News for Current Undergraduates May 14-May 28

Hours

The English Advising Office is open Wednesdays & Fridays for appointments from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Appointments

Please go to Canvas (under Account--> Settings--> MyPlan--> My Success Network--> Kathleen Lacey). The schedule tab will allow you to see what times are available for individual appointments. You can also search for Kathleen Lacey in the MyPLAN Directory. You are also welcome to call 402-472-3871 to schedule an appointment.

Walk-in Hours

No appointment necessary

There will be no walk-in or drop-in hours for summer 2021.

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Reminders

May 17 (Mon.) Late Registration for 3wk session begins ($100.00 late registration fee assessed)
May 17 (Mon.) Classes begin*
May 18 (Tue.) Last day for late registrations and adds
May 18 (Tue.) Last day to drop a class and receive a full refund
May 21 (Fri.) Last day to drop a class and receive a partial refund
May 21 (Fri.) Last day to file a drop to remove course from student's record
May 22 (Sat.) – June 2 (Wed.) All course withdrawals noted with a grade of "W" on academic record
May 26 (Wed.) Last day to change a course registration to or from "Pass/No Pass"

Alumni in the News

UNL Alum Tom Beckius Wins a Spot on the Lincoln City Counsel

Beckius, Tom – LGBTQ Victory Fund

UNL English Alum Tom Beckius will be joining the Lincoln City Council. Beckius was elected to a four-year term as an at-large member of the Lincoln City Council on May 4, 2021, after working in publishing, the nonprofit sector, and real estate, as well as serving on the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission.

Link For Full Article: here

Faculty in the News

Six Faculty Earned Professorships at UNL

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Congratulations to Kwame Dawes, Margaret Jacobs, Christian Binek, Jody Koenig Kellas, Jennine Capó Crucet, Tomas Helikar. These hardworking and determined individuals make up the six University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors that were awarded professorships from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor this year.

Courses to Check Out

FALL 2021! ENGL 445K: Seminar in African Literatures!

ENGL/ETHN 445K: Topics in African Literatures: Lesotho, eSwatini, South Africa, & Zimbabwe

This course examines the representation of communities, urban areas, and landscapes in southern African literatures. We will read from early South African texts by Sol Plaatje and Thomas Mofolo to understand how writer-activists embarked on the journey towards anti-apartheid resistance. In addition, we will analyze how writing by Petina Gappah, Yvonne Vera, and Phaswane Mpe added to the chorus of voices demanding democratic change - not just in South Africa, but also in Zimbabwe. Because we are focusing on southern Africa, we will have numerous opportunities to investigate not only the history of the region, but also its creative works in poetry, music, and film. On aggregate, all of these cultural artifacts enable us to better understand southern African communities that have been at the forefront of global activism, not only in the 1880s against the British South Africa Company, but also in 2020 as demonstrated by #RhodesMustFall.

Dr. Mũchiri, TR 9:30-10:45

*This course counts toward the following: 1) English major concentration or English ethnic lit requirement and 400-level; 2) English minor upper level; 3) Ethnic Studies major or minor; 4) African Studies minor; and/or 5) Global Studies major or minor.

Download more information here.

University Announcements and Events

Guided Self-Confidence Meditation Drop-in Group

Woman Meditating in the Outdoors

 Date:

 Time:1:00 pm–1:45 pm

 Zoom

Students, you are invited to join CAPS on Mondays in May and June for an introduction to mindfulness and guided meditation to increase your self-confidence.

Zoom Link: here

Chancellor’s University Safety Committee (CUSC) Bi-monthly Meeting

People Discuss About Graphs and Rates

 Date:

 Time:3:00 pm–4:00 pm

 Zoom 

The Chancellor’s University Safety Committee (CUSC) will be holding its bi-monthly meeting on May 18th. The committee’s charge is to advise UNL administration on methods and means of minimizing safety and health hazards at UNL to the extent feasible. In this meeting individuals can ask questions about safety procedures at UNL.

Link For More Information: here

Pollinator Gardening Virtual Learning Series

 Date:

 Time:6:30 pm–7:30 pm

 Zoom

Join UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources in May for their next GROBigRed Virtual Learning Series – Pollinator Gardening! In this series students will learn about different pollinators, developing a pollinator habitat, and how they can have blooms that feed pollinators all season long!

Link For More Information: here

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Live at 5: Focusing on Mind and Body

Group of People Standing Indoors

 Date:

 Time:5:00 pm–6:00 pm

 Zoom

Live at 5 is a living room conversation, hosted by Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Marco Barker, about how diversity and cultural perspectives shape life decisions and higher education. 

Health Equity Speaker Series – Monnica Williams

 Date:

 Time:10:00 am–11:30 am

 Zoom

The Minority Health Disparities Initiative is pleased to invite you to their Health Equity Speaker Series event on “Racial Microaggressions in Academic Spaces: Scope & Impact,” presented by Dr. Monnica Williams. This event is free and open to the public, and will be live streamed as well as recorded.

Link For More Information: here

Link To Register: here

Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED Training

 Date:

 Time:5:30 pm–9:00 pm

 Nebraska Innovation Campus

The Nebraska Safety Center is pleased to announce that Heartsaver First Aid, CPR and AED Training will now be offered in the RISE building at Nebraska Innovation Campus.  Register for only $59 and you can learn to save a life! 

Contact Information To Register: Mitchell Locken, lockenm@unk.edu, (402) 817-2013.

Achieving Equity and Cultural Competence with Dr. Vetta Sanders Thompson

 Date:

 Time:9:00 am–12:00 pm

 Zoom

Health inequities result in disparities that may reduce individuals’ quality of life. In addition, health disparities adversely affect neighborhoods, communities, and the broader society. It is increasingly recognized that Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) are effective in improving the quality of care and services. Join the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, in this lecture featuring Dr. Vetta Sanders Thompson. 

Link For More Information: here

Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development

UNL Campus Recreation Partime Position

UNL Campus Rec is hiring for three part-time positions: Social Media & Digital Strategy Assistant, Content Writer & Editor, and Multimedia Manager.

Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021

Catalyst Public Affairs Communications & Social Media Internship

Catalyst Public Affairs is accepting online applications for a student internship position focused on communications and social media management.

Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021

Link For More Information: here

HG Literary Fall Intern

The English department is now accepting applications for NYC Publishing Internship with HG Literary! HG Literary is a boutique literary agency that represents “all types of fiction and non-fiction, for both adults and children, and has strong relationships with every major publisher as well as familiarity with independent and start-up publishers offering a different approach to publishing.” 

Application Deadline: June 1st, 2021

Link For More Information: here

Download more information here.

Community Events

Live Performance of Every Brilliant Thing

Poster

 Date:
 Time:777:00-8:30 pm

 Location:The Mill at Innovation Campus

Blixt Locally Grown will present a live performance of  Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe's Every Brilliant Thing. Every Brilliant Thing takes a personal approach to a complex and relevant topic: mental health. The one-time performance is produced by Crane River Theater Company, a renowned regional theatre located in Kearney, Nebraska. 

Link For More Information: here

Link To Buy Tickets: here 

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

Number Of Americans Fully Vaccinated Tops 100 Million

Person Holding Test Tubes

Thirty-nine percent of the nation’s adult population has been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meaning the number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has reached another milestone: 100 million.

Link For Full Article: here

The War on Critical Race Theory

"The exact targets of CRT’s critics vary wildly, but it is obvious that most critics simply do not know what they are talking about. Instead, CRT functions for the right today primarily as an empty signifier for any talk of race and racism at all, a catch-all specter lumping together “multiculturalism,” “wokeism,” “anti-racism,” and “identity politics”—or indeed any suggestion that racial inequities in the United States are anything but fair outcomes, the result of choices made by equally positioned individuals in a free society. They are simply against any talk, discussion, mention, analysis, or intimation of race—except to say we shouldn’t talk about it."

Read more from David Theo Goldberg at The Boston Review.

Literary News

Monstrosity Plucked From Garbage Can: On Mae West’s Early Career as a Controversial Playwright.

"Mae West is an icon: literally, a representative symbol. In the popular imagination, Mae West stands in for a certain type of seduction—blonde, campy, one-liner-heavy. But though West is best known for her distinctive performances, she was also a controversial playwright; before West established the acting persona that would stick in the public’s minds for a century, she was offending critics and facing jail time for shows that she called “comedy-dramas of life,” illuminating elements of life yet to be popularized onstage."

Link For Full Article: here

Banning My Book Won't Protect Your Child

"She and the other parents like her demanded the removal of my book and several others from district reading lists for high school English class book clubs, from which students were allowed to select one of 15 titles. The school board ultimately decided to remove a number of books, including “V for Vendetta” and a graphic novel version of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and is currently considering whether it should remove more, including mine.

I have teamed up with Margaret Atwood, Jodi Picoult, Jacqueline Woodson and many other authors whose works have been targeted for removal from class reading lists in Leander. In conjunction with PEN America, a group that promotes free literary expression, we wrote a letter to the school district demanding that our books remain available to students. While our books may contain passages that are potentially uncomfortable, challenging or even offensive, exposure to our books is vital to expanding minds, affirming experiences, creating appreciation for the arts and building empathy — in short, respecting the adults that the students in Leander, Texas, will soon become."

Read more of Carmen Maria Machado's essay in NYT here.

The Obsessive Scholar Who Rescued Iceland’s Ancient Literary Legacy

"Arni loved being Icelandic, but he hated Iceland. It was no place for a scholar. Through his political connections, he kept a close eye on Iceland’s current affairs and had only a year earlier described, in a letter to a Norwegian friend, how Iceland had “only the worst of news, sheep widely extinct, people passing away, ravaged by famine, in the immense depth of snow.” That dire situation had only escalated. Europe was under a cold spell, known now as the Little Ice Age, which was felt most acutely at the edge of the continent. Fjords and bays were frozen over, and the coastline facing the Arctic Ocean was blocked by drifting icebergs. Fishing was impossible. Ships carrying food could not navigate the ice. Horses were too skinny for travel. Wool was in short supply."

Read more about Arni Magnusson and his mission to save Icelandic literature at LitHub.

Film News

The Dark Side of an Auteur: On Alfred Hitchcock’s Treatment of Women

Hedren’s memoir was published a year before the torrent of allegations against Harvey Weinstein and numerous other powerful media figures catalyzed #MeToo. The sharpened focus provided by that phenomenon impels even those unconvinced by Hedren’s allegations to take heed of the ways in which Hitchcock was known to have behaved around at least some women during his years in the film industry. Brigitte Auber, who played Danielle in To Catch a Thief, valued the friendship she struck up with Hitchcock, somebody she looked to as a kindly mentor. One evening in Paris, after the two had met for dinner, they sat in a car outside the apartment where Auber lived with her boyfriend. Hitchcock lunged at her, kissing her on the lips, though she immediately pulled back, stunned, much as Hedren claims to have done during the filming of The Birds. He was instantly contrite and embarrassed, and attempted to revive their friendship in the coming years, though Auber was unable to see him in the same light ever again. “It was an enormous disappointment for me,” she told biographer Patrick McGilligan. “I had never imagined such a thing. The quality of our relationship was entirely different.” McGilligan rejects the darker characterizations of Hitchcock, yet he acknowledges that the director was “capable of questionable behavior” and claims that Hitchcock “had at least two friendships with actresses” turn sour in the mid-​1950s in similar fashion, but only Auber was prepared to speak publicly about her experiences. McGilligan also describes Hitchcock’s penchant for groping women and for “thrusting his tongue inside [a woman’s] mouth.”

Read more from Edward White on LitHub.

Substance If Not Style: On the Radical Similarities of Alice Munro and Pedro Almodóvar

"Perhaps with the simple, but foundational, observation that they are exquisite observers of the norms and manners of their respective cultures, carefully constructing elaborate likenesses of their society’s version of patriarchy.

For Munro it tends to be a more antique, rural version of male chauvinism, presiding over hard-working, modest women scratching out a lonesome life. Although Almodóvar too has a penchant for women hustling on the margins, his scenarios often play up the bustle and luridness of urban, postmodern Spain, showing a modern, cosmopolitan version of misogyny. Both of them lovingly construct their own intricate dioramas of complicated social milieus—and then gleefully smash them up. In her recent book on the Australian writer Beverley Farmer, Josephine Rowe offered a pithy summary of how a Munro story feels: “A reader may think she’s settled in a demure domestic milieu when all of a sudden, someone’s elderly mother blows it to bits by listing into the particulars of a wistfully remembered orgy.” That’s a scene that should be in an Almodóvar film, if it isn’t already."

Read more from Veronica Esposito on LitHub.

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