The Cosgrove Seminars

Initiated in 1993, the Cosgrove Seminars feature academic papers, literary readings, and multi-media presentations of pedagogical, literary, and scholarly interest. We regard these to be friendly gatherings open to all instructors, students, and staff at NDSU, as well as the F/M community.

Past Seminars:


Biblical Horror: The Unimaginable Cosmos in the Book of Job
Dr. Sean Burt, Assistant Professor of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, and English
Friday, October 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Meadow Room – Memorial Union
Dr. Sean Burt, assistant professor of Religious Studies and English, will discuss his investigation into horror imagery in The Book of Job, particularly God’s speeches on the animal world (Job 39), which envision a cosmos that is “Lovecraftian”—a fragmentary, seething creation indifferent and inaccessible to humanity. He will discuss how Job suggests that the horizon within which humans encounter reality is not one of sublimity or wonder, but of horror.

The Allure of the Archives: Analyzing Letter-Writing Genre Through Archival Documents
Tatjana Schell, PhD Candidate in English
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Prairie Room – Memorial Union
This presentation will focus on Tatjana's work with archival documents from Russia she will incorporate into her dissertation. Using the theoretical perspective of archival research and rhetorical genre studies, she will explore the narrative of letters sent to the United States from Russia during the first decade of the Soviet period. Specifically, she will analyze how these historical artifacts go beyond simply fulfilling the function of maintaining personal communication between the writers and readers and give valuable insight into the socio-historical and cultural context of these documents written during a tumultuous period of Russian history in the early 20th century.

Integrating New Media Avant-Garde Art and Writing Practices 
Steven Hammer, Ph.D. Candidate in English
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Peace Garden Room – Memorial Union 
This presentation will explore the ways that two strands of new media art, glitch and dirty new media, can and should inform the ways we think about writing and the ways we teach it. Writing across the Curriculum initiatives and writing intensive courses have done much to import the theories and practices of college composition into a range of disciplines, making our field simultaneously influential and somewhat insulated. What happens when we reverse the direction of influence, and instead look for ways that various disciplinary practices and philosophies can inform writing practices and pedagogy? 

Trends in E-Publishing
Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3:30pm
Lark Room, NDSU Memorial Union
The ability to self-publish electronic books is changing the way writers get their work to audiences. Writer and publisher Ryan Christiansen and award-winning author ML Harveland will discuss their experiences in e-publishing. Christiansen is the editor and publisher of Knuckledown Press. Harveland self-published her novel, The Seventh Soul, as an e-book and won a 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Award. 

Stephen Frech: His Own Words
Monday, March 18, 2013, 1pm
Memorial Union Gallery, NDSU

Stephen Frech is associate professor of English at Millikin University. He has published three award winning volumes of poetry and his fourth volume titled A Palace of Strangers Is No City, a sustained narrative of prose poetry/flash fiction, was published by Cervena Barva Press in 2011. Frech is founder and editor of Oneiros Press.

English Faculty on Chuck Klosterman
2nd Annual “Let’s Hear It for Homecoming” Book Event
Thursday, October 4th, 7PM
222 Minard Hall—NDSU  

Dr. Kevin Brooks, Dr. Melissa Vosen Callens and Sybil Priebe read from and discussed their papers recently published in the book Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy, a collection of 22 academic papers centered around Klosterman’s work and ideas. Klosterman, a native North Dakotan, has published several bestselling non-fiction books on popular culture as well as two novels. Currently, Klosterman writes the “Ethicist” column for The New York Times Magazine.

Geoff Herbach
Tuesday, September 25th, 7PM
NDSU Memorial Union Art Gallery

Geoff Herbach read from his latest young adult novel, Nothing Special, the sequel to Stupid Fast, the story of young Felton Reinstein who is thrust into the role of jock thanks to a late growth spurt. Herbach is the author of the literary novel, The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg, and he teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Forms & Hollows: Poems by Heather Dubrow
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 7:30—8:30 pm
Jitters Coffee House
1414 12th Avenue North, Fargo
Dr. Heather Dubrow, John D. Boyd, SJ, Chair in the Poetic Imagination, of Fordham University reading selections of her original poems. Her poetry has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Prairie Schooner, and Southern Review.

Northern Eclecta Coffee House Live
April 23, 2012, 7:30pm
Jitters Coffee House
1414 12th Avenue North, Fargo

Northern Eclecta authors organized a coffee house poetry reading event. The evening showcase featured the authors from Northern Eclecta 5 and authors published in the 2012 issue Northern Eclecta 6, reading their own works.

Benjamin Bac Sierra
January 14, 2012, 7pm
Arikara Room, NDSU Memorial Union

Benjamin Bac Sierra highlighting his new novel, Barrio Bushido. Ben, known for his energetic and thoughtful presentations, Sierra also shared his amazing life experiences.

Tommy Zurhellen
1st Annual "Let's Hear it for Homecoming" Reading Event
September 27, 2012, 7pm
NDSU Memorial Union Art Gallery

Author Tommy Zurhellen gave an animated reading of his first novel, Nazareth, North Dakota. Zurhellen is currently travelling and researching the sequel, The Apostle Islands. The books are the re-telling of the Messiah story in a modern-day setting. Zurhellen is Associate Professor of English at Marist College in upstate New York. 

For a listing of events prior to Fall 2011 visit the Cosgrove Seminars archive.

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