News for Current Undergraduates December 4th - December 8th
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Table of Contents
- Department of English Newsletter - December 2017
- Solidarity from Kansas State
- English Professor Garelick's Latest
- Mutual Aid in Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico: Prof. Luis O. Rosa's Talk on Dec. 7
- Faculty Senate President's Newsletter
- Alumni Center Offers Finals Week Study Space
- University Honors Membership Deadline Extended - December 15th
- Beyond School Bells Undergraduate Fellows
- Apply for Omicron Delta Kappa
- Apply for the Innocents Society
- 11 Books to Read If You Want to Understand Caste in India
- Amanda Gorman, First Ever National Youth Poet Laureate, Reflects on 2017
- Kwame Alexander - What It Means to Take a Knee
- Poem of the Day: The Lovers of the Poor
- First-Ever Aspen Words Literary Prize Unveils Its List Of Nominees
- The Twenty-Five Most-Read New Yorker Stories of 2017
Department of English Newsletter - December 2017
The December 2017 issue of the newsletter is now online: https://www.unl.edu/english/newsletters/december-2017 Thanks to all who contributed!
A combined January/February newsletter will be released Thursday, February 1, 2018. Send in your stories any time before end-of-day Monday, January 29 using the online form: https://www.unl.edu/english/department-newsletter-submissions
Solidarity from Kansas State
The English Department at Kansas State University wrote a wonderful statement of solidarity, which they sent to the UNL Board of Regents & administration, as well as the local NE newspapers, the Chronicle, and Inside Higher Ed. Read it here
Mutual Aid in Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico: Prof. Luis O. Rosa's Talk on Dec. 7
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures invites you to this talk and discussion.
"We got this? Mutual aid in post-hurricane Puerto Rico"
Prof. Luis Othoniel Rosa
Thursday, December 7
Language Lab (302 BURN)
Before Hurricane María, Puerto Rico was hit with brutal austerity measures and an un-payable inhumane debt to Wall Street, as well as a century under colonial rule of imperialistic laws like the Jones Act and, more recently, PROMESA. Hurricane María, the worst hurricane in a century, devastated the island on Sept. 20, and made visible for many Americans the unjust realities of the American Citizens of Puerto Rico. As federal agencies and the military have remained largely absent and incapable to provide help to those who needed the most, regular people have effectively taken on the role of the federal and local government by spontaneously organizing in all sorts of networks of mutual aid. In this talk, Professor Rosa will focus on the simple yet vital and creative forms in which many Puerto Ricans have organized in the last weeks to prioritize life over capital, amidst a humanitarian crises. The questions that will drive this talk are the following: Can the disasters and catastrophes ever more recurrent in our historical present be a pedagogy for alternative practices of decolonization, horizontal modes of organization and the making of new worlds? Or, on the contrary, will these life-sustaining practices become the perfect excuse for capital and empire to completely disregard its responsibilities towards their most vulnerable peoples? How effective can bottom-up practices of direct action be against the strategies of “disaster capitalism”?
Luis Othoniel Rosa (Puerto Rico, 1985) is the author of Comienzos para una estética anarquista. His most recent novel, Caja de fractales, imagines a post-capitalist future in Puerto Rico. He is assistant professor of Modern Languages and the Institute for Ethnic Studies at UNL.
Coffee and cookies will be provided, hope to see many of you there!
Faculty Senate President's Newsletter
Please see the attached December newsletter from Faculty Senate President Sarah Purcell.
Alumni Center Offers Finals Week Study Space
The Wick Alumni Center is offering "All Stressed Out," a quite space for students to study during finals week, Dec. 11-14.
The study space will include snacks, caffeinated drinks and free Wi-Fi. The event is free and open to all students. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 10; 8 a.m. to midnight, Dec. 11-13; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14.
This event is hosted by the Nebraska Student Alumni Association and the Nebraska Alumni Association.
University Honors Membership Deadline Extended - December 15th
Please see the attached flyer for the deadline extension for the University Honors Membership. Current UNL first and second-year students can now apply for membership (beginning in January) until December 15th. Any questions can be directed to Jacob Schlange at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond School Bells Undergraduate Fellows
An opportunity for students funded by Beyond School Bells (a program of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation) and Nebraska Innovation Studio. The deadline is January 15th and requires a 500 word essay and portfolio/other relevant work.
Apply for Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa, one of four members of the Honor Society Caucus, a consortium of the most prestigious honor societies in the country is now taking applications from college juniors who have a cumulative GPA in the top 35% of their class in their respective college. The link to the application can be found here and is due on January 19th, 2018 at 4 pm. Students must log-in with their MyUNL (Canvas) credentials to view the form.
Apply for the Innocents Society
The Innocents Society is the Chancellor's senior honorary at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Membership is based on superior academic achievement, unparalleled leadership, and selfless service to the university and community. Applications are now open for the 114th class of the Innocents Society. Juniors can apply for membership, and freshmen and sophomores can apply for scholarships. The deadline for applications is January 19, 2018, at 4:00 pm. For more information and the application form, visit innocents.unl.edu.
11 Books to Read If You Want to Understand Caste in India
Amanda Gorman, First Ever National Youth Poet Laureate, Reflects on 2017
Kwame Alexander - What It Means to Take a Knee
Poem of the Day: The Lovers of the Poor
The Lovers of the Poor
By Gwendolyn Brooks
arrive. The Ladies from the Ladies’ Betterment League
Arrive in the afternoon, the late light slanting
In diluted gold bars across the boulevard brag
Of proud, seamed faces with mercy and murder hinting
Here, there, interrupting, all deep and debonair,
The pink paint on the innocence of fear;
Walk in a gingerly manner up the hall.
Cutting with knives served by their softest care,
Served by their love, so barbarously fair.
Whose mothers taught: You’d better not be cruel!
You had better not throw stones upon the wrens!
Herein they kiss and coddle and assault
Anew and dearly in the innocence
With which they baffle nature. Who are full,
Sleek, tender-clad, fit, fiftyish, a-glow, all
Sweetly abortive, hinting at fat fruit,
Judge it high time that fiftyish fingers felt
Beneath the lovelier planes of enterprise.
To resurrect. To moisten with milky chill.
To be a random hitching-post or plush.
To be, for wet eyes, random and handy hem.
Their guild is giving money to the poor.
The worthy poor. The very very worthy
And beautiful poor. Perhaps just not too swarthy?
perhaps just not too dirty nor too dim
Nor—passionate. In truth, what they could wish
Is—something less than derelict or dull.
Not staunch enough to stab, though, gaze for gaze!
God shield them sharply from the beggar-bold!
The noxious needy ones whose battle’s bald
Nonetheless for being voiceless, hits one down.
But it’s all so bad! and entirely too much for them.
The stench; the urine, cabbage, and dead beans,
Dead porridges of assorted dusty grains,
The old smoke, heavy diapers, and, they’re told,
Something called chitterlings. The darkness. Drawn
Darkness, or dirty light. The soil that stirs.
The soil that looks the soil of centuries.
And for that matter the general oldness. Old
Wood. Old marble. Old tile. Old old old.
Not homekind Oldness! Not Lake Forest, Glencoe.
Nothing is sturdy, nothing is majestic,
There is no quiet drama, no rubbed glaze, no
Unkillable infirmity of such
A tasteful turn as lately they have left,
Glencoe, Lake Forest, and to which their cars
Must presently restore them. When they’re done
With dullards and distortions of this fistic
Patience of the poor and put-upon.
They’ve never seen such a make-do-ness as
Newspaper rugs before! In this, this “flat,”
Their hostess is gathering up the oozed, the rich
Rugs of the morning (tattered! the bespattered. . . .)
Readies to spread clean rugs for afternoon.
Here is a scene for you. The Ladies look,
In horror, behind a substantial citizeness
Whose trains clank out across her swollen heart.
Who, arms akimbo, almost fills a door.
All tumbling children, quilts dragged to the floor
And tortured thereover, potato peelings, soft-
Eyed kitten, hunched-up, haggard, to-be-hurt.
Their League is allotting largesse to the Lost.
But to put their clean, their pretty money, to put
Their money collected from delicate rose-fingers
Tipped with their hundred flawless rose-nails seems . . .
They own Spode, Lowestoft, candelabra,
Mantels, and hostess gowns, and sunburst clocks,
Turtle soup, Chippendale, red satin “hangings,”
Aubussons and Hattie Carnegie. They Winter
In Palm Beach; cross the Water in June; attend,
When suitable, the nice Art Institute;
Buy the right books in the best bindings; saunter
On Michigan, Easter mornings, in sun or wind.
Oh Squalor! This sick four-story hulk, this fibre
With fissures everywhere! Why, what are bringings
Of loathe-love largesse? What shall peril hungers
So old old, what shall flatter the desolate?
Tin can, blocked fire escape and chitterling
And swaggering seeking youth and the puzzled wreckage
Of the middle passage, and urine and stale shames
And, again, the porridges of the underslung
And children children children. Heavens! That
Was a rat, surely, off there, in the shadows? Long
And long-tailed? Gray? The Ladies from the Ladies’
Betterment League agree it will be better
To achieve the outer air that rights and steadies,
To hie to a house that does not holler, to ring
Bells elsetime, better presently to cater
To no more Possibilities, to get
Away. Perhaps the money can be posted.
Perhaps they two may choose another Slum!
Some serious sooty half-unhappy home!—
Where loathe-love likelier may be invested.
Keeping their scented bodies in the center
Of the hall as they walk down the hysterical hall,
They allow their lovely skirts to graze no wall,
Are off at what they manage of a canter,
And, resuming all the clues of what they were,
Try to avoid inhaling the laden air.
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Sheldon Collection News - The Myth of Diana and Acteon
Fritz Bultman was intrigued by the Greco-Roman myth of Diana and Acteon—a story that could have been taken from news headlines in recent weeks.
The goddess Diana was startled and angered when Acteon, a hunter, approached her while she bathed. In response, she transformed Acteon into a stag, which was ultimately chased and killed by his own hunting dogs.
Bultman’s painting Mask of Acteon is on view through December 31 in Now's the Time.
New Orleans, LA 1919–Provincetown, MA 1985
Mask of Acteon
Oil on Celotex, 1945
50 1/2 x 40 inches
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, gift of the artist, U-613.1968