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EGO Events for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Throughout the semester, EGO organizes social events in local Indiana restaurants for graduate students to meet and share ideas and experiences.

EGO Picnic

Sunday, September 6, 2015, at 12:00 p.m.
Getty Heights Park (at the pavilion); located off Oakland Ave on Rustic Lodge Road.

The English Graduate Organization is holding a picnic for grad students in the English Department on Sunday, September 6. All MA and PHD students are welcome. We particularly encourage incoming students to attend so you can get to know members of EGO, your cohort, and the rest of the department. Bring your family, too.

EGO will provide some grilled foods (meat and meatless) as well as some basic drinks. You may bring a covered dish or a dessert to share. If you choose to bring any food or drinks, there is a sign-up sheet on the EGO bulletin board in the student lounge in Leonard Hall. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact any one of our officers.

EGO Night at H.B. Culpepper's

653 Philadelphia St.
Indiana, PA 15701

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 — 8:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015 — 8:00 p.m.

Meet us at the large tables in the side room. Come grab dinner, snacks, or drinks to help unwind and have fun after a week of classes.

EGO Coffee Meet-Up

Start your day the grad school way. Meet us once a month for a hot cup of coffee at a different cafe each time. This is a great opportunity for English graduate students to chat, socialize, and get to know one another outside of EGO Night. Come grab a hot one rather than a cold one with EGO.

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015 — 9:00 a.m. at Caffe Amadeus

Shut Up & Write Tuesdays

In conjunction with EGO, VP Lauren Shoemaker will be holding several "Shut Up & Write" gatherings throughout the semester at local coffee shops in Indiana.

Do you ever feel excited, or even frustrated, over writing and wish you could share these feelings with other writers who understand? Shut Up & Write Tuesdays are meant to alleviate these feelings of frustration and/or motivate you to continue with writing. It can also be a place to simply share your ideas and progress about a paper you have been working on and get critical feedback.

At these gatherings, you are given an hour to get as many words, ideas, or feelings out on paper as possible, then share your progress/frustrations over a hot beverage. It helps to make you accountable for progress and feel less isolated when writing. This is useful for conference proposals, conducting research, writing a class paper, and many other academic situations! It is also a great way to get familiar with what other students are working on in your department.

The gatherings will be held on Tuesday mornings at either the Commonplace or Cafe Amadeus. Dates and times for the next gathering are announced throughout the semester. To find out when our next gathering is, send an e-mail to or check the EGO Facebook page to see the next event posting.

Banned Books Read Out

In collaboration with the IUP Libraries, Tanya Heflin and EGO Officers will be hosting the annual Banned Books Week Read Out at Stapleton Library on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. (across from Java City).

American history has seen many different stages of book censorship since its inception. Though restrictions have appeared to lighten up as the country has grown more progressive, there is still a strong presence of book censorship in many schools across America. Books from Fifty Shades of Grey toThe Lorax have, at one point or another, been banned from schools for depictions of violence, sex, cursing, alternative politics, fantasy worlds, rebellious characters, etc. Yet students are challenging this censorship every day. That is why this year's theme for the Banned Books Read Out is Children's and Young Adult Literature.

The Banned Books Read Out celebrates the freedom to read and brings awareness to ongoing issues of literary censorship. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend, listen to passages, and/or read passages themselves. Student-selected passages will be prepared for anyone interested in reading.

EGO Book Sale

Located in the Oak Grove outside of Leonard Hall.

  • Tuesday, October 6, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The English Graduate Organization is holding its book and bake sale to raise money for our annual interdisciplinary graduate conference. We have a lot of books this year- titles range from textbooks to everyday paperback reading. Paperback books will be $0.25 and hardcovers will be $0.50. 

If you have books to donate, or if you are an English graduate student interested in volunteering some hours, please contact EGO president Matt Stumpf at, or any other EGO officer. 

  • Graduate English
  • Leonard Hall, Room 111
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705-1094
  • Phone: 724-357-2264
  • Fax: 724-357-3056
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.