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Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



CSUN’s one-day comics studies conference, Comics and Visual Culture, is coming up on Saturday, March 10, at the University Student Union. This is a sequel to 2016’s CVC conference, and a wonderful speaking, networking, and learning opportunity for students. What’s more, special guests Damian Duffy and John Jennings, co-creators of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (based on Octavia Butler’s classic) and editors of Black Comix, will be speaking about the tremendous upsurge of interest in Afrofuturism and Black comic art (very timely issues in the wake of Marvel’s Black Panther). And our other special guest, rhetorician Dr. Susan Kirtley, is director of both Comic Studies and Composition at Portland State—a great combination of interests! So, it’s going to be a very rich day. For more information, please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/comics/news/comics-and-visual-culture-2018.

Applications for the 2018 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award are now available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs located in University Hall, Suite 310 or at: http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/ogsa/. Four students will receive an award in the amount of $1,000.00 each in recognition of the following:  Academic excellence  Service to community and campus  Exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome. For more information call: (818) 677-2391. And please take the time to nominate your outstanding students. They have worked hard and well deserve a chance at this distinguished recognition. The deadline is Monday, April 2, 2018.

Academic First Year Experiences has scheduled several faculty-staff discussions of Becoming Nicole this spring, in March and April. Choose one and help get the conversation started. All but the final discussion will take place in U.G.S. on the Roof Conference Room (4th floor Sierra Hall). Please RSVP at x6535 or susanna.eng@csun.edu.

  • Monday March 12, 12:30-1:45, Facilitated by Matthew Clements, Queer Studies Program; Academic First Year Experiences.
  • Thursday, March 15, 11-12:15, Facilitated by Sarina Loeb, Coordinator, Pride Center and LGBTQ Initiatives.
  • Tuesday, April 3, 2-3:15, Facilitated by Heidi Schumacher, Queer Studies Program, Gender & Women’s Studies
  • Thursday, April 5, 12:30-1:45, Facilitated by Matthew C. Soto, Academic First Year Experiences; Coordinator for Residential Student Engagement.
  • Friday, April 27, 12:30-1:45, Oviatt Library, Room 102C (Main floor). Facilitated by Susan Hua, Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Equity and Diversity.


Don’t forget that Humanities Advocacy Day is coming up, on Tuesday, March 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Ferman Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library. The event will feature a keynote address by mark! Lopez, M.A., at  12:15 p.m., with a reception to follow, along with tables representing the various programs in the College of Humanities. Lopez is a CSUN Alumnus and a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, a prestigious prize awarded annually to grassroots environmental activists. mark! Lopez persuaded the state of California to provide comprehensive lead testing and cleanup of East Los Angeles homes contaminated by a battery smelter that had polluted the community for over three decades and is sure to be an inspiring speaker, so please help spread the word. Also, volunteers to represent English at our table are welcome. Here’s hoping to see you and your students there.


Please let your students know that it’s time to register for the upcoming Corporate Connect Day, on March 28, an important opportunity for them to visit and network with CSUN alumni from multiple growing corporations in the Los Angeles area and maybe to secure an internship or job. Represented companies include: Los Angeles Police Department (Police Headquarters Facility), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, CarGurus, ConsumerTrack, and LegalZoom. Please see the attached document in registration link for descriptions of corporations. Seats are filling up fast! Students may register here: https://www.csun.edu/alumni/corporate-connect-registration. Visits take place on Wednesday, March 28, from 8 a.m. to  2 p.m.  Lunch and transportation are provided!


On February 23rd, Audrey Thacker presented “Nu? THIS Is Where We are Headed? Ruminations on Contemporary Jewish American Literature” at Congregation B’nai Emet in Simi Valley.