Off-Campus Activities

Here are opportunities that the English Department (often with other offices and organizations) offers DC students. Students from a wide range of majors receive support for these cultural, travel, conference, and writing events.

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51st Annual International Film Festival
Ann Arbor, Michigan

This year the Defiance College Imagine Initiatives Program sponsored the March 2013 trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the international experimental film festival. English Professors Todd Comer and Mary Catherine Harper organized the trip and served as mentors to the “film critic” student.

Kevin Dillinger

SwampFire Retreat
At Professor Emeritus Steve Smith’s studio and 4 Corners Gallery, in northeast Indiana

The yearly invitational English Department and Arts & Humanities summer retreat is hosted by Dawn Comer and Steve Smith at his studio and art gallery. Student writers and professional writers and artists gather for a weekend of work sessions and informal critique around a campfire.

Animarathon Conference
Bowling Green State U, Bowling Green OH

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This spring conference is a favorite of students interested in anime film, graphic novels, and other visual and media formats that incorporate literary themes. English majors and students involved in visual and media arts are encouraged to propose conference panels.

Shakespeare Festival
Stratford, Ontario

Every fall, DC students travel with professors to see a play at the famous international Shakespeare Festival. TheIMG_0954 College and students share expenses for the trip, which takes us to a foreign country without leaving the continent. In 2014, the trip included a stunning performance of King Lear, starring Colm Feore.

Festival information at

Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature Conference
Michigan State University, Lansing MI

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Students who have produced polished fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or literary criticism are strongly encouraged to propose readings for this professional conference. Both SSML and the DC English department provide funding for students whose work is accepted for presentation.

For more information on funded activities, contact MC Harper or Todd Comer.


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