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Volume 51.19

May 21st, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.19)

1. Announcements

This is the last issue of Thursday’s Notes until Fall 2020. It has been a challenging year yet, as Thursday’s Notes has reported throughout the year, our faculty and students have continued to be productive and successful in their creative, scholarly, educational activities. We also want to thank our administrative staff whose work is always indispensable to the success of our Department. We wish all of you a happy and heathy summer.

2. Reminders

The Office of the Chancellor’s Academic Technology Services is offering a three-week intensive program, Introduction to Teaching Online Using the QLT Instrument. This course is intended for anyone who is interested in and/or plans to teach a hybrid or online course. Faculty who can dedicate 15-20 hours total are encouraged to sign-up. Please note that not all their summer courses are available to CSUN faculty; only these two dates listed below:

● Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT: June 8-28
● Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT: July 6-26

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Quality Assurance Training Page or go directly to the summer registration link to enroll in one of the sessions.

Do you Prefer Self-Paced Learning?

If you don’t have time to commit to a formal facilitated program, you can still learn the basics of teaching online. Please see a menu of options listed at Faculty Development Self-Paced Training webpage. Some of the options include:

Option 1: Online Teaching & Learning Featured Tracks
Option 2: Remote Teaching Canvas Community
Option 3: Teaching with Canvas Workshops

3. Opportunities

Grant Opportunities from California Humanities:

Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) will be awarded three times a year for small-scale public humanities activities and projects that will take place within a one-year period from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation. Appropriate formats include but are not limited to community dialogues, reading- or film-and-discussion groups, oral history or nonfiction writing or story-sharing workshops, and other types of activities. Applications due:June 15, 2020.

Project Grants ($10,000 to $20,000) will be awarded twice a year for larger public humanities projects of up to two-years duration from the award date. Appropriate programming formats include but are not limited to interpretive exhibits, community dialogue and discussion series, workshops and participatory activities, presentations and lectures, conversations and forums, and interactive and experiential activities. Applications due: August 3, 2020.

Grant Opportunities from the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Program:

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by: 1) providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both; 2) supporting projects at any stage of development, but especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective; and 3) furthering the NEH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the humanities by encouraging applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and community colleges. This funding program is intended to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication by supporting the work of individual scholars doing research or writing.CSUN can nominate up to two tenured or tenure-track faculty for a $6000 summer stipend from NEH. The internal selection process can be found at https://www.csun.edu/research-sponsored-programs/funding-opportunities. Emailed notices will go out from the Research and Sponsored Programs office soon to eligible faculty regarding the limited submissions procedure. Applications due: September 23, 2020

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (National Endowment for the Humanities):

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.
Applications due: June 30, 2020

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $22.2 million in grants for 224 humanities projects across the country. These grants will enable the production of a 90-minute documentary on singer and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson, support a Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition on Rockwell’s Four Freedoms series, and bolster the digital infrastructure of the Walt Whitman Archive to allow greater access to this online scholarly repository. For more information, visit NEH.

4. Achievements

Matt Bernstein’s article “The Fix Is In” on tong warriors in old San Francisco’s Chinatown is in the current issue of Wild West, and he will be presenting it before the Western History Association Conference in Albuquerque in October. An MA English alum, Matt is a frequent contributor to Wild West.

Rachel Birke (MA, 2020) will begin a PhD program in English at UCLA this fall. She received full funding to study narratives of the west from the nineteenth century to the present. She also has been selected as one of four of the recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Thesis/Graduate Project Competition. The award is for $1,000.

Grace Kimball (MA, 2020) was accepted with full funding for UC Santa Barbara’s PhD program in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies to study early modern dramatic literature.

The tenth edition of Jack Solomon’s Signs of Life in the U. S.A. (now in the proof set stage) is scheduled for publication in September 2020.

Modje Taavon (MA, 2019) will join the Comparative Literature Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2020. She is admitted with six years of funding, including a Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities & Arts and a research fellowship from the UIUC Medieval Studies program. Entering the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory, her research will focus on the Greco-Arabic translation movement and the formative role of the medieval Islamicate world in the development of western intellectual traditions, especially in medieval and early modern Europe. While at CSUN, she was a 2018-19 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar, the 2018-19 Co-President of AGSE, the founder of Articulate, and the 1st place winner of the 2019 CSUN Distinguished Thesis/Graduate Project Award.

Steve Wexler’s short story, “Some Pill,” was a finalist for the New Millennium Flash Fiction Award.

Congratulations to all!

Volume 51.18

April 30th, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.18)

1. Announcements

Addendum: We are sorry for the impression created in Thursday’s Notes concerning online instruction next semester. It is not only the full-time, tenure track faculty who have the opportunity to teach online in the Fall. All faculty have the right and ability to request online classes. Further, we do not yet know what modality the campus will be in for Fall and we look forward to receiving guidance from the University-wide coronavirus task force in the coming weeks. When we have more information, it will be shared with all.

The English Department application process for the Spring Awards ends today. Please encourage students to apply. For detailed information on the many student awards we offer, please visit Spring Awards.

Please note the following opportunities available to refine online teaching abilities and techniques:

Option 1: Get Up To Speed with Online Teaching at CSUN
May 4-22

Faculty Development, the Faculty Technology Center and the Tseng College Distance Learning team are organizing this three-part program with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous meeting times in the following date ranges:

WEEK 1 (May 4, 5 or 7): Attend one orientation session. We will orient you to online materials to review at your own pace the following week. (Synchronous on Zoom)
WEEK 2 (May 11-15): Learn on your own in self-paced modules (Asynchronous on Canvas). Visit our event page for details about the topics.
WEEK 3 (May 18, 19 or 21): Participate in hands-on, teaching lab sessions with instructional designers and technologists for Q&A. (Synchronous on Zoom)
Open to all CSUN Faculty: register for this programming now.

Option 2: Introduction to Teaching Online Using the QLT Instrument by the Chancellor’s Office
June 8-28
July 6-26

The Office of the Chancellor’s Academic Technology Services is offering three-week intensive program options, Introduction to Teaching Online Using the QLT Instrument. This course, also facilitated is intended for anyone who is interested in and/or plans to teach a hybrid or online course. Faculty who can dedicate 15-20 hours total are encouraged to sign-up. Please note that not all their summer courses are available to CSUN faculty; only these two dates listed below:

● Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT: June 8-28
● Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT: July 6-26

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Quality Assurance Training Page or go directly to the summer registration link to enroll in one of the sessions.

Do you Prefer Self-Paced Learning?

If you don’t have time to commit to a formal facilitated program, you can still learn the basics of teaching online. We have a menu of options listed on our Faculty Development Self-Paced Training webpage. Some of the options include:

Option 1: Online Teaching & Learning Featured Tracks
Option 2: Remote Teaching Canvas Community
Option 3: Teaching with Canvas Workshops

2. Reminders

Please note the following recommendations from the Provost, which were also conveyed in an email from Beth Wightman dated April 9, 2020:

Student Evaluations for faculty during the Spring 2020 semester: Our campus, in conjunction with the Senate Executive Committee, has endorsed the ASCSU Resolution 3418-20. As such, we agreed that faculty may choose to remove Spring 2020 SEF from their PAFs.

Peer Observation Letters: With the campus transition to virtual modalities of instructions we understand that peer observations this semester may not be an accurate reflection of faculty performance. We recommend that peer observations not be held for the Spring 2020 semester.

Post Tenure Reviews: Considering the disruption, we recommend that post tenure reviews scheduled for Spring 2020 be postponed until next Academic Year. In cases where the review had been completed prior to the COVID-19 crisis the PTR will be placed in the PAF.

Request for Tenure Clock extensions due to the COVID-19 crisis: Article 13 of the CBA allow faculty to request an extension to the tenure clock due to exceptional circumstances. The COVID-19 disruption may be considered an exceptional circumstance. Tenure clock extensions may be requested by submitting a letter to the Provost and the Office of Faculty Affairs. Extensions to the tenure clock cannot be revoked. Under Article 13.8 of the CBA, requests for extension of the tenure clock must be made no later than thirty days prior to the beginning of the following academic term. For the COVID-19 disruption, requests must be made no later than thirty days prior to the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester.

Retention, Tenure and Promotion Reviews: We will be continuing with the deadlines established in Section 600 Administrative Manual and have agreed that the Provost letter will be sent to their CSUN email address. We will be sending out a communication email to those faculty under review to inform them that they will need to check their CSUN email regularly and that they will be receiving the RTP Review letters as per Section 600 by June 1st or earlier. The 10 day right to respond will apply from the date the letter is emailed to the faculty member.

Amber Norwood is working with Faculty Development as a resource for faculty who want a hand, a sounding board, or one-on-one chat about what’s happening in your classes, what could be happening, and how to make it happen. Feel free to email her at amber.norwood@csun.edu to chat or zoom.

3. Opportunities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $22.2 million in grants for 224 humanities projects across the country. These grants will enable the production of a 90-minute documentary on singer and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson, support a Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition on Rockwell’s Four Freedoms series, and bolster the digital infrastructure of the Walt Whitman Archive to allow greater access to this online scholarly repository. For more information, visit NEH.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. For more information, visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants.

4. Achievements

Joseph Galasso’s research on child possessive structures appears in the latest edition of The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics (Edited by Jeffrey L. Lidz, William Snyder, and Joe Pater)

(The following achievements by our alumni are generously shared by Martin Pousson.)

Moncho Alvarado (CSUN: BA in CW 2016, Sarah Lawrence College: MFA in CW 2018) recently had their poems published in Emerge: 2018 Lambda Fellows Anthology, Meridian, Foglifter, Lunch Ticket, and elsewhere. As winner of The Academy of American Poets prize, their work also has been published on the academy’s website. They are the recipient of the Thomas Lux Scholarship for community service, as well as fellowships and residencies from The Helen Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Lambda Literary, Poets House, Troika House, and other places. They’ve worked with youths in Sunnyside Community Services in Queens, NY. Moncho currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as a poet, translator, Mexican-American queer activist, and educator.

Cristian Castro (CSUN: BA in CW expected 2020) has been accepted into the USC Master of Arts program in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs, and he was named a finalist in the national competition for placement in Teach for America. He also won a $10,000 scholarship from USC, and he’ll enter their MA program in Fall 2020.

Paaez Coleman (CSUN: BA in CW 2019) has been named a finalist in the national competition for placement in Teach for America.

Kelly Geiger (CSUN: MA in CW expected 2020) won the Associated Retired Faculty Award with a prize of $2000.

Joshua Khabushani (CSUN: BA in Philosophy Summa Cum Laude 2016, Columbia University: MFA in CW expected 2020) has completed his studies in the Columbia University Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. While at CSUN, he took classes in the Creative Writing program and won the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. While at Columbia, he worked with writers from the New Yorker, including Hilton Als.

August “Auggie” Samie (CSUN: BA in CW Summa Cum Laude 2011, University of Chicago: MA in Middle Eastern Studies Magna Cum Laude 2013 & PhD expected Magna Cum Laude 2020) has just finished his doctoral dissertation, The Shibanid Question: Reassessing 16th Century Eurasian History in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan. He will defend the dissertation in June and is expected to graduate thereafter from University of Chicago with a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies. While at CSUN, he earned the Dean’s Scholar Award and the Wolfson Scholar Award. While at UoC, he founded Lights: The MESSA Quarterly, and he taught Islamic History at Loyola University Chicago and various History courses as well as the Persian language at University of Chicago.

Naomi Trantu (CSUN: BA in Screenwriting 2013) has been accepted into the American Film Institute Screenwriting Program. She enrolled in several Creative Writing courses while an undergraduate at CSUN.

Leticia Valente (CSUN: BA in CW 2014 & MA in CW 2018, CSULB: MFA in CW expected 2020) in the past year served as Fiction Editor for RipRap, the literary magazine housed at CSULB. She also worked as Graduate Assistant in the College of Engineering, teaching English Composition to Engineer majors, and she won an internship appointment at Golden West College in the Coast Community College District, teaching Freshman Composition. This Spring, she finished her thesis and will graduate from CSULB with a MFA in Creative Writing.

Doug Weissman (CSUN: BA in CW 2010, University of San Francisco: MFA, 2013) recently had short stories published in several literary magazines, including “Blackbird” in Kingdoms in the Wild, and “Whistle in the Baobab” in Wild Musette. He also won second-place in a national travel essay contest with an essay entitled, “Not Your Mother’s Travel Porn.” In addition, he works as Lead Travel Writer for Zicasso, an award-winning luxury and travel company based in Mountain View, and as an instructor for Southern New Hampshire University’s online Creative Writing program. He and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of Eloise, a beautiful baby girl

A big congratulations to our alumni and faculty!

Volume 51.17

April 16th, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.17)

1. Announcements

The Northridge Review is celebrating its first ever digital release with a virtual reading happening on Friday, April 24th from 5:00–8:00 p.m. The event will include an open mic reading @ 5:30 p.m. and a contributor reading @ 6:30 p.m. Save the date and come join us at the launch next Friday! Students should RSVP if they would like to participate in the open mic (5-minute maximum per reader) or join the NR reading to be admitted to the literary splendor without reading their own work. And, of course, faculty are warmly invited to attend as well. Unfortunately, it is B.Y.O.S. (bring your own snacks) this time.

Additionally, the submissions window for the Fall 2020 issue of The Northridge Review has been extended until April 25th. Submissions are free, reviewed anonymously, and open to poetry, prose, drama, and art. Students may submit their work by going to submissions. Please encourage students you know to check it out.

Social distancing got you feeling cooped up? Looking for something to do virtually on a Friday night? Join us for an evening of poetry and prose as graduate students from CSUN’s English Department Graduate Studies read their best creative work in a virtual reading event. This will be the first ever Virtual Graduate Reading Series from CSUN’s English Department! Poetry readings from Angel Baker, Annabelle Bonebrake, Carl Robinette and Miguel Noh. Prose readings from Michael Washington and Sam Goli. Anyone can join as an audience member via Zoom. For those who have never used Zoom it is quick to set up. Just click the link on the night of the event and follow the instructions that appear. Feel free to start the conversation on social media now, and on the night of, at #VirtualGRS2020. Join the event by clicking the link on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

The English Department is pleased to announce the opening of the application process for the Spring Awards. Please encourage students to apply. For detailed information on the many student awards we offer, please visit Spring Awards.

2. Reminders

The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2020 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. The AAP is also pleased to announce the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Students 23 years-old or younger who have won the AAP prize will be considered for an additional $1000 award. To Enter: Submit one to three poems, accompanied by a cover sheet, to their Canvas site: ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS. Poems may be any length or style. Your name should not appear on the poems. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the titles of the poems you are submitting. All work must be typed and submitted in a single word doc. The cover sheets will be separated before being sent to the national judge. Submissions are judged anonymously. The winners will be announced in May. For more information please contact Leilani Hall at leilani.hall@csun.edu or Dorothy Barresi at dorothy.barresi@csun.edu. Deadline: April 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

As we continue our new reality, teaching remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty Technology Center and Faculty Development is hosting several workshops to assist our transition to online teaching. For information on the upcoming workshops, please visit FacDev.

Students who are currently experiencing COVID-19 issues of any kind and would like to drop a class must do so by Friday, April 17. After Friday, Undergraduate Studies will only accept new, emergent COVID-19 issues (i.e. issues that start happening after the 17th) as a reason for late drops. For the form, please see schedule change. Undergraduate and second bachelor’s students use this form to request a change of academic schedule only after the Late Registration/Schedule.

Amber Norwood is working with Faculty Development as a resource for faculty who want a hand, a sounding board, or one-on-one chat about what’s happening in your classes, what could be happening, and how to make it happen. Feel free to email her at amber.norwood@csun.edu to chat or zoom.

3. Opportunities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $22.2 million in grants for 224 humanities projects across the country. These grants will enable the production of a 90-minute documentary on singer and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson, support a Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition on Rockwell’s Four Freedoms series, and bolster the digital infrastructure of the Walt Whitman Archive to allow greater access to this online scholarly repository. For more information, visit NEH.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. For more information, visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants.

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 Grant Cycle. Grants are described below. They seek proposals for the following grant opportunities:

Pedagogical Grant – up to $2,500 per faculty member applicant;
Faculty Engaged Research or Creative Activity Grant – up to $1,500 per faculty applicant;
Seed Grant – up to $1,000 per faculty applicant;
Student Scholar Grant – up to $500 to pay a student scholar to support your teaching;
Travel Grant – up to $500 per faculty applicant.

Visit the Grant Opportunities page for more details. Application Deadline: April 20, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. to the grant specific email address noted on each application.

4. Achievements

Congratulations to our undergraduate and graduate students for the unprecedented and major adjustments they have made to continue their educations online.

Congratulations to the English Department faculty for the unprecedented and major adjustments they have made to offer their courses online.

Volume 51.16

April 1st, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.16)

1. Announcements
The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2020 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. The AAP is also pleased to announce the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Students 23 years-old or younger who have won the AAP prize will be considered for an additional $1000 award. To Enter: Submit one to three poems, accompanied by a cover sheet, to their Canvas site: ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS. Poems may be any length or style. Your name should not appear on the poems. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the titles of the poems you are submitting. All work must be typed and submitted in a single word doc. The cover sheets will be separated before being sent to the national judge. Submissions are judged anonymously. The winners will be announced in May. For more information please contact Leilani Hall at leilani.hall@csun.edu or Dorothy Barresi at dorothy.barresi@csun.edu.

As we continue our new reality, teaching remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty Technology Center and Faculty Development is hosting several workshops to assist our transition to online teaching. For information on the upcoming workshops, please visit FacDev workshops.

Amber Norwood is working with Faculty Development as a resource for faculty who want a hand, a sounding board, or one-on-one chat about what’s happening in your classes, what could be happening, and how to make it happen. Feel free to email her at amber.norwood@csun.edu to chat or zoom.

2. Reminders

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

For more scientific information, visit the Center of Disease Control & Prevention website.

3. Opportunities

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. For more information, visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants.

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 Grant Cycle. Grants are described below. They seek proposals for the following grant opportunities:

Pedagogical Grant – up to $2,500 per faculty member applicant;
Faculty Engaged Research or Creative Activity Grant – up to $1,500 per faculty applicant;
Seed Grant – up to $1,000 per faculty applicant;
Student Scholar Grant – up to $500 to pay a student scholar to support your teaching;
Travel Grant – up to $500 per faculty applicant.

Visit the Grant Opportunities page for more details. Application Deadline: April 20,2020 by 11:59 p.m. to the grant specific email address noted on each application and below.

4. Achievements

Stephanie Lim is the dramaturg with East West Players production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, which had planned to run from March 12 to April 5 at the David Henry Hwang Theatre in Downtown LA (Little Tokyo), but which has been postponed until further notice in compliance with the City of Los Angeles guidelines regarding public gatherings. The musical takes a deep dive into history and the American Dream, via nine presidential assassination attempts. The production is directed by Snehal Desai and features a company (creatives, cast, crew, band, etc.) of artists of color. Congratulations Stephanie!

We commend our English Department faculty for the unprecedented and major adjustments they have made to move their courses online. Their untold hours of extra teaching, advising, and sometimes consoling students testify to their commitment to provide students with a first-rate education even in times of world crisis.

Volume 51.15

March 4th, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.15)

1. Announcements

Do you want to know more about Educated: A Memoir, next year’s Common Reading, and have a lively discussion with colleagues from across campus? Please join one of our faculty/staff book discussion groups this Spring. All staff and faculty are invited and welcome as we talk about the issues and themes from the book. If you’re interested, but haven’t read the book yet, come anyway! We currently have five discussions scheduled:
Wednesday March 11 from 2-3:15 p.m. in Oviatt Library 251 (2nd floor, East Wing, in the TCC/MM Dept.) Hosted by Michael Neubauer.
Thursday March 26 from 2-3:15 p.m. in Oviatt Library 102C (main floor of the library) Hosted by Autumn Fabricant.
Thursday April 2 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in OV 16 (located in the garden level of the Oviatt Library). Hosted by Lindsay Brown.
Monday April 20 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in OV 16 (located in the garden level of the Oviatt Library). Hosted by Jamie Johnson.
Friday April 24. 12:30-1:45. Location: OV 16 (located in the garden level of the Oviatt Library). Hosted by Nancy Alonzo.

RSVP: x6535 or email Kelly Kroeker. For more information, additional dates as they’re added, or how to obtain your free copy of Educated to discuss with students, visit the Faculty/Staff Resource Page.

Stephanie Satie’s Silent Witnesses, based on interviews with child survivors of the Holocaust, is being performed on Sunday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at The Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Students with an I.D. can use the code Student for $20 seats. A short talkback will occur after the show. For more information, see Silent Witnesses.

English Grad Hours, organized by graduate students, is a weekly place for graduate student to bond, support each other, and come together to strengthen the graduate community of the English Department. English Grad Hours is held every Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in JR 319. Faculty can help support English Grad Hours by making announcements in classes. For more information, see the English Department’s Instagram page (@csunenglishdepartment) or Facebook page.

CSUN’s annual research and creative work symposium (CSUNposium) will feature many of our students’ presentations of their research. The CSUNposium will be held on Friday, March 27. For more information visit CSUNposium. If you are willing to judge, please fill out the judges’ signup form here or email Ana Sánchez-Muñoz at ana.sanchezmunoz@csun.edu.

2. Reminders

Evaluation time is already here for spring. Please let Wendy Say know which class or classes you would like to have evaluated, or if you will not have classes evaluated, by Wednesday, March 13. Additional information on the SEF process can be found on our resource page.

3. Opportunities

Career Opportunities and ProfessionalDevelopment is seeking volunteers for a panel of experienced conference presenters from a variety of specialties to help (a) walk graduate students through some tips and tricks for presenting, and (b) field a Q&A, followed by a workshop session, that will help students prepare for upcoming conference presentations in the immediate or far future. If you are interested in helping out, please contact dylan.campbell.93@csun.edu or jennifer.c.lee@csun.edu.

The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) summer conference will be held at USC in May. For more information, visit their website.

4. Achievements

Cesar Soto (a CSUN alum who recently earned a Ph.D from Notre Dame) will be joining the Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication at Grace College (Warsaw, IN) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of World Literature. He looks forward to developing and teaching courses such as Classics of World Literature, Prison Literature in Global Perspective, and Irish Classics; he also will help develop Grace’s new Institute for Global Studies.

Volume 51.14

February 20th, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.14)

1. Announcements

We are joining forces with 10 other CSUs to co-organize events to raise awareness regarding the over 53,000 students who experience housing and food precarity or homelessness across the CSU each year. Events include:

Today, Thursday, February 20, 11:30-12:30 p.m. – Rally/discussion to express solidarity, raise awareness, and circulate support information;

Monday, February 24, 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. – Teach in to express solidarity, raise awareness, circulate support information, and discuss theories, strategies, etc. (co-teach with other faculty and classes or run simultaneous classes);

Tuesday, February 25, 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. – Teach in to express solidarity, raise awareness, circulate support information, and discuss theories, strategies, etc. (co-teach with other faculty and classes or run simultaneous classes).

We will have materials to make banners and signs, to offer messages of support, and to discuss strategies for meaningful and structural change. If you would like to sign up to participate on any/all of these days and time frames, please click here. Please reach out to danielle.spratt@csun.edu if you have any questions.

This Friday, February 21st, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series” returns with Panos Cosmatos’s Mandy (2018). This brazen cult film has been described as “…a gory grindhouse revenge thriller …breathtakingly gorgeous… …hallucinatory… …phantasmagorical… …visually mind-blowing… …psychotic… …campy… …like an acid trip set to a death metal soundtrack…” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Pizza,drinks, & snacks provided. Free & open to the public. (Content Warning: The films this year are horror movies, which means they involve a lot of violence, blood, and death, some of it hilariously fake and some of it upsettingly realistic. Please attend with caution.) For more information, contact Professor Higgs (christopher.higgs@csun.edu) or join our newsletter: bit.do/reimagining. We hope to see you there! Many thanks!

The Search and Screen Committee for our Latinx Literature and Culture position is bringing another finalists to campus. Please attend her talk on her research on Thursday, February 27, 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. in ST 703. We encourage you to attend!

CSUN faculty and staff can request a free copy of the 2020-2021 Freshman Common Read, Educated: A Memoir by email (to Susanna: susanna.eng@csun.edu); phone (818-677-6535); or in person: UN 280 (Academic First Year Experiences). You get one free copy in exchange for your promise to speak about the book with at least one new CSUN freshman in fall 2020.

2. Reminders

The CSUN Research and Grants Committee requests applications from faculty members for the annual competition for the 2020-2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Award. The RSCA winners will be awarded either 3 units of release time or a $5,000 mini grant for conceptual, empirical, and artistic projects to advance their respective fields of inquiry and the College and University missions. Projects related to curriculum development or requests for summer salary will not be considered. In concert with the campus-wide effort to support scholarly activity by probationary faculty, those who have been at CSUN for five years or less are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020. You can download the 2020-2021 Guidelines here. These is also detailed information and helpful tips in the attached informational video Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award video prepared by the CSUN Research and Grants Committee. For further questions regarding the competition or the submission process, please call Liza Johnston at x3441, email liza.johnston@csun.edu, or click on the links below to view more information.

Evaluation time is already here for spring. Please let Wendy Say know which class or classes you would like to have evaluated, or if you will not have classes evaluated, by Wednesday, March 11. Additional information on the SEF process can be found on our resource page.

3. Opportunities

The Faculty Development Probationary Faculty Support Grant, funded by Academic Affairs, provides probationary faculty (those in their pre-tenure years) with 3 units of reassign time in order to advance their research agenda and meet scholarly productivity requirements for retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP). For more information and to apply, please visit the Faculty Development Grants page. Deadline: Friday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m.

The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) summer conference will be held at USC in May. For more information, visit their website.

4. Achievements

On Friday, February 7, Irene Clark participated in a round table at the Glendale Community College Winter Retreat. Among the participants was Francien Rohrbacher, who has an MA from our department. She is currently GCC English Division Faculty Member and College Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator.

Please send all announcements, opportunities, and achievements to adawahare@csun.edu.

Volume 51.13

February 5th, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.13)

1. Announcements

The Search and Screen Committee for our Latinx Literature and Culture position is bringing another finalists to campus today, Feb. 6. Please attend his talk on his research, which will be held in ST 703 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. We encourage you to attend!

Dr. Irene Clark is pleased to announce that her friend and colleague, Dr. Les Perelman, Emeritus from MIT, is coming on February 11th at 2:00 p.m. to her English 455 class, “Literacy, Rhetoric and Culture.” He will give a talk titled: “The Art of the Steal: Deceptive Rhetoric from Classical Greece to Contemporary Politics to the Graduate Record Examination.” If interested in attending, please contact Irene.

2. Reminders

The English department is moving more firmly into the twenty-first century with an Instagram account, @csunenglishdepartment. Please advertise in your classes!

Disclosure Forms have been moved online (the TIED form). If you have not yet submitted the form, please look for an email from Faculty Affairs (sent January 10th) with a link to it. If you cannot find the email or link, you may come into the main office and fill-out a physical copy. Let Wendy Ventura know if you have any questions or concerns (Wendy.ventura@csun.edu).

3. Opportunities

The Faculty Development Probationary Faculty Support Grant, funded by Academic Affairs, provides probationary faculty (those in their pre-tenure years) with 3 units of reassign time in order to advance their research agenda and meet scholarly productivity requirements for retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP). For more information and to apply, please visit the Faculty Development Grants page. TUC Learning-Centered Instructional Project Grant Application Deadline: Friday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Would you like to join a small group of CSUN faculty to discuss new teaching ideas that will benefit your students and increase your enjoyment of teaching (with a stipend too)? Apply for a Faculty Development Learning-Centered Grant (formerly known as Beck Grants) and receive a year filled with fun, community, and coffee to take your teaching to the next level. Those who are awarded the TUC-FLC Grants will receive: $3,000 stipend & evidence-based learning-centered teaching practices. For more information and to apply, please visit the Faculty Development Grants page.

Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty provide higher education faculty across the nation the opportunity to broaden and deepen their engagement with the humanities. The 1 to 4 week professional development programs allow participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore recent developments in scholarship, teaching, and/or curriculum through study of a variety of humanities topics.

Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
National Endowment for the Humanities
The NEH Awards for Faculty program seeks to strengthen the humanities at Hispanic-Serving Institutions by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members. Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences. The program is open to all faculty and staff members, including full time, part time, adjunct, and retired faculty and staff at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Awards support individuals who work between half time and full time on their projects. Projects may be at any stage of development.

4. Achievements

Matt Bernstien, an MA English alum, has a feature article called “The Shadow” in the current Wild West Magazine about a highwayman operating around San Francisco and Sacramento throughout the 1860s and 1870s.

Stephanie Lim, an MA English alum, is serving as dramaturg for the Chance Theatre (Anaheim) production of Fun Home, running January 31 to March 1. The musical is based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name and explores how Bechdel’s coming-of-age and LGBTQ identity intersect with the life and death of her father. For more info and tickets, visit https://chancetheater.com/production/fun-home/. Use the discount code “RAINCOAT.” All performances are followed by a post-show talkback with the cast.

Congratulations to Matt and Stephanie!

Volume 51.12

January 22nd, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.12)

1. Announcements

Welcome back to another semester! We hope that you had restful break and a happy New Year. We look forward to another productive semester that serves our students and the broader academic, scholarly, and creative writing communities to which we belong. We encourage you to take time to send announcements and achievements for publication in Thursday’s Notes to adawahare@csun.edu.

The English department is moving more firmly into the twenty-first century with an Instagram account, @csunenglishdepartment. Please put the Instagram account on your syllabus.

The Search and Screen Committee for our Latinx Literature and Culture position and our African American Literature and Culture position will be bringing finalists to campus on January 28, 29, 30, February 3, 4, and 6. The three African American Literature and Culture candidates will be presenting job talks in ST 703 on the following dates: Tuesday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.; Thursday, January 30, 10:00-11:15 a.m.; and Monday, February 3, 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. The three Latinx Literature and Culture candidates will be presenting job talks in ST 703 on the following dates: Wednesday, January 29, 2:00-3:15 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb 4, 10:00-11:15 a.m.; and Thursday, February 6, 2:00-3:15 p.m. We encourage you to attend!

The inaugural edition of Articulate, an open-access and peer-reviewed graduate student journal published once a year in the Spring by AGSE, was published in November 2019. This issue of the journal features excerpts from the 2018-19 English Department thesis pilot students and is a must-read for exciting and innovative work in fields that register the varied interests of our department.

2. Reminders

The CSUNposium is now accepting applications. The CSUNposium student conference, also known as the 24th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, features oral and poster presentations to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN students across all academic disciplines. The CSUNposium will be held Friday, March 27, 2020. Applications are submitted online and require a 1,000-character abstract (approximately 150 words) and electronic faculty approval. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty provide higher education faculty across the nation the opportunity to broaden and deepen their engagement with the humanities. The one- to four-week professional development programs allow participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore recent developments in scholarship, teaching, and/or curriculum through study of a variety of humanities topics.

3. Opportunities

The Faculty Development Probationary Faculty Support Grant, funded by Academic Affairs provides probationary faculty (those in their pre-tenure years) with 3 units of reassign time in order to advance their research agenda and meet scholarly productivity requirements for retention, tenure and promotion (RTP). For more information and to apply, please visit the Faculty Development Grants page. TUC Learning-Centered Instructional Project Grant Application Deadline: Friday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Would you like to join a small group of CSUN faculty to discuss new teaching ideas that will benefit your students and increase your enjoyment of teaching (with a stipend too)? Apply for a Faculty Development Learning-Centered Grant (formerly known as Beck Grants) and receive a year filled with fun, community, and coffee to take your teaching to the next level. Those who are awarded the TUC-FLC Grants will receive: $3,000 stipend & evidence-based learning-centered teaching practices. For more information and to apply, please visit the Faculty Development Grants page.

4. Achievements

Kimberley Young’s second full length collection of poems, Tigers, is forthcoming in PANK (a literary magazine fostering access to innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers), in Fall 2020. Kim is also one of our M.A. program alums and lecturers.

Abraham Zapata Jr’s full length play, Borracho: Spanish for Drunken Bum, is coming to the The Actors Company in West Hollywood beginning January 31st until February 9th. The play, began as his M.A. thesis project directed by Rick Mitchell and also published in the AGSE’s Articulate, is a modern take on “The Boys in the Band” set in Los Angeles about a group of gay men of color celebrating a birthday.

Congratulations to both!

Volume 51.11

December 4th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.11)

1. Announcements

The students enrolled in the ENGL 525 Digital Humanities class will present their DH projects in poster format today, December 5th, in JR 319 at 7:00 p.m. All the projects use a computational practice called Topic Modeling for the purposes of literary criticism. The poster presentation, organized as a small DH Symposium, is an opportunity for both faculty and students to get a glimpse of yet unexplored computational-enhanced critical possibilities for humanities and literary studies. If you are around and have time, please drop by and enjoy some light refreshments and talk about digital literary studies.

You are invited to the English Department’s holiday party! We will be celebrating our student award winners and the approach of the winter holidays on Friday, December 6, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. in JR 319. Award presentations will begin at 1:00 p.m. The Department will provide sandwich wraps, chips, fruit, and drinks, but the real magic happens with you. A sign-up sheet is posted in the mailroom.

The Department of English now has an Instagram! Our handle is @csunenglishdepartment (https://www.instagram.com/csunenglishdepartment/).

The last Composition Student Showcases for this semester, featuring the excellent writing of students from English 113A, 114A, and 115, will be held in the Whitsett room on 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.

2. Reminders

Don’t forget to contribute to the Department’s Amenities fund. Among other things, the money we contribute helps pay for the cost of the holiday party; provides holiday gifts for members of our staff; allows us to express our sympathy to anyone in the department who suffers a loss; and lets us congratulate new parents. Suggested donations: $40 for Assistant Professors, $50 for Associate Professors, and $70 for Full Professors. Thank you!

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

JR 319 is 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.

3. Opportunities

Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty provide higher education faculty across the nation the opportunity to broaden and deepen their engagement with the humanities. The one- to four-week professional development programs allow participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore recent developments in scholarship, teaching, and/or curriculum through study of a variety of humanities topics.

The CSUNposium is now accepting applications. The CSUNposium student conference, also known as the 24th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, features oral and poster presentations to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN students across all academic disciplines. The CSUNposium will be held Friday, March 27, 2020. Applications are submitted online and require a 1,000-character abstract (approximately 150 words) and electronic faculty approval. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Jerome Richfield Memorial Fellow. The Office Research and Sponsored Programs is 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: 5:00 p.m,. 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

Scott Andrews presented “Pop Art Aesthetics and Contemporary American Indian Art” to the Critical Theory Club at Pasadena City College on November 13, 2019. The club’s faculty advisor is CSUN graduate Shane Underwood, currently an Associate Professor at PCC.

Beth Wightman was an invited participant in the “Irish Modernisms” roundtable at the Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference in Toronto in October. Earlier this year, she was elected to the Reacting to the Past Consortium Board, which oversees Reacting to the Past pedagogical development activities nationally and worldwide.

Congratulations to Professors Andrews and Wightman!

Volume 51.10

November 20th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.10)

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:
CFP.

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!