Peggy Herring
Administrative Assistant
English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies

P: (540) 464-7240
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227 Scott Shipp Hall
Lexington, VA  24450 

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English Society 2007-2008

The English Society fosters an appreciation of all the arts, with an emphasis on literature. It is open to students of all majors and all classes. Members take an annual trip to Washington, D.C., where they tour the Folger Shakespeare Library, see a play at the Shakespeare Theatre, visit the National Gallery of Art, usually attend a performance at the Kennedy Center, and go to various other museums, artistic or historical. They also take trips to the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville or to Richmond, where they visit the Richmond Historical Society, tour Agecroft Hall (a Renaissance mansion), usually see a play, and take part in other activities. The English Society also sponsors speakers, both artists and scholars, as well as performances by Shenandoah Shakespeare, and members get to meet and eat with the Society's guests. At monthly meetings, members discuss stories by writers like Hemingway, Flannery O'Connor, or Tolkien. VMI faculty also meet with the English Society to discuss topics of special interest, and students frequently devise activities on their own initiative, like literary camping trips and even an English Society FTX.

Below you can find a calendar of events and activities sponsored by the English Society. It is updated frequently, so check it often. There are also links to websites that are associated with English Society trips and other activities. To see a list of last year's activities, click here.

Calendar of Events and Activities 

  • Thursday-Sunday, November 1-4, 2007: The English Society Trip to the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville. For details of the program, go to the Festival home page.
  • April 11-13, 2008: The English Society Trip to Washington, D.C. Activities included Arthur Miller's The Price at Theater J, Macbeth at the Folger Shakespeare Theater and tours of the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Gallery of Art, and a meeting with Kate Eastwood Norris, who played Lady Macbeth in the production we saw.


  • Most meetings this year will be devoted to discussion of readings chosen by the members or faculty.

 Meeting Schedule 

  • Unless indicated otherwise here, meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month and begin at 7:45 p.m. in Scott Shipp 201.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007: Organizational Meeting
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007: Discussion of poems selected by members Greg Lippiatt and Ried Stelly
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007: Continued discussion of poems by Dylan Thomas, Keats, and Frost selected by Greg Lippiatt and Ried Stelly.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008: Continued discussion of poems by Dylan Thomas, Keats, and Frost selected by Greg Lippiatt and Ried Stelly. Discussion of Spring trip to Washington, D.C.
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2008: Discussion of Andrew Marvell's poem "The Definition of Love",  suggested by Becky Harris, and possibly other poems.
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2008: Discussion of selected poems by our recent guest speakers at the VMI Poetry Symposium, Claudia Emerson and Bruce Weigl, suggested by Greg Lippiatt. For a selection of their poems online, go to the following links:



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