English Advising Office November 20th - November 24th
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Table of ContentsEnglish Student Spotlight Department of English Announcements and Events
- Spring 2018: English 215
- Spring 2018: English 245A
- Summer 2018: English 317
- Upcoming Pre-Law Club Meeting
- Prairie Schooner News: Bernard Farai Matambo Included in Best American Essays 2017
- Interspecies Intermezzo: Lines of Flight Deleuzean and Ornithological
- Jennine Capo Crucet on How First-Generation Students Do Thanksgiving Break
- Why This Woman Is Making Poems Out Of Celebrities' Apologies For Sexual Abuse
- ‘Alice’s Restaurant,’ an Undying Thanksgiving Protest Song
- Forgiving the Unforgivable: Geronimo’s Descendants Seek to Salve Generational Trauma
- On Rape Culture in Crime Fiction
- Here Are The 2017 National Book Award Winners
- Frank Bidart Wins 2017 National Book Award
- Poem of the Day: The Author to Her Book
- Inside the Dystopian Visions of Margaret Atwood and Louise Erdrich
- The Beautiful Music of Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones
- How Forgotten Trailblazer Marjorie Hillis Helped Women Live Alone
- What New Book Are You Most Excited About?
English Student SpotlightSend us your story!
<p>As a pre-nursing student with a major in English, my story is best described as interdisciplinary. While these may seem like completely separate fields, I have found that I feel even more prepared to take on nursing school and my following career because of the skills I have learned through English.</p>
<p>English teaches communication and empathy, two skills that are at the core of being a good nurse.</p>
<p>My thesis works to cover those multiple passions of mine. It analyzes the representation of mental illness within realistic women's literature and argues against the negative stigmas that mentally ill people face. By using fictional books as case studies, I was able to draw upon real world circumstances to show the progress we still have yet to make toward mental illness.</p>
<p>I hope my story shows people that they can embrace their multiple passions and can even combine them into something greater than themselves.</p>
Spring 2018: English 245A
Asian-American Literature: The Hidden Stories
Summer 2018: English 317
Literature and Environment at Cedar Point, May 13th-26th
Upcoming Pre-Law Club Meeting
Pre-Law Club is meeting on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Campus Union. Alumni from several different law schools in the Midwest will meet with students in a ‘speed dating’ format to allow students to sit and talk with the alumni and learn from first-hand experience what law school is like, and more personally, why they selected the school they attended.
Prairie Schooner News: Bernard Farai Matambo Included in Best American Essays 2017
In addition to winning the 2017 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets (the 2018 prize is seeking submissions, by the way, so please spread the word far and wide!) Bernard Farai Matambo has also racked up a couple more accolades: first, his essay "Working the City," originally published in Transition #121, was selected by Leslie Jamison for inclusion in Best American Essays 2017; second, the same essay was also nominated for a Brittle Paper Award. Brittle Paper has been called a "Go-To Book Blog" by Publisher's Weekly, and they're putting work in every day to help grow Africa's vibrant literary scene. Big-time kudos!
As we mentioned, "Working the City" isn't Matambo's only praiseworthy effort this year. His debut poetry collection, Stray, won our 2017 Sillerman Prize. It's going to be published in 2018, but you can pre-order it from University of Nebraska Press today. The Sillerman Prize also helps to grow Africa's literary community by giving poets who have never published a full-length collection a platform-- and a $1,000 prize to boot! Click here for full details on the prize. Submissions are open until December 1st.
Interspecies Intermezzo: Lines of Flight Deleuzean and Ornithological
Jennine Capo Crucet on How First-Generation Students Do Thanksgiving Break
UNL English Professor Jennine Capó Crucet in the New York Times"
LINCOLN, Neb. — "In 1999, I had been a freshman in college in upstate New York for maybe two weeks — it was still September, no one had gotten winter jackets out yet — when my classmates started booking their flights home for Thanksgiving. They couldn’t wait. They regaled me with stories of family traditions and exotic-sounding food I’d never tried (cranberry sauce) and in some cases never even heard of (green bean casserole)." Read on here
Tribal Justice Forum is Next Week!
We would like to remind you about the Tribal Justice Forum on Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28. Each day of this free-and-open-to-the-public event has its own Eventbrite page where you can register.
The first day (Monday the 27th) of the Tribal Justice Forum features a panel discussion on Native Women’s Justice with Jacki Rand, Shirley Sneve, and Claudette White, moderated by Margaret Huettl. It will be in the McCollum Hall Auditorium (on East Campus) at 5:30pm. You can register for this event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tribal-justice-forum-day-1-tickets-39709540304.
The second day (Tuesday the 28th) includes a screening of Anne Makepeace’s documentary Tribal Justice and a follow-up panel moderated by Rebekka Schlichting, with the film’s director, Lindsey Schuler, and Claudette White, in the Nebraska Union Auditorium (on City Campus) at 6:30pm. You can register for this day of the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tribal-justice-forum-day-2-tickets-39709634586.
The program is sponsored by the Native American Studies Program, with additional support from the Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Law, Institute for Ethnic Studies, OASIS, and Women’s & Gender Studies Program. Additional information on the forum can also be found via https://ethnicstudies.unl.edu/tribal-justice and on each Eventbrite page.
Humanities Weekly Husker Hire Link Jobs & Internships Bulletin
University of Nebraska Career Services encourages you to view a few of our new Full-Time Job and Internship opportunities from Husker Hire Link (HHL). For a full list of full-time opportunities, internships or part-time jobs visit careers.unl.edu/hhl.
Why This Woman Is Making Poems Out Of Celebrities' Apologies For Sexual Abuse
"We all have our own ways of handling a news cycle that seems to exclusively consist of men being accused of sexual misconduct. There are two waves: the allegations, and then the apologies. Or, the pseudo-apologies released by accused celebrities in hopes of salvaging their careers without taking any real responsibility for their actions. It's these types of statements in particular that drove Isobel O'Hare to create the erasure poems that are currently taking over Twitter and Instagram." Continue reading here
‘Alice’s Restaurant,’ an Undying Thanksgiving Protest Song
Forgiving the Unforgivable: Geronimo’s Descendants Seek to Salve Generational Trauma
On Rape Culture in Crime Fiction
Here Are The 2017 National Book Award Winners
Frank Bidart Wins 2017 National Book Award
We awoke Thurdsay morning to the good news that Frank Bidart took home the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry for a book that could be regarded as the culmination of a long and rich career in poetry, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016. Continue reading here
Poem of the Day: The Author to Her Book
The Author to Her Book
By Anne Bradstreet
Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth didst by my side remain,
Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true,
Who thee abroad, expos’d to publick view,
Made thee in raggs, halting to th’ press to trudge,
Where errors were not lessened (all may judg).
At thy return my blushing was not small,
My rambling brat (in print) should mother call,
I cast thee by as one unfit for light,
Thy Visage was so irksome in my sight;
Yet being mine own, at length affection would
Thy blemishes amend, if so I could:
I wash’d thy face, but more defects I saw,
And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw.
I stretched thy joynts to make thee even feet,
Yet still thou run’st more hobling then is meet;
In better dress to trim thee was my mind,
But nought save home-spun Cloth, i’ th’ house I find.
In this array ’mongst Vulgars mayst thou roam.
In Criticks hands, beware thou dost not come;
And take thy way where yet thou art not known,
If for thy Father askt, say, thou hadst none:
And for thy Mother, she alas is poor,
Which caus’d her thus to send thee out of door.
Inside the Dystopian Visions of Margaret Atwood and Louise Erdrich
Margaret Atwood literally wrote the book on a society of female procreative slaves: The Handmaid’s Tale. Now Louise Erdrich is churning her own vision of that future in her new novel. Continue reading here
The Beautiful Music of Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones
How Forgotten Trailblazer Marjorie Hillis Helped Women Live Alone
What New Book Are You Most Excited About?
Civic Writing in London
There is a Civic Writing course in London this summer, open to students from all universities. If interested, please contact the Study Abroad office to find out how the credit would transfer.
Small Business Saturday
Here's your inside scoop on what's happening at Indigo Bridge Books on Small Business Saturday! Come stop by and pick up a gift for all the book lovers in your life.
This Saturday, everything in the store except cafe items are 20% off. We'll also be continuing our weekend BOGO sale book event, so you can continue to pick up our 50% off sale books at buy one get one free!
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