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English Department Geek Week March 31 – April 6

Las Vegas, N.M. – The Highlands University English Department offers a smorgasbord of free creative endeavors during its second Geek Week March 31to April 6.

“Our second annual Geek Week is a weeklong celebration of all the geeky things we love in English,” said Donna Woodford-Gormley, Highlands English professor. “The week will feature presentations on role playing, Dungeons and Dragons, performances of plays, creative rewriting of fairytales, workshops on how to write video games, and more.”

Woodford-Gormley said English Department student work will be showcased during the week.

“For instance, students will present video games they’ve written and read their own creative fiction, non-fiction and poetry,” Woodford-Gormley said.

Woodford-Gormley said she hopes the campus and Las Vegas communities will join Geek Week.

“We had a great time and turnout last year and we’re looking for the same this year,” Woodford-Gormley said.

With the exception of the 5K run, all the activities will take place in the university’s Douglas Hall, Room 220, 805 University Ave. unless otherwise noted


Sunday, March 31:

9 a.m. – Geeks on the Run 5K at the Gallinas River Walk and Mills Ave. (Registration includes a T-shirt and is $10 for students and $15 for non-students.)

 Monday, April 1: 

  • 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Dungeons and Dragons in Popular Culture
  • 12:30 –12:45 p.m. – Fractured Fairy Tales
  • 6 – 8:50 p.m. – Graduate Creative Reading

 Tuesday, April 2: 

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The Importance of Being Earnest
  • 1 – 2 p.m. – Using New Media to Explore Theory
  • 2 – 3:15 p.m. – Creative Non-Fiction Reading
  • 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. – Video Game Presentation (Writing Center)

Wednesday, April 3:

  • 10:15 – 11 a.m. – Introduction to Writing Video Games (Writing Center)
  • 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Fool for Love 2
  • 12:30 –1:45 p.m. – The New Mexico Review and Online Literary Journals

Thursday, April 4: 

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – More Shakespeare Than You Can Shake a Stick At. (Including Shakespeare Insults – Back by Popular Demand)
  • 1 – 1:45 p.m. Theory: A Dramatic Dialogue
  • 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. – A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Original Pronunciation
  • 5 – 8 p.m. – Dungeons and Dragons: Character Creation for New Players

Friday, April 5:

  • 11 a.m.Graduate Student Symposium
  • 1 p.m.Faculty Forum
  • 5 – 8 p.m.Dungeons and Dragons for New Players

Saturday, April 6:

  • 10 a.m. – Build Your Own Bowtruckle
  • 11 a.m. – Quill Writing
  • 1 p.m. ­– Geek Jeopardy (win a plate of Woodford-Gormley’s cookies)
  • 2 p.m. – Introduction to Writing Video Games