40:23

November 18th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

English majors! Check out the English Career Board’s new theme: “Jobs for Writers”! This month the Career Board (7th floor, outside of ST 716) features salary, requirements, job markets, and other pertinent information for writers, technical writers, and editors. Also be sure to check out the robust selection of current job openings for writers on our jobs’ clipboard. Please do not remove the job postings but feel free to take a picture with your phone or to take notes.

The English Department Awards Committee has extended the deadline for submission of all materials for student award consideration. Submissions must be turned in at ST 706 before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26–the day before Thanksgiving break begins.

The 18th CSU Symposium on University Teaching will be held at CSU Los Angeles on March 13 and 14, 2015. This year’s theme is “grit,” a quality that helps students persist and graduate. The symposium provides an opportunity for our campus to showcase instructional innovations developed by faculty. Due date for proposals: Dec. 5. Apply at www.calstatela.edu/cetl/csu-teaching-symposium.

Eric Hershberg and Dennis Stinchcomb from American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) will present on the causes and context of unaccompanied children migrating to the United States from Central America on November 20, 2014, 11:00-12:15, Sequoia Hall 104.

2. Reminders

Ian Barnard will give a talk entitled “Upsetting Composition Commonplaces” for the Undergraduate Studies Stretch Writing Program Series on December 5, 2:00 p.m. in the Library Presentation Room.

3. Opportunities

The Academic Resource Center at Los Angeles Valley College is piloting an embedded tutoring program, similar to the Supplemental Instruction program at CSUN. They are looking for three English tutors who would be available for ten hours a week in the Spring Semester. Some of the duties of the tutors include: attending the main class three hours a week, planning and conducting two workshops a week, conferencing with students one-on-one and online, and submitting weekly paperwork. The compensation for tutors at LAVC is competitive. Please contact Holly Batty as soon as possible if you are interested. Her contact information is holly.batty@csun.edu or battyhk@lavc.edu.

CSUN’s IT division is looking for a Communications Assistant who will be helping the Director of Planning and Communications in designing and completing communication and marketing projects to promote technology services to CSUN students, faculty, and staff. He/she will also maintain and develop creative content for the division’s webpage and social media presence along with print publications (e.g. newsletters, brochures, flyers, end-user documentation, infographics and other promotional materials). In addition, the IT Communications Assistant will also perform other related projects and general office duties assigned. The position is open to CSUN undergraduates and graduates who possess excellent writing and have a general awareness of communication and marketing concepts. If interested, please contact Bianca Blasquez at cio.student@csun.edu.

Tongue & Groove, a monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo, seeks an intern to co-produce readings/literary events in town. For more information, contact Conrad Romo at 323/931-1200.

The Granada Hills Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library hosts a classics book club that is currently reading James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Many of the members have indicated that they are having difficulty with the book. Pam Rhodes, the Senior Librarian, seeks a graduate student or professor willing to volunteer their time to help with this book discussion. The Library can only offer appreciation as payment. The discussion of the novel will be on November 25, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the library. The club usually meets for an hour. If interested, please contact Pam Rhodes 818/368-5687.

4. Achievements

Nate Mills’s review essay “Louis Althusser and Academic Marxism” appears in the November/December issue of Against the Current.

Volume 40:22

November 4th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Today, November 6, at 7 p.m. in Jerome Richfield 319, there will be a poetry reading featuring two award-winning Los Angeles poets: James Ragan and Lynne Thompson. The reading is being co-sponsored by the English Department and the Northridge Creative Writers Circle. All are invited. Refreshments will be served.

Please announce to your classes that the TA Application Deadline has been extended until Monday, November 10. For more information, see Tonie Mangum.

“Do You Really Want to Live Forever?”–The Post Mortal Performance Project–will be held on Thursday, November 13, and Friday, November 14, in Oviatt 25. For more information and to reserve a seat, see http://goo.gl/VyU8YX.

George Uba will give a 20-minute talk entitled “Politicizing the Lyric: Poetry, Poststructuralism, and Protocol” on Tuesday, November 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in ST 703 (English conference room), as part of the Faculty Development Teaching Series. The presentation is used for the lower division survey course English 275: Major American Authors, but can be used in upper division literature courses as well.

Ian Barnard will give a talk entitled “Upsetting Composition Commonplaces” for the Undergraduate Studies Stretch Writing Program Series on December 5, 2:00 p.m. in the Library Presentation Room.

Kim Young will be hosting an upcoming reading and talk (funded by the College of Humanities and the English Department) on Wednesday, November 12. The panel will feature creative non-fiction writer Dinah Lenney, poet Raphael Dagold, and novelist Sandra Hunter. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Chaparral Hall 5125.

2. Reminders

Today, November 6, there will be a march in solidarity with 43 missing Mexican students of Ayotzinapa and missing Central American migrants in Mexico. The march will begin in front of Sierra Tower at 11:00 a.m. and end at the Matador Square at 12:15 p.m.

The Asian American Studies Department is hosting a film screening and Q&A session with filmmaker and SFSU Professor Valerie Soe on Thursday, November 6 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Reseda Room (USU).

3. Opportunities

Faculty are invited to apply for a CSUN eLearning Grant to obtain support to develop instructional projects that improve student learning through, for instance, flipped or hybrid classes, tablet pedagogy, or interactive eTexts. If you have considered redesigning a course or you want to create new instructional materials, now is the time to apply. Visit the CSUN eLearning website to learn about different types of projects, and submit your proposal using the eLearning Grant application form. The application deadline is Monday, December 8, 2014.

4. Achievements

On October 20, Irene Clark gave a presentation at the University of Bristol, England. It was titled “Writing Effective Theses and Dissertations.”

On October 23, Irene Clark also gave a presentation at Queen Mary University, London. It was titled “Improving Student Writing: Genre Awareness, Threshold Concepts, and Transfer.”

Scott Kleinman led a workshop on Text Analysis with Lexos at THATCamp DHSoCal, the regional Digital Humanities “unconference,” at San Diego State University. In addition, the Serendip-o-matic search engine, which he worked on as part of the One Week | One Tool project, continues to receive accolades. Most recently, it received the Charleston Advisor’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best New Mobile App.

Elyce Wakerman’s monthly blog,” Birth of a Book,” in which she describes what goes on behind the scenes as the author prepares to send her book out into the world, can be found at the new URL: http://ewakerman-birthofabook.tumblr.com.

Volume 40:21

October 21st, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

This week, the Careers in English Majors speaker series welcomed Morgan Forman, Campus Recruiting Coordinator with Ernst and Young. Ms. Forman shared insights into the field of human resources as a career option, and gave lots of valuable advice for English majors making career choices. Don’t miss our next speaker, April Lindh from the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, who will talk about the nonprofit and grant writing career path. Ms. Lindh will be speaking on Wednesday, October 29, from 12:30-1:30, in ED1127; contact Kathy Leslie for more details.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, distinguished professor, author, and Nobel Prize for Literature finalist, will speak on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Music Recital Hall, Cypress Hall 158. This event is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

2. Reminders

On October 29, the English Honors Program will be holding its annual Open House in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room (JR 319) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please announce this event to your students, and encourage them to come. Our Honors Program is a bright light that we’ve been hiding under a bushel for too long, and we want to tell as many students about it as we can.

Call for nominations for 2014 Dorsey mentor awards. The “Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award” is presented to faculty, staff, and administrators who have been exceptional mentors at CSUN. Nomination Deadline: Friday, Oct. 24, 5:00 p.m. A reception honoring the recipients will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5 to 7 p.m.

Rick Mitchell is the CFA Union Representative for the English Department. Please feel free to contact him at rick.mitchell@csun.edu for any union-related matters.

3. Opportunities

The Office of Community Engagement is hosting “Last Minute Service Learning Grant Advice” for Spring 2015 applications on November 3 from 11:00-12:00 p.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. and on Nov. 4 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the CIELO Conference Room 422, Sierra Hall 4th Floor. Dr. Joyce Burstein, CE Director, will preside.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi’s long essay-review, “Divided: Brain Theory and the Poem’s Story,” has been accepted for publication and will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Gettysburg Review. Two poems, “You’re Welcome” and “No, No–I’m Happy for You,” are forthcoming in “Corners of the Mouth: A Celebration of Thirty Years of the San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival.” “Tenderness” and “What Those Who Qualify Receive” appear in the current issue of The New Ohio Review. A new interview with her will appear on the online forum of Silk Road, a literary journal that published four of her poems last year.

Alum Linda Rader Overman successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation at Lancaster University in the UK last November and was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in Creative Writing this October. The dissertation title is “Pictures on the Wall of My Life: Photographs to Life Writing to Fiction, An Ekphrastic Journey.” She wants everyone to know that even at 63 years old, it is never too late!

Stephanie Satie was invited back on Sunday, October 19, to the United Solo Festival in N.Y with her solo show, Silent Witnesses, based on interviews with child survivors of the Holocaust. She will also be back at the Odyssey Theatre Sunday afternoons starting mid-January. On Saturday, November 22, she will be at the Workmen’s Circle reading the letters of Eleanor Roosevelt for Terri Baum’s solo play, Hick, A Love Story about Lorena Hick who was Eleanor’s lover. Terri Baum has received great reviews in San Francisco, and Stephanie is delighted to help her out.

Elyce Wakerman’s novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, will be published by Yucca Publishing in February 2015. You can read about the months preceding delivery in her monthly blog, “Birth of a Book,” at http://ewakerman birthofabook.tumblr.com.

Volume 40:20

October 8th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

An LGBTQA Perspectives Panel will be held on October 15, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the USU Grand Salon. Leaders from the LGBTQA share their perspectives from corporate America, to legislative offices, to non-profits and more! The event is free. Appetizers and refreshments provided. RSVP at www.csunalumni.com/perspective.

On October 22, LA’s 2nd Annual Lit Crawl (http://litcrawl.org/la/) will be taking place in North Hollywood. Billed as “where literature meets the streets,” this event features a host of readings and other presentations over the course of four hours in a geographically compressed area so attendees can move from event to event. Especially notable this year are readings by current and former CSUN students, featuring Gina Srmabekian, Kim Young, Karlee Johnson, Cody Deitz, Brandon Krause, and Joseph Mattson. Justin La Torre will emcee and Martin Pousson will host. It’s free and all are welcome. The Lit Crawl will take place at Gallery 800 at the Historic Lankershim Arts Center, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Also at the Lit Crawl, Mona Houghton and Kate Haake will be reading with Rod Val Moore and Ramon Garcia (CSUN Chicana/o Studies) for What Books Press, from 9:00 to 9:45 p.m., at District Pub, 5249 Lankershim Blvd. A closing party will follow.

A What Books reading at Skylight Bookstore (1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027) will be held on Saturday, October 18, at 7:00, which will feature poet Patty Seyburn (CSU Long Beach) and, most excitingly, the launch of CSUN alumni Rebbeca Brown’s new novel, They Become Her.

A short workshop introducing the Digital Humanities will be held on Friday, October 10, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Sierra Hall 461 (the College of Humanities Conference Room). The workshop will provide an informal overview of the scope of the field and suggests ways in which faculty and students might get involved in Digital Humanities projects. There will be time to discuss ideas for projects, approaches to using computers to explore research questions, and possibilities for collaboration.

The Wings/New Voices Celebration will be held on Friday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come to support our students whose essays have been published in Wings and New Voices.

The Underwood Family Farms offers a CSA program especially convenient for CSUN students and faculty. Each Tuesday from 3:00-6:00 p.m., behind the Matadors Bookstore, CSUN CSA subscribers can pick up a box of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The Underwood Family Farms’ produce is all grown locally and will be harvested one day and delivered the next. For more information, visit their website at http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/Current_CSA_Locations.html.

2. Reminders

The Health Benefits Open Enrollment Deadline is Friday October 10, 2014. If you want to change your Health Benefits, you must file paperwork today or tomorrow.

3. Opportunities

Noreen Galvin and Judith Spiegel have developed a link on the college home page (http://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activites-and-research) that lists all programming and research funding opportunities in the College. The dates and application materials are embedded in the links.

Granada Hills is currently hiring for several positions in their after school program (3:30-6:00 p.m. or 1:15-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday). Academic Tutor: $15/hour. Tutor students in a variety of academic subjects, assist students with the development of study skills, and mentor students in the areas of academics and college preparation. Applicants must submit their resumes to mpalafox@ghchs.com.

Please announce to students that Leilani Hall and Dorothy Barresi are soliciting student holiday poems for possible inclusion in our Dean’s yearly holiday card. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 17.

4. Achievements

Irene Clark’s essay, “Addressing Genre in the Writing Center,” originally published in 1999 in The Writing Center Journal, has been translated into German and published in an essay collection titled Schreiben: Grundlagentexte zur Theorie, Didaktik und Beratung. Her essay is now titled “Genre im Schreibzentrum: Eine Neudefinition.”

Nate Mills has three articles on Ralph Ellison forthcoming. “Ralph Ellison’s Marxism: The Lumpenproletariat, the Folk, and the Revolution” will appear in African American Review; “Writing Brotherhood: the Utopian Politics of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man” will appear in Lineages of the Literary Left (University of Michigan Press); and “Playing the Dozens and Consuming the Cadillac: Ralph Ellison and Civil Rights Politics” will appear in Twentieth-Century Literature. Additionally, his review essay “Thinking Academic Resistance” appeared in ​Academe 100.3 (2014).

Volume 40:19

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

As part of English 407’s “Careers for English Majors” speaker series, this coming Monday, September 29th, from 12:30 to 1:30, the series will be highlighting paralegals–what they do, how they use their communication skills, and what makes the field a satisfying one for graduates with strong reading and writing skills. The speaker, Cherie St. Jean, graduated from CSUN in 1994 with an M.A. in Political Science, and worked in several large law firms as a paralegal. The presentation and the Q & A afterwards will be held in ED (Education) 1126. Please respond to Kathy Leslie (kathy.leslie@csun.edu) if you plan to attend.

Project D.A.T.E. is a rape and sexual assault awareness and prevention program sponsored by University Counseling Services and Strength United, a community based, university affiliated, sexual assault intervention and violence prevention program. They request faculty to donate time for a 30-60 minute presentation on the topics and resources. If interested, contact Leslie Z. Gonzalez at leslie.gonzalez.479@my.csun.edu.

2. Reminders

The College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program provides support for scholarly research or creative activities. Full-time tenure track and tenured faculty may apply for funding. Deadline: Wednesday, October 8.

3. Opportunities

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering a Faculty Workshop on November 12, 2014 at Pepperdine University. Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries. Get advice on selecting countries for the application and making contacts abroad. Explore how your campus can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars. Get tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application. To reserve a seat please contact Kamron King in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 310.506.4819 or kamron.king@pepperdine.edu. Space is limited; please RSVP by November 7, 2014. There is no charge for the workshop.

The Office of Community Engagement has now opened an additional grant cycle for Spring 2015. The application is due by November 10, 2014. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Burstein at joyce.burstein@csun.edu.

The California Rare Book School offers a series of seminars in the summer and fall that are open to faculty, students, and staff interested in the book as material object. They have a generous scholarship program. Those interested in attending can learn more about the course offerings and scholarships at http://www.calrbs.org/.

4. Achievements

Danielle Spratt received a SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) scholarship to attend a week-long seminar entitled “The History of the Book, The 19th and 20th Centuries” at the California Rare Book School this past August.

Danielle Spratt’s essay, “Denaturalizing Lady Bountiful: Speaking the Silence of Poverty in Mary Brunton’s Discipline and Jane Austen’s Emma,“ is forthcoming in a special issue on Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.

Volume 40:18

September 16th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Emeritus Professor Robert Louis Chianese will be reading his poetry at the Opening Reception of a new exhibit, “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” at the Museum of Ventura County on Thursday September 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. For more information, see http://venturamuseum.org/current-exhibitions-3/mvc-current-exhibitions/.

The California Faculty Association will host a “Welcome Back Luncheon” on Tuesday, September 23 from 2:00-3:30 at the Sierra Center Colleagues Room. Speakers will inform faculty on workload and salary proposals. RSVP at 818/677-5919.

This year’s Faculty Retreat, which will be held on January 12 and 13 at the USU Northridge Center, will focus on sharing your research and expertise across diverse arenas in education. Preference will be given to proposals that have an explicit connection with the theme “Celebrating Diversity.” Online registration begins in late October at:http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat. If you have questions, please call the Faculty Senate Office at X3263 or email: heidiw@csun.edu. Presentation Proposals due: October 20, 2014. The online Proposal Form can be found at: http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat-proposals.

2. Reminders

The Amenities Committee kindly asks you to contribute to our annual fund, which finances the holiday party, refreshments for department meetings, and celebrations for faculty and staff retirements and other milestones. Contributions (in the form of cash or checks) should be given to Marlene Cooksey (ST 704). Checks should be made out to “Amenities.” (Please don’t put cash in Marlene’s mailbox.) Suggested contributions are the same as last year: Professor $70, Associate $50, Assistant $40, Lecturer $10. Thank you for helping us to fund department events and to reimburse those who shop for these events.

The deadline for submissions to the Northridge Review is October 3, 2014.

The deadline to complete the Information Security Awareness training is September 30, 2014. This training is only accessible through the myNorthridge Portal staff page which ensures secure, authenticated access to CSUN employees. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the IT Help Center (818) 677-1400.

3. Opportunities

The College of Humanities announces a Call for Proposals for Academic Programming Support. All full- and part-time faculty in the college are invited to submit proposals. Funding from this source will be supplemental only; projects will not be funded in full from this source. Deadline: Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

The College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program provides support for scholarly research or creative activities. Full-time tenure track and tenured faculty may apply for funding. Deadline: Wednesday, October 8.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews has two prose pieces in the next issue of Yellow Medicine Review (Fall 2014): “From The Rez Files (Greasy Grass Fantasy #5)” and “This is a story.” He also has been named to the editorial board for Transmotion, an online journal examining the works of Gerald Vizenor and works by others through the lens of Vizenor’s theories. His poem “The Wizards of Wall Street” is included in the recent collection titled 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, which was #1 on the poetry bestseller list for August compiled by Small Press Distribution.

Emeritus Professor Ian Barnard’s book Upsetting Composition Commonplaces was published this month by Utah State University Press.

Joseph Eldridge, one of our former students, was accepted into the graduate program in Information and Library Science at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.

Margaret Furguson, the President of the MLA, has selected Anthony Dawahare’s MLA session, “Tillie Olsen and the Location of Hope,” to be included in this year’s presidential theme, Negotiating Sites of Memory.  Aside from Dawahare, Barbara Foley (Rutgers) and Rebekah Edwards (Mills College and granddaughter of Olsen) will present papers.

Khaled Mattawa, one of our former colleagues hired in 1994, is one of the recipients of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grants. Mattawa was recognized for his volumes of poetry and translations of Arabic poetry.

Keli Rowley, one of our M.A. English graduates and Lecturers, is a semi-finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and the Austin Film Festival for her USC thesis script.

Volume 40:17

September 7th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Kimberly Wells, a former M.A. student and current Lecturer, and her husband, Matt Vacca, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaia Ember Vacca, who arrived at 12:46 am on 9/1/14.  Congratulations on the birth of this sweet child!

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The Autry National Center in Griffith park is offering a couple of evening programs in conjunction with a new exhibit, “Route 66: The Road and the Romance.”  On September 11th, they will be hosting Waiting for Jack: a Beat Poetry Experience, with several actors and artists participating in an evening of spoken word and beat poetry.  Additionally, on October 16th, they have Celebrate Steinbeck! The Road Trip as Inspiration, an event dedicated to commemorating the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath, as well as the artists who continue to be influenced by it.  There is a student discount.

The Wings/New Voices Awards ceremony will take place on October 17th from 3-5 in the Grand Salon. Please come to this exciting celebration of our students’ accomplishments.

Annual Open Enrollment is September 15 through October 10, 2014. If you wish to make health benefit enrollment changes, contact your Benefits representative and submit the appropriate forms and documentation between September 15th and October 10th. Additional Open Enrollment information, including CSU rates, will be sent to you in the near future.

The Smithsonian Magazine hosts The Museum Day Live! program, which offers 2 free tickets to participating museums.  Smithsonian membership is not required.  For more information, see: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/?utm_source=dedicated&no-ist.

Beginning this academic year RosaMaria Chacon will join Anthony Dawahare as one of the two Associate Chairs for the Department of English.  Welcome RosaMaria to her new position, and please send your students to both of us for major advising as we are always happy to meet with them.

2. Reminders

Frank De La Santo has recently circulated his ever-helpful Beginning of Semester Notices. Here you will find vital information about such critical issues as office hours, attendance policy, faculty absences, keys, fire alarms, wait lists, copying, etc.

3. Opportunities

PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2014
$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press. Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2014.  Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html.

Granada Hills High School is currently hiring for several instructor and tutor positions for its after school program (3:30-6:00). Positions include SAT Writing Instructor, Academic Tutor, and Guitar Instructor.  For more information, contact Maribel Palafox at mpalafox@ghchs.com or 818/360-2361. If you are interested in bringing a noted scholar or writer to speak on campus, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs (GRIP) and its Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program. Applications may be submitted in one of two categories: Category I applications (up to $700) request support for classroom visits or department seminars by a guest lecturer, and Category II applications (up to $1,800) request funds for individuals or small groups of scholars with broad appeal to the university community to participate in artistic performances, public lectures, or topical conferences. (Please note that International speakers may have up to 30% of honorarium withheld for taxes.) Applications are available from GRIP and the deadline is September 15.

The Probationary Faculty Support Program provides 3 units of reassigned time to support probationary, tenure-track faculty in their first through fifth years in meeting the qualifications for RTP. Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 4:00pm.  Please see our website for more details. And good luck to all probationary faculty!

4. Achievements

In July, Irene Clark presented a paper at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Minneapolis. Her paper was titled “Fostering Transfer Across Writing Contexts: Genre Awareness as a Threshold Concept.”

Irene Clark’s “Print/New Media Transfer: Genre Issues” has been published in the 2014 Issue of The Journal of Teaching Writing.

Anthony Dawahare’s “Richard Wright’s Native Son and the Dialectics of Black Experience” was published in a new volume of essays titled Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary (Bloomsbury 2104).

Martin Pousson sold two new short stories over the summer. “Altar Boy” will be published in Five Points, and “The Fox in the Trap” will be published in StoryQuarterly. A third story, “Flounder,” is now in the current issue of the Antioch Review.

Over the summer, Scott Kleinman gave a talk on “Modelling the Hybrid Edition/Archive of Early Middle English” at the Archive of Early Middle English workshop in Oxford, England. He also gave a presentation on “Play as Process and Product: On Making Serendip-o-matic” at the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.

For the eighth year in a row, a student in English 371 (Issues in American Jewish Writing) has won the Jewish Studies Essay Contest, along with its $250 prize: Lily Jamgotchian won the award with her essay, “Truth or Fiction.”

Volume 40:16

May 15th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements6a01157116bb88970b0133f39b34fe970b-500pi

I begin these notes with warm congratulations to one and all for making it through yet another year, equally warm wishes for grand summers ahead, and a sad farewell. After three years of writing Every Other Thursday’s Notes, it’s time to turn the honors over to our new Senior Associate Chair, Anthony Dawahare. Now, I can admit to some trepidation when I first took over these Notes, but despite the sometimes daunting challenges of keeping track of our comings and doings, opportunities and achievements, deadlines and whatnots, I have grown oddly fond of posting them for you. I’m not going to say I will miss writing them, but I do know I will read them more closely than I ever did before I wrote them. Ours is a complex, accomplished, and thriving department, with amazing staff and faculty and equally amazing students, and it’s here that we get to read all about it. And anyway, in it’s own way, it’s been fun. Ah la la. — KH

But first, a few last announcements. The Honors Convocation will be held tomorrow night, May 16, at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Library lawn. And next week, graduation! Here’s hoping we’ve all sorted out our regalia and tickets and such, and that the event will be as splendid and heartwarming as it always is. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 22, also at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Library lawn. Earlier that day, for the first time, MA students will be honored at their own hooding ceremony, which will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Chaparral Hall. Immediately after, we will reconvene in the Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room for our annual term end party, which will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please plan to join us for either or both, and help our students celebrate their awards and achievements.

And don’t blink either, next year will soon be upon us. So please save the dates now listed below, keeping in mind that although some of them seem to pertain only to Composition people,  all of us are Compositionists in a variety of ways. Here’s what we know now; additional details will be announced as available.

Tuesday, May 13th: Wings Reading to select samples for Wings, in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319), from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
Wednesday, May 28th: New Voices Reading to select samples for New Voices 
Thursday, August 21st: Composition Orientation, featuring Professor Dana Ferris and focusing on Working with Multilingual Students, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319)
Sunday, September 7th:  PARTY at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at Irene Clark’s house.
Friday, October 17th: Wings/New Voices Awards Ceremony, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m

On May 16, the 4Humanities@CSUN group will host a meeting of the Southern California 4Humanities chapters to plan a collaborative research project called WhatEvery1Wants. This long-term project will use text mining methods to explore perceptions of the humanities, what academics and others believe the core values of the humanities to be, and the way people “frame” narratives about the humanities. Further information about the meeting can be found on the DHSoCal website. Anyone interested is welcome to join the meeting.

For those of you who missed it, Stephanie Satie will be doing one last performance of her solo play, Silent Witnesses, on Sunday June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at The Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.

And for those of you who can’t wait to get started on your summer projects, you might want to hunker down with some like-minded others in the College of Humanities Faculty Writing Boot Camp, which will take place in the COH Conference Room, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., from June 2 to June 19. Come join other COH faculty in daily writing sessions designed to provide an atmosphere where distractions are minimal and support is plentiful. You will be provided space to set up your laptops and relevant books and papers. However, you should expect to be working in a room alongside other writers (akin to a library/café atmosphere). For more information, please contact Amanda Baugh at amanda.baugh@csun.edu. And, happy writing.

2. Reminders

Um, summer?

3. Opportunities

Summer, again,  an opportunity all its own — for fun, for rest, for reading and writing and creative and scholarly endeavors. Here’s hoping you all have a grand one.

4. Achievements

Former TA and current Lecturer Norma Aceves will be attending the PhD Program in English at the University of Florida next year with full funding for four years.

On May 8, Scott Kleinman presented a paper on The Archive of Early Middle English, which explored the challenges of creating and using digital resources for medieval manuscripts.

El Salvadoran immigrant and long time community activist, Rossana Perez, who is graduating with her MA in Literature, is being featured as one of CSUN’s Outstanding Graduates. Your can read all about Rossana’s incredible achievements on CSUN Today, at http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/hard-work-and-determination-pays-off-for-csuns-newest-graduates/. And those of you who have had the pleasure of working with her can attest to how richly she deserves this recognition.

Two of our valued faculty — Lecturer Mary Shannon and TA Jared Thomas — have been honored with Polished Apples by students in the University Ambassadors program. The awards ceremony was on April 30. Mary was also honored as the faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Alpha, a new fraternity for veterans, at the “A Rose Like No Other” Awards Ceremony.

On May 11, Mother’s Day, three CSUN affiliated writers — former graduate student and current Lecturer Sean Pessin, graduating MA student Trista Payte, and current MA student Eric Barnhart — were featured in Sally Shore’s Emerging Voices evening for the New Short Fiction Series, L.A.’s longest running spoken word series. The event took place at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood, where professional actors, Alex Boling, Wilson Wong, and Sally Shore herself performed short stories by each of these writers and a fabulous time was had by all. Through the month of May, the stories may be downloaded for $.99 at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/New-Short-fiction-series?store=allproducts&keyword=New+Short+fiction+series.

Now that the year is ending, the letters are written, the students mentored, and the judging completed, here are the recipients of this spring’s Department Awards. Many thanks to those of you who supported them and, most especially, to the Amenities and Awards Committee, chaired by Lauren Byler, for doing the hard work of choosing among our many talented and accomplished students. Congratulations to them all.

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship
Mary Estrada and Daniel Franklin

The Henry VanSlooten Scholarship in English
Katharine Mason
“Greed Is Not Good: Venality and Magical Realism in ‘The Rocking-Horse Winner’ and “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings'”

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award
Chelsey Berry
Slow Recurrence (poems)

The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize
Ah Jung Chang
“The Performance of Drag: An Army Nurse and the Vietnam War”

The Mahlon Gaumer Award
John Kubler
“The String Theorist of the 17th Century: A New Look at Margaret Cavendish’s Scientific Ideas”

The Harry Finestone Award in English
Nina Moon Ahn
“The Abominable Independence of Elizabeth Bennet: Spatial Renderings and Feminine Subjectivity in Pride and Prejudice”

The Academy of American Poets Prize
Winner: Emilio Sotelo, “Observations”
Honorable Mention: Cody Deitz, “Bridge”

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English
Hannah Jorgenson

And with that, farewell and good respites to all…

Great Gatsby summer quote

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Volume 40:15

May 1st, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Our amazing students and alumni have done it again, and we begin this issue of Thursday’s Notes with some happy news about where some of them are headed and will be doing next:

Megan Barlog (BA ’14, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the New York University Summer Publishing Institute Program for Summer 2014.

Alissa Binder (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the California Institute for the Arts MFA program in Creative Writing (Fiction).

Amy Cameron (BA, ’13, English, Literature) will be starting her MA in library science at UCLA this fall.

Abe Fitzpatrick (BA ’14, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the Wichita State University MFA program in Creative Writing (Fiction) with a full fellowship and a position as Graduate Teaching Assistant

Jon Goodnick (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the California Institute for the Arts MFA program in Creative Writing (Fiction) with a fellowship.

Colin Herrera (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the Rutgers University MFA program in Creative Writing (Fiction) with a Chancellor’s Award with a tuition remission fellowship. There, he’ll work with the Visiting Writers Series and as a mentor for high school writing programs affiliated with Rutgers University.

Mostafa Jalal (M.A. 2014) was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Creative Writing Poetry at George State University.

Rebecca Johnson (BA ’14, English, Creative Writing) has been accepted into the Chapman University MFA program in Creative Writing.

Hannah Jorgensen (BA, ’10, English, Honors; MA ’13, English, Literature) will begin the Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota with six years of full funding. Six years of full funding equals a lot.

Arthur Kayzaykian (MA 2013) will be starting his MFA in poetry in the fall at San Diego State University.

Rene Solivan (BA ’08, English, Creative Writing) will be starting the the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ International MFA Program in the fall with three years of full funding.

Stephan Topf will be starting  Virginia Tech’s Rhetoric and Writing PhD program, with a full scholarship, a Graduate Teaching Assistant position, and a position as an editorial assistant for the Minnesota Review, which is not, apparently, in Minnesota (has it ever been?).

Kristin Way (formerly Cornelius) (MA 2012 and currently a Lecturer in our Department) will begin a PhD in Information Studies at UCLA. She was awarded the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, which provides an $88,000 stipend, plus tuition and fees, for the first four years of her program.

And if I have missed or overlooked any exciting student future news, please let me know at kate.haake@csun.edu. There’s still one more issue of TN, Volume 40, so still time to spread good news.

CSUN English faculty are also on a roll! Charles Hatfield has  received the 2014 Preeminent Scholarly Publication and Martin Pousson has received the 2014 Exceptional Creative Accomplishments Award. Hatfield and Pousson join last year’s winners, Michael Bryson (2013 Preeminent Scholarly Publication recipient) and Rick Mitchell (2013 Exceptional Creative Accomplishments recipient). Our faculty rock! And to help celebrate, please plan to attend the Honored Faculty Reception on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union.  Please RSVP to Heidi Wolfbauer at heidiw@csun.edu.

And here’s some more good news: most of the graduation ticket issues previously announced have now been resolved. Graduation services is working hard to ensure that students and their families who want to attend their graduations are accommodated. And for those few students who still haven’t heard that graduation this year will be a ticketed event, there may still be time. According to the Daily Sundial, students who have yet to contact the office with their concerns, can still do so this week.

It’s official!  Jennifer Lee and Santosh Khadka are soon to be the newest members of our department. Both of them specialize in Developmental Composition, but will bring different areas of focus and different kinds of strengths to our department. And in related news, Sandra Jackson has graciously agreed to continue on as Stretch Coordinator while Jennifer and Santosh spend their first year learning the Stretch program and getting their bearings. Things are looking good for our Composition program and, most importantly, its students, who numbers are legion.

Speaking of new, or newer, faculty, a pre-tenure retention workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 6th from 11:30 p.m to 1:30 p.m. in the USU Thousand Oaks Room. The workshop will feature: a Q & A with Provost Hellenbrand; a presentation of key issues critical to new faculty; an opportunity for new faculty members to share their experiences, in a ‘peer-group’ environment; a brainstorming session to develop strategies for pre-tenured faculty and gather recommendations to improve job satisfaction for new faculty; and — refreshments! If interested, please RSVP to dianah.wynter@csun.edu.

On Friday, May 2 (tomorrow), Rick Mitchell’s artist’s residency at Hamilton High School will come to fruition with the Hamilton New Play Festival, which will feature new work written and performed by Hamilton High School students and include some short plays written by CSUN students specifically for the Festival. The shows will take place at 3:30 p.m., and then again at 6:00 p.m. Mitchell has been ably assisted by CSUN service-learning students, and the residency was supported in part by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as by the UCLA After-School Program and CSUN’s Office of Community Engagement. Hamilton is located at 2955 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034; performances will take place in the teacher’s cafeteria.

On Saturday, May 3, the Northridge Playwrights Workshop will present staged readings of plays by students from English 310 in CSUN’s Little Theatre at 6:15 p.m.

Desert Performance Lab, a new student organization that’s based  in the English Department and dedicated to the development and performance of original plays, will present new work on Saturday, May 3rd, at 9:00 p.m. in CSUN’s Little Theatre.

On Thursday, May 8, at 7:15 p.m., in the LNJ Reading Room, JR 319, the creative writing students of 698D will present LAST SNAPSHOT: The MA Capstone Reading.

On Thursday, May 15, at 5:45 p.m., in JR-319, the Northridge Playwrights Workshop will present staged readings of original work by the students of Writing for Performance.

Martin Pousson will be the closing reader for the Griffith Park Storytelling Series. He will read “The Skinwalker,” a new short story just published in the Spring issue of Epoch. The event will be held outdoors in Griffith Park, in the Bronson Caves (AKA the “Batcaves”) on Sunday, May 4 at 5:00 PM. The series is organized by editors from Black Clock literary journal and is free and open to all.

In April, Sigma Tau Delta Iota Chi hosted their first-ever Poetry contest judged by Patty Seyburn, the award winning poet of such works as Hilarity (2009), Mechanical Cluster (2002), and Perfecta (2014), forthcoming from What Books Press. From among the many notable submissions, Seyburn selected Trista Payte‘s poem, “Our Lady of Perpetual Deferral,” as the winning poem, Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Eric Barnhart, for “I made you with these two;” Cody Deitz, for “Ritual,” and Justin La Torre, for “Unrequited Canyons.” All selected poems will be acknowledged in the Fall 2014 edition of The Northridge Review, and all four writers will be offered the opportunity to read with Patty Seyburn at a Sigma Tau Delta event scheduled for next semester, tentatively scheduled for October 2014, to celebrate the launch of Seyburn’s new book.

On Friday, May 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the GRS will hold its final reading of the year in the LNJ Reading Room, JR 319. All are welcome at what will surely be an entertaining and emotional night as we bid farewell to three pivotal members of our Creative Writing Community — Raja Visweswaran, George Fekaris, and Trista Payte – and welcome in the new GRS coordinators — Lusine Makarosyan, Gina Srmabekian, and Freddy Garcia. Refreshments and good company will be provided. The evening promises to be a truly special one and you will be sad if you miss it.

With the Spring semester drawing to close, the editors of Wings, Cody Deitz and Vana Derohanessian, would like to remind all Stretch teachers to urge their 113B, 114B, and 115 students to submit their work to the 21st edition of Wings. A wide variety of submissions are welcome and encouraged, ranging from argument-driven essays to web-based writing and blogs to Project assignments. Copies of the submission forms will be available in the English Department mailroom, and the deadline for submissions is May 12. All submissions can be placed in the Wings bin, which will also be located in the mailroom. Questions can be directed to wingscsun@gmail.com.

Even as we count down to the end of the year and a possible new contract, the CFA — our stalwart union — is holding a faculty Picnic was yesterday….appreciation picnic to eat great BBQ and celebrate all our hard work this year. Please plan to show up on the Bayramian Lawn in Wednesday, April 30, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For your free Smokin Willie’s BBQ ticket (vegetarian and vegan options will also be available), please RSVP to 818-677-5919 or Cfa_no@calfac.org. Tickets will be delivered to your faculty mailboxes by Monday, April 28.

2. Reminders

The All College Meeting, with Provost Harry Hellenbrand and Dean Elizabeth A. Say, is fast approaching. The event will take place on Monday, May 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. Please plan to be there to hear Provost Hellenbrand speak about the future of CSUN and to share your own questions/concerns/observations regarding the same. Light refreshments will be served.

All faculty interested in applying for the 2015 National Endowments for the Humanities Summer Stipends must have their completed applications in the Dean’s office NO LATER THAN  5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16th in order that proposals may be reviewed and forwarded to the ORSP by the stated deadline. Please review all guidelines carefully.

3. Opportunities

Two assistant VP positions, one for research and one for graduate studies, have been approved for the Office of Research & Graduate Studies and Graduate Dean. This represents a significant investment by the campus in setting the stage for the anticipated growth in sponsored projects over the next few years, and signals It signals the campus’s deep and sustained commitment to growing research, grants, and contracts and in supporting the graduate school at CSUN. If you are interested or have any questions about the positions, please contact Crist Khachikian, Associate VP for Research & Graduate Studies and Graduate Dean, at crist.khachikian@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

On April 2, Dorothy Barresi gave a poetry reading in Compton for 150 high school teachers and staff of YouthBuild Charter School. Following the reading she met with English teachers and gave a workshop on teaching poetry writing, “Beyond End Rhyme.”  In other exciting news, her poems “Some Questions We Might Ask,” and “Surfing as Meditation” are discussed in the “Exteriors: Signs of the Endtime” chapter of the new book Poetry Los Angeles: Reading the Essential Poems of the City, by Laurence Goldstein, published by the University of Michigan Press. And she has been asked to write a Forward for the manuscript she has chosen as the winner of the Patricia Bibby First Book Prize.

MA student, James Bezerra, has recently published  stories in Cease, Cows; Blackheart Magazine, and the Bicycle Review.

Recent CSUN alum, Nancy Caroll (M.A. 2009) has published a chapbook, Night Walks with Yak Press, an independent press founded in 2010 by teacher-authors — among them, Anne Yale, another recent CSUN alum — and devoted to making art via the medium of words.

Ranita Chatterjee‘s article,“Our Bodies, Our Catastrophes: Biopolitics in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man,” is now published in  European Romantic Review 25.1 (January 2014). This article argues that Shelley’s third novel, The Last Man, published in 1826, presents a remarkably modern understanding of the function of individual life for the state that anticipates Giorgio Agamben’s theory of the “state of exception” that produces political life as an inclusive but also fundamentally exclusive non-relation of the state with what lies outside of its law.

On Friday, April 25, Irene Clark gave a presentation at a conference at Woodbury University: Navigating the Writing Highway: Critical transitions from Community College to University. Her presentation was titled “What Community College Students Need to Know about Reading and Writing at the University.”

A chapter written by Irene Clark and David Russell, titled, “US First Year Composition and Writing in the Disciplines,” has just been published in The Routledge Companion to English Studies, edited by Constant Leung and Brian Street.

MA student, Cody Deitz, published a poem in Ellipsis and a book review of Matthew Dickman’s Mayakovsky’s Revolver in Poetry City, USA, Vol. 4.

Recent alum, Brandon Krause (BA ’14, English, Creative Writing), won the Cargoes national contest in the Poetry category.

Recent alum, Justin La Torre (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) has a short story, “Pilgrim,” due out in the next issue of Westwind, the literary journal for UCLA.

MA student, Susana Marcelo, has won an Associated Retired Faculty Scholarships for her ongoing research project, “Terra Nullius: Towards an Interstitial Identity.” On May 10, she will present her project at the annual Memorial Awards Luncheon where she will receive the $2,000 award.

Stephanie Satie recently performed her solo play, Silent Witnesses, at The United Solo Festival in NYC and has been invited back for 2014. Late January, she gave four performances as a fundraiser for River City Repertory Theatre in Shreveport, Louisiana and last Fall, she had a six week run at The Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Stephanie and her director, Anita Khanzadian, received a 2013 Collaboration Award from Women in the Arts and Media Coalition (WAM) in NYC. Stephanie will again be performance of Silent Witnesses on Saturday, May 10th at the Odyssey Theatre, so here is your chance if you haven’t seen it yet. The performance begins at 8:00 p.m.

Beth Wightman presented “Our Own Islands: Virginia Woolf,Halford Mackinder, and the Island Vernacular” at the Society for Narrative Studies conference on Land and the Novel at the University of Utah in April. She judged the poster presentations at the Western Regional Honors Conference at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado a week later. She is now resting comfortably at low altitude.

On Saturday, April 26, in celebration of National Poetry, Kim Young read at Beyond Baroque. Martin Pousson also read at the same event, so CSUN was well represented.

Volume 40:14

April 17th, 2014 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Welcome back to one and all and here’s hoping every one of you had fabulous spring breaks if you can even remember them now as we gear up for the end of this action-packed academic year. Time now to hang on to your various hats and have a great ride.

Speaking of the end of the year, it has come to our attention that a number of our graduate students are experiencing difficulties with their graduation tickets. We are working on this but in the meantime, if anyone knows of about any unused and available tickets that they could donate to this good cause, please let me know so we might start a “bank” of our own. Don’t assume, however, that you have tickets of  your own you can donate. This year, all faculty who wish to attend but do not plan to participate officially in the ceremony will also need tickets of their own. If you think you might be in that situation, please do email Commencement Services at commencementtickets@csun.edu. And since students will be limited to four guests this year, let’s all plan to attend the Department reception to show our support for our students and their families — all of them!

As previously announced, the all College meeting with Provost Harry Hellenbrand and Dean Elizabeth A. Say will be held on Monday, May 12, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. This meeting will provide an important opportunity to hear Provost Hellenbrand speak about the future of CSUN to share your own questions/concerns/observations about the same. Light refreshments will be served.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will host a Northridge Review Workshop Panel featuring David Morck, George Fekaris, Garrett Rego, and Dustin Lehren, all poets and fiction writers with recent publications. The published writers will discuss the path to publication with other students. The event is organized by alumnus Justin La Torre (BA ’13, English, Creative Writing) and board members of the NR and the NCWC. Copies of the NR will be available for sale. The panel will be held on Friday, May 2, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the Linda Joseph Nichols Reading Room (JR 319).

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will host a starred panel of fiction writers and publishers, featuring two distinguished CSUN alumni, Tyson Cornell and Joseph Mattson. Rare Bird Lit & Barnacle Book Publisher Tyson Cornell will lead the panel with COLA Award-Winning novelist and editor Joseph Mattson (Eat Hell, Empty the Sun) along with Jerry Stahl, legendary Los Angeles writer, Pushcart Prize winner and best-selling author (Permanent Midnight, Happy Mutant Baby Pills). The panel will be held on Monday, April 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in Chaparral Hall Room 5126.

Martin Pousson has been invited to read at Beyond Baroque in Venice in celebration of National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 26. He will read two poems, “Hoodoo” & “Voodoo,” both published in The Rattling Wall. Copies of the journal will be available for purchase. Wine and cheese will be served at 8:00, with poetry readings to follow. The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Here are two more upcoming opportunities to join in the conversation about The Postmortal by Drew Magary, which will be CSUN’s 2014-2015 Freshman Common Reading. Take your choice: Monday, April 21 form 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in SH 439 (CIELO) with Stacey Bieber, or Wednesday, April 23, form 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in SH 439 (CIELO) with Ronit Sarig. RSVP to me Cheryl Spector at Cheryl.Spector@csun.edu, or to x6535 (CIELO) so planning can be done for refreshments. For more information about The Postmortal at CSUN (including another discussion opportunity in July), please visit http://www.csun.edu/afye/Postmortal-for-Faculty-and-Staff.html.

2. Reminders

Since the last issue of TN came out just in advance of our late spring break, here’s a recounting of several events you won’t want to miss:

Tomorrow night, April 18, features the Northridge Review publication party, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. in CSUN’s beautiful Planetarium.

On Saturday, April 19, at 4:00 in the afternoon, Kate Haake and Mona Houghton will be reading at Off Ramp Gallery in Pasadena. The afternoon will celebrate work by members of Los Angeles’ Glass Table Collective and feature art work by GRONK. Wine and  refreshments will be served. Off Ramp Gallery can be found at 1702 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103.

And most importantly, don’t forget that the deadline for spring department awards will fast be upon us, so please get your nominations and letters in order and have them submitted by Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. The spring awards include the following:

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship: In memory of Linda Nichols Joseph, an English major who graduated cum laude from CSUN in 1981, up to two prizes of $2,000 will be awarded this spring to undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies.

The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English: A prize of $500 will be given to a student whose essay in ENGL 258, 259, 275, or 355 best demonstrates a passion for the English language.

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award: In honor of Lesley Johnstone, a professor of English at CSUN from 1965 to 2010 who specialized in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and who loved and cherished nature, a prize of $500 will be given to a student who is the author of the best written work on some aspect of the natural world or environment.

The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize: To commemorate Robert apRoberts, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Honors Program, an annual prize of $250 will be awarded to the English Honors student whose paper completed in the Honors Revision Seminar (497A) is judged to be the best submitted during that academic year.

GRADUATE AWARDS

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English: In memory of Mitchell Marcus, a former Professor in the Department (1958-1983), a prize of $3,000 will be awarded each spring semester to the graduate student whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.

The Mahlon Gaumer Award In honor of Mahlon Gaumer: In honor of Mahlon Gaumer, a professor of English at CSUN from 1969-1997 who specialized in linguistics and Medieval literature, an award of $500 will be given to a graduate student who is the author of the best critical essay on English literature—with emphasis on the use of language.

The Harry Finestone Award in English: In honor of Harry Finestone, a gifted teacher and innovative administrator at CSUN from 1962-1983, an award of $750 will be given each year to the graduate student with the most distinguished essay in the study of literature completed in the department’s capstone graduate seminar, ENGL 698D.

The Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship: An award of $500 will be given to a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education to help pay fees for graduate work. The applicant must concurrently be teaching in middle school or secondary school or be on sabbatical.

3. Opportunities

CSUN will be hosting two Faculty Scholar Academies this summer. These proposal writing and curriculum development academies are designed to connect researchers on campus with experienced coaches in a workshop environment with the expected outcome that all participants will submit a proposal at the end of each academy. For more information, please see http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/announcements or contact Crist Khachikian, Associate VP for Research & Graduate, at
crist.khachikian@csun.edu. But don’t delay, as the deadline is April 28.

The new Center on Mexico and Latin American Studies (CMLAS) is pleased to announce its inaugural annual research competition that will support faculty research projects on Mexico and Latin America. The grants will provide support of up to $5,068. All faculty are eligible to apply, including both full and part-time, and from all colleges in the University. For more information, please contact Stella Theodoulou, Acting Director, Center for Mexico and Latin American Studies, at stella.theodoulou@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews has been appointed to the CSU Task Force for Advancing Ethnic Studies created by Chancellor White to assess the status of ethnic studies departments on the CSU campuses and to make recommendations on policies and practices for their governance.

Current creative writing graduating senior, Matthew Kahn, was recently featured in salon.com for his   blog project inspired, presumably, by one of us. Or, as salon.com reports:

When Matthew Kahn, a creative writing student at California State University at Northridge, learned from one of his professors that the bestselling book of 1926 was “The Private Life of Helen of Troy” by John Erskine, he was struck. The class wasn’t reading it, but the book they were reading, “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, was published the same year. “I thought that was interesting, Kahn told me. “When we think of the books of 1926, we think modernists. We don’t think about the books that most people were actually reading at that time.” So Kahn decided to read them, 100 years of No. 1 bestsellers, from 1913 to 2013, and post reviews on his blog, Kahn’s Corner.

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/02/lessons_from_stephen_king_and_valley_of_the_dolls_reading_100_years_of_bestsellers/

Kahn’s Corner can be found at http://www.kahnscorner.com/2013/02/100-years-94-books.html. Matthew is currently up to 1968, topped with Arthur Hailey’s Airport, and he’s got a break coming up when Johnathan Livingstone Seagull topped the list in both 1972 and 1973. Keep up the good reading, Matthew; this is seriously cool.