Here are opportunities that the English Department (often with other offices and organizations) offers DC students. Students from a wide range of majors receive support for these cultural, travel, conference, and writing events.

The Events & News page also contains information on some of the funded activities.



Acclaimed Film Festival
51st Annual International Film Festival
Ann Arbor, Michigan

This year the Defiance College Imagine Initiatives Program sponsored the March 2013 trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the international experimental film festival. English Professors Todd Comer and Mary Catherine Harper organized the trip
and served as mentors to the "film critic" student.
More . . . photos and student reflections



SwampFire Retreat for Writers and Artists
At Professor Emeritus Steve Smith's studio
and 4 Corners Gallery, in northeast Indiana

The yearly invitational English Department and Arts & Humanities summer retreat is hosted by Dawn Comer and Steve Smith at his studio and art gallery. Student writers and professional writers and artists gather for a weekend of work sessions and informal critique around a campfire.
More . . . photos at the SwampFire Retreat website



Animarathon Conference
Bowling Green State U, Bowling Green OH

This spring conference is a favorite of students interested
in anime film, graphic novels, and other visual and media
formats that incorporate literary themes. English majors
and students involved in visual and media arts are
encouraged to propose conference panels.
Conference information at BGSU

More . . . photos of recent Amimarathon conferences



Shakespeare Festival
Stratford, Ontario

Every fall, DC students travel with professors to see a play
at the famous international Shakespeare Festival. The
College and students share expenses for the trip, which
takes us to a foreign country without leaving the continent.
In 2012, the trip included a stunning performance of that classic War of the Sexes between Beatrice and Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing.
Festival information at

More . . . photos of a recent trip



Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature Conference
Michigan State University, Lansing MI

Students who have produced polished fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or literary criticism are strongly encouraged to propose readings for this professional conference. Both SSML and the DC English department provide funding for students whose work is accepted for presentation.

Conference information at

More . . . photos of the past two conferences



For more information on funded activities, contact MC Harper or Todd Comer:

phone: 419-783-2461

phone: 419-783-2348


Email comments or questions to MC Harper
Professor of English
Update 8/16/2014

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