Volume 38.10

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements

Spring is upon us, and with it, a host of new retirements. We are happy for them in their new life adventure, but, sadly, we will miss:  Martha Alzamora, Pam Bourgeois, Patrick Hunter, Rei Noguchi, Sharon Smartt, Pat Watkins. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., when we will be gathering to celebrate them at a potluck at Irene Clark’s home. The retirement committee will gratefully accept all donations for gifts and offers of assistance with the set-up and clean-up.  Please RSVP to Frank De La Santo in the main office, ST 706. Frank will also collect the contributions.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced its competition for Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This program supports research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Designed to be flexible to suit your needs, the guidelines allow you to define your audience, type of research, award period, and full- or part-time research preference.  The award provides a stipend of $4,200 per full-time month, maximum of 12 full-time months ($50,400). Part-time stipend may be taken for up to 24 months. Proposals must request a minimum of two months’ full-time stipend. The full announcement can be found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/AF_HSI.html. And the deadline for submission is April 17, 2012

Martin Pousson will be a featured reader at The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24. The event will celebrate the release of the new issue of The Rattling Wall and is sponsored by PEN Center USA. Martin will read poems and a short story published in that new issue . One of CSUN’s most distinguished alumni, Kim Young, also will be a featured reader with him. Kim is the author of Night Radio, winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Divided Highway (dancing girl press, 2008). Night Radio will be released by The University of Utah Press in September, 2012. Her poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, No Tell Motel, POOL and elsewhere. Founder and editor of Chaparral, an online poetry journal featuring Southern California writers, she holds an MA at Cal State University Northridge and an MFA at Bennington College, where she received a Jane Kenyon Scholarship in poetry.

Dorothy Barresi will be giving a reading for the Valley Contemporary Poets on March 18, right here in the Valley.  Mark your calendars.  Details to follow.

The dean’s office would like to help us promote our events!  Please send event information to Noreen Galvin (noreen.galvin@csun.edu), with (please) at least forty-eight hours advance notice. When you do, please include (Noreen wants to know): title, date, description of event and image (if you have one), website, contact information, email, sponsor, cost, location, and anything other pertinent information. You can also request that the event be shared with such other lists as College of Business & Economics, College of Humanities, Institute for Sustainability, Library, Matador Involvement Center, Michael D. Eisner College of Education, Mike Curb College of Arts Media & Communications, NCOD Events, Office of the Provost, University Events Calendar, Valley Performing Arts Center, and other CSUN groups, departments, or programs. This is good news–thanks, Noreen!

Another way to thank them might be for us to “like” them on the new COH Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/CSUN-College-of-Humanities/224957820883813 .  Here, they will be posting information about College events, lectures  and other activities taking place on campus!  What’s not to like?

All CSUN students are now eligible to apply for a $700 Hazing Awareness Scholarship. If you know students who might be interested, please encourage them to contact the scholarship office and request an application or apply online at www.collegegreekbooks.org/cashaward.html. These are rolling scholarships; the next deadline is March 6.

Everyone  is invited to read One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni as part of a Faculty-Staff Book Group this spring.  This book will be CSUN’s new Freshman Common Reading for 2012-2013. Each group meets one time, so you get your choice: March 13 (Tuesday) from 2-3:15 p.m. in CIELO (SH 439); OR March 21 (Wednesday) from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in CIELO (SH 439). Light refreshments and free copy of the book to all participants. Please RSVP to x6535 (Academic First Year Experiences) to reserve your seat. Don’t forget to ask for a copy of the book. More information:  http://www.csun.edu/afye/One-Amazing-Thing-Book-Groups.html. And if you can’t make these, don’t worry–more groups will meet after spring break.

Nate Mills is looking for examples of successful abstracts/proposals submitted to conference and panel organizers for his English 630 graduate students. If you have one (ideally of the 250-500 word variety) that you wouldn’t mind sharing (anonymously, of course) with his class, both Nate and his students would really appreciate it.

Patricia Kalayjian and Emily Magruder will be hosting the spring meeting of the Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers at CSU Dominguez Hills on March 11.  They are reading Clarence: A Tale of Our Times (1830), by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, edited by Melissa Homestead and Ellen Foster and newly reissued by Broadview.  The meeting will be from 11:30 until 3, and lunch will be provided. All are invited. For more information, please contact Beth Wightman.

The Northridge Writers’ Circle will be holding their first members’ reading on Friday, in JR 319, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Come out and hear them–they will be great!

2.  Reminders

Don’t forget Rick Mitchell’s Highways debut.  Highways, in Santa Monica, will be presenting his new, multimedia play, Ventriloquist Adrift; or Porno for Dummies (in which, lo and behold, the author is performing) on Friday & Saturday, February 24th and 25th, at 8:30 p.m. A theatrical exploration of race, identity, and performance in late 19th century America, the dark comedy is informed not only by vaudeville “humor,” but also by relevant historical conflicts (and, of course, by conflicts of today). The Saturday, February 25th show will be followed by an audience talk-back moderated by Anthony Dawahare, and featuring the play’s director, Roger Q. Mason, and the dramatist. To reserve tickets, please call Highways at (310) 315-1459. For further information, please go to the following webpage: http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/performance/rick-mitchell-ventriloquist-adrift-or-porno-for-dummies/.

3.  Opportunities

This just in:  Graduate Studies has announced two exciting awards open to our outstanding graduate students:

  • The 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 on Saturday May 12, 2012.
  • The Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award For Outstanding Graduate Student:  This annual award is presented to an outstanding graduate student who has completed or will be completing degree requirements by June 2012. 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 the Honors Convocation.

The deadline for both awards is March 26.  Please spread the word to our students and encourage them to apply.

And for our undergraduate students, Thoreau’s Rooster, A Journal of Undergraduate Creative Nonfiction, is calling for submissions of “personal essays with a narrative touch” for an Editor’s Prize of $200. Please let students know that if they are interested they should email attached entries to rooster@assumption.com, and include in the body of the email a paragraph of biographical information, name of academic institution (CSUN), teacher and teacher’s email, and the writer’s email and snail mail addresses for summer. They can be see on the web at http://www.assumption.edu/rooster.

Also, the FictionBrigade, a digital publisher of flash fiction, is currently soliciting stories that are 50-1500 words, short graphics or art, and videos under two minutes. Starting this year they will be publishing ebooks on a monthly basis, and all topics and themes for each ebook can be found on our website. All contributors whose stories accepted will have their work available through all the major digital channels: Amazon, Apple, Google, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc. Submissions guidelines can be found at www.fictionbrigade.com.

4.  Achievements

The last issue of EOTN featured Cesar Soto’s exciting news about his acceptance into at least two PhD programs. Since then, we’ve had good news from other students too, and it strikes that, in this season of decision and as more of our students celebrate good fortune and achievement, it would be a good idea to start keeping a list. Please let me know as soon as you do when  your students share their own successes with you, and I will feature them all in the final issue of EOTN and celebrate them together.

Kristin Cornelius has received both a Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship and a competitive travel bursary from the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute this summer in Victoria, British Columbia.

Nicole Warwick published an article, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury: Why We Should Include Poetry in the Writing Classroom,”  in the Winter 2011-2012 edition of JAEPL (The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning).

Volume 38.9

February 9th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements

Tomorrow marks the end of the third week of instruction and the last day for students to drop or add on SOLAR, thus bringing to a welcome conclusion the weirdest semester beginning on record. Once again, we want to acknowledge the patience, resilience, and fortitude of all of those who found themselves on the front-line of chaos, from staff, to classroom instructors, to Jackie herself. Now that it’s over and we can get on with the actual business of teaching, we might all want to reflect on how we ended up here and let the people who should be hearing from us actually hear from us. Or, as Vice Provost Cynthia Rawitch and Acting Administrator for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students William Watkins suggested in their thoughtful dispatch last week, “what is playing out here on campus is a reflection of the larger budget crisis in the state of California. The University advocates for public higher education and CSUN students at the state and federal levels, but we can’t do it alone. Please reach out to your legislators to share your stories, so that they understand how their decisions impact you and your families. You can find out who represents you and how to contact them by at http://capwiz.com/csun/directory/statedir.tt?state=CA&lvl=state.”

For those who are missing it, the new and improved TN Calendar is now located on the English webpage.

It’s that time again.  Please, please, please announce to your classes that the Northridge Review is accepting submissions for the Spring 2012 Issue now until February 17.  The NR accepts fiction/drama/creative non-fiction (5000 words maximum) in typed, double-spaced manuscripts, and up to five poems. Names should not appear on manuscripts, but full contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) should be included on a separate cover page. Submissions may be sent or dropped off in the main English Office, ST 706. This is such a great opportunity for all our students–to be considered, to be read, and for some for of them to be published–it would be a shame if they missed out on it just because they didn’t know about it. This includes literature classes where many closet writers hide out or where spectacular (and perhaps non-conventional) essays may also prove worthy of a wider readership.

And while we’re on the subject of the Northridge Review, stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding their not-to-be-missed bi-annual publication reading celebrating the work of so many students. You’ll be the first to know.

Gordon Nakagawa, Emeritus Professor and former Associate Dean, will be speaking on “The Japanese American Incarceration and Post 9/11 Fortress America on Wednesday, February 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Whitsett Room.

Highways, in Santa Monica, will be presenting Rick Mitchell’s new, multimedia play, Ventriloquist Adrift; or Porno for Dummies (in which, lo and behold, the author is performing) on Friday & Saturday, February 24th and 25th, at 8:30 p.m. A theatrical exploration of race, identity, and performance in late 19th century America, the dark comedy is informed not only by vaudeville “humor,” but also by relevant historical conflicts (and, of course, by conflicts of today). The Saturday, February 25th show will be followed by an audience talk-back moderated by Dr. Anthony Dawahare, and featuring the play’s director, Roger Q. Mason, and the dramatist. To reserve tickets, please call Highways at (310) 315-1459. For further information, please go to http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/performance/rick-mitchell-ventriloquist-adrift-or-porno-for-dummies/.

The CSUN deadline for the California Pre-Doctoral Program is March 9. Designed to increase the diversity of the pool from which the California State University draws its faculty, this program provides critical support for the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. A special emphasis is placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter graduate programs at one of the University of California campuses. Successful applicants will work closely with a CSU faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan which leads ultimately to enrollment in a doctoral program. Funding is available for various projects associated with this plan. Please be on the lookout for students who might benefit from this program and try to help out when asked if you can.

CSU Long Beach Graduate Students have announced their 1st ever Interdisciplinary Conference for the Humanities, organized by students and for students, to provide a forum and discussion on scholarly topics facing our world today as well as creative and historical variations of the “occupy” theme. The Keynote Speaker’s Address, “Occupational Hazards at Home and Abroad” will be delivered by Dr. John Carlos Rowe of the University of Southern California. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the Humanities are encouraged to apply. Abstract submission deadline is February 20, 2012. For full details and submission guidelines, please refer to the formal CFP and conference website at http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/english/conference/.

While you’re at it, don’t miss our own AGSE’s Conference, Shattering, which is taking place on March 3, or our Sigma Tau Delta’s Colloquia, Sex or Something Like It, which is taking place on March 17.  Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle is thrilled to announce its first sponsored reading, featuring Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Eric Morago on February 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room. Moraga will be reading a variety of his work in both poetry and fiction and has agreed to do a Q&A session after the reading. Also, he will have a collection of his books available at the reading for purchase and signing. Widely published in such anthologies as Carving in Bone (Moon Tide Press, 2007), Beside the City of Angels (World Parade Books, 2010) and Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug (Tebot Bach, 2011), Morago is currently an associate reviewer for Poetix.net, poet-in-residence with California Workforce Association, and a teacher for Red Hen Press’ Writing in Schools program. This is another exciting not-to-miss event. And kudos to the students for putting it together.

Another Northridge Creative Writing Circle event:  fundraising night at Chili’s is Monday, February 13, from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  With each flyer presented, Chili’s will donate 15% of the sales brought in to the Writing Circle. So pick up a flyer and come out to help support our students. Fun will be had by all.

Norma Aceves would like to invite all the faculty, staff, and students in the department to see her perform in Eve Ensler’s, “The Vagina Monologues.”  This event is put on by CSUN VDAY, which is part of a worldwide organization that fights against violence in the world. Proceeds will help our local women’s shelter, Haven Hills. We have only two showings this year, February 17 and 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the USU Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the AS ticket office in the USU or online at ticketmaster.com. Please tell your classes about it and check your mail boxes for flyers.

2.  Reminders

Interim President Harry Hellenbrand recently called your attention to the “Emergency Operations Desk Reference for Faculty Members” posted at http://www-admn.csun.edu/publicsafety/emergency/, and it’s worth repeating here: safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Follow the link and check it out for a quick guide on what to do during emergency situations that might occur on a university campus–medical emergency, fire/explosion, hazardous materials, bomb threat or suspicious object, and earthquake, or a shooting.  You may find a time when you’ll be glad you did.

Don’t forget the All College Meeting, with President Harry Hellenbrand & Administrator-in-Charge William Watkins, an opportunity to share important information regarding the university, still coming up on Monday, March 5, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room.

And again, the 2012 Majors Fair, on March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Matador Square.  The SSC/EOP and Liberal Studies will be representing the College of Humanities, but is asking us to help promote the event with our students.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the College of Humanities to recruit new majors and minors from within CSUN’s existing student body.  If anyone has any materials they’d like to have displayed and/or distributed to students there, please deliver them to Kate Haake (me) who will see that they’re delivered the EOP.

3.  Opportunities

Faculty who are potentially interested in applying for the 2012/13 CSUN Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards (deadline, Monday, February 27, at 5 p.m.) are invited to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, February 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Whitsett Room. Director of Research and Sponsored Projects Scott Pérez, CAS Associate Professor Douglas Carranza, and COH Grants Officer Teresa Morrison will be on hand to discuss the writing, submission, and evaluation of these mini-grants, which award up to $5,000 or 3 units of reassigned time to pursue scholarly and creative interests. Examples of previously funded grants will be available at the workshop (and are also available for reference at the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects).  This internal competition will fund many diverse research projects throughout the university, and all who are interested are encouraged to apply.  Please RSVP to teresa.morrison@csun.edu .

The Faculty Technology Center has issued a call for proposals for its Summer 2012 Course Redesign Institute. Interested in learning trends and best practices for hybrid and online instruction?  Redesigning your course for 50/50 delivery? Taking advantage of campus supported technologies? Networking? Custom support for your teaching needs? This may be the opportunity for you. The Institute will bring together twelve lucky participants for a two-week, face-to-face session from June 4 to June 15 and pay a stipend of $1500. To apply , please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RedesignInstitute. The deadline is February 15, and applicants will be notified by March 15.

If you know of any students still looking for graduate opportunities, here is an exciting new one in Creative Writing. The University of Central Arkansas will be inaugurating a new studio MFA in Fall 2012 with a progressive and intensive curriculum.  Assistantships will be available and class sizes will be small.  The program will train students in publishing and pedagogy and poise them for an increasingly global job market where creative imaginations are in demand.  Located just outside Little Rock, near two beautiful mountain ranges (the Ozarks and the Ouachitas), the area boasts a growing and exciting literary arts culture. For more information, please go to http://www.uca.edu/writing/mfa/ or write program director Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice at stephv@uca.edu. The deadline is March 15.

Precipitate, a Journal of the New Environmental Imagination, is accepting submissions for its Fall issue until February 21.  As a literary and visual arts journal, Precipitate aims to better understand how language and art act as interpretive devices for an external world that is simultaneously present and absent, riveting and severe, earthy and complex, and that inspires humor, irony, fear, and joy. Precipitate explores non-traditional perspectives of the physical world, and within these pages we invite writers, artists, and readers to investigate and destabilize ideas of place. Submission guidelines can be found at http://precipitatejournal.com/home/submission-guidelines/.

4.  Achievements

Ian Barnard’s article “Queer Writing” was published in the inaugural issue of College Composition and Communication Online (CCC 1.1, Jan. 2012).  The piece is part of a cluster of texts treating Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s impact on the field of Rhetoric and Composition.

Fred Field evaluated a research project in linguistics for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the NSF.

Charles Hatfield presented a paper at the 2012 Modern Language Association Conference in Seattle this January on the panel, The Material History of Spiderman. His paper was entitled, “Tangled Web: Spider-Man’s Discontinuous Continuity,” and rumor has it that he was “amazing.”

Cesar Soto has been offered admission into English doctoral programs at the University of Maryland and Marquette University (Milwaukee) with good financial packages and is looking forward to continuing his studies in British Romanticism. Still waiting to hear back from other programs before making a final decision, he wishes to thank Ranita Chatterjee and Irene Clark for their guidance and unflagging support.