Volume 40:28

February 25th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

This Spring’s Careers in English speaker series welcomes speakers from a wide range of interesting career fields. Mark your calendars for the following: March 9th: Marketing and Communications; March 18th: Traditional Publishing; March 25th: Online and Web Publishing; April 20th: Law. All speakers will be in the Linda Joseph Nichols Reading Room, JR 319, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Watch for flyers, and save the dates!

Cheryl Spector invites faculty and staff to participate in a facilitated discussion of David Levithan’s Every Day, the 2015-2016 Freshman Common Reading at CSUN. For details or to RSVP for one of the discussions, see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/events/facultystaff-book-discussions-every-day. (Free copies of the book are available on request to Cheryl, while supplies last.)

CSUN Graduate Student Awards applications are available now and we ask that if you have any outstanding graduate students to encourage them to apply for the following awards: Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students for excellent scholarship and creative activity. The award will support a project that is part of a master’s program. Award criteria include a project description, two faculty letters of recommendation, and willingness to provide a brief presentation of the project at the ARF annual brunch. Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. The determining factors for the award are based on a record of distinguished scholarship, a minimum GPA of 3.5, and contributions to the field. The award recipient will be announced at Honors Convocation. The applications for these awards are available on the following website: http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/student-awards. The deadline is March 16 by 5:00 p.m.

2. Reminders

On March 6, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in JR 319, Dr. Henry Oster will visit Dr. Linda Overman’s class to discuss his Holocaust experience. “Even in Hell, there is hope,” writes Dr. Henry Oster who was five years old when Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. His recently published book, The Kindness of the Hangman (Higgins Bay Press, 2014), tells this gripping tale of the 2,011 Jews who were rounded up by the Gestapo and deported from Cologne, Germany. Oster is one of only two people still alive to tell their story and was recently featured in The Los Angeles Times: “On Holocaust memorial day, a survivor remembers” at http://lat.ms/1EOqqrx. For more information, please contact Dr. Overman at linda.overman@csun.edu.

The CSUN Composition Book Fair will be held on March 9 & 10, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Sierra Tower 703. Join us as our textbook publishers showcase their newest composition materials. All faculty are welcome. Free books and food.

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in the Madden Library at Fresno State is conducting a new conference on censorship. “Outlawed: The Naked Truth about Censored Literature for Young People,” held April 10-12, 2015, will feature some of children’s literature’s best and brightest stars: Jacqueline Woodson, Lesléa Newman, Matt de la Peña, Leonard Marcus, Margarita Engle, Michael Cart, plus nearly 35 panel presenters from across the United States and abroad. They will examine censorship in children’s literature from numerous angles. Sherman Alexie will kick off the conference with a presentation on April 9 at 7:30 in the Fresno State Satellite Student Union. For more information, please see their website at www.outlawed2015.com, or email jcrow@csufresno.edu or call the Center at 559-278-8116.

The Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Project grant deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015, by 4:00 p.m. Make sure you plan ahead as you’ll need signatures from your chair and from your dean’s office. Check out the faculty development website for more information: http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/faculty-development-grants.

Tethered by Letters 2015 Winter Literary Contest is calling for submissions in 3 categories. Tethered by Letters publishes writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in TBL’s Fall 2015 Quarterly Literary Journal. Finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. Multiple entries and simultaneous submissions accepted. International submissions also welcome! $800 in total prizes. Visit http://www.tetheredbyletter.com for detailed guidelines. Deadline: February 28, 2015.

3. Opportunities

Positions are available to teach University 100 in Fall 2015. For more information, see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/university-100/teaching-university-100. Please note that there are two announcements: one for University 100 with no specialization, and the other for University 100 for students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. The two positions have slightly different requirements. You can apply for either or both (depending on your own qualifications).

Will Greer’s Theatricum Botanicum is offering equity and non-equity Auditions, Professional Internships, and a Summer Intensive Shakespeare Seminar for acting, directing, design, and art management students. For more information, see http://www.theatricum.com.

4. Achievements

Noreen Lace, an alumna from our graduate program and a lecturer, has a short story, “Dad Shining,” forthcoming in Printers Row Journal, a subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune.

Angeline Olliff, one of our graduate students and TAs, is a first place winner in the 19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium for her Oral Presentation “Encouraging the ‘Risks of Caring': a Cognitive-Development Approach to Collaborative Learning in FYC Classroom.” She will be going to Sacramento to compete against other statewide winners this Spring.

Volume 40:27

February 11th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Henry Oster to CSUN March 6, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. in JR 319 when he visits Dr. Linda Overman’s class to discuss his Holocaust experience. “Even in Hell, there is hope,” writes Dr. Henry Oster who was five years old when Adolf Hitler took power in 1933. His recently published book, The Kindness of the Hangman (Higgins Bay Press, 2014), tells this gripping tale of the 2,011 Jews who were rounded up by the Gestapo and deported from Cologne, Germany. Oster is one of only two people still alive to tell their story and was recently featured in The Los Angeles Times: “On Holocaust memorial day, a survivor remembers” at http://lat.ms/1EOqqrx. For more information, please contact Dr. Overman at linda.overman@csun.edu.

The first Graduate Reading Series of the semester will take place this Friday the 13th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in JR 319. Please come out and join us for a night of good company and good words. We are excited to feature three readers who are all at different stages of their graduate careers, with three distinct voices that will surely entertain: Lisa Jones, Jenny Troy, and Scott Martin-Rowe.

The CSUN Composition Book Fair will be held on March 9 & 10, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in Sierra Tower 703. Join us as our textbook publishers showcase their newest composition materials. All faculty are welcome. Free books and food.

The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in the Madden Library at Fresno State is conducting a new conference on censorship. “Outlawed: The Naked Truth about Censored Literature for Young People,” held April 10-12, 2015, will feature some of children’s literature’s best and brightest stars: Jacqueline Woodson, Lesléa Newman, Matt de la Peña, Leonard Marcus, Margarita Engle, Michael Cart, plus nearly 35 panel presenters from across the United States and abroad. They will examine censorship in children’s literature from numerous angles. Sherman Alexie will kick off the conference with a presentation on April 9 at 7:30 in the Fresno State Satellite Student Union. For more information, please see their website at www.outlawed2015.com, or email jcrow@csufresno.edu or call the Center at 559-278-8116.

2. Reminders

Please be aware of upcoming grant application deadlines. The Competition for Attending Teaching Conferences grant deadline is Monday, February 16, 2015, by 4:00 p.m. The Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Project grant deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015, by 4:00 p.m. Make sure you plan ahead as you’ll need signatures from your chair and from your dean’s office. Check out the faculty development website for more information: http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/faculty-development-grants.

3. Opportunities

Jennifer C. Lee and Santosh Khadka are co-editing a special issue of Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies on “Multimodality.” For more information, see the CFP at http://jogltep.com/index.php/JOGLTEP/announcement.

The Northridge Review seeks the work of writers newly emerging on the scene as well as the work of established writers. Guidelines are as follows: fiction/creative nonfiction/drama: 5,000 words max, typed and double spaced; poetry: 5 poems max. Submit material for consideration online. Please do not include your name on the submission(s). Please do include a cover letter that includes the title(s) of the submission(s), your name, address, email, and phone number. Poets: if submitting multiple poems, be sure to include each of the titles in your cover letter. The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2015.

VI CSUN Philosophy Student Conference, a one-day student conference open to the whole CSUN community, will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015. There is no need to be a Philosophy major or minor to submit a proposal or to participate in the conference. The program will be organized around the presentation of about six student papers (which will be selected by a faculty committee in a blind-review process). Each author will have 15 minutes to present, and each presentation will be followed by a commentary by a Philosophy faculty member as well as by a general discussion open to all participants. The conference program will also include, among other things, one alumni and one faculty keynote speaker, and a session with guest speakers on the relevance of philosophy in other disciplines. The conference will end with a barbecue in a nearby park. For more information, contact Professor Abel B. Franco at abel.franco@csun.edu. Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 20, 5:00 p.m.

The Upward Bound program here at CSUN is currently looking for current CSUN students to work with our high school students during their Summer Enrichment Program. They are looking for both Residential Advisors and Tutors. Any questions regarding this position can be directed to: upwardbound@csun.edu or (818) 677-2515.

Tethered by Letters 2015 Winter Literary Contest is calling for submissions in 3 categories. Tethered by Letters publishes writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in TBL’s Fall 2015 Quarterly Literary Journal. Finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. Multiple entries and simultaneous submissions accepted. International submissions also welcome! $800 in total prizes. Visit http://www.tetheredbyletter.com for detailed guidelines. Deadline: February 28, 2015.

4. Achievements

Itiola Stephanie Jones, one of our recent alums, has been accepted into the prestigious Cave Canem Workshop. Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. For more information about Cave Canem, see https://www.cavecanempoets.org.

Lusine Makarosyan, one of our graduate students, has received an honorable mention for her poem “Summer Fruit” at the 5th Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest. Below is a link to the announcement page:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/702820/c704460907/282260927/b29d939190/. Along with the winners and 4 other honorable mentions, she will be invited to read on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California, at 8:00 p.m.

Enchao Shi was awarded a significant grant from the US Department of Education for his project “Promoting and Expanding Access to Modern China Studies at CSUN.”

Lily Thiemens, one of our graduate students, has won the national Miller Ingenuity Challenge competition, which is dedicated to revitalizing American manufacturing. For more information on the award, see http://www.milleringenuity.com/Challenge.

Steve Wexler presented his paper “Girls vs. Game of Thrones: Mapping Fantasy, the New Reality” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, January 10, 2015.

Volume 40:26

January 28th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Welcome back to another fast-paced and intellectually stimulating semester at CSUN! We at the Thursday’s Notes’ News Desk are happy to publish this bottom-heavy issue, as the last section showcases the many achievements of faculty and students over the winter break. This issue also highlights many opportunities that we hope will contribute to future achievements to be published in Thursday’s Notes.

2. Reminders

The annual CSUN Competition for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards provide faculty the opportunity to receive a mini-grant of up to $10,000 or 3 or 6 units of reassigned time to pursue their
scholarly and creative interests. The deadline for submission of applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015. Faculty may download the guidelines and application materials from the website: http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/2015-16_RSCA_Application_F.pdf.

3. Opportunities

Frog Tutoring is looking to hire part-time student tutors to work with students in the community. To learn more about Frog Tutoring, please visit their website: http://frogtutoring.com/.

CSUN’s Office of Institutional Research is offering a new opportunity for faculty who are interested in student success! The new Learning Habits Faculty Fellows program offers 6 units of reassigned time in 2015-16 as well as support for student research assistants (see attached RFP). For more information, please email janetoh@csun.edu.

The Oklahoma Review, an online journal published by the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University, will be accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry until October 15. Submissions may be sent via email to okreview@cameron.edu. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Bayard Godsave at bgodsave@cameron.edu.

4. Achievements

The Fall 2014 Awardees celebrated at the English Department Holiday Party are:

Hannah Lien (Eva Latif Award) for her essay “The Adult: The Real Children of Treasure Island.”
Angeline Olliff (Eva Latif Award) for her essay “Pierre’s Progress.”
Danielle Orozco (Oliver Evans Award) for her essay “Otherness in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: Transnational identity and the Orientalism of U.S. Cold War Discourse.”
Shetachai Chatchoomsai (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Jeannie Chen (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Jesse Clemens (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Eugenia Coronado (Linda Nichols Joseph Scholarship)
Bruce Millstein (AnnaMarie Peterson Morley Scholarship)
Aryana Shokat-Fadai (Philip E. Love Scholarship)
Jacqueline Thornock (William L. Wilson Scholarship)

Brandon Krause and Jessy Cruz, English undergraduate students, have both accepted paid positions with the organizations where they served as interns (through the English 494 course). Brandon is now an associate writer with Great American Group in Woodland Hills, and Jessy will be a community representative, working with parents and students at Project GEAR-UP LA. We wish them the best in their new positions.

Nicole Gant, an English Department graduate, will receive a Heroes in Education Award on Jan. 29 from LAUSD Board of Education President Richard Vladovic. The award description states, “The principals and staff from each school in Board District 7 will be asked to nominate one individual to be commemorated at the event. Honorees could include a community member, an involved family member, teacher, staff, or any individual who has assisted in creating opportunities for student’s success or supported school-sites in any way.” Nicole teaches at Port of Los Angeles Charter High School.

Cody Deitz, one of our graduate students, had two poems accepted for the forthcoming issue of Literary Orphans, titled “Concrete, Twin Towers Jail,” and “New Religion.”

Sarah Todd-Balderas, a CSUN English Department graduate, has written an article that will appear in the February issue of California English. “Three Books Changed Everything” is about fostering a love for reading in her classroom.

Congratulations to these fine past and present students!

Dorothy Barresi’s long essay-review “Divided: Brain Theory and the Poem’s Story” will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of The Gettysburg Review. New poems, “Tenderness” and “What Those Who Qualify Receive,” appear in the current issue of New Ohio Review, and “The Lie” and “The Old Soul” appear in the two most recent issues of Nothing New, a graphic arts zine that her son’s UCLA arts collective publishes monthly (take that, peer review police!). Three of her poems will appear in the forthcoming anthology Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond: “Security,” “Poem to Some of My Recent Purchases,” and “Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles.”

Anthony Dawahare chaired a session, “Tillie Olsen and the Location of Hope,” and presented at paper on Tillie Olsen at the MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver.

Martin Pousson just sold his new novel, Black Sheep Boy, to Rare Bird Books for hardcover publication in Winter 2015 as their flagship fiction title. A selection of stories from the novel received a NEA Fellowship in 2014. One of those stories, “Altar Boy,” will be published in the upcoming issue of Five Points, and another story, “The Fox in the Trap,” will be published next month in StoryQuarterly.

Jack Solomon (along with Sonia Maasik) published the eighth edition of Signs of Life in the U.S.A: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers (Bedford/St. Martin).

Elyce Wakerman’s new novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. For information about the book, see: http://www.amazon.com/Tale-Two-Citizens-Novel/dp/1631580140/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422318881&sr=1-1. For Elyce’s author page, see: amazon.com/author/elyce-wakerman.

Volume 40:25

December 17th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Thursday’s Notes will suspend publication during the Winter break. From all of us here at the Thursday’s Notes News Desk, we wish you the happiest of holidays!

2. Reminders

Research & Graduate Studies and Faculty Development announce the Faculty Writing Initiative, four new programs to help CSUN faculty pursue their writing endeavors. From writing scholarly articles for publication to engaging in creative writing, there is a program for you! Workshops for full time faculty and lecturers from all colleges are detailed online at http://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/resources-training. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and seats are filling fast.

The 19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium will take place on February 13, 2015 at the USU Northridge Center. The purpose is to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines. This is a student conference featuring oral and poster presentations to an audience of students and faculty and faculty judges. Based on the recommendations of the judges, cash awards will be presented in each of the oral sessions. For the poster session, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding undergraduate and graduate posters. The online application period starts November 14, 2014 and will close December 22, 2014. The application can be accessed through the following link: https://www.csun.edu/student-symposium.

3. Opportunities

The annual CSUN Competition for Research, Scholarship, and Creative
Activity Awards provide faculty the opportunity to receive a mini-grant
of up to $10,000 or 3 or 6 units of reassigned time to pursue their
scholarly and creative interests. The deadline for submission of
applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015. For the instructions and application, see http://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/2015-16_RSCA_Application_F.pdf.

4. Achievements

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Dr. Linda Rader Overman, one of our alum and lecturers who 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.

Stephanie Satie received an award for Best Documentary Script from The United Solo Festival in N.Y. Also, she has been invited back to The Odyssey Theatre to perform Silent Witnesses on Sundays at 2 p.m. from January 11 to February 1.

Volume 40:24

December 2nd, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

The 19th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium will take place on February 13, 2015 at the USU Northridge Center. The purpose is to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines. This is a student conference featuring oral and poster presentations to an audience of students and faculty and faculty judges. Based on the recommendations of the judges, cash awards will be presented in each of the oral sessions. For the poster session, cash awards will be provided to the outstanding undergraduate and graduate posters. The online application period starts November 14, 2014 and will close December 22, 2014.
The application can be accessed through the following link: https://www.csun.edu/student-symposium.

The quest to find that teaching-research balance is an on-going challenge. Faculty Development has teamed up with the Office of Research & Sponsored Projects to help you jumpstart your writing. The Faculty Writing Initiative will be offering 4 programs during the Spring & Summer to support faculty writing. Small faculty stipends will be provided (full details here). The first deadline to apply is December 15th for the February writing program.

2. Reminders

Receive a $200 stipend to join Faculty Development’s former Beck Grant winners (John Kephart, Jessica Baty, Randi Picarelli, & Jeanine Minge) in a 4-day Winter Bridges Teaching Institute. This intensive crash course (January 6, 7, 8, & 9) will help faculty develop and implement creative learner-centered instructional strategies for course design, delivery, and assessment. Due this Friday December 5. Please contact Donald Lilly at donald.w.lilly@csun.edu for more information.

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 is tomorrow. Apply at www.calstatela.edu/cetl/csu-teaching-symposium.

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

3. Opportunities

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) invites applications for its 2015-16 visiting academic fellowships. At least three AAS-National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships will be awarded for periods extending from four to twelve months. Long-term fellowships are intended for scholars beyond the doctorate; senior and mid-career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Over thirty short-term fellowships will be awarded for one to two months. The short-term grants are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research, and offer a stipend of $1850/month. Special short-term fellowships support scholars working in the history of the book in American culture, children’s literature, in the American eighteenth century, and in American literary studies, as well as in studies that draw upon the Society’s preeminent collections of graphic arts, newspapers, and periodicals. Accommodations are available for visiting fellows in housing owned by AAS.The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015. For further details about the fellowships, as well as a link to an online application form, please consult the website http://www.americanantiquarian.org/.

4. Achievements

Greg Aleman, who is interning through English 494 in the CSUN Media Relations department, has a featured article published on the CSUN website:http://gomatadors.com/sports/w-baskbl/2014-15/releases/20141125v5btbx. We are very proud of our interns and their work, demonstrating just how powerful an English major can be!

Yellow Medicine Review has nominated “This is a story about the Plains” by Scott Andrews for the Pushcart Prizes. His story appeared in the Fall 2014 edition of the journal.

On Saturday, November 22, Irene Clark attended a conference at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut titled “Thinking and Writing beyond Two Cultures: STEM, WAC/WID and the Changing Academy.” She presented a paper titled “Critical Thinking, Identity, and the Brain: Insights from Neuropsychology.”

Scott Kleinman gave a presentation at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was titled “Thinking with Computers: Materiality, Digitality, and the Medieval Manuscript.”

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.