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Hello everyone -

We face unprecedented and uncertain circumstances at the moment. By “we,” I mean students, faculty, and staff. I know there may be obstacles for all of us as we work and learn online: children home from school; spotty internet; multiple demands on your computer at home; people in your household who require care; and maybe even longer work hours. As we try to continue as normally as possible when things are not even remotely normal, we may want to do everything the same way we usually do. Or we may not feel able to face the tasks in front of us, however “small” they may seem. We may feel angry, sad, hopeful, hopeless. And we may feel some combination of these things all in the same day or in the same hour! 

I’d like to assure you that the health of you and your family should be your first priority. Take care of yourselves and them first. If your work gives you a sense of purpose and helps you cope, do it. If you find yourself struggling with your work at any point, take a break from it.

Please communicate as best you can. Students, let your professors know what’s happening when you try to access course materials. Faculty, let your students know when you have materials available, when you are working out bugs and kinks in your system, and when they are fixed. Students, faculty, and staff, keep me updated. Let me know what you need.

All best -

Dr. Wightman

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Events

Jarett Kobek Reading from His 2011 Book ATTA

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

Jarett Kobek, ATTA

In the summer of 1999, Mohamed Atta defended a master’s thesis that critiqued the introduction of Western-style skyscrapers in the Middle East and called for the return of the “Islamic-Oriental city.” Using this as a departure point, Jarett Kobek’s novel ATTA offers a fictionalized psychedelic biography of Mohamed Atta that circles around a simple question: what if 9/11 was as much a matter of architectural criticism as religious terrorism? Read more

Reading by Tod Goldberg and Jessica Ripka

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tod Goldberg

Distinguished author and CSUN alumni Tod Goldberg is back this semester to give a reading from his new novel Gangsterland and to talk with students about writing, publication and the like. Some of you may remember that Tod dropped by last semester while he was on campus promoting UC Riverside’s MFA program. Students were so jazzed and encouraged by his talk, that I’ve invited him back for a formal reading. Essayist Jessica Ripka will also be reading. Come join us! Read more

CSUN English Department Annual Spring Conference

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8:30am

CSUN English Department Annual Conference

We would like to formally and enthusiastically invite you to the CSUN English Department's Annual Spring Conference, occurring next Saturday, April 16. It will take place in the University Student Union on campus, and the first panel will start at 9:30. Our keynote speaker, Devoney Looser (Jane Austen Roller Derby Professor from Arizona State University), will present at 3:30pm in the Grand Salon. Please feel free to share this information with anyone you would like—all are welcome to come to this free event! Read more

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News

In Memoriam: Lila Fink

May 5, 2012

Oviatt Library

In sad news, we have lost another member of our CSUN English faculty extended family with the passing of Lila Fink. Read more

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