January 29th - February 2nd

News for Current Undergraduates January 29th - February 2nd

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Faculty in the News Department of English Announcements and Events Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development Community Events Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice Literary News Film News Other Announcements

Poem of the Day- At the Other End of a Wire

At the Other End of a Wire
By Sandra Lim

When he called, there were 261 emotions
at play. I thought there were only wistfulness,
humiliation, and mere bitterness left, but lo,
I see now the brilliance in the numbers.
Emotions 75 and 78 made me happy just to know
they existed. I felt less alone, more impervious.
I was emboldened by the existence of 152.
Though, how was I supposed to accept 9, 14, and 179?
We deserved better, distress and indigence aside.
Something about 260 broke the spell inside me
and offered up a tiny shift: I opened my eyes in the fog
and tore off the surfaces of 261 and 4 with a great shout.

Faculty in the News

Kwame Dawes Receives Ford Foundation Grant

Kwame Dawes, professor of English here at the University, has received a Ford Foundation Grant of $150,000 for the development of an online resource that will feature African poetry! To read more about Kwame Dawes and his project, click here

Department of English Announcements and Events

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.

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 againNo 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.

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 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 mpage3@unl.edu if you have any questions. 


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No Name Reading at Barrymore's

All who are 18 years or older are invited to the No Name reading of the semester! This event will take place this upcoming Monday, February 5 at 5:15 PM at Barrymore's. We'll be hearing from Katie Schmid, Katherine Schwartman, and Claire Jimenez. The venue is 18+.

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January/February Department of English Newsletter

The January/February issue of the Department of English newsletter is now online. Thanks to all who contributed!


The deadline for March submissions is Monday, February 26. Submit your stories any time before then using the form at https://www.unl.edu/english/department-newsletter-submissions

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 


Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development

Early Application Deadline February 3rd

Impact is offering a year-long opportunity in grassroots organizing that helps prepare for a career in social change.

The early application deadline is Saturday, February 3rd. They are hoping that graduating seniors who have the determination and are passionate about engaging with the public to create change will be applying. 

Right now, they are hiring graduating seniors for the 2018 class of Impact organizers. They also have immediate start opportunities available.

Impact organizers are on the ground to mobilize businesses, faith leaders and citizens to demonstrate the commitment to keeping their promises on climate change, and transitioning a sustainable, renewable energy economy. Right now, many of the organizers are working with elected leaders in states across the country to meet goals of getting to at least 10 percent solar by 2030. Grassroots efforts like these have helped triple solar nationwide in just the last two years.

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.

Community Events

Join a Community Conversation in NE!

Husker Humanities has some great events that you should take a look at for this week and upcoming weeks! On Friday, February 2, they are holding the opening reception for "Cowboys from the Collection" exhibit from 5:00pm to 6:00pm and the "What We Carried: Lincoln" from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. To read more about these events or to take a look at other events, visit http://humanitiesnebraska.org/upcoming-events.html.

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

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

Mapping the Journeys of Syria’s Artists

"I first heard the oud, a kind of lute that was invented five thousand years ago, one summer night in 2014, in a Turkish teahouse along the Syrian border. The Syrian musician was classically trained. He was also a medical doctor who’d recently been held hostage by isis. A little out of practice, he ran his fingers over the instrument’s strings and talked about where he’d go next. No one wanted to stay for long in Turkey, Lebanon, or Jordan, where it was largely illegal for Syrians to work or to send their children to school. Despite these strictures, many refugees initially waited in one of those neighboring countries for the dictator Bashar al-Assad to fall." Continue reading here

The Gig Economy Is Especially Susceptible to Sexual Harassment

The New York Times' Nathan Heller writes about sexual harassment in the gig economy, in which he states that "In the absence of basic information, comprehensive sexual-harassment statistics among freelancers seem a lot to hope for—even as they’re urgently required." Continue reading more about this story here

Literary News

Poems for Black History Month

Celebrate the rich tradition of African poetry this February, and year-round, with this selection of poems from the Academy of American Poets Newsletter!

Tending” by Elizabeth Alexander

Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Knoxville, Tennessee” by Nikki Giovanni
Barberism” by Terrance Hayes
Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes
Notes on the Peanut” by June Jordan
little prayer” by Danez Smith

  Take a look at more of these amazing poems for Black History Months from outstanding poets here

Poem of the Day: Testimonial


By Rita Dove

Back when the earth was new

and heaven just a whisper,

back when the names of things

hadn't had time to stick;


back when the smallest breezes

melted summer into autumn,

when all the poplars quivered

sweetly in rank and file . . .

 the world called, and I answered.

Each glance ignited to a gaze.

I caught my breath and called that life,

swooned between spoonfuls of lemon sorbet.

 I was pirouette and flourish,

I was filigree and flame.

How could I count my blessings

when I didn't know their names?

 Back when everything was still to come,

luck leaked out everywhere.

I gave my promise to the world,

and the world followed me here.

Martin Amis, Style Supremacist

"Martin Amis has in his life generally toed what he calls “the Flaubertian line”—the belief that writers generate their boldest imaginative success by keeping things stable and routine at home." Continue reading more about Martin Amis' efforts towards freshness here

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross

Oscar Shorts 2018 Opening at the Ross!

Opening at The Ross on Friday, February 9, OSCAR SHORTS 2018 consists of four programs featuring the Academy Award Nominated animated, live action, and documentary short films.

Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts.

OSCAR SHORTS 2018 is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, February 9 through Thursday, February 15.  Show times and synopses are available at www.TheRoss.org.  Show times are also available by consulting your newspaper or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353.  This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

The Oscar Shorts will be divided into four separate program: Live Action, Animation, Documentary A, and DOCUMENTARY B. Separate admission is charged for each program. A festival pass, good for admission to all four programs, will be available at the Ross Box Office ($15 General Admission / $12.50 Seniors, Military / $10 Students, Members, Children).

Raphael Saadiq Receives First-Ever Oscar Nomination For 'Mudbound' Song

"Raphael Saadiq has received an Oscar nomination for co-writing the song “Mighty River” from Mudbound. The nomination serves as Saadiq’s first and is shared with co-songwriters Mary J. Blige (who is also one of the film’s stars) and his frequent collaborator Taura Stinson." Read more about Saadiq and his oscar nomination here

Other Announcements

'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 scholarshipfor 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

Francie & Finch presents Shelf Awareness for Readers for Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Francie & Finch have released their current issue which includes many different events, such as the First Friday Art Walk and Storytime and Art Work with Carole Levin. Check out more of these awesome events here

Pitt Investigates Racist Messages Connected to College Republicans

The University of Pittsburgh's "college republicans" members have been exposed on Twitter for sending racist memes in a private chat. The university is investigating the matter. To read more about the Twitter thread and more information about the investigation, continue reading here

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