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Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



Charles Hatfield will be giving a talk this Saturday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m., at the Santa Monica Public Library. His talk, “The Cartoon Self,” will explore the nature and popularity of autobiographical comics, or graphic memoir. The talk is part of this year’s “Santa Monica Reads” series, centering on Alison Bechdel’s memoir Fun Home. This event is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Main Library, at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, in the Multipurpose Room. For more informations, please see https://smpl.org/FunHome/.

Next Wednesday, March 15, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in JR 352, teachers Nikki Eschen Solis, Sean Pessin, and Charles Hatfield will present a roundtable discussion of the benefits and challenges of using comics to engage current political and social issues in the classroom. Sponsored by the Comics@CSUN initiative, this conversation (with images!) will range from superheroes to queer comics to the ethics of graphic journalism. Please come, and encourage your students to attend! A sign-up board for extra credit will be available.

And on March 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Charles Hatfield (a busy man) will be giving another talk on “Collage in Comics,” at ArtCenter College of Design (Hillside Campus) in Pasadena. This lecture is offered in conjunction with Michael Dooley’s course, “Design History of Comics and Animation,” and is free and open to the public. For more information, please see http://www.artcenter.edu/connect/events/charles-hatfield.html

CSUN Faculty, Staff, and campus leaders will soon be gathering for a day of compelling discussions about open education, textbook affordability, and skill-building. Lunch will be served, and all are invited! Learn more about the opportunities that exist to reduce the cost of student learning, create a more equitable education system at CSUN, and how some of your fellow faculty and staff have achieved this. Discover Open Education will take place on March 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the University Student Union, Flintridge Room.Please RSVP here by March 18th : https://tinyurl.com/CSUNOpenEd.


The Spring 2017 online faculty general election is now open and runs through March 22, at 5:00 p.m. Don’t forget to vote for Faculty Officers, Statewide Academic Senators, and Senators at Large at https://moodle.csun.edu/mod/questionnaire/complete.php?id=1955150. Or, if you prefer, paper ballots are available from Heidi Wolfbauer in the Faculty Senate Office (heidiw@csun.edu, or x3263). Faculty profiles for the candidates are available once you enter the ballot site.


Scott Andrews chaired two panels and presented on a third at the 18th annual Native American Literature Symposium, March 2 to 5. The event was held at the hotel/casino owned by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux, which is located near Minneapolis, Minn. At the symposium’s open mic event, he read some pages from the novel he is writing while on sabbatical this semester. Scott has agreed to serve on the editorial board for Studies of American Indian Literatures.

Irene Clark, in collaboration with Linda Adler-Kassner, Liane Robertson, Kara Taczak, and Kathleen Blake Yancey, have a chapter in Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, now available in print version published by University Press of Colorado. The chapter is titled “Assembling Knowledge: The Role of Threshold Concepts in Facilitating Transfer. ”

Martin Pousson will be a featured author at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, both in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 22 to 27. And his Trump-themed essay, “The Friends of Dorothy Have Something to Say to Kansas,” was published in The Rumpus and is now featured online at http://therumpus.net/2017/02/the-friends-of-dorothy-have-something-to-say-to-kansas/.

And, thank you, too, to Martin, for assembling the following, highly impressive list of achievements by current and former CSUN students. Please consider this an open invitation to let me know (kate.haake@csun.edu) when you hear of similar achievements by our students. It’s always great to hear what they’re doing in the world and where they are headed from here!

Brian “The Dude”Andrade (BA CW Sp ’17) accepted into MFA programs for Poetry at Sarah Lawrence, University of San Francisco, and Columbia College Chicago.
Kelly Guerrero
(BA CW Sp ’17) accepted into the MA program in Applied Linguistics at SDSU.

Arthur Karagezian (BA CW Sp ’17) accepted into JD program for Southwestern Law School.

Justin La Torre (BA CW Spring ’14)
poem published in forthcoming Magee Park Poets Anthology and invited to read for anthology release in Carlsbad.

Rebecca Rahimi (MA Lit Sp ’17) accepted into PhD program in Narrative Medicine at Duke and NYU (so far!).

Olvard Smith (BA CW Spring ’14) short story published in forthcoming issue of Cream City Review.

Josh Yakes (MA transfer Fa’16) accepted into the MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business.