February 16th- February 23rd

News for Current Undergraduates February 16th- February 23rd



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English Student Spotlight Department of English Announcements and Events University Announcements and Events Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice Literary News Film News Other Announcements

Poem of the Day by the Poetry Foundation: "Frederick Douglass," by Robert Hayden

Frederick Douglass By Robert Hayden When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful and terrible thing, needful to man as air, usable as earth; when it belongs at last to all, when it is truly instinct, brain matter, diastole, systole, reflex action; when it is finally won; when it is more than the gaudy mumbo jumbo of politicians: this man, this Douglass, this former slave, this Negro beaten to his knees, exiled, visioning a world where none is lonely, none hunted, alien, this man, superb in love and logic, this man shall be remembered. Oh, not with statues’ rhetoric, not with legends and poems and wreaths of bronze alone, but with the lives grown out of his life, the lives fleshing his dream of the beautiful, needful thing. "A note from the editor: Yesterday was the birthday of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895). A former slave, he became a journalist, statesman, and orator. He famously wrote about his experiences as a slave in his bestselling autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845). This book and Douglass's second book, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855), were highly influential in the fight to end slavery. As one of the most important figures in the anti-slavery movement, he believed firmly in the equality of all peoples, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant." Source: Robert Hayden, “Frederick Douglass” from Collected Poems of Robert Hayden, edited by Frederick Glaysher. Copyright © 1966 by Robert Hayden. Reprinted with the permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation. Source: The Collected Poems of Robert Hayden ( Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1966 ) Please note: We strive to preserve the text formatting of poems over email, but certain email clients may distort how character indent, line wraps, and fonts appear. View the poem on the Poetry Foundation website, https://us12.campaign-archive.com/?e=7275c57cbd&u=c993b88231f5f84146565840e&id=5872505ddd

UNL English Prof. Kwame Dawes’ Poem “Dirt” Featured by the Academy of American Poets

Dirt Kwame Dawes https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/dirt I got one part of it. Sell them watermelons and get me another part. Get Bernice to sell that piano and I’ll have the third part. —August Wilson We who gave, owned nothing, learned the value of dirt, how a man or a woman can stand among the unruly growth, look far into its limits, a place of stone and entanglements, and suddenly understand the meaning of a name, a deed, a currency of personhood. Here, where we have labored for another man’s gain, if it is fine to own dirt and stone, it is fine to have a plot where a body may be planted to rot. We who have built only that which others have owned learn the ritual of trees, the rites of fruit picked and eaten, the pleasures of ownership. We who have fled with sword at our backs know the things they have stolen from us, and we will walk naked and filthy into the open field knowing only that this piece of dirt, this expanse of nothing, is the earnest of our faith in the idea of tomorrow. We will sell our bones for a piece of dirt, we will build new tribes and plant new seeds and bury our bones in our dirt.

Plan Your Summer, Set Up Your Advising Meeting Soon

The summer 2018 course description booklet and course list has been released! Take a look at the different courses offered and read through the course descriptions for courses that you are interested in.

Download more information here.

English Student Spotlight

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Bianca Swift

Bianca Swift is a freshman English Major who has been featured in The Daily Nebraskan for her poem "When The Email Says". Read Bianca Swift's poem below, and listen to it here. 

"...Maybe they will send another email.

Full of words like “miscalculation”,

And “regretful”

Full of enough words to weave a rug they can sweep all of this under

But that’s not even the worst part

The worst part

Is the ‘next time.’

‘next time’ we will be more careful

‘next time’ we will take more precautions

But rest assured

There will be,

A next time..."

Department of English Announcements and Events

Congrats Fall 2017 Dean's List Awardees!

The Department of English joins College of Arts & Sciences Dean Francisco in congratulating the 83 English and Film Studies majors named to the Dean's List. They are among the more than 5,100 students across the university who have been named to the fall 2017 Deans' List and/or the Explore Center List of Distinguished Students. Congrats to the 83 English and Film Studies students who made the Fall 2017 Dean's List! 

Want To Study Abroad with Prof. Muchiri This Summer? UNL in Ghana 2018

Professor Nganga Muchiri has a few slots still open for the summer 2018 trip to Ghana! The application deadline has been extended to February 26th. Students are encouraged to submit an application! For more information, visit http://unl.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=12527

Humanities on the Edge presents Tim Dean on "Hatred of Sex"

Humanities on the Edge presents Tim Dean

Date: Time: 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

 Sheldon Museum of Art Room: Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium
Additional Info: SHEL
Contact: Marco Abel, mabel2@unl.edu
Tim Dean is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of PORN ARCHIVES (Duke University Press, 2014), UNLIMITED INTIMACY: REFLECTIONS ON THE SUBCULTURE OF BAREBACKING (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and A TIME FOR THE HUMANITIES (Fordham University Press, 2008), among others. His research interests include queer theory, psychoanalysis, poetry and poetics, and modern and contemporary literature.

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Leigh Gilmore on "Testimony, Memoir, and the #MeToo Movement"

2017-2018 Robert E. Knoll Lecture

Leigh Gilmore on “Testimony, Memoir, and the #MeToo Movement”

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The location of this event has changed to the Sheldon Museum Auditorium. 

Leigh Gilmore is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. She is the author of Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their LivesThe Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and TestimonyAutobiographics: A Feminist Theory of Women’s Self-representation, and coeditor of Autobiography and Postmodernism. She has published articles on autobiography, law and literature, and feminist theory in Feminist Studies, Signs, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Biography, among others, and in numerous collections.

Feb 22: Writing and Social Justice Career Panel

Save the Date: February 22nd 12:30 - 1:30 pm in Andrews 117

This panel is only open to English and Film Studies majors. This career panel features English Department writers engaged in social justice work. Learn about their work and how those interested in related careers can get started.

Prof. Hope Wabuke: These New and Upcoming Books by Black Authors Will Give You Life in These Perilous Times

"In these dark, cold winter months, let us take comfort in the amazing things black people are doing in literature. 2018 is going to be lit, y’all." Check out Professor Hope Wabuke's amazing list of books by black authors here!

March 29: Career Panel- Film and the Arts

Save the Date: March 29th from 12:30pm - 1:30pm in the Bailey Library (229 Andrews)

This panel is only open to English and Film Studies majors. This career panel features professionals with experience in writing about film and working in various roles in the film industry, including animation, direction, and production. Learn about their work and how those interested in related careers can get started.

Nominations for the Chancellor's Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community Award Due March 16!

Dear all,

Nominations for the Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community Award are due March 16th!

There is a faculty/staff and student award. Recipients are recognized at Lavender Graduation & the Chancellor's Awards, which will take place on Thursday, April 19th, 2018, 5-7 PM at the Wick Alumni Center.

All are welcome to celebrate the accomplishments of the LGBTQA+ community at UNL!

Forms are attached and can be returned to Dr. Pat Tetreault at the LGBTQA+ Resource Center in the Nebraska Union Room 346, or online by visiting https://www.unl.edu/cglbtc/faculty-staff-nomination-form.

For more information about Lavender Graduation, the Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship, or the Chancellor's Awards, visit https://involved.unl.edu/lgbtqa-scholarship-and-awards.

Download more information here.

2018 UNL English Department Literary Contests

Please pay careful attention to the bullet points below – especially points 3, 4, and 5!

  • Entrants should complete an entry form specific to the contest(s) they are entering.  (Entry forms are available in the English Department Office, 202 Andrews Hall.)
  • No past winner of a first prize in any contest is eligible to enter that contest again.  No more than one prize award will be given to any individual in the same year. 
  • Entrants should submit one paper copy of all entries (single spaced for poetry, double spaced for prose, 1” margins, 12pt font, black ink) and attach the copies to the entry form. 
  • Staple all pieces for an entry together sequentially. (e.g. if you submit multiple poems for an entry, staple them all together in the order you want the judges to read them; I don’t need each one individually paper-clipped). Use a clip if necessary for a large entry. Do not give me a sheaf of manuscripts that I have to sort through and collate. 
  • Authors’ names must not appear anywhere on the submitted manuscripts.   All manuscripts will be recycled after judging.

The deadline for all contests is Friday, March 2.  A separate entry form must be submitted for each contest entered.  Entries should be submitted to the English Department Office, 202 Andrews.

Graduate Awards (Contests are open to graduate students in English):

The Vreeland Award:  Two prizes ($1,000): poetry and prose.  Material:  A portfolio of representative creative writing in a single genre.  Prose portfolios (fiction and/or creative non-fiction) are limited to 50 pages of text, double-spaced (approximately 12,000 words).  Poetry portfolios are limited to 20 pages or 20 individual poems.  Applicants should prepare brief statements (250 words) of their experiences and aims as writers for attachment to the entryDo not include your name on your statement.

Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Awards for Short Story:  Three prizes:  First Prize $300, Second Prize $180, Third Prize $120.  Submit only one story of no more than 7,000 words.

The Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship: One prize of $400.  Submit either one creative nonfiction piece (limited to 20 pages of prose – approximately 5,000 words) or a maximum of 200 lines of poetry in any combination.*Full-time employees or lecturers are not eligible for fellowships.* 

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Award for Poetry:  Three prizes: First Prize $300, Second Prize $180, Third Prize $120.  Each poet may submit no more than 200 lines of poetry in any combination.  Winner of first prize will be included in the Academy’s announcement of winners, which appears in the summer issue of American Poet, the Academy’s journal.

Undergraduate Awards (Contests open to undergraduates only):

The Vreeland Award:  Two prizes ($500): poetry and prose.  Material:  A portfolio of representative creative writing in a single genre.  Prose portfolios (fiction and/or creative non-fiction) are limited to 50 pages of text, double-spaced (approximately 12,000 words).  Poetry portfolios are limited to 20 pages or 20 individual poems. 

Marjorie Stover Awards for Short Story:  The competition is open to undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences currently enrolled in the English Department.  Two prizes:  First Prize $200, Second Prize $100.  Each prize is to be awarded for an outstanding original short story.  Outstanding children’s stories are especially welcome.  Entries are limited to 20 pages of prose (approximately 5,000 words).  Each entry is limited to one piece.

Undergraduate Student Awards for Poetry:  The competition is open to undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences currently enrolled in the English Department.  Each entry is limited to no more than 200 lines of poetry in any combination.

Three prizes: 

1. The Irby F. Wood Prize for Undergraduate Poetry ($500);

2. The Gaffney Prize for Undergraduate Poetry ($200);

3. The Gaffney Prize runner up for Undergraduate Poetry ($100). 

Wilbur Gaffney Scholarly/Critical Essay Contest:  One award: $200.  Entries are limited to 5,000 words in length.  Entries should be academic (critical/research) in nature.  One essay per entrant.  Essays should demonstrate originality, clarity, and rhetorical purpose and effectiveness. 

Wilbur Gaffney Personal/Creative Non-Fiction Essay ContestOne Award: $200.  Entries are limited to 5,000 words in length.  Entries can include personal, expository, or creative non-fiction essays.  One essay per entrant.  Essays should demonstrate originality, clarity, and rhetorical purpose and effectiveness.

Ted Kooser Awards for Outstanding First-Year WritersThe competition is open to students nominated by their first-year writing teacher for this award.  Instructors may nominate only one student from each first-year writing section (both spring 2017 and fall 2017 semester).  The nominated submission will consist of up to ten pages of written work.  A monetary prize of $200 will be awarded to the recipient and $100 will be awarded to the instructor.  The prizes will be presented at the English Department Awards Celebration. 

NOTE:  These contests are open only to currently enrolled UNL students.  Students who are UNL employees will have federal and state withholding deductions reflected in their award check.  UNL students of any major are eligible for all contests except as specified above.

All winners of these contests will be honored at a public reading in the Dudley Bailey Library, Andrews 229, on Tuesday, April 24 at 3:00 pm and at the English Department’s Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 27 at 12:00 noon in the Bailey Library.

Winners will be announced on the English Department Website by April 13.

Contact Michael Page, Contest Coordinator, at mpage3@unl.edu if you have any questions. 

Download more information here.

Nebraska Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Cather's "My Antonia"

"One-hundred years ago this year, novelist Willa Cather’s classic on life in late 19th century Nebraska was published and became one of her most celebrated books. “My Antonia” is about pioneers and friendship and was the last book in Cather’s trilogy on life on the Great Plains. Nebraskans are celebrating the book all year, a story that has held up over the last century because of its enduring themes." Read more here

Michelle Obama’s Mount Rushmore Moment

"Contemplating the Obamas in painted form feels especially bittersweet given the current dystopian presidency. In its apparent mission to kill off as much as it can, as quickly as it can, of Obama’s legacy, the Trump administration has succeeded in making the era of Barack and Michelle seem like the distant past, far longer ago than — wait, was it only last year?" Read more about Michelle Obama's portrait and the adorable photo of Barack admiring it here

Oscar-winning filmmaker Payne to address May graduates

Alexander Payne will be coming to campus to address our UNL May graduates!

The Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Omaha native will deliver the undergraduate commencement address May 5 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He will also receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the university.

Read more about Payne here

Nominations Sought for Status of Women Awards

The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for awards that honor outstanding faculty, staff and student efforts to create an environment that encourages women to succeed on campus.

Nominations are due Feb. 23. The nomination forms, lists of past recipients and additional directions are available online.

Two awards are given, one for faculty or staff members and another for students or student organizations. Recipients will be announced the week of March 5 and the awards will be presented at the Women’s History Month dinner on March 15.

For more information contact Jan Deeds at 402-472-2598 or jdeeds1@unl.edu.

University Announcements and Events

Practice LSAT – Saturday, February 17

Pre-Law Students,

A free practice LSAT will be offered on Saturday, February 17. Taking a series of practice LSATs gives you a chance to experience the LSAT and improve your skills at taking this law school entrance exam. Try it out before the score counts!

Free Practice LSAT (details):

The Explore Center will be offering a free Practice LSAT on Saturday, February 17 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. in 115 Burnett Hall. Please show up by 8:45 a.m. to sign in before the exam. Please sign up for the Practice LSAT by visiting this link http://exploreregistration.unl.edu/.

Can’t make this practice LSAT? Or want to get more practice? The last practice LSAT for the semester will be held on Saturday, April 14.

UNL Pre-Law Deans Panel Event

The Explore Center is sponsoring a Law School Dean’s Panel and College Fair Wednesday, February 21st from 2:30 – 4:30 in the City Campus Union Centennial Room.  This is an opportunity for UNL Pre-Law students to hear directly from Law School Deans about the law school experience, what it takes to be successful in law school, and how to be competitive for admission.  Students will have the chance to ask questions and gain pivotal insight into law school.   Students will also have the opportunity to visit one-on-one with the law schools.

Download more information here.

CCSW Awards: Who Has Made a Difference?

The Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for outstanding faculty, staff and student efforts to create a climate that encourages women to succeed at UNL. Nominations are due Friday, February 23, 2018. Two awards are given, one for faculty or staff members and another for students or student organizations. For more information contact Jan Deeds at 472-2598 or jdeeds1@unl.edu.

Recipients will be announced the week of March 5th and the awards will be presented at the Women’s History Month Dinner on Thursday, March 15th.

Call for Lightning Talk Presentations at the 2018 Nebraska Forum on Digital Humanities

This year's Nebraska Forum on Digital Humanities is calling for proposals from undergraduates in the English Department. They have updated the Forum website with some additional details, https://cdrh.unl.edu/neforum, and the call for proposals is at https://cdrh.unl.edu/opportunities/cfp/Call%20For%20Proposal_NEDH18.pdf (the deadline there still reads last Friday, but the official deadline in now this Friday, February 16). Additionally, they are also looking if any students who are not in the English department who might be interested in this opportunity to still submit proposals!

Upcoming Pre-Law Events

Pre-Law Students,

Here are the upcoming Pre-Law events:

Pre-Law Club:

Pre-Law Club is meeting on Tuesday, February 12, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the NE Union (room will be posted).

Law School Deans Panel and Fair:

February 21 - Centennial Room – Nebraska Union

Considering law school? Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore your options with regional law school deans and representatives from:

  • Nebraska Law
  • Creighton University
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Kansas

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. - Law Schools Dean Panel and Q&A

Learn more about careers and education in law. Hear from law school leaders on what they seek in future students and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

3:30 -4:30 p.m. - Law School Fair

Engage one on one and learn more about multiple law schools.

Military & Veteran Success Center Learn to Earn Featuring the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Presented collaboratively by the Military & Veteran Success Center and Career Services, join Tuesday, February 21 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Military & Veteran Success Center located at 16 Nebraska Union for a Learn to Earn Over Lunch sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  You are encouraged to share this information with military student veterans, service members and dependents.

Today’s FBI is an intelligence-driven and threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities that is staffed by a dedicated cadre of more than 30,000 agents, analysts, and other professionals who work around the clock and across the globe to protect the U.S. from terrorism, espionage, cyber attacks, and major criminal threats, and to provide its many partners with services, support, training, and leadership. 

Free lunch will be provided and a Career Advisor will be present to help students explore majors and answer questions regarding internships or careers.    

If you have any questions, please contact the Military & Veteran Success Center at 402-472-4130 or Career Services at 402-472-3145. 

Download more information here.

NU Announces $9.2M in 'Phase One' Cuts

The Journal Star has reported that the University of Nebraska's administrators announced $9.2 million in potential cuts across Nebraska's four campuses. "The cuts include consolidating or eliminating several undergraduate and graduate programs, shuttering certain research and extension offices, and terminating some student services and athletic teams, according to proposals from the system's three chancellors released Monday afternoon." Read more here.

University Unveils 'Serious' Cuts Ahead of State Budget Hearing

"Green and other leaders notified personnel affiliated with the programs Feb. 12 that their programs would be among potential budget cuts to be included during the hearing. Because the proposal cuts are being announced ahead of usual shared-governance procedures, Green also informed the university’s Academic Planning Committee of the proposal. “They aren’t being eliminated at this point — they are just proposals,” Green said. “But there’s no way to dice it. This is serious business.” Read more about the proposed cuts here

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee

“The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln condemns racism and all forms of bigotry. Despite our best efforts, instances and attitudes of these behaviors occur on our campus and may continue to occur. We strive for inclusive classrooms, an inclusive college, and an inclusive community in which all students, staff, and faculty have a voice. One of the great challenges of an inclusive and diverse community arises when one or more of these voices challenges the core of those beliefs in diversity. Our response must include engaged dialogue that fosters equity and access while embracing freedom of speech. Our classrooms, college, and community must be physically safe environments in which we can all take every opportunity to be curious, to think, and to learn.” Read more about IDEA's mission statement and committee here

Disaster Film Screening: The Poseidon Adventure

Throughout Spring 2018, Sheldon will host a Disaster Film Series, kicking off with "The Poseidon Adventure" from 1972. Passengers aboard the S.S. Poseidon fight for survival after their ship is overtaken by a tidal wave. (117 minutes.) This event is free admission. Visit here for more information about the screening. 

Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development

Undergrad Writing Center Consultant Position

Applicants for the Writing Center Consultant need not be English majors: the Writing Center is looking for excellent communicators with strong interpersonal skills who are highly motivated and eager to learn. While they invite applications from students at every level, students at the sophomore level who can handle the challenge are ideal, as staff continuity is crucial for the Writing Center and we hope to keep students on staff for several years. Students can learn more about the position and how to apply by viewing the Writing Center Consultant posting on Husker Hire Link and visiting https://www.unl.edu/writing/become-a-consultant.  Applications are due March 5.

Download more information here.

Internships at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West has multiple internship opportunities that are available now! The application deadline for all internships is March 1, 2018. For the full list of student internships and descriptions of each internship, visit https://centerofthewest.org/learn/internships/

The Blue Route: Paying Market for Undergraduate Creative Writers

If you are interested in a publishing opportunity, The Blue Route is calling for submissions! They are looking for writers who write poetry, short fiction, or creative nonfiction. They pay 25 dollars for accepted work. For more information and/or to submit your work, visit https://widenerblueroute.org/. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. 

Generation Feminist Fellowship Now Taking Applications Through March 3rd!

Generation Feminist Fellowship Now Taking Applications Through March 3rd!

Generation Feminist (or Gen F) is a national two-week social justice summer fellowship for undergraduate students of all genders. This program is a collaboration between the Center for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands, the Women's Center at Bowling Green State University, and the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester. 12 students will be selected from colleges and universities across the U.S.

Grounded in the feminist history of the greater Rochester area and hands-on experience working at Willow Domestic Violence Center, this program provides undergraduates interested in social justice, human services, non-profit management, gender-based violence, and feminism(s) with an opportunity to participate in leadership development, research and program evaluation, and experiential learning for social change.

To apply: fill out the application and provide two references located here: http://www.redlands.edu/genf

Program Cost: Room and All Meals $525 | Fellowship Tuition $475*

*Fellows must also provide their own travel to and from Rochester, N.Y. on 7/22/18 and 8/4/18.

Paid Copyrighting Internship Through New Journalism Venture

HebeMedia has started a digital advisory and marketing firm based in Lincoln, NE, looking to add Copywriters to their creative team. Copywriting will give you real-world exposure to working with clients within a marketing firm. 

Download more information here.

NU Tech Ventures Intern Opportunity

NU Ventures has a communications intern position that they are looking to fill starting this summer. They would be interested in undergraduate or graduate student candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds. They would be happy to talk with anyone that has questions. 

Get more information about this internship by visiting https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6366319264240013312

Summer 2018 Editing/Publishing Internship Opportunity

Tethered by Letters wants to let you know that they are accepting applications for their Summer 2018 Editing/Publishing Internship. This is an extraordinary opportunity for creative writers looking to get a start in the publishing industry! Applications are due by April 5th. Click here for more information.

AARP Student Internships Available

AARP Nebraska has two paid student internships opening up this summer, which are Community Outreach and Communications. They are looking for undergraduate students from a variety of majors, so make sure to take a look!

Download more information here.

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America

"Ryan Coogler’s film is a vivid re-imagination of something black Americans have cherished for centuries — Africa as a dream of our wholeness, greatness and self-realization." This highly anticipated film, also the most tweeted about film of 2017, can be read more about here

Time to #SavetheNEH Again!

"This morning, President Trump released his Presidential Budget Request, which again calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education’s International Education Programs, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Institute for Museums and Library Services, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars." Read more about Trump's Presidential Budget Request against the humanities and more information about how to defeat the proposal here.

Work in Wake of #MeToo

Questions have been raised due to the issue of inviduals who have committed sexual harassment being able to keep their jobs and sometimes move up to higher positions. In wake of the #MeToo Movement, The Harvard Business Review wants questions and concerns for those who are asking about managing people in the workplace when sexual harassment is brought up. "These stories raise often difficult legal and ethical questions: What should managers and businesses do when an employee comes to them with an allegation? Who should conduct an investigation and how thorough should it be? How should companies announce the departures of employees fired for cause? What should they do about references when that person goes looking for their next gig?" Read more here

Jennie Willoughby: 'President Trump Will Not Diminish My Truth'

Jennie Willoughby writes about Trump's remarks towards her ex-husband, Rob Porter. "There it is again. The words “mere allegation” and “falsely accused” meant to imply that I am a liar. That Colbie Holderness. That the work Rob was doing in the White House was of higher value than our mental, emotional or physical wellbeing. That his professional contributions are worth more than the truth. That abuse is something to be questioned and doubted." Read more about what Willoughby's story here

Reading Ovid in the Age of #MeToo

"In 2015, four Columbia University undergraduates published an op-ed in their student paper petitioning English professors to affix trigger warnings to Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The poem’s “vivid depictions of rape and sexual assault,” they wrote, were distressing to survivors, one of whom “was essentially dismissed . . . her concerns ignored” when she approached a lecturer after class to complain." Read more about Ovid in relation to the #MeToo movement here

Love as Political Resistance: Lessons from Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler

"Audre Lorde taught us that caring for ourselves is “not self-indulgence, it is an act of political resistance,” and although we know how to meme and tweet those words, living into them is harder. We have a deeper socialization to overcome, one that tells us that most of us don’t matter—our health, our votes, our work, our safety, our families, our lives don’t matter—not as much as those of white men. We need to learn how to practice love such that care—for ourselves and others—is understood as political resistance and cultivating resilience." Continue reading here. 

Literary News

Penguin Young Readers Announces Imprint for Diverse Books

"Penguin Young Readers has announced the launch of a new imprint, called Kokila, that will focus on diverse books for children and young adults. According to Penguin, the imprint's mission is to “add depth and nuance to the way children and young adults see the world and their place in it.” Read more about what will be released annually by Kokila and why it is being launched here

A New Home for Angela Davis’s Papers (and Her ‘Wanted’ Poster)

"Nearly 50 years ago, she was transformed from an obscure 26-year-old philosophy instructor into one of the world’s most famous activists, an instantly recognizable icon of the global left whose image, complete with her signature full Afro, was emblazoned on T-shirts, buttons and banners." Read more about Angela Davis and her achievements here

Marjorie Liu's Monstress: The Beauty, the magic, and the horror

Read about Marjorie Liu's Monstress and the beauty, the magic, and the horror of it all. This "epic fantasy" piece that consists of Asian inspiration and amazing artwork is a must-read, so make sure to read more about it here

Michel Foucault’s Unfinished Book Published in France

"He said he wanted no posthumous publications. But on Thursday, more than over 30 years after his death, Michel Foucault had a new book, “Confessions of the Flesh,” published in France by Gallimard. Foucault’s unfinished investigation into the topic of sexuality in early Christian thought and practice is the fourth book in his “History of Sexuality” project. The three previously published volumes addressed sexuality during the modern period, from the 17th century to the mid-20th century; in ancient Greece; and in the Roman world. In them Foucault hoped to explain how sexuality became an object of scientific study and a subject of moral preoccupation." Read more about Focault's book and its publishing journey here

'Hello, Universe' Wins Newbery Medal, While Caldecott Goes To 'Wolf In The Snow'

"Dozens of writers and illustrators earned some of the highest honors in children's literature at a joyous gathering hosted by the American Library Association in Denver on Monday. But just two managed to snag the best-known, most prestigious annual prizes for books aimed at young readers. Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe won the Newbery Medal for outstanding contribution to children's literature, and Matthew Cordell's Wolf in the Snow won the Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children." Continue reading here

Jay Asher Expelled From Writer Organization Over Harassment

Author of Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, has been expelled from Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators because of allegations about sexual harassment. "Both Jay Asher and David Diaz were found to have violated the SCBWI code of conduct in regard to harassment," Oliver wrote in an email. "Claims against them were investigated and, as a result, they are no longer members and neither will be appearing at any SCBWI events in the future." Continue reading here

Ursula K. Le Guin: “I Keep Asking You Not to Buy Books from Amazon”

"I have had a long career and a good one. In good company. Now here, at the end of it, I really don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. We who live by writing and publishing want — and should demand — our fair share of the proceeds. But the name of our beautiful reward is not profit. It’s name is freedom." Continue reading here

New Poetry by Indigenous Women

In a series by Natalie Diaz, the importance of indigenous women's poetry, in which she says "This feature of indigenous women is meant to be like those song-maps, to offer myriad ways of “poetic” and linguistic experience—a journey through or across memory, or imagination, across pain or joy or the impossibility of each, across our bodies of land and water and flesh and ink—an ever-shifting, ever-returning, ever-realizing map of movement, of discovery, of possibility, of risk—of indigenous and native poetry." Continue reading here

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross

Summer 2018 - ENGLISH 439/839 - World Cinema Film Course

ENGL 439/839 is a course revolving around world cinema. It is a pre-session for the summer that will be taught by Dr. Wheeler Dixon. It will run for three weeks, and there is limited seating!

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Dundee and Ruth Sokolof Showings

"The love parade continues this weekend with our latest Forever Young pick, Grease. Supported by WoodmenLife, admission for kids 12 and under is $2.50. The Oscar-nominated Live ActionAnimated, and Documentary Shorts continue at the Dundee Theater. At the Ruth Sokolof Theater, Oscar hopefuls Phantom Thread and Call Me By Your Name continue." Click here for more information about the showings and to get tickets. 

Academy Awards Nominated The Breadwinner Returning to The Ross

From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award® nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, returning to the Ross for a special engagement on Friday, February 23 is the Academy Award® nominated (for Best Animated Feature) THE BREADWINNER.

The BREADWINNER is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, February 23 through Thursday, March 1.  Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353.

Opening at The Ross: Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool

Opening at The Ross on Friday, February 23, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool showcases brilliant work from Annette Bening, whose performance is more than enough to outweigh this biopic's basic narrative.

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, February 23 through Thursday, March 1. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353.

Other Announcements

Eve Ewing on Challenging Your Own Ideas of Failure

"You pursue so many different types of creative endeavors. When something sows itself as a seed of inspiration in your mind, do you think “Oh, that would be a great poem,” or do you consider what’s the best way you can express it?" Read more of Ewing's take on challenging yourself when you're overwhelmed with self-doubt here

Call For Submissions - INTRODUCING, The Literary Magazine

Cassidy Colwell, founder of INTRODUCING, has started this online literary magazine to create a space for new writers, with the goal to serve as a launchpad for their careers. Colwell is currently taking submissions for the first issue. INTRODUCING is looking for literary short fiction from 1,500-5,000 words. Only writers who have never been published, in print or online, are eligible (self published is okay). Further submissions guidelines can be found on www.introducingmag.com

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