Volume 40:21

October 21st, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:21)

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 on Volume 40:20)

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).