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Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



If you like captivating narratives, searing lyrical/poetic firepower, and dark rooms with moody
lighting and world-class snacks, you won’t want to miss tomorrow night’s Fall 2017 inaugural
GRS, in JR319 at 7:00 p.m. The event will feature graduate students Shay Leiss, Sophia Apodaca, and Brie Cosentini, and promises to be a great evening.


On Saturday, October 15, Skylight Bookstore will be hosting a launch reading for Kate Haake‘s new chapbook, Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld, from Ricochet Press. Haake will be joined by LA writers Chuck Rosenthal and Gail Wronsky, who will also be launching new books. For details, see http://www.skylightbooks.com/event/what-press-books-presents-kate-haake-chuck-rosenthal-and-gail-wronsky-they-read-their-works.


Leilani Hall is hard at work on our 5-year Self-Study Program Review, which is due to Academic Council and the Dean in November, and has requested our help. If Leilani has contacted you, please be sure to respond by October 15.


The Northridge Review will be back in print soon and is looking for good work from across our options. Even though the “early bird deadline” is tomorrow, please encourage your students to submit, as the submission portal will be open through October. The opportunity for students to put their work out for consideration is a valuable learning experience in and of itself, but being published is a special boon to those students whose work is selected. A lot of good writers are hiding out in literature classes, so whatever you teach, please do your part to support this important project. All work is considered anonymously, and can be submitted at thenorthridgereview.submittable.com

Building on the success of its 2016 symposium, the Comics@CSUN group is once again hosting a conference devoted to student research in Comics Studies and allied fields, to be held on March 10, 2018, in the USU. In light of the current explosion of interest in the academic study of sequential art–including comic books, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, and related forms–the conference seeks papers that attempt to understand comics, and the interaction of comics and visual culture generally, from diverse perspectives. The submission deadline is January 5, 2018. For more information and a complete CFP, please see  http://www.csun.edu/humanities/comics/news/announcingCVC2018.


Scott Andrews traveled to London in July for the American Indian Workshop, an annual conference sponsored by European scholars of American Indian Studies. He presented “Postmodern? Postindian?: The Pop Culture Products of Steven Paul Judd.”

Kent Baxter’s article “Becoming a Gentleman: Adolescence, Chivalry, and Turn-of-the-Century Youth Movements” has been accepted for publication in the journal Boyhood Studies. His review of Roberta Seelinger Trites’ new book, Literary Conceptualizations of Growth: Metaphors and Cognition in Adolescent Literature, is featured in the latest edition of The Lion and the Unicorn.

Jutta Schamp was an invited speaker at the interdisciplinary conference, “The Spectre of the ‘Other’ in Jungian Psychology,” Cape Town, South Africa , July 27 to July 31, 2017. She presented on “Whose Shadow Is It? The Representation of Postcolonial Trauma and Creativity in Anton Nimblett’s ‘Ring Games’ and ‘Section of an Orange.’”

MA students Zuleima Ugalde and Ross Brummet have received 2017-18 CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarships