, several of USC's children's literature faculty across the university decided that it was time to bring faculty in these areas together. Sara Schwebel, associate professor in English, spearheaded the effort. Dianne Johnson, English professor and College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Children's Literature, and Michelle Martin, Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy in the School of Library and Information Science, helped get the Carolina Children's Literature Consortium started.

The University of South Carolina Conference on Rhetorical Theory
A biannual international conference sponsored by the rhetoric program and dedicated to the critical and interdisciplinary study of rhetorical theory. Visit Conference Site

The University of South Carolina Annual Comparative Literature Conference
Sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and held in Columbia every spring semester.

Southeast Association for Book Arts Conference
An interdisciplinary conference, coordinated by the USC departments of art and English and the USC Libraries, for book artists, scholars, researchers, historians, and aficionados. Held in the spring in odd-numbered years: 2009, 2011, etc.

The University of South Carolina Annual French Literature Conference
Sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and held in Columbia every spring semester.

Carolina Rhetorics Conference
Established by graduate students in the USC Composition and Rhetoric program, in partnership with graduate students in Clemson Universitys program in Rhetoric, Communication, and Information Design, the Carolina Rhetorics Conference seeks to establish a recurring space where graduate students in composition and rhetoric throughout the Southeast can present and receive feedback on developing projects.

Graduate Conference in 19th-Century Studies

Festivals 2015-16

The Open Book
ponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and hosted by Elise Blackwell, is a literary series, public course, and community read all in one. The 2015 visiting writers are, in order of appearance: George Saunders, Mary Szybist, Kate Christensen, David Bajo, Teju Cole, and Chang-rae Lee. All events are free and open to the public. Please visit The Open Book website for full details.

Fall Literary Festival
Gene Luen Yang
Thursday, October 8, 6 p.m.

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang began creating comics and graphic novels more than 15 years ago. In 2006, his book American Born Chinese won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album, became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award, and was the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. In 2013, Boxers & Saints, his two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times’ Book Prize. His other work includes The Shadow Hero; The Eternal Smile, another Eisner award winner; the continuation of the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender; and beginning in June 2015, the continuation of DC Comics’ Superman. He teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Claudia Rankine
Tuesday, October 13, 6 p.m.

Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric, a book-length poem about race in America. In 2014, Citizen received the PEN Open Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, and it was nominated for the same award in the criticism category. That same year, Rankine received the Poets and Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, an award given annually to “an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.” Her other works include Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, The End of the Alphabet, and Nothing in Nature is Private. She is a co-editor of and contributor to several anthologies. She has taught at Case Western Reserve University, Barnard College and the University of Georgia, and she is currently the Henry G. Lee Professor of Poetry at Pomona College.

Etgar Keret
Tuesday, October 20, 6 p.m.

Israeli writer Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. His collections have been translated into more than 30 languages and include The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God, The Girl on the Fridge, The Nimrod Flip-Out, Missing Kissinger, and Suddenly, A Knock on the Door. He also is the author of The Seven Good Years: A Memoir, published in June 2015. He has received the Book Publishers Association’s Platinum Prize several times and the Chevalier medallion of France’s Order of Arts and Letters. He also has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize and the Ministry of Culture’s Cinema Prize. Also a filmmaker, his screenplays include Skin Deep, which in 1996 won first prize at several international film festivals and was awarded the Israeli Oscar.