Volume 40:31

April 15th, 2015 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Interested in a career in the law? Come join us next Monday, April 20, to hear our last Careers in English speaker, Wendy Whiteford. Wendy is an intellectual property attorney and Vice President with Amgen, Inc., and will talk to us about her career in law. There will be time for questions and answers, so if you’re considering law school, join us in Jerome Richfield 319 (The Linda Nichols Joseph Reading Room) from 12:30-1:30 on Monday, April 20.

2. Reminders

Faculty and staff are invited to a discussion of David Levithan’s novel Every Day, CSUN’s 2015-2016 Freshman Common Reading. Today, April 16, our own Kent Baxter will discuss the book with a special focus on Young Adult literature (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in SH 439, CIELO). For more information or to RSVP: call x6535 or see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/events/facultystaff-book-discussions-every-day.

3. Opportunities

Attention English Majors and M.A. students in the Literature Option: if you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may apply for the Dr. Susan Curzon Scholarship Award in the amount of $2,000. You must submit two letters of recommendation. The deadline is May 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m. Apply at: csun.starsscholarshipsonline.com/STARS/Default.aspx.

Wanted: Pablove Development and Events Intern. Are you interested in learning valuable development and event management skills and fighting childhood cancer with love? Then we want to meet you! Projects include: assisting with and attending fundraising events, researching potential corporate and in-kind donations, administrative tasks related to Development (e.g. mailings and filing), and grant research and some grant writing (no grant writing experience necessary, but writing experience is preferred). We are looking for someone who is detail oriented, has exceptional organizational skills and takes initiative on assigned projects. This internship will give you insight into how a growing non-profit approaches their development strategy. Enthusiasm and a passion for the cause is a must. You must live in or be willing to relocate to Los Angeles. To apply: Email your resume and cover letter to internships@pablove.org.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews reviewed Settler Common Sense by Mark Rifkin for Transmotion, a new, online journal that examines the works of American Indian critical theorist Gerald Vizenor and also works by others through a Vizenor lens. Scott also serves on the journal’s editorial board. In March, Scott chaired a panel titled “Red Reader Response,” and he participated in a panel of recent creative works at the Native American Literature Symposium in Albuquerque, N.M.

Bob Chianese’s poems, “Mud,” “Fire Bug,” and “Friendly Fire,” formed parts of the 2014 Ventura County Museum of Art exhibit: Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fires. An essay he wrote became gallery wall statements, and he gave a poetry reading in the gallery. He also just published a revised, digitally printed edition of Hall Canyon Suite: Photos and Poems of an Unsettled Place. His essay “How Can Art Move Us Beyond Eco-Despair?” will be published in the forthcoming May/June 2015 issue of American Scientist magazine.

Irene Clark gave a talk on April 1 at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. It was titled “Academic Writing and the Issue of Transfer.”

Janet Cross, Kathy Leslie, and Stephanie Satie are recipients of the University Ambassador’s Polished Apple Award. The Polished Apple Award is an honor to all faculty/staff members that have made a difference in one of the University Ambassador’s academic careers here at CSUN. The award ceremony will take place from 9:30am-12:30 p.m. on April 29 at the Grand Salon, USU.

Anthony Dawahare published “’La Poesía Sorprendida’ or the Surrealist Poetic Imagination Against Neocolonial Dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, 1943-1947” in the South Central Review, the official publication of the South Central Modern Language Association. (Special Issue on Dada, Surrealism and Colonialism, Spring 2015).

Nate Mills presented “Marxist Historical Form and the Black Reconstruction of the Southern Past” at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference in Seattle. His article “Ralph Ellison’s Marxism: The Lumpenproletariat, the Folk, and the Revolution” appears in the current issue of ​African American Review.

Laurisa White Reyes, one of our graduate students, has had accepted for publication two poems (crafted in Dr. Hall’s 609 course last year): “Yours and Mine” in UCLA’s Westwind and “Born Again” in riverSedge Literary Journal. In addition, her novel manuscript, “Memorable,” was just named among the top 20 finalists in the Young Adult Discovery Contest sponsored by Serendipity Literary Agency.

Steve Wexler presented his paper, “Reason-Risk-Cohort,” at the 2015 College Composition and Communication Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Beth Wightman spoke on “”Our Own Islands: Halford Mackinder and the Modernist Island Vernacular” at the Rethinking Irish Modernisms Conference, cosponsored by the UC Santa Barbara Center for Modern Literature, Materialism, and Aesthetics and the Southern California Irish Studies Colloquium, on April 4. At the end of March, she presented “Is e´oil´n na hEíreann? Ellis ni´Dhuibhne’s The Bray House and Speculative Geopolitics” at the annual American Conference for Irish Studies meeting in Ft. Lauderdale.

Volume 40:30

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

1. Announcements

On Wednesday, April 15, Drs. JC Lee, Santosh Khadka, and Iswari Pandey will conduct a panel presentation of their research work. The event is titled “Transfers & Transactions: Globalization, Multiliteracies, and Higher Education” and will take place from 2:15-4:00 p.m. in the Colleagues’ Room of the Sierra Center. Leaders from Sigma Tau Delta, Associated Graduate Students of English, Critical Theory Club, Graduate Reading Series, and Northridge Creative Writing Circle will help to host. Please join us in celebrating the vital research work of our newest faculty members.

Faculty and staff are invited to a discussion of David Levithan’s novel Every Day, CSUN’s 2015-2016 Freshman Common Reading. On Wednesday, April 15, Dr. Mark Stevens (University Counseling Services director) will focus on themes related to empathy-building and diversity (12:30-1:45 p.m. in SH 439, CIELO). On Thursday, April 16, our own Kent Baxter will discuss the book with a special focus on Young Adult literature (11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in SH 439, CIELO). For more information or to RSVP: call x6535 or see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/events/facultystaff-book-discussions-every-day.

2. Reminders

The SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Summer 2015 Student Writer Scholarship is now open. Please share this invaluable opportunity with your students. Each year the SCBWI sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program. This is an invaluable opportunity for young writers! SCBWI is now accepting applications for the 2015 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, July 31-Aug. 3. Deadline: April 15, 2015. Visit http://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/student-writer-scholarship/ for the application process.

3. Opportunities

Call for Papers: the American Association for the Advancement of Science–Pacific Division will hold a Symposium in the Science and the Arts and Humanities Section on “Coping with Climate Calamities: How the Humanities and Social Sciences Might Cure Our Eco-despair.” Date and place: June 14-17, 2015, at San Francisco State University. The symposium seeks papers and presentations about efforts in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that address underlying psychological disturbances that originate from dread over far reaching climate disruption. Please check the AAAS-PD website for more information about the 2015 meeting itself and for detailed instructions for submitting an abstract: http://associations.sou.edu/aaaspd/2015SANFRANCISCO/index.html. Also feel free to contact the organizer, Robert L. Chianese (one of our Emeritus Professors of English), at rlchianese@gmail.com. Due date for abstracts: April 10.

BKi is currently looking for someone with good communications skills to help support Marketing, Education & Outreach for energy efficiency programs at BKi, focusing on single-family home energy efficiency retrofits. The new candidate would have the opportunity to learn about what our state and county are doing to promote green living. They will get to participate in both the nitty-gritty program implementation by staffing, for example, information booths at local festivals and fielding homeowners questions, and in higher level communications by supporting, for example, the development of communications strategies that are reviewed by our state regulators. For more information, see http://www.bki.com/careers.html.

Granada Hills Charter High School is currently interviewing for Academic Tutor positions. $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 and their available schedule. For more information, call Maribel Palafox, AHA/Parent Engagement Supervisor, at 818/360-2361 (extension 315).

4. Achievements

Irene Clark gave a presentation on Friday, March 20, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, Florida. Her talk was titled “Threshold Concepts, Antecedent Genres, and Risk Aversion.”

Scott Kleinman was awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Start-up Grant. For more information on his achievement, please see http://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/news/professor-scott-kleinman-awarded-digital-humanities-start-grant.

Martin Pousson sold a new short story, “Feathers,” to Epoch for its upcoming issue. Two other stories, “Altar Boy” and “The Fox in the Trap,” have just been published in the current issues of Five Points and StoryQuarterly. All three stories are from his upcoming novel, Black Sheep Boy.

Linda Raider Overman, one of our alumna and lecturers, is featured in an article published by the University of Cumbria, where she recently earned her Ph.D. in Creative Writing. For the full story, please see http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/Public/VCO/Documents/Communications/Publications/Connect/2015Spring.pdf.

Elyce Wakerman will be reading from, discussing, and signing her novel, A Tale of Two Citizens, at Diesel Bookstore on Sunday, March 29 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Diesel is located in the Brentwood Country Mart at 225 26th Street, Santa Monica.

Volume 40:29

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

1. Announcements

The AGSE annual conference will take place this Saturday, March 14, from 9:00-4:30 p.m., in the University Student Union. This year’s conference will feature 40 academic papers and presentations by CSUN graduate students and undergraduate students, as well as scholars from CSU Fullerton, CSU Dominguez Hills, and the Otis College of Art and Design. There will also be a panel of CSUN freshmen. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Viet Thanh Nguyen, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Southern California. A well-known and respected theorist in the areas of Asian American literature and culture, ethnic studies, and transnationalism, Professor Nguyen is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002) and the novel The Sympathizer (forthcoming from Grove Atlantic). A program for the conference is located outside the mailroom for your perusal. The conference website can be accessed at https://agsevoyages.wordpress.com/conference-program/.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle will host a reading and talk by celebrated poet Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen, named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the LA Times Book Award. Citizen has generated much media buzz, and the NCWC is thrilled to host Rankine at CSUN, in partnership with Sigma Tau Delta, Associated Graduate Students of English, and the Critical Theories Club. The reading is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 4:30-6:30 p.m., and is free and open to all.

The Careers in English speaker series continues this month with speakers on writing and publishing. On Monday, March 9, Olivia Herstein spoke about organizational communications and the explosive growth of custom magazine publishing; on Wednesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 25, we welcome two more speakers from the field of publishing. Watch for flyers and save the dates! All sessions will be in JR319 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Professor Dorothy Barresi presents a reading by award-winning SoCal poets, Judith Taylor, Patty Seyburn, and Kim Young. The poetry reading will take place on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in JR319 (Linda Joseph Nichols Room). It is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of English and the Northridge Creative Writing Circle.

CSUN and Moorpark College professor and esteemed literary scholar Jeff Baker will discuss the complex and dynamic politics in the novels of Thomas Pynchon. See more at: http://ciapps.csuci.edu/events/Event/Details/143871#sthash.x0SFGVFB.dpuf.

2. Reminders

It’s time to Apply for a Beck Grant! Pitch your innovative learning-centered instructional project and receive funding up to $6000. Proposals for the 2015-16 Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects (aka, Beck Grants) are due March 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. and can be submitted to UGS in UN 215 or emailed to facdev@csun.edu. Click here for more information.

The due date for the College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program for Fall 2015 is tomorrow (Friday, March 13, 5:00 p.m.). For more information, see http://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activites-and-research.

Faculty Development is designing a campus-wide workshop in April to discuss academic integrity on our campus. This is especially important if you teach larger classes and online or hybrid courses. How can CSUN encourage a culture of integrity amongst our students? How can you design higher-level thinking questions to discourage cheating? Consider attending the half-day workshop on Academic Integrity. Faculty Development will pay a small stipend of $100 for your time. Date: April 17, 2015. Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Place: Oviatt Library Presentation Room. Space is limited. Please RSVP your willingness to attend to facdev@csun.edu or click here for more information.

3. Opportunities

The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Department of American Studies, Brown University, seek a postdoctoral fellow in the Digital Public Humanities. Digital humanities often results in projects open to the public, and public humanities work increasingly takes advantage of digital tools to reach and interact with broad audiences. The Center seeks a postdoctoral fellow to help explore the connections between the two fields. This postdoctoral fellowship is a full-time salaried appointment ($50,000) with excellent benefits and research/project support funds each year. It is open only to recent Ph.D. recipients; the fellow must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2015 and no earlier than June 2011. The appointment will be for two years. Please submit a C.V., three letters of recommendation, a sample of public work, and a dissertation chapter before March 13. Here’s the link: http://apply.interfolio.com/28477.

The SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Summer 2015 Student Writer Scholarship is now open. Please share this invaluable opportunity with your students. Each year the SCBWI sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program. This is an invaluable opportunity for young writers! SCBWI is now accepting applications for the 2015 SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles, July 31-Aug. 3. Deadline: April 15, 2015. Visit http://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/student-writer-scholarship/ for the application process.

The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2015 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. Important: the AAP is pleased to announce the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Students 23 years-old or younger who have won the AAP prize will be considered for an additional $1000 award. For more information please contact Leilani Hall at (818) 677-3428, leilani.hall@csun.edu or Dorothy Barresi at (818) 677-0911, dorothy.barresi@csun.edu.

Dear Service Learning Faculty: the grant cycle for service learning grants is opened. All part time and full time faculty may apply for a grant for the 2015-16 AY. The due date for the completed application is April 3, 2015. There are two new grants for this year: 1) Course development grant Summer Institute ($1,000). This grant will be designed as a 2-day summer workshop to revise a current course into a service learning course. Summer Institute is scheduled for June 2nd and 3rd. 2) Discipline Based Grant ($4,000). This grant has been redesigned to include course redesign at the Summer Institute in June 2-3 ($1,000). For more information, see http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/community-engagement/grant-opportunities.

4. Achievements

Cheryl Spector gave an invited lecture titled “Investigation, Imagination, and Invisibility: Longbourn and Nickel and Dimed” at the Santa Monica Public Library on March 3, 2015. The lecture was part of the spring program for Santa Monica Reads 2015. For more info see http://smpl.org/Longbourn2015.aspx and / or http://www.smgov.net/Main/News_Tab/2015_Santa_Monica_READS_features_Longbourn_by_Jo_Baker.aspx.

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.