The English Department is excited to mark the tercentenary of Daniel Defoe’s influential novel, Robinson Crusoe with a series of events featuring Prof. Christopher Loar (Western Washington University). Dr. Loar is an expert in eighteenth-century British literature and the author of Political Magic: British Fictions of Savagery and Sovereignty, 1650-1750.

Dr. Christopher Loar (WWU)

October 10

3:15 – 5:15PM | Red Square

Public Reading

The celebration will begin with a public community reading. Students and faculty will read excerpts from novel. If you would like to participate in the reading, email Prof. Ramos ( by October 1st.

5:30 – 6:30 PM | Xavier 150

Digital Defoe: Adventures in Digital Publishing

Prof. Loar, is co-editor of the online scholarly journal, Digital Defoe. He will be sharing his expertise as editor and sharing the challenges and rewards of going digital.

October 11

1:00PM | CK EAST

Keynote Lecture

Dr. Christopher Loar

Defoe’s Religious Ecologies:

Vulnerability and Mastery on Crusoe’s Island of Despair


Refreshments will be provided

The English Department would like to thank the following programs for helping make this event a reality: Digital Humanities Lab | Environmental Studies | Global Studies | Political Science | Philosophy | Religion | The Wang Center for Global and Community Engaged Education.