The R. Forrest Colwell Chair of English was established in 1972 in honor of R. Forrest
Colwell, businessman, philanthropist, and former IWU trustee, and the Colwell Lecture
& Reading Series further honors his enthusiastic support of English literature and
This spring the Colwell Lecture & Reading Series is bringing to campus The Nomadic Symposium: Creative
Writing Education,Comparative Cultural Studies and South Asia by Professor Arun Gupto, and Vasectomania by Matthew Guenette.
In previous years, the English department has sponsored or co-sponsored such respected
visiting scholars as Beowulf expert Benjamin Bagby; poets Kimberly Blaeser, Cornelius
Eady, Martn Espada, Denise Duhammel, and Carolyn Forch; and fiction writers Carlos
Fuentes, Joshua Ferris, Lorian Hemingway, Kimberly Davis and Jac Jemc, '05; and poets Denice Frohman andJennifer Rane Hancock.
Every year the series brings one new writer or scholar to campus so that students
can continue to expand their literary horizons.