Peggy Herring
Administrative Assistant
English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies

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Lexington, VA  24450 

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English Society 2009-2010

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 previous year's activities, click here.

Calendar of Events and Activities 

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2009: The Theater of War, the Philoctetes Project, a forum at University of Virginia on how veterans of war return and reacclimate to peace.  Participating in the panel discussion is Shannon Meehan, VMI '05, veteran of the Iraq War. 
  • Saturday, November 7, 2009: The annual English Society Trip to the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville. For details of the program, go to the Festival home page.


Meetings this year will be devoted to discussion of themes raised by The Theater of War symposium.

Meeting Schedule  

(Unless indicated otherwise here, meetings are held at 8:00 p.m. in Scott Shipp 201)

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2009: Organizational Meeting 
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2009: Guest Speaker, Gen. Alan Farrell, discussing his experience in and the literature of the Vietnam War 
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2009: Guest Speakers, Prof. Roger Thompson and Capt. Shannon Meehan, '05, discussing their book, Beyond Duty: Life on the Front Line in Iraq 
  • Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 3, 2010: Guest Speaker Prof. Jennifer Santos, discussing literature of the Holocaust 
  • Future Meetings
    • Tuesday, March 9, 2010: Guest Speaker, Prof. David Rachels, discussing literature of the American Civil War 
    • Tuesday, April 20, 2010: Guest Speaker, Prof. John Leland, discussing Shakespeare's depiction of war