Volume 50:15

May 9th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:15)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Congratulations on having made it through another year. Now, it’s time to get ready for celebrating! The English Department Awards reception will be held on English Department Awards Reception will be held in the Orange Grove Bistro on May 17th, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with an hour of mingling afterwards. In the afternoon, the graduate student hooding ceremony will be held in the Little Theater, from from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. Graduation itself follows bright and early the following Monday, May 20, at 8:00 a.m. on the library lawn.

But first, finals start Saturday, May 11, and conclude on Friday, May 17. This means final grades will be due a week later, by Friday, May 24. In the interests of a seamless transition for all, please aim to get them in as soon as possible. As an added incentive–once you do, you’re done, and summer’s begun!

The staff of The Northridge Review is excited to announce its first ever, year-end, final’s week special
submission window, open from Saturday, May 11, 2019, through Friday, May 17. Please help spread the word and encourage your students to send us their best poems, prose, plays, and comics, or whatever else they might have written this term. Submissions are free and anonymous and can be uploaded at https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit.

On Friday, May 10th, at 7:00 p.m., at the VPAC’s Experimental Theatre, the Northridge Playwrights Workshop will present staged readings of new plays, scenes, and monologues by CSUN student dramatists. Admission is free, and you can contact Rick Mitchell at rick.mitchell@csun.edu for further information.

And speaking of CSUN playwrights, graduate students Abe Zapata and Karen Cassady will both have productions in LA Fringe this year! In Zapata’s play, “Borracho: Spanish for Drunken Bum,” Miguel invites a select group of friends, including an old high school crush, over for his friend Gerardo’s 35th birthday. His plans for the night are quickly derailed as the alcohol flows, surprise visitors show up, and secrets are revealed.” For more information, check it out here: Borracho: Spanish for Drunken Bum. And Cassady’s plan, “Octopi Wall Street,” takes a “…a more shellfish look at climate change. The play comes at the issue through a series of vignettes told from the perspective of human and non-human entities.” For more information, check this one out here https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5996.

And just a final note that there will be a lot of moving around over the summer and when you come back, John Garcia and Nicole Morris will both have left us for exciting career changes in the years ahead. Thanks to them both for being such valued colleagues in the time they have spent with us, and here’s wishing them each all the very best at whatever in the world may be coming next. Closer to home, Beth Wightman will have moved into Kent Baxter’s office to begin her service as our new Chair, and we owe them both a huge debt of gratitude for their selfless generosity, commitment, and vision in steering us onward. And Anthony Dawahare will be stepping up to serve as year as Associate Chair, which means these will be my last Thursday’s Notes. Thank you for reading and for keeping me posted on all the important achievements and goings on in the Department! It’s been a real privilege hearing from you all.

Reminders

Please remember that Ramadan, which is an important time of prayer falls during our final examination period, and that we all need to be sensitive to and respectful of the needs of those students who are observing. For additional information on the CSUN Policy on Examinations and Religious Holiday Observations, please click here https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/policy-relig-obser%20Fa%2018.pdf.  For more information about Ramadan, please click here https://ing.org/ramadan-information-sheet/.

Achievements

Martin Pousson‘s invited poems, “Uncivil War” and “Proem/Proema,” have just been published inLove Jets, an anthology of queer male poetry in honor of Walt Whitman’s bicentennial, now out in paperback by Squares & Rebels Press. His novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, was the subject of a Queer Studies seminar at CSU Channel Islands, and some of the stories were featured in an art show by graduating seniors at Yale University. His fiction also was a subject of study in a Southern Literature course at Cornell University. In addition to teaching flash fiction at the Iowa University Summer Workshop, he’ll also teach a course in the novel-in-stories.

Jutta Schamp has published an article ,“Whose Shadow Is It? The Representation of Postcolonial Trauma and Creativity in Anton Nimblett’s ‘Ring Games’ and ‘Section of an Orange,’” in the International Journal of Jungian Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/19409052.2018.1507808.

Audrey Thacker presented her paper, “Mazel Tov–We’ve Made It? In Literature and in Life, ‘Big J’s,’ ‘Little j’s’ and the Farblunget Parameters of Jewish Performance,” at the annual conference of the Western Jewish Studies Association (WJSA), in Palm Desert.

Steve Wexler’s chapter-essay, “Ludwig Wittgenstein: Toward a Dialectical Pragmatism,” has been published in Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield 2019).

And here’s the annual creative writing report of what our students and alumni have been up to, courtesy of–and with gratitude to–Martin Pousson.

Brian “The Dude” Andrade (BA, CW, 2017) graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry.

Gianne Braza (BA, CW, ongoing) won the CSUN Northridge Scholars Program Award and won the CSUN Presidential Scholar Award.

Alvaro Castillo (BA, CW, 2015 & MA, CW, 2017) was accepted into the University of Southern California & Los Angeles Review of Books Summer Writing Workshop.

Sean Coolican (MA, 2016) recently completed the MFA program in creative writing at San Diego State University. In the fall, he’ll be heading to Oklahoma State University to work on a PhD in English and Creative Writing.

Joshua Corona (BA, CW, 2019) just won a national contest to have his drabble (a 100 word story) published in an upcoming issue of The New York Times.

Marisela Gomez (BA, CW, 2017 & MA, CW, 2019) won the CSUN Graduate Equity Fellowship Award.

Justin La Torre (BA, Creative Writing, 2013) has been hired  as Copy Editor by NIS America, where he writers trailers for film and video.

Katharine Mason (BA, CW, 2015 & BA, CW, 2017) published more than 50 book reviews in such places as the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Washington Post.

Adam Miller (BA, CW, 2017) published Axolotl, an online kinetic visual novel.

Anahit Petroysan (BA, CW, 2018) published a short story in Adelaide literary magazine.

Kate Martin Rowe (MA, CW, 2007, and current part-time Lecturer) graduated from Bennington College with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. She also published book reviews in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Angel City Review and published poems in Bloodroot literary magazine.

Anahita Safarzadeh (BA, MA, Literature, 2018) published a chapbook of poems, Wolf, with Business Bear Press.

Loryn Stone (formerly Loryn Rataizer, BA, CW,  2009) published My Starlight, a debut young adult novel with Affinity Press.

Eli Teitelman (BA, CW, 2016) was accepted into the Master of Arts program at Wheaton College.

Leticia Valente was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program in Fiction at several universities, including Emerson College in Boston, Portland State University, Colorado State University, and California State University Long Beach. She’ll attend Portland State University, where fellow CSUN alumnus James “Jamie” Bezerra recently finished his MFA while working with the editorial staff at Tin House.

Charlie Ruiz Vasquez (BA, CW, 2017) published a short story in Oakland Arts Review, selected as the lead story alongside work by students from the creative writing programs at Princeton University, Columbia University, and elsewhere.

Doug Weismann (BA, CW, 2010) graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

AND HAPPY SUMMER!

Volume 50:14

April 25th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:14)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Today, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., in JR 319, CSUN poets are hosting a book launch and poetry reading for Deborah Blakely Averill’s posthumous chapbook, Lovelier Than Dirt. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, and a portion of the proceeds from all sales of this book will be donated to the Deborah Averill Scholarship Fund. And if you can’t make it tonight, the book can be purchased at https://www.yakpress.com/product/lovelier-than-dirt/.

On Saturday, May 4, the English Department is proud to present its 2nd annual English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place in the USU Lake View Terrace Room from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature Professors Michael Bryson and Anthony Dawahare talking about their new books. Dr. Michael Bryson will present material from two projects: his recent book, Love and its Critics, co-authored with former CSUN MA student Arpi Movsesian, and his forthcoming book, The Humanist (Re)Turn. Central to each book is the question of the value of literature, and the often hostile relationship professional literary scholarship and theoretically-based criticism has to that literature. Dr. Anthony Dawahare will discuss his recently published book, Tillie Olsen and the Dialectical Philosophy of Proletarian Literature. This book analyzes the impact of one of the most important philosophies of the last century, dialectical materialism, on the form and content of Olsen’s fiction. The event will also feature Professor Eric Kufs, independent singer/songwriter, as well as CSUN alum and faculty member, who will perform live along with the company of his guitar. Light food and refreshments will be served, and a cash bar available!

On Wednesday, May 8, the English Department’s Career Opportunity and Professional Development Club and Sigma Tau Delta will host a hands on workshop, Preparing for the Work Force. In it, English students will be mentored through the writing of professional job documents, including, but not limited to, letters, cv’s, and resumes. The workshop will take place in JR 319, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please help spread the word.

The MA hooding ceremony will take place on Friday, May 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with our year-end graduation reception and awards ceremony to follow, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please save the date and plan to come out and celebrate our students and their achievements.

Reminders

Don’t forget that spring is award time, with a host of English department awards available to qualified students. Undergraduate awards are the Henry Van Slooten Scholarship in English ($500), the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship ($2000), the Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award ($500), the Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize $250), the William L. Wilson Award ($1,600), the Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship ($500); graduate awards are the Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English ($4,000), the Mahlon Gaumer Award ($500), the Harry Finestone Award in English ($750), the Irene Clark Scholarship for Rhetoric and Composition ($500), the Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship ($250), and the Deborah Averill Award in Creative Writing ($250). These awards recognize different achievements and honor different people of note in the history and tradition of our department, but all are very meaningful to students, so please consider nominating your best and brightest, and encourage such students to apply. The deadline for all awards is Friday, April 26, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, see https://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/english-department-awards—spring-2018, or contact Leilani Hall, Chair, Amenities and Awards Committee, at leilani.hall@csun.edu.

Also, don’t forget Sharon Klein’s retirement party, which is taking place tomorrow, Friday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m., in JR 319. Jointly hosted by English and Linguistics/TESL, the event celebrates Sharon’s long and distinguished career at CSUN, and, despite likely tears, a good time will be had by all. Hoping to see everyone there.

 

 

Volume 50:13

April 11th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:13)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

The dean’s office is soliciting nominations for the following: Faculty Senate, 2 year term; Academic Grievance and Grade Appeals, 2 year term; College Personnel Committee, 2 year term (also one replacement needed for Fall 2019 semester), associate or full professor only; College Sabbatical Committee, 2 year term, associate or full professor only. Faculty willing to serve in these important capacities should notify Kent Baxter, via email, by Monday, April 15.

English 412: Literary Magazine was delighted to host Jessica Ceballos Y Campbell on April 3 for a conversation about activist publishing and community building, co-sponsored by the College of Humanities.

The Northridge Review celebrated the launch of its Spring 2019 issue, constructed entirely in our new Book Arts Lab, on Friday, April 5, and a good time was had by all. Now the deadline for submissions to our Fall 2019 issue is fast approaching. Recognized nationally as an award-winning student magazine, the NR has launched the careers of many distinguished CSUN alumni, whose work first appeared in its pages. Please help spread the word! Work may be submitted a at https://thenorthridgereview.submittable.com/submit. The deadline is April 15.

Susana Marcelo and Sean Pessin led a blackout and cut-up poetry workshop in the Oviatt Library to celebrate Poetry Month on April 10.

Another important deadline that will soon be upon us is is for our spring department awards will fast be upon us, so please get your nominations and letters in order and please encourage your students to apply!  More information, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, may be found at https://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/english-department-awards—spring-2019. Questions may be directed to Dr. Leilani Hall, 2018-19 Chair of the Awards Committee (leilani.hall@csun.edu) or Dr. Kent Baxter, Chair of the Department of English (kent.baxter@csun.edu). Unless otherwise specified, the deadline for all awards is Friday, April 26, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. The spring awards include the following.

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship: In memory of Linda Nichols Joseph, an English major who graduated cum laude from CSUN in 1981, up to two prizes of $2,000 will be awarded this spring to undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies.

The Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award: In honor of Lesley Johnstone, a professor of English at CSUN from 1965 to 2010 who specialized in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and who loved and cherished nature, a prize of $500 will be given to a student who is the author of the best written work on some aspect of the natural world or environment.

The Robert apRoberts English Honors Essay Prize: To commemorate Robert apRoberts, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Honors Program, an annual prize of $250 will be awarded to the English Honors student whose paper completed in the Honors Revision Seminar (497A) is judged to be the best submitted during that academic year.

The William L. Wilson Award: In memory of William L. Wilson, a career Army officer who taught high school for many years upon his retirement from the U.S. Army, a scholarship of $1,600 will be given to an English major who plans to teach at the secondary level. The scholarship recognizes and encourages students who work diligently to get their degrees and achieve their career potential in spite of additional obligations such as work or family.

GRADUATE AWARDS

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English: In memory of Mitchell Marcus, a former Professor in the Department (1958-1983), a prize of $4,000 will be awarded each spring semester to the graduate student whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.

The Mahlon Gaumer Award: In honor of Mahlon Gaumer, a professor of English at CSUN from 1969-1997 who specialized in linguistics and Medieval literature, an award of $500 will be given to a graduate student who is the author of the best critical essay on English literature—with emphasis on the use of language.

The Harry Finestone Award in English: In honor of Harry Finestone, a gifted teacher and innovative administrator at CSUN from 1962-1983, an award of $750 will be given each year to the graduate student with the most distinguished essay in the study of literature completed in the department’s capstone graduate seminar, ENGL 698D.

The Irene Clark Scholarship for Rhetoric and Composition: This award provides $500 for a paper written by a Department of English graduate student on a topic in rhetoric and composition during the 2017-2019 academic year.

The Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship: In memory of Angeline Olliff, a former graduate student and teaching associate in the Department of English, a $250 scholarship will be awarded in spring 2019 to a Rhetoric and Composition graduate student or a Teaching Associate in any specialization (creative writing, literature, rhetoric and composition).

UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE AWARD

The Deborah Averill Award in Creative Writing: In memory of Deborah Averill–poet, alum, and colleague–an award of $250 will be awarded to a female student who has had more than a one-year absence from school and returned after overcoming obstacles.

Achievements

Cesar Soto (B.A.’08; M.A. ’12) has defended his dissertation, “Religion and Revolution in a Transatlantic Frame: The Cases of English, Irish, and Mexican Literature (1789-1832)”, with distinction, at the University of Notre Dame. Cesar has also been accepted to the “Religion, Secularism, and the Novel” NEH Summer Seminar at the University of Iowa. And he has an article forthcoming in Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations titled “Mexico in the Revolutionary Atlantic: Catholicism and the Arts of Resistance in Fray Servando’s Memorias and Carta de un Americano al Español“.

Volume 50:12

March 29th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:12)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Beth Wightman has been elected the next Chair of the English Department. Please join us in congratulating her and in thanking Anthony Dawahare and Michael Bryson for their willingness to serve in this critical capacity. Beth will officially begin her new role in the fall. Meantime, Kent Baxter will continue to guide us through this period of transition. And a huge thanks to him for his exemplary leadership over the course of the last three and half years!  We couldn’t have done it without him.

Sharon Klein is retiring. (Drum roll? Fanfare? Say it isn’t true!) Please save the date and plan to come help honor her long and distinguished CSUN career, but not to say goodbye, for surely, we’ll be seeing her around! Hosted by English and Linguistics/TESL, the event will take place on Friday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m., in JR 319.

To kick off National Poetry Month, the creative writing program is hosting local poets David St. John, Anna Journey, Angel Garcia, and Lynne Thompson, along with two alumni poets–Sophia Apodaca and Arthur Kayzakian–for a gala celebration and poetry reading. The event will take place on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., in JR 319. Delicious refreshments will be served and all are invited!

Also just in time for National Poetry Month, The Northridge Review is excited to announce the release of its all new, Spring 2019 issue–another stunning hand-made artifact of the English Department Book Arts Lab–at another gala celebration reading on Friday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium. The event will be preceded by an open mic at 6:30 p.m.–all are welcome! And there will be food.

Captured, the annual journal of the Africana Studies Department, will also be hosting a launch party on Tuesday, April 23, from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. at The Black House, 18348 Halsted Street. The magazine is edited by Acquil Yorke, an English Department TA and creative writing graduate student, and it will feature a poem by Janice M. Robinson, who is also an English Department TA and a literature graduate student.

Please save the date for an important College of Humanities Brown Bag meeting with Interim Dean Jackie Stallcup, Associate Dean Sheena Malhotra, and Director of Finance and Operations Janene White to discuss and plan together for upcoming budget scenarios. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 23, from 12:30 to 1:45, in JR 319. All faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to come help share their ideas and concerns.

The Dean’s office is in the process of creating a collection of faculty publications from the College of Humanities. This library of faculty works will be catalogued, curated, and displayed in the Dean’s suite reception area. The collection will also be available for loan to students, staff, and faculty. Please direct a copy of anything that you would like to have included to Jim Lunsford, Analyst/Special Projects, College of Humanities, at MD 8252. You might want to check first, though, to see if they already have a specific copy, as a small collection already exists.

The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2019 award.  The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review.  One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. The AAP is also pleased to announce the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award.  Students 23 years-old or younger who have won the AAP prize will be considered for an additional $1000 award. To enter, students should submit one to three poems, accompanied by a cover sheet, to the English Department Office in ST 708.  Poems may be any length or style. Names should not appear on the poems, but each submission should include a cover sheet with student’s name, address, phone number, email address, and the titles of the poems submitted.  All work must be typed and submitted in duplicate for judging. Please encourage your students to apply for this prestigious honor.

Faculty Development and the LRC are offering a series of workshops to support faculty in the development of clear and transparent assignments and more effective collaborations with the LRC Writing Center in order to help address student writing improvement across the disciplines and at all levels. A stipend for attendance will be provided! The workshops will take place on Wednesday afternoons, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (April 3, 10, 17, 24), in the Learning Resource Center, Oviatt Library 3rd Floor, East Wing. For more information, please see Transparent Assignment Design Workshops.

Please help us recognize 2018-2019 graduating Matadors who embody the CSUN “We Can Do This” spirit and demonstrate qualities of grit and persistence, through timely completion of degree, contributions to the CSUN community, and a commitment to Matador excellence in and beyond the classroom. Nominations will be reviewed by the Matador Momentum Selection Committee. Selected candidates will receive a certificate of honor, serve as the flag bearer for their college during the 2019 Commencement ceremony, and be featured on the Matadors Rising website for the upcoming academic year. The nomination form is short and sweets, so please submit your nominations through the following link: Matadors of Distinction Nomination Form no later than Monday, April 8.

Opportunities

The CSUN office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce their annual round of funding for the Fall 2019 semester. They are offering five types of grants to support faculty in providing new service learning opportunities to students and in disseminating service learning knowledge, research or findings. Tenured, tenure-track, and lecturer faculty are eligible to apply. For more information, please see https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/community-engagement/grant-opportunities.

The M.A. in Diverse Community Development Leadership (DCDL) is a proposed collaboration between the College of Humanities and Tseng College currently under consideration at the Graduate Studies Council. If approved, the program will be looking for an Academic Lead. Qualifications include: full-time tenured faculty member within the college, experience working with diverse communities, and administrative experience (preferred). If you are interested, please submit a short CV (2-3 pages) with relevant information included, and a short statement (approximately one page) regarding your interest in this position to Noreen Galvin at noreen.galvin@csun.edu by April 5.

The WhatEvery1Says Project (WE1S) uses digital humanities methods to study public discourse about the humanities at large data scales. Based at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), with core collaborators at California State University, Northridge and the University of Miami, WE1S expects to hire up to two CSUN faculty members and ten CSUN students to form the cohort for its second Summer Research Camp, which will take place from July 1 to August 2, 2019. The Summer Research Camp will focus on interpreting the project’s collected corpus of public discourse materials related to the humanities through the machine-learning method of topic-modeling. Appropriate training in digital humanities methods, tools and technologies, and the project’s collaborative methods are offered as part of the research camp. No prior technical experience is necessary, although participants should have an interest in acquiring knowledge of digital methods. For further information on eligibility and applications procedures, see the project’s 2019 CSUN Summer Research Camp Application page. More information about the project can be found at http://we1s.ucsb.edu/about.

Achievements

Scott Andrews chaired two panels and presented on a third at the annual Native American Literature Symposium in Minneapolis, MN, on March 7-9. He organized and chaired two panels on Cherokee culture, and he presented “The Semiotics of Kent Monkman’s Queer Frontier” on a panel discussing contemporary native art.

On March 14, 2019, Irene Clark presented a paper at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Pittsburgh. Her paper was titled “Imitation, Performance and the Brain,”  and was part of a panel titled “Genre Roles and Performativity:  Reconsidering Rhetorical Imitation.”

Grad student Katie Wolf presented “Historical Trauma and Narrative in Louise Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves at the Native American Literature Symposium in Minneapolis on March 7 to 9.

Audrey Thacker presented her paper, “Sorry to Bother You, but Welcome to Braggsville–and Now Get Out: In Underground/Underskin Racial Performance, Will the ‘Real’ Black Man Please Stand Up?” at the annual conference of MELUS (the Society for the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States), in Cincinnati.

Steven Wexler presented his paper, “Inferentialism or Reason as Performance: Comp Lessons from the Pittsburgh School,” at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Pittsburgh.

 

Volume 50:11

March 7th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:11)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

The Spring 2019 Northridge Review is pleased to announce its upcoming launch reading and celebration, to be held on Friday, April 5, in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium. The event will feature an open mic reading, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the contributor’s reading taking place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please save the date and plan to come out and help celebrate this stunning new production of the English Department’s Book Arts Lab. There will be food!

The 37th Annual Honors Convocation will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Library Lawn. Students who graduate in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019 are eligible for participation in Honors Convocation based on scholastic achievement or on demonstrated personal achievement. This latter category is by nomination only, so please consider student whom you think should be recognized but whose GPA may not be high enough to qualify. The nomination web-form is available at https://www.csun.edu/commencement/2019-honors-convocation-personal-achievement-nomination, and the deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.  Questions may be addressed to the office of Student Involvement & Development at ext. 2393.

Applications for Outstanding Graduating Seniors are now also open. Four awards will be given in the amount of $1000. These awards recognize academic excellence, service to campus and community, and/or exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome. For more information and/or application forms, go to http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/ogsa/, or call (818) 677-2391. Please encourage your most accomplished students to apply.

This Friday, March 8th, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series” returns with Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), a masterpiece of surrealist cinema, described by the New York Times as “a vision of a world as logical as a theorem, as mysterious as a dream, and as funny as a vaudeville gag.” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in the series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public, the 2018-2019 series is dedicated to the study and discussion of identity. The series seeks to provide an opportunity for shared critical and creative thought and discussion by bringing together an interdisciplinary audience of students, faculty, and members of the community interested in narrative construction. For more information, contact Professor Higgs (christopher.higgs@csun.edu) or join the newsletter: bit.do/reimagining.

Human Resources has partnered with Admissions and Records and Student Accounting to offer a workshop on the Fee Waiver and Reduction Program. This workshop will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the HR Training Room, Oviatt Library, Room 16. Fee waiver requests may be be submitted at the Fee Waiver website. Applications are due no later than April 26, 2019.

CSUN’s Freshman Common Reading Program cordially invites you to a discussion of our 2019/20 Common Read, The Far Away Brothers. Even if you haven’t read the book yet, feel free to join in. The following faculty/staff discussions will be taking place:

Tuesday March 12,  11:00 a.m. to12:15 p.m., in Oviatt 102C. Moderator: Jennie Quinonez-Skinner, Oviatt Library
Tuesday, March 26, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., in SH 422. Moderator: Dario Fernandez, CSUN DREAM Center.
Tuesday, March 26, 4:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m., in JR 217. Moderator: Amanda Harrison, Department of English.
Wednesday, April 3, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in SH 422. Moderator: Celia Simonds, Department of Central American Studies.
Monday, April 8, 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., in SH 422. Moderator: Isabelle Ramos, Oviatt Library.
Friday April 19, 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., in SH 422. Moderator: Marvin Villanueva, EOP / College of Humanities.

The Spring 2019 Composition Book will be taking place on Tuesday, April 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., in JR 319. Featured publishers include Norton, Macmillan, Pearson, Boradview Press, Kendall, and Hunt. Lunch will be served!

The Spring 2019 faculty general election is now open. Please take a few minutes to vote for the following positions: Vice-President of the Faculty, Secretary of the Faculty, Statewide Academic Senator, Senators at Large. Profiles for the candidates are on CSUN’s Faculty App. Links directly to each candidate’s profile are available on the election site. The election begins today, March 10th, 2019 and ends on March 15th, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications for reassigned time for faculty engaged in exceptional levels of service that support the CSU’s priorities, but who are not otherwise receiving an adjustment in workload to reflect their effort are now open. Awards are designated for workload beyond the requirements of regular faculty assignment in enhancing the student learning environment. Completed applications, including all required signatures, must be submitted to the Office of Faculty Affairs by 5:00 pm on March 29th. The Application Form and Guidelines, Procedures, and Criteria documents are available on the Office of Faculty Affairs webpage:   http://www.csun.edu/faculty-affairs. Please direct any questions to the Office of Faculty Affairs (x2962).

If you are planning to attend AWP in Portland at the end of March, Susana Marcelo, Jaclyn Hymes, Alejandra Lucero, Sara Khayat, and Melanie Shaw will be presenting a panel titled, “Emerging Female Writers on Organizing and Building Community.” This panel features five CSUN alumni from different backgrounds who organized readings, assembled conferences, led nonprofit groups, and created publications from the ground up. They will address questions of how emerging writers can work to bring communities together and how women can organize within their resources to build each other up. The event will take place on Saturday, March 30, in the Oregon Convention Center, Level 1, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Also at AWP, Dorothy Barresi and Kate Haake will present on the panel, “The Sense of an Ending: Writers Over 60 Discuss Death.” This event will take place on Friday, March 29, in the Oregon Convention Center, Level 1, D136, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Reminders

It’s almost time for our Spring Exit Interviews! This year’s round of interviews will take place during the week of April 8th. We have an unusually large number of students graduating this semester, so your participation is vital. If you are full-time faculty, tomorrow is the deadline for filling out your Doodle poll at https://doodle.com/poll/eyehdrhbbseg2d97 to let Erin know when you can be available to conduct interviews with our graduating ESM and FYI/JYI Students.

Opportunities

The Fall 2019 Semester Service Learning Grant Application Cycle is now open. These grants provide support for a wide range of projects to support our ever-growing community of engaged faculty, students and staff who enrich scholarship, research and creative activity and enhance curriculum to prepare educated and engaged students. Applications must be submitted electronically at https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/community-engagement/grant-opportunities. The deadline is Monday, April 1st, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Grant opportunities include:

  1. $500 Student Scholar Grant to support one faculty member by providing a student scholar to assist in community engaged research and/or service during the 2019/20 academic year.
  2. $1,000 Faculty Dissemination/Travel Grant to support one faculty member in designing and implementing a Community Engagement Course Project in the 2019/20 academic year (including the work of a student scholar for 1-2 semesters).
  3. $2,000 Faculty Community Based Research Grant to support a faculty member conducting community engaged disseminating research during the 2019/20 academic year.
  4. $3,000 Disciplinary Grant to support one faculty member in designing and implementing a Community Engagement Course Project in the 2019/20 academic year (including the work of a student scholar for 1-2 semesters).
  5. $6,000 Interdisciplinary GrantThe purpose to support two or more faculty members in implementing a Community Engagement Course Project in the 2019/20 academic year (including the work of a student scholar for 1-2 semesters).

U100, Freshman Seminar, Faculty Position Announcements for fall 2019 have been posted at the link https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/university-100/teaching-university-100. The absolute deadline for all application materials is Friday, March 29, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

Achievements

Anthony Dawahare has published a monograph, Tillie Olsen and the Dialectical Philosophy of Proletarian Literature, with Lexington Books. In it, contrary to previous studies of Olsen’s writing, Dawahare analyzes the impact of one of the most important philosophies of the last century, dialectical materialism, on the form and content of Olsen’s fiction. By revealing the unconceptualized dialectics of Olsen’s work and its appreciation by scholars and casual readers, this study achieves a dialectical synthesis that incorporates and extends the insights of and about Olsen in terms of dialectical materialism. By foregrounding Olsen’s dialectical approach, it explains and largely resolves apparent contradictions between her Marxism and feminism; her depictions of class, race, and gender; the literature of her earlier and later periods; and her use of realist and modernist literary forms and techniques. Consequently, this project makes a case for the importance of Olsen’s Marxist education during the “Red Decade” of the 1930s and within the U.S. proletarian literary movement.

Dorothy Barresi and Martin Pousson have been invited to teach in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in the  University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop at Iowa University. Dorothy will teach a course on identity poetics, and Martin will teach a course on flash fiction.

Kate Haake has an essay, “Another Planet of Its Own,” in the new issue of Broad Street, available now at medium.com/rivals-players and due to be featured on the Broad Street website soon. She also published a triptych of parables, “Triptych: Teeth, Dreambreath, Us vs Them,” in the recent World in Pain issue of Fiction International.

Justin La Torre (BA, Creative Writing, 2013) has been hired by NIS America as a copy editor for their marketing team. His writing has been published in various media, including literary magazines, public relations blogs and now trailers for film and video.

Anahit Petrosyan (BA, Creative Writing, current) has had her first short story accepted for publication. “Wanted Man” will appear in the upcoming April issue of Adelaide.

 

 

 

 

 

Volume 50:10

February 21st, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:10)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

The office of Research & Graduate Studies is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2019 Summer Grant Program.The purpose of the Summer Grant Program is to provide seed funding intended to support faculty working to establish or extend a new area of inquiry. Preference is given to projects for which funding has not yet been received, or projects that are high-risk or unlikely to receive funding from other sources without initial validation. Successful projects will include one or more of the following aspects: establish new collaborations, create cross/multi-disciplinary opportunities, engage students, articulate the project as a pathway toward future external funding. Funding will not exceed $3,000 per project and may be used to support salaries, equipment, software, data collection, and/or supplies necessary to carry out the project. Projects may begin as early as May 15, 2019, and must be completed by December 15, 2019. Awardees will be required to participate in a project showcase in spring 2020 to share their results. All CSUN faculty are welcome to apply. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019. Awardees will be announced on April 12, 2019. For more information, please see https://www.csun.edu/research-graduate-studies/research-sponsored-programs/csun-csu-programs, or email  Sherrie Hixon.

The CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement scholarship opportunity, offered by the CSU Office of the Chancellor, recognizes students who have overcome adversity; demonstrated financial need; and have attributes of merit including superior academic performance, significant personal achievements, and exemplary community service. The recipient who receives the highest score by the CSU Foundation scholarship selection committee is designated the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar and will receive a $15,000 scholarship. Also distributed will be the Galinson Scholarship ($8,000), the Hampton Scholarship ($9,000), and the Reed Scholarship ($7,500).  Scholarships will be awarded up to the number of funding available. Most scholarships will be $6,000. Applicants must be currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students and plan to be full-time at CSUN in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Other eligibility requirements include  a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and evidence of having overcome adversity and demonstrated financial need. Applicants must also have filed an application for the FAFSA or California Dream Act for the 2019-2020 academic year. The deadline is March 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m., and students can apply on myMatadorScholarships (https://csun.academicworks.com/. Please let your promising eligible students know.

Reminders

For everyone teaching this semester, please don’t forget to let Wendy Say know which of your classes you’d like to have evaluated. And please do so by March 13.

Achievements

Grad student Karen Cassady’s dramatic monologue, “The Builder of Things,” was accepted for last week’s Kennedy Center Region 8 American College Theater Festival, where it was honored as the winner in the category of Best Monologue and also nabbed Best Actor, with Alex Serrano, and Best Director, with Bob Nelson. Congratulations, Karen!

Kate Haake has published a new parable in Fairy Tale Review, “Diptych: The Bunch, Your Duck/Dog,” which can be read here https://fairytalereview.com/2019/02/13/diptych-the-bunch-your-duck-dog/.

 

 

Volume 50:9

February 7th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:9)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Sadly, we begin these Notes with sad announcement of the loss of another dear friend and colleague, Arthur Lane, along with our deep gratitude to John Clendenning for offering the following remembrance:

In Memoriam. Arthur Lane died on April 26, 2018 at the age of 81. He joined the CSUN English Department in 1968 and retired in 2001. At his retirement celebration we were all delighted when he announced, with characteristic dry humor, the motto for the occasion: LANE ENDS MERGE LEFT.

In 1972 his first book–An Adequate Response: The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon—was published by Wayne State UP. This remarkable volume is a retrospective analysis of the English soldier-poets in World War I as seen from the perspective of a critic who had protested the war in Vietnam.

Arthur is best remembered for his teaching. Scores of devoted and adoring students followed him from course to course. He specialized in the Romantics, but the whole range of British literature was at his command. As department chair in the ‘70s, I observed one of his classes. The subject was King Lear and this was an hour I will never forget. The students sat in rapt attention as Arthur authoritatively yet modestly clarified this challenging text. I understood then why Arthur’s classes were always the first to fill up and generated long waiting lists. He possessed an astonishing combination of youthful charisma and avuncularity that students found irresistible.

 A second book, Dancing in the Dark, is a collection of his deeply moving and, at the same time, delightfully witty poems. In one of these—my favorite—Keats and Shelley greet Wordsworth, great grinning friends after such a long and troubled silence, in Elysium. I can just see Arthur now, tumbling out of old Charon’s boat, climbing the bank, and hugging his friends—Ann Stanford, Ben Saltman, Marvin Klotz, and Rachel Sherwood—who crown him with a laurel wreath.

The College of Humanities is accepting proposals for the Academic Programming Fund from all full- and part-time faculty in the college. This fund provides up to $200 for in-state speaker stipends and up to $500 for out-of-state/international speaker stipends to support academically related events only (e.g., guest lecturers, workshops, performances. Proposals should be no longer than one page and should describe how the proposed activity or event supports a course or academic program in the College of Humanities during the Spring 2019 semester. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, February 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Late requests will NOT be considered for funding. APF awards will be announced on or before Monday, February 24. For more informations and to apply, please  see https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/APF%20Application.pdf.

Free book off from Common Read! CSUN faculty and staff can request a free copy of the 2019-2020 Freshman Common Read, The Far Away Brothers, the true story of the Flores twins and what happens after they leave El Salvador in search of a better life in California. For your free copy, email Susanna at susanna.eng@csun.edu; call AFYE at 818-677-6535, or show up in person at Sierra all 422, Undergraduate Studies on the Roof. Your copy is in exchange for your promise to speak about the book with at least one new CSUN freshman in fall 2019. Also not to be missed: Academic First Year Experiences will be hosting several faculty-staff discussions of The Far Away Brothers this spring, in March and April. Exact dates and times will be posted on our faculty and staff resources page as they are set: see https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/far-away-brothers-faculty-and-staff-resources.

This Friday, February 8th, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series” returns with Isiah Medina’s 88:88 (2015), which has been described as “a motion picture for anyone who has craved to be challenged again by cinema.” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in the series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided. For more information, contact Professor Higgs (christopher.higgs@csun.edu) or join our newsletter: bit.do/reimagining.

Spring elections for faculty governance positions for the 2019-2020 academic year will be held in March. Nominations from Senators for faculty officers, senators-at-large, and one representative to the Academic Senate CSU will be taken at the next Faculty Senate meeting on February 14, 2019. Senators may also make recommendations for Standing Committee representatives. Nominations by petition for Faculty Officers, Statewide Academic Senators and Senators-at-Large may come from any faculty member and are due in the Faculty Senate Office by Friday, February 22, 2019.  A petition must have 15 faculty member signatures (printed name also) with the candidate’s name. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please contact Mary-Pat Stein or any member of the Faculty Senate prior to the February 14th, 2019 meeting. The current roster may be found on the Faculty Senate website http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate.

The 2019 Panetta Congressional Internship Program is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2019 internship program. The program is only open to undergraduate sophomore and junior students who have not applied for graduation and has always been a wonderful opportunity for a student (one from each CSU campus) to go to Washington to work for a member of the California Congressional delegation.  A scholarship covers all expenses. For more information, please see http://www.panettainstitute.org/programs/study-with-us/congressional-intern-training/. And please do encourage qualified students to apply! The application deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019, by 4:00 p.m. to the Undergraduate Studies office (UN 215, MD 8203).

The LRC will be offering a the following series of exciting new workshops this spring. Please let your students know!

Date

Time

Consultant

Topic

Location

1/31

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Close Reading and Annotation

LRC

2/7

3:30-4:30pm

Melissa

Summary, Paraphrase, Quote

LRC

2/19

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Outlining and Prewriting

LRC

2/20

3:00-4:00pm

Melissa

Personal Statements

LRC

2/21

3:30-4:30pm

Melissa

Essay Refresh

LRC

2/26

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Paragraphs

LRC

2/27

1:30-2:30pm

Melissa

Working with Sources

LRC

2/28

2:30-3:30pm

Loretta

MLA

LRC

2/28

4:00-5:00pm

Loretta

APA

LRC

3/7

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Annotated Bibliography

LRC

3/12

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Visual Thinking

LRC

3/14

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Literature Review

LRC

 3/26

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Effective Presentations

LRC

4/2

3:30-4:30pm

Anne

Grammar Errors ESL

LRC

4/3

3:30-4:30pm

Rosie

Grammar Errors

LRC

4/4

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Producing Writing that Flows

LRC

4/9

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Optimizing Group Work: Tips, Tricks, and Tools

LRC

4/11

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Synthesis

LRC

4/30

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

Proofreading and Revision

LRC

5/1

3:00-4:00pm

Sean

APA

LRC

5/2

3:30-4:30pm

Sean

MLA

5/7

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Scholarships and Personal Statements

LRC

5/8

3:00-4:00pm

Sean

Resumes

LRC

5/9

3:30-4:30pm

Loretta

Cover Letters

LRC

Opportunities

This one is for students. The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley, is currently seeking submissions. Showcasing the best undergraduate research in comparative literature and media from universities all over the world, this journal provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduates and recent graduates working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Papers in any language are welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to: papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiples disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and for submissions, please see https://ucbcluj.org/submissions/. Submissions for the 2019 issue will be accepted until February 15th.

Achievements

Joseph Galasso has published a version of an earlier paper, “Some Remarks on Early Modern English: Shakespearian Grammar,” in Annals of Language and Literature 3 (1), 11-24, 2019.

Katharine Mason has published a review of twelve recent books featuring “horse latitudes” in the title, “Reading in The Horse Latitudes: Authors Can’t Stop Naming Their Books after Random Geographical Area.” Curious? Read it here, https://bookandfilmglobe.com/fiction/reading-in-the-horse-latitudes.

 

Volume 50:8

January 24th, 2019 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:8)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Welcome back to an all new semester and year. And here we go.

Sadly, we begin this term with the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Warren Wedin. Professor Wedin was hired by the CSUN English Department in 1969 and taught here until 2004. He specialized in 20th Century British and Irish Literature and creative writing. Those of us who knew him will remember Warren as a warm and generous colleague who will be deeply missed. On a personal note, I knew him as a great supporter of the Northridge Review, who curated and published its first 10-year retrospective and taught me much of what I know about its history and its culture; I will always be grateful for his guidance and teaching in this and other matters. The department has lost a true friend. Our thoughts go out to his family in their time of bereavement.

Nominations for the 2019 Faculty Awards are now being accepted. Awards are presented each year to a select group of California State University, Northridge faculty members, in recognition of outstanding achievement in a variety of areas. The awards honor:

The deadline for receipt of nominations is February 15, 2019. The deadline for receipt of supporting materials is March 15, 2019.  All materials are to be submitted online via BOX with any supporting material that can not be made into a PDF submitted directly to the Faculty Senate Office (Oviatt Library, Room 10; Mail Drop 8221). For questions, email: Senate Office or Phone: (818) 677-3263.

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markham has just been chosen as CSUN’s Freshman Common Read for 2019-2020. Nominated by Carolyn Darin, a University 100 instructor, the book is a deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador’s violence to build new lives in California—fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong. Themes of immigration, belonging, resilience, mental health, adolescence, education, and family make this book an ideal choice that will appeal to a wide variety of departments across campus and engage our first year students. Though it hasn’t yet been updated to include next year’s selection, you can read more about the Freshman Common Reading Program at CSUN  https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/common-read.

Now open at the LRC—the English Grammar Lab! Please let your students know that appointments and walk-ins are available for those in need of grammar assistance or just plain curious. The lab is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Also happening at the LRC, Conversation Swap for international and native students alike to converse in English in a fun, low-stress environment and develop cultural awareness from around the world. Conversations take place on Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please help spread the word.

Reminders

This is a reminder that the Research Fellow Program applications are due tomorrow, January 25, at 5:00 p.m. (There’s still time!) Full-time tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible to apply. The application, along with the instructions, can be found on the following website: https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research. This prestigious award offers 12 units of reassigned time and a grant of up to $5000. Applications are on line this year, so please do let Kent know if you are applying.

Achievements

Noreen Lace has two new publications. “Bowie and the Basket Case” will be published this January by ID Press. “Heaven’s Password” will be published in the January/Feb issue of Survivor by P&D.

Volume 50:7

December 13th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:7)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

Even though we are, officially, at the end of the term, here are last minute announcements to keep in mind before you take off for a much-deserved winter break.

Grades are due  no later than five days after your final exams, with the last day for grade submission being December 21. We encourage you to get your grades in as soon as possible so that you can get help while the campus is open, in case there are any glitches. Please note that many students need their final grades in order to access financial aid and other such crucial endeavors for the next semester. When you do not submit grades in a timely manner, it impacts our students.

Book orders for spring semester are also due (for some of us, long overdue). Please get your orders to Robert at 0150txt@follett.com as soon as you can. And do let Wendy Say know if you need desk copies.

If you will not be teaching in spring, please drop off your office keys before you leave. You will need to keep any student work for one year (fall to fall or spring to spring). The office staff has generously offered to help with that should you need someplace to keep this work.

The 2019-20 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award competition has officially launched. The CSUN Research and Grants Committee requests applications from faculty members for the annual competition for awards to support faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity, interpreted broadly to mean the disciplined quest for broadening human understanding. This quest includes artistic creation and the study of moral values, as well as logical and empirical inquiry into any field appropriate to the functions of the University. Projects related to curriculum development will not be considered. In concert with the campus-wide effort to support scholarly activity by probationary faculty, those who have been at CSUN for five years or less are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline is Monday, February 25, 2019, and applications will be submitted online. For any questions regarding the competition or the submission process, please call Charlene Manzueta at x5008 or email at charlene.manzueta@csun.edu.

Here’s an update on the upcoming Spring Composition Orientation, which has been scheduled for Thursday, January 17, from 12:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m., in JR 319. The event provides everyone an opportunity to discuss what has been happening in the Composition program, including the issues of student placement and the status of Directed Self-Placement, so please do your best to attend. A light lunch will be served. The speakers include:

Professor Ryan Skinnell, San Jose State University. His presentation is titled “Teaching Writing in the Age of Fake News.”

Kelli Rowley, MA. Her presentation is titled “Not a Vision in White: Engaging Students By Creating Visually Stimulating Syllabi, Assignments, Webfolios, and Powerpoint Presentations.”

Hillary Kaplowitz and Ava Topjian from the Faculty Technology Center will give a workshop on using Canvas for recording grades.

This year’s Faculty Retreat will be held at the Odyssey. The theme is Celebrating 60! The program will encompass some less formal, active and fun engagement strategies to get everyone involved. While you’re learning and re-energizing at this retreat, you will have time to socialize with friends, meet other faculty and learn about your colleagues’ research and creative activities. The retreat will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For the tentative agenda and to register, please click here. The registration deadline is Friday, December 14, 2018 (which is tomorrow).

Ok, that’s it’s for now. The first day of classes for spring semester is Tuesday, January 22, so between now and then, have a wonderful winter. And don’t blink.

 

 

Volume 50:6

November 29th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:6)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

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Announcements

The holidays are upon us, and with them, our fall awards ceremony and end of term holiday party, taking place next Friday, December 7, in JR 319. The party will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with awards presentations beginning at 2:00. Our students have worked hard for these recognitions, so please do come out to celebrate them, the holidays, and–so soon!–the semester’s end.  The Department will provide sandwich wraps, chips, fruit, and drinks, but all are encouraged to bring something delicious, or nutritious, or both to share. Look for a sign-up sheet in the mailroom to let the Awards and Amenities committee know.

On Monday, November 26, Charles Hatfield‘s English 392 Honors seminar in Comics and Childhood hosted comics artist, illustrator, printmaker, designer, and small-press icon Jordan Crane (http://www.whatthingsdo.com/jordancrane). Crane is the author of the new picture book We Are All Me, the alternative comix series Uptight, the graphic novel The Clouds Above, and many other acclaimed works. A good (and educational) time was had by all.

Our new Popular Culture minor has been mentioned again in the Sundial. Check it out at https://sundial.csun.edu/2018/11/thank-you-csun/. Or, just skip to the highlight: “Finally, I’d like to thank Professor Amanda Harrison, my Pop Culture Professor. I happened to stumble upon this minor by accident, and it’s the best accident I could have had. I have learned so much about the way society works and I have gained so much confidence in my own ideals because of the voice she allows her students to have. It is because of her that I am able to contribute to The Sundial and feel like my contribution matters.”

All are cordially invited to attend the second session of “3D-Models in English: Distant Reading, Discourse Analysis, and Digital Mapping of Literary and Cultural Topics” ENGL 601 graduate conference on December 6, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., in JR 319. (The first session of this event took is taking place now.) 3D Models in English presents a showcase of innovative critical possibilities in literary and textual studies based on digital and computational methods and procedures. Predominantly focused on the use of Topic Modeling–a type of statistical model for discovering the abstract “topics” that occur in a collection of documents–this graduate student conference explores a wide range of problems and perspectives in computational-based forms of critical inquiry in the English discipline and in the humanities at large.

Please come to the Spring 2019 Composition Orientation, which has been scheduled for Thursday, January 17th, beginning at 12. The speaker will be Ryan Skinnell, a former CSUN student, now a professor at San Jose State University, who will be discussing his thought-provoking book, Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump. Also, at the Spring Orientation, people teaching at CSUN are invited to share some of their ideas about teaching, grading, developing assignments, fostering reading writing connections, or any of the many approaches, insights, and lessons that we continue to develop. Thus far, Kelli Rowley has offered to share her system of using Excel for grading and her expertise in graphic design to create more visually appealing syllabi. But there is room for a few more people to present, so please let Irene Clark know know if you would like to do so. Presenters will receive a small honorarium. And a light lunch will be served to all!

Reminders

Don’t forget the first ever bi-annual English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series, this very Saturday! This semester, Professors Dorothy Barresi and Martin Pousson will be reading from their latest creative work. The afternoon event will have light food and refreshments, a cash bar, and a musical performance by alumnus and faculty Eric Kufs. The event will be on Saturday, December 1, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the USU Grand Salon. And if you haven’t RSVP’d yet, there’s still time, so please do it now at English Alumni Faculty Lecture Series.

The end of the semester is fast approaching (ok, here), and the Amenities Committee wants to remind us that full-time faculty members contribute money to fund the goodness that we share. If you have not already contributed your suggested donation, please do so as soon as possible, making checks out to Amenities and handing them in to Marlene. This will help ensure that our upcoming holidays are as festive as they can be!

Achievements

Irene Clark was a plenary speaker at the 5th International Conference on ESP/EAP/EMI in the Context of Internationalization of Higher Education held in Moscow. The focus of the conference was on Language and Cognition, and her talk was titled “Literacy, Identity, and Learning: Insights from Neuropsychology.”  She also participated in a panel  titled “Academic Communication in the Development of Science,” which explored the impact of the English language in the globalization of science.

Noreen Lace published a story, “Hope,” in The Maine Review.

Martin Pousson‘s novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, was recently reviewed in Zyzzyva, Gertie and Other Stories. His short story, “Revival Girl,” was just published in Simpsonistas, the first volume of fiction by the winners and finalists for the Simpson Family Literary Prize. The anthology includes new work by judge Joyce Carol Oates, T. Geronimo Johnson, and others. His invited poems, “Uncivil War” and “Proem,” will be published in Love Jets, a poetry tribute anthology to be released in 2019, in honor of the bicentennial of the birth of Walt Whitman.

Former student, Jim Powell, who was with us during our earthquake trials and still fondly remembers CSUN, recently published a Kindle book inspired and encouraged by his work with George Uba. In Powell’s own words, “it’s a kind of Huck meets Julia Kristeva thing. It’s methodology is unique in its application of Kristeva’s thought to Mississippi River matters. If you feel you might be interested in it, I’ll refund you the three bucks.” And you can find out here: https://www.amazon.com/River-Raft-Shore-Huckleberry-Mississippi-ebook/dp/B07JFR9R9M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542751577&sr=8-1&keywords=river+raft+and+shore+powell.

Kate Martin Rowe (MA, Creative Writing, 2007) graduated with an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars in June of 2018. She has recently published a book review in the LA Review of Books ( https://www.lareviewofbooks.org/contributor/kate-martin-rowe/), a short nonfiction piece, “Radioactivity,” in the Angel City Review (http://angelcityreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Angel-City-Review-Issue-7-.pdf), and  several poems in Bloodroot Literary Magazine (http://www.bloodrootlit.org/2018/Bloodroot-2018.pdf).

And, once again, Martin Pousson has generously provided us with the following impressive updates on students. Please do let me know when you hear good things–it’s always great when our students succeed.

Gianne Braza (Current CW Undergrad) won the Northridge Scholars Program Award.

Marisela Gomez (BA CW ’17, MA CW ongoing) won the Graduate Equity Fellowship for AY ’18-’19.

Loryn Stone (formerly Loryn Rataizer, BA CW ‘09) had her debut YA novel, My Starlight, published by Affinity Rainbow Publications, and she two writing websites, PopLurker.com focused on popular culture writing, and Nerdbot.com, focused on gaming, cosplay, and fan fiction/fan film.

Charlie Ruiz Vasquez (BA CW ’18) just had their short story, “Cactuses,” published in the new issue of Oakland Arts Review. Their story is the first work featured in a volume including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by student writers from Princeton University, Columbia University, and other national and international universities.

Doug Weissman (BA CW ’09) completed his MFA at University of San Francisco and is now teaching at Southern New Hampshire University. He has worked as a freelance writer, was hired as a travel writing specialist, and has a number of upcoming short story publications in literary magazines.

Adam Miller (BA CW ’17) opened a Kickstarter campaign for his kinetic visual novel, Axototl. For more about the dark tale featuring an animated character, a link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/actawesome/rb-axolotl-a-dark-tale-about-cute-axolotl.