English Advising Office February 9th-February 16th
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.
Walk-in HoursNo appointment necessary
There will be no walk-in hours on Friday, February 16th. Walk-Ins will resume on February 23rd.
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Table of ContentsDepartment of English Announcements and Events
- Response to White Supremacy on Campus
- NO INTENSO AGORA Screening and Q&A with director João Salles
- Humanities on the Edge presents Tim Dean on "Hatred of Sex"
- Leigh Gilmore on "Testimony, Memoir, and the #MeToo Movement"
- Writing and Social Justice Career Panel
- Career Panel: Film and the Arts
- Laurus Deadline Extended to February 9
- Nominations for the Chancellor's Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community Award Due March 16!
- 2018 UNL English Department Literary Contests
- News from the Writing Center
- Listening Tour: Campus Conversations with Students
- CCSW Awards: Who Has Made a Difference?
- UNL Pre-Law Deans Panel Event
- Kutak Ethics Center - February Brown Bag Luncheon
- Update on the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Program
- Practice LSAT – Saturday, February 17
- Paid Copyrighting Internship Through New Journalism Venture
- Humanities Grads Gainfully Employed and Happy
- Generation Feminist Fellowship Now Taking Applications Through March 3rd!
- Studying Humanities Teaches You How to Get a Job
- NU Tech Ventures Intern Opportunity
- Over Time, Humanities Grads Close the Pay Gap With Professional Peers
- Undergrad Writing Center Consultant Position
- The Blue Route: Paying Market for Undergraduate Creative Writers
- Internships at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
- A DACA Poet Speaks Out
- A Solution to Sexual Assault on Campus?
- Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (as Herself)
- Lifting Up Overlooked Authors: On Craft, Identity, and Insecurities
- Editorial Power Means Blowing Up the Machine from the Inside
- The Daily Nebraskan Covers Donde Plowman Led Discussion
- Roxane Gay on "Can I Enjoy the Art but Denounce the Artist?"
- Remembering the Writer and Comedian Bob Smith
- The Literary Intrigues of Putin’s Puppet Master
- Ten Things Learned from Ursula K. Le Guin
- Should You Write What You Know? 31 Authors Weigh In
- Rebecca Solnit: As Trump Tweets, America Burns
- Edmund White Wins 2018 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction
- Showing This Week at the Ross
- #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe Stresses The Power Of Seeing Black Glory In Film
- Octavia Spencer Says Jessica Chastain Helped Her Get Five Times Her Salary
- Inuit Filmmaking That Sparks a Fire
- ‘Real Women Have Curves’ Writer Josefina López Says ‘Lady Bird’ Like a “White Version” of Her Film
- The Revolutionary Power of Black Panther
Department of English's Response to White Supremacy on Campus
A Message from Chancellor Green
Response to White Supremacy on Campus
"The Department of English’s core values—which strongly affirm diversity and the pursuit of social justice—are incommensurable with the tenets of white supremacy, including the frequency with which its proponents threaten—and, indeed, often perpetrate—violent actions. We condemn such threats and actions to the strongest possible degree, for they are diametrically opposed to what we hold dearest: the well-reasoned and creative exchange of ideas and arguments based on honing and exercising our capacities for critical thinking and imaginative reasoning. For us as a community of teachers, writers, and scholars, such exchange of points of view is necessarily predicated on an unwavering affirmation of our shared right to freedom of speech and expression enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, as well as on the proud history of academic freedom that has long governed, by tradition, higher education in the U.S. However, while the constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of speech and expression grants everyone the right to state their views, no matter how abhorrent those may be, those same rights, in our view, also hold us accountable to speak out in opposition to the very speech acts—and actions—that are precisely designed to intimidate, spread fear among, and terrorize our larger community and, in so doing, de facto deprive many of its members, including people of color and people from abroad, of the chance to exercise those constitutionally guaranteed rights. In this spirit, we therefore encourage everyone to consult the Southern Poverty Law Center’s guide for how to respond to hate."
NO INTENSO AGORA Screening and Q&A with director João Salles
Time: Screening Starts at 7:30
In the Intense Now draws from the visual archive of the global 1968 revolutions in four countries—France, Czechoslovakia, China, and Brazil—to examine what is captured and what is lost in images of great historical intensity. Narrated in first person by the director, the film reflects on that which is revealed by footage of the French students’ uprising in May of 1968; the images captured by amateurs during the invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of the same year, when forces led by the Soviet Union put an end to the Prague Spring; the scenes that a tourist—the director’s mother—filmed in China in 1966, the year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; and footage from Salles’ own childhood in Brazil, during the establishment and rule of a repressive military dictatorship.
Additional Public Info:
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
Additional Public Info:
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
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Andrews Hall Bailey Library (2nd Floor)
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 Lives, The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony, Autobiographics: 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.
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.
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.
Laurus Deadline Extended to February 9
The editors of Laurus, UNL’s official undergraduate literary journal, have elected to extend the submissions deadline to Friday, February 9. Students are encouraged to submit works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art; so long as they are currently enrolled at UNL they are eligible. There’s more information available on the Laurus web page: https://www.unl.edu/english/laurus
Students should submit work here: https://laurusmagazine.submittable.com/submit
Nominations for the Chancellor's Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community Award Due March 16!
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.
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 entry. Do 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.
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 Contest: One 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 Writers: The 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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
News from the Writing Center
The Writing Center has a lot they want you to know about!
- Next week they’ll be celebrating International Writing Center Week. They particularly hope you will join them for their Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 3-4:30 pm. They will have FREE snacks and coffee!
- They are also accepting applications for the undergraduate Writing Center Consultant position for the fall. Please share the attached flyer with students from all majors who you feel would be a good fit for the position. Students who will be sophomore and juniors are ideal, as they like to keep folks on staff for a few years. They are seeking students who are curious, highly motivated, and eager to learn; students from underrepresented/historically marginalized groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications are due March 5.
Listening Tour: Campus Conversations with Students
Listening Tour: Campus Conversations with Students
Thursday, February 8th
11:30 am – 1 pm
Kaufmann Residential Center – Great Hall
Friday, February 9th
11:30 am – 1 pm
City Campus Union
Join for an open forum conversation related to important campus issues. You talk. We’ll listen.
Topics for discussion:
- Campus climate
- Free Speech
- Student wellbeing and safety
- Open Topics
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Donde Plowman, Interim Vice Chancellor Laurie Bellows, and Joe Zach, President of ASUN will be fielding questions.
Additional listening sessions will be conducted throughout the spring semester so if you’re unable to attend this one, they’ll be other opportunities.
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. Nomination forms, lists of past recipients, and additional directions are available at www.unl.edu/ccsw/awards.shtml. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Kutak Ethics Center - February Brown Bag Luncheon
Jeannette Eileen Jones, Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies, is our featured guest for the January Brown Bag Luncheon.
Dr. Jones will lead a discussion that takes up questions of race in current US political and public discourses. This discussion will ask us to consider the ways in which race continues to operate as a potent signifier of difference, but also as a means to justify inclusion and exclusion from the US body politic. The discussion is titled: Of Charlottesville and ‘*&^$hole Countries’: How Race Still Operates in US Public Discourse.
As the attached flier indicates, the event runs from noon - 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, February 15, 2018 in the City Campus Union.
As usual, they'd love to provide a lunch for you. To secure a free lunch, please, RSVP by 1 p.m. on February 7th, subject line: Brown Bag. Indicate any dietary restrictions. Also, feel free to bring your own lunch or just come for the conversation.
Hope to see you there!
Update on the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Program
HRHA - Opportunities of Note for Spring 2018
Undergraduate Funding Opportunities: HRHA is pleased to support our students' goals of studying abroad and conducting research with a faculty member via our Jessica Lutton Bedient Study Abroad Scholarship and the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Undergraduate Research Fellowship, respectively. The Bedient scholarship provides students with $2500 to offset the costs of their study abroad experience. They must be HRHA students and should enroll in HRHA 400, our service learning capstone, while abroad. The deadline for applications is April 1. The Undergraduate Research Fellowship works similarly to UCARE and is designed to provide research assistance for faculty members while building the skills of our students. If you are interested in working with an undergraduate RA for the 2018-19 academic year, please encourage him/her to apply for this opportunity. The deadline is April 1. More information is available for both fellowships on our website: https://humanrights.unl.edu/funding
Faculty Funding Opportunities: In Fall 2018, HRHA kicked off our UNL Human Rights Series with a visit from Nigerian scholar, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso. We are looking to build on the success of that event and sponsor a twice-yearly series. The UNL Human Rights Series is designed to promote human rights research and teaching on our campus through speakers, workshops, performances and other activities. We encourage you to think broadly and creatively about how HRHA can help to connect your research with the broader human rights community. Applications are due on May 1 for the following fall semester and October 1 for the following spring semester. You can learn more and apply here: https://humanrights.unl.edu/human-rights-programming
Practice LSAT – Saturday, February 17
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.
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.
Humanities Grads Gainfully Employed and Happy
"A study being released today by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences -- based on data from the U.S. Census and other government sources, plus Gallup polling of workers nationwide -- challenges the myth of the underemployed, unhappy humanities graduate." Read more here.
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.
Studying Humanities Teaches You How to Get a Job
We always hear the constant talk about how studying humanities will "never" get you a job. In this article, you'll read about how the skills you obtain when studying the humanities are actually the skills that land you the job. Read more 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
Over Time, Humanities Grads Close the Pay Gap With Professional Peers
"There is something that the defenders of the humanities (and, more broadly, the liberal arts) want you to know: Sure, graduates who majored in the arts, philosophy, religion, or literature might make less than someone who majored in a professional program — at least initially. But they’re loving work and loving life — and that, the advocates have argued, is a good start." Read more of this story and the studies and surveys behind the defense of a liberal arts education here.
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.
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.
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/
Disaster at Sheldon - Made You Look!
Join the Sheldon for three popular cinema classics—The Poseidon Adventure, Twister, and Contagion—screened in Sheldon's Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. Admission is free.
The series begins with The Poseidon Adventure on Thursday, February 15, at 6 PM. This 1972 film tells the story of passengers aboard the SS Poseidon who must fight for survival after their ship is overtaken by a tidal wave.
To read more about the disaster films, click here.
A DACA Poet Speaks Out
"On any given day, the county jail in Marysville, California, holds about 170 immigrant detainees awaiting hearings. Because Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not have an office nearby, the inmates will be shown via Televideo to one of the three judges of San Francisco’s immigration court. After their hearings, 90 percent of those inmates will be put on a green bus and taken to an ICE detention center for deportation. The Marysville jail is just one of the nearly two hundred jails where ICE held contracts last year. It also happens to be just a few blocks away from the home of Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, a DACA recipient and poet who recently moved back to Marysville to be near his mother." Read more about Castillo's journey, his family, and his debut poetry collection here.
A Solution to Sexual Assault on Campus?
A team of researchers at Columbia that go by the name of SHIFT believe that small changes to college life could make campuses safer. To read more about this research and how it revolves around sexual assault and harassment on campus, click here.
Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (as Herself)
"Nathan Lane is a great comic, but he’s playing the villain, Roy Cohn, in “Angels in America.” And Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about becoming American and discovering blackness." Continue reading here.
Lifting Up Overlooked Authors: On Craft, Identity, and Insecurities
Celeste Ng chats with author Mira T. Lee, in which Celeste writes "Writers often meet other writers through their work, falling in love as they read a book and getting to know the author by reaching out afterwards. In the case of Mira T. Lee, however, I was unbelievably lucky to encounter her work early on—and even in those first days it was clear she was an enormous talent." Continue reading about the conversation between Ng and Lee here.
Editorial Power Means Blowing Up the Machine from the Inside
The Daily Nebraskan Covers Donde Plowman Led Discussion
"Members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community expressed confusion, concern and outrage in the crowded Kauffman Residential Center Great Hall Thursday morning, hours after the university said it would not expel self-avowed white nationalist Daniel Kleve. Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Donde Plowman led the hour-and-a-half-long university-hosted discussion, which drew more than 100 people. Many expressed frustration that Kleve, a junior biology major who came to the university’s attention after he was heard discussing violence in a video that went viral, was still enrolled at the university." Read more about The Daily Nebraskan's coverage of the discussion surrounding Daniel Kleve here.
Roxane Gay on "Can I Enjoy the Art but Denounce the Artist?"
Roxane Gay writes about the price that is paid when one ignores the fact that choosing to respect our favorites while ignoring their predatory advances is never okay. "Whether we’re talking about Bill Cosby or Woody Allen or Roman Polanski or Johnny Depp or Kevin Spacey or Harvey Weinstein or Russell Simmons or any man who has built his success on the backs of women and men whose suffering was ignored for the sake of that success, it’s time to say that there is no artistic work, no legacy so great that we choose to look the other way." Continue reading here.
Remembering the Writer and Comedian Bob Smith
The Literary Intrigues of Putin’s Puppet Master
"In the summer of 2009, a slender novel caused a literary sensation in Moscow. Centering on a poetry-loving gangster-cum-book publisher wracked by Hamletian perplexities over a possible snuff film, it unloaded a darkly absurdist, but caustically knowing, satire on the corruptions and machinations of post-Soviet Russia, with a whirligig of literary remixes and references." Continue reading here.
Ten Things Learned from Ursula K. Le Guin
Karen Joy Fowler writes about how Ursula K. Le Guin was one of the first science-fiction writers that she ever read, and how Guin taught her ten things that she'll never let go of. To read about these ten things and the inspiration that Guin was to Fowler, continue reading here.
Should You Write What You Know? 31 Authors Weigh In
Emily Temple writes about the advice of writing what you know, and the question of should we write what we know or not. She collects answers from 31 different authors, ranging from Ernest Hemingway to Kazuo Ishiguro. Continue reading here.
Rebecca Solnit: As Trump Tweets, America Burns
"The federal government is morphing like a monstrous blob. Long-established separations are melting down; hitherto united organs are fissioning. Yet other parts are withering away—the foreign service, scientists, civil servants unable to carry out their jobs with principle—or being weakened: “The Trump administration has stripped enforcement powers from a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unit responsible for pursuing discrimination cases,” the Washington Post recently reported." Continue reading more about the many issues that the country is being faced with while Trump tweets here.
Edmund White Wins 2018 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction
PEN America has announced that Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony has won the 2018 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction. Read more about White's achievement and story here.
#WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe Stresses The Power Of Seeing Black Glory In Film
“Black Panther” is proving that the most formidable superpower in the Marvel Universe may be representation. There’s still more than a week left before director Ryan Coogler debuts the hero’s first stand-alone film on Feb. 16, but fans couldn’t wait to express the importance of seeing black excellence in film. Kayla Marie Sutton, curator of the “Black Girl Nerds” podcast’s social media accounts, started the hashtag #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe on Twitter Tuesday morning. The Afro-Latina says she tweeted the hashtag after asking her son what the Wakandan prince meant to him." Read more about this amazing film and the power it holds here.
Octavia Spencer Says Jessica Chastain Helped Her Get Five Times Her Salary
In a world where equal pay is a constant issue in every job, Jessica Chastain stood up to make sure Octavia Spencer got the pay she deserved. “I have a story, and you guys are gonna be the first to hear it,” said Spencer to a panel on Women Breaking Barriers at the Sundance Film Festival. Fifteen months ago, Chastain approached her about doing a movie together. (The two have been good friends since they both starred in “The Help”). To read more about this story, click here.
Inuit Filmmaking That Sparks a Fire
"Starting with the lighting of a qulliq, Inuk artist Asinnajaq put together a vital celebration of 30 years of Inuit film at ImagineNATIVE. Qulliq, created by Susan Avingaq, Madeline Ivalu and Marie-Hélène Cousineau, was also the earliest film in the Channel 51 screening, a gesture which pointed to the long legacy of filmmaking by Inuit collectives Isuma, Arnait and Artcirq. The other films in the program were Aqtuqsi (1996), Unikausiq (1996), Issautuq (2007) and Bowhead Whale Hunting With My Ancestors (2017)." Continue reading more about Qulliq here.
‘Real Women Have Curves’ Writer Josefina López Says ‘Lady Bird’ Like a “White Version” of Her Film
Real Women Have Curves writer Josefina López says that watching Lady Bird was like watching her own film. “I enjoyed it and at moments kept thinking, ‘Wow, the mother is like the mom in my movie. Wow, they aren’t going to let her go to college, like Ana,'” López said. López also said she thought of the film as a “white version” of Real Women." Continue reading more about what López had to say about how watching Lady Bird made her feel here.
The Revolutionary Power of Black Panther
Jamil Smith writes about the power of Marvel's Black Panther, and how revolutionary it is to be represented in mass media. "If you are reading this and you are white, seeing people who look like you in mass media probably isn’t something you think about often. Every day, the culture reflects not only you but nearly infinite versions of you—executives, poets, garbage collectors, soldiers, nurses and so on. The world shows you that your possibilities are boundless." Continue reading more here.
Events Connecting Nebraskans: Advocacy, History & Culture
'Game Of Thrones' Author George R. R. Martin Is Funding A Scholarship For Aspiring Fantasy Authors
"If you've always wanted to attend a writing workshop, but were deterred by the cost, one popular author may just pay your way in. George R.R. Martin is funding a scholarship for science-fiction and fantasy writers at the Clairon West Writers Workshop. The "Worldbuilder" scholarship will cover the cost of one, six-week workshop course for one student each year, and will take into account a student's talent and financial need." Read more here.