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Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



This Friday, September 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series,” returns with Robert Altman’s 3 Women (1977), which has been described as a “dreamlike masterpiece [that] careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal, resulting in one of the most unusual and compelling films of the 1970s.” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided.

Anyone interested in joining a faculty writing group for the upcoming academic years should contact  Danielle Spratt by tomorrow (Friday, September 14) at 5:00 p.m. The group will meet approximately two times per semester and adhere to a generally loose structure, meeting at the Red Room in Encino, or even just virtually. Interested faculty should let Danielle know if they have any upcoming deadlines and/or what kind of project they have in mind–book proposal, conference paper, article, etc. Other helpful information includes the kind of feedback they might be hoping for and the best days/times to meet.

The first COH Brown Bag Faculty discussion will take place on Tuesday, September 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in JR 319. This series seeks to provide an open forum where faculty can meet colleagues from other departments, talk together and share resources, etc. It will be relatively unstructured and will evolve based on who turns up. The focus at this brown bag is “Teaching in These Divisive Times.”

Now through October 5 is Open Enrollment time! Please take the time to ensure that your benefits choices are up-to-date and optimize the various options available to you. For additional information, please go to CSYou Open Enrollment. Or, consider attending the upcoming Benefits and Wellness Fair on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the University Student Union (USU), Northridge Center. Also upcoming is Benefits Awareness Week, a series of workshops from September 24 to 28 to help you learn more about voluntary plans and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). For comprehensive instructions and information, including an Open Enrollment Guidebook, and to review your plan options, the 2019 premium rates, and other resources and services available to you, visit the CSUN Open Enrollment website at https://www.csun.edu/benefits/open-enrollment-2019.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the Waves Awards celebration honoring our talented student writers and the incredible essays that earned them publication. WAVES: A Collection of Student Essays, will be launched on October 5th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the USU Northridge Center. Please come out to support our students and their families in their important achievements.

Sean Pessin is delighted to invite everyone to the Book Arts Lab, which is now open. All are welcome to check out the machines and supplies and all the great hands-on making that are available to students!


If you have a research or creative activity project in the works and are looking for time or money to support it, the COH Faculty Fellowship program may be just what you’ve hoped for. This program provides 3 units of reassigned time or funding for a student assistant or for search-related travel involving a specific research project or creative activity. Applications are due on September 24 and, new this year, will be submitted entirely online. For more details and more information, please see https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.


Scott Andrews reviewed New Poets of Native Nations, edited by Heid Erdrich, for the next issue of Transmotion, an online journal of postmodern indigenous studies. The book is the first substantial anthology of native poetry since 1988, and it features the work of poets whose first books were published after 2000.

Grad student Katie Wolf reviewed two works by poet Denise Low for the next issue of Transmotion, an online journal of postmodern indigenous studies. Her essay combines reviews of Low’s memoir, The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival, and her latest book of poetry, Shadow Light.

Kirk Sever published a review of Kate Haake’s new chapbook, Assumptions We Might Make About the Postworld, at https://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/reviews/assumptions-we-might-make-about-the-postworld/. During the summer, Katharine Mason also published a review of the same book at https://medium.com/anomalyblog/cold-comfort-haakes-eco-fables-of-the-postworld-80dc119b711a.