The Alumni Fund enables the Department of English to cultivate the intellectual and social life of its community in ways that would otherwise not be possible. It makes possible everything from our September reception for incoming graduate students, to our Visiting Speakers Series, to our capstone experience for fourth-year undergraduates. In October 2013 it funded “Wine and Cheese with Profs,” our first-ever Homecoming event, and also enabled us, with the generous assistance of private donors, to host a celebrated performance of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.
The most significant sponsorship provided by the Alumni Fund is our Annual Giller Prize Event. Since 2007, the Department has invited the winner of the annual Scotiabank Giller Prize to deliver a public lecture at Queen’s. This event is part of a capstone experience for fourth-year English majors and medials, who all receive free copies of the prize-winning book. The event also features a book-signing, a reception, and readings by an array of visiting speakers and writers. Since the inception of the Giller Prize Event, the Department has hosted Will Ferguson, Lynn Coady, Sean Michaels, and André Alexis.
This unique event was initially funded by the Queen's University Faculty of Arts and Science, and then through the generosity of 2 alumni donors who helped to make our capstone idea a reality for its first six years. Please consider making a donation to our Alumni Fund: help us continue our new tradition of bringing together our exceptional students with the best in Canadian writing.