English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Karen Babine's essay "Grain Elevator Skyline" will appear in the Spring 2012 issue of Natural Bridge.

Jill McCabe Johnson has two poems in the latest issue of Shark Reef (http://sharkreef.org/), and a nonfiction craft essay in Brevity (http://www.creativenonfiction.org/brevity/craft/craft_johnson38.html).

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster delivered an invited lecture, "Embracing Human Apocalypse: Rapturing for a De/Peopled Planet," as part of Columbia University's Symposium on the Arts, January 19, 2012 in New York.

As her lecture argued, "At the center of apocalyptic vision we find, perhaps predictably, a human-dominant form of speciesism, revealing a widespread, almost universally held belief in the dominance of human beings as a species. Human beings are placed at the center of events and narratives, even narratives that don't involve human beings. This is something that often goes unnoticed, but it is especially notable in apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic and depeopled futuristic visions."

The lecture was attended a group of some of the nation's top film theorists and critics, and a lively Q&A session followed her presentation.

Julia Schleck, along with Stephen Lahey (Classics and Religious Studies) received a Research Council Visiting Speaker Grant ($680) to support the upcoming Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program lecture by Gary Macy, "Ordained Women in the Middle Ages: When Women Were Clergy" (February 10, 4:00, City Campus Union).

Joy Castro's debut novel HELL OR HIGH WATER, forthcoming from St. Martin's in July, has been selected for the 2012 Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club Book of the Month. Joy received a Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students from the UNL Parents Association.

Over the Winter Break Jeff Alessandrelli's poem "Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound" was featured on the website Verse Daily (Dec. 21) and an interview with him about his recently published little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound appeared on the music and literature site Corduroy Books. Along with Joshua Ware, at the end of January he gave readings from Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound in Athens and Atlanta, GA. Recent poetry by Jeff is forthcoming in Boston Review.

Grace Bauer's poem, "Against Progress," appears in the Winter issue of Natural Bridge. Her poem "For Her Villain" is included in the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets anthology of Villanelles, reprinted from her book Beholding Eye.

A pilot site is now available of Melissa Homestead's digital project, a digital edition of Every Week Magazine (1915-1918). Edith Lewis, Willa Cather's domestic partner, was its managing edtior. Although a complete run of the magazine is not yet available, you can find the original periodical appearance of Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers" embedded in its original periodical context. The URL is everyweek.unl.edu

Julia Schleck was awarded a $6,000 Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, to support research on her new book in the London archives this summer.

Michelle Menting has a poem forthcoming in the next issue of Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability. Michelle's poem "Minnesota" is now featured on the cellpoems website and was the first poem texted to the journal's subscribers in 2012.

Adrian Gibbons Koesters' poems, "Our Train Station," "Reaching the Day," and "Mindful" appear in the Winter 2012 Issue of Scythe Literary Journal.


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Upcoming Events

Friday, February 3, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Sarah Chavez and Casey Pycior will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

The Literary League – the English Department RSO - invites all students and faculty to an evening with Pulitzer Prize winner and poet laureate Ted Kooser, who will be speaking on and presenting his poetry at 6:30 PM on Thursday, February 9th, 2012 in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Union (room TBA).  Tea and cookies will be provided.  For more information or if you have questions check out the Lit. League Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/litleague/) or send an e-mail to: literaryleague@unl.edu

Ordained Women in the Middle Ages:
When Women Were Clergy

Gary Macy, Chair of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University
February 10, 4:00, City Campus Union
Co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Classics and Religious Studies,
Women's and Gender Studies Program, University of Nebraska Research Council

Saturday, February 11, 7pm, Drift Station Gallery, 18th & N: The Clean Part Reading Series presents poets Lily Brown and Benjamin Paloff. Check The Clean Part website for more information (cleanpartreading.blogspot.com).

Friday, February 17, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Arden Eli Hill and Jennifer Bryan will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

‘But Yet a Union in Partition':
Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart

March 1, 5:00, Bailey Library
Anna Riehl Bertolet, Assistant Professor, Auburn University
Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Women's and Gender Studies Program

Workshop on Fellowships in the Humanities
March 2, 2:00, Bailey Library
Led by Anna Bertolet & Carole Levin
Co-sponsored by the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development

On Monday, March 12, visiting writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest will discuss travel writing from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and give a reading from her work at 7:00 p.m. Both events will take place in the Bailey Library. A travel writer, journalist, and memoirist, Elizondo Griest has published two award-winning memoirs: Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004) and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008). She is the author of the award-winning guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers' Tales, 2007) and the editor of the 2010 volume of Best Women's Travel Writing (Travelers' Tales, 2010). Her travel writing has appeared in numerous travel magazines and anthologies, and she has written for newspapers including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Believer, Texas Monthly Magazine, Florida Review, and Poets & Writers and in several anthologies. She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University in 2005-2006, won the 2007 Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, was inducted into PEN in 2008, and has been a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City since 2005.

Love & Madness: Shakespeare in Opera
March 16, 5:00, Kimball Recital Hall
An opera scenes performance directed by Kaley Smith

March 29, 2012, 5:00-6:15pm (NOTE the different starting time!!!) at the Sheldon Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to a lecture by Michael Hardt (Professor of Italian Studies and Literature, Duke)
Building on his work of the past decade with political philosopher Antonio Negri, Hardt's talk, "What to Do in a Crisis: A Biopolitical New Deal," will respond to their call, issued in Commonwealth, the third part of their trilogy (Empire and Multitude are the first two volumes), for the need to reinvent the vocabulary of democracy as tools for intervening in the present. From a democratic-left perspective, one of the central concepts is that of the "New Deal." Hardt's talk will argue for the need of a new "New Deal"; however, for a "New Deal" to be effective today, it is in need to be re-imagined so that it will be responsive to the new form of power (biopower) characteristic of informational/finance capitalism. In his talk, Hardt wants to delineate the path along which such a new "New Deal" needs to be articulated. In addition to his collaborative work with Negri and numerous articles, Professor Hardt has authored Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (1993), co-edited Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics and The Jameson Reader, as well as translated books by Giorgio Agamben and Negri.

April 12, 2012, 5:30-7:00pm (NOTE: back to regular time!) at the Sheldon Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to a lecture by Cesare Casarino (Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, U Minneapolis)
Starting from a retrospective and self-critical assessment of the collaborative reflections and undertakings of In Praise of the Common (a book he co-authored with Antonio Negri), Casarino's talk, "Universalism of the Common," attempts to produce a concept of the "common," to evaluate the reasons for its present relevance and currency, as well as to posit its inescapable centrality for any critical understanding of related concepts such as "capitalism," "biopolitics," and "communism" today. In addition to In Praise of the Common, Professor Casarino has authored numerous articles and the book, Modernity At Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad In Crisis (2002), as well as edited Marxism Beyond Marxism (1996) and translated a number of important essays by Giorgio Agamben