1. Announcements

Welcome back to another school year!  As the new Associate Chair, I look forward to compiling and editing Thursday’s Notes (TN) for this coming academic year. If you have any announcements or achievements you would like for me to post, please send them to me (adawahare@csun.edu), and, ideally, by Monday of each week. In any case, I will be sure to include them in TN. Also a warm welcome to the newly elected Chair of the English Department, Professor Beth Wightman!

The Composition Program Orientation will be held today from 12:00-4:00 p.m. in JR 319. Professor Mark Marino from USC will give a talk titled “Teaching Writing in the Post Blogging Era,” and Professor Rachael Jordan (one of our M.A. graduates and a full time Lecturer at CSU Channel Islands) will present ideas for commenting on student papers. All are welcome to attend.

Our first Department Meeting will be held on Friday, September 13, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The remaining meetings will be held on the following dates:  October 11, November 8, February 14, March 13, April 10, and May 8.

The Waves celebration will be held on Friday, October 4, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Grand Salon in the USU.

2.  Opportunities

The College of Humanities has several grant and fellowship opportunities available this year, such as the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program and the Research Fellowship Program.  Please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

3. Achievements

Fatema Baldiwala, one of our M.A. graduates, published an article, “How to Teach Your Students to Write the Perfect Pitch,” in the national NACCE Entrepreneur magazine (May 17, 2019).

Michael Bryson’s new book, The Humanist (Re)Turn was published in August by Routledge. It is a theoretical and comparative work that engages with literature from the Bhagavad Gita, Chaucer, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Richardson, Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Goethe, George Eliot, and Flannery O’Connor.

Irene Clark’s book Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practices in the Teaching of Writing (Routledge, Taylor and Francis) has been published in a third edition.

Anthony Dawahare presented a paper drawn from his new book, Tillie Olsen and the Dialectical Philosophy of Proletarian Literature (Lexington 2018), at the Marxist Literary Group’s Institute on Culture & Society (University of Illinois, Chicago) in June.