November 27th - December 1st

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English Advising Office November 27th - December 1st


The English Advising Office is open Monday through Thursday for appointments from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Friday for walk-in sessions 8:30 a.m. to noon.


Please go to MyPlan or call 402-472-3871 to schedule an appointment.

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Walk-in hours are Fridays from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.

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If you haven't picked up your English or Film Studies t-shirt this semester, please stop by the English Advising Office, Andrews 201, to pick one up!

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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 Other Announcements

Department of English Announcements and Events

End-of-Year Mentor Celebration- REQUIRED for Freshman Students

Please join the English Student Advisory Board Mentors from 1:30-2:45pm for our final required fall English Mentoring event on "Preparing for Finals."

Mentors will present on various types of final exams, share some of their tips and approaches, and provide you with campus resource information on study spots, tutoring, and ideas on how to reduce stress during finals week.

Cookies and cocoa provided!

No Name Reading Next Monday!

Please join us for our December No Name reading at Barrymore's (124 N. 13th street) at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, December 4 for drinks, snacks, and readings by Maureen Daniels, Kate Pierson, and Jeremy Caldwell.

We hope to see you there!

Download more information here.

American Pavilion Campus Visit

When: Wednesday, December 6th at noon

Where: Andrews 229, Bailey Library

What: Information about film studies internships & Pizza!

If you're interested in a career in the entertainment, event, advertising, marketing, culinary or hospitality industries, consider complementing your school curriculum with hands-on experience, direct access to industry professionals, and unparalleled networking opportunities at the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival next May, the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity next June, or our L.A. Intensive next August.

Since 1989, The American Pavilion has been the heart of Hollywood's presence at Cannes, and our worldwide Student Programs have helped thousands of students launch their careers in the film industry. As the only student program officially recognized and sanctioned by the Cannes Festival and the Marché du Film, The American Pavilion Student Programs offer participants a unique and life-changing experience, and an up-close view of both the market and both festivals.

In addition to May’s Cannes Film Festival programs, The American Pavilion offers two smaller “intensives,” one in June and one in August. The Cannes Lions Intensive in June is AmPav’s newest Intensive, offering students of Marketing, Advertising, Branding Design, Media, and Interactive Technology intimate access to the creative communications industry’s biggest annual awards show and festival. Recent speakers included Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, U2’s Bono, and Facebook’s Cheryl Sandberg. And AmPav’s L.A. Intensive in August, designed for anyone intending to begin a film or television career in Hollywood, is a jam-packed week of private tours, workshops, roundtables, and more.

Come hear a representative of The American Pavilion discuss these programs and help you decide which might be right for you.

University Announcements and Events

December Student Night at The Ross

On December 14th, from 5:00-9:00 PM, show your student ID to get $1.00 tickets, popcorn, and drinks for all screenings on STUDENT NIGHT. Open to all students with a valid student ID. $1.00 tickets must be purchased at the Ross Box Office (not available online).

Showing in December:

New Online Course for Spring 2018

We are now offering GPSP 170 – Introduction to Great Plains Studies – as an ONLINE class for Spring 2018!

Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development

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

Download more information here.

Community Events

Humanities Events to Reinvigorate You After All That Turkey

Friday, December 1st

LINCOLN - 1:30 p.m.
Music From Around the World • by David Marsh • at the Walt Branch Library

Visit for more events!

World AIDS Day - Lincoln Capitol

This Friday December 1st is World AIDS Day. On this day we honor those who have lost their lives to complications with AIDS, as well as those living with this disease. It's also a day dedicated to raising awareness about this pandemic and to celebrate those who support and have made an impact in the battle against AIDS.

The Nebraska Aids project will be holding a vigil and remembrance ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol Building, West Plaza with Guest Speakers: London Woolman, Nebraska AIDS Project, Jamie Porter, University Health Center, Outlinc, Geo (George) Bellairs.

After the ceremony, The Change will be hosting a hot chocolate social at the LGBTQA+ Resource Center (346 Nebraska Union).

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

Poetry and Poets in a Time of Crisis

Matthew Zapruder on how one imagination can activate another. Continue reading here

Sexual Harassment and Assault in Higher Ed: What’s Happened Since Weinstein

Revelations about the film producer’s apparent pattern of sexual misconduct are just a couple of months old, but the reverberations have been deeply felt across academe. Here are the latest updates, from Wednesday, on cases at Brown and Michigan State Universities. Continue reading here

Prominent Creative-Writing Professor at UVa Is Accused of Sexually Harassing Students

John Casey, who won a National Book Award in 1989, is said to have favored male students, made sexual comments to female students, and subjected them to unwanted touching. Continue reading here

Masha Gessen: Why We Must Protest

A look back at National Book Award Winner, Masha Gessen's piece on why protest is as much a part of democracy as elections. Continue reading here

An Open Letter from University of Nebraska Faculty on Recent Attacks on Our Institution

To the University of Nebraska Community:

We are concerned that at the highest levels of the University of Nebraska system, decisions involving the future of the University are being made without transparency or proper governance and under improper exertions of influence by the legislative and executive branches of the state government. We fear that financial hostage-taking by members of the state government will result in changes by the administration in the intellectual offerings of the University and opportunities for our students. We believe it is imperative to express our alarm now, before irrevocable damage is done to the mission of the university and the value it contributes to the state of Nebraska. We insist that no radical changes be undertaken in the administration, academic programs, allocation of funds, or support for campus initiatives without appropriate faculty governance, transparency, and respect for academic freedom, which are core values of a healthy university.

Members of the state legislature strongly tied to Governor Pete Ricketts, including senators Steve Halloran, Steve Erdman, and Tom Brewer, along with staff of anti-public-education nonprofits affiliated with Governor Ricketts, such as School Choice Lincoln, have leveraged a single campus interaction into a sustained attack on the University that has greatly surpassed the scope and import of the initial incident. These senators have called for an end to tenure, demanded further budget cuts, and have written a letter censuring the mission statement and curriculum of the Department of English. A number of that department’s faculty have since been aggressively targeted by sweeping open records requests made by the Governor’s allies, including a request that they turn over private email addresses and emails between the chair and faculty members who have publicly criticized members of the state government.

Under the pretense that the University is unsafe for conservative students, the Governor and his surrogates are opening the door to ideological intervention at the University from outside entities. Their lack of consistency in protecting and respecting students’ political views, particularly those that diverge from their own, reveals the political nature of this manufactured crisis. In contrast, we reaffirm what has always been our educational mission: helping students to understand a wide variety of ideas and viewpoints through the many classes they take, with the goal of producing informed citizens capable of making thoughtful independent decisions about how best to govern our society. We insist that this mission be respected and that the alarming politicized interventions in the work of the university be condemned and resisted, rather than validated by our administration.

Any ideological interference in university business from members of the state government will be a major blow to the University of Nebraska. It will diminish our reputation among our peer institutions in the Big Ten and have a detrimental impact on our ability to attract and retain world-class faculty, as well as to recruit and retain minoritized and underrepresented students, who will rightly fear that initiatives to welcome them and address their unique needs on campus will be characterized as hostile to the agenda of the overreaching state government.

We, the undersigned, expect our administration to stand for the values of the University of Nebraska, a large community of diverse people with diverse viewpoints, and the most significant institutional asset to the state of Nebraska. We understand this community as being committed to the pursuit of truth (wherever it may lead), to the inherent value of open discussion, and to the fundamental values of democracy and free expression. If the Governor or his surrogates in the legislature interfere with the intellectual freedom of the faculty, one of the state’s most precious resources will be squandered in a political power grab, as the quality of work at our university and the value of a degree from the University of Nebraska will quickly decline. We insist that all levels of the administration respect the governance structures currently in place, and categorically reject political interference in the good work being done at our state’s flagship institution.

Read the complete faculty letter here

Nearly 70 UNL Faculty Members Say Incident Between Lecturer and Conservative Student Sparked 'Sustained Attack' by Ricketts, Others

"Close to 70 UNL faculty members say in a letter that Gov. Pete Ricketts and others want to subject the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to 'ideological intervention.'" Continue reading here

The Only Dissident Novel For Sale in Turkey

On the Lasting Impact of Madonna in a Fur Coat. Continue reading here

The Dangerous Lure of Writing For White Readers in an MFA

Aisha Sabatini Sloan wonders about the work she might have done...Continue reading here

Kick Against the Pricks

At first it was a lot of enormous media potentates crashing to earth, followed by a bunch of lesser despots and lords, many employed in the media industries too, and it soon expanded to include half the men in Hollywood and ancillary trades like politics. Continue reading here

Ava DuVernay’s Visionary Filmmaking Is Reshaping Hollywood

Her eye for American history puts her in the vanguard. Her passion for justice makes her a hero. Continue reading here

Literary News

A Wave of New Fiction From Nigeria, as Young Writers Experiment With New Genres

Nigeria's flourishing literary scene is giving rise to some of the most groundbreaking fiction on the continent. Continue reading here

James Baldwin’s Former Home in France Is Set to Be Demolished

"The campaign to save James Baldwin’s former home in the French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence seems to have failed." Continue reading here

Heathcliff’s Gap-Year Jobs

There’s a lot we don’t know about the main character of Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”—particularly how he got filthy rich. Continue reading here

Poem of the Day: Culture and the Universe

Culture and the Universe

By Simon J. Ortiz

Two nights ago

in the canyon darkness,

only the half-moon and stars,

only mere men.

Prayer, faith, love,


                       We are measured

by vastness beyond ourselves.

Dark is light.

Stone is rising.


I don’t know

if humankind understands

culture: the act

of being human

is not easy knowledge.


With painted wooden sticks

and feathers, we journey

into the canyon toward stone,

a massive presence

in midwinter.


We stop.

                       Lean into me.

                       The universe

sings in quiet meditation.


We are wordless:

                       I am in you.


Without knowing why

culture needs our knowledge,

we are one self in the canyon.

                                                                    And the stone wall

I lean upon spins me

wordless and silent

to the reach of stars

and to the heavens within.


It’s not humankind after all

nor is it culture

that limits us.

It is the vastness

we do not enter.

It is the stars

we do not let own us.

The Reading Life with Parul Sehgal, Book Critic at The New York Times

“The task is always to write every single piece like it’s your only one.” Read the interview with Parul Sehgal here

Report from the Field: Gender Inequality Within Literary Prize Culture

Women still do not have a room of their own: On gender inequality in literary prize culture. Continue reading here

Truth in Advertising

Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a film about the power of language. Continue reading here

Walden on the Rocks

Thoreau believed that we, like Nature itself, can renew ourselves “completely each day.” Continue reading here

Film News

Alexander Payne is Moving Home to Omaha, Where Part of His Latest Film, ‘Downsizing,’ is Set

"Omaha is about to have one of its biggest big-screen moments ever, thanks to a movie about tiny people." Continue reading here

The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far

A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis rank the best films made since 2000. Continue reading here

Sundance 2018 Competition Lineup Boasts New Films from Paul Dano, Reed Morano, Idris Elba, Ethan Hawke, and More

This year's competition lineup, including both U.S. and World Cinema sections for narrative features and documentaries, is stacked with both new and returning talent. Continue reading here

Film Streams This Week: Dundee & Downsizing

This is a huge week, film fans. We are ready to reopen the Dundee Theater this Friday. And as if that wasn't enough, we're thrilled to launch advance sales for the first week of Alexander Payne's Downsizing at the Dundee.

This week at the Dundee Theater: Jane, Ex Libris, Looney Tunes Classics

This week at the Ruth Sokolof Theater: Lady Bird, The Square, The Breadwinner

Does the Movie “Marshall” Give Us a False Langston Hughes?

"Marshall, the theatrical portrayal of Thurgood Marshall with swag is entertaining. I just had one wee problem; it wasn’t history especially as it depicted the relationship between Marshall and his Lincoln University classmate Langston Hughes." Continue reading here

Other Announcements

Indigo Bridge First Friday Events

Our mission here at Indigo is to provide a space for those in our community that don't normally get one. That's why we're excited to welcome back Artists on the Edge for our December show in the wood room.

At 5, we'll have UNL professor and author Joe Starita in to read from his new book Warrior of the People, a biography of SusanLa Flesche, the first Native American doctor. Joe is holding this author reading in support of the Whiteclay Makerspace, a proposed artist's collective for Oglala Sioux. Alex Ruybalid of the BAY will give a presentation on the development after the reading.

Later in the evening, we will have a short performance by the Nebraska Repertory Theatre advertising their Holiday Cabaret (Dec 13th-17th, tickets here).

Out front of the Creamery Building, Holidays in the Haymarket starts at 6 pm and runs until 9. Youth carolers led by our upstairs neighbors Arabesque Variations will perform during that time. They'll be returning every Friday night until December 15th.

We hope you'll join us for this special holiday First Friday!

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

We are delighted to announce the 2017-2018 Live Deliberately Essay Contest prompt!

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,

in which you can walk with love and reverence.

—Journal, October 18, 1855

Essay Prompt: In an essay of 750 words or fewer, describe a time in your life when you pursued a path that was “narrow and crooked,” but felt like it was the right path for you. In what ways are/were you able to, as Thoreau advises, walk that path with “love and reverence?” How has navigating that path shaped you into the person you are becoming?

To participate in the 2017-2018 Essay Contest, please read the Contest Guidelines and then submit your essay here. The deadline for submission is Midnight (EST) on March 15, 2018.

For essay contest information and timeline, click here

Sheldon Collection News | Happy Birthday, Morris Louis!

Morris Louis (born November 28, 1912) became increasingly innovative in his painting technique of staining expanses of unstretched canvas, after a visit to fellow artist Helen Frankenthaler's studio in 1953. In a small workspace he converted from use as a dining room, Louis made more than six hundred large-scale paintings in less than eight years.

Peter Schjeldahl, art critic for the New Yorker, described the significance of Morris's visit to Frankenthaler's studio in a 2014 column, When It Pours: Works by Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis: “If color-field were a nation, that day would be its Fourth of July.”

Morris Louis
Baltimore, MA 1912–Washington, DC 1962
Burning Stain
Acrylic on canvas, 1961
87 3/4 × 72 3/16 inches
Nebraska Art Association, Thomas C. Woods Memorial, N–175.1965

Sheldon Museum of Art News | Go Big Red!

This week Sheldon is red, big red, in support of University of Nebraska student athletes Annika Albrecht, Hunter Atherton, Hayley Densberger, Mikaela Foecke, Allie Havers, Briana Holman, Kelly Hunter, Kenzie Maloney, Chesney McClellan, Sami Slaughter, Lauren Stivrins, Jazz Sweet, Anezka Szabo, and Sydney Townsend, who compete this weekend in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament.

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