The English Graduate Student Organization

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The EGSO is a collective of MA and PhD students working to enhance their peers' graduate experience, promote collaboration between students and faculty, and prepare students for the profession of English studies. The organization also acts as a liaison between the English Department and the university-wide Graduate Student Organization (GSO), while working closely with the department's graduate office.

Social Committee: the Social Committee organizes roughly two social events each month, ranging from camping trips to Friday happy hour to trips to local sporting events.
Conference Committee: the Conference Committee organizes an annual conference, typically held in the Spring semester, for graduate students locally, nationally, and from abroad. Each year, a leading scholar in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences provides the keynote address.
Outreach Committee: several times each year the Outreach Committee organizes events which impact the local community. In the past, this committee has organized a can/coat drive and a books-for-prisoners event; they are currently working on a "community writing center" project.

To get the latest info, you can join EGSO's MyInvolvement group.

The EGSO organizes and co-sponsors a number of events and series that include:

  • Jawbone/Yes! Reading Series, is an organization devoted to creative writing by faculty and students, which hosts poets, novelists, essayists, and performance and media artists who work locally and nationally;
  • Publishing Workshops where faculty and students discuss the ins and outs of getting work published in scholarly and creative venues;
  • Lecture Series featuring the work of doctoral students writing dissertations, departmental faculty, and outside speakers;
  • Professionalization Committee Sessions designed to help graduate students find employment upon graduation;
  • Annual Conferences on literary, cultural, and theoretical topics; participants include professors and students from Albany, regional and national U.S. universities, and international institutions.

EGSO Officers


WASTE (Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, 2012)

CFP 2011: The Outlaw: Trespass, Disfigurement, Domestication (Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, 2011)

Turning on Rights: Politics, Performance, and the Text (Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, 2010)

Negotiating Land: New Readings (Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2009)

Constructing the Body, Constructing the Text: Literary and Scientific Discourses of the Human Body (Saturday, April 19th, 2008).

Literature After Literature: 21st-Century Re-Readings (2007)

 Changing the Subject: Poiesis, Praxis, and Theoria in the Humanities (2006)

Structure, Space, and Transmigrations (2005)

Co-sponsored with the English Department and the Center for the Humanities, Arts and TechnoScience (CHATS)

Humanities, Technology, Science & the Nexus of Discourse (2004)