English and Drama Events


Earth Day Flyer

In celebration of Earth Day (April 22nd), join the Sustainability Ambassadors, UTM Sustainability Office and the Literature Is ALIVE! team for a park litter clean-up! Take a pause from the end-of-term rush to relax outside, stretch your legs, and help keep our local UTM park clean and healthy.  

 All members of the UTM community are welcome, including students, faculty, and staff!

Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm 

Location: Meet at the front entrance of RAWC by noon 

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required—please RSVP by Tuesday April 16!

Rain or Shine! Post-Clean-Up refreshments provided!

English Careers Alumni Panel

Careers in English Alumni Panel

Join us for an evening of panel conversation with UTM English and Theatre & Drama Studies alumni! They'll share their career stories, answer your questions, and introduce you to some of the (many) exciting career pathways you can pursue with an English degree.

Panelists will be announced soon—stay tuned and RSVP for updates!

Free pizza and great conversation provided!

Date/Time: Thursday March 21, 5:30-8:00pm (5:30 check-in, 6:00 start time) 
Location: MN1190 
Please RSVP by Wed. Mar. 13: https://forms.gle/JMnyauwMRt4yxqrdA

For more invitations and updates, follow LIA! on Instagram.

Presented by Literature Is ALIVE!, the Department of English & Drama, the Career Centre, and Alumni Relations.


LIA Poster: Why Study Humanities Today

Why Study Humanities Today? Transdisciplinary Humanities for Social Transformation

LIA! is joining hands with humanities students and clubs across campus for a Lightning Lecture afternoon—and we want YOU to give a Lightning Lecture!

“Why Study Humanities Today?” If you have the inklings of an answer to this crucial question, submit a 100-word summary of a 3-5 minute “lightning talk” on the value, beauty, practical benefits, and transformative force of the humanities. A thriving humanities takes culture both as its subject and object, as a serious realm of study but also a regenerative space for play and creativity and healing.

In that spirit, we welcome lightning talks about any related topic in all forms, ranging from scholarly presentations to creative work, performance, rants, song, or any other form of your choosing. All students, regardless of their major, are welcome to submit for a chance to participate in a vibrant, ongoing conversation about the humanities.

Do you want to present? Please submit a 100-word summary of your proposed Lightning Lecture and 100-word bio to the Google form (link below) by Mar. 1, 2024.

No experience required! We’ll provide a Lightning Lecture skills workshop for all presenters. 

Date/Time: Mar. 15, 2024, 2pm-5pm 
Location: Student Centre Presentation Room 
FREE food! Inspiring Lectures! Great conversation! CCR Recognition for Presenters!

Abstracts due Mar. 1, 2024: https://forms.gle/CwigekmaQ5HF8yiEA

For more invitations and updates, follow LIA! on Instagram.

Please feel welcome to contact us at lit.is.alive.utm@gmail.com if there is anything we can do to make this event more accessible for you. For more updates, follow us on IG at @utmliteratureisalive.


LIA poster: Beginning Your Stories

Bringing Your Stories to the World II: A Publishing and Editing Workshop Series with Sarena & Sasha Nanua and Bernice Santos

Do you want to publish your creative writing? Are you passionate about crafting captivating fiction and creative prose? Do you want to learn more about publishing from three successful authors? If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, then we have the series for you: Bringing Your Stories to the World is back for a second year, with 3 new workshops! Starting Feb. 27, join English and PWC alumni and YA authors Sarena & Sasha Nanua and PWC alumna Bernice Santos for a series of 3 interactive workshops on professional trade publishing, self-publishing, and editing craft. The first two workshops walk you through the practical dimensions of trade and self-publishing, and the third dives into the craft of editing your own creative writing.

Dates: Feb. 27 (1-3pm), Mar. 14 (1-3pm), Mar. 26 (3-5pm)
Location: CDRS (MN3230) 
RSVP by Feb. 20: https://forms.gle/iKFNAMFW9yzYQqtq6

Co-Curricular Record (CCR) Recognition for students who attend all three workshops!

Workshops designed and taught by Sarena & Sasha Nanua and Bernice Santos with support from Literature Is ALIVE! and the Department of English & Drama, UTM

For more invitations and updates, follow LIA! on Instagram.

Workshop schedule:
· Tues. Feb. 27, 1-3pm: Trade Publishing Fundamentals (with Sarena & Sasha)
· Thurs. Mar. 14, 1-3pm: Self-Publishing Fundamentals (with Bernice)
· Tues. Mar. 26, 3-5pm: Editing Craft Fundamentals (with Sarena & Sasha

Academic Research Symposium Poster
LIA Poster

Thurs. Nov. 2, 11:00am-12:00noon: The Influence of Black History and Culture on Contemporary Spoken Word Poetry 

Host: Prof. Andrea Thompson 

Location: meet on the MN fifth floor terrace (straight down the hall from the elevators), time TBA.
Walking Route: Principal’s Road and the UTM Nature Trail   

Join spoken word artist and poetry professor Andrea Thompson in an exploration of the influence of Black history and culture on contemporary Spoken Word - from the slave spirituals of the Old South to the coffee houses of the Harlem Renaissance to today's slam stages and rap battles. 

All are welcome, whatever your major—students, faculty, and staff included. We look forward to seeing you there!  

Please feel welcome to email Julia Boyd (ja.boyd@mail.utoronto.ca) and Sarah Star (sarah.star@utoronto.ca) with any questions or thoughts, or if there is anything we can do to make Prof Walks more accessible for you. 

Wed. Oct. 25, 1-2pmLiterature and Social Justice  

Host: Postdoc Julia Boyd 

Location: meet on the MN fifth floor terrace (straight down the hall from the elevators) at 1:00pm.
Walking Route: Principal’s Road and the UTM Nature Trail  
Join Postdoc Julia Boyd for a walk on the UTM nature trail to discuss Literature and Social Justice. How can literature inspire justice and societal transformation? Why does literature matter to our collective work building justice, inclusive communities—and a just world? What place should social justice have in English classrooms? Let’s investigate these questions and more as we explore how literature shapes, informs, and inspires positive social change.

Fall poster


Students walking in nature

Calling all students in English courses, especially first years! On October 4, join Literature Is ALIVE! and the Department of English & Drama for a FREE pizza lunch and sight-seeing walk to welcome first-year students. We'll start with pizza and a panel discussion with faculty, staff, and upper-year students sharing their tips for thriving in university, followed by a relaxing Fall nature photography walk on our beautiful campus. 

All are welcome, whether you are a first-year student or an upper-year with tips to share!

Please RSVP by Tuesday September 26 for FREE pizza and a beautiful fall walk on campus with your peers!  

RSVP link: https://forms.gle/7rcsceF3PHwBdz7L6

Date/Time: Wed. Oct. 4, 12:00-2:00pm 

Location: MN 5th Floor Patio (straight down the hall from the elevators) 

For more about Literature Is ALIVE!, including event invitations and how to get involved, follow LIA! on Instagram and join our mailing list: https://www.instagram.com/utmliteratureisalive/ 

Please feel welcome to contact us at lit.is.alive.utm@gmail.com if there is anything we can do to make this event more accessible for you. 

Campus clean up poster


CDRS Gaming event

SPPIE Banner

The Department of English and Drama is thrilled to invite you to the upcoming Student Program Planning Interactive Exhibition (SPPIE). This one-day event is open to all students, especially those who are in their first year or those preparing to enroll in their subject POSt at the end of this semester!

At SPPIE you can navigate through different interactive stations related to discovering your personal interests and goals, exploring relevant programs and career options, and accessing specific POSt enrollment supports. You will also have plenty of opportunities to connect directly with advisors from the Office of the Registrar, Career Centre, several academic departments, and former UTM alumni to help you with program planning!

Students who participate in SPPIE are also eligible to receive a notation on their Co-Curricular Record and have a chance to win a $50 gift card for the UTM Bookstore!

Interested? Register today!

  • DATE: Friday, March 10th, 2023 
  • TIME: 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
  • LOCATION: GYM A/B · RSVP: To register, please click here.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to SPPIE’s coordinator
Tiara De Koning (tiara.dekoning@utoronto.ca).

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