Chunnel Club

The Chunnel Club (formerly the English Club) and the English & Foreign Languages department sponsors literary events that promote creative writing and the appreciation of languages and literature. The Club generally sponsors at least one event each semester.

Past programs of distinction include the visit of poet and novelist, Dr. Judson Mitcham author of The Sweet Everlasting; writer Dr. Judith Ortiz Cofer author of The Line of the Sun; and renowned scholar and critic Dr. Hugh Kenner, Callaway and Franklin Professor at UGA.

More recent visitors to campus include such writers as Robert Olen Butler, author of Good Scent from a Strange Mountain; Georgia writers Janise Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood; James Kilgo, author of Daughter of My People; and Janice Daugharty, author of Like a Sister.

Additional activities of the Club include trips to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama, as well as trips to Atlanta for plays, museum visits, and other cultural events. A "Welcome Back" reception is hosted by the department for members and all English and Foreign Language majors in the Fall. Other impromptu fun excursions have included picnic outings to Providence Canyon, and Poetry Slams at Pat's Place.

Club members also participate in the English & Foreign Languages Film Series created by Dr. Johnson and Dr. Kuipers. This series brings outstanding foreign and classic films to the campus and is open to GSW students, faculty and staff.

Membership in the Chunnel Club is open to all of the GSW campus community interested in participating in social activities, field trips, working on Sirocco, planning for speakers, etc.

Watch for flyers announcing the first meeting in the fall and be sure to join us for the "Welcome Back" reception!

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Kuipers, elizabeth.kuipers@gsw.edu, phone (229) 931-2187.

To join: Contact the department secretary, the advisor, or one of the officers of the Club.