English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Mirhuanda MeeksMost of you have probably met Mirhuanda Meeks who is the Administrative Assistant  replacing Janet Carlson.  Mirhuanda (whose name means “the wind” in Swahili) will work with the Vice Chair on scheduling, faculty assignments, room assignments, book orders, and course description booklets.  Although she was born in Nebraska, she grew up in Washington D.C.  She returned to Nebraska in 1993 and worked as an Accounts Receivable Supervisor at Cook Family Foods.   Mirhuanda joined UNL in 2008 as a Payroll Associate in Animal Science.  She is married and has a son, Devante, and daughter, Jasmine.

Riverhead, a literary imprint of Penguin, purchased world rights to Timothy Schaffert’s next novel, "The Swan Gondola," which is set at the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair. Riverhead is the publisher of authors such as ZZ Packer, Junot Diaz, Nick Hornby, Khaled Hosseini, and Anne Lamott.

Masao Yokota’s interview with Ken Price appeared in the newspaper Seikyo Shimbun in June. An article based on this interview, “Spirit of Optimism: Whitman and Ikeda,” appeared in the August issue of Daibyakurenge, a magazine with a circulation of 2 million.


Upcoming Events

Friday September 30, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Joshua Ware and Sindu Sathiyaseelan will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Saturday, October 1, 7 pm, Drift Station Gallery, 18th & N: The Clean Part Reading Series presents poets Lisa Fishman and Danielle Pafunda. Check The Clean Part website for more information (cleanpartreading.blogspot.com).

Monday, October 10th, 5:30-7:00 pm, Great Plains Art Museum: Mary Martin McLaughlin Memorial Lecture
"Playing at the Center of the Cosmos: The Meaning of Hildegard's Ordo Virtutum"
Dr. Margot Fassler, Co-Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program University of Notre Dame
Co-sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts, Women's and Gender Studies, the Department of Classics & Religious Studies and the School of Music
A reception will follow

Thursday, October 13, 5:30-7 pm, Sheldon Museum of Art--Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to attend a lecture by Sara Guyer, Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin. The first of four invited speakers to address this year's special topic--Biopower/Biopolitics--Sara Guyer will give a lecture entitled, "'A Poet is Born Not Made': John Clare's Grave and the Politics of Life." The author of Romanticism after Auschwitz (Stanford 2007) and an affiliate of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies,?Global Studies, and Center for European Studies at Wisconsin, she is a specialist in British and Continental Romanticism, critical theory, post-Holocaust writing, and the lyric.

Thursday, October 13 – Saturday, October, 15, 2011, Omaha Public Library (W. Dale Clark Branch; 215 S. 15th Street) & KANEKO (1111 Jones Street), Omaha, NE:  OmahaLitfest.  The theme of this year's Litfest is "Silk and Sawdust: The Art and Mechanics of Literature."  Panel discussions, readings, an opening-night party, and an art exhibit: "Possessions: Literary characters and the things they carried." This exhibit will feature artists' interpretations of literary artifacts (think Hester Prynn's scarlet letter; Mrs. Dalloway's flowers; Sherlock Holmes' pipe; Willy Wonka's golden ticket; Proust's madeleines.)  For more information, go to http://www.omahalitfest.com

Friday October 14, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Jeff Alessandrelli and Marcus Meade will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Thursday, October 27, 3:00-6:30 pm, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, City Campus, UNL:  Creative Writing/Prairie Schooner Celebration.  This event celebrates Prairie Schooner's 85th year of publication, and welcomes Kwame Dawes as the new Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor's Professor of English at UNL.  Afternoon readings by UNL creative writing faculty, followed by a reception.

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 pm, Great Plains Art Museum, 11th & Q Streets.  Nationally acclaimed poet and human rights activist Carolyn Forché will read from her work .  Carolyn Forché is the author of four books of poetry: and is a past winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award, three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship.  She is the Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and Professor of English at Georgetown University.  In addition to her public reading, she will give a talk on the poetry of witness, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, November 3, in Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall), University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus. 

Monday, November 7, 3:30-5:00 pm, Bailey Library: Dr. Jennifer Sinor's talk

Thursday, November 17, 5:30-7 pm, Sheldon Museum of Art--Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to attend a lecture by Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The second of our four speakers to address this year's special topic--Biopower/Biopolitics--Jodi Dean will give a lecture entitled, "Communicative capitalism: this is what democracy looks like." The author or editor of 10 books, editor of Theory & Event (one of the leading political theory journals), and an avid blogger (she blogs at http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/), she is a specialist in Political Theory and her research interests include Digital Media and Politics,?Poststructuralism and Psychoanalysis, Neoliberalism and consumerism, Cultural Studies, and Feminist Theory.