October 11 - October 25

News for Current Undergraduates October 11 - October 25


The English Advising Office is open Monday and Wednesday for appointments from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


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.

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No appointment necessary

Walk-in hours are Fridays from 8:30 am - 11:30 am.

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October 18 (Fri.)  Last day to change a full semester course registration to or from “Pass/No Pass”
October 21 - 22 (Mon. - Tue.)  Fall Semester Break (Student Holiday - UNL offices open)

Courses to Check Out

English 364: 18th-Century British Literature Spring 2020

Talk about a period with a bum rap! People sometimes say the 18th century was dull and boring. FAR FROM IT! It was witty, bawdy, mad for science, committed to social transformation and world-changing in its politics. It pretty much invented the modern world. This century produced three revolutions, each of which changed the world. We will look at the end of the old world and the birth of the new through the dynamic and interdisciplinary lens of literature, visual arts, music, and contemporary culture. During this period, literature and the arts "went public" as authors and artists appealed to a broad public audience, and the works that resulted were often wildly entertaining. Even if they were also serious - even revolutionary. You do NOT need to be an expert in history, literature, or anything else. We will think about the arts, the sciences, technology, and human behavior generally, trying to make sense of how things change, and why. Sampling these diverse materials will give us a taste of the culture that gave rise to what we think of as "the modern world."

The class will be mostly discussion based, with occasional quizzes, two working papers, a research portfolio on a subject of your choice, and a final exam.

The class will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 - 11:20

For more info contact Professor Behrendt at sbehrendt1@unl.edu or at Andrews 319

English 219: "Bad Girls of Film Noir" Spring 2020

In this class, we will focus on “bad girls” and female “heavies” in film noir films and related film genres, such as neo-noir. We celebrate women who manipulate, destroy, and kill in order to get what they want, in a society that soften denies women agency and control over their bodies. We will examine the gender politics of film noir, a film genre that deploys the evil woman as a defiant force who works against the grain of patriarchal gender roles, and view her as a transgressive and disruptive figure who upsets norms and defies gender: the bad woman who is so fun to watch. We will explore the rise of the “femme fatale” as an American anti-hero in American cinema.


Far from shrinking violets or mere objects of the male gaze, femmes fatales in film noir go well beyond the routine and limited choices offered to women in Hollywood. “Bad girls” of film noir are beautiful, brainy, challenging, outspoken and cunning. They hold audiences captive as much as they do their onscreen victims. We also study female spectatorship and analyze the popularity of female anti-heroines and onscreen femme fatales, such as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck and many other silver screen legends, as well as more contemporary “bad girls” and female “heavies.”


Films screened will include: Born to Kill, Crime of Passion, Mildred Pierce, Gilda, Leave Her to Heaven, Out of the Past, In This Our Life, The Great Lie, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Straitjacket, Mommie Dearest, Misery, Fatal Attraction, Jennifer’s Body, Bound, Gone Girl.

The class with meet every Wednesday from 1:30 - 4:40pm and is taught by Gwendolyn FosterPoster for Bad Girls of Film Noir class

SUMMER 2020: Classic Horror Films during Pre-Session in English 439/839SUMMER 2020: Classic Horror Films during Pre-Session in English 439/839

This class covers the horror film between 1930 to 1970, a period in cinema history that saw worldwide change in the film medium, and an unprecedented growth in the horror film, as well as experimentation within the film medium itself.

See twenty classic horror films in just three weeks.


Class meets Monday - Friday 9:30AM – 12:20PM during Pre-Session from May 18 – June 5, 2020 in RVB 123; the small Ross Theater. Requirements: daily attendance, screenings, discussion, readings, three five page papers. 

Department of English Announcements and Events

Presentation on the Cannes Film Festival Programs

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, or the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity next June.

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 festival.

In addition to May’s Cannes Film Festival programs, The American Pavilion offers another Cannes program in June, The Cannes Lions Intensive. This is AmPav’s newest program, 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. 

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

An informational presentation will be given about the festival(s) to learn more about them.

To RSVP for the presentation, or to get information if you can not attend, see here.

  • October 16, 2:00pm; Bailey Library, Andrews Hall, UNL Campus

Jesmyn Ward, Essayist, memoirist, and National Book Award winner

MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has been hailed as the standout writer of her generation, proving her “fearless and toughly lyrical” voice in novels, memoir, and nonfiction. Betsy Burton of the American Booksellers Association has called her “the new Toni Morrison.” In 2017, she became the first woman and the first person of color to win two National Book Awards for Fiction—joining the ranks of William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, John Cheever, Philip Roth, and John Updike.

Ward’s stories are largely set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where she grew up and still lives. When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, Ward was forced to evacuate her rapidly flooding home. Her writing is deeply informed by the trauma of Katrina, not to mention its unimaginable social and economic repercussions. Her novel Salvage the Bones, winner of the 2011 National Book Award, is a troubling but ultimately empowering tale of familial bonds set amid the chaos of the hurricane. Likewise, Ward’s debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, depicts what Publishers Weekly calls “a world full of despair but not devoid of hope” in the aftermath of natural disaster.

A singular Southern odyssey that strikes at the heart of life in the rural South, Sing,Unburied, Sing, earned Ward a second National Book Award in 2017. Sing, Unburied, Sing is a road novel through Mississippi’s past and present that explores the bonds of a family tested by racism and poverty. Margaret Atwood called it a “wrenching new novel…[that] digs deep into the not-buried heart of the American nightmare.

Ward’s memoir, Men We Reaped, delves into the five years of Ward’s life in which she lost five young men—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that follows poor people and people of color. Ward is the also the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, which NPR named one of the Best Books of 2016.

  •  October 17, 7:00 - 8:30pm; Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium, Sheldon Museum of Art

Uncommon DH Lecture: Roopika Risam

Join us for the inaugural Uncommon Digital Humanities Critic lecture (rescheduled from Spring 2019). Roopika Risam, assistant professor of English at Salem State University, will present “Lessons from The Digital Black Atlantic: Amplifying Equity and Justice in Public Humanities.”

Drawing on her experience co-editing the volume The Digital Black Atlantic for the Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press) with Kelly Baker Josephs, Risam will explore the lessons learned from producing a volume on African diaspora digital humanities.

  • October 24, 3:30 - 5:00pm; Bailey Library, Andrews Hall, UNL Campus

All English Department Events for October

  • Reading by Author Terese Svoboda. October 28, 5:00 - 6:00om; Bailey Library, Andrews Hall, UNL Campus
  • Humanities on the Edge Presents Claire Colebrook. October 31, 5:30 - 7:00; Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium,  Sheldon Museum of Art

All English Department Events for the Fall Semester

  • Building Your Career: Alt-Ac, Publishing, Fellowships, and Fullbrights. November 5, 12:00 - 1:30pm; Bailey Library, Andrews Hall, UNL Campus

University Announcements and Events

Week Without Violence: Brown Bag Lunchon on Peace

Courtnery Hillebrecht, Samuel Clark Waugh Professor of International Relations, director of the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, faculty coordinator of the William H. Thompson Learning Community, and associate professor of Political Science will lead a discussion on peace.

For more info see here.

  •  October 16, 12:00 - 1:30pm; Nebraska Union, See Kiosk 

Phantom at the Opera

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera comes to Lincoln as part of a brand new North American Tour. This production, which retains the beloved story and thrilling score, boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography and has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before.”

The Phantom of the Opera will take the Lied Stage for seventeen shows from Oct 23-Nov 3.

UNL students may purchase half-price tickets online at liedcenter.org, then pick them up from the Box Office with their NCard.

For more info see here.

  • October 23 - November 3, Times Vary; Lied Center

Uncommon Digital Humanities Critic Lecture

Join us for the inaugural Uncommon Digital Humanities Critic lecture (rescheduled from Spring 2019). Roopika Risam, assistant professor of English at Salem State University, will present “Lessons from The Digital Black Atlantic: Amplifying Equity and Justice in Public Humanities.”

Drawing on her experience co-editing the volume The Digital Black Atlantic for the Debates in the Digital Humanities series (University of Minnesota Press) with Kelly Baker Josephs, Risam will explore the lessons learned from producing a volume on African diaspora digital humanities.

  • October 24, 3:30pm; Bailey Library, Andrews Hall, UNL Campus

Ann Weisgarber: "Discovering Rachel Dupree: Writing Historical Fiction in the Great Plains"

Join us for a talk by historical novelist Ann Weisgarber. Weisgarber will speak about the process of constructing historical fiction in her first book, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree. Her character, Rachel DuPree, an African-American woman, left Chicago with her husband to claim homesteads in the Badlands of South Dakota in 1917. The book won the Stephen Turner Award for New Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. In England, the novel garnered nominations for the 2009 Orange Prize and the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers.

Weisgarber’s book, The Promise, was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and a finalist for the Spur Award for Best Western Historical Fiction and the Ohioana Book Award for Fiction. Her latest book, The Glovemaker, set in Utah, was released in 2019. Weisgarber currently lives in Galveston, Texas.

Additional Public Info:
Parking is usually available in the Que Place garage (entrance at 11th and Q streets).

  • October 24, 3:30pm; Center for Great Plains Studies, Downtown Lincoln

Places and Plains Workshop Series with Ng’ang’a Muchiri

“Land Rights & the Zimbabwean Chimurenga.” will be presented.

  • October 25, 3:30 – 5:00pm; Center for Great Plains Studies Commons

All English/Film Studies Related University Events for the Fall Semester

  • Agency, Power, and Social Justice. November 7, 3:30 - 5:30pm; Heritage Room, Nebraksa Union
  • Epistemic Standpoints and the Epistemology of Injustice. November 8, 3:30 - 5:30; Room 308, Lousie Pound Hall, UNL Campus
  • Places and Plain Workshop Series with Cory Willard. November 22, 3:30 – 5:00pm; Center for Great Plains Studies Commons

  • "Befriending the Mighty Mo: Missouri River as Ally". November 23, 3:30pm; Center for Great Plains Studies, Downtown Lincoln

  • Global Cafe: Writing an Undergrad Thesis. November 30,12:00 - 1:00pm; Room 827, Oldfather Hall, UNL Campus

Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development

Collision Literary Magazine Seeking Submissions

Poetry Editor of Collision Literary Magazine at the University of Pittsburgh. Collision is currently open for submissions of undergraduate fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art, and we welcome your students to submit! We're also looking for submissions for our fall zine, Border Crossing, which will feature fiction, nonfiction, poetry and black-and-white visual art revolving around international and intercultural experiences. By submitting to either the annual magazine or the themed zine, students will be considered for our writing contests, wherein they could win monetary prizes. 

Submissions for the annual magazine close Friday, Feb. 21, but we read on a rolling basis. Zine submissions close Friday, Oct. 25. You can find more information about the magazine and our submission guidelines at https://www.collision.pitt.edu. If you have any questions, please contact collision.pitt@gmail.com

Nebraska Writers Collective Internship

NWC Internship Poster

Lincoln Public Schools Gifted Students Mentorship

Lincoln Public Schools is seeking Juniors, Seniors, or Graduates to mentor students up to one hour per day in the following areas:

  • English and Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • World Languages
  • History/ Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

The mentorship pays $18.91 per hour for working with the students, as well as mileage reimbursement for travel between schools for those assigned at multiple LPS locations.

The mentorship provides a wealth of experiences to discuss in interviews for those considering the job market after graduation.

The following requirements need to be met in order to be considered for the program:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • 15 college course hours in the subject to be mentored
  • A minimum of 3.5 GPA in these courses

For those interested in applying, the application can be found here.

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

Who Has the Right to Write about Hurricane Katrina

"Amidst formidable ambitions of historic and collective justice, Broom questions whether she has the right to authorship: “Who has the right to tell the story of a place?” Because she was not there when the hurricane hit, she did not evacuate, she did not live in New Orleans for a long time."

Maggie Neil discusses Sarah Broom's The Yellow House on LitHub.

Literary News

2019 National Book Award Finalists Announced

The National Book Foundation announces its top picks for the National Book Award in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, and young adult.

Film News

Paying Homage: Before Tyler Perry Studios, There Was Oscar Micheaux and Lincoln Motion Picture Company

In 1916, African-American actor Noble Johnson and his brother, George, founded Lincoln Motion Picture Company, which became the first movie company owned and controlled by black filmmakers, according to the African American Registry (AAREG).

Read more about the Lincoln Motion Picture Company and Black filmmaker history at The Root.

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English Advising Intern at ENGL-AdvisingIntern@unl.edu.