November 6th - November 10th


English Advising Office November 6th - November 10th


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.

Walk-in Hours

No appointment necessary

Walk-in hours are Fridays from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm. On Friday, November 17th, walk-in hours will be from 8:30 am - 9:30 am, and 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.

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November 10 (Fri.) Last day to withdraw from one or more full semester courses for the term
November 22 (Wed.) Student Holiday (UNL offices open)
November 23 - 26 (Thu. - Sun.) Thanksgiving Vacation (UNL offices closed)

Table of Contents

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

English Resume Workshop on November 16th

Applying for jobs, internships, or graduate school?

Check out the English Resume Workshop on November 16th from 2:00-3:00 PM in Andrews 117!

This workshop will be helpful for students planning on submitting applications for:

•Campus jobs
•Graduate school
•And study abroad
Hope to see you there!

An Affective Podcast: Queerness, Toxicity, and Futurity in S-Town

An independent blog of critical theory by graduate students of English at UNL. Check it out here

Upcoming Pre-Law Events

Pre-Law Club:

The Pre-Law Club will be meeting on Thursday, November 9, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., in the NE Union (room will be posted).

Free Practice LSAT (details):

The Explore Center will be offering a free Practice LSAT on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. in 115 Burnett Hall. Please show up by 8:45 a.m. to sign in before the exam. Please sign up for the Practice LSAT by visiting this link

Taking a series of practice LSATs gives you a chance to experience the LSAT and improve your skills at taking this law school entrance exam. Try it out before the score counts!

Good Global Citizenship: Lynch to Read from 'Thinking Continental'

English professor Tom Lynch will be discussing and reading from his co-edited book, "Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place At a Time," at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Indigo Bridge Books. He will be joined by contributors Twyla Hanson, Elizabeth Dodd and Harmon Maher.

Prairie Schooner News: Chris Abani Discusses the Refugee Experience and More on A Phone Call From Paul Podcast

Literary Hub is a place that readers can rely on for entertaining writing about all things books. One feature of the website is the podcast A Phone Call From Paul, which showcases conversations between Paul Holdengraber and luminaries such as Claudia Rankine, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Wallace Shawn, and, as of a couple weeks ago, Chris Abani. Over the course of an hour-long conversation Holdengraber and Abani cover a wide range of subjects including the paradox of love, James Baldwin, Bob Marley, Toni Morrison, male privilege, the refugee experience, and more. Regarding the refugee experience, Abani commented:

To be an American is a constant becoming. When someone like

Homi Bhaba describes identity as a journey, a state of flux, rather than a destination, it's never more true than when we think about American-ness. Every wave of arrival has to contend with how to become a category that is so unstable, and that instability does have a certain violence to it, but also, how to remain something that has built your identity, but then how to negotiate that within this myth that is so unstable.

Click here to listen to the full interview. It's well worth your time. Abani has an expansive and generous way of thinking about things that's truly enriching to listen to. We know this from first-hand experience, as Abani is an integral part of Prairie Schooner's sister organization, the African Poetry Book Fund. Founded by our editor, Kwame Dawes, and established through the generosity of Laura and Robert F.X. Sillerman, the APBF promotes the writing and publication of African poetry, and is one of the only organizations of its kind in the world. APBF is currently seeking submissions for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, which each year awards an emerging African poet $1,000 and book publication through the University of Nebraska Press. Click here to learn more about this exciting opportunity

Jane Austen Society of North America

You are cordially invited to attend an annual tea thrown by the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Nebraska Chapter, on December 9th from 2-4pm at the Downtown Branch of the Omaha Public Library in honor of Jane Austen’s birthday.  The event is free of cost, sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America and the Tea Smith, who will provide a delicious selection of teas and light refreshment for the afternoon.  This year marks the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death, and we have a prestigious speaker flying in to discuss Death and Jane Austen.  She spoke at the JASNA Annual General Meeting last year and made an exceedingly favorable impression on our members that attended, so we’re incredibly excited to have her. 

Dr. Cheryl Kinney is a gynecologist in Dallas, Texas and received her M.D. from Indiana University. Dr. Kinney serves on the Executive Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University and also served on the national board of the Jane Austen Society of North America from 2010-2015. She has lectured around the world on issues relating to gynecology including menopause, sexual dysfunction, endometriosis, and pelvic surgery and has spoken all over the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on health and sickness in the novels of Jane Austen and other 18th and 19th century British authors.  Her talk will cover an overview of how Jane Austen used death as a literary device in her novels and discuss Austen’s illness; her symptoms, what treatments she received, and the possible causes of her death. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, look us up on facebook here!  Or email us at

The Jane Austen Society Nebraska Chapter is based out of Omaha, and meets on the second Saturday of every month to read and discuss Austen’s works, drink tea, and generally enjoy the superior company of other fans of Jane’s exemplary writing.  We host 4 major teas a year as well as special Regency and Austen themed events (past events have included strawberry and lavender picking, English country line dancing, and 18th Century card parties).

Thank you for your time and attention, sincerely, etc.

The Jane Austen Society of North America, Nebraska Chapter

Valerie Kunz and Adrienne Ottemann   -  Co Coordinators for the Nebraska Region

No Name Reading Next Monday, Nov. 13th

Please join us for our November No Name reading at Barrymore's (124 N. 13th street) at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, November 13 for drinks, snacks, and readings by Zach Mueller, Matt Whitaker, and Maria Nazos.

We hope to see you there!

Call for Submissions- Mosaic Literary Magazine

Mosaic is the University of California, Riverside undergraduate art and literary journal. Since 1959, the journal has featured wonderful fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, ten-minute plays, screenplays, and visual art. In collaboration with the Gluck Fellowship of the Arts Foundation, we work to celebrate a rich community of artists and writers, both locally and nationally. We are excited to welcome contributions from University of Nebraska, Lincoln with the hope of expanding our writing community!

We would like to invite you to submit your creative work to the 57th annual edition of Mosaic. The deadline for submissions is the end of this month: February 16th, 2018. Mosaic accepts simultaneous submissions, and all pieces must be submitted electronically. Submissions are limited to 8,000 words of prose and 5 pieces of poetry.

For more information, please visit our website at We would love to welcome University of Nebraska, Lincoln into the Mosaic community!

Call for Submissions- Naked. Literary Magazine

Submit original art, photography, prose, and poetry to Extasis Publishing's newest project, naked., a literary magazine focusing on vulnerability and bareness. Submission deadline is Friday, November 10th.

Download more information here.

Spring 2018 Courses to Check Out- John Milton: Poetry, Politics, Prophecy

On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:15 PM with Dr. Stephen Buhler!

Download more information here.

University Announcements and Events

Barnes & Noble Fundraiser

Advertisement for LGBTQA fundraiser at Barnes and Noble

On November 11th, The LGBTQA+ Resource Center will be having a day long Fundraiser at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on 5150 O Street.

This fundraiser helps us provide funding for future events with Spectrum UNL and The Change, as well as reimbursing students for our trip to MBLGTACC (the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay College Conference), which is an annual conference held to connect, educate, and empower LGBTQIA+ college students.  We'll be hanging out all through the day, colouring and playing board games so stop by the store and purchase books, gifts, DVDs, etc and come meet and spend some time with us!  Food and beverages purchased at their café also count! Just remember to let them know you are there for the fundraiser.

We also have an online code that will be active from November 11th to November 15th so if you are unable to join us, you can always use our online code (#12221255) to support us as well!

Hope to see you there!

Big Red Talk with Katie Brossy on Nov. 8

Are you curious how activities outside the classroom may contribute to a future career? On Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Union Auditorium, Katie Brossy (UNL '01) will share how her experiences helped shape her law career. Brossy was part of a legal team that helped reach one of the largest Native American water rights settlements. For more information, click here

Gender, Appearance, & Representation: A Roundtable Discussion on Nov. 9th

Poster for Roundtable event - info below

UNL National Roll Call Announcement

Please join the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus as we honor and remember those military service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice from the state of Nebraska from WWI to present day conflicts during the National Roll Call held on Friday, November 10 in remembrance of Veterans Day.  The National Roll Call will begin at 12:50 pm with the presentation of colors followed by a moment of reflection in Colonial A of the Nebraska Union.  The reading of the names of those who have fallen will begin immediately after the moment of reflection and continue until the last name has been read at approximately 5:15 pm.  The National Roll Call is an open-event that encourages anyone attending to feel free to come and go throughout the ceremony.

Download more information here.

The Freedom Rock Veterans Week Event

Freedom Rock Veterans Week poster - info below

Education Abroad Scholarship Opportunity - Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) seeks to provide scholarship support for students to study abroad who are from underrepresented populations within study abroad, such as minority, community college, and first-generation college students. However, scholarships are not limited to these groups and any student planning to study abroad is welcome to apply for the scholarship. Though students should note that applicants who identify with a group who is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad are given preference in the application process. FEA also gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need. The FEA accepts scholarship applications once per year and the next deadline for this scholarship is January 10, 2018. Students applying to go abroad in summer 2018, fall 2018, full academic year 2018-2019, or spring 2019 are welcome to apply for the next application cycle which will open on November 15, 2017. Awards are typically announced in late March. The application components for this scholarship include an online application form, a financial aid form (to be filled out by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid) and one recommendation letter from a professor or advisor. Please note that the financial aid form should be turned into the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by December 15, 2017 (last day of the fall semester). Given the high traffic/volume of students in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at the beginning of the spring semester, their office cannot guarantee that forms submitted after December 15 will be completed.

Eligibility requirements for FEA awards are the following:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at a college or university in the U.S. (graduate students not eligible)
  • Study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s home institution
  • Study abroad program must be at least 4 weeks (28 days) in-country

FEA awards scholarship of up to $10,000 for students who study abroad for a full academic year, up to $5,000 for students who study abroad for a semester, and summer awards which are prorated by the number of weeks in-country with a minimum award of $1,250. For more information please visit the FEA website.

UNL Goes Tobacco-Free: Update

On January 1, 2018, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will become tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free. Smoking and/or the use of tobacco products will be prohibited on university properties.

Visit to learn more.

Study Abroad in India Summer 2018 Info Sessions

Poster for Summer Study Abroad session - info below

Dr. Emira Ibrahimpasic is co-leading a class to India in May 2018.  This faculty-led trip will allow students to earn 3 credits (GLST 391) that can count towards their ACE 9 or elective requirements. This 3 week program will allow students to learn about early and contemporary India, culture and religion, politics, and economics; acquire valuable professional experience working with local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's); gain knowledge of reading, writing, and speaking beginning Hindi; and most importantly tour forts and palaces in north India, including the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort, and the Wind Palace.

Please attend one of the information sessions next week if you want to learn more about the trip!

UCARE Application Workshops

Nebraska's Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience program is seeking students who are interested in engaging in research for the 2018-19 school year. Information sessions begin Nov. 8. For more information, click here

Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development

Deadline Extended- Apply for Spring Engl 495 English Advising Internship

The English Advising Office is seeking an English and/or Film Studies major for the spring 2018 internship. Students interested in educational administration and advising are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to work with the English Undergraduate advisor and English Department Office staff.

The English Advising intern will serve as a student leader in the department's freshmen mentoring program and will learn about the profession of academic advising in its global context, college student service, department resources, administration of academic policies and procedures, and curriculum.

Interns will network with other student leaders, assist with advising and student service projects, contribute to English department recruitment efforts, and create or update handouts and web resources.

Note: 3 credit hours, 9 hours per week required in the English Advising Office.

To apply, complete the steps below:

Email Kelly Payne ( to turn in a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should focus on why you are interested in the internship and how it will help you develop professional literacy and experience.

Ask a UNL English faculty member to email Kelly a brief recommendation that speaks to your ability to represent the department based on achievements in major classes.

An interview with the English advisor may be required.

Deadline Extended- Apply for Spring Engl 495 Intro to New York Publishing Internship

Students will be introduced to the New York publishing industry through related activities at Curtis Brown, Ltd. Interns will report to agent Noah Ballard. Kelly Payne will serve as the instructor of record for this Engl 495 section. The department will accept several interns for spring 2018, and will award each intern $500 from the Nordbrock English Experiential Learning Fund. For more information on Curtis Brown, Ltd. and the agents see:

Requirements include:

-Appraisal of 2-3 fiction manuscripts and/or non-fiction proposals per week. Readings will come from the literary agent's slush pile, referrals, and submissions from conferences.

-Composition of regular reader's reports which focus on 1) a narrative summary of the text at hand, 2) analysis of potential reading audiences, and 3) judgment about "fit" of the text for the literary agent and publishing venues.

-Research of publishing houses (both major trade and small independents) as well as literary magazines and journals, becoming familiar with tastes and markets.

-Assisting agents on potential submissions with an emphasis on comparable titles, audience markets and author platforms.

-One trip to NYC:  to shadow Mr. Ballard; to tour publishing houses and network with industry professionals; and to attend readings. Travel arrangements and funding beyond the Nordbrock English Experiential Learning Fund reward are the students' responsibility. Students must hold pre-travel meeting with English advisor and complete the UNL Student Trip Insurance form:

Learning Objectives: New York publishing interns may expect to learn:

-about the New York Publishing industry and the roles of literary agents.

-to read and respond to numerous contemporary fiction manuscripts on a weekly basis.

-to articulate one’s reading tastes and acquire knowledge of contemporary publishing trends.

-to apply critical strategies and assess the quality of manuscripts, as well as their marketability and relationship to other recent publications.

-the application of research skills to the publishing industry including how to research magazines, journals, and publishing houses.

- to compose alternate and comparable title lists, audience and market reports, and other aspects of the submission process.

-to weigh feedback and develop professional communication skills.

-to network with publishing professionals at meetings, pitches, launch parties, readings, and other activities.

-to present professional writing in a course portfolio, which must include 1) sample written work from the aforementioned objectives, 2) updated professional resume using industry models and feedback from Mr. Ballard, 3) sample cover letter/application for future positions, and 3) 5-page reflection that addresses how the internship corresponds to the learning objectives of the English major. Students will turn in their portfolio at the end of the term.


Grades will be rewarded based on the quality of submitted writing (presented in the portfolio) and a review by the on-site supervisor following the trip to New York City.

Application Process:

Qualified applicants should have:

-Preference will be given to student who have completed related courses or internship experiences.

Examples of such opportunities include: Engl 355, 498 Legal Aspects of Creative Activity (w/Prof. Dooling), Engl 495 Prairie Schooner Internship, Laurus editorial board experience, U of Nebraska Press Editorial or Acquisitions internship, and Daily Nebraskan editorial experience, among others.

Please submit the following documents by email to Mr. Noah Ballard ( and Professor Timothy Schaffert ( by November 15th:

  1. Academic Resume
  2. Cover letter: Your cover letter should be addressed to Noah Ballard (Literary Agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd.) and Kelly Payne (English Advisor) and should answer the following questions: How does this internship fit into your career goals for the next few years? What do you read and what is your familiarity with current publishing trends?

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.

Impact Fall Application Deadline Nov. 10

Impact is hiring their next class of organizers.

Their fall application deadline is next Friday, Nov. 10.

Impact organizers are on the ground to mobilize businesses, faith leaders and citizens to demonstrate the commitment to keeping our promises on climate change, and transitioning a sustainable, renewable energy economy.

Many of our 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.

If you are searching for full-time work after graduation, our campaign organizer position is a great way to help start building the skills you need for a career in advocacy or organizing.

Community Events

Experience the Humanities

Friday, November 10th

LINCOLN - 8 a.m.
Looking Past Skin: Our Common Threads exhibit • at the Nebraska State Capitol

LINCOLN - 6:45 p.m.
Lincoln Symphony Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat • at the Lied Center for Performing Arts

Visit for more events!

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

Debate on Cultural and Historical Meaning of “Wokeness”

"In response to exchanges about public monuments and the causes of the Civil War, Ta-Nehisi Coates recently tweeted: 'Majority of people living in South Carolina in 1860 were black — they did not need modern white wokeness to tell them slavery was wrong.'

Coates lands here on wokeness, the condition of being woke, a term that has been in the linguasphere for about a decade."

Continue reading here

To the Lady Who Mistook Me for the Help at the National Book Awards

"Doesn’t something break just then, when you and I approach?" Continue reading here

John Kelly’s Bizarre Mythology of the Civil War

"By parting ways with annoyances like facts and history, John Kelly can help President Trump make white America feel good again." Continue reading here

2 Flagship Universities Surveyed the Campus Climate. Here’s What They Found.

"The results of surveys released by two major universities this week show signs that several groups of students there are not satisfied with the campus climate." Continue reading here

The New Campus Censors

"Students are leading the assault on free speech — and faculty members and administrators are enabling them." Continue reading here

Anita Hill on Weinstein, Trump, and a Watershed Moment for Sexual-Harassment Accusations

Why have Harvey Weinstein’s alleged transgressions been taken so seriously? Anita Hill believes that it has less to do with the accused than with the accuser. Continue reading here

Slaves in the Ivy League: Princeton Discovers Its Racial Past

"When Martha A. Sandweiss moved to Princeton, in 2009, she didn’t know much about the history of the university, least of all why she had heard some people refer to it as 'the southernmost Ivy.' Ignorance and curiosity, she said, drove her first undergraduate seminar, in 2013. In that course, Ms. Sandweiss, a professor of history, worked with a group of students to examine Princeton’s historical ties to slavery, largely because no scholars before her seemed to have taken a thorough look." Continue reading here

Literary News

John Grisham’s Latest Villain? For-Profit Colleges

"John Grisham casts a greedy businessman and his chain of for-profit law schools as the bad guys in his new legal thriller, 'The Rooster Bar.'" Continue reading here

Was Emily Brontё’s Heathcliff Black?

"Did Emily Brontё envisage her most famous fictional protagonist, Heathcliff, as a black man?" Continue reading here

Debate on the Digital Humanities

"Over the past 15 years, the humanities have undergone dizzying changes. Scholars are now blogging, learning to code, writing collaboratively, and mining vast digital libraries. Many of these changes are bound up with computers, and observers often characterize them collectively as "digital humanities." But so far, digital humanities hasn’t become a separate field or even a distinct school of thought. The term is a loose label for a series of social and intellectual changes taking place in humanistic disciplines." Continue reading here

Poem of the Day: To Madame Curie

To Madame Curie

By Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson

Oft have I thrilled at deeds of high emprise,

And yearned to venture into realms unknown,

Thrice blessed she, I deemed, whom God had shown

How to achieve great deeds in woman’s guise.

Yet what discov’ry by expectant eyes

Of foreign shores, could vision half the throne

Full gained by her, whose power fully grown

Exceeds the conquerors of th’ uncharted skies?

So would I be this woman whom the world

Avows its benefactor; nobler far,

Than Sybil, Joan, Sappho, or Egypt’s queen.

In the alembic forged her shafts and hurled

At pain, diseases, waging a humane war;

Greater than this achievement, none, I ween.

The Short, Sad Story of Stanwix Melville

In 1869, Stanwix announced that—like his father before him—he wanted “to go to sea, & see something of the great world.” Continue reading here

The Problem With ‘Problematic’

Doesn’t fiction let the reader imagine what it might be like to be someone else? Continue reading here

‘Masha Gessen: The Stories of a Life’

The award-winning journalist and author Masha Gessen delivers this year’s annual Robert B. Silvers lecture, “The Stories of a Life.” Continue reading here

Peanut Butter and Poetry

Viewing poems through a journalist’s lens. Continue reading here

Under the Banner of New York

In the wake of last week's attack, Zadie Smith on New York City. Continue reading here

How Do You Write a Horror Novel When Your Dad Is Stephen King?

Joe Hill on the privileges and pitfalls of writing in the shadow of his dad, Stephen King. Continue reading here

Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘Write What You Know’ is the Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Heard

And other writing advice from the Nobel laureate. Continue reading here

The 1885 Reviews of Mark Twain’s "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

“There is no limit to his inventive genius.” Read three 1885 reviews of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

The Ugandan Reporter Shedding Light on the Lives of Missing Children

How Gladys Kalibbala found her journalistic calling. Continue reading here

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross

Mark Frost’s New Twin Peaks Book Explains What Those Final Scenes Meant

A new book by Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost expands on—and explains—the puzzling September finale of the Showtime reboot. Continue reading here

Take an In-Depth Look at the History of the VA

This hour-long documentary film explores the history of the Veterans Affairs department, from its troubled beginnings to today. Preview VA: The Human Cost of War here

How Do You Tell a Good Story? Take Pixar's Free 6-Part Online Course

In one of the best examples of free education this year, Pixar has released a six-part online course called 'The Art of Storytelling.' Continue reading here

Joan Didion Doesn't Owe the World Anything

The long-awaited documentary about her life makes clear: She has escaped the demands so often placed on other authors. Continue reading here

Sarah Polley on Adapting Margaret Atwood's "Alias Grace"

“I started thinking about making it into a film when I was close to Grace’s age at the time of the murders, and now I’m almost the age Grace is at the end of the novel.” Continue reading here

Alexander Payne's "Downsizing" at the Dundee Theater

Today we are incredibly excited to announce that the Dundee Theater is on schedule to open in time for the Omaha premiere of Alexander Payne’s DOWNSIZING next month. 

DOWNSIZING opens nationwide Friday, December 22. Early shows will begin at the Dundee on Thursday, December 21. 

Film Streams Members and Dundee Theater Campaign supporters: Stay tuned for announcements to come about early on-sale dates and even more special opportunities. (Not a Film Streams Member yet? Now is a great time to join.)

From the beginning of our Dundee Theater project, we have been hopeful that the historic cinema's reopening would coincide with the latest release from Alexander Payne — an active and enthusiastic Film Streams board member since our nonprofit’s earliest days. 

Like so many Omahans, his own passion for the Dundee Theater has been built over decades of movie-going experiences there. We’re thrilled that his newest, most ambitious film will serve as a truly grand reopening of the Dundee — its run starting almost 92 years to the day after the theater originally opened its doors in 1925.  

We look forward to sharing more news about the Dundee soon, including the possibility of programming to take place at the theater even earlier in December. 

In the meantime, our immense gratitude to all who have supported our project to bring back the Dundee and to the many partners and vendors who have contributed to its timely return to Omaha.

See you soon at the Dundee Theater!

Other Announcements

MFA Program at University of Missouri-Kansas City

UMKC’s MFA in Creative Writing & Media Arts is an exciting studio-research program that combines intensive workshops with literature and craft classes to foster discovery and mastery in creative writing. Students may focus on poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, or screenwriting, in addition to completing coursework in at least one additional secondary area. Students are supported by our award-winning faculty and UMKC's outstanding resources: five reading series; opportunities to work with New Letters Magazine and New Letters on the Air, summer workshops with esteemed visiting writers; and various internships with our extensive network of professional partners within the Kansas City community, including The Kansas City Star. Students may enroll full or part-time. This 42-credit hour program is designed to promote life-long learning and creative engagement within academic and professional communities and beyond. There are several types of funding available, including $25,000 Durwood Scholarships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, and Creative Writing Scholarships. Additional information on the MFA program and various types of funding is available on the English department website at:


Students may apply to the program here:

Download more information here.

Sheldon Collection News- Stuart Davis

The Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project (WPA/FAP), initiated in 1935 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of the New Deal recovery plan, employed more than 5,000 artists in its first year. Stuart Davis was one of the first to sign on.

For many artists like Davis, WPA/FAP support provided opportunities to explore new forms of expression during a period of national uncertainty. Throughout Sheldon's current exhibitions, the impact of the program is demonstrated through works by WPA/FAP artists including William Baziotes, James Brooks, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Marsden Hartley, Lee Krasner, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Louise Nevelson, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and Joseph Stella.

Davis's Shapes of Landscape Space (Landscape Space No. 4), on view with a selection of works by WPA/FAP printmakers, will be featured during a Look! at Lunchtime discussion November 16 at 12:15 p.m.

Stuart Davis
Philadelphia, PA 1892–New York, NY 1964
Shapes of Landscape Space (Landscape Space No. 4)
Color lithograph, 1939
16 x 11 1/2 inches
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, allocation of the U.S. Government, Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, WPA-300.1943

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