Volume 38:15

May 3rd, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:15)

1.  Announcements

In sad news, we have lost another member of our CSUN English faculty extended family with the passing of Lila Fink on April 20.  Born on April 30, 1930, Lila was originally from Milwaukee, and was a long-time parttime lecturer at CSUN; Lila also taught at Pepperdine and East L.A. College.  Known as real dynamo who loved to talk and teach lit, she used to hold forth in the mail room to any and all and was tireless when it came to pushing students. As the April 29, LA Times obituary reads, “Lila was a great traveler and enjoyed visiting over 100 countries. Lila is survived by her husband Fred, a marriage that was great for almost 63 years, her children Steve, Larry, and Patty, seven grandchildren, one great grandson, and twin great grandchildren due in July, who will all miss her. Lila was a good bridge partner for Fred. She was also an expert at solving crossword puzzles. Lila was a superb cook. We’ll miss her cooking and her endless love and support.” An online guestbook can be found at http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/latimes/guestbook.aspx?n=lila-fink&pid=157206840&cid=gbsrchres

In sad and happy news, on Saturday, April 27, members of the English Department gathered at the home of Irene Clark to honor, celebrate, and say goodbye to too many wonderful people. The day was warm, the food, fantastic, and the tributes both funny and moving as a good time was had by all and we learned a few secrets, to boot. These are the colleagues we will be missing next year: Rei Noguchi, Pam Bourgeois, Pat Watkins, Patrick Hunter, Elyce Wakerman, and (now I am teary all over again) our very own Martha Alzamora. Congratulations to them all and our very “best wishes” for whatever in the world may be lie ahead in the next part of their lives that is coming. And thanks, as ever, to Irene Clark for her gracious and generous hosting of a very special event. Thanks, too, to Kathy Leslie, for another wonderful slide show of the event, which can be found at http://albums.phanfare.com/slideshow.aspx?i=1&db=1&pw=BwFvXg3Y&a_id=5560618.

Speaking of good times, the recent dedication of the Linda Joseph Nichols English Reading Room, previously known as JR 319, was a huge, and hugely moving, success. If you missed it, take the time to read the plaque in her honor now in the Reading Room. We remain both touched and grateful for her unexpected gift, and so are the future students who will benefit from her scholarship fund.

And in completely happy news, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious teaching honor, the 2012 Teacher of the Year Award,  goes to Northridge alumna and ex English Major, Rebecca Mieliwocki, who earned a single subject credential in English in secondary education from Cal State Northridge in 1996 and is known for her “unconventional” teaching techniques.  A seventh-grade English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, Mieliwocki was recognized on April 24 by President Barack Obama  in a ceremony at the White House. “Students learn best when they have the most enthusiastic, engaged teachers possible,” she said in a statement, and ok, it’s worth at least noting she might have some pretty good models for this in her past.

Speaking of enthusiasm and engagement, retired Professor Robert Chianese is forging ahead with his impressive work in what looks to be a second career of intense involvement with the connections between the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.  As current President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science—Pacific Division, Bob continues to promote the humanities in numerous ways, including featuring work on science-based fiction at the upcoming AAAS Pacific Division 93rd Annual Meeting in Boise this June. Bob also has a new book Art Inspired by Nature, with comments on more than thirty works of contemporary art, including paintings, and sculpture–some made by hand, many assisted by machine and computers–from an exhibit at the Schneider Museum in Ashland, Oregon that Bob co-curated, and including discussions on the ends and methods of art and science as ways of knowing. Congratulations, Bob!  Keep up the good work, but not too good, or you will make us look like slouches.

And a great big thank you from your students to all of you who took the time to nominate them or to write support letters for the soon-to-be-announced Department Awards. And another big thank you to the Amenities and Awards Committee for all its hard work in making these selections. We await your decisions with keen anticipation and real pride in our most deserving students.

Meantime, the Department hosted a highly successful visitation with external reviewers, James Kincaid, of USC, and Lisa Weston, from CSU Fresno. The team had a series of meetings with faculty, students, and administrators, and, as above, we also await their report with keen anticipation.

And now that we’ve told them our stories, we might want to memorialize at least some of them in the CSUN Story Cube, now returned for its second year. How about sharing highlights of your university experience with the important project, which aspires to collect and preserve the oral history of our campus by recording the stories and memories of individual members of the faculty, staff and student body. You make the university what it is today, so help us document what it means to be a part of the CSUN community. The StoryCube booth is set up near the front entrance of the Matador Bookstore and interviews may be scheduled to take place Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm, April 30 to May 11, and during Commencement Week, May 22-24. To set up an interview time, please email the StoryCube staff at storycube@csun.edu<mailto:storycube@csun.edu>.

On Friday, May 11th, the Northridge Playwrights Workshop will present performances of new student writing. The show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in JR 319, will feature aesthetically innovative plays, comic monologues, and free refreshments. For further information, please contact Professor Rick Mitchell (rick.mitchell@csun.edu).  Also, on May 20th, SPIT will be presenting a bunch of plays and monologues from English 512 at Two Roads Theatre in Studio City.

The  Center for the Digital Humanities is creating an “Undergraduate Digital Showcase” for the best digital projects by undergraduate students. The program is being undertaken as part of the Humanities Undergraduate Outreach Project of the 4Humanities initiative, a multi-institution consortium that advocates for the Humanities. The Undergraduate Digital Showcase will display five of the best student projects on the Center for the Digital Humanities web site, and the showcase may also be duplicated on the 4Humanities site. A “First-Year Feature” subcategory will highlight the most outstanding digital project by a first-year student on a subject in the Humanities or a closely related field. All formats are accepted, and projects can either be individually or collaboratively authored. Projects must be nominated by a faculty member. If you would like to nominate a student project from one of your classes during the 2011-2012 academic year, please e-mail the student’s name and the project URL, or send the project as an attachment (if it is not web based), to Scott Kleinman (scott.kleinman@csun.edu). Please check that your students agree to having their work made public in the showcase before nominating their projects. The deadline for nominations is May 15.

Graduates students at Binghamton University are excited to announce the return of the national Writing By Degrees annual conference, the nation’s oldest graduate student run creative writing conference. Binghamton University invites graduate student poets, prose writers, essayists, and critics from all theoretic and aesthetic backgrounds to submit paper or panel proposals by September 1. This year’s conference will take place at the historic Bundy Mansion & Museum in Binghamton, New York, on October 19-20, and will feature panels, readings, and presentations by accomplished keynote speakers, as well as other events and informal gatherings, and a key note address by Marie Howe and Catherine Sneed. For more information and the call for papers, please see Writingbydegrees2012@gmail.com should you have any questions about the event or submissions.

But you don’t have to go all the way to New York to be impressed by graduate students, as Dorothy Clark’s 698 D class amply demonstrated on Friday, April 30, with their culminating conference, “Looking Askew: Odd-Angle Approaches.” Congratulations on a highly successful day and to all our soon-to-be-new-MA’s.

Please inform your faculty that the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs will conduct a Faculty Fulbright Program Workshop on May 9, Wednesday, from 10 to noon, in Room 211, University Hall.  The latest information on Fulbright application will be presented and former Fulbrighters at CSUN will share their personal and academic experiences abroad on Fulbright awards.   Refreshments will be served. We are very pleased to announce that two of the five CSUN students who applied to the Fulbright Student Award Programs this year were recommended by the U.S. Fulbright Commission.  One of the students, Grady Turnbull, a graduate of our special education program, was awarded the English Teaching Assistantship to Serbia and a second student, Andrew Taylor, a student in multimedia, was an alternate for the ETA award to Malaysia.Please RSVP via e-mail to Dr. Justine Su at zsu@csun.edu by May 7, and we hope to see many of you there!

Finally, for the second time in the still new 21st century, the California Faculty Association has voted, by a resounding 95%, to authorize a strike in our current stalled contract negotiations. Please stay informed through the CFA. A spokesperson for the Chancellor’s office was heard last night on NPR to assert that there are only a “few outstanding” issues separating the two sides, but that’s not what we hear from the Union. Maybe it’s time to dig out your pickets.

 2.  Reminders

It’s a busy time of year in any event, so mark your calendars now and plan ahead to attend the 2012 College of Humanities Graduation, on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. on the Oviatt Lawn, with the English Department Reception and Awards Ceremony immediately preceding. If you can be there for your students and their families, it will mean the world to them.

Also, don’t forget the Honors Convocation on Monday, May 21,at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Lawn, another very special occasion.

But before we get between here and then, there is finals week, from Monday, May 14, to Saturday, May 19, with grades due by Friday, May 25. Hang on to your hats, and don’t wish for time to go too quickly because it always does.

It probably also needs also to be said that, looking ahead, the 2012 Composition Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd, from 12:30-3:30, with the Department Retreat tentatively scheduled the following day, on Thursday, August 23. But this information is for planning purposes only–don’t give up on summer before it’s even here.

3.  Achievements

Scott Andrews presented “Julia Kristeva and the Pups: Theorizing a Tlicho Abject” at the recent Native American Literature Symposium in Albuquerque, N.M., and his review of Sy Hoahwah’s poetry collection, Velroy and the Madischie Mafia, appears in the most recent issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures.

MA Student Kristin Cornelius has won one the 2012 Kairos award for Graduate Students and Adjuncts for Teaching. The $500 award is given by Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy to graduate students and/or adjuncts in the field of computers and writing based upon service, scholarship, and teaching.

Nate Mills presented “Writing Civil Rights Politics: The Dozens and Conspicuous Consumption in Ralph Ellison’s Three Days Before the Shooting…” at the Stephen J. Meringoff Seminar on Ralph Ellison, a session of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers Conference at Claremont. On other most excellent news from Nate, his  2011 dissertation “Ragged Figures: The Lumpenproletariat in Nelson Algren and Ralph Ellison” has been awarded a ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award by the University of Michigan and the Clarence D. Thorpe Dissertation Prize by the English Department at Michigan. Congratulations on both counts!

Jutta Schamp presented “What’s Cooking? Food, Alchemy, and Individuation in Anton Nimblett’s Sections of an Orange and Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming’s Curry Flavour” at the conference “Narrating the Caribbean Nation” at Leeds Metropolitan University, U.K., April 14-15.

Our amazing poet and alum Dan Murphy has had a poem,  “Faithless II,” accepted for publication in the esteemed literary journal Field.

And Kate Haake (me) and Mona Houghton, will once again be reading from their new books tomorrow, May 4, at 7:30, at Stories Bookstore in Echo Park, and then again at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library on May 17, at noon.

4.  Opportunities

Summer job opportunities for 74 college students are now available through the L.A. County Arts Internship Program. Descriptions of and contacts for the internship positions are posted on the Arts Commission’s Web site, at  www.lacountyarts.org. Interested students should act as soon as positions are posted and apply directly to the organization offering the internship, not the Arts Commission. The organizations make final candidate selections quickly as internships begin on June 1.  Graduating seniors who complete their undergraduate degrees by September 1, 2012 are eligible, as well as undergraduates. The positions are for 10 weeks and pay $350 per week. Interns also take part in educational and arts networking activities generously funded by The Getty Foundation. Through the program, interns gain real work experience to strengthen their resumes and develop business skills that can be put to use in their future careers. Please let your students know.

The office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcon, along with local education based organizations, is looking to organize a Summer Speaker Series for Youth in their Community Room at the City Facility located in Pacoima. They are looking for Speakers to speak on a variety of topics, whether its career and life choices or lecture on a specific topic such as financial aid, access to higher education or historical events. If you are interested in speaking to youth with the intent to inspire them to be successful in life or educate them on a subject matter that you specialize in, please contact Jaime Rodriguez,Education Liaison, at jaime.p.rodriguez@lacity.org, or (818)-485-0600. They are looking to coordinate as many events and activities for youth during the Summer before students go on Summer Break. Also, if you or students are interested in holding a Summer workshop for youth in the area as well, please respond. Finally, if you know of Summer internships, paid or un-paid, Summer employment opportunities or volunteer opportunities for youth, please let the office so they can share with local schools.

5. Very Special Announcements:  Our Amazing Students

And now, as promised, the good news you have all been waiting for as to where our students will be headed next year and what they will be doing. This is a good year for our graduating seniors. And please accept my public apologies in advance if I’ve neglected anyone, but here is what’s been reported to me to date.  And with one more TN to go in this academic year, if anyone has been left out–or receives late good news–there will be time for additions and proper announcements two weeks hence. Meantime, congratulations to them all. We will miss them, but wish them all the best.

As noted in these notes before, Cesar Leon Soto was accepted to the University of Maryland and Marquette University in Milwaukee packages and is excited to be continuing his studies in British Romanticism. As the spring progressed, Cesar was also accepted at Fordham and Notre Dame, also with good financial packages.  Cesar, in fact, was accepted, with funding, at all seven doctoral programs to which he applied, and–the envelope, please–has decided to accept the offer from Notre Dame, which includes the Joseph L. Gaia Distinguished Latino Studies Fellowship. In addition, Cesar was awarded the prestigious Ford Fellowship, which among its several benefits includes an annual stipend of $20,000 for three years of doctoral work, as well as the opportunity to be mentored by a former Ford Fellow and thereby gain access to the national Ford Fellows Liaisons network.  Cesar wishes to thank his mentors again, Ranita Chatterjee and Irene Clark, for writing him letters as well as for their constant support. He also wants to thank Julie Carlson (English, UCSB) and Margarita Nieto (Chicano Studies, CSUN) for writing letters of recommendation for the Ford Fellowship. And a warm thank you to CSUN’s English department–professors, administrators, colleagues, and friends for always providing an intellectually stimulating environment filled with friendly faces and ready smiles.

Loretta McCormick (B.A, M.A. 2011) was accepted into Ph.D. programs in English with Creative Writing dissertations at both the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, the alma mater of our own Leilani Hall, and the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  After visiting both places, Loretta has decided she can’t miss the chance to march with beleaguered state workers (yes, there, too) in Wisconsin, where we will be looking for her in news footage.  And Loretta has been offered funding, too, including a first year fellowship along with a four-year TA-ship.

Kathy Torabi has been accepted to doctoral programs in Medieval English literature at UC Irvine, Arizona State, and Texas A&M, and will be attending Texas A&M with full funding. Kathy has also received the Texas A & M University Diversity Fellowship.

Marina Mularz has been accepted into three MFA programs in Fiction: Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, and Butler University, and is thrilled to be returning to the Midwest, from which she comes, to earn an MFA at Northwestern University. All are invited to stay with her if they ever want to visit the great city of Chicago.

Djinji Jimenez has been accepted into the California Institute for the Arts MFA writing program in fiction and the Antioch LA low residency MFA program. She is thrilled to be attending Cal Arts.

Zach Fromson has been accepted into the UC Riverside MFA writing program in fiction.

Ramsey Mathews was accepted by and will be attending the MFA program in poetry at Cal State Long Beach.

Ani Bakhchadzyan has been accepted into four MFA programs for Fiction: CalArts, California College of the Arts, CSU Fresno, and CSU San Bernardino, and has also been placed on the wait list at the New School. She was offered a full fellowship at CSU Fresno and a partial fellowship at CalArts. She will enroll in the CalArts program in Fall 2012.

Kelly Moreno has been accepted into the Law School at the University of New Orleans.

Steve Bockover has been accepted into the MFA program in Fiction at Mills College. He will enroll in Fall 2012.

Jared Thomas (B.A. Fa ’11) has been accepted and has enrolled in the MA program at CSUN.

Cody Deitz (B.A. Sp ’11) has been accepted into the MA program at CSUN and will enroll in Fall 2012.

Eric Barnhart (B.A. Sp ’11) has been accepted into the MA program at CSUN and will enroll in Fall 2012.

Miles Simon, Deanna Herbert, and Jacklyn Himes have been accepted into the MA program at CSUN and will enroll in Fall 2012.

Volume 38:14

April 19th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:14)

1.  Announcements

Apologies to all whose Thursday’s Notes shows up in their inbox looking a bit funky (for example, no nice spaces between entries). This seems to be a browser issue and the woeful inelegance can’t be helped. However, please be reminded that the Notes also appear on the English Department webpage, where they can be read in their original and intended format.

The Graduate Reading Series (G.R.S.) would like to invite you, your friends, and your family to the final reading of the 2011-2012 academic year! Several excellent graduating graduate students will be performing their work. Please plan to come and show appreciation for all the hard work they, and by extension you, do in this program. Save the date:  Saturday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room. For those of you who have question or comments, or want to get involved, please email Hudit Simonyan, hudit.simonyan.972@my.csun.edu; George Fekaris george.fekaris.36@my.csun.edu; Jon Beadle jon.beadle.50@my.csun.edu,; or Sean Pessin, sean.pessin.38@my.csun.edu.

Also on Saturday, April 28, the NCWC would like to invite you and all to the final undergraduate student reading of the 2011-2012 academic year! This reading will feature graduating seniors reading their work and will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room.

On April 27 from 10 am to 5 pm, M.A. candidates will hold a conference entitled “Looking Askew: Odd-Angle Approaches” in JR319 as part of their culminating experience. Graduating students will present their finest work covering multiple facets of literature, theory, composition and genre.  Dr. Jeffrey Kahan (PhD, Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham) will be the  keynote speaker. Dr. Kahan’s main talk is entitled “New Shakespeare, ‘now improv’d with nobler Lustre’: A Selection of Imitations and Forgeries (1710-1820).”  Afterwards, Dr. Kahan will hold an interactive workshop on how to successfully publish in the humanities based off his new book.  The event is free and food would be served.  All are welcome to attend.

All interested students are invited to attend an information session about the CSUN Credential Program and English Subject Matter Option on Wednesday, April 25, in JR 319, the English Reading Room.  A CSUN Credential counselor will answer questions about credential procedures, possibilities, pathways in this excellent opportunity to learn about this possible pathway with your English degree.  Any additional questions you might  have about the English Subject Matter Option will also be addressed. Light refreshments.

Interim President Harry Hellenbrand will be giving the opening address at this year’s Faculty Retention Workshop for Chairs and Tenured Faculty, which is being held on Monday April 23, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the USU. This year’s event marks the 2nd installment of the Educational Equity Committee’s new three-part approach to our annual Faculty Retention Workshop.  Last year, the 1st installment, as many of you will recall, was designed for the Pre-tenured Faculty only.  The Spring 2012 Faculty Retention Workshop (2nd installment) will be for Chairs and Tenured Faculty only, while the 3rd installment (Spring 2013) will be designed for Deans and Associate Deans.  The goal of the Faculty Retention Workshops is to gather information and report on best practices for both retaining our diverse CSUN faculty and creating a campus climate that promotes educational equity.

Anne Kellenberger is once again imploring us to send her our best students for next year’s SI positions. This is a win/win situation for all concerned. Our students get jobs and a great learning experience, their students get terrific SI’s and a great learning experience, and Anne keeps running her truly daunting program as expertly as she has this year. Please do take a moment and send her your recommendations. Both she and your students will be grateful.

2.  Reminders

If you haven’t RSVP’d for the upcoming retirement gala at Irene Clark’s home, 1314 Comstock, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 28, you’re in luck, because the actual party is not May 28, as announced in the last TN, but April 28, instead, which is nearly upon us. Please do come to help thank Martha Alzamora, Pam Bourgeois, Patrick Hunter, Rei Noguchi, and Pat Watkins for all their wonderful work over all these wonderful years, and to wish them the very best at whatever in the world may be coming next.

Just a quick reminder to vote in the College’s Spring elections by going to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HUMELEC and casting your vote. This ballot will be open until Wednesday, April 25, at 8 a.am.

And another ongoing vote is the CFA strike vote. Vote online or in person next week and make your voice heard.

English Department Award deadlines are fast approaching. All applications, nominations, and materials (five copies each) must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. Please support your students and our program, and consider nominating promising students, or encouraging them to apply, for the following awards. (For details or more information, please contact Pat Watkins, Chair, Awards and Amenities Committee.)

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award ($500) for the best written scholarly or creative work that takes some element of the natural world as a central focus.  Undergraduates only.

The Annamarie Peterson Morley Award ($1000) for a currently enrolled English major planning to become a teacher at any level and possessing a minimum 3.5 grade point average.  Undergraduates and graduates.

The George Morley/Annamarie Peterson Scholarship ($1,000) for a currently enrolled English major in need of financial support and possessing a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  Undergraduates and graduates.

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English ($2000) for the currently enrolled classified graduate student in English whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty to be the most distinguished.

The Mahlon Gaumer Award ($500) for the best close, critical analysis of a work of English or American literature, with an emphasis on the use of language, given to a classified graduate student currently enrolled in the academic year in which the award is given.

The Richard Lid & Helen Lodge Scholarship ($500) for a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary Education to help pay fees for graduate work.

The Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English ($500) for an essay written in English 258, 259, 275, or 355 which best demonstrates a “passion for the English language.”  By professor nomination only.

Just in case you are looking for fun on Saturday night, Kate Haake and Mona Houghton will be reading from their new books at The Last Bookstore in downtown LA at 8:30 p.m. (And thank you to all of you who have come to listen already.) Two more readings are coming up:  Friday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Stories Bookstore in Echo Park; and Thursday, May 17, at 12 p.m. in the downtown Central Library.

3.  Achievements

Linda Rader Overman presented “Ekphrastic Narrative: A Genre Focalizing Image and Text,” an excerpt from her dissertation, at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference at University Nevada, Las Vegas on Wednesday March 14, 2012.

César Leon Soto has been awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, which among its several benefits includes an annual stipend of $20,000 for three years of doctoral work, as well as the opportunity to be mentored by a former Ford Fellow and thereby gain access to the national Ford Fellows Liaisons network. This year there were over 1,300 applicants and only 60 fellowships awarded. Fellowships are administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies.  César has also been awarded 2012’s Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student which is a University-wide award open to all Master’s students. César will receive the award, and his name will be announced, at this year’s Honors Convocation on May 21st.

Danielle Spratt has received an NEH fellowship to participate in the summer seminar “Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries,” which will take place at the University of Missouri.  At the end of March, she also presented ” ‘A large, uneven thread’: Spectacles and the Anatomy of Attention in Tristram Shandy” at the annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference held in San Antonio; she also chaired two panels at ASECS.

Volume 38:13

April 6th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:13)

Invitation

Linda Nichols Joseph ’81

in honor of the establishment of the 

Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarships 

and for the naming of the

Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room

Thursday, April 12, 2012

4:30–6:30 p.m.

Dedication ceremony and reception

Jerome Richfield Hall 319

For questions, please call (818) 677-1300


RSVP 
or email special events@csun.edu

Linda Nichols Joseph

Linda Nichols Joseph ’81

Linda Nichols was a native of the San Fernando Valley, where her family had settled from Arkansas in the 1930s to raise cattle and grow citrus crops. As a child, she rode horses and enjoyed the outdoors.

Having graduated from San Fernando High, Linda enrolled in community college and then transferred to San Fernando Valley State. When her father died, however, Linda left college life for full-time work at age 19. In 1978, then married to James Joseph, Linda took the opportunity to renew her studies at California State University, Northridge. Three years later, at age 40, Linda graduated cum laude with a degree in English.

Linda’s love of reading and literature, and of her alma mater, remained with her throughout her lifetime. When she passed away in 2011, Linda left a significant legacy for the university, endowing the Linda Nichols Joseph ’81 English Merit Scholarships and providing major support for the English Department.

California State University, Northridge is honored to dedicate the Linda Nichols Joseph ’81 English Reading Room in Jerome Richfield Hall. Because of Linda’s vision and legacy, English students and faculty will have a far richer experience.

Please be sure to RSVP (ASAP!) to special events@csun.edu.  The reception is approaching quickly!

1.  Announcements

And more happy news, we have a new President! Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, president of California State University, Monterey Bay, has been selected by the CSU Board of Trustees as the fifth president of California State University, Northridge. She is expected to begin her appointment this June. For more information about our new hire, please see the main CSUN webpage. Welcome President Harrison!

Unhappy news, keep track of the strike news by checking in on the CFA website or by attending one of the CFA meetings scheduled for April. These meetings are designed to solicit our feedback and concerns about our work environment and goals for the coming year, to share information about the strike vote, and to discuss possibilities for more involvement here in our own CSUN CFA Chapter. Here is the schedule, but if you can’t come to the Humanities meeting, you’re welcome to join any other College’s:  April 10, 12-1pm: Colleges of SBS and Humanities, Sierra Hall 181; April 11, 12-1pm: College of Science and Mathematics, Manzanita Hall 112; April 12, 12-1pm: College of Education, Education 1214/1216; April 16, 12-1pm: College of Arts, Media, and Communication Manzanita Hall 240; April 17, 12-1pm: College of Engineering and Computer Science, Sierra Hall 286; April 18, 12-1pm: College of Health and Human Development, Sequoia Hall 250A; and April 19, 12-1pm: College of Business and Economics, Juniper Hall 4117.

Carmen Ramos Chandler of the Office of Marketing and Communications is once again requesting input for a list of “extraordinary” students who will be taking part in this year’s commencement ceremonies. This list includes not only outstanding scholars, but students who have overcome obstacles to obtain their degrees or have otherwise compelling stories, whether they are single parents working two jobs and going to school full time, have already launched an interesting business, came to this country not speaking a word of English, or are returning students graduating with their son/daughter/grandchild. While they won’t be able to profile all of the students, they will select a number of them to represent our graduating seniors. Please include a brief description of why you think the student deserves to be included in a university media release and in a short video profile for the web, along with a way to contact the student so we may interview him/her, and send them to Carmen at carmen.chandler@csun.edu by April 9.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, which recently became law, directs California Community Colleges to offer Transfer AA degrees that correspond to the most popular majors of students transferring to the California State University, and the same legislation obliges the CSU to accept these degrees. Although the legislation calls for creation of the Transfer AA at the level of individual community college districts, the faculty senates of the two segments have been working voluntarily to create consistent lower-division degree pathways across the state. Each such pathway is called a “Transfer Model Curriculum,” or TMC. Broad adoption of the TMC model by California Community Colleges would facilitate the development of meaningful upper-division coursework for all CSU transfer students, regardless of the college of origin. This is an ongoing project, and anyone interested in serving on the Faculty Discipline Review Groups in English should let Jackie know. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to shape the future.

The Northridge Writers’ Circle is hosting another event on Friday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Whitsett Room. Kate Gale and Mark Cull (both CSUN alums) of Red Hen press will be here for a reading (Kate) and subsequent publishing Q&A (Kate and Mark). The event is free and open to the public.

Stephanie Satie’s latest solo piece, Silent Witnesses, based on interviews and conversations with Child Survivors of the Holocaust, will be presented as as staged reading of Interact Theatre Company’s Festival  Interactivity 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity to be the first to see this piece, which has been five years in the making. Staged readings will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m. and Friday, April 27th, at 8:00 p.m. at Richie’s Alley Theater in the Avery Schrieber Complex in NoHo, 11050 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood.

Cal State Online is an initiative to create a systemwide effort to assist in the coordination of online programs.  For general information regarding Cal State Online, read the open letter to the CSU, found at: http://www.calstateonline.net/news/2012/OpenLettertoCSU.pdf.  The new and improved Cal State Online website http://www.calstateonline.net/  is up and running! If you are interested, please review it.

For all those travelers among you, the University Travel Department is requiring additional information related to Travel Advances and Travel Expense Claims. Please review the new requirements before you fly off on a trip.

2.  Reminders

If you haven’t RSVP’d for the upcoming retirement gala at Irene Clark’s home, 1314 Comstock, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 28, you’re way behind the curve already, but it’s not too late to let Frank know you couldn’t bear to miss saying an official adieu to Martha Alzamora, Pam Bourgeois, Patrick Hunter, Rei Noguchi, and Pat Watkins. However, since, technically you were supposed to put your name in before spring break, please be prepared to bring something extra delectable to share–salad, hors d’ouvres, or something nice to drink. And congratulations and all warm wishes and gratitude to Martha, Pam, Patrick, Rei, and Pat!

Also, if you haven’t sent your regalia request to the Dean’s office already, well, on this one, you really are out of luck.

3.  Achievements

Dorothy Barresi will be reading her poems at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival at USC on Saturday, April 21 at 4:30 on the Poetry Stage.  In January she began her second year as Judge for the L.A. Times Book Award in Poetry.  She is also currently serving as Judge for the 2012 Patricia Bibby First Book Competition.  In February she gave poetry readings twice at Beyond Baroque Cultural Arts Center in Venice Beach, and in March at the Tarzana Community Center for the Valley Contemporary Poets.  Her essay “Lost and Found: Jean Valentine’s Poems of Childhood and Motherhood” will be published this year in This-World Company by the University of Michigan Press On Poetry Series.

Haake & Houghton read from their new books, along with Chuck Rosenthal and CSUN’s own Ramon Garcia, to a standing room only crowd at Beyond Baroque on March 31. Upcoming readings include Sunday, April 15, 4:00 p.m., at Book Soup in West Hollywood; Saturday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Last Bookstore downtown (officially known as one of the world’s twenty most beautiful bookstores); and Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. at Stories in Echo Park.

On March 22nd, Irene Clark presented a paper at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louise. It was titled “Rhetorical Knowledge and Genre Awareness as Gateway to Transfer.”

Also at CCCC, Ian Barnard chaired and Steve Wexler, Nicole Warwick, Mandy Macklin, and Maria Turnmeyer presented on the panel “‘Stretch’ through the Transnational: Gateway Rhetorics in First-Year Writing. And Jada Augustine chaired the panel “Professional Writing in Transition: Into the World of Work and Back Again.”

4.  Opportunities

Ashley Jean Granillo, one of our former graduate students, curretnly works for  work for Writers Tribe Inc. and LA Writers Lab and is in need of three interns for the Spring 2012 semester. She’s looking for dedicated, passionate,  good writers to do work that will vary from copy-editing manuscripts to basic social media engagements. This is a non-paid internship, available for college credit/discounts for all writing workshops, and the work can be done remotely. If you know any interested students, please have them contact Ashley at lawriterslab@yahoo.com with the subject “Interns Spring 2012.”

Volume 38:12

March 22nd, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:12)

1.  Announcements

It’s always hard to open these announcements with sad news, but our hearts and thoughts go out this week to Amy Reynolds, whose sister, Julia Kay (Bartle) Garcia, passed away in early March after a battle with cancer. Memorial donations are being requested in Julia’s name to either the Braille Institute of America or the American Association of the Deaf-Blind.

On a happier note, on March 8 the campus community was informed that we have successfully completed a rigorous five year reaccreditation process conducted by university faculty, staff, students and administrators; major site visits by external reviewers in 2010 and 2011; and an exit meeting with WASC by Vice Provost Cynthia Rawitch and Interim President Harry Hellenbrand. In the ever articulate and incisive words of our Interim President, Harry Hellenbrand, this affirmation of for a full 10 year “confirms what we already know–that Cal State Northridge is a model learning organization fully focused on student success and learning.” Congratulations to all of us, and a big thank you to everyone in English who worked so hard to make it happen.

Charles Hatfield’sgraduate seminar, English 620HH, will very soon be hosting Los Bros Hernandez, that is, Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez, the creators of the renowned comic book and graphic novel series “Love & Rockets” (1981-present). These three brothers, raised in Oxnard, pioneered Latino, multicultural, queer-positive, and punk-influenced comics. They opened up comic books to issues, identities, and communities that comic books had never had the guts to explore before. This event, which is sponsored by the CSUN Distinguised Visiting Speakers Program and the College of Humanities Academic Programming Fund, will take place on Monday, March 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in JR 319, and is free!

Love and Rockets

Love and Rockets

The English Subject Matter Option and the CSUN Credential Office will be hosting an Information Session on Wednesday, April 25, between 2:00 and 3:00 in the English Reading Room, JR 319. Come hear about teaching options, possibilities, and programs.  Some light refreshments.  Please RSVP with Leslie at x4111.

On Monday, April 9, the CSU Fullerton Linguistics Students Association will be celebrating language with its annual one day symposium. All are invited to join them, from 8:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a day-long series of scintillating speakers, featuring our own Fred Field. Questions may be directed to skngjul@csu.fullerton.edu.

Just before the not to be missed Northridge Review Reading (see Reminders below), the Northridge Writers’ Circle will be hosting the fabulous Brendan Constantine, poet extraordinaire who, rumor has it, aims to make his poetry readings the best thing you do all day. This event will be held in JR 319 and begin at 6:00 p.m.

SPIT (Student Playwrights for Innovative Theater) will be hosting its Spring Festival this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday nights in JR 319, beginning each night at 7:00 p.m. and featuring five plays by CSUN students, Susana Marcelo, Alejandro Lucero, Hudit Simonyan, Erin Neel, and Jennifer Bergus.  Another fantastic event by our fantastic students.

2. Reminders

Please don’t miss the Northridge Review reading, taking place in the Noski Auditorium, on March 23 at 7 p.m.  These students do a terrific job and are always cheered when we come out to support them.

And on March 31, Mona Houghton and Kate Haake will be reading from their new What Books books at 7:00 p.m. at Beyond Baroque in Venice. Reading with them will be Chuck Rosenthal and CSUN’s own Ramon Garcia. And as a special treat, GRONK will be showing slides to accompany the reading. All What Books feature GRONK’s work on their covers.  GRONK Image

3. Opportunities

Please let your students know that Senator Feinstein’s Los Angeles office is looking for highly motivated college students for internship positions for the summer session.  Interns play a crucial role in the Los Angeles office’s daily operations, and we are looking for new additions! Successful applicants will support the Deputy State Director, Field Representatives and Staff Assistants in drafting memos to the Senator, scheduling or attending meetings with staff, constituent letters, conducting background research, phone calls, document requests, morning press clippings, research projects, and attending events with the Senator when she is in the region. This is an unpaid internship, but available for academic credit. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, 3 academic/professional references (with relationship and contact information), and one-page writing sample (topic of your choice) to Stevy_Loy@feinstein.senate.gov as soon as possible.

Volume 38.11

March 8th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38.11)

1.  Announcements

The CSUN English Department was greatly saddened to learn of the loss of Laura Salwet, a graduate student and TA in the Creative Writing Program, beloved and respected by all who met her. Anyone who remembers Laura will recall a real light in our program. Lively, spirited and among the most passionate members of any classroom, Laura represented the best of our Department. She had a tender and poetic sensibility and was a promising writer of hybrid fiction. Her planned narrative thesis featured flashes of poetry and a circling leitmotif of bees. She adored nature and had a giving spirit. Often, she brought gifts from Puerto Rico to professors and meals of sofrito beans and rice to her fellow students. Known for her moral compass and fierce dedication to her art, she held a B.A. from UCLA and was nearing the completion of her M.A. at CSUN, with plans to graduate in Spring 2012. Tragically, though, she passed away from leukemia in September 2011, after a long battle and a difficult relapse. She left behind a husband and a young daughter, and a legacy of elegance and lyricism. She will be missed.

In happier news, we are all glad to welcome Leslie Yamashita, who will be helping us out in a variety of ways while Tonie is on maternity leave, which started yesterday.   You should feel free to drop by and say hello and make her feel welcome.  Meantime, hang in there, Tonie. We are all rooting for you. And good luck.

On Saturday, February 24, CSUN held its 16th Annual Student Research & Creative Works Symposium in which seven of our outstanding graduate student presented: Norma Aceves, Corri Ditch, Kristin Cornelius, Jessica Glick,  Richard McGinis, Sean Pessin, and Paul Rauch.  And the winners are:  First Place goes to Corri Ditch for her paper, “Hamilton and Robinson: Camouflaging Wollstoncraftian Thetic Ruptures with Ventriloquism,” (Faculty Adviser, Ranita Chatterjee); and Second Place goes to Richard McGinis for his paper, “More’s Law and the Problems with Lacan” (Faculty Adviser, Kate Haake).

CSUN graduate students and the AGSE staged another fantastic Academic Conference, “Shattering,” on Saturday March 3, 2012. Or, as Graduate Adviser Ranita Chatterjee reports, “With 36 student presenters (graduate and some undergraduate students), 12 moderators, one keynote speaker who came from UCSB first thing in the morning in a rented car (after experiencing car problems at 8 am), and around 80 participants (about 65 at the 3:40 pm keynote talk), the AGSE (Association of Graduate Students in English) conference this past Saturday was a great success. The panels had an effortless and thematically unified mix of creative writing readings, literary interpretations, and rhetorical analysis that truly embodied the conference title and theme Shattering.”  Rumor has it that the keynote speaker Dr. Julie Carlson, was especially impressed. Well done, AGSE!

And if you liked that one (or if you missed it), don’t forget there’s another exciting student conference coming up. Please plan to be there for “Sex …or Something Like It,” when CSUN’s Sigma Tau Delta will be presenting its annual colloquium. The event will take place on March 17, beginning at  at 8:30 a.m. sharp and continuing until 3:00p.m., featuring panels of undergraduate and graduate students, and a keynote addres, “Pregnant Men, Heteroflexible Women, and Gaga Feminism,” by Dr. Judith “Jack” Halberstam. Free breakfast and lunch included. What could be better?

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle staged the fabulously successful first sponsored reading on February 16,  featuring Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Eric Morago. More than one hundred people turned out to hear poems together. And the CSUN Critical Theory Club had its first meeting of the semester. A fabulous time was had by all discussing Helene Cixous’ “The Laugh of the Medusa” with our many members and  guest moderator, Kate Haake (me), who apparently scowled at all the right people and moments.

Graduate student and TA Kristin Cornelius has recently started a local chapter at CSUN of an international organization called 4Humanities. The 4Humanities Collective is an international organization that “provides an online platform for humanities advocacy.”  The local chapter, 4Humanities@CSUN, is sponsored by the Center for the Digital Humanities, and offers an excellent opportunity for both students and faculty to get involved in multi-institution collaborations. The next meeting of 4Humanities@CSUN will be a project planning session with UC Santa Barbara on Monday, March 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m in JR 319. There will also be an information session from 1:00-2:00 in ST 703. Anyone interested can come to learn what 4Humanities is all about, what kinds of opportunities it offers, and what kinds of collaborative activities are planned. Please help spread the word and encourage all those who might be interested to attend.

Nominations are being sought for the 2012 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.  Four exceptional students will be selected for this award based on academic excellence, campus and community service, and exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome.  Each student will receive a $1,000 award, which will be presented during the Honors Convocation ceremony at the Oviatt Library Lawn on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. All materials must be received in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs by the application deadline which is Monday, April 9.

For those of you who need something to read, the February 2012 edition of the JIL is now in the conference room. And the March/April Writer’s Chronicle is too.

Speaking of reading, the Graduate Reading Series (G.R.S.) would like to invite you, your friends, and your family to the second of the spring 2012 readings. Alejandra Lucero Canaan, Susana Aguilar-Marcelo, and Sanam Shahmiri will be performing their work for the delight of the people who show up. Come enjoy their readings, the refreshments, and the company of your classmates Friday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the English Reading Room, JR 319.  For those of you who have question or comments, or want to get involved, please email Hudit Simonyanhudit.simonyan.972@my.csun.edu; George Fekaris george.fekaris.36@my.csun.edu; Jon Beadle jon.beadle.50@my.csun.edu,; or Sean Pessin, sean.pessin.38@my.csun.edu.

The Spring 2012 Northridge Review is hitting the racks on  Friday, March 23, in the Noski Auditorium at 7 p.m.  (Please note the change of venue.) The celebration will include a lively reading, refreshments, and–a surprise? The terrific and hardworking staff and writers of the review would love for you to join them and bring all your family, friends, classmates, and buddies of all sorts. Be there or be square.

What Books Press, an imprint of Los Angeles’ Glass Table Collective, is pleased to announce its Spring 2012 list, featuring two books by CSUN faculty, due out March 31. Hugely exciting, Mona Houghton will be publishing her debut work of fiction, Frottage & Even As We Speak, two novellas.  And Kate Haake (me, again) will be publishing a new novel, The Time of Quarantine.  Please come help us celebrate at one or more of the following readings: Saturday, March 31, Beyond Baroque, 7:00 p.m., with Chuck Rosenthal and CSUN’s Ramon Garcia; Sunday, April 15, Book Soup, 4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, April 21, The Last Bookstore (officially recognized as one of the world’s twenty most beautiful bookstores), 7:00 p.m. Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

2.  Reminders

Patricia Kalayjian and Emily Magruder will be hosting the spring meeting of the Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers at CSU Dominguez Hills on March 11.  They are reading Clarence: A Tale of Our Times (1830), by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, edited by Melissa Homestead and Ellen Foster and newly reissued by Broadview.  The meeting will be from 11:30a.m. until 3:00p.m., and lunch will be provided. All are invited. For more information, please contact Beth Wightman.

The Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) is inviting faculty to become readers. The WPE is given eight times per calendar year, and faculty readers are invited on a rotating basis. All readings take place on the Saturday following the exam and begin at 8:30 am. Readers are paid a stipend of $300 for the day and a light breakfast/lunch is served. Come and meet your colleagues from across the campus, share ideas on what constitutes good student writing, and develop a common vocabulary for discussing that writing. Please send a current CV to the UDWPE office at udwpe@csun.edu if you are interested in participating in this collegial activity.

Just a reminder that all full and part-time faculty have been invited to participate in the 2012 graduation ceremony of the College of Humanities, which will take place on May 23, at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Oviatt Library. As before, they have extended the generous offer to provide regalia for those of willing to participate as marshalls or attending faculty, and we are reminded that our presence at the event will have a marked impact on our students and their families. Please remember to fill out your form and send them to the Dean’s Office no later than Tuesday, March 20. Really, graduation is a splendid event.

3.  Opportunities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced its Fellowships competition. This program is almost identical to the recently announced Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The Fellowships support research of value to humanities scholars or general audiences. Designed to be flexible to suit your needs, guidelines allow you to define your audience, type of research, and award period.  Both awards provide a stipend of $4,200 per full-time month, up to a maximum of 12 full-time months ($50,400). While not restricted to faculty from Hispanic-Serving Institutions, those faculty are explicitly encouraged to apply to the Fellowships competition, and individuals are welcome to apply to both programs concurrently. The deadline for submission: May 1. Additional information can be found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/fellowships.html. Please contact Teresa Morrison, COH Grants & Sponsored Projects Officer, at x6096 as soon as possible if you have any questions about the program(s) or if you’re interested in applying!

The Suisun Valley Review of Solano College is proudly accepting submissions of original poetry, prose, short fiction, and visual media for its Spring 2012 edition.  Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including the contributor’s name, address, telephone number, email, and two or three lines of biographical information, and should be sent to Suisun Valley Review, English Department/Humanities, Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, CA 94534, or emailed to suisunvalleyreview@gmail.com. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for snail mail submissions.

4.  Achievements

Former (and much missed) staff member Kavi Bowerman had a fabulous debut of his new short film, The Red Light, on Sunday, February 26, at the New Beverly Cinema. Congratulations, Kavi! And congratulations, too, to our very own Frank De La Santo for his riveting film debut in this same film.

Fred Field participated in the Program Performance Review of the Linguistics Program at Cal State, Fullerton this past February 17.  He was a member of a three-person review team.

Bobby Lopez’s first scholarly monograph, The Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients, was published in October by Rowman & Littlefield’s academic imprint. The first print run seems to have been sold, and on this print run Rowman & Littlefield and Amazon have dropped the retail price to $32. Link to Amazon buy page: http://preview.tinyurl.com/4yxo2lj. Here is the official synopsis: In The Colorful Conservative, R.O.P. López culls important insights into American culture from the works of Phillis Wheatley, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, William Wells Brown, and Walt Whitman. López contends that many of the tensions that emerged prior to the Civil War remain unresolved; thus, the nineteenth century never ended and Americans still live in the literary framework of the 1800s. Beyond political distinctions of the left and the right, there are really four poles: The Left, The Conformist Burkeans, The Anarchist-Nihilist-Libertarians, and The Colorful Conservatives. The Left and the Colorful Conservatives are the two poles most at odds with each other. The Colorful Conservatives, López argues, encompass these five American authors and are the driving force behind many unique paradoxes in the United States’ political culture.

Volume 38.10

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38.10)

1.  Announcements

Spring is upon us, and with it, a host of new retirements. We are happy for them in their new life adventure, but, sadly, we will miss:  Martha Alzamora, Pam Bourgeois, Patrick Hunter, Rei Noguchi, Sharon Smartt, Pat Watkins. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., when we will be gathering to celebrate them at a potluck at Irene Clark’s home. The retirement committee will gratefully accept all donations for gifts and offers of assistance with the set-up and clean-up.  Please RSVP to Frank De La Santo in the main office, ST 706. Frank will also collect the contributions.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced its competition for Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This program supports research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Designed to be flexible to suit your needs, the guidelines allow you to define your audience, type of research, award period, and full- or part-time research preference.  The award provides a stipend of $4,200 per full-time month, maximum of 12 full-time months ($50,400). Part-time stipend may be taken for up to 24 months. Proposals must request a minimum of two months’ full-time stipend. The full announcement can be found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/AF_HSI.html. And the deadline for submission is April 17, 2012

Martin Pousson will be a featured reader at The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24. The event will celebrate the release of the new issue of The Rattling Wall and is sponsored by PEN Center USA. Martin will read poems and a short story published in that new issue . One of CSUN’s most distinguished alumni, Kim Young, also will be a featured reader with him. Kim is the author of Night Radio, winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Divided Highway (dancing girl press, 2008). Night Radio will be released by The University of Utah Press in September, 2012. Her poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, No Tell Motel, POOL and elsewhere. Founder and editor of Chaparral, an online poetry journal featuring Southern California writers, she holds an MA at Cal State University Northridge and an MFA at Bennington College, where she received a Jane Kenyon Scholarship in poetry.

Dorothy Barresi will be giving a reading for the Valley Contemporary Poets on March 18, right here in the Valley.  Mark your calendars.  Details to follow.

The dean’s office would like to help us promote our events!  Please send event information to Noreen Galvin (noreen.galvin@csun.edu), with (please) at least forty-eight hours advance notice. When you do, please include (Noreen wants to know): title, date, description of event and image (if you have one), website, contact information, email, sponsor, cost, location, and anything other pertinent information. You can also request that the event be shared with such other lists as College of Business & Economics, College of Humanities, Institute for Sustainability, Library, Matador Involvement Center, Michael D. Eisner College of Education, Mike Curb College of Arts Media & Communications, NCOD Events, Office of the Provost, University Events Calendar, Valley Performing Arts Center, and other CSUN groups, departments, or programs. This is good news–thanks, Noreen!

Another way to thank them might be for us to “like” them on the new COH Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/CSUN-College-of-Humanities/224957820883813 .  Here, they will be posting information about College events, lectures  and other activities taking place on campus!  What’s not to like?

All CSUN students are now eligible to apply for a $700 Hazing Awareness Scholarship. If you know students who might be interested, please encourage them to contact the scholarship office and request an application or apply online at www.collegegreekbooks.org/cashaward.html. These are rolling scholarships; the next deadline is March 6.

Everyone  is invited to read One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni as part of a Faculty-Staff Book Group this spring.  This book will be CSUN’s new Freshman Common Reading for 2012-2013. Each group meets one time, so you get your choice: March 13 (Tuesday) from 2-3:15 p.m. in CIELO (SH 439); OR March 21 (Wednesday) from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in CIELO (SH 439). Light refreshments and free copy of the book to all participants. Please RSVP to x6535 (Academic First Year Experiences) to reserve your seat. Don’t forget to ask for a copy of the book. More information:  http://www.csun.edu/afye/One-Amazing-Thing-Book-Groups.html. And if you can’t make these, don’t worry–more groups will meet after spring break.

Nate Mills is looking for examples of successful abstracts/proposals submitted to conference and panel organizers for his English 630 graduate students. If you have one (ideally of the 250-500 word variety) that you wouldn’t mind sharing (anonymously, of course) with his class, both Nate and his students would really appreciate it.

Patricia Kalayjian and Emily Magruder will be hosting the spring meeting of the Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers at CSU Dominguez Hills on March 11.  They are reading Clarence: A Tale of Our Times (1830), by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, edited by Melissa Homestead and Ellen Foster and newly reissued by Broadview.  The meeting will be from 11:30 until 3, and lunch will be provided. All are invited. For more information, please contact Beth Wightman.

The Northridge Writers’ Circle will be holding their first members’ reading on Friday, in JR 319, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Come out and hear them–they will be great!

2.  Reminders

Don’t forget Rick Mitchell’s Highways debut.  Highways, in Santa Monica, will be presenting his new, multimedia play, Ventriloquist Adrift; or Porno for Dummies (in which, lo and behold, the author is performing) on Friday & Saturday, February 24th and 25th, at 8:30 p.m. A theatrical exploration of race, identity, and performance in late 19th century America, the dark comedy is informed not only by vaudeville “humor,” but also by relevant historical conflicts (and, of course, by conflicts of today). The Saturday, February 25th show will be followed by an audience talk-back moderated by Anthony Dawahare, and featuring the play’s director, Roger Q. Mason, and the dramatist. To reserve tickets, please call Highways at (310) 315-1459. For further information, please go to the following webpage: http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/performance/rick-mitchell-ventriloquist-adrift-or-porno-for-dummies/.

3.  Opportunities

This just in:  Graduate Studies has announced two exciting awards open to our outstanding graduate students:

  • The Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award:  The purpose of the award is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students for excellent scholarship and creative activity. The award will support a project that is part of a master’s program. Award criteria include a project description, two faculty letters of recommendation, and willingness to provide a brief presentation of the project at the ARF annual brunch on Saturday May 12, 2012.
  • The Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award For Outstanding Graduate Student:  This annual award is presented to an outstanding graduate student who has completed or will be completing degree requirements by June 2012. The determining factors for the award are based on a record of distinguished scholarship, a minimum GPA of 3.5, and contributions to the field. The award recipient will be announced at the Honors Convocation.

The deadline for both awards is March 26.  Please spread the word to our students and encourage them to apply.

And for our undergraduate students, Thoreau’s Rooster, A Journal of Undergraduate Creative Nonfiction, is calling for submissions of “personal essays with a narrative touch” for an Editor’s Prize of $200. Please let students know that if they are interested they should email attached entries to rooster@assumption.com, and include in the body of the email a paragraph of biographical information, name of academic institution (CSUN), teacher and teacher’s email, and the writer’s email and snail mail addresses for summer. They can be see on the web at http://www.assumption.edu/rooster.

Also, the FictionBrigade, a digital publisher of flash fiction, is currently soliciting stories that are 50-1500 words, short graphics or art, and videos under two minutes. Starting this year they will be publishing ebooks on a monthly basis, and all topics and themes for each ebook can be found on our website. All contributors whose stories accepted will have their work available through all the major digital channels: Amazon, Apple, Google, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc. Submissions guidelines can be found at www.fictionbrigade.com.

4.  Achievements

The last issue of EOTN featured Cesar Soto’s exciting news about his acceptance into at least two PhD programs. Since then, we’ve had good news from other students too, and it strikes that, in this season of decision and as more of our students celebrate good fortune and achievement, it would be a good idea to start keeping a list. Please let me know as soon as you do when  your students share their own successes with you, and I will feature them all in the final issue of EOTN and celebrate them together.

Kristin Cornelius has received both a Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship and a competitive travel bursary from the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute this summer in Victoria, British Columbia.

Nicole Warwick published an article, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury: Why We Should Include Poetry in the Writing Classroom,”  in the Winter 2011-2012 edition of JAEPL (The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning).

Volume 38.9

February 9th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38.9)

1.  Announcements

Tomorrow marks the end of the third week of instruction and the last day for students to drop or add on SOLAR, thus bringing to a welcome conclusion the weirdest semester beginning on record. Once again, we want to acknowledge the patience, resilience, and fortitude of all of those who found themselves on the front-line of chaos, from staff, to classroom instructors, to Jackie herself. Now that it’s over and we can get on with the actual business of teaching, we might all want to reflect on how we ended up here and let the people who should be hearing from us actually hear from us. Or, as Vice Provost Cynthia Rawitch and Acting Administrator for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students William Watkins suggested in their thoughtful dispatch last week, “what is playing out here on campus is a reflection of the larger budget crisis in the state of California. The University advocates for public higher education and CSUN students at the state and federal levels, but we can’t do it alone. Please reach out to your legislators to share your stories, so that they understand how their decisions impact you and your families. You can find out who represents you and how to contact them by at http://capwiz.com/csun/directory/statedir.tt?state=CA&lvl=state.”

For those who are missing it, the new and improved TN Calendar is now located on the English webpage.

It’s that time again.  Please, please, please announce to your classes that the Northridge Review is accepting submissions for the Spring 2012 Issue now until February 17.  The NR accepts fiction/drama/creative non-fiction (5000 words maximum) in typed, double-spaced manuscripts, and up to five poems. Names should not appear on manuscripts, but full contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) should be included on a separate cover page. Submissions may be sent or dropped off in the main English Office, ST 706. This is such a great opportunity for all our students–to be considered, to be read, and for some for of them to be published–it would be a shame if they missed out on it just because they didn’t know about it. This includes literature classes where many closet writers hide out or where spectacular (and perhaps non-conventional) essays may also prove worthy of a wider readership.

And while we’re on the subject of the Northridge Review, stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding their not-to-be-missed bi-annual publication reading celebrating the work of so many students. You’ll be the first to know.

Gordon Nakagawa, Emeritus Professor and former Associate Dean, will be speaking on “The Japanese American Incarceration and Post 9/11 Fortress America on Wednesday, February 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Whitsett Room.

Highways, in Santa Monica, will be presenting Rick Mitchell’s new, multimedia play, Ventriloquist Adrift; or Porno for Dummies (in which, lo and behold, the author is performing) on Friday & Saturday, February 24th and 25th, at 8:30 p.m. A theatrical exploration of race, identity, and performance in late 19th century America, the dark comedy is informed not only by vaudeville “humor,” but also by relevant historical conflicts (and, of course, by conflicts of today). The Saturday, February 25th show will be followed by an audience talk-back moderated by Dr. Anthony Dawahare, and featuring the play’s director, Roger Q. Mason, and the dramatist. To reserve tickets, please call Highways at (310) 315-1459. For further information, please go to http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/performance/rick-mitchell-ventriloquist-adrift-or-porno-for-dummies/.

The CSUN deadline for the California Pre-Doctoral Program is March 9. Designed to increase the diversity of the pool from which the California State University draws its faculty, this program provides critical support for the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. A special emphasis is placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter graduate programs at one of the University of California campuses. Successful applicants will work closely with a CSU faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan which leads ultimately to enrollment in a doctoral program. Funding is available for various projects associated with this plan. Please be on the lookout for students who might benefit from this program and try to help out when asked if you can.

CSU Long Beach Graduate Students have announced their 1st ever Interdisciplinary Conference for the Humanities, organized by students and for students, to provide a forum and discussion on scholarly topics facing our world today as well as creative and historical variations of the “occupy” theme. The Keynote Speaker’s Address, “Occupational Hazards at Home and Abroad” will be delivered by Dr. John Carlos Rowe of the University of Southern California. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the Humanities are encouraged to apply. Abstract submission deadline is February 20, 2012. For full details and submission guidelines, please refer to the formal CFP and conference website at http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/english/conference/.

While you’re at it, don’t miss our own AGSE’s Conference, Shattering, which is taking place on March 3, or our Sigma Tau Delta’s Colloquia, Sex or Something Like It, which is taking place on March 17.  Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle is thrilled to announce its first sponsored reading, featuring Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Eric Morago on February 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room. Moraga will be reading a variety of his work in both poetry and fiction and has agreed to do a Q&A session after the reading. Also, he will have a collection of his books available at the reading for purchase and signing. Widely published in such anthologies as Carving in Bone (Moon Tide Press, 2007), Beside the City of Angels (World Parade Books, 2010) and Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug (Tebot Bach, 2011), Morago is currently an associate reviewer for Poetix.net, poet-in-residence with California Workforce Association, and a teacher for Red Hen Press’ Writing in Schools program. This is another exciting not-to-miss event. And kudos to the students for putting it together.

Another Northridge Creative Writing Circle event:  fundraising night at Chili’s is Monday, February 13, from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  With each flyer presented, Chili’s will donate 15% of the sales brought in to the Writing Circle. So pick up a flyer and come out to help support our students. Fun will be had by all.

Norma Aceves would like to invite all the faculty, staff, and students in the department to see her perform in Eve Ensler’s, “The Vagina Monologues.”  This event is put on by CSUN VDAY, which is part of a worldwide organization that fights against violence in the world. Proceeds will help our local women’s shelter, Haven Hills. We have only two showings this year, February 17 and 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the USU Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the AS ticket office in the USU or online at ticketmaster.com. Please tell your classes about it and check your mail boxes for flyers.

2.  Reminders

Interim President Harry Hellenbrand recently called your attention to the “Emergency Operations Desk Reference for Faculty Members” posted at http://www-admn.csun.edu/publicsafety/emergency/, and it’s worth repeating here: safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Follow the link and check it out for a quick guide on what to do during emergency situations that might occur on a university campus–medical emergency, fire/explosion, hazardous materials, bomb threat or suspicious object, and earthquake, or a shooting.  You may find a time when you’ll be glad you did.

Don’t forget the All College Meeting, with President Harry Hellenbrand & Administrator-in-Charge William Watkins, an opportunity to share important information regarding the university, still coming up on Monday, March 5, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room.

And again, the 2012 Majors Fair, on March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Matador Square.  The SSC/EOP and Liberal Studies will be representing the College of Humanities, but is asking us to help promote the event with our students.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the College of Humanities to recruit new majors and minors from within CSUN’s existing student body.  If anyone has any materials they’d like to have displayed and/or distributed to students there, please deliver them to Kate Haake (me) who will see that they’re delivered the EOP.

3.  Opportunities

Faculty who are potentially interested in applying for the 2012/13 CSUN Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards (deadline, Monday, February 27, at 5 p.m.) are invited to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, February 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Whitsett Room. Director of Research and Sponsored Projects Scott Pérez, CAS Associate Professor Douglas Carranza, and COH Grants Officer Teresa Morrison will be on hand to discuss the writing, submission, and evaluation of these mini-grants, which award up to $5,000 or 3 units of reassigned time to pursue scholarly and creative interests. Examples of previously funded grants will be available at the workshop (and are also available for reference at the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects).  This internal competition will fund many diverse research projects throughout the university, and all who are interested are encouraged to apply.  Please RSVP to teresa.morrison@csun.edu .

The Faculty Technology Center has issued a call for proposals for its Summer 2012 Course Redesign Institute. Interested in learning trends and best practices for hybrid and online instruction?  Redesigning your course for 50/50 delivery? Taking advantage of campus supported technologies? Networking? Custom support for your teaching needs? This may be the opportunity for you. The Institute will bring together twelve lucky participants for a two-week, face-to-face session from June 4 to June 15 and pay a stipend of $1500. To apply , please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RedesignInstitute. The deadline is February 15, and applicants will be notified by March 15.

If you know of any students still looking for graduate opportunities, here is an exciting new one in Creative Writing. The University of Central Arkansas will be inaugurating a new studio MFA in Fall 2012 with a progressive and intensive curriculum.  Assistantships will be available and class sizes will be small.  The program will train students in publishing and pedagogy and poise them for an increasingly global job market where creative imaginations are in demand.  Located just outside Little Rock, near two beautiful mountain ranges (the Ozarks and the Ouachitas), the area boasts a growing and exciting literary arts culture. For more information, please go to http://www.uca.edu/writing/mfa/ or write program director Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice at stephv@uca.edu. The deadline is March 15.

Precipitate, a Journal of the New Environmental Imagination, is accepting submissions for its Fall issue until February 21.  As a literary and visual arts journal, Precipitate aims to better understand how language and art act as interpretive devices for an external world that is simultaneously present and absent, riveting and severe, earthy and complex, and that inspires humor, irony, fear, and joy. Precipitate explores non-traditional perspectives of the physical world, and within these pages we invite writers, artists, and readers to investigate and destabilize ideas of place. Submission guidelines can be found at http://precipitatejournal.com/home/submission-guidelines/.

4.  Achievements

Ian Barnard’s article “Queer Writing” was published in the inaugural issue of College Composition and Communication Online (CCC 1.1, Jan. 2012).  The piece is part of a cluster of texts treating Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s impact on the field of Rhetoric and Composition.

Fred Field evaluated a research project in linguistics for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the NSF.

Charles Hatfield presented a paper at the 2012 Modern Language Association Conference in Seattle this January on the panel, The Material History of Spiderman. His paper was entitled, “Tangled Web: Spider-Man’s Discontinuous Continuity,” and rumor has it that he was “amazing.”

Cesar Soto has been offered admission into English doctoral programs at the University of Maryland and Marquette University (Milwaukee) with good financial packages and is looking forward to continuing his studies in British Romanticism. Still waiting to hear back from other programs before making a final decision, he wishes to thank Ranita Chatterjee and Irene Clark for their guidance and unflagging support.

Volume 38:8

January 26th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:8)

1.  Announcements

Here we are again, at the start of another Spring semester which commenced, as usual, with rain and, as ever in honor of Lesley Johnstone, the blossoming of pear trees.  And here, in EOTN-land, with a slew of announcements.  And so we begin.

This has been an especially challenging start to the semester, and with the escalation of the enrollment crisis, we have all been faced with desperate students whom we can do nothing to help. Thank you all for your patience and kindness with them, and steely fortitude with the rest.  And to Jackie, especially, for steering the ship so bravely and well in this most difficult time.

Permission numbers have been frozen for all classes; please do not give them out.  Graduating seniors–by which we mean seniors who have filed for graduation and whose graduation date is confirmed–may be granted exemptions, but must see Juana Mora in the Dean’s Office to get them.  Freshmen may also be exempt, although they should be directed to Undergraduate Studies (UN 215).

On January 20, 2012, you received a document from Frank via email detailing all kinds of vital University, College and Department policies.  Here are some highlights, but there’s more–much more–in the original document.  Please dig it up and read it, for your information.  Meantime, here are some highlights:

1) Students who miss the first week of class (the first two meetings of a twice a week class, or the first meeting of a once a week class) have lost the right to remain in the class and should be directed to formally withdraw.  We will not be using instructor initiated administrative drops this term.

2) Please be aware of the College of Humanities office hour policies and abide by them–i.e., be available in your office (or, in some situations, online) for students to see you, and please post them outside your door (and online), and please, please let  Frank know them.

3) Also let Frank know when you’re sick and also when you’re well again, even if it’s not a teaching day, or else you will be charged full sick leave until you physically return to campus.

4) Don’t make long distance calls on your office telephones–we have to pay for them.  Also, please, please, please be frugal with your copying–we have to pay for that too.  (Rumor has it that at another nearby CSU, the Administration, in a last ditch effort to reduce copying costs, was forced to provide iPad2’s for all full-time faculty.  Let’s not let it get to that point here at CSUN.)

5) If you have a problem with your room, please check with Martha.  But please also be aware of our limitations.  For example, in the twentieth century, I used to demand a classroom with windows; now, I am grateful for enough seats.

Also, another ever gentle reminder from Jackie–don’t sell textbooks or instructor copies to strangers or students.  You can give them away, especially to students, or you can buy them, at the bookstore, but at least on campus, these are the only two legal methods of exchange.

And now on to more groundbreaking announcements:  for example, now that it’s official, we can announce that Martin Pousson will be stepping into the role of Queer Studies coordinator beginning in Fall 2012. He’ll serve as Coordinator & Advisor for the Program, as well as Chair of the Queer Studies Advisory Committee. Congratulations, Martin!

Also, a big well done and thanks to yet another hard working and fabulously successful Search and Screen Committee.  Lauren Byler has verbally accepted our job offer and will be joining us in the fall as our brand new Victorianist.  Who could ask for better new colleagues than the ones we’re so lucky, year after year, to attract?  (Yes, that means you.)  Meantime, Lauren would like contact from us and can be reached at lauren.l.byler@gmail.com.

Here is a starred announcement and not-to-miss event:  Dorothy Barresi will be reading this Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4pm at Beyond Baroque, at an event called “Los Angeles: Bastard Child of Literature.”  Along with Michael Ford, Gerald Locklin, Ron Koertge, Eloise Klein Healy (who graced our dept. for many years), and Gary Phillips, Dorothy will read some of her own fantastic Los Angeles poem, proclaiming her proud illegitimacy.  Beyond Baroque is at 681 Venice Blvd. in Venice, 90291. 310-822-3006.

Mark your calendars! All College of Humanities Faculty and Staff are invited to the All College Meeting, with President Harry Hellenbrand & Administrator in Charge William Watkins, an opportunity to share important information regarding the university. Here’s hoping to see many of us there, on Monday, March 5, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room.

Also in March (but start planning now) is the 2012 Majors Fair.  The event will take place on March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Matador Square.  The SSC/EOP and Liberal Studies will be representing the College of Humanities, but is asking us to help promote the event with our students.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the College of Humanities to recruit new majors and minors from within CSUN’s existing student body.  If anyone has any materials they’d like to have displayed and/or distributed to students there, please deliver them to Kate Haake (me) who will see that they’re delivered the EOP.

Closer to now–actually, this very day–is the much-heralded Grand Opening of our new, state of the art Student Recreation Center where we can all work on our fitness goals. If you are interested in a faculty/staff membership to the SRC, those memberships  are now available for purchase.  Faculty and Staff memberships are $163 per semester. Faculty or staff who are current Alumni Association members can join the SRC for $130 per semester. Information about joining the Alumni Association can be found here <https://www.csunalumni.com/default.aspx?page=Membership> . Membership for spouses, domestic partners and dependents will be available later in the Spring semester. Membership details can be found here <http://src.csun.edu/about/membership.php>.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Linguistics Club on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the Oviatt Presentation Room for an evening  with Dr. David Harrison and Dr. Gregory Anderson of The Living Tongues  Institute for Endangered Languages and the movie, The Linguists. Their  presentation, entitled “Endangered Languages: Global and Local  Perspectives,” will chronicle their work around the globe to document and  revitalize dying languages. Their visit has been made possible through  funding by the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program and the Office of  Graduate Studies. In conjunction with the event, there will be a screening of The Linguists on  Friday, January 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Santa Susana Room in the USU  Complex. All are welcome. In addition, an exhibit on endangered languages will open in the Oviatt  Lobby on January 30th. Please join us for all of these exciting events!

Red Hen Press is offering discounted tickets to students ($10) for an evening with award-winning writers Dana Gioia, David Mason, and Katharine Coles.  For more information, please contact Jessica Lynn Kubnec at publicity@redhen.org.

And for students, the Learning and Behavioral Center, LLC is now offering Academic Internship opportunities to English majors who are motivated, energetic, and caring individuals interested in teaching in our public school system. This program will allow students to gain experience working with children with various learning and behavioral disabilities as well as accumulate teaching hours that can be added on to resumes. They are amongst the most experienced organizations effectively treating children with Autism, A.D.D., A.D.H.D., O.C.D., mental retardation and more, and have been involved with CSUN’s Child & Adolescent Development Internship Fair with Dr. Joyce Munsch.

And for those of you interested in making a little extra money, Educational Testing Services (ETS) is currently recruiting for EAP Raters to score EAP essays in 2012.  Hiring will continue through the first week in March, and the reading takes place beginning the second week of April.

Finally, anyone interested in a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition might consider the program at University of Texas at El Paso, which has sent us a letter of recruitment and will begin reviewing applications on March 1.

2.  Faculty Opportunities

The 2012-2013 Call for Proposals for the Judge Julian Beck Learning-Center Instructional Projects is available on the Faculty Development website: http://www.csun.edu/facdev/grants.htm  Applications are due March 16, 2012.

Research and Sponsored Projects grants, for scholarship and creative activities, are coming up.  Three unit assignments or $5000 mini grants are available to successful applicants.  Guidelines and proposal application forms are available here http://www.csun.edu/grip/research/forms/index.html.  The deadline this year is February 27.  And good luck!

Here’s a relatively new one (second year):  CSUN ScholarWorks:  The CSUN ScholarWorks Learning Objects collection was established to preserve and distribute original electronic learning objects and teaching tools within the CSUN academic community and beyond.  In its second year, ScholarWorks will focus on materials for frequently-taught courses with high enrollments with the goal of creating learning objects that can be put to immediate use and assessed by the faculty in the course of their implementation.   Selected projects will be awarded funds within the range of $500-$2000. Proposal review will begin February 6, 2012; the deadline is February 20; and recipients will be informed of their awards beginning in March.  For more information and proposal forms, please see http://library.csun.edu/ScholarWorks/DLOG2012.html.

For more opportunities, please check out the COH grants page, at http://www.csun.edu/humanities/grants/.

And while you are there, you might also want to update your digital measure information, at http://www.csun.edu/csm/digitalmeasures.htm.

Elsewhere, the School of Advanced Study, University of London offers a Visiting Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  Applications for 2012–13 are now invited from professorial staff and early to mid-career academics (applicants must have been awarded their PhD between eight and fifteen years before applying for a fellowship) who wish to pursue research in London in any of the areas covered by the School, and to engage in an active relationship with the multidisciplinary scholarly community across the School. The Fellowship is tenable for up to six consecutive months between September 2012 and June 2013.  The Fellowship offers an allowance towards travel, accommodation and research costs up to a determined maximum. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2012.  For more information, please see www.sas.ac.uk/school-visiting-fellowship, or contact Peter Niven at peter.niven@sas.ac.uk

And closer to home, our own Robert Louis Chianese is soliciting symposium proposals on science-themed fiction for AAAS, Pacific Division 93rd Annual Meeting.  As Bob writes, we are quite familiar with the popular genre of science fiction, but we give much less attention to science-themed fiction, works of literature in the form of novels and short stories, that derive some or much of their content from science ideas or figures. Issues and themes from astronomy to zoology–including cosmology, biology, ecology, genetics, medicine, mathematics–can form key elements of both historical and contemporary fiction. This symposium explores the use of science by fiction writers and the more general theoretical connections between literature and science.   And as a special bonus, they are hoping to hold a reading of original works of science-themed fiction sometime during the conference and in conjunction with the symposium. Writers should send a copied passage of their work with some explanatory information about its science content. The meeting will take place from June 24 to June 27, at Boise State University, and submission should be sent to : Dr. Robert Louis Chianese, Emeritus Professor of English, CSUN/2465 Hall Canyon Road/Ventura, CA 93001-2467.

 3.  Faculty Achievements

Graduate Student Norma Aceves presented at 2012 Modern Language Association Conference in Seattle this January on a panel organized by the Children’s Literature Association. The theme of the panel was how technology has influenced form and readership in children’s literature. Her paper was entitled, “Twilight Online Fandom: Reaching Femininity through Textual Manipulation and Abstraction.”  Congratulations, Norma!

Also at MLA, Nate Mills presented “Consuming the Cadillac: Ralph Ellison, Postwar Consumption, the Dozens, and Civil Rights Politics” and “Postmodern/Post-Racial African-American Radicalism: Reading Langston Hughes’s The Big Sea in Obama’s Nation.”  Congratulations, Nate!

Martin Pousson will be a featured reader for the Rattling Wall book release at The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood. The event is sponsored by PEN Center USA and will take place on Saturday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m.. Martin will read from his story, “The Masked Boy,” which is published along with two poems, “Hoodoo” and “Voodoo,” in the newest issue of Rattling Wall.

Nancy Taylor and Pat Swenson have announced the impending publication of their new book Online Teaching in the Digital Age, published by SAGE Publications.  This quick-start guide to online teaching is now available for purchase on Amazon.com at  http://www.amazon.com/Online-Teaching-Digital-Age-Swenson/dp/1412996198/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1.  The Matador bookstore will also carry their book, as will Barnes and Noble.   Additionally, they have created a Facebook page to encourage dialogue regarding the ideas presented in the book and to offer support to our ever-growing online community of teachers.  Please “like” them on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/TeachingOnline.  Congratulations to you both!

Volume 38:7

December 8th, 2011 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:7)

It’s beginning to look a lot like…the end of the semester.

1. Announcements

Tonight is the night for the graduate English farewell fair–open to the public, free, and with food!  Hope to see you in Jerome Ritchfield 319, from 7PM to  9:45PM.

But if not there, tomorrow, at the Holiday party, from 12PM to 3PM!

Changes lie ahead for Department advising and coordinating positions, as Ranita Chatterjee, as graduate advisor;  Kent Baxter, as FYI/JYI coordinator; and Michael Bryson as Honors coordinator have all come to the end of their service terms.  We join Jackie in thanking them for all their hard work for us and our students, and in welcoming those who will be taking their places—Kent Baxter, as Graduate Adviser; Danielle Spratt, as FYI/JYI Coordinator; and Charles Hatfield, as Honors Coodinator.  Danielle and Charles will start in the Fall 2012 semester, while Kent will take over from Ranita in Spring 2013.  Thanks for stepping up and, in advance, for your hard work ahead.

On Friday, December 9th, at 7:00 p.m., in the English Reading Room (JR-319), the Northridge Playwrights’ Workshop will present staged readings of new plays and scenes by student dramatists. A diverse array of original work will be presented. Admission is free, as are refreshments.

Just before that, the inaugural meeting of the new Northridge Creative Writing Circle will be held in JR 319.  And the new CSUN Critical Theory Club had another rousing meeting and will convene again in January.  Please stay tuned for updates to keep your students posted.

2. Reminders

However impossible it might seem, we’ve somehow arrived at the end of another semester.  Or as my mother always said, don’t blink.  Finals are next week Monday, December 12 through Saturday, December 17, 2011.  And grade rosters are available now.

And that means next semester is almost here and that book orders were due long, long ago. If you, like a lot of us, haven’t done yours yet, what better time is there than now?

While you are at it, don’t forget to fill out your teaching schedules preference forms for next year and return it by Wednesday, December 14.

Finally, turn in your 319 keys, please, if you no longer have need of them.

No, wait, one more—don’t forget to fill in the University Service Form,  http://www.csun.edu/senate/volunteer.doc, and send it to the Faculty Senate Office, Mail Drop 8221, or by email to Heidi Wolfbauer (heidiw@csun.edu<mailto:heidiw@csun.edu>).  This will ensure you are not overlooked for faculty service—committees, officers, Senators-at-large—in which you have interest or for which you are most eminently qualified.

The COH has a new Open Funding Opportunities webpage, where you can track many ongoing grant and fellowship competitions that may be of interest. The page is updated as new opportunities are announced.  Check it out.  http://www.csun.edu/humanities/grants/openfundingopportunities.html

If you have been teaching 113, 114, 115, or 155, please encourage your students to submit to Wings this semester. Wings continues to accept work over a wide range of genres including essays, reflective letters, blog projects, visual rhetoric projects, stretch projects, and more. And if you have been teaching any freshman composition classes this semester please attend the Fall Semester Wings Reading to help us choose what projects should be included in the next edition. As usual, the reading will feature food, drinks, and fun, and will be held on Thursday, December 15th, in JR 319 from 11am to 3pm. Any participation is much welcomed and appreciated! Look for fliers in the hallways and in the display case. Questions may be directed to the Wings editor at mailto:wings@csun.edu.

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

Ranita Chatterjee has two substantial entries (5,000 words each) on Children’s literature in the Romantic period, and on the political theorist and writer William Godwin, better known as Mary Shelley’s father, in the recently published 3 volume The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature, General Editor: Frederick Burwick (Blackwell, 2012).

Teesha Garfield, a Creative Writing graduate student who finished her degree this term, has had a short story, “A Shot with Henrietta,” accepted by the e-zine, Forty Ounce Bachelors.

Rick Mitchell premiered his new, one-person play, VENTRILOQUIST ADRIFT, a dark comedy, on November 16th through the 20th, at the peer-reviewed section of the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Locally, Highways, in Santa Monica, will be presenting an updated version of the piece, which features puppets, video, and the dramatist himself, on February 24th and 25th, 2012.

Matt Terhune, a recent Creative Writing MA, has had a poem accepted by American Poetry Review.  Kudos to Matt.

Kim Young, another recent Creative Writing MA, has won the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize through the University of Utah Press, which carries with it a $1000 prize and publication by the University of Utah Press, as well as an invitation to read in the University of Utah’s Guest Writer’s Series.  Kudos to Kim as well!

And kudos to the rest of us as well for concluding yet another semester–good work, all!  Here’s wishing everyone a very happy holiday!  And in the words of an old cowboy in Wyoming I once knew, none of it matters if you don’t have fun!

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:6

November 23rd, 2011 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:6)

Mid-Century Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Enjoy family, friends, food, and festivities.  And a well deserved break to you all!

1. Announcements

CSUN students, Lauren Levitch, James Medina, Kelly Moreno, and Kim Sanders have founded a new Northridge Creative Writing Circle, with Professors Martin Pousson and Leilani Hall as Faculty Advisors. The NCWC recently won approval for funding from Associated Students and University recognition. The founding officers now would like to invite all interested CSUN students to join, undergraduates and graduates, all majors and minors, and all genres. The group will focus on enriching and enhancing the creative writing community in the program, in the department, and in the wider University. The officers will stage their first event and meeting on campus in December and will announce a full schedule of events and meetings for Spring 2012. Any interested student may contact Lauren Levitch at lauren.marshall.751@my.csun.edu or Kelly Moreno at kelly.moreno.98@my.csun.edu. Kudos to all! And please spread the word.

The Dean has asked us nicely once again, please, please to fill out our Digital Measures information. Information on how to get started can be found here http://www.csun.edu/csm/digitalmeasures.htm.

Please let your students know that the deadline for submitting to the upcoming CSUN student research symposium, will be Friday, December 9, at 5:00 p.m. Oral and poster presentations will be limited to 70 and 60, respectively, and accepted on a first come, first served basis for the Friday, February 24, 2012, event. The purpose of the symposium is to highlight student achievement by showcasing the research and creative activity being conducted by undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines. The symposium format permits a 10 minute oral presentation or a poster presentation. There are separate undergraduate and graduate divisions for each of the following categories: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Biological Sciences; Business and Economics; Creative Arts and Designs; Education; Engineering and Computer Science; Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences; Humanities and Letters; Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Based on the recommendation of the judges, cash awards are presented to the outstanding oral presenter and runner-up in each category for both the graduate and undergraduate divisions. For the poster session, a cash award is given to the outstanding undergraduate and graduate student. Please encourage your students to apply soon. The application maybe be downloaded at http://www.csun.edu/grip/graduatestudies/events/documents/Symposium_Application.doc.

Calling all part-time and lecturer writers—Wordriver Literary Review, out of UNLV and dedicated to the poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction of adjunct, part-time, and full time instructors is looking for work and accepts it year round. Send all submissions as Word (doc) attachments to wordriver@unlv.edu, and include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the body of your email, as well as a short bio listing your teaching affiliation and prior publishing history. And please note the genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) in the email subject line.

2. Reminders

Don’t miss the 28th Annual CSUN POWWOW this Saturday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come enjoy the American Indian dance and music, children’s craft activities, arts and crafts vendors—and, frybread! Free admission. All drums welcome.

And the Faculty Retreat is coming up too. Please mark your calendars for this important annual event, to be held on January 17 and 18, 2012, here on the CSUN campus. This year’s retreat, “Painting on CSUN’s Canvas,” will be free of charge and feature opening and closing plenary sessions, an array of workshops (including a special track for new faculty) and a poster session. Lunch will be served on both days with a special opportunity to network with your colleagues at the Orange Grove Bistro on Tuesday evening. Newer faculty members and lecturers are especially encouraged to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn more about the CSUN campus, the culture, and to connect with one another to help us paint the CSUN canvas with your artistic vision. Registration deadline: Friday, December 9, 2011, at http://www.csun.edu/senate/retreat.html. Please contact Heidi Wolfbauer (heidiw@csun.edu<mailto:heidiw@csun.edu>) or call the Faculty Senate Office (X3263) if you have questions.

The deadline for submitting textbook orders for Spring semester has come and gone. And while you’re frantically trying to put them together, please do whatever you can to keep costs down.

Speaking of books, the library is adding. Kimberly Embleton, English and Humanities Librarian, is encouraging faculty to email her with any book titles they would like to see in the library collection at Kimberly.embleton@csun.edu. The sooner the better—orders must be in by the end of March.

There’s a new Incomplete protocol coming, courtesy of a recent Executive Order from the Chancellor’s office. Beginning with Spring 2012 grading, faculty assigning an Incomplete grade will create a written contract describing the conditions required for removal of the Incomplete ). To document the process, instructors should create the contract in both electronic (SOLAR) and paper forms. Faculty should continue to file the “Incomplete Request” and “Extension of Time to Remove Incomplete” forms with their departments. Both paper and electronic forms will be required.

And on Thursday, December 8, don’t miss Bobby Lopez’s and our awesome graduate students’ culminating literary scholarship fair, to be held as an Open Classroom in JR between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. There will be refreshments, light shows, multimedia spectacles, and lots of academic work to check out. Please come celebrate the following students and their work: Arthur Case, Robert Danielak, Jason Freudenrich, Pierre Morcos, Melissa M. Morehouse, Linda Olson, Joseph Roberts, Daniella Soleimani, Tiffany Wampler.

Somehow, I missed this earlier in the semester, but it’s never too late to help students. CSUN now has a brief, helpful, web-based survey they can take to help them decide whether enrolling in an Online class is a good match for their skills and learning preferences BEFORE they enroll in it. You can go directly to the survey here: http://studentvoice.com/csun/studentonlinereadiness. Or, for more information, send them to the Announcement at the top of the UNIV 100 webpage at http://www.csun.edu/univ100/.

And for all of you planning to go out of the country to exotic locales on University business, don’t forget to pick up your Mandatory Foreign Travel Insurance. This is a complicated business, so if it applies to you, just be sure to ask ahead of time what you need to do. And have safe and happy travels while you’re gone.

If, however, you plan to stay at home and catch up on your reading, is your first choice always to make a beeline for College English or College Composition and Communication? Jackie is thinking of canceling our (costly) subscriptions, and both are available online. But if you can’t bear the thought of going without the nice hard copy in your late night soak, let her know—and try to keep the copies dry.

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

Dorothy Barresi has a poem, “The Last Poem,” in the 50th Anniversary Issue of Crazyhorse this month

On Friday, November 18, Kent Baxter delivered a presentation, entitled “Building Academic Language in a School-University Project,” at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference in Chicago.

An article entitled “Genre Awareness, Academic Argument, and Transferability” by Irene Clark and Andrea Hernandez has been published both online and in The WAC Journal. It can be accessed online at the WAC Clearinghouse site (November 2011).

Kate Haake (me) published a (personal) essay, “Dyptich: Chrysalis, Prayer,” in the Fall 2011 issue of Crazyhorse.

Brian Palagallo’s poem, “Winter’s Road,” nominated by Dorothy Barresi and selected by the Dean, will be featured on the College of Humanities holiday card. Here, we’re the first to enjoy Brian’s lovely evocation of the season ahead:

Winter’s road held in

trees bared and ended;

sprouting eternity between

journey and spirit ascended.

Michael Schofield’s memoir of raising his daughter Jani, who suffers from child onset schizophrenia, will be published by Crown (Random House) next August 7th. It will be called January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her.

Jack Solomon has published the seventh edition of Signs of Life in the USA, a thoroughly revised edition of the most widely adopted popular culture reader in the country. It is Jack’s fourteenth book publication.

Danielle Spratt presented “Beyond the Window-Sash: Walter Shandy’s Spectacles and Momus’s Glass” at the annual East Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies on 5 November, 2011 at Penn State; the paper was on a panel on eighteenth-century optics and literature. Danielle also has an article “Gulliver’s Economized Body: Colonial Projects and the Lusus Naturae in the Travels” is forthcoming in Studies for Eighteenth-Century Culture, 41 (2012): 32-54.

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair