January 22nd - January 26th

News for Current Undergraduates January 22nd - January 26th

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January 26 (Fri.) Last day to withdraw from a full semester course and receive 50% refund
January 26 (Fri.) Final day to apply for a degree in May ($25.00 fee due with application)

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Table of Contents

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

UNL Creative Writing Alum Roxane Gay's Approach to Success in Writing At Any Age

Roxane Gay writes in The New York Times on how finding artistic success has no age limit, and advice on how to get your writing in the world with the appreciation that you deserve . "The older we get, the more culturally invisible we become, as writers, as people. But you have your words. Writing and publishing are two very different things. Other writers are not your measure. Try not to worry about what other people your age or younger have already accomplished because it will only make you sick with envy or grief." Gay's admirable advice will remind you that no matter what age, no matter what forces you feel will hold you back from writing, you can always find a way to be heard. "Artistic success, in all its forms, is not merely the purview of the young. You are not a late bloomer. You are already blooming." -Roxane Gay, The New York Times

English Student Spotlight

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Celie Knudsen

We’re born alone, we die alone and in between that most of us write alone. That’s how Celie Knudsen, sophomore English major at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, felt when she first began writing creatively in middle school. That changed when she started attending a creative writing camp at UNL every summer while she was in high school.

It was also at a writing camp that she met Stacey Waite, associate professor of English at UNL, who Knudsen credits with giving her the courage to be fearless in her poetry about her queerness and her voice.

“It’s where writing stopped being a thing I did alone and became more of a community for me,” Knudsen said. “I return to [Waite’s] collection ‘Butch Geography’ over and over whenever I need inspiration or comfort or just some really good poetry.”

Continue reading the Daily Nebraskan article by Alexis Nyholm here.
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Alumni in the News

UNL Creative Writing Alum's Novel Turned to Film

UNL's Emily M. Danforth's novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post has been turned into a film! A film about a teenager sent to a Christian conversion camp to "cure" her lesbian tendencies. Continue to read more about Danforth's novel and film playing at the Sundance Film Festival here

Department of English Announcements and Events

NO INTENSO AGORA Screening and Q&A with director João Salles

NO INTENSO AGORA Screening and Q&A with director João Salles

Date:Ivone Time: Screening Starts at 7:30

Contact: Marco Abel, mabel2@unl.edu
Brazilian director João Moreira Salles will be appearing at the opening night screening of IN THE INTENSE NOW for a Q+A with the audience. 

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.

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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
5:00 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 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.

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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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.

Watershed's Taking Gender to the Gym, or, Making Fists with Feminists

"The weight room belonged to boy bodies, boy builds, boy hands. From the treadmill, I felt boy eyes watch my girl shape. Like racehorses fitted with blinders, the girl figures ignored the weight room gaze, looked straight ahead instead, kept pace with themselves or each other. For as long as I could, I did the same." Continue reading here.

Prairie Schooner's Largest Collection, Tano, Features Eleven Incredible Chapbooks

The New-Generation African Poets series continues this year with Prairie Schooner's largest collection yet, Tano, with chapbooks from eleven poets as well as a pair of introductory essays from editors Chris Abani and Kwame Dawes. "This year we considered manuscripts from nearly fifty poets, and the quality of the work made it extremely challenging to select the following for publication":

  • Ebb by Leila Chatti
  • Inside the Flower Room by Saddiq Dzukogi
  • The Art Poems by Amanda Bintu Holiday
  • Daughter Tongue by Omotara James
  • A Brief Biography of My Name by Yalie Kamara
  • No Home in This Land by Rasaq Malik
  • Armeika by Umniya Najaer
  • Acts of Crucifixion by Kechi Nomu
  • The Origin of Butterflies by Romeo Oriogun
  • Xamissa: The Water Archives by Henk Rossouw
  • Clay Plates: Broken Records of Kiswahili Proverbs by Alexis Teyie

The set isn't out until April, but you can pre-order your copy at Amazon, where it's currently the "#1 New Release" in African poetry. Click here for more information on the African Poetry Book Fund.

UNL PhD Student Xavier Navarro Aquino's Story in McSweeney's Issue 51

The latest issue of McSweeney's includes a story by UNL PhD student Xavier Navarro Aquino: "Caníbal the Real Deal". To read more and/or to purchase Issue 51, visit https://store.mcsweeneys.net/products/mcsweeney-s-issue-51.

Prof. Rhonda Garelick's Article on How Stormy Is to Trump as Trump Is to America

"America has long seemed condemned to shuttle endlessly between these two planes, on which we exist simultaneously: the high-mindedly moral and the rank and embarrassing." Read more here

Feb. 1: Berkley's Prof. Julio Ramos "Detroit's Rivera: Public Art, Film, Fordism" Coming to UNL

Professor Ramos’s presentation is based on the archival material he used for a visual essay about Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry Murals” commissioned by the Detroit Institute of Art in 1932. These murals generated much polemic given Rivera’s communist background and the di erent worker’s struggles during the Great Depression.

Download more information here.

The Willa Cather Archive Celebrates ‘My Ántonia’s 100th Anniversary

My Ántonia by Willa Cather has hit its 100th year since being published! The Willa Cather Archive has partnered with the Willa Cather Foundation and other community organizers to bring events all over the state throughout the year. Continue reading more about Cather's publication and the events being held here

University Announcements and Events

Practice LSAT Changed to April 14th!

Pre-Law Students,

The date for the practice LSAT has been changed from April 21st to April 14th, offered through the explore center. The next practice LSAT will be offered on February 17th. More information and registration will be available soon. 

Donald Sultan's "The Disaster Paintings"

On Friday, Sheldon will be opening Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings, "an exhibition organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to focus on a series of large-scale, industrial landscapes that Sultan began in the early 1980s and continued for nearly a decade." The exhibition will be on view through May 13 at Sheldon. For more information, visit http://www.sheldonartmuseum.org/exhibitions/donald-sultan-the-disaster-paintings

Study Shows Multiple Ethnicities Shapes Identities and Interactions

"A new study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln communication scholar Jordan Soliz provides research-based insights on how a diverse background shapes a person’s identity and interactions with other people." To read more about this research and the findings of it, click here

Quilt Museum to Host Ken Burns' Private Collection

The Quilt Museum will be displaying quilts from the private collection of Ken Burns, American filmmaker, from January 19 through May 13. Continue reading more about Ken Burns' collection and the inspiration behind the collection here

Photographer Chris Graves Continues Lecture Series

Photographer Chris Graves is continuing his series "The Hixton-Lied Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture" that informs others about social issues, while also working to elevate the representation of people of color in forms of fine art. The lecture series will be taking place January 25 at 5:30 PM in Woods Art Building, Room 11. For more information, visit https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/graves-continues-artist-lecture-series/.

UPC Nebraska Presents: Dr. Inge Auerbacher (Holocaust Survivor)

Dr. Inge Auerbacher, "Memories of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust"

Inge Auerbacher was the last Jewish child born in the small village of Kippenhein in southwestern Germany. When Inge was seven years old, she and her family were sent to the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust for three years. Although an estimated 1% of children (out of the 15,000) survived in Terezin, Inge and her parents miraculously were able to survive the three years before the camp was liberated. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1946 and through all her struggles, Inge completed her college degree and worked as chemist for over 38 years. She now writes and travels, lecturing about the Holocaust while sharing her story.

While we usually reach out to specific colleges that our events would pertain to, UPC Nebraska would like to extend the invitation to attend this monumental event to everyone. We were wondering if you would be willing and able to assist in promoting the event to the students in your classes. I have included our event poster at the end of this email.

We would greatly appreciate any help you are willing to provide. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you for your time, and we hope to see you at Dr. Inge Auerbacher, "Memories of a Child Survivor of the Holocaust".

Inge Auerbacher

Queer Poetry Slam

Queer Poetry Slam ScheduleNext Monday, the 27th of January, we will be holding our annual Queer Poetry Slam! We'll be having some great poets such as, Sam Nichols, Helen Winston, Ben Wenzl, and Celie Knudsen perform at Crescent Moon coffee shop. So come on over to enjoy some hot beverages and great poetry!

There will be a raffle that everyone can participate in; for a chance to win prizes donated by community supporters. Raffle ticket money will go to help send our students on an amazing college conference!

The event is free, but a free-will donation at the door would be appreciated!

Check out our Facebook event page for more information and updates!


First Global Cafe

Join Global Studies Program for our first Global Cafe of the year. Dr. Julia Frengs (Professor of French) will talk about her research on the art and body in the Pacific. We’re meeting on Wednesday, January 31 at 3PM in City Union Regency B. Event is free and open to all.

Global Cafe

Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development

Maximize your Career Fair Experience at Career-Chella


Get inside tips from employers are career coaches, get your resume reviewed, and prepare for the upcoming Spring Career Fairs at Career-Chella! This event is free and we hope to see you there!

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. 

Job Listings for Poets

Every Wednesday, poets.org posts literary and art jobs by organizations, universities, and schools. If interested in poet opportunities in the workforce, visit https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/stanza/jobs-poets-january-17-2018.

Student Summer Job Opportunity with Camp Skylemar in Maine!

Camp Skylemar in Naples, Maine is looking for video editors this summer! 

The job would be from June 12 to August 13. Duties would include conceiving and shooting video content for the campers, staff and activities, as well as editing and merging photos, music and narration into production segments. Applicants would also be building those segments into a 90-minute end-of-camp presentation.  Applicants must be proficient in Adobe Premier Pro and After Effects. Salary for the summer is $2,500 - $3,500 depending on experience, and we would also provide housing, meals, travel expenses, staff shirts, internet access and a laundry service. Internship credits are offered. 

If interested, visit http://campskylemar.com/ for more information. For the application, visit https://skylemar.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App

Save the Date - Career Fairs

Take note of the Spring Career Fairs! 

Career Fairs

Community Events

Celebrate Art, History, Writing & Willa Cather!

Humanities Nebraska has some events that are being held in different parts of Nebraska. Experience the humanities with these great events!

Omaha- Wednesday, January 31st at 7 P.M.

Backwaters Press Reading Series- at Gallery 1516

Omaha- Thursday, February 1st at 7 P.M.

My Ántonia at 100: Human Connection Across Religious Difference- at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Lincoln- Through April 28th

"Cowboys from the Collection" Exhibit- At the Great Plains Art Museum

Lincoln- Through May 15th

"Looking Past Skin: Our Common Threads" Exhibit- At the Nebraska History Museum

Lincoln- Through July 29th

"Re-Seeing the Permanent Collection: The Long 1968" Exhibit- At the Sheldon Museum of Art

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

UNL Journalism Students Create Nebraska Coalition for Affordable Education Facebook Page

Students who are interested in actively taking action against Gov. Rickett's state budget proposal should check out this Facebook page! A group of journalism students created a Facebook page named Nebraska Coalition for Affordable Education (NCAE), where they will be posting updates on the legislative processes in regards to the budget proposal. You are also encouraged to join the thread by talking about your frustrations, thoughts and feelings about the proposed budget cut. For more information, visit https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=967127926769942&id=100004182315607 .

Rebecca Solnit On How 20 Million Missing People Could Save America

Rebecca Solnit talks about how 20 million voters were deprived of the rights to vote, due to Voter ID laws, prior convictions, and many other factors. "We are a country that is increasingly nonwhite, and nonwhite voters are, overall, more committed to social, economic, and environmental justice." Continue reading here

The View on Higher Education from the Far Right

The 2017 Pew Poll has found out that sixty percent of Republicans in America think that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country. In a series of cyber attacks on higher education, the internet has been used by those in the far right to strike individuals who believe the opposite of negative effects of universities, colleges, and higher education in general. Read more here

Hillary Clinton and The Future for Women in Office

Annette Gordon Reed writes about Hillary Clinton's book What Happened in relation to the ongoing issues that lie for women in politics. "The US’s lackluster record in electing women to national public office must be acknowledged, not just for what it says about Clinton, but for what it says about the likely experiences and fortunes of women who run for president in the future." Continue reading here

George Schuyler: An Afrofuturist Before His Time

"The first time I read George Schuyler’s 1931 novel, Black No More, it confused and unsettled me. Black No More is based on a fantastical, speculative premise: What if there were a machine that could turn black people permanently white? What if such a machine were invented in and introduced to 1920s America, a time of both increasing racial pride and persistent racial violence?" Read more about Danzy Senna's take on Schuyler's novel here

A Psychological Suspense and the #MeToo Movement

Lisa Levy sits down with author Alafair Burke to discuss her new book, The Wife, which is about a woman's husband being accused of sexual misconduct at work. Burke talks about how the book is something that would be of interest, since it relates to the ongoing talk about sexual harassment and misconduct. Read more about the interview with Burke and The Wife here.

The History of the Vilifying of Haiti

Haiti has been vilified too many times to count in history. In this article, Gabrielle Bellot writes about how Haiti is constantly forgotten, even with all the trauma individuals have endured. "You begin, even, to let a zealot like Robertson—who ascribes most disasters to God’s punishment but who also frequently targets people of color as deserving of divine wrath—sound rational because you have come to believe you are small, irrelevant, a shithouse inhabitant. I’m tired of this rhetoric." Read more here

Why Depicting Arabs in Films as Violent and Terroristic Needs to Stop

The depictions in Arabs in film are almost always negative, where an Arab is either a terrorist or just blood-thirsty. Phillip Metres writes about Edward Said, Orientalism, and the depictions of Arabs in this article that also brings in the positive works of Arabs in America. Read more here

The Rising Pressure of the #MeToo Backlash

In the fall of 2016, I started feeling little starburst twinges in the ball of my right foot. A podiatrist told me that I had a fat nerve, a neuroma, and gave me a cortisone injection that made the pain go away. Because something had come back odd on my blood work, he sent me to a specialist, who sent me for more tests, found everything normal, and told me to check back in after a year.

That winter, I went to the dentist, who told me that my blood pressure was a little high. "I think it's the news," I told her, and we nodded and sighed. In the summer, a dermatologist noticed, too. "I just spent two weeks at the Bill Cosby trial," I explained. In October, the Times and The New Yorker reported on allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and I wrote about sexual assault for the ninth time since June. Readers e-mailed me their own stories, flooding my in-box with accounts of rape, harassment, and shame. I replied to each person slowly, crushed by how little they expected, how little they wanted, how they always reiterated that it could've been worse. Over lunch, a friend told me that her first boss, decades ago, had coerced her into a sexual relationship, and that she was just starting to come to terms with this. We talked until I had to go to the gynecologist. I was late filing another sexual-assault story. The speculum was freezing, and my blood pressure was a hundred and forty over ninety-five.

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Literary News

Poem of the Day- An Irish Airman Forsees His Death

An Irish Airman Forsees His Death

By: William Butler Yeates 

I know that I shall meet my fate

Somewhere among the clouds above;

Those that I fight I do not hate,

Those that I guard I do not love;

My country is Kiltartan Cross,

My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,

No likely end could bring them loss

Or leave them happier than before.

Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,

Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,

A lonely impulse of delight

Drove to this tumult in the clouds;

I balanced all, brought all to mind,

The years to come seemed waste of breath,

A waste of breath the years behind

In balance with this life, this death.

NBCC Announces Finalists For 2017 Awards

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the 30 finalists in six categories for outstanding books of 2017. The categories include autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Read more about the finalists and the awards here

Deadline Approaching for 2018 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices

The deadline is fast approaching to apply to the 2018 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices in Los Angeles. Applications are due by February 1, 2018.

An unparalleled opportunity for emerging LGBTQ writers, the Retreat provides open access to industry professionals and the opportunity for students to hone their craft in a workshop setting. The 2018 Retreat will be held August 5-12, 2018 on the campus of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California.

To apply, click here.

Author Ursula K. Le Guin Dead at 88

The popular author behind many science fiction and fantasy books such as "The Left Hand of Darkness" and the Earthsea series is dead at 88. Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, confirmed her death by saying she suffered from poor health for the past several months. To read more about Le Guin and the life she embraced, click here

The Disappearance of William Kelley's Novel Debut

"I didn’t know who William Kelley was when I found that book but, like millions of Americans, I knew a term he is credited with first committing to print. “If You’re Woke, You Dig It” read the headline of a 1962 Op-Ed that Kelley published in The New York Times, in which he pointed out that much of what passed for “beatnik” slang (“dig,” “chick,” “cool”) originated with African-Americans." Read more about William Kelley and how his remarkable debut has gone missing in our society here

Danh Vo, The Artist Questioning Authorship

Danh Vo is an artist who has many works, from making a full-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty to a performance piece that consisted of Vo marrying and almost immediately divorcing. Read more about Vo's questioning of authorship and his work here

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross

Faces Places Coming to The Ross

"Equal parts breezily charming and poignantly powerful," Faces Places, showing at The Ross from February 2nd through February 8th. Faces Places is a unique cross-generational portrait of life in rural France from the great Agnès Varda. For more showtimes and more information, visit https://theross.org/movie/988/.

Oscar Nominations & The Ross!

Programming at The Ross did fairly well indeed with the Oscar nominations announced this morning. Ten movies currently playing, already played, or will be playing at The Ross received 30 nominations! 

The Shape of Water, currently playing at The Ross, received 13 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, which played at The Ross in December, received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor (two nominations). Call Me By Your Name, also currently showing at The Ross, received four nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor.

Other Ross movies that received nominations are The Florida Project (Best Actor), The Breadwinner (Best Animated Feature), Faces Places (Best Documentary Feature), Last Men in Aleppo (Best Documentary Feature), A Fantastic Woman (Best Foreign Language Feature), Loveless (Best Foreign Language Feature), and The Square (Best Foreign Language Feature).

The Ross will be showing in February all three categories- Animation, Documentary, and Narrative - of nominated Oscar Shorts. 

A Prison Film Made in Prison

"Through lockdowns and pat-downs, the filmmakers tried to capture the hopes and despair of the inmates, who played most of the roles." Read more here.

The Update on #OscarsSoWhite

With all the "firsts" that have been represented in our society, especially in film, the debate over the past couple of years is if #OscarsSoWhite is still relevant. April Reign, the activist who started the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, makes it evident that the fight for equality still continues. Continue reading here

Daisy Goodwin, Creator of Victoria Series, Talks about Season 2

"Daisy Goodwin may be the creator and head writer of Victoria, but she can’t help but sound like an ardent fan when she talks about the resurgent popularity of her version of Lord Melbourne. “Obviously, I would like Lord M to be in every single episode,” Goodwin said. She explains how and where she looks for historical storylines for her Queen Victoria, and what we all should look forward to in this second season of her series." Listen here

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