1. Announcements

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

Professor Irene Clark has updated the Writing and Rhetoric Minor handout. The updated version includes additional courses that can be used as “core” courses, the addition of which makes it easier for students to complete the minor.  She would appreciate your encouraging your students to sign up for it.  Whatever major they have, this minor is likely to be useful for them.  Copies of the updated handout can be found in your campus mailbox and outside of Sierra Tower 710.

The Learning Resource Center has published its September workshops on its website.  They are working hard this year to make workshops more engaging and learner-centered.  Please encourage students to attend. The workshop schedule can be found at www.csun.edu/lrc/writing-workshops.For more information on how the LRC may serve your students, contact Trista Payte at Trista.payte@csun.edu or by phone at (818) 677-2033.

The many and various responsibilities we have as faculty and staff members of the English Department can leave us little time to get to know each other.  We also do not have a faculty lounge where we can leisurely socialize between classes, meetings, etc.  As a forum for learning more about each other, Thursday’s Notes will soon periodically include a new section that spotlights the cultural and literary interests of faculty and staff members.  For more information, or if you would like to share your interests in Thursday’s Notes, please contact Anthony Dawahare at adawahare@csun.edu.

2. Reminders

Please submit your disclosure form, office hours, syllabi, and current contact information to the Department of English Main Office.

The Academic Programming Fund and Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program applications are due on September 11.

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.  For more information about College funded activities and research, please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

Applications to the Fulbright scholar program are due September 16, 2019. The deadline applies to candidates for all countries. For more information, visit https://awards.cies.org

The application deadlines for the 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship are quickly approaching. Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present. Applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts are due by September 12, 2019, and applications in science, engineering, and mathematics are due by October 3, 2019.  For more information, please write to fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

3. Opportunities

The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2019 issue and would like to extend this call for papers to all interested undergraduates and recent graduates. They invite research papers from all those working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Papers in any language are welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiples disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and full submission guidelines, or to view past issues of CLUJ, please visit their website’s submissions page.

4. Achievements

Joseph Galasso has recently published a follow-up to his earlier 2016 monograph entitled “Recursive Syntax: A Minimalist Perspective on Recursion as the Core Property of Human Language, and its Role in the Generative Grammar Enterprise” in LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, 61 (2019).

An Audiobook of the novel Seneca Lake, written by Emily Heebner, an English Department alum, is #3 in “Hot New Releases and #9 in Best Sellers on Amazon. For more information, visit:

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Leilani Hall’s discussion of Codeine Diary, by Tom Andrews, appears in Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and other Personal Narratives (Macmillan 2019).

Arthur Kayzakian (MA 2013) has three poems forthcoming from the esteemed literary journal Prairie Schooner:  “Rain,” “Ararat,” and “Armenian Folk Dance, 1915.”

We are proud of our students’ and faculty’s continued success!