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English Advising Office August 28th- September 1st

Hours

The English Advising Office is open Monday through Thursday for appointments from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Friday for walk-in sessions 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Appointments

Please go to MyPlan or call 402-472-3871 to schedule an appointment.

Walk-in Hours

No appointment necessary

Walk-in hours are Fridays from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.

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Reminders

December 2017 Graduates, this is a reminder to apply for graduation via MyRed by September 29th!

Table of Contents

English Student Spotlight Academic Calendar Deadlines Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice Department of English Announcements and Events Jobs and Internships Community Events Other Announcements

English Student Spotlight

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Jerica Burgess

I am a senior double majoring in English and Communication Studies, with a minor in Leadership. I am very passionate about education, and my declared academic program will serve me well as I pursue graduate school for Educational Administration Student Affairs. My dream is to work with college students one day, either as an academic advisor or professor (or both!). My hobbies include reading, watching Harry Potter, and doing yoga. I am from Lincoln, Nebraska (Go Big Red!). The faculty at the University, especially in the English department, have influenced my college career in so many positive ways. Kelly Payne, the English & Film Studies Academic Advisor, has given me the opportunity to serve as the English Advising Intern for Fall 2017, and I am so excited to mentor students in English & Film Studies. I am very passionate about working with students. I enjoy encouraging others to get involved at the university and in their area of study. There are so many amazing opportunities, and I can’t wait to serve as a role model for the English department. When I was a freshman, I had an English major mentor named Dani. She met with me throughout the year to see how my classes were going, and helped me develop my resume. It was awesome to have a role model to look up to in my major during my freshman year!

Academic Calendar Deadlines

Call for Proposals

Interested in research and/or graduate study in the humanities? Set up a meeting with Kelly to discuss applying to the Undergraduate Network for Research in the Humanities (UNRH) conference. The deadline for submissions is November 12th, 2017. We will get back to you by December 1st with a decision.

http://unrh.org/about/call-for-proposals/

Registration & Withdrawal Deadlines for Fall 2017

September 8 (Fri.) Last day to withdraw from a full semester course and receive 50% refund
September 12 (Tues.) Last day to submit tuition and fees payment without penalty
September 15 (Fri.) Last day to withdraw from a full semester course and receive 25% refund
September 29 (Fri.) Final day to apply for a degree in December ($25.00 fee due with application)
October 13 (Fri.) Last day to change a full semester course registration to or from "Pass/No Pass"

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

The Entire President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Just Resigned

"Citing the president’s unwillingness to unequivocally condemn white supremacists and Nazis, all 17 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned en masse." Continue reading here

I Don’t Want to Watch Slavery Fan Fiction

"Many fiction writers have tried, to varying degrees of success, to reimagine slavery or create alternate histories where the Civil War never happened or never ended, or the Confederacy won." Continue reading here

5 Books Making News This Week: Technology, Buddhism, and Thrillers

"Paul Yoon’s new story collection launches with starred reviews from PW, Kirkus and Library Journal, tech pioneer Ellen Ullman is back with another deep dive into life in coding, artist Emma Reyes writes an “incredible” inadvertent memoir, Christopher Bollen’s latest thriller “positions him as a worthy successor to Patricia Highsmith,” and Robert Wright has a new take on mindfulness meditation that might help those mired in political polarity." Continue reading here

History, Hatred, and Hope: Writers on Charlottesville

"PEN America is horrified and disgusted by recent reports that a driver intentionally rammed a crowd of counter-protesters, causing at least one death and multiple injuries, in Charlottesville, VA. While affirming the right to assemble peacefully, PEN America deplores the message of hate spread by white nationalist groups." Continue reading here

#StandingRockSyllabus

"This syllabus project contributes to the already substantial work of the Sacred Stones Camp, Red Warrior Camp, and the Oceti Sakowin Camp to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens traditional and treaty-guaranteed Great Sioux Nation territory. The Pipeline violates the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 and 1851 signed by the United States, as well as recent United States environmental regulations. The potentially 1,200-mile pipeline presents the same environmental and human dangers as the Keystone XL pipeline, and would transport hydraulically fractured (fracked) crude oil from the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota to connect with existing pipelines in Illinois. While the pipeline was originally planned upriver from the predominantly white border town of Bismarck, North Dakota, the new route passes immediately above the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, crossing Lake Oahe, tributaries of Lake Sakakawea, the Missouri River twice, and the Mississippi River once. Now is the time to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock against catastrophic environmental damage." Continue reading here

Department of English Announcements and Events

Welcome to the 17-18 Academic Year

Message from Marco Abel, English Department Chair

Dear English and Film Studies majors:

Welcome back to a new academic year. I hope you all enjoyed a great summer and are ready to have a productive fall semester.

As every year, our Department has a jam-packed calendar of events such as lectures and readings (consider the “Humanities on the Edge” lectures and the many creative writing readings, among others; for more please see the department’s event calendar online and/or future newsletters). Organizing these events takes a lot of time and energy—and some financial resources. We organize such events, however, not just for our own pleasure and intellectual benefit (it is fun to be able to interact with colleagues from other universities) but also for yours. It is therefore my sincere hope that you will choose to attend some of the lectures and readings we host this semester. And bring some friends, too!

I really cannot emphasize enough how privileged of a time and space one’s undergraduate years are, not least because one gets to be part of a unique environment that affords such a great range of stimulating opportunities to learn, to discover, to grow. Our department embraces this idea precisely as what higher education should be like: a space where students are free to explore, to experiment, to look around, to let themselves be driven by their curiosity and see where it takes them, all in order to enhance their imaginative reasoning capacities. To this end, we are actively thinking about how to make adjustments to our undergraduate curriculum, and much of this work will take place this academic year. (We welcome your feedback, and one of the best ways of doing so is to communicate with the English Undergraduate Advisory Board and, even better, to get actively involved in it.) The goal of making such adjustments is not only to bring our curriculum more in line with our department’s mission statement—which I strongly urge you to read (see our department homepage)—but also to be responsive to changing circumstances that our majors have to negotiate.

However, rather than giving in to a utilitarian demand that dominates much of the conversation about higher education today (often to the detriment of the humanities, including the fields represented by our department), we affirm that the best way to prepare students to negotiate changing circumstances is by enhancing their capacity to respond, by enhancing their ability to be affected by and affect the world they live in. This means, precisely, the opposite of what we unfortunately are witnessing these days in our (political) culture: the “closing of the American mind,” to purposefully misappropriate (that is: to appropriate against the author’s own use of this phrase) a famous book from thirty years ago (Allan Bloom’s controversial The Closing of the American Mind). Instead of advocating to close ourselves off from the myriad encounters we all are having on a daily basis (whether in person or in mediated fashion) with people and their experiences, traditions, attitudes, ways of being, and knowledges, we instead work hard to foster our imaginative reasoning faculties in order to open ourselves to that which is unknown, or at least lesser known to us: to that which may be different from what “we” believe, feel, or do, as well as to those who appear other than who “we” are. (The quotation marks around “we” are meant to suggest that it is a fallacy to believe that “we” are in any way a homogenous group; any suggestion that “we” are a like-minded One should be problematized; indeed, this is something my colleagues do across our curriculum.)

 But at least to me, such an ethical and political stance—we might call it “radical hospitality”—does not mean that such hospitality—or a welcoming of an other (a stranger, a foreigner) that initially always occurs at the border (between self/other) and necessarily involves an element of surprise that is constitutive of an initial contact with something or someone not already known to oneself—is or has to be unconditional. Indeed, as French philosopher Jacques Derrida once compellingly argued, in every act of hospitality resides an element of necessary exclusion as a result of the host’s exercise of sovereignty over his or her home. As host, the Department of English indeed exercises this sovereignty (while heeding the rules that govern us within the University of Nebraska): as per our mission statement, in which the Department explicitly declares that the pursuit of social justice and the affirmation of diversity are part of its core values, we do not believe that each point of view or opinion is equally valid and that each point of view should be given equal airing (the notion of “fair and balanced” is little more than an ideologically coded affirmation of what is a false equivalency between values that differ in kind). Put differently, it is our business to challenge—to challenge and invite the challenging of every dogma (including those “we” hold, to be sure), but especially the kind of dogma that is designed to foreclose hospitality. There is, we affirm, a fundamental difference between those arguments and actions that, in their disposition, are predicated on the desire to foster openness to others (because they believe that those others have as much to contribute to “our” lives as “we” to “theirs”) and those actions and speech acts that are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, fascist, or intolerant of religious difference and whose clearly intended goal is to foreclose such hospitality. The relationship between these two is asymmetrical, rather than characterized by equivalency (“you have your perspective, and I have mine…”), and it is our job to stress that the difference between these two dispositions in fact makes a crucial difference that is worth insisting on by relentlessly rendering it visible, bringing it to the fore, and maintaining it rather than immediately seeking to close the gap between these positions as allegedly equally valid expressions of different “sides” of a debate. This is what imaginative reasoning is designed to accomplish. In our Department, we do this through the careful reading of, writing about, and vigorous discussion of a wide range of communicative actions, including literary texts, films, and “everyday” rhetorical acts as represented by, for example, news stories, editorials, opinion pieces, and student writing.

And, to quote in closing from our mission statement, such an orientation as encapsulated by imaginative reasoning, we think, ultimately “allows us”—and this means: you—“to speculate, to see and re-see our human and non-human environment in its diversity and flux; it allows us to anticipate and imagine the consequences of our actions before we act; it gives us cause to pause—to slow down—precisely so that we can imagine how our actions might impact others, whether humans, animals, or plants, whether we see them as similar to ourselves or perceive them as ‘others’.”

With this said, I wish you a successful and joyful fall semester.


Best wishes,

Marco Abel
Chair, Department of English

Humanities on the Edge

Thursday, September 28th: Timothy Brown, Professor of History, Northeastern University. "Is Revolution Still Possible? The Crisis of Capitalism and the Meaning of 1968" from 5:30-7:00 PM, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium.

Thursday, October 19th: Ronald Judy, Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh. "Restless Flying from Haiti to Tunisia: What is 'After Revolution' Anyway?" from 5:30-7:00 PM, Sheldon Museum of Art, Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium.

Ken E. Nwadike Jr. + The Free Hugs Project on September 27th from 7:30-9:00 PM, Nebraska Union

UPC + Oasis Present: Ken E. Nwadike Jr. + The Free Hugs Project. Ken E. Nwadike Jr. is a peace activist, inspirational speaker, and video journalist popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy. Ken is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which gained popularity as Nwadike made major news headlines for his peacekeeping efforts and de-escalation of violence during protests, riots, and political rallies. Learn more at https://freehugsproject.com/.

Located in the Centennial Room, Nebraska Union

Free for Students, $5 for Faculty, Staff, and Public

Follow Student Involvement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on the event!

Swatches: Works by Katharen Hedges at The Mez on September 1st from 6:00-9:00 PM

Katharen Hedges is a Lincoln native and an art student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, emphasizing in multimedia printmaking and lithography. As a multiracial black woman, Hedge's racial and cultural identities were complicated to navigate. This body of work was a way of navigating who she was. 'Swatches' is an exploration into the words we use to define colors, race, and ourselves. Through a series of prints and installations Hedges hopes to engage the viewer in a dialogue about how they understand and categorize themselves and other people in the world of color.

Contact Katharen at khedges.parallelvisions@gmail.com

The Mez is located between Timeless Treasures and Sweet Jane Hair Salon on 'O' St. Street parking.

Student Night at The Mary Riepma Ross Media Center on August 31st from 5:00-9:00 PM

Show your student ID to get $1.00 tickets, popcorn, and drinks for all screenings on STUDENT NIGHT. Open to all students with a valid student ID. $1.00 tickets must be purchased at the Ross Box Office (not available online).

Showing this month: STEP and 1000 RUPEE NOTE

Zachary Schomburg, Author of MAMMOTHER on Thursday, August 31st, at 6:00 PM in Bailey Library, Andrews Hall 229

In MAMMOTHER, acclaimed poet Zachary Schomburg's first novel, the people of Pie Time are suffering from God's Finger, a mysterious plague that leaves something inside a death hole in each victim's chest. Mano Medium, a grief-stricken young cigarette-factory worker in love, quits the factory to work double-time as Pie Time's replacement barber and butcher, and holds the things found in the holes of the newly dead. However, as more people die, the bigger Mano becomes. With a large cast of characters, each struggling with their own tangled relationships to death, money, and love, MAMMOTHER is a fabulist tale of holding on and letting go in a rapidly growing world.

College of Arts and Sciences Kickoff, Thursday, September 7th, 3:00-4:30 PM

Join us between Avery Hall and Oldfather Hall to kick off the fall semester! Gather for free ice cream, meet CAS advisors and classmates, and get a FREE official CAS t-shirt!

The Fall Career Fair and the JC Penney Suit Up Event

On Sunday, September 10th, from 6:30-9:30 PM, students will receive 40%-70% savings on professional attire and accessories, and can enter drawings for additional prizes.

Preparing for Graduate School

For English & Film Studies majors,

Wednesday, September 13th, from 2:00-3:00 PM in Bailey Library, Andrews Hall 209

Join Dr. Marco Abel (English Graduate Chair) and Dr. Becky Faber (Assistant Director, Career Services) to learn about what you need to know when considering a graduate program. English graduate students will offer their perspectives on navigating the graduation application process. A brief question and answer period will follow the completion of the panel discussion.

Jobs and Internships

Laurus undergraduate lit mag is seeking editors for the 2017-18 school year

Apply now through September 8th: http://go.unl.edu/laurus

Internships at Asian Community and Cultural Center

Please see attached descriptions of five internships available this fall semester at the Asian Community and Cultural Center here in Lincoln. Questions may be directed to Cristina Thaut, at cristina@lincolnasiancenter.org

Download more information here.

Preparing for the U.S. Job Search Event

Preparing for the U.S. Job Search event is happening on Tuesday, September 5 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Heritage Room. Presented by Career Services, this event will give international students an overview of how to seek opportunities in the United States.  

Questions about this event? Visit http://go.unl.edu/xhz8 for additional details, or contact Thomas Allison by email at tallison2@unl.edu or by phone at 402-472-9310. 

If you are not able to attend this event, but would like information on this topic, please stop by Career Services to get help with your job search. Walk-ins are welcome from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays or by appointment using MyPlan (Blackboard) from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. or calling 402-472-3145.

Husker Hire Link Full-Time Jobs and Internships

University of Nebraska Career Services encourages you to view a few of our new postings from Husker Hire Link. For a complete list of full-time opportunities, internships, and part-time jobs, please visit careers.unl.edu/hhl.

Opportunities

For the College of Arts & Sciences - Humanities:

Archeologist (4861677)

US Dept of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management - Las Cruces, New Mexico

Position Type: Full-Time Degree Required (0-3 years exp)

Posting Date: Aug 29, 2017

End Date: Sep 05, 2017

Digital Marketing Intern (4861690)

Foundation for Educational Services - Lincoln, Nebraska

Position Type: Internship/Co-op

Posting Date: Aug 29, 2017

End Date: Sep 28, 2017

Director - Morning Newscast (4861708)

KLKN TV - Lincoln, Nebraska

Position Type: Full-Time Degree Required (3+ years exp), Full-Time Degree Required (0-3 years exp)

Posting Date: Aug 29, 2017

End Date: Sep 13, 2017

Global Internship for Non-Profit (4861642)

Hands 4 Others - nationwide, United States

Position Type: Internship/Co-op

Posting Date: Aug 29, 2017

End Date: Oct 05, 2017

Actuarial Executive Development Program (AEDP) – Internship (4861576)

Cigna - Austin, Texas
Denver, Colorado
Hartford, Connecticut
Nashville, Tennessee
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Position Type: Internship/Co-op

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Sep 11, 2017

Bilingual (Spanish/English) Entry Level Outside Sales Trainee (4861613)

Reynolds & Reynolds - Dayton, Ohio

Position Type: Full-Time Degree Required (0-3 years exp)

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Oct 04, 2017

Clinical Care Coordinator (4861615)

Hillcrest Health Services - Bellevue, Nebraska

Position Type: Full-Time Degree Required (3+ years exp)

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Sep 27, 2017

Electronic Health Record (EHR) Analyst (4859038)

Lincoln Surgical Hospital - Lincoln, Nebraska

Position Type: Full-Time Degree Required (0-3 years exp)

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Sep 27, 2017

Graphic Designer (4861618)

Clark Enersen Partners - Lincoln, Nebraska

Position Type: Full-Time Degree Required (0-3 years exp)

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Sep 27, 2017

Intensive Digital Marketing & Social Media Internship Seminars in MADRID, SPAIN (AUGUST 2018) (4860784)

ROOSTERGNN Global News Network - Madrid, Non-U.S.

Position Type: Internship/Co-op

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Sep 27, 2017

Marketing Director (4861632)

Nebraska Crossing Outlets - Gretna, Nebraska

Position Type: Full-Time Degree Required (3+ years exp)

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Sep 27, 2017

Secondary Teacher (4845095)

Suzhou North America High School - Suzhou, Non-U.S.

Position Type: Full-Time Degree Required (3+ years exp), Full-Time Degree Required (0-3 years exp)

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Sep 27, 2017

State Coordinator-Missouri (4861616)

Pheasants Forever Inc and Quail Forever - TBD, Missouri

Position Type: Full-Time Degree Required (0-3 years exp)

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Sep 15, 2017

Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Seminar CUBA (January 2-15, 2018) (4859651)

ROOSTERGNN Global News Network - Havana, Non-U.S.

Position Type: Internship/Co-op

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Sep 27, 2017

Travel Journalism, Photography & Video Internship Seminars in MADRID, SPAIN (JULY/AUGUST 2018) (4860476)

ROOSTERGNN Global News Network - Madrid, Non-U.S.

Position Type: Internship/Co-op

Posting Date: Aug 28, 2017

End Date: Sep 27, 2017

Community Events

Pre-Law Workshops

See the attachment for the line-up of pre-law workshops scheduled for this fall semester.  Specifically, check out the Pre-Law Orientation on September 13. This is great for new pre-law students and students just starting to think about law schools (regardless of class standing).

Download more information here.

Education Abroad Fair

The Education Abroad Fair will be held on September 19th, 2017, from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Nebraska Union.

ESL Support Lab

Please see the attached flyer for the hours of the English Language Support Lab for international students.

  • Monday-Thursday 9:30am - 3:00pm
  • Friday 9:30am - 1:30pm
Download more information here.

E.N. Thompson Forums

  • October 10th, 2017- Mark Blyth, "Why People Vote for Those Who Work Against Their Best Interests"
  • November 7th, 2017- Brirish National Debate Team Vs. Nebraska Speech and Depate Team
  • February 2nd, 2018- Misty Copeland, "A Conversation with Misty Copeland"

Humanities Nebraska

Friday, September 1st

Hastings- 10 AM, Music on the Trail: Where American Folk Songs Meet Classical Art Music by Donna Gunn at the Kensington

Kearney- 3 PM, Discoveries from the Fortepiano by Donna Gunn at St. Lukes

Ravenna- 4:15 PM, Music on the Trail: Where American Folk Songs Meet Classical Art Music by Donna Gunn at Good Samaritan Society

Saturday, September 2nd

Niobrara, 5:00 PM, Cowboy Poetry and Nighthawk Tunes by Michael F. McDonald at the Buffalo Cookout Pavillion at Niobrara State Park

Sunday, September 3rd

Kearney, 2:30 PM, Echoes of an Era by Paul Siebert at the Fort Kearny State Historical Park

Tuesday, September 5th

Omaha, 11:30 AM, All Original, All Nebraska by Dan Holtz at Gorat's

Burwell, 12:00 PM, Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train by Charlotte M. Endorf at Burwell Plaza

Fremont, 7:00 PM, "The Vietnam War" Screening at the Midland University/Eppley Auditorium

Francie & Finch

Upcoming Events

 

Fri, 9/1 - 5:00p - 7:30p, First Friday Art Walk

Wed, 9/6 - 5:00p - 6:30p, Author Event & Book Release Party - Kay Logan Peters, author of University of Nebraska Lincoln

Wed, 9/20 - 5:30p - 7:30p, Lincoln Journal Club with Catherine Griesen

Sun, 9/24 - 2:00p - 3:30p, Author Event - Ed Darack, author of The Final Mission of Extortion 17

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross

Stay tuned for more film news

Other Announcements

44 New Books to Read This Fall

Check out these books to read this fall!

Cannibal Named Finalist for PEN Center USA's 2017 Poetry Award

Safiya Sinclair's Cannibal, winner of the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, was released in late 2016 to much praise and fanfare. As 2017 gets closer to its conclusion, the critical consensus surrounding Sinclair's debut continues to grow. Here's a rundown: 

  • The judges of the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature noted the "strength and spirit" of the book when selecting it as the winner of their poetry prize.
  • During this year's Harlem Book Fair, Cannibal was named the winner of the 2017 Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Poetry.
  • Sinclair snagged $10,000 when she won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' 2017 Addison M. Metcalf Award for a young writer.
  • Finally, PEN Center USA recently named Cannibal a finalist for their poetry prize alongside Anybody: Poems by Ari Banias, Look by Solmaz Sharif, and Unbearable Splendor by Sun Yung Shin. The winner will be announced in early September with a gala (hosted by Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation fame) at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to follow. 

In a recent review, David Morgan O'Connor summed up the appeal of Cannibal eloquently:

In our post-factual, gas-lit current political climate, where divisive lines are easily drawn and it is easier to threaten to build walls rather than discourse, where daily language is dumbed-down into spite and ignorance, Sinclair's

Cannibal is a breeze of fresh sea air which comforts and challenges.

Visit our website for a taste of Sinclair's award-winning work, and if you like what you read, buy Cannibal today.

Celebrate queer cinema with Gender Revolt!

Gender Revolt!, a collaborative repertory series presented with the UNO Women’s and Gender Studies Program, launches this week with Orlando starring Tilda Swinton and the documentary The Celluloid Closet. Gender Revolt! (Aug 26 - Sept 27) is generously supported by Sam Walker.

And get your tickets in advance for Tuesday's collaborative screening of They Call Us Monsters, presented with Nebraska Youth AdvocatesACLU of Nebraska, and Voices for Children. A panel discussion will follow the film.

Also this week: Step, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.1 and Pt. 2 (and a double feature!), plus a Sights on Sounds presentation of RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Last chance: LandlineAn Inconvenient SequelHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Narrative- Six Word Stories

WILLIAM FAULKNER famously said that a novelist is a failed short story writer, and a short story writer is a failed poet. Hemingway, with his creation of the six-word story, combined poetry and drama into a short form that has grown in popularity while remaining difficult to achieve. Narrative is looking for six-word stories that can stand alongside the best that have been written. Here are a few:

     For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.
                  —Ernest Hemingway

     Longed for him. Got him. shit.
                  —Margaret Atwood

     Without thinking, I made two cups.
                  —Alistair Daniel

     Revenge is living well, without you.
                  —Joyce Carol Oates

We welcome submissions of original, previously unpublished six-word stories for publication in Narrative and in our mobile apps.

Center for Civic Engagement Events

Combat hunger in #LNK through Lincoln CAN

September is Hunger Action Month. Join the Center for Civic Engagement and the Food Bank of Lincoln for Lincoln CAN, a month-long food + funds drive to combat food insecurity in our community. Mobilize your inner circle and register a team at http://www.lincolnfoodbank.org/can.php

Register for 9/11 National Day of Service

Join us on Sun., Sept. 10 as we honor those who were affected by the terror attacks of 9/11/2001 as we serve the Lincoln community's veterans, fire stations, and more. Register as an individual or as a team at the link provided. Service will take place from 2-4PM on Sept. 10. More details at http://engage.unl.edu/9-11-national-day-service

Tim Kasher's debut film NO RESOLUTION + mini-concert next Thursday at the Ruth Sokolof Theater

Please check out the special one-time screening of Tim Kasher’s NO RESOLUTION next Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 pm. Mr. Kasher will perform several songs prior to the film and also host a post-show Q&A.

 

The debut feature film by Cursive and The Good Life frontman Tim Kasher, NO RESOLUTION explores the relationship of never-was musician, Cary (Layne Manzer), and his newly pregnant fiancé, Jean (Maura Kidwell from USA’s “Sirens”), as they struggle with concepts of family and settling down. New Year’s Eve becomes a fitting backdrop for the disparity of their combined future; Jean longs for a nice night staying in, but the temptations of a decadent evening are too much for Cary to avoid. The engaged couple reaches a boiling point of anger and resentment as their upstairs neighbors stoke the flames with a raging New Year’s party.

 

Tickets for this special screening at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater are $16 general; $14 for students, seniors, teachers, military, and those arriving by bicycle; and $12 for Film Streams Members.

 

More information, including trailers and showtimes for these films can be found on our website or Facebook event.

Don’t Panic, Liberal Arts Majors. The Tech World Wants You.

"Surely one day the ability to interface directly with the nanomachinery connected to our brains will render computer science as we know it obsolete. When experts start arguing for its continued relevance, undergraduates choosing a major will begin to realize that the obscure art of manually punching arcane symbols into keyboards is no longer a safe bet. At the present moment, however, it is only liberal arts majors who have to wonder whether all of the articles and books promoting the marketability of their chosen discipline should make them more or less uneasy about the future. Two additions to this growing field have appeared just in time to try to soothe the post-graduation panic that some within the class of 2017 may be experiencing: George Anders’s "You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education” and Randall Stross’s “A Practical Education: Why Liberal Arts Majors Make Great Employees.” " Continue reading here

Poems that say Thank You

Classic and contemporary poems of gratitude to send when you’re feeling thankful.

In Remembrance: Mark Merlis

"Award-winning novelist Mark Merlis has died. The author died on August 15, at the Pennsylvania Hospital, in Philadelphia, PA, from pneumonia associated with ALS. He was 67 years old. He is survived by his husband of many years, Robert Ashe." Continue reading here.

Prairie Schooner: Four Phenomenal Books to Read This Fall

Big announcement: our next four books are available for pre-order! That's our 2016 Prairie Schooner Book Prize winners in fiction and poetry, as well as the two newest titles from the African Poetry Book Fund (including APBF's first full-length translation). Read on for a bit more info on each book, and click the title to place your pre-order. 

  • Black Jesus and Other Superheroes by Venita Blackburn won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. It's a collection that chronicles ordinary people who achieve exrasensory perception while under extreme pain. Ron Carlson raves: "These are short, high-octane stories, funny and dark; open this book and read the story 'Chew' right now!" Well, you heard him. Click here to pre-order.
  • The Zoo at Night by Susan Gubernat won the poetry side of our 2016 book prize. Gubernat blends formalism and free verse in poems that reflect on the dark side of love, death, carnality, and lofty aspirations. These are "night thoughts" in which a bit of light leaks in. Click here to pre-order.
  • In a Language That You Know by Len Verwey captures the trajectory of life in South Africa, dealing with childhood, war, marriage, divorce, and death. Verweys poems wrestle with uncertainty, ask questions, and challenge simplistic narratives, all in an attempt to understand one of the most unequal unequal and violent, yet most vibrant societies in the world. Click here to pre-order.
  • Think of Lampedusa by Josué Guébo addresses a 2013 shipwreck that killed 366 Africans who were attempting to migrate to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Translated into English by Todd Fredson, this book originated as a conversation between two languages: Dida, Guébo's first language, and French, the language in which he writes. This is a thrilling synthesis of surrealism and documentary poetics, where the real crashes down on the dream. Click here to pre-order.

Each book is excellent on its own, but taken as a group, you'd be hard-pressed to find a batch with such a wide-range, in terms of both subject matter and style. Do yourself a favor and grab a few of these today

Prairie Schooner Summer Issue Sneak Peek: Solar Eclipse Edition

David Sanders will be back next week with Poetry News in Review, but in the meantime, enjoy some poetry from our Summer Issue that references the celestial story everyone was talking about this week... the solar eclipse! The title "Uncensored" and its dedication to legendary comedian Redd Foxx may not immediately suggest an eclipse-inspired prose poem laced with religious imagery, but that's exactly what Mphanza delivers. He writes, "Sometimes I dream of a solar elcipse in my eyes I have grown too weary of the naked eye in its weaknesses," and from there unfurls a breathless prose poem distinct in its lack of line breaks and punctuation marks. It's the kind of poem whose depth is fully felt when read aloud-- not to mention it's a blast to recite. A few more fantastic fragments: "drink spirits and howl blasphemies to speak ghostly and ghastly rattling," "I do not want to be perfumed and cataloged bones," and "I want to breathe in the nauseating scent of holiness." Click here to read the poem in full, and for more from Mphanza, buy our Summer Issue today.  

Husker Fans Urged to Prepare for New Bag Policy

To minimize inconveniences, fans attending the Husker football home opener Sept. 2 should prepare for a major change to Memorial Stadium's bag policy.

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'Lincoln Lives' series launches Aug. 29

A new video series from the university will offer prospective students and parents a preview of the City of Lincoln.

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Inaugural Sustainability Summit is Sept. 6

The Office of Sustainability invites Husker students to its inaugural Sustainability Summit at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Nebraska Union.

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