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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.