Volume 51:2

August 28th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51:2)

1. Announcements

We are pleased to announce that Heidi Jorgenson will join the English Department office staff next week, on Tuesday, September 3, as the new Subject Matter/Composition Administrative Assistant. You can find her in ST 707 (Erin’s old office).  Please stop by and welcome her!

As discussed at the recent English Department Retreat, the English Department will be conducting a job search for two positions:  African American Literature & Culture and Latinx Literature & Culture. Anthony Dawahare, Chris Higgs, and Sandra Stanley compose the Search & Screen Committee and look forward to the opportunity to fill these important positions.

2. Reminders

The Academic Programming Fund and Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program applications are due on September 11.

The College of Humanities has several grant and fellowship opportunities available this year, such as the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program and the Research Fellowship Program.  For more information about College funded activities and research, please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

3. Opportunities

Applications to the Fulbright scholar program can now be made until September 16, 2019. The new deadline applies to candidates for all countries. For more information, visit https://awards.cies.org

The application deadlines for the 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship are quickly approaching. Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present. Applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts are due by September 12, 2019, and applications in science, engineering, and mathematics are due by October 3, 2019.  For more information, please write to fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

4. Achievements

Matt Bernstein, an alum who  graduated from CSUN with an M.A. in Literature in 2005, has a forthcoming article, “The Playwright Who Captured Geronimo,” in the upcoming issue of Wild West magazine.

Steve Wexler presented his paper, “The Alethization Problem and Our Transformative Digital Publics,” at MIT’s Media in Transition 10: “Democracy and Digital Media” Conference.

Volume 51:1

August 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51:1)

1. Announcements

Welcome back to another school year!  As the new Associate Chair, I look forward to compiling and editing Thursday’s Notes (TN) for this coming academic year. If you have any announcements or achievements you would like for me to post, please send them to me (adawahare@csun.edu), and, ideally, by Monday of each week. In any case, I will be sure to include them in TN. Also a warm welcome to the newly elected Chair of the English Department, Professor Beth Wightman!

The Composition Program Orientation will be held today from 12:00-4:00 p.m. in JR 319. Professor Mark Marino from USC will give a talk titled “Teaching Writing in the Post Blogging Era,” and Professor Rachael Jordan (one of our M.A. graduates and a full time Lecturer at CSU Channel Islands) will present ideas for commenting on student papers. All are welcome to attend.

Our first Department Meeting will be held on Friday, September 13, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The remaining meetings will be held on the following dates:  October 11, November 8, February 14, March 13, April 10, and May 8.

The Waves celebration will be held on Friday, October 4, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Grand Salon in the USU.

2.  Opportunities

The College of Humanities has several grant and fellowship opportunities available this year, such as the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program and the Research Fellowship Program.  Please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

3. Achievements

Fatema Baldiwala, one of our M.A. graduates, published an article, “How to Teach Your Students to Write the Perfect Pitch,” in the national NACCE Entrepreneur magazine (May 17, 2019).

Michael Bryson’s new book, The Humanist (Re)Turn was published in August by Routledge. It is a theoretical and comparative work that engages with literature from the Bhagavad Gita, Chaucer, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Richardson, Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Goethe, George Eliot, and Flannery O’Connor.

Irene Clark’s book Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practices in the Teaching of Writing (Routledge, Taylor and Francis) has been published in a third edition.

Anthony Dawahare presented a paper drawn from his new book, Tillie Olsen and the Dialectical Philosophy of Proletarian Literature (Lexington 2018), at the Marxist Literary Group’s Institute on Culture & Society (University of Illinois, Chicago) in June.