Literary Contest winners

Announcing the winners of the 2014 Literary Contests!

Rawley Conference Martin ODell

English majors Bonnie Martin and Allie O’Dell presented papers at the 2014 James A. Rawley Graduate Conference in the Humanities on March 15th.

Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes has reprised his role as the Wall Street Journal’s unofficial Olympic poet, contributing regular poetry about the games, its athletes and the spirit of each day’s athletic action.

Ted Kooser

Professor Ted Kooser’s poetry compilation “Winter Morning Walks, 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison” is tied eponymously and conceptually with an album that boasts three Grammy wins.

Aliza Brugger, Collin Baker, and Emily Frandsen

Film Studies majors Aliza Brugger, Collin Baker, and Emily Frandsen have been selected to be student interns at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival in France this spring. Brugger will also screen one of her short films.

UPDATE: Aliza Brugger’s short film has been accepted to the Omaha Film Festival! Congratulations to her!

Timothy Schaffert

Timothy Schaffert explored the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition in his Jan. 15 Olson Seminar, “Summer Souvenirs and ‘The Swan Gondola’: Reinventing the World's Fair.”

His novel on the same topic, “The Swan Gondola,” will be released in February.

Ben Curttright

English major Ben Curttright has been accepted to the NYU “Writers in New York 2014” program.

Matthew Jockers (left) discusses with students at the Nebraska Literary Lab their digital projects examining the language of Willa Cather.

Students are using the 'Lit Lab,' created by Matthew Jockers, to gain digital Cather insights. Students gather there to develop research strategies, write computer code and analyze data.

Matt Jockers

UNL's Jockers leads collaboration opening 300 years of books for data analysis

In the 19th century, Britain was the world’s superpower, boasting a global empire of 10 million square miles and 400 million royal subjects. And British authors of the era reflected this supremacy, peppering their prose with words of command and certainty -- ones like "always," "never," and "forever."

Gregory Rutledge

Fulbright Scholar to delve into African, Korean cultures

Gregory Rutledge, associate professor of English and Ethnic Studies, has been awarded a Fulbright award that will allow him to study the connections between African and Korean cultures. He will spend a year in Gimpo, South Korea, starting in mid-July.

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2013 Big Red Road Show Recruitment

English Student Advisory Board members and English Advising Office teamed up to represent the department at the 2013 Big Red Road Show recruitment event in Omaha on March 3, 2013. The Big Red Road Show is designed to share UNL's intellectual and student life possibilities with prospective students and the Omaha community. More than 3300 guests attended the event. Interactive booths honored Nebraska's past through research, academics, and athletics. Students also learned about opportunities for student discovery, academic excellence, and student life traditions that will shape UNL's future leaders of tomorrow.

Adrian Wisnicki

Professor Adrian Wisnicki and a team of scientists undid more than a century’s worth of damage and gave new life to a famous diary long thought lost to the elements of time. Additionally, his discoveries will be featured on ‘Secrets of the Dead.’

Kenneth Price

Price earns ORCA award

Kenneth Price, UNL professor of English, has been named a winner of the University of Nebraska's Outstanding Research and Creative Activity award. Bonus: video.

Daniel Nyikos

Daniel Nyikos, a third-year graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Hungary for the 2013-14 academic year. Nyikos is earning a Ph.D. in English with a creative writing focus and his time in Hungary will be spent working on his dissertation.

College of Arts and Sciences or University of Nebraska system-wide awards

Roland Végsö – 2013 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award.
Stephen Ramsey – 2013 College Distinguished Teaching Award and a Susan J. Rosowski Professorship.
Joy Castro – 2013 Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award and a Susan J. Rosowski Professorship.

[The Susan J. Rosowski Professorship, named for an English Department colleague renowned for her Cather scholarship, recognizes associate professors who have achieved a distinguished record of scholarship and who show exceptional promise for future excellence.