March 2nd- March 8th

News for Current Undergraduates March 2nd- March 8th



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Important Deadlines:

March 2 (Fri.) Last day to change a full semester course registration to or from "Pass/No Pass"
March 5 (Mon.) - May 13 (Sun.) Open Registration for Summer Sessions 2018
March 18 - 25 (Sun. - Sun.) Spring Vacation (UNL offices are open Monday through Friday)
March 26 (Mon.) - April 10 (Tues.) Priority Registration for Fall Semester 2018

Thesis and Prospectus Deadlines:

May 2018 ----------------- March 12, 2018
August 2018 ----------------- July 13, 2018
December 2018 ----------------- October 22, 2018
May 2019 March 11, 2018 March 11, 2019
August 2019 July 12, 2018 July 12, 2019

Table of Contents

Faculty 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

Poem of the Day by the Poetry Foundation: "The Slave Auction" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

The Slave Auction

By Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

 "Source: American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century ( The Library of America, 1993 ) 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 here.

The sale began—young girls were there,   

   Defenseless in their wretchedness,

Whose stifled sobs of deep despair   

   Revealed their anguish and distress.


And mothers stood, with streaming eyes,

   And saw their dearest children sold;

Unheeded rose their bitter cries,

   While tyrants bartered them for gold.


And woman, with her love and truth—

   For these in sable forms may dwell—

Gazed on the husband of her youth,

   With anguish none may paint or tell.


And men, whose sole crime was their hue,

   The impress of their Maker’s hand,

And frail and shrinking children too,

   Were gathered in that mournful band.


Ye who have laid your loved to rest,

   And wept above their lifeless clay,

Know not the anguish of that breast,

   Whose loved are rudely torn away.


Ye may not know how desolate

   Are bosoms rudely forced to part,

And how a dull and heavy weight

   Will press the life-drops from the heart.

Faculty in the News

Dixon Predicts This Year's Oscar Winners

"The 2018 Academy Awards - hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second time - airs live March 4 on ABC. Before you sit down to watch, here's insights on the annual Oscar Derby from Nebraska film studies professor Wheeler Winston Dixon. He divides his predictions into two groups: Who will win and who ought to win." Continue reading here

The Shape of Water is in the lead for the Oscars with 13 nominations! Dunkirk came in second with 8 nominations, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with 7. To view all the 2018 Oscar Nominations, click here

Department of English Announcements and Events

March 6 - Save the Date: 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.

March 14 - Save the Date: The Fables Project: Fiction and Art

Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 pm.  Bailey Library in Andrews Hall.

 UNL writing students will read their original fables, and exhibit artwork inspired by those fables, as part of The Fables Project, a collaboration between writers and artists. Students in Prof Timothy Schaffert’s Advanced Fiction Writing workshop collaborated with students of the Maryland Institute College of Art to create original, illustrated fiction. José Villarrubia, who regularly works as a colorist for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Publishing, led his art students in the project. As an illustrator Villarrubia is best known for his collaborations with Alan Moore: PROMETHEA, VOICE OF THE FIRE and THE MIRROR OF LOVE.

Please join the writers as they read from their work and display the illustration.

March 15 - Save the Date: 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,
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.

Additional Public Info:

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.

April 18 - Save the Date: Preparing for Graduate School Panel

Interested in graduate school?

Wednesday, April 18 from 10:00am-11:00am in the Bailey Library

Each spring, the English Advising Office offers a "Preparing for Graduate School" panel for undergraduate English and Film Studies majors. During this sesion, Graduate Chair Dr. Julia Schleck will talk about what students need to know when considering graduate programs. We will also have current graduate students sit on the panel in order to provide a student's perspective. 

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.

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 if you have any questions.

Download more information here.

Events Next Week: Daryl Farmer and AWP alum reading

Daryl Farmer

Thursday, March 8, 3:30 (Bailey Library, Andrews Hall)

Daryl Farmer received his English PhD from UNL.  He’s the author “Where We Land,” a new collection of short stories, and “Bicycling Beyond the Divide,” which was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.


 UNL Alum Reading at AWP Conference

Saturday, March 10; 6:30 pm reception, 7 pm reading.

AWP offsite: The Attic Café  500 E. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 400, Tampa, Florida  33602

A celebration of UNL English alum who have recently published a first book. Featured readers will include Jennifer Case, Sarah A. Chavez, Michelle Menting, SJ Sindu, and Nick White.

University Announcements and Events

Upcoming Pre-Law Events

Pre-Law Students,

Here are the upcoming pre-law events:

Applying to Law Schools 101

Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Love Library South 221)

Plan ahead! Attend this workshop to learn about the application process for Law School and how to prepare to submit your best application.  We will cover topics like timeline for applying, researching law schools, the components of the application (LSAT, personal statement, etc.), and more. This workshop is ideal for sophomores and juniors.

University of Iowa Law:

On Wednesday, February 27, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., a representative for the University of Iowa Law School will be available to meet with students one-on-one in the Explore Center, 127 Love Library South. Meetings are held in the Explore Center, 127 Love Library South. You can sign up for an appointment by visiting this link:

Creighton Law:

On Friday, March 9, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., a representative from Creighton University School of Law will be available to meet with students interested in apply and/or attending Creighton. Meetings are held in the Explore Center, 127 Love Library South. You can sign up for an appointment by visiting this link:

Pre-Law Club:

Pre-Law Club is meeting on Wednesday, March 1 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the NE Union. (The room will be posted)

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

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

For more information about Lavender Graduation, the Crompton/Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship, or the Chancellor's Awards, visit

Download more information here.

I Love NU Advocacy Day

The “I Love NU Advocacy Day” is an activity hosted by the University for faculty, staff, students or anyone interested in showing support for the University at the capitol on the afternoon of March 6th.  Visit the Advocacy Day Facebook page at the event page for a detailed schedule.

MHDI Visiting Speaker Ilan Meyer

MHDI, is hosting distinguished visiting speaker Ilan Meyer on March 12-15. Meyer will be giving his talk “Minority stress and the health of LGBT populations” on Tuesday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the Nebraska Union, Regency A. This event is free and open to the public.

Ilan H. Meyer, Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy

"Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. is a Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law.  Prior to coming to UCLA in 2011, Dr. Meyer was Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and Deputy Chair for MPH Programs at the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Dr. Meyer’s academic background is in social psychology, psychiatric epidemiology, and sociomedical sciences in public health.  Dr. Meyer studies public health issues related to minority health. His areas of research include stress and illness in minority populations, in particular, the relationship of minority status, minority identity, prejudice and discrimination and mental health outcomes in sexual minorities and the intersection of minority stressors related to sexual orientation, race/ethnicity and gender.

In several highly cited papers, Dr. Meyer has developed a model of minority stress that describes the relationship of social stressors and mental disorders and helps to explain LGBT health disparities.  The model has guided his and other investigators’ population research on LGBT health disparities by identifying the mechanisms by which social stressors impact health and describing the harm to LGBT people from prejudice and stigma.  The model was cited by the Institute of Medicine as one of four cross-cutting perspectives (the only one stemming from LGBT scholarship) recommended for the study of LGBT health.  For this work, Dr. Meyer received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Distinguished Scientific Contribution award from the APA’s Division 44.  Based on this body of work, Dr. Meyer has provided expert testimony, including Perry v. Brown (later Hollingsworth v. Perry), a major civil rights case related to the right of gay men and lesbian to marry in the United States; testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in their briefing on peer-to-peer violence and bullying; and statement submitted to the European Court of Human Rights in Bayev v. Russia, a case challenging the Russian law banning “homosexual propaganda.”

Dr. Meyer is co-editor with Mary E. Northridge of The Health of Sexual Minorities: Public health perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations (Springer, 2007).  This influential text offers a multidimensional picture of LGBT health, incorporating contributions from across clinical and social science disciplines.  Dr. Meyer is the Principal Investigator of  “Stress, Identity and mental Health” known also as Project Stride, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (5R01MH066058).  The study explored the impact of social stress at the intersection of disadvantaged identities related to gender, race/ethnicity and sexual orientation as they impact mental health.  Dr. Meyer is Principal Investigator of the Generations Study, a study of stress, identity, health, and health care utilization across three cohorts of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals in the United States (NICHD grant 1R01HD078526).  The study assesses how improvements in the social environment of LGB people, such as the expansion of same-sex marriages, affect the life and health of LGB people and what implications these changes may have to policies such as the delivery of social and health services.  Dr. Meyer is also the Principal Investigator of TransPop, the first national probability sample of transgender individuals in the U.S. (NICHD grant 1R01HD078526). The study results will provide a more accurate and detailed picture of the issues faced by transgender people than has been available to researchers and policy makers to date."

A&S Students at the UNL Spring Research Fair

The UNL Spring Research Fair is on the way! The college is sponsoring six $250 awards for the top posters or creative exhibits from Arts & Sciences. All students are invited to participate in the Research Fair and the registration deadline is March 16. Full details are at

The Spring Research Fair focuses on students, showcasing research and creative accomplishments by UNL undergraduate and graduate students.

Faculty, staff, students and the public are welcome to attend any events listed on the schedule.

Apply for UCARE

Funded in part by gifts from the Pepsi Quasi Endowment and Union Bank & Trust, UCARE supports UNL undergraduates to work one-on-one with faculty research advisors in research or creative activities. The UCARE program solicits applications from eligible undergraduates for either academic year or summer awards. Awards are competitively reviewed and funded each year and are not automatically renewed. 

Students who have already received a UCARE award must re-apply for funding by completing a full application, including a research abstract.

To apply for UCARE, you must submit an online application during the open period for each UCARE term. No applications are accepted after 3 PM on the application close date.

February 5 - March 9: Academic Year 2018-2019 Application Period

For information about UCARE and how to apply, visit

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  Applications are due March 5.

Download more information here.

April 7-8: Volunteer at Stuff the Bus!

Help Stuff the Bus with the Friendship Home! The event will take place April 7-8, in which volunteers can choose a shift to collect donations from 9AM-4PM.

"Friendship Home not only provides safe shelter and support, but also supplies families with the necessities needed to start a new life, free from violence.

StarTran, in cooperation with Alpha Media, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, annually sponsor Stuff the Bus. This event asks community members to literally “stuff a bus” full of NEW items needed by families at Friendship Home. The items donated will stock our shelter shelves for the coming year."

Sign up to volunteer here!

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.

Summer 2018 Course Description Booklet

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.

Young Writers Camp Internship Opportunity

Sponsored by the Nebraska Writing Project and UNL's English Department, the Young Writers Camp has a Summer 2018 internship opportunity for you! It counts as 3 credits for ENGL 495, and you will get to work with students from grades 9-12. The official dates for the internship start June 11-23.

Interested students should send a letter of interest detailing their experience in writing, teaching, mentoring, and/or journalism (especially if you have any experience in video-journalism) and an updated resume to Professor Stacey Waite,

Download more information here.

Emerging Tribal Writer Award

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is currently seeking submissions for the 5th Annual Emerging Tribal Writer Award.  SDSU established the Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer Award  in 2013 to encourage the development of American Indian writers who are in the early phases of their writing careers. 

The Emerging Tribal Writer Award allows aspiring tribal writers to share their stories, culture, and heritage with a larger audience for the first time.  Last year's winner, Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre, shared her winning submission at SDSU's annual Consider the Century Conference. 

Since presenting at the conference, Jessie has published her winning submission, Pet'a Shows Misun the Light, with Mascot Books, sold more than 100 copies of her story, and presented at various venues across the state.  Read more about Jessie’s amazing accomplishments in the latest issue of Lakota Country Times.

The deadline to apply for this year's award is May 1st, 2018.  For more information about the award, please see the attached flyer or visit their website.  

Download more information here.

Hiring Learning Community Peer Mentors

Learning Communities here at UNL are currently in the hiring process for Learning Community Peer Mentors for the 2018-2019 academic year. The online application is due March 13th through Next year they will have 28 learning communities, each supporting students from different majors and careers! 


Download more information here.

Military & Veteran Success Center Learn to Earn Featuring Capital One

Presented collaboratively by the Military & Veteran Success Center and Career Services, please join on Wednesday, March 7 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 Capital One in partnership with Cabela’s. 

Capital One was recently named (once again) to FORTUNE’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” and they are hiring in Lincoln!  Find full details on all opportunities by visiting  Capital One has both full time and part time opportunities available.  Whether you’re looking to work 25 hours/week while you finish your degree at UNL, or looking for a full time opportunity after you’ve graduated, they would love the chance to speak with you.

Also, Capital One will be hosting a career open house at our Lincoln, NE location on 3/27/18 and you are invited!  Stop by our location (4800 NW 1st Street) any time between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm on that date to learn more about the benefits, opportunities, and network with local leaders.  Full event details are available at

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. 

Upcoming Event: Federal Government Job Search Workshop

Career Services invites you to attend the Federal Government Job Search workshop on Thursday, March 8 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Regency A in the Nebraska Union. 

This unique event will provide students interested in a federal government position valuable information on resources for a federal job search, and how to write a federal resume. For more information, visit their website at (

Community Events

We're So Close to Spring - Start Off March with the Humanities!

Humanities Nebraska has multiple events going on this month! Check out the events in Nebraska about history, dialogue, theatre and more! Make sure to take a look at their interactive map and event calendar to see the different events taking place, where they are taking place, and when the events start. Click here for more information about the events.

Don't Miss Donald Sultan in Conversation at Sheldon March 8th

"Like the events they reference, the works in the exhibition Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings are forceful, dramatic, and larger than life. On March 8 at 6 p.m. Donald Sultan and Terrie Sultan, director of the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY, will discuss the Disaster Paintings from the inception of the series in the early 1980s to its continued relevance today."

Admission is free. Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintingsorganized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, is on view at Sheldon through May 13.

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

A Congressman's Charge to Impeach Trump

"A political generation ago, Congressman Jerry Nadler was a backbencher from the Upper West Side. A liberal Democrat with a law degree and a debater’s temperament, he was seen in New York as “a garrulously intelligent, wonkish politician whose previous claims to fame” included “fighting against Donald Trump’s projects on the West Side,” as the Times noted, in a 1999 profile." Continue reading here

Being a Teacher in the Land of the AR-15

"Like many teachers, every time I read about a school shooting somewhere in the United States, I think about what I would do if some maniac kicked open my classroom door and started firing at my students. I think, I will hurl my body in front of them. I will barricade the room with my body. I will arrange the class behind me, like a mother goose leading a band of downy chicks across a pond, and we will move as fast as we can to safety." Continue reading here

Literary News

Poet Reflects on Rwandan Genocide

Juliane Okot Bitek reflects on the Rwandan Genocide in her book 100 Days, and is interviewed by Mattison Merritt to talk about her reflections and her book. "The 2017 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry award went to Juliane Okot Bitek for her book 100 Days (University of Alberta Press), which was selected by judge John Keene. I had the opportunity to interview Luschei Prize-winning Juliane Okot Bitek about her book through email correspondence. Juliane holds a Master’s Degree in English and a BFA in Creative Writing, and she is currently a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Students Graduate Program at the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Issues. Her book, 100 Days, is a poetic response to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Juliane wrote a poem a day for a hundred days that were inspired by the photographs of Wangechi Mutu. In 100 Days, she utilizes vivid imagery combined with the rhythms of traditional, oral storytelling to explore the past and the ways we remember it." Continue reading here.

The Impossibility of Being Oscar Wilde

"The argument could be made that Oscar Wilde, one of the greatest literary artists of what we persist in calling the fin de siècle—that is, roughly, the period between 1880 and 1900—was at his greatest in two instances of aesthetic theorizing, namely the page-long preface to his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the pamphlet-length essay “The Decay of Lying.” It may seem paradoxical to lay so heavy an emphasis on a couple of snippets from an oeuvre that includes such theatrical masterpieces as The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband, as well as the tormented prison testaments De Profundis and “The Ballad of Reading Gaol,” but then was not Wilde himself the supreme master of paradox?" Continue reading here

Bauhaus in Mexico

"Not long after their arrival to the United States, the Bauhaus instructors Josef and Anni Albers went looking for America and found it… in Mexico." Continue readng more about these instructors and what they discuss in terms of artwork here

A Sketched Guide to Michelangelo

Ever wonder what it is like to visit the famous art of Michelangelo? Take a look at this sketched guide visit of the artwork here!

These Writers Are Launching A New Wave Of Native American Literature

"Terese Marie Mailhot, whose new memoir, Heart Berries, came out this month, hates “poet voice.” If you’ve ever been to a poetry reading, or attended a creative writing class, or even just listened to Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac on the radio, you know what she’s talking about. Poet voice is sincere yet disaffected, a droning melody of self-importance. It is the standard, emulated by thousands of poets, essayists, and fiction writers, popularized and codified by creative writing programs across the nation." Continue reading more about Terese Marie Mailhot and Tommy Orange and their writing here

Roxane Gay Offers to Write ‘Batgirl’ Movie After Joss Whedon’s Departure

After tweeting DC Comics about potentially writing Batgirl after Joss Whedon's departure, Roxane Gay might have landed herself the deal. Warner Bros. vice president responded to Gay's tweet, which you can read more about here

Michelle Obama’s Memoir to Arrive in November

"Michelle Obama’s memoir, “Becoming,” will hit bookstores on Nov. 13! It will be published by Crown, a Penguin Random House imprint, which acquired world publication rights of it along with a book by former President Barack Obama in February. “Writing ‘Becoming’ has been a deeply personal experience,” Mrs. Obama wrote on Twitter on Sunday." To read more about Michelle Obama's memoir and about the publication, click here

Meet the Designers behind Your Favorite Book Covers

Who designed the cover of your favorite book? Well, if your favorite book is a part of this list, you can finally know who designed the cover and more about their background! Read more here

Poems for Women’s History Month

In March, and all year, the Academy of American Poets is celebrating the women poets who have helped shape American poetry. Read a selection of poems for the occasion and share your favorites with your students:

A Woman Sleeps on an Island” by Marjorie Agosín

Moon for Our Daughters” by Annie Finch

The Map” by Marie Howe

Oughta Be a Woman” by June Jordan

How to Triumph Like a Girl” by Ada Limón

Resurrection” by Sally Wen Mao

Diving into the Wreck” by Adrienne Rich

Novelist Jennifer Egan Named New President of PEN America

"NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, has been named the new president of PEN America. PEN told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Egan will succeed fellow author Andrew Solomon, who served three years as president of the literary and human rights organization." Continue reading here

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross

Wakanda's Future Rests in the Hands of Nakia and Okoye

"Tucked into the heart of Black Panther, a complex rumination on legacy and destiny wearing the mask of a superhero movie, is an impassioned exchange between two women that only grows in significance as the film progresses. Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o), a spy, and Okoye (Danai Gurira), the fearsome leader of the kingdom guards known as the Dora Milaje, encounter each other in the Wakandan palace after new king T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) has been overthrown by black American Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan)." Continue reading here

A Reminder of the Difference One Educator Can Make

Starting this Friday at the Dundee Theater's Linder Microcinema, it's Miss Kiet's Children! In this inspiring Dutch documentary, a diverse classroom composed predominately of immigrant children becomes a community -- the fruit of one teacher's dedication. For more information, click here

How to Make a Weepy Family Drama

"Here and Now" and "This Is Us" use cross-racial adoption as a shortcut to a diverse cast. "The Fosters" employs the same structure, but feels lived-in and real." Continue reading more here

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