1. Announcements

The Department has co-sponsored “Curated Sound,” a DJ Culture event, taking place all day today on campus. An after-party will be held in Highland Park beginning at 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit Curated Sound.

The Awards & Amenities Committee is still accepting applications for the Fall 2019 departmental awards. The deadline is tomorrow, November 22, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. For detailed information on the awards and the application process, please visit awards. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spector, the Chair of the Awards & Amenities Committee (Cheryl.spector@csun.edu).

The Composition Student Showcase, featuring the excellent writing of students from English 113A, 114A, and 115, will be held in the Whitsett room on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Friday, December 6, 2019, from 8:00 a.m to 11 a.m. This event is an opportunity for faculty and students to share the wonderful work produced by students in writing courses! Each participating class will have a space in the Whitsett room to display their work. CSUN Campus Writing Centers, Tutoring Centers, Writing Labs, and Supplemental Instruction (and S.I.), and tutors are also invited to share their excellent student support services! All composition instructors, students, writing support centers, departments, programs are welcome.

The English Department Composition Program Orientation will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. In addition to being able to chat with one another, the orientation will feature:

Professor Cezar Ornatowski, from San Diego State University, who will give a compelling talk titled “Weaponized Rhetoric: Writing, Social Media and the Rhetorical Situation as We (and Our Students) Now Control It.”

Trista Payte, LRC Director, who will share useful data about how students have been performing in the Stretch curriculum.

JR 319 is now open to Graduate and Honor’s students for study during the following times for the remainder of the Fall 2019 semester:

Mondays: 8:30-10:30am, 12:30-4:45pm
Tuesdays: 8:30am-3:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30-10:30am, 12:30-3:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30am-3:30pm

English Graduate/Honors students need to check in with the Main Office (ST-706/708) for access to JR 319. The room also needs to be left as found before leaving and locking the door.

The CFA’s Annual Fall 2019 Holiday Celebration will be held on Tuesday, December 3, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Orange Grove Bistro for great food, drinks and live music. Ivor Weiner’s Old School Funk Band will be back by popular demand. RSVP today to reserve your free drink ticket by calling extension 818-677-5919.

2. Reminders

The HSI Pathways to the Professoriate Program is currently opening its application for the 4th cohort of CSUN students, and faculty referrals are an important way that qualified applicants hear about our program. If you have any strong current students who are juniors interested in earning a Ph.D and becoming a professor, consider suggesting they check out the program’s website. They will be holding Info Sessions every week until 10 Student Fellows are selected.

The graduate students of the University of California, Riverside’s Department of English invite proposals for Disjunctions, their department’s annual graduate conference. This year’s conference theme is “Read for Filth.” Please see their CFP for more information regarding their theme. The two-day conference will be held on April 16-17, 2020 at the UC Riverside campus. The deadline for proposals is January 10, 2020. The CFP is also available at:

3. Opportunities

The Office Research and Sponsored Programs is happy to announce that nominations are now being accepted
for the 2020 Jerome Richfield Memorial Fellow. They are looking for scholars who are accomplished members of our faculty and of their discipline who are conducting research that is of broad interest to the public. With support from the Jerome Richfield Memorial Fund, each year, a CSUN faculty member engaged in high quality, high-impact research is named as the Richfield Memorial Fellow. The Fellow presents a lecture at the Provost’s Colloquium Series, which is designed to highlight and celebrate the scholarly achievements of our faculty, and to provide an opportunity for socialization among faculty, administrators, students, and staff. Any CSUN faculty, student, staff member, or administrator may nominate CSUN faculty members at any rank. If applicable, an individual may be nominated multiple times for separate, unrelated research topics. Self-nominations will also be accepted. Nominees may include at most two letters of support. Deadline: 5:00pm, Monday, December 9, 2019. For more information, contact Sheree M. Schrager, Managing Director/Acting AIC, Research and Sponsored Programs, at sheree.schrager@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Audrey Thacker presented her paper, “Oh, Brother, Now You’re a Jewish Mother? How Transparent’s Maura Pfefferman Has Turned the Trope on Its Head–Or Maybe Not,” at the annual symposium of the Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Association, in Miami Beach, Florida.

Congratulations to Audrey and all the faculty who continue to provide our students with a fine education and who advance our professions through their scholarly activities!