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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!

Volume 51.9

November 6th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.9)

1. Announcements

On November 14, 2019, the Career Opportunities and Professional Development Club is hosting a workshop on pursuing an MFA or a Ph.D in creative writing. Guest speakers include Professors Chris Higgs and Rick Mitchell as well as Krishna Narayanamurti. The workshop will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Sierra Tower 703. For more information, contact Dylan Campbell (dylan.campbell.93@my.csun.edu).

The Awards & Amenities Committee is now accepting applications for the fall 2019 departmental awards. The deadline is Friday, November 22, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Please share this year’s information with your students, and encourage and nominate your best for the awards. 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 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.

2. Reminders

The Provost’s Office has initiated the process of selecting a search committee for the election of a Dean to the College of Humanities. They would like to have a committee in place in November, and this semester the committee will work on the advertisement, a timeline, and an evaluation instrument. The bulk of the work will happen in Spring 2020. Three tenured associate or full professors from three different departments will be elected. Department chairs are also eligible for nomination and election. By November 8, 2019, please send Noreen Galvin (noreen.galvin@csun.edu) your nominations of faculty who are willing to serve on the committee. In order to have the committee finalized before Thanksgiving, the election will be held during the week of November 11-15.

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.
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3. Opportunities

The English Internship Program is an opportunity for students to earn college credit while gaining professional experience. English majors, minors, and students in our GE courses are strong potential candidates for the program. For a quick overview, watch this one minute video and visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/internship. If you or your students have questions about the English Internship Program, please contact Kimberly Wells (kimberly.wells@csun.edu).

Daniel Sack, Program Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be onsite at San Diego State University, Friday, November 22nd to present a general overview of NEH programs and special initiatives as well as offer expert insight into the grant review process. Felicia Kelley, Project and Evaluation Director for California Humanities, will also make an informational presentation. The three-hour workshop will be devoted to strategies for success involved in best practices for writing and review of applications, including a mock panel review followed by Q&A. Register here. Space is limited.

Do you find it challenging to manage course content while also addressing unanticipated student writing shortfalls? Please join the LRC and Faculty Development for a four-part series as we work towards creating more transparent writing prompts and more effective collaborations between instructors and the Writing Center to help address student writing improvement across the disciplines and at all levels. For more information, visit LRCFACDEV.

4. Achievements

Martin Pousson’s poem, “Uncivil War,” has just been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Two of his poems, “Uncivil War” and “Proem,” were published this fall in Lovejets: 200 Years of Walt Whitman (Squares & Rebels Press), an anthology of poems written to commemorate the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth, including work by Richard Blanco, Jaime Manrique, and Edmund White.

Volume 51.8

October 23rd, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.8)

1. Announcements

The Provost’s Office has initiated the process of selecting a search committee for the election of a Dean to the College of Humanities. They would like to have a committee in place in November, and this semester the committee will work on the advertisement, a timeline, and an evaluation instrument. The bulk of the work will happen in Spring 2020. Three tenured associate or full professors from three different departments will be elected. Department chairs are also eligible for nomination and election. By November 8, 2019, please send Noreen Galvin (noreen.galvin@csun.edu) your nominations of faculty who are willing to serve on the committee. In order to have the committee finalized before Thanksgiving, the election will be held during the week of November 11-15.

2. Reminders

CSUN Faculty Mentor Program & Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has issued a Call for Nominations for
Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards for 2019, which awards exceptional contributions to the mentoring of past or present CSUN students, especially EOP students. Application deadline: tomorrow, October 25, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit Apply.

Im addition to normal travel funds for students through Graduate Studies and Associated Students, this year Graduate Studies is offering an additional $300 for students to attend (not even necessarily present) at a conference for educational and/or career advancement (networking with potential faculty, learning more about a given field, etc). Contact Hedy Carpenter in Graduate Studies if you have questions (hcarpenter@csun.edu).

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following workshops:

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesday, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information, visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

3. Opportunities

Northridge Academy High School (NAHS) is seeking writing tutors for their after school program. The program runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:45 p.m. at NAHS for all of 2019-2020 (except school holidays/breaks). They are eager to get this program running and are flexible with scheduling tutoring days for Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020. If interested, please send the following information to cathy.gaspard@csun.edu (CSUN Liaison) AND tmL0044@lausd.net (Tania Lopez): your name; your greatest strength in writing, the semester you are available (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or both); the days you anticipate being available; your preferred email and phone number; and your motivation to tutor.

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:
https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2019/10/14/the-26th-annual-disjunctions-graduate-student-conference-read-for-filth.

The STARTALK Russian Language and Cultural Immersion Program is seeking a student assistant to support the program director for approximately 10 hours per week. Specific hours and scheduling has some flexibility. Computer knowledge and advanced skills in standard office software – including Microsoft Office Suite – is required. Thorough knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation is also required and some experience creating professional documents – letters, reports, emails, etc. – is highly preferred. Salary: $14.25 per hour. Email resume to dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu. Please include all relevant skills and work experience.

Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program supports high-caliber scholarship in the social sciences and humanities, making it possible for the recipients to devote time to research and writing that addresses pressing issues and cultural transitions affecting us at home and abroad. For more information, guidelines can be found at: 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. If you have any question, please contact Liza Johnston, Grants & Contracts Analyst in RSP at liza.johnston@csun.edu or at ext. 3441.

This is an invitation to participate in a showcase of student work (113A/114A/115)! All composition instructors, students, writing support centers, departments, programs are welcome. The Whitsett room has been reserved for the following dates/times:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 6, 2019: 8:00-11:00 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.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi’s recent book of poems is reviewed in the Fall 2019 issue of The Georgia Review: “The Necessary Impossibilities of Poetry (on Terrance Hayes’ American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin; Dorothy Barresi’s What We Did While We Made More Guns; Analicia Sotelo’s Virgin; and Kevin Prufer’s How He Loved Them). Her poem “Given To” has been accepted for publication in a special California issue of Terminus, guest edited by Ilya Kaminsky. Three poems from Guns will be reprinted in a special issue of Pratik. She will take part in a Pratik reading on April 5 at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim.

Volume 51.7

October 9th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.7)

1. Announcements

On Wednesday, October 16th, Rick Mitchell will be speaking about the work of dramatist Sam Shepard at A Noise Within Theatre, Glendale, immediately prior to the production of Shepard’s Buried Child. The talk, part of the theatre’s A Symposia Within series, begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by a performance of the play at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.anoisewithin.org/play/buried-child/.

CSUN Faculty Mentor Program & Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has issued a Call for Nominations for
Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards for 2019, which awards exceptional contributions to the mentoring of past or present CSUN students, especially EOP students. Application deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit Apply.

Im addition to normal travel funds for students through Graduate Studies and Associated Students, this year Graduate Studies is offering an additional $300 for students to attend (not even necessarily present) at a conference for educational and/or career advancement (networking with potential faculty, learning more about a given field, etc). Contact Hedy Carpenter in Graduate Studies if you have questions (hcarpenter@csun.edu).

2. Reminders

The Office of Community Engagement is offering Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants (up to $1000 per faculty member applicant) and Student Scholar Grants (up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching). Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

Please let Wendy Say know which classes you will have evaluated this semester by October 15th. (wendy.say@csun.edu)

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS). The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following workshops:

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information, visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

3. Opportunities

The STARTALK Russian Language and Cultural Immersion Program is seeking a student assistant to support the program director for approximately 10 hours per week. Specific hours and scheduling has some flexibility. Computer knowledge and advanced skills in standard office software – including Microsoft Office Suite – is required. Thorough knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation is also required and some experience creating professional documents – letters, reports, emails, etc. – is highly preferred. Salary: $14.25 per hour. Email resume to dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu. Please include all relevant skills and work experience.

Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program supports high-caliber scholarship in the social sciences and humanities, making it possible for the recipients to devote time to research and writing that addresses pressing issues and cultural transitions affecting us at home and abroad. For more information, guidelines can be found at: 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. If you have any question, please contact Liza Johnston, Grants & Contracts Analyst in RSP at liza.johnston@csun.edu or at ext. 3441.

This is an invitation to participate in a showcase of student work (113A/114A/115)! All composition instructors, students, writing support centers, departments, programs are welcome. The Whitsett room has been reserved for the following dates/times:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 6, 2019: 8:00-11:00 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.

CSUN’s Research and Sponsored Programs office is hosting two faculty workshops this fall on proposal development. On Friday, October 18th from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Laura Serrano, Central Grants Officer, will lead the workshop, Making Your Match: Aligning Research to Funding Opportunities, where faculty can learn about the major federal grantmaking agencies and the mechanisms through which they award funding. The workshop will also provide an overview of foundation funding, cover how to analyze funding announcements to determine if your research is a good fit, and help assess deadlines and proposal deliverables to determine feasibility. On Wednesday, November 6th from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Shirley Lang, Senior Grants & Contracts Analyst, will lead the SciENcv and ORCID Workshop, where faculty can learn about the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) tool to help create biographical sketches in the required format for grant applications. The workshop will also cover how to set up your required Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) and link it to your eRA Commons personal profile.

4 Achievements

Katherine Coldiron (aka Katherine Mason, a CSUN English M.A. program alumna) has written a lyric novella, Ceremonials, which will be published by KERNPUNKT PRESS in February 2020

Noreen Lace has been invited to read from her new book, How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party, as well as from Eddy (a fictional story of an actual event in Poe’s life) at The Open Book on Soledad Canyon in Santa Clarita on Saturday, Oct. 12th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Ten Dollar Books on Tampa in Northridge on Saturday, Oct 19th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.; and Gatsby’s Books in Long Beach on Saturday, Oct 26th, at 5:00 p.m. A Q & A and refreshments follow the book signing. A psychic will be available to give readings.

Rick Mitchell’s poem “Bone” was recently published in After Moby-Dick: An Anthology of New Poetry, and he participated in a couple of conferences during the summer. In May, he presented a paper focusing on storms in 19th century Puerto Rico, in “Winds of Resistance: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm,” VII International Colloquium: Diversity in the Caribbean, at Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba, and in June he presented “Energy Imperialism, Decolonization, and Resistance In Post-Maria Puerto Rico,” as part of Ecotones #5, The Caribbean: Vulnerability and Resilience, at Manhattanville College in New York.

Volume 51.6

September 25th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.6)

1. Announcements

The Office of Community Engagement is offering Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants (up to $1000 per faculty member applicant) and Student Scholar Grants (up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching). Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

Please let Wendy Say know which classes you will have evaluated this semester by October 15th. Thanks.

2. Reminders

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

The annual Open Enrollment period for benefits is going on now through Friday, October 4, 2019. Changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective January 1, 2020. For detailed information, please access the Benefits Administration Open Enrollment Information website, and follow the instructions. All Open Enrollment elections must be submitted in the eBenefits module by close of business on October 4, 2019.

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS). The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

3. Opportunities

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following sessions and workshops:

Get Inspired Session! Online Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. or
Wednesday, October 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Oviatt Library 30

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

4. Achievements

Gianne Braza’s (current Senior in CW) poem “We’re All Trying To Get Back Home” will be published in Pidgeonholes Literary Journal as part of their THE BODY contest. The poem is currently long-listed for the prize.

Leilani Hall will be honored as one of seven Faculty Mentors at the Northridge Scholars and Faculty Mentors Reception on Friday, October 11, 2019 at University House.

Congratulations to both!

Volume 51.5

September 18th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.5)

1. Announcements

Cheryl Spector has student success wallet cards (produced by Matador Momentum) for you and your students. The cards have a QR code that takes users to a comprehensive list of CSUN student resources. If you would like a card for yourself, or cards for all your students, please let her know (via email) and she will do her best to put them in your English Department mailbox. (sheryl.spector@csun.edu)

Responding to the climate emergency, a worldwide climate strike from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27, 2019 has been called with support from young people and labor unions. The General Secretary of Amnesty International issued a public request to more than 27,000 schools around the world, asking that they allow students to participate in the climate strike. The Labor Federation, representing 30 million workers, has called on all unions to join the strike. High schools in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles are already organizing for the strike, and there will be similar actions at CSU campuses. Faculty and students at CSUN are organizing a strike action locally to take place tomorrow, Sept 20. If interested, please meet at 10:30 a.m. between the Oviatt Library and Sierra Tower. The event organizers are requesting not only your participation, but that you announce the strike to your classes. For more information, visit https://globalclimatestrike.net/start/.

The Banned Books Readout (with Pizza) will take place today from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room in the Oviatt Library. This year’s theme is Censorship & Comedy, and the guest speaker is Beth Lapides, comedian and author of Did I Wake You?: Haikus for Modern Living. For more information, visit https://library.csun.edu/events/banned-books-readout-2019.

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS).
The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following sessions and workshops:

Get Inspired Session! Online Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. or
Wednesday, October 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Oviatt Library 30

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
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For more information visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

2. Reminders

Please email your syllabus/syllabi for the Fall semester to Wendy Ventura at wendy.vertura@csun.edu.

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

3. Opportunities

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce the following the Spring 2020 grant cycle:

Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants–up to $1000 per faculty member applicant

Student Scholar Grants–up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching

Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Mauro Carassai has published “Why Data Sciences Increasingly Need the Humanities” in Inside BIG DATA (https://insidebigdata.com/2019/09/12/data-sciences-need-humanities/).

Frank De La Santo has been selected for the 2019-2020 cohort of the CSUN Shine from Within program. The program was developed to advance the university priority on employee success. CSUN Shine from Within is a cross-divisional staff development cohort program for advancing core competencies, developing a sense of connection and community with other individuals and units across campus, broadening understanding and knowledge about the university and other divisions, and investing participants more deeply in the mission of the university and its planning priorities.

Noreen Lace published How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party (ReaDLips Press, 2019), a collection of short fiction. For more information visit https://www.amazon.com/Noreen-Lace/e/B01B2GBSH4.

Mandy Macklin (B.A. ’09 – Literature; M.A. ’13 – Rhetoric & Composition) graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in English (Language & Rhetoric) and accepted the position of Teaching Faculty/Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Antioch University Seattle.

Congratulations to all!

Volume 51.4

September 12th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.4)

1. Announcements
It’s that time of the academic year for FT faculty to sign up to conduct Exit Interviews. Please click the Doodle link Heidi Jorgenson recently sent via email as soon as possible, and no later than September 20, to sign up. Thanks.

Beth, Frank, Lauren, and Danielle are organizing a meet and greet with graduate students immediately after the first department meeting in JR 319. This would be a great opportunity for you to tell the graduate students a couple of sentences about your research and teaching interests and hear more about what they are interested in as well. We will also offer some time to chat with individual or small groups of students. We hope many of you can attend!

Our department meetings will continue to take place on the second Friday of the month, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in JR 319. This year’s date are:
9/13/19, 10/11/19, 11/8/19, 2/14/20, 3/13/20, 4/10/20, 5/8/20.

The Center on Disabilities will be holding their first Webinar on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This “Introduction to Assistive Technology” will provide a quick overview of basic knowledge of the topic. Registration deadline: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please visit COD.

2. Reminders
The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

The Learning Resource Center has published its September workshops on its website. Please encourage students to attend the workshops. The workshop schedule can be found at www.csun.edu/lrc/writing-workshops. For more information on how the LRC may serve your students, contact Trista Payte at Trista.payte@csun.edu or by phone at (818) 677-2033.

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.

Applications to the Fulbright scholar program are due September 16, 2019. 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.

3. Opportunities
The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2019 issue and would like to extend this call for papers to all interested undergraduates and recent graduates. They invite research papers from all those working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Papers in any language are welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiples disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and full submission guidelines, or to view past issues of CLUJ, please visit their website’s submissions page. Submissions are due this Sunday, September 15, 2019.

4. Achievements
Since we did not receive any news of particular achievements at Thursday’s Notes, we extend a general congratulations to all of the faculty who continue to provide first-rate scholarship, fine educations, and service to our students and communities. We acknowledge the many untold stories of faculty who accomplish this work while attending to the often-competing demands of their lives, from caring for family and friends to cooking, cleaning, paying bills, commuting on slow moving and sometimes hazardous freeways, finding time for sufficient rest and relaxation, and civic engagement.

Volume 51:3

September 4th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51:3)

1. Announcements

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

Professor Irene Clark has updated the Writing and Rhetoric Minor handout. The updated version includes additional courses that can be used as “core” courses, the addition of which makes it easier for students to complete the minor.  She would appreciate your encouraging your students to sign up for it.  Whatever major they have, this minor is likely to be useful for them.  Copies of the updated handout can be found in your campus mailbox and outside of Sierra Tower 710.

The Learning Resource Center has published its September workshops on its website.  They are working hard this year to make workshops more engaging and learner-centered.  Please encourage students to attend. The workshop schedule can be found at www.csun.edu/lrc/writing-workshops.For more information on how the LRC may serve your students, contact Trista Payte at Trista.payte@csun.edu or by phone at (818) 677-2033.

The many and various responsibilities we have as faculty and staff members of the English Department can leave us little time to get to know each other.  We also do not have a faculty lounge where we can leisurely socialize between classes, meetings, etc.  As a forum for learning more about each other, Thursday’s Notes will soon periodically include a new section that spotlights the cultural and literary interests of faculty and staff members.  For more information, or if you would like to share your interests in Thursday’s Notes, please contact Anthony Dawahare at adawahare@csun.edu.

2. Reminders

Please submit your disclosure form, office hours, syllabi, and current contact information to the Department of English Main Office.

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.

Applications to the Fulbright scholar program are due September 16, 2019. The 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.

3. Opportunities

The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2019 issue and would like to extend this call for papers to all interested undergraduates and recent graduates. They invite research papers from all those working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Papers in any language are welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiples disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and full submission guidelines, or to view past issues of CLUJ, please visit their website’s submissions page.

4. Achievements

Joseph Galasso has recently published a follow-up to his earlier 2016 monograph entitled “Recursive Syntax: A Minimalist Perspective on Recursion as the Core Property of Human Language, and its Role in the Generative Grammar Enterprise” in LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, 61 (2019).

An Audiobook of the novel Seneca Lake, written by Emily Heebner, an English Department alum, is #3 in “Hot New Releases and #9 in Best Sellers on Amazon. For more information, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/audible/18581008011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_bsnr https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/audible/18581008011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_audible

Leilani Hall’s discussion of Codeine Diary, by Tom Andrews, appears in Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and other Personal Narratives (Macmillan 2019).

Arthur Kayzakian (MA 2013) has three poems forthcoming from the esteemed literary journal Prairie Schooner:  “Rain,” “Ararat,” and “Armenian Folk Dance, 1915.”

We are proud of our students’ and faculty’s continued success!

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.