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Community Outreach

The Department of English is committed to teaching and serving our Memphis and Mid-South communities. Please contact us at 901.678.2651 if you would like to discuss ways we can work together.

Current Outreach Programs

Compose Yourself 2.0: Digital Literacy Workshop Series 2024

This 8-week workshop series - made possible by Memphis Public Libraries and the Memphis Library Foundation - invites the Memphis community to learn from English and Communications graduate students on topics and skills necessary to navigate today's technological world. Below you will find a list of current series topics; at the conclusion of each session the presentation slide deck will be made available. Registration information for each session can be found here.

  • Using Online Resources - March 13
  • Scams, Surveillance & Tracking - March 20
  • Online Communication - March 27
  • AI Literacy - April 3
  • Misinformation & Disinformation on Social Media - April 10
  • The Online Job Market - April 17
  • Resumes and Cover Letters - April 24
  • The Virtual Job Market - May 1 

WordSmith Writing Olympics - February 25, 2024

Middle and high schools are invited to submit teams of student writers to compete in a fun series of writing challenges. Contact Ms. Cathy Dice at cdice@memphis.edu or visit the WordSmith Writing Olympics webpage for more information.

English as a Second Language Classes

Take classes in English or advertise your programs for non-native English speakers. Contact Dr. Rebecca Adams a radams4@memphis.edu or visit our ESL Classes webpage for more information.