Volume 50:9

February 7th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:9)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Sadly, we begin these Notes with sad announcement of the loss of another dear friend and colleague, Arthur Lane, along with our deep gratitude to John Clendenning for offering the following remembrance:

In Memoriam. Arthur Lane died on April 26, 2018 at the age of 81. He joined the CSUN English Department in 1968 and retired in 2001. At his retirement celebration we were all delighted when he announced, with characteristic dry humor, the motto for the occasion: LANE ENDS MERGE LEFT.

In 1972 his first book–An Adequate Response: The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon—was published by Wayne State UP. This remarkable volume is a retrospective analysis of the English soldier-poets in World War I as seen from the perspective of a critic who had protested the war in Vietnam.

Arthur is best remembered for his teaching. Scores of devoted and adoring students followed him from course to course. He specialized in the Romantics, but the whole range of British literature was at his command. As department chair in the ‘70s, I observed one of his classes. The subject was King Lear and this was an hour I will never forget. The students sat in rapt attention as Arthur authoritatively yet modestly clarified this challenging text. I understood then why Arthur’s classes were always the first to fill up and generated long waiting lists. He possessed an astonishing combination of youthful charisma and avuncularity that students found irresistible.

 A second book, Dancing in the Dark, is a collection of his deeply moving and, at the same time, delightfully witty poems. In one of these—my favorite—Keats and Shelley greet Wordsworth, great grinning friends after such a long and troubled silence, in Elysium. I can just see Arthur now, tumbling out of old Charon’s boat, climbing the bank, and hugging his friends—Ann Stanford, Ben Saltman, Marvin Klotz, and Rachel Sherwood—who crown him with a laurel wreath.

The College of Humanities is accepting proposals for the Academic Programming Fund from all full- and part-time faculty in the college. This fund provides up to $200 for in-state speaker stipends and up to $500 for out-of-state/international speaker stipends to support academically related events only (e.g., guest lecturers, workshops, performances. Proposals should be no longer than one page and should describe how the proposed activity or event supports a course or academic program in the College of Humanities during the Spring 2019 semester. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, February 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Late requests will NOT be considered for funding. APF awards will be announced on or before Monday, February 24. For more informations and to apply, please  see https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/APF%20Application.pdf.

Free book off from Common Read! CSUN faculty and staff can request a free copy of the 2019-2020 Freshman Common Read, The Far Away Brothers, the true story of the Flores twins and what happens after they leave El Salvador in search of a better life in California. For your free copy, email Susanna at susanna.eng@csun.edu; call AFYE at 818-677-6535, or show up in person at Sierra all 422, Undergraduate Studies on the Roof. Your copy is in exchange for your promise to speak about the book with at least one new CSUN freshman in fall 2019. Also not to be missed: Academic First Year Experiences will be hosting several faculty-staff discussions of The Far Away Brothers this spring, in March and April. Exact dates and times will be posted on our faculty and staff resources page as they are set: see https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/far-away-brothers-faculty-and-staff-resources.

This Friday, February 8th, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series” returns with Isiah Medina’s 88:88 (2015), which has been described as “a motion picture for anyone who has craved to be challenged again by cinema.” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in the series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided. For more information, contact Professor Higgs (christopher.higgs@csun.edu) or join our newsletter: bit.do/reimagining.

Spring elections for faculty governance positions for the 2019-2020 academic year will be held in March. Nominations from Senators for faculty officers, senators-at-large, and one representative to the Academic Senate CSU will be taken at the next Faculty Senate meeting on February 14, 2019. Senators may also make recommendations for Standing Committee representatives. Nominations by petition for Faculty Officers, Statewide Academic Senators and Senators-at-Large may come from any faculty member and are due in the Faculty Senate Office by Friday, February 22, 2019.  A petition must have 15 faculty member signatures (printed name also) with the candidate’s name. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please contact Mary-Pat Stein or any member of the Faculty Senate prior to the February 14th, 2019 meeting. The current roster may be found on the Faculty Senate website http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate.

The 2019 Panetta Congressional Internship Program is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2019 internship program. The program is only open to undergraduate sophomore and junior students who have not applied for graduation and has always been a wonderful opportunity for a student (one from each CSU campus) to go to Washington to work for a member of the California Congressional delegation.  A scholarship covers all expenses. For more information, please see http://www.panettainstitute.org/programs/study-with-us/congressional-intern-training/. And please do encourage qualified students to apply! The application deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019, by 4:00 p.m. to the Undergraduate Studies office (UN 215, MD 8203).

The LRC will be offering a the following series of exciting new workshops this spring. Please let your students know!

Date

Time

Consultant

Topic

Location

1/31

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Close Reading and Annotation

LRC

2/7

3:30-4:30pm

Melissa

Summary, Paraphrase, Quote

LRC

2/19

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Outlining and Prewriting

LRC

2/20

3:00-4:00pm

Melissa

Personal Statements

LRC

2/21

3:30-4:30pm

Melissa

Essay Refresh

LRC

2/26

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Paragraphs

LRC

2/27

1:30-2:30pm

Melissa

Working with Sources

LRC

2/28

2:30-3:30pm

Loretta

MLA

LRC

2/28

4:00-5:00pm

Loretta

APA

LRC

3/7

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Annotated Bibliography

LRC

3/12

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Visual Thinking

LRC

3/14

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Literature Review

LRC

 3/26

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Effective Presentations

LRC

4/2

3:30-4:30pm

Anne

Grammar Errors ESL

LRC

4/3

3:30-4:30pm

Rosie

Grammar Errors

LRC

4/4

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Producing Writing that Flows

LRC

4/9

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Optimizing Group Work: Tips, Tricks, and Tools

LRC

4/11

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Synthesis

LRC

4/30

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Proofreading and Revision

LRC

5/1

3:00-4:00pm

Sean

APA

LRC

5/2

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

MLA

5/7

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Scholarships and Personal Statements

LRC

5/8

3:00-4:00pm

Sean

Resumes

LRC

5/9

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Cover Letters

LRC

Opportunities

This one is for students. The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley, is currently seeking submissions. Showcasing the best undergraduate research in comparative literature and media from universities all over the world, this journal provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduates and recent graduates working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Papers in any language are welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to: papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiples disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and for submissions, please see https://ucbcluj.org/submissions/. Submissions for the 2019 issue will be accepted until February 15th.

Achievements

Joseph Galasso has published a version of an earlier paper, “Some Remarks on Early Modern English: Shakespearian Grammar,” in Annals of Language and Literature 3 (1), 11-24, 2019.

Katharine Mason has published a review of twelve recent books featuring “horse latitudes” in the title, “Reading in The Horse Latitudes: Authors Can’t Stop Naming Their Books after Random Geographical Area.” Curious? Read it here, https://bookandfilmglobe.com/fiction/reading-in-the-horse-latitudes.

 

Volume 50:8

January 24th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:8)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Welcome back to an all new semester and year. And here we go.

Sadly, we begin this term with the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Warren Wedin. Professor Wedin was hired by the CSUN English Department in 1969 and taught here until 2004. He specialized in 20th Century British and Irish Literature and creative writing. Those of us who knew him will remember Warren as a warm and generous colleague who will be deeply missed. On a personal note, I knew him as a great supporter of the Northridge Review, who curated and published its first 10-year retrospective and taught me much of what I know about its history and its culture; I will always be grateful for his guidance and teaching in this and other matters. The department has lost a true friend. Our thoughts go out to his family in their time of bereavement.

Nominations for the 2019 Faculty Awards are now being accepted. Awards are presented each year to a select group of California State University, Northridge faculty members, in recognition of outstanding achievement in a variety of areas. The awards honor:

The deadline for receipt of nominations is February 15, 2019. The deadline for receipt of supporting materials is March 15, 2019.  All materials are to be submitted online via BOX with any supporting material that can not be made into a PDF submitted directly to the Faculty Senate Office (Oviatt Library, Room 10; Mail Drop 8221). For questions, email: Senate Office or Phone: (818) 677-3263.

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham has just been chosen as CSUN’s Freshman Common Read for 2019-2020. Nominated by Carolyn Darin, a University 100 instructor, the book is a deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador’s violence to build new lives in California—fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong. Themes of immigration, belonging, resilience, mental health, adolescence, education, and family make this book an ideal choice that will appeal to a wide variety of departments across campus and engage our first year students. Though it hasn’t yet been updated to include next year’s selection, you can read more about the Freshman Common Reading Program at CSUN  https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/common-read.

Now open at the LRC—the English Grammar Lab! Please let your students know that appointments and walk-ins are available for those in need of grammar assistance or just plain curious. The lab is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Also happening at the LRC, Conversation Swap for international and native students alike to converse in English in a fun, low-stress environment and develop cultural awareness from around the world. Conversations take place on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please help spread the word.

Reminders

This is a reminder that the Research Fellow Program applications are due tomorrow, January 25, at 5:00 p.m. (There’s still time!) Full-time tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible to apply. The application, along with the instructions, can be found on the following website: https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research. This prestigious award offers 12 units of reassigned time and a grant of up to $5000. Applications are on line this year, so please do let Kent know if you are applying.

Achievements

Noreen Lace has two new publications. “Bowie and the Basket Case” will be published this January by ID Press. “Heaven’s Password” will be published in the January/Feb issue of Survivor by P&D.

Volume 50:7

December 13th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:7)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Even though we are, officially, at the end of the term, here are last minute announcements to keep in mind before you take off for a much-deserved winter break.

Grades are due  no later than five days after your final exams, with the last day for grade submission being December 21. We encourage you to get your grades in as soon as possible so that you can get help while the campus is open, in case there are any glitches. Please note that many students need their final grades in order to access financial aid and other such crucial endeavors for the next semester. When you do not submit grades in a timely manner, it impacts our students.

Book orders for spring semester are also due (for some of us, long overdue). Please get your orders to Robert at 0150txt@follett.com as soon as you can. And do let Wendy Say know if you need desk copies.

If you will not be teaching in spring, please drop off your office keys before you leave. You will need to keep any student work for one year (fall to fall or spring to spring). The office staff has generously offered to help with that should you need someplace to keep this work.

The 2019-20 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award competition has officially launched. The CSUN Research and Grants Committee requests applications from faculty members for the annual competition for awards to support faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity, interpreted broadly to mean the disciplined quest for broadening human understanding. This quest includes artistic creation and the study of moral values, as well as logical and empirical inquiry into any field appropriate to the functions of the University. Projects related to curriculum development will not be considered. In concert with the campus-wide effort to support scholarly activity by probationary faculty, those who have been at CSUN for five years or less are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline is Monday, February 25, 2019, and applications will be submitted online. For any questions regarding the competition or the submission process, please call Charlene Manzueta at x5008 or email at charlene.manzueta@csun.edu.

Here’s an update on the upcoming Spring Composition Orientation, which has been scheduled for Thursday, January 17, from 12:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m., in JR 319. The event provides everyone an opportunity to discuss what has been happening in the Composition program, including the issues of student placement and the status of Directed Self-Placement, so please do your best to attend. A light lunch will be served. The speakers include:

Professor Ryan Skinnell, San Jose State University. His presentation is titled “Teaching Writing in the Age of Fake News.”

Kelli Rowley, MA. Her presentation is titled “Not a Vision in White: Engaging Students By Creating Visually Stimulating Syllabi, Assignments, Webfolios, and Powerpoint Presentations.”

Hillary Kaplowitz and Ava Topjian from the Faculty Technology Center will give a workshop on using Canvas for recording grades.

This year’s Faculty Retreat will be held at the Odyssey. The theme is Celebrating 60! The program will encompass some less formal, active and fun engagement strategies to get everyone involved. While you’re learning and re-energizing at this retreat, you will have time to socialize with friends, meet other faculty and learn about your colleagues’ research and creative activities. The retreat will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For the tentative agenda and to register, please click here. The registration deadline is Friday, December 14, 2018 (which is tomorrow).

Ok, that’s it’s for now. The first day of classes for spring semester is Tuesday, January 22, so between now and then, have a wonderful winter. And don’t blink.

 

 

Volume 50:6

November 29th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:6)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

The holidays are upon us, and with them, our fall awards ceremony and end of term holiday party, taking place next Friday, December 7, in JR 319. The party will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with awards presentations beginning at 2:00. Our students have worked hard for these recognitions, so please do come out to celebrate them, the holidays, and–so soon!–the semester’s end.  The Department will provide sandwich wraps, chips, fruit, and drinks, but all are encouraged to bring something delicious, or nutritious, or both to share. Look for a sign-up sheet in the mailroom to let the Awards and Amenities committee know.

On Monday, November 26, Charles Hatfield‘s English 392 Honors seminar in Comics and Childhood hosted comics artist, illustrator, printmaker, designer, and small-press icon Jordan Crane (http://www.whatthingsdo.com/jordancrane). Crane is the author of the new picture book We Are All Me, the alternative comix series Uptight, the graphic novel The Clouds Above, and many other acclaimed works. A good (and educational) time was had by all.

Our new Popular Culture minor has been mentioned again in the Sundial. Check it out at https://sundial.csun.edu/2018/11/thank-you-csun/. Or, just skip to the highlight: “Finally, I’d like to thank Professor Amanda Harrison, my Pop Culture Professor. I happened to stumble upon this minor by accident, and it’s the best accident I could have had. I have learned so much about the way society works and I have gained so much confidence in my own ideals because of the voice she allows her students to have. It is because of her that I am able to contribute to The Sundial and feel like my contribution matters.”

All are cordially invited to attend the second session of “3D-Models in English: Distant Reading, Discourse Analysis, and Digital Mapping of Literary and Cultural Topics” ENGL 601 graduate conference on December 6, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., in JR 319. (The first session of this event took is taking place now.) 3D Models in English presents a showcase of innovative critical possibilities in literary and textual studies based on digital and computational methods and procedures. Predominantly focused on the use of Topic Modeling–a type of statistical model for discovering the abstract “topics” that occur in a collection of documents–this graduate student conference explores a wide range of problems and perspectives in computational-based forms of critical inquiry in the English discipline and in the humanities at large.

Please come to the Spring 2019 Composition Orientation, which has been scheduled for Thursday, January 17th, beginning at 12. The speaker will be Ryan Skinnell, a former CSUN student, now a professor at San Jose State University, who will be discussing his thought-provoking book, Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump. Also, at the Spring Orientation, people teaching at CSUN are invited to share some of their ideas about teaching, grading, developing assignments, fostering reading writing connections, or any of the many approaches, insights, and lessons that we continue to develop. Thus far, Kelli Rowley has offered to share her system of using Excel for grading and her expertise in graphic design to create more visually appealing syllabi. But there is room for a few more people to present, so please let Irene Clark know know if you would like to do so. Presenters will receive a small honorarium. And a light lunch will be served to all!

Reminders

Don’t forget the first ever bi-annual English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series, this very Saturday! This semester, Professors Dorothy Barresi and Martin Pousson will be reading from their latest creative work. The afternoon event will have light food and refreshments, a cash bar, and a musical performance by alumnus and faculty Eric Kufs. The event will be on Saturday, December 1, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the USU Grand Salon. And if you haven’t RSVP’d yet, there’s still time, so please do it now at English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series.

The end of the semester is fast approaching (ok, here), and the Amenities Committee wants to remind us that full-time faculty members contribute money to fund the goodness that we share. If you have not already contributed your suggested donation, please do so as soon as possible, making checks out to Amenities and handing them in to Marlene. This will help ensure that our upcoming holidays are as festive as they can be!

Achievements

Irene Clark was a plenary speaker at the 5th International Conference on ESP/EAP/EMI in the Context of Internationalization of Higher Education held in Moscow. The focus of the conference was on Language and Cognition, and her talk was titled “Literacy, Identity, and Learning: Insights from Neuropsychology.”  She also participated in a panel  titled “Academic Communication in the Development of Science,” which explored the impact of the English language in the globalization of science.

Noreen Lace published a story, “Hope,” in The Maine Review.

Martin Pousson‘s novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, was recently reviewed in Zyzzyva, Gertie and Other Stories. His short story, “Revival Girl,” was just published in Simpsonistas, the first volume of fiction by the winners and finalists for the Simpson Family Literary Prize. The anthology includes new work by judge Joyce Carol Oates, T. Geronimo Johnson, and others. His invited poems, “Uncivil War” and “Proem,” will be published in Love Jets, a poetry tribute anthology to be released in 2019, in honor of the bicentennial of the birth of Walt Whitman.

Former student, Jim Powell, who was with us during our earthquake trials and still fondly remembers CSUN, recently published a Kindle book inspired and encouraged by his work with George Uba. In Powell’s own words, “it’s a kind of Huck meets Julia Kristeva thing. It’s methodology is unique in its application of Kristeva’s thought to Mississippi River matters. If you feel you might be interested in it, I’ll refund you the three bucks.” And you can find out here: https://www.amazon.com/River-Raft-Shore-Huckleberry-Mississippi-ebook/dp/B07JFR9R9M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542751577&sr=8-1&keywords=river+raft+and+shore+powell.

Kate Martin Rowe (MA, Creative Writing, 2007) graduated with an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars in June of 2018. She has recently published a book review in the LA Review of Books ( https://www.lareviewofbooks.org/contributor/kate-martin-rowe/), a short nonfiction piece, “Radioactivity,” in the Angel City Review (http://angelcityreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Angel-City-Review-Issue-7-.pdf), and  several poems in Bloodroot Literary Magazine (http://www.bloodrootlit.org/2018/Bloodroot-2018.pdf).

And, once again, Martin Pousson has generously provided us with the following impressive updates on students. Please do let me know when you hear good things–it’s always great when our students succeed.

Gianne Braza (Current CW Undergrad) won the Northridge Scholars Program Award.

Marisela Gomez (BA CW ’17, MA CW ongoing) won the Graduate Equity Fellowship for AY ’18-’19.

Loryn Stone (formerly Loryn Rataizer, BA CW ‘09) had her debut YA novel, My Starlight, published by Affinity Rainbow Publications, and she two writing websites, PopLurker.com focused on popular culture writing, and Nerdbot.com, focused on gaming, cosplay, and fan fiction/fan film.

Charlie Ruiz Vasquez (BA CW ’18) just had their short story, “Cactuses,” published in the new issue of Oakland Arts Review. Their story is the first work featured in a volume including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by student writers from Princeton University, Columbia University, and other national and international universities.

Doug Weissman (BA CW ’09) completed his MFA at University of San Francisco and is now teaching at Southern New Hampshire University. He has worked as a freelance writer, was hired as a travel writing specialist, and has a number of upcoming short story publications in literary magazines.

Adam Miller (BA CW ’17) opened a Kickstarter campaign for his kinetic visual novel, Axototl. For more about the dark tale featuring an animated character, a link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/actawesome/rb-axolotl-a-dark-tale-about-cute-axolotl.

 

Volume 50:5

November 8th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:5)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Mark your calendars now for the first ever bi-annual English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series, launched with the hope of reconnecting with our former students and faithful donors and of helping them reconnect with each other. This semester, Professor Dorothy Barresi and Professor Martin Pousson will be reading from their latest creative work. The afternoon event will have light food and refreshments, a cash bar, and a musical performance by alumnus and faculty Eric Kufs. Come and see, first hand, how your support has strengthened and enriched our intellectual community. The event will be on Saturday, December 1, from 3:00-5:00pm, in the USU Grand Salon. Please click on the following link for more information and to RSVP: English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series.

This Friday, November 9th, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series” returns with its final event for the semester, presenting Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (1966), which has been described widely as both a masterpiece and one of the most influential films in modern cinema. Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in the series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided.

Winter is coming. You want to curl up with a good book, don’t you? Try one of the five finalists for CSUN’s 2019-2020 Common Read. And then share your opinion on the Common Read blog. You can find out more about each of the five nominated titles below at https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/nominated-titles-2019-2020:

Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, by David Rakoff
Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening, by Manal Al-Sharif
The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, by Lauren Markham

KITTENS! Several members of the English/ AYFE/ Sustainability programs are helping the mother of our late colleague, Deborah Averill, to get her cat population under control. We have 6 kittens available for adoption; email for photos and videos or to meet the kittens. Kittens are fixed, vaccinated, vetted, microchipped, healthy, and playful! Please contact Amanda.Harrison@csun.edu to adopt. If you’d like to support, but can’t adopt, donations are being accepted here: https://www.gofundme.com/marilyn-blakely-kitten-fund/.

Reminders

The deadline for Department Awards is fast approaching on Friday, November 16, at 4;00 p.m. For details on the following awards, please contact Leilani Hall (leilani.hall@csun.edu), Chair of the Amenities and Awards Committee. And please be sure to encourage your students to apply for the following:

  • the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, up to four four awards of $2000 for excellence in English studies;
  • the Oliver W. Evans Writing Prize, two annual prizes annual prizes of $500 for the authors of the two best critical or creative pieces of prose submitted in an upper-division English course during the academic year;
  • the Eva Latif Writing Prize in Children’s Literature, an annual prize of $500 for the author of the best piece of writing, critical or creative, by a student on the subject of children’s literature;
  • the Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship, a prize of $500 for the student whose achievements in the study of Business Communication are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished;
  • the Peterson Morley Award, an annual award of $1,000 for a student (either undergraduate or graduate) currently enrolled as an English major who plans to enter the teaching profession;
  • the Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship, an award of $500 for a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education, to help pay fees for graduate work;
  • the Thomas Matthew Magness Graduate Memorial Fund, to provide a $1,000 tuition remission for a first-semester graduate student in the English MA program.

Achievements

At its annual scholarship and awards gala on Nov. 3, Pukuu Community Cultural Services gave Scott Andrews its Educational Service Award for his “outstanding dedicated service to the American Indian Studies Program” at CSUN. Pukuu is operated by the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, the native people of the San Fernando Valley. CSUN is located on Tataviam land.

Scott Andrews also interviewed poet Tiffany Midge, author of The Woman Who Married a Bear, and an edited version of their conversation has been accepted for publication in Studies in American Indian Literatures.

Alumnus Matt Bernstein (MA, Literature, 2005) published an article, “Murder in the Black Hills,” in the December 2018 issue of Wild West magazine.

Volume 50:4

October 25th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:4)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

If it’s mid-semester, it must be time to start thinking about Department Awards. This semester’s deadline is Friday, November 16, at four o’clock in the afternoon. Forms (when required) and application materials are available from and should be delivered to the English department office by then. More information is available from this year’s chair of the Amenities and Awards Committee (leilani.hall@csun.edu). The fall semester awards are:

  • the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, up to four four awards of $2000 for excellence in English studies;
  • the Oliver W. Evans Writing Prize, two annual prizes annual prizes of $500 for the authors of the two best critical or creative pieces of prose submitted in an upper-division English course during the academic year;
  • the Eva Latif Writing Prize in Children’s Literature, an annual prize of $500 for the author of the best piece of writing, critical or creative, by a student on the subject of children’s literature;
  • the Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship, a prize of $500 for the student whose achievements in the study of Business Communication are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished;
  • the Peterson Morley Award, an annual award of $1,000 for a student (either undergraduate or graduate) currently enrolled as an English major who plans to enter the teaching profession;
  • the Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship, an award of $500 for a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education, to help pay fees for graduate work;
  • the Thomas Matthew Magness Graduate Memorial Fund, to provide a $1,000 tuition remission for a first-semester graduate student in the English MA program.

Speaking of the Amenities Committee, have you made your annual contribution yet? These contributions go to fund food for department meetings, the holiday party, bonuses for the staff, retirement parties, and other niceties. The suggested donations are $40 for Assistant Professors, $50 for Associate, and $70 for Full. Checks made out to “Amenities” and/or cash should be given to Marlene.

The Kristeva Circle conference is coming up tomorrow, Friday 10/26, and Saturday 10/27. Generously co-sponsored by the College of Humanities, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the Departments of English, Gender and Women’s Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Art, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Religious Studies, and Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, this exciting event will take be taking place at the USU East Conference Center. Here are some highlights you might not want to miss:

  • Keynote, “The Incandescence of Abjection: Horror, Borders, Subjectivity,” Mariana Ortega, Penn State
    Friday, October 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Flintridge Room, East Conference Center
  • Breakfast and Conversation re: Bulgarian Spy Controversy
    Miglena Nikolchina (Sofia University) and Emilia Angelova (Concordia Univ.)
    Saturday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tujunga Room, East Conference Center
  • Keynote, “Unquiet Ghosts of the Forever War,” Anne McClintock, Princeton University
    Saturday, October 27, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Flintridge Room, East Conference Center

All 3-6 year faculty, faculty eligible for promotion, Department Personnel Committee members, and College Personnel Committee members, are being asked to save November 8, for a one day training on using Interfolio’s ePIF for Retention, Tenure, and Promotion reviews. Sessions will be held to show faculty how to upload materials for their reviews, and sessions for reviewers (Dept. Chairs, DPC, CPC, Deans) on how to review ePIFs. Final times and locations for the sessions are forthcoming.

The CSU statewide academic senate (ASCSU) is currently going through a process to select the names of two to four members of the CSU faculty to send to the Governor for consideration to fill the position of CSU Faculty Trustee on the CSU Board of Trustees. For information on the CSU process to select these individuals, the position qualifications, the position requirements and what needs to be included in a nomination packet, view “What’s New” under http://www.calstate.edu/acadsen. This nomination process is now open at the campus level. CSUN will be using a self-nomination approach with all submitted nomination packets to be reviewed by the CSUN Faculty Senate Executive Committee. The deadline for submission of the nomination packets to the CSUN Faculty Senate Office is Monday, November 5, 2018. All nomination packets should be submitted electronically by sending them to: Nicole Wilson (nicole.wilson@csun.edu).

Achievements

On October 11th, Irene Clark gave a workshop on developing thesis proposals at the University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu China.

 

Volume 50:3

October 11th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:3)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

The staff of The Northridge Review is thrilled to announced the release of the Fall 2018 issue of the magazine and the first ever to be produced here in our new Book Arts Lab. Please come out and help celebrate at next week’s launch reading party. The event will take place on Wednesday, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium and be preceded by an open mic reading, starting at 6:30 p.m. Also featured, delicious food. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come see what the B.A.L. is all about!

This Friday, October 12th, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series” returns with Ryan Trecartin’s Center Jenny (2013). First shown as part of an installation at the Arsenale during the 55th Venice Biennale, it was described as a “futuristic fever dream….[that] parodies the excesses of digital identity while at the same time, from camp and queer perspectives, [asking] us to take these identifications seriously—straight, gay, transsexual, bisexual, inter-sexual, racial, post-racial, mainstream, alternative, capitalist or anarchist.” Writing for The New Yorker, critic Peter Schjeldahl described Trecartin as “the most consequential artist to have emerged since the nineteen-eighties.” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided.

Nominations for the 2018 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards are currently open. These awards are in recognition of Professor Don Dorsey’s invaluable contributions to mentoring and mentor training over two decades. Dr. Dorsey, Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling, helped develop CSUN’s first mentor training program, and devoted himself as a mentor to innumerable students. These awards are presented to faculty, staff, and administrators who have been exceptional mentors at CSUN. A reception honoring the recipients will be held Nov. 28, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The deadline is November 2. For more information, please see https://www.csun.edu/csun-eop/don-dorsey-excellence-mentoring-awardees.

The 10th Annual CSUN Research Fellows Colloquium will be held in Thursday, October 11th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Oviatt Library’s Ferman Presentation Room. This annual symposium, co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the Colleges, and the Library, will feature short presentations from the faculty who were given release time over the past year to conduct their research. For details, please see https://library.csun.edu/events/research-fellows-2019.

Are you happy with the way you get to campus? If the answer is no (and even if it’s yes), the Office of Government & Community Relations, in partnership with CSUN’s Department of Parking & Transportation invites you to attend an interactive session regarding transportation initiatives in the North San Fernando Valley. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be our guest and will be doing a presentation that highlights the proposed Measure M funded east-west Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in the North San Fernando Valley. This is a great opportunity for Metro to hear from CSUN students, staff and faculty. LA Metro representatives want our feedback and look forward to this CSUN-focused effort. Please consider attending this important information session to learn more about Metro transit options and increasing connectivity in the region. This Open House event will take place on Friday, October 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the University Student Union, Thousand Oaks Room. To RSVP, or for questions regarding this event, please e-mail GovernmentRelations@csun.edu. Refreshments provided.

Reminders

 

Don’t forget to do your part to support the exciting activities taking place in the upcoming, first-ever Frankenweek. Join the read-aloud, suture your own texts. There will be fun and horror for all.

Opportunities

The Office of Faculty Development is excited to announce a new grant, The Faculty Success Grant! Faculty who would like to engage in a professional development/travel activity this academic year and make a compelling case that this grant would directly benefit all three areas of faculty engagement (teaching, scholarship, and service) are encouraged to submit a proposal. The grant awards up to $500 and can be used towards activities such as: travel and/or registration fees for a teaching focused conference, a discipline-specific scholarly conference, or a leadership focused engagement to benefit faculty service roles; and memberships to faculty success oriented organizations (e.g., National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity; etc.). The deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Applications can be downloaded here https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/18-19AY%20Faculty%20Success%20Grant%20RFP_2_0.pdf.

NEH collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. For more information, check with the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. Deadline, December 5.

 

 

Volume 50:2

September 27th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:2)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Frankenweek is coming up, celebrating all things “Frankenstein” and reminding us of the various ways that Shelley’s novel still speaks to us today about issues of responsibility and accountability in science, technology, and the creative arts. There will be reading, and there will be suturing! Come out and join in on the fun.

Grad students enrolled in the ENGL 601 Scholarly Methods and Bibliography Class are holding a symposium on the theme “What Is A Topic” featuring many relevant panel presentations focusing on theoretical, cultural, and literary aspects of this foundational issue. Please feel free to drop by JR 304 on either Thursday, September 27th, or Thursday, October 4th, any time from 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m to hear what it’s all about.

Safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Now that the Fall 2018 semester is underway, please review the “Emergency Operations Desk Reference for Faculty,” posted at http://www.csun.edu/emergency/emergency-desk-reference. You may also reach the Desk Reference from the “Emergency Information” link at the bottom of the CSUN home page, http://www.csun.edu. Read it now to be prepared if and when something happens.

CSUN’s Career Center will be hosting its largest career event of the semester on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the USU Northridge Center and Grand Salon, Northridge, CA. This event provides employers access to promote a wide range of employment opportunities and internships in business, industry and government and is an important opportunity for students, so please let them know about it. More information is available at https://csun-csm.symplicity.com/events/fall18.

The Faculty Book Group is hosting a series of three Thursday meetings to discuss small Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, by James M. Lang. Big changes are fine if you have the luxury of time. But if you’re interested in finding one thing today that could change your teaching tomorrow, then Small Teaching is for you.Come talk about this book with CSUN faculty colleagues. The meetings will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Santa Susana 108, on October 11, November 1, and November 29. For more information, see https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/small-teaching-james-m-lang-book-group.

The Waves Award Ceremony time and date has changed. The new time and date is Friday, October 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will be holding two weekly meetings this semester, one on Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the other on Monday, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, both in  in JR 303. All are welcome, to one or both!

The Northridge Review is open for submissions. Work may be submitted at https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit (And yes, for those of you who are curious, that is a Richter scale image from the actual Northridge earthquake. Aren’t you glad you missed it, if you did.) Also, please save the date for this semester’s NR launch celebration and reading, to be held on October 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium. The event will include delicious refreshments and be preceded by an open-mic reading, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome and invited to participate.

The LRC Writing Center is excited to announce the opening of the Online Writing Lab, featuring  night and weekend remote, real-time tutoring for writing assignments in any discipline. The online part-time faculty consultants tutor using Zoom software (free download for CSUN students), allowing audio and screen sharing. Please let your students know of this exciting new development.

Also from the LRC, the all new Conversation Swap, where international students and native English speakers can come together to provide a regular time and place for English learners to converse with native or near-native English speakers in a fun, low-stress environment. The program will also promote and encourage cultural awareness and understanding and give participants the opportunity to see the world from other perspectives while making new and rewarding friendships. If you are an instructor and would like to offer extra credit to your students for attending Conversation Swap, please let them know and they will be happy to work with you to confirm their attendance and participation. Conversations will take place on Mondays, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the LRC.

Opportunities

This year’s faculty retreat is taking place at the zoo. There, we will highlight collaboration between various constituents across campus in our shared goals for student success and celebrate the opportunities that evolve from the diverse perspectives of CSUN faculty, staff, administrators, and students. The call for proposals this year is for a poster ONLY, relating to the theme, Thriving Under the CSUN Canopy: Celebrating Our Strengths. The deadline for poster submission is October 19 and the form is available at https://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat-proposals. The event will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will feature wild animals as well as esteemed colleagues.

Achievements

Dorothy Clark published a letter titled “Dear Secretary DeVos” letter affirming the value and critical importance of public education in a new edited volume,  Dear Secretary DeVos: What We Want You to Know About Education (Brill Publishers). Let’s hope the Secretary reads it.

Irene Clark and Bettina Huber have published an article, titled “Argument Essays Written in the 1st and 3rd Years of College: Assessing Differences in Performance,” in the Journal of Writing Assessment (Volume 11.1).  It can be accessed at  http://journalofwritingassessment.org/article.php?article=124.

Santash Khadka, along with co-editors Joanna Davis-McElligatt and Keith Dorwick, has published a new book, Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education Inside and Outside the Academy. The book features theorized narratives from academics who inhabit marginalized identity positions, including, among others, academics with non-normative genders, sexualities, and relationships; nontenured faculty; racial and ethnic minorities; scholars with HIV, depression and anxiety, and other disabilities; immigrants and international students; and poor and working-class faculty and students. The chapters in this volume explore the ways in which marginalized identities fundamentally shape and impact the academic experience; thus, the contributors in this collection demonstrate how academic outsiderism works both within the confines of their college or university systems, and a broader matrix of community, state, and international relations. With an emphasis on the inherent intersectionality of identity positions, this book addresses the broad matrix of ways academics navigate their particular locations as marginalized subjects. Just out from Routledge, the book is available in hardcover and ebook.

Volume 50:2

September 13th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:2)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

This Friday, September 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series,” returns with Robert Altman’s 3 Women (1977), which has been described as a “dreamlike masterpiece [that] careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal, resulting in one of the most unusual and compelling films of the 1970s.” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided.

Anyone interested in joining a faculty writing group for the upcoming academic years should contact  Danielle Spratt by tomorrow (Friday, September 14) at 5:00 p.m. The group will meet approximately two times per semester and adhere to a generally loose structure, meeting at the Red Room in Encino, or even just virtually. Interested faculty should let Danielle know if they have any upcoming deadlines and/or what kind of project they have in mind–book proposal, conference paper, article, etc. Other helpful information includes the kind of feedback they might be hoping for and the best days/times to meet.

The first COH Brown Bag Faculty discussion will take place on Tuesday, September 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in JR 319. This series seeks to provide an open forum where faculty can meet colleagues from other departments, talk together and share resources, etc. It will be relatively unstructured and will evolve based on who turns up. The focus at this brown bag is “Teaching in These Divisive Times.”

Now through October 5 is Open Enrollment time! Please take the time to ensure that your benefits choices are up-to-date and optimize the various options available to you. For additional information, please go to CSYou Open Enrollment. Or, consider attending the upcoming Benefits and Wellness Fair on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the University Student Union (USU), Northridge Center. Also upcoming is Benefits Awareness Week, a series of workshops from September 24 to 28 to help you learn more about voluntary plans and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). For comprehensive instructions and information, including an Open Enrollment Guidebook, and to review your plan options, the 2019 premium rates, and other resources and services available to you, visit the CSUN Open Enrollment website at https://www.csun.edu/benefits/open-enrollment-2019.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the Waves Awards celebration honoring our talented student writers and the incredible essays that earned them publication. WAVES: A Collection of Student Essays, will be launched on October 5th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the USU Northridge Center. Please come out to support our students and their families in their important achievements.

Sean Pessin is delighted to invite everyone to the Book Arts Lab, which is now open. All are welcome to check out the machines and supplies and all the great hands-on making that are available to students!

Opportunities

If you have a research or creative activity project in the works and are looking for time or money to support it, the COH Faculty Fellowship program may be just what you’ve hoped for. This program provides 3 units of reassigned time or funding for a student assistant or for search-related travel involving a specific research project or creative activity. Applications are due on September 24 and, new this year, will be submitted entirely online. For more details and more information, please see https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

Achievements

Scott Andrews reviewed New Poets of Native Nations, edited by Heid Erdrich, for the next issue of Transmotion, an online journal of postmodern indigenous studies. The book is the first substantial anthology of native poetry since 1988, and it features the work of poets whose first books were published after 2000.

Grad student Katie Wolf reviewed two works by poet Denise Low for the next issue of Transmotion, an online journal of postmodern indigenous studies. Her essay combines reviews of Low’s memoir, The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival, and her latest book of poetry, Shadow Light.

Kirk Sever published a review of Kate Haake’s new chapbook, Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld, at https://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/reviews/assumptions-we-might-make-about-the-postworld/. During the summer, Katharine Mason also published a review of the same book at https://medium.com/anomalyblog/cold-comfort-haakes-eco-fables-of-the-postworld-80dc119b711a.

 

Volume 50:1

August 30th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:1)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Welcome back to one and all. We very much hope your summer breaks were everything you wished for! And here we go again.

Department meeting days for Fall semester are September 14, October 12, and November 9. Please make a note of them.

The English Department Book Arts Lab is in development and will be open soon to students and faculty interested in hands-on learning and the art of book making. For more information, contact its new Director, Sean Pessin, at sean.pessin@csun.edu.

The LRC is hosting a wide range of writing and skills-based workshop this fall, so please let your students know. For more information on the following events, please see https://www.csun.edu/lrc/writing-workshops:

Mastering the Text: Close Reading and Annotation
Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting: How to Integrate Seamlessly
Understanding APA Formatting
Understanding MLA Formatting
Outlining and Pre-writing: Strategies for Organization
Writing Powerful Paragraphs
The Essay Refresh
Crafting a Standout Personal Statement
Using Academic Sources Effectively and Correctly
Building the Annotated Bibliography
Writing the Literature Review
Visual Thinking Strategies
How to Produce Good Writing that Works and Flows
Avoiding the Top Five Grammar Errors
Finding Frequent Grammar Errors for Non-Native English Speakers
Strategies for Proofreading and Revision
Creating a Powerful Resume

Opportunities

The College of Humanities is accepting proposals for the Academic Programming Fund from all full- and part-time faculty in the college. APF funds up to $200 for in-state speakers and up to $500 for out-of-state speakers, providing supplementary support for academically related events only (e.g., guest lecturers, workshops, performances). Proposals should be no longer than one (1) page and should describe how the proposed activity or event supports a course or academic program in the College of Humanities. Events must take place during the Fall 2018 semester. Applications are available from and may be delivered to Academic Programming Fund, College of Humanities, SH 461, mail code 8252.  The deadline for proposals is Monday, September 10, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Late requests will NOT be considered for funding. APF awards will be announced on or before Thursday, September 27th.
The College of Humanities is further pleased to announce the application period for faculty interested in using the Humanities Research Lab in 2018-19. This lab is thoughtfully configured and equipped for collaborative faculty/student group projects pursued outside of ordinary coursework and class times. The hope is that faculty and students may find equal benefit in extracurricular collaborations: Faculty members may enlist bright and eager students to assist with academic research activities, while students receive direct training and valuable experience in academic research methods, ethics, and protocols. Projects that offer training and experience to undergraduate students are particularly encouraged. For more information, see the lab homepage. Applications forms are available from the Dean’s Office (SH 461) and may be sent electronically to Teresa Morrison’s attention. Direct technical questions about lab space and equipment to Professor Scott Kleinman, copied, who coordinates the COH lab steering committee. The deadline is September 14.

Achievements

Eve Caram‘s novella, Please, San Antonio, along with Cecilia Manguerra Brainard’s novovella, Melisande in Paris, has been published in a Special International Edition by Philippine American House and will be released to book stores here on November lst.

On June 14th, Irene Clark presented a paper at the 7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference in Oxford Ohio. Her paper was titled, “A Troublesome and Thorny Threshold Concept: The Transformative Potential of Imitation.” On June 27th, she gave a seminar at Chalmers University of Mines and Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. The seminar was titled “Current Issues in Composition Research.” On July 27th, she presented a paper at WPA: Council of writing Program Administrators Conference. Her paper was titled Reconsidering Imitation and Modeling in a Rhetorical Context.”

On August 19, Kim Young hosted a spectacular reading at Avenue 50 Studio. Titled “in & of this world,” the reading featured five women poets, including CSUN faculty and alumni, Gina Alexandra, Dorothy Barresi, and Kate Martin Rowe. Also featured, the first zine in a series to be published as accoutrements or carry-out’s of readings happening at Avenue 50 Studio! 100% of proceeds from the sale of the “in & of this world” zines were donated to Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.