English at ASU Open Door 2018

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Please join us at ASU Open Door 2018! All English activities will take place at ASU's campus in Tempe in Ross-Blakley Hall, are free of charge, and are open to the public. 

Giant Crossword and Word Search Puzzles

1-6 p.m.  |  RBHL Lobby

Frankenstein-themed interactive word games for all ages designed by Regents’ Professor and Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Ríos. Prizes for correct answers!

Victor Frankenstein’s Workshop

1-6 p.m.  |  RBHL 100L2

2018 marks the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel. Join us for a kid-friendly celebration of 200 years of monstrosity! This interactive “Frankenstein” experience features sights, sounds, and silliness: read about the “Year Without a Summer” that inspired the work, play the fear recombinator, color-your-own monster mask, and visit the Ingolstadt Laboratory photo booth, where you can don your choice of creator or creature costumes and grimace for a selfie! Our resident Mary Shelley expert, Clinical Associate Professor Cajsa Baldini, will be on-hand to answer all your Frankenstein questions.

History of English 

1-6 p.m.  |  RBHL 1st floor hallway

Stop by our Lindisfarne Gospels exhibit, where you can view a facsimile (exact copy) of this famous illuminated Latin Bible, which has glosses (explanations) in Old English. Look up modern English words in a micrographic edition of the complete Oxford English Dictionary, “the definitive record of the English language, featuring 600,000 words, 3 million quotations, and over 1,000 years of English.” An adjacent digital presentation also discusses the history of the Lindisfarne Gospels and of the English language in general. Curated by Regents’ Professor Elly van Gelderen.

Hogwarts Sorting Hat & Spell Casting 

3:30-6 p.m.  |  RBHL 117

Welcome to Hogwarts! Inspired by the Harry Potter books, young visiting wizards get sorted into “houses” and receive a corresponding wand which they use to magically correct misspelled words. Teeny tiny wizards can just enjoy learning silly spells. Beware: Dementors may show up! Facilitated by professors Jim Blasingame and Peter Goggin and English Education students.

Web of Knowledge: The 6 Degrees of Wikipedia

1-6 p.m.  |  RBHL 115

English doctoral candidate and media maven Abigail Oakley leads this two-part activity consisting of a short talk and fun, interactive game using Wikipedia. First, Oakley discusses the open source nature of information on the internet, along with all its possibilities and cautions. Next, we’ll play “The 6 Degrees of Wikipedia,” where participants are given two wildly different topics and asked to find the shortest route between them using only Wikipedia! Winners of each game will receive prizes.

[Workshops will take place every half hour throughout the event.]

Scooby-Doo Trivia

1-6 p.m.  |  RBHL 103

Do you know Shaggy's real name? What year did "Scooby-Doo, Where are You!" premier? Test your knowledge of the affable Great Dane in this quiz facilitated by ASU associate professor Kevin Sandler, a film and television specialist.

Writing Takes Place: Your Life in Haiku

1-6 p.m.  |  RBHL 101

Write your autobiography in Haiku, a short Japanese verse form. Take your finished poem with you! Coached by teachers in ASU Writing Programs who are expert syllable-counters.

Blackletter Calligraphy and Bookmark Lab

1-6 p.m.  |  RBHL 196

Have your name inscribed on a bookmark in Blackletter (“Old English”) script by calligrapher and ASU English alum Domenica Corbo (BA 1986). Customize your bookmark with assorted accoutrements!

Kristen LaRue-Sandler
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 1-6 p.m.
Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL)
Tempe campus
Free of charge and open to the public