Volume 49.11

February 22nd, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.11)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



Susana Marcelo has established a memorial scholarship in honor of the recently deceased Angeline Olliff, a beloved English Rhetoric and Composition alum. The Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship honors Angeline’s devotion to teaching and her numerous academic achievements, and is made possible through Susana’s generosity and initiative and the blessing of Angeline’s family. The award will be given in Spring 2018 to a Rhetoric and Composition graduate student or a Teaching Associate in any specialization (creative writing, literature, rhetoric and composition). Susana is guaranteeing the scholarship award at $200 minimum but anyone can contribute through the CSUN foundation. Credit Card Donations may be made at  https://givenow.csun.edu/; checks made out to the CSUN Foundation, with the notation that they be directed to this award, may be sent to the English Department. Thank you, Susana.

The WhatEvery1Says Project (WE1S) is hiring up to two CSUN faculty members and ten CSUN students (undergraduate and graduate) to form the cohort for its first Summer Research Camp, which will take place from July 2 to August 5, 2018. Based at University of California, Santa Barbara, with core collaborators at CSUN and the University of Miami, WE1S was recently awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding of $1.1 million. The project uses digital humanities methods to study public discourse about the humanities at large data scales and hopes to learn new things about how news media sources portray the humanities. For more information on the project, read the WE1S Prospectus (http://we1s.ucsb.edu/we1s-prospectus/). The 2018 Summer Research Camp will focus on the grant’s Year 1 priorities of data collection and initial evaluation and analysis, identifying intellectual contexts, and developing tools and methods. Appropriate training in digital humanities methods and tools will be offered as part of the research camp. Faculty will be paid summer salary up to $1,000 each for participation in the research camp. Students will be paid $15.50/hour for a maximum of 20 hours/week. For further details and information about how to apply, see the full advertisement at http://bit.ly/2Bp9Gi2 or contact WE1S Co-Director Scott Kleinman (scott.kleinman@csun.edu). Primary consideration will be given to applications received by February 26. So be quick.

U100 Faculty Position Announcements for fall 2018 have been posted at https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/university-100/teaching-university-100. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 26.

Emeritus faculty Bob Chianese invites us to participate in a discussion of how we can get new ideas and novel strategies for dealing with climate change from art. Yes, art. Art can change our ideas and visions about what we face as our transformed local and global climates force us to adapt to new realities. Eco-Artists and Earth-Artists have insights and solutions we need to consider. This is a fundraiser for Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) at Patagonia with a modest ticket price so many can attend. For more information, go to http://www.cfrog.org/ecoart.

The 2018-2019 annual Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) fee request process is now open and (new this year) entirely online. If you receive funds from this program–or wish to–don’t miss the application deadline of  March 9, no later than 5:00 p.m. The application and operating policies can be found at http://www.csun.edu/academic-resources-planning/about-instructionally-related-activities-ira-funding.

Free copies of next year’s Freshman Common Read, Becoming Nicole, are available to faculty and staff. Please request yours by email (to Susanna: susanna.eng@csun.edu); by phone (818-677-6535); or in person (SH 422, Undergraduate Studies on the Roof). The deal is: you get one free copy in exchange for your promise to speak about the book with at least one new CSUN freshman in fall 2018. Try it–you might have fun, never mind do some good in the world. Offer valid while supplies last.

This year’s Office of Community Engagement’s Annual Research and Service Learning Symposium will take place in the beautiful Grand Lobby of the Soyara, The Valley’s Performing Arts Center, on April 17th from 1:00pm to 5:30pm. This event provides  CSUN students with the opportunity to showcase the incredible work they’ve done for their service learning projects and to compete for prizes of up to $500. All Service-Learning Faculty grantees from the 2017/18 academic year are required to nominate at least one student or student group to participate. And all Service Learning faculty are welcome to nominate their students as well. So, please do.

The CSU Fee Waiver module is currently available for Fall 2018 registration. For more information about this important benefit, please visit the Fee Waiver website.

CFA will be holding a Pensions and Benefits workshop on Thursday, March 8, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Sagebrush Room 100. Food, drink, and all materials will be provided.


The CSU Trustees’ Award For Outstanding Achievement recognizes students with demonstrated financial who have overcome adversity and shown attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. The recipient who receives the highest score by the CSU Foundation scholarship selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $12,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000), the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000), and the Reed Scholarship ($7,500). Most scholarships will be $6,000. Scholarship Eligibility Criteria include that the student have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, be currently enrolled as a full-time equivalent undergraduate or graduate student in any major field at CSUN (and be planning to be full-time throughout next year), and have a completed 2018/19 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application on file. For more information, and the application form, visit  www.csun.edu/financialaid/csu-foundation. If you have a truly exceptional student in mind, please consider nominating her or him, and let Kent know when you do. But you need to act quickly, because the fast-approaching deadline is March 2, at 9:00 p.m.


Dorothy Barresi’s forthcoming book, What We Did While We Made More Guns, and an interview with her on gun violence and extreme belief,  is being featured this week on PBS NewsHour online. Here’s the link to the article, which includes the book’s title, and very powerful, poem: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/poetry/what-we-did-while-we-made-more-guns-confronts-the-violence-of-extreme-belief. Read it now!

Scott Kleinman‘s article “Modeling the Contested Relationship between Analects, Mencius, and Xunzi: Preliminary Evidence from a Machine-Learning Approach”, co-authored with Ryan Nichols, Edward Slingerland, Kristoffer Nielbo, Uffe Bergeton, and Carson Logan, was published in the Journal of Asian Studies. He also gave a workshop on “Markdown and GitHub (First Steps Toward learning Modern Digital Practices for Sustainable and Shareable Research)” at UC Santa Barbara, January 26. A recording of the workshop is available athttps://whatevery1says.github.io/workshops/markdown-and-github/index.html.

Volume 49.10

February 8th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 49.10)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



We begin these notes with the sad reflection on the loss of one of our own, with thanks to Jackie Stallcup and Sandra Stanley, who knew her, perhaps, the best of any of us, and who share the following memories:

We are so deeply sorry to report the passing of one of our department’s bright stars, Angeline Olliff.  Angeline joined us in Spring 2008 as a junior transfer student from Pierce College. She entered the Honors option in Fall 2008 and graduated in Fall 2009. Her honors thesis grew out of a paper she wrote in an earlier course in which she (rather surprisingly, but brilliantly) compared texts by Margaret Fuller, Fanny Fern, and Ernest Hemingway, examining how each writer dealt with womanhood and marriage. Her Honors thesis, “The Pragmatic Feminine in Faulkner and Hemingway,” shifted focus to the twentieth century, utilizing pragmatist criticism to offer lively, engaging and smart interpretations of Dewey Dell and Margot Macomber. She won the Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize in Spring 2010 for this thesis. She did all of this while maintaining a near perfect GPA and achieving a GRE verbal score that ranked her in the top two percent of the nation.

When she joined our MA program in Fall 2010, she shifted focus to Rhetoric and Composition and threw herself with customary enthusiasm into her work as a TA. She became a devotee of whole class workshops for her writing students, researching intensively their efficacy and best practices and regaling her fellow English 698D students with stories of both disaster and success in the classroom. In 2015, she won first place at the annual CSUN Symposium for her presentation “Encouraging the ‘Risks of Caring’:  A Cognitive Development Approach to Collaborative Learning in the FYC Classroom.”  She graduated with her MA in spring of that year.

In addition to her myriad academic skills, Angeline brought to the table a sense of zest and determination rooted in her turbulent adolescence. Her struggles with body image issues made her sensitive to the ways in which our identities are culturally shaped, often in traumatic and problematic ways. She was committed to making use of her experiences to find ways to transform the lives of others; even as an undergraduate she dedicated time to work with troubled high school students and others who were struggling. In her academic work, she never pressed these ideas narrowly or exclusively. But it is clear from the topics she chose to write about that her experiences gave her a deeply personal investment in her scholarship and allowed her to understand and connect with her own students as they struggled to form and maintain their own identities.

Whatever Angeline did, she did with intensity, purpose, and dry but loving humor. She passed away on January 25, 2018.  She will be very much missed.

This Friday (tomorrow), February 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, the Reimagining Narrative Film Series returns with a special screening of David Lynch & Mark Frost’s “Twin Peaks: The Return, Part 8.” As Noel Murray puts it in his New York Times review, “There’s nothing to point to in the history of television that helps describe exactly what this episode attempts.” Please note: this film can be viewed as a standalone, so no prior knowledge of the show is necessary. Free and open to the public, the 2017-2018 series is dedicated to the study and discussion of dream narrative. Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in the series will be introduced and contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. In general, the series seeks to provide an opportunity for shared critical and creative thought and discussion by bringing together an interdisciplinary audience of students, faculty, and members of the community interested in narrative construction. Refreshments provided. For more information, contact Professor Higgs, christopher.higgs@csun.edu, or Ms. Mason, masonklc@gmail.com.

Sigma Tau Delta is proud to announce a special guest lecture by Mark Marino, Associate Professor and Director of Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab at USC. Sponsored in part by the College of Humanities, Marino’s talk is titled, “Reading and Writing in the Digital Age: Electronic Literature from Interactive Stories to Twitter Fiction,” and will take place on February 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., in JR 319. For more information, visit www.csun.edu/english/pop-culture.

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt, a book that tells the true story of a transgender girl and her family’s journey towards acceptance and ultimate celebration of her identity. At times a deeply personal story, the book also chronicles the family’s long legal struggle in support of their daughter. For more information and ways to get involved and help support the Freshman Common Reading project, please see https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/news/2018-2019-freshman-common-read-announced.

Mark your calendars now for the first ever annual Humanities Advocacy Day, taking place on Tuesday, March 13, in the Ferman Presentation Room of Oviatt Library. Keynote speaker, CSUN alumnus Mark Lopez, M.A. Chicano Studies and Recipient of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize, North America, will speak at 11:00 a.m., and a reception will follow at 12:15 p.m.

Spring elections for faculty governance positions will be held in March. Nominations for faculty officers, senators-at-large, and one representative to the Academic Senate CSU will be taken at the next Faculty Senate meeting on February 15. Senators may also make recommendations for Standing Committee representatives. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please contact Faculty President Adam Swenson or any member of the Faculty Senate prior to the meeting. The current roster may be found on the Faculty Senate website http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate.

The English Grammar Lab, now at the Learning Resource Center, is offering walk-in appointments, Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


This one is for undergraduate students who have completed less than 120 units and who are interested in government and/or politics. The 2018 Panetta Congressional Internship is now accepting applications for the Fall intern program which will send one CSUN student to Washington to work for a member of the California Congressional delegation. A scholarship covers all expenses. Please let interested students know about this exciting opportunity. The application deadline is Friday, February 23, 2018, by 4:00 p.m. to the Undergraduate Studies office (UN 215, MD 8203). For additional information, please see  www.panettainstitute.org/programs/study-with-us/congressional-intern-training.

Another opportunity of interest for undergraduates is a call for submissions from the Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley. For over seven years this journal has been showcasing the best undergraduate research in comparative literature and media from universities all over the world. The journal is currently inviting submissions, in any language, from undergraduate students working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Possible topics include but are not limited to papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiple disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and full submission guidelines, please visit their submissions page. Authors whose papers are selected for publication will receive free copies of the issue in which they are published. The deadline for this the Spring 2018 issue is February 15, at midnight, Pacific Time.

Closer to home, CSUN’s CAPTURED Student Multi-Media Journal Team is looking for a LEAD Student Editor. This is a paid position, with salary commensurate with experience, and will begin as soon as possible. Applicants must be an upper division or graduate student, with excellent writing and grammatical skills, and editorial experience. Responsibilities include assisting with developing strategies for soliciting and reviewing submissions electronically, assisting in working with graphic and website design, and assisting with managing the production process of the journal. Interested students should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: Dr. Theresa White at theresa.white@csun.edu.


CSUN alumni, Juan “Moncho” Alvarado, who won the Academy of American Poets Award when he was at CSUN, has done it again, winning his second such award during his final semester at Sarah Lawrence, where he completed his MFA last year. The poem, which received the 2017 John B Santoianni Award for Excellence in Poetry can be read here: https://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/john-b-santoianni-award-excellence-poetry-2017. In addition, Juan has been awarded Poets House Emerging Writers fellowship this year. Fellows receive $5,000 each, membership to the Center for Fiction in New York City, and access to writing space at the center. Winners also have the opportunity to meet with editors and agents who represent new writers.

Lucas Bailor, Creative Writing MA (2017), won 3rd place in Thin Air Magazine’s Gas Station Hybrid Text Prize for his piece, “bible garage.”

Jeff Baker’s article, “Style in Gravity’s Rainbow: Deweyan Art as Democratic Experience,” is forthcoming in On Style: Transdisciplinary Articulations, Bern: Peter Lang, 2018. Even better, Jeff also received a Fulbright Specialist Award for Fall, 2018, and will be a visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Antwerp.

Irene Clark and Bettina Huber‘s chapter titled “Gains in Written Communication between the Freshman and Junior Years” has been published in _Learning From the Learners: Successful College Students Share their Effective Learning Habits_, edited by Elizabeth Berry, Bettina J. Huber, and Cynthia Z. Rawitch (Rowan and LIttlefield 2018). Sharon Klein also has a chapter, “Sliding Into Learning: The Power of Webnotes,” co-written with Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, in this same book.

JYI student Lesly Fernandez  has won one of three $7,500 Wells Fargo Teaching Scholarships for a CSUN senior with a minimum GPA of 3.5 who wishes to pursue an English, Math, or Special Education credential through a post-baccalaureate Michael D. Eisner College of Education teacher credentialing program. Award applicants are required to write a double-spaced essay (approximately 250 words) in which they describe a challenge, triumph, personal relationship or other life experience that has impacted their decision to become a professional educator. Preference is given to candidates who showcase community involvement or have contributed to the field of education in the past.

Kate Haake had an essay, “Breathing Through Skin: Notable Birds and Amphibians of My Life,” published in the 2018 Winter issue of Catamaran.