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English Advising Office October 23rd - October 27th


As of this morning, my weekly appointments have filled. I will be available on Friday, October 27th for walk-ins from 8:30 am to noon. If we haven't met yet, and your priority registration opens before we can meet, use your Degree Audit (in MyRed) to make some educated decisions about which classes to plan for spring. The Degree Audit along with the English Undergraduate Description Booklet should be helpful in drafting a tentative schedule. When we meet, we can discuss revisions and finalize your schedule.

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.

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October 23 (Mon.) - November 7 (Tues.) Priority Registration for Spring Semester 2018
November 8 (Wed.) 2017 - January 7 (Sun.) 2018 Open Registration for Spring Semester 2018
November 10 (Fri.) Last day to withdraw from one or more full semester courses for the term

Table of Contents

English Student Spotlight 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

English Student Spotlight

Send us your story!
Photo of Jenna Brende

Jenna Brende

I am a senior from Renner, South Dakota (just north of Sioux Falls) and will be graduating this December with my Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in business.  I can tell all my fellow English and Film Studies majors, however, that I did not see this happening—even when I was a junior.  I started out at UNL in 2013 as an ADPR major, switched around from that to education to our fashion communications program (among other programs I explored), and honestly thought I would transfer because I was just not having a good time here.

I went so far as talking to advisers of other programs at other universities closer to home (and even finding an apartment). That is, until I met Kelly Payne—our own academic adviser for the Department of English at the tail-end of my junior year. Kelly might not remember this, but I cried in her office and we had a great discussion about all the things that were stressing me out and the great things about our Department of English. I didn’t tell Kelly at the time (or even until now), that she and our English program are the reasons I am still at UNL and am about to graduate (yay!).

Thanks to Kelly:

--I applied for a job at Career Services, where I currently work as a Peer Career Guide helping students with their resumes, cover letters, and applying for part- and full-time jobs and internships.

--I applied to be on the English Student Advisory Board, where I help first-year English and Film Studies students transition to college as well as served as her Undergraduate Advising Intern, where I learned more about the field of academic advising.

--I presented with Frae Binder at the Academic Advising Conference that was held at UNL last spring.

--I got the opportunity to be one of the only undergraduates (of like 3?) at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Conference and present our poster about mentoring in the humanities.

--I have completed my undergraduate thesis about how mentoring and peer-to-peer mentoring (and reading about the college experience) all contributes to academic success, and I will (hopefully) be graduating with honors.

I have seen a lot of success thanks to Kelly being a mentor to me, but what I am really trying to say is that there’s a place here for you at UNL.  The Department of English has tons of opportunities for English and Film Studies majors, and I really hope you think you are worthy of applying for them--because you are! And Kelly and so many advisors want to help you find your home here.

Department of English Announcements and Events

Freshman Advising Event- REQUIRED for Freshman Students

For first-year English, Film Studies, History, and Political Science majors only!

Wednesday, October 25th, from 3:30 - 6:30 PM in Avery Hall Room 338

All first-year English and Film studies majors are strongly encouraged to attend this drop-in event! Meet one-on-one with an academic advisor and select classes for the spring 2018 semester. Students will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Pizza and drinks will be provided while you wait!

Laurus Call for Submissions

Submissions are now open for Laurus, the official undergraduate literary magazine of the UNL English Department! Send us your short stories, essays, poems, photographs, short plays and pieces of art for a chance to be published in our spring issue. Submissions are open to all undergraduates, and all accepted contributors  have the opportunity to win up to 100 dollars in prize money. Former contributors include writers such as Timothy Shaffert and Rainbow Rowell, so this is your opportunity to be a part of a proud UNL tradition going back to 1983. Details and information about how to submit can be found at  www.unl.edu/english/laurus

Laurus is also hosting a cover contest. Just send us your submission of art or photography with the note that you want to be considered for the cover. The winner will be featured as the cover of our spring issue. All submissions can still make it into the magazine even if they aren't chosen for the cover, so go ahead and give it a shot!

Questions about Laurus or the submission process can be sent to laurusmagazine@gmail.com or to Rachel at


Upcoming Poetry Reading with Kristi Carter

Kristi CarterJoin me on Friday, 10/27, 6-7 pm, at Francie & Finch Bookshop located 130 S. 13th Street (Between N and O Sts) for a launch reading from my poetry book, Cosmovore (Aqueduct Press). Through the eponymous persona, the book progresses through a narrative arc which explores reproductive rights, astronomy, and speculative/magical realism tropes. 

Become a Contributor for Trill! Magazine and Gain Valuable Writing Experience!

Do something different this year and turn your hobby into a constructive outlet by joining our fast-growing team of young writers at our pop culture website.

Download more information here.

Write With Us Fridays

Write With Us Fridays

Looking to Get Published?

Paper Throne Publishing is currently seeking submissions related to diversity in youths.

We hope to create a final lit magazine that brings a variety of marginalized demographics to the forefront. Whether it be race, religion or culture, there is a lack of diversity in stories that affect and influence the way that our youths view themselves. We will be composing these pieces into a literary magazine that highlights children’s stories. If you have any short stories, poems, artwork, or any creative medium that expresses diversity in the category of early childhood, we would love to accept your work.

Submit your work by November 4th via email to paperthronepublishing@gmail.com with title and classification (short fiction, poem, artwork, graphic design, etc.)

Thank you,

Paper Throne Publishing

Upcoming Pre-Law Events

Financing Graduate and Professional School Workshop:

Wednesday, October 25, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Love Library South 221)

Do you know what your options are for paying for law school? Get a start on making professional school a financial reality by attending this workshop. Representatives from UNL’s Student Money Management Center, the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, and Graduate Studies will share their expertise on financing your advanced degree. Presented by UNL Career Services. No registration required.

Midwest Law School Virtual Fair:

Tuesday, November 7, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central

This free virtual fair allows prospective law school students to visit with admission representatives from Law Schools around the Midwest. To register and see the law school schedules, go to https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=e9352d29-e307-4b32-be49-a6d70156dd4f. Sponsored by the Midwest Alliance for Law School Admissions and the Midwest Association of Prelaw Advisors.

Creighton Law School Open House:

Tuesday, November 7, from 1 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Creighton Law School is hosting an open house at their Omaha, NE, campus for students interested in learning more about their law school program. See attached flyer for more information. Please RSVP through this link: https://choose.creighton.edu/register/?id=7478ff96-5e4d-4dd4-8dd4-16fc6e56e99f. For questions, please contact BarbaraKaye Miller at BarbaraKayeMiller@creighton.edu.

Download more information here.

University Announcements and Events

Nominate a Husker for Franco's List

Do you know a student at UNL who should be recognized for making a difference on campus or in the community? The Character Council is seeking nominations for Franco’s List, a public recognition of students of integrity. Franco's List is an award that recognizes students for demonstrating integrity. Students can be nominated by students, faculty, or staff for this very prestigious award. The students that are recognized portray one or more of the six building blocks of integrity: citizenship, dependability, respect, open-mindedness, caring, and commitment. Award winners are selected by the Character Council and are recognized at a ceremony in November. Nominations are due November 3rd.

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/integrity

Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl on November 11th

We're hosting the 2017 Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl on November 11 in Anderson Hall on City Campus.  Please, join us for a fun day of competitive discussion over complex moral issues!!

We still need a few volunteers to serve as judges and moderators.  Don't know much about ethics, judging, or moderating??  That's fine!!  We will train you running up to the event and at the event.

We would love to have volunteers who can work the whole day, but I realize that that is asking a lot.  So, we are happy to have half day volunteers.  Morning (8am - 1:15pm) volunteers will receive a free continental breakfast and Afternoon (12:30pm - 5:15/6:30 - depending on number of teams, we may need a 6th round).  Volunteers who work the whole day will receive both the free breakfast and free lunch. 

In case you've never judged or moderator for ethics bowl, we will train you running up to and at the event.

Please, if you're faculty, staff, or a graduate student let us know asap if you are interested.    

Thank you!

Adam R. Thompson, PhD

Assistant Director

Kutak Ethics Center

University of Nebraska-Lincoln




Young People For: Fellowship

Young People For which is a national long-term a leadership development program, that aims to identify, engage and empower young people who are historically left out of the leadership development pipeline to take action in their community, is looking for young people for their Fellowship.

The general requirements of the Fellowship are below:

Fellowship General Requirements:

1. Attend one mandatory Regional Training. You must attend the Regional Training that aligns with the state you will live in during the Fellowship cycle (May 1st 2018 – April 30th 2019).

•         Please save the dates for your state specific 2018 Regional Training:

o   West: June 14-17, 2018 (CA, OR, WA, ID, NV, AZ, NM, MT, WY, CO, UT, AK, HI)

o   Central: July 12-15, 2018 (ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX, MN, IA, MO, AR, LA, WI, IL, MS)

o   East: August 9-12, 2018 (MI, IN, KY, TN, AL, FL, GA, OH, WV, VA, NC, SC, PA, NY, MD, NJ, DE, CT, RI, VT, NH, MA, ME, PR, VI, DC)

2. Attend YP4’s 15th Annual National Summit the weekend of February 15-18, 2019.

3.  Complete a Blueprint for Social Justice (Outline, Draft, and Final).

If you wish to apply you can find the application here.

Apply for UCARE

To apply for UCARE, you must submit an online application during the open period for each UCARE term. No applications are accepted after 3 PM on the application close date.

December 4 - January 19: Summer 2018 Application Period

February 5 - March 9: Academic Year 2018-2019 Application Period


Intro Men and Masculinities Course

The Intro Men and Masculinities course (WMNS 291) is offered every two years, so if you or someone you know is interested in masculinities studies this is the time to sign up! Please see attached for more information.

Download more information here.

Gun Amnesty Day AND UPC brings Kevin Hines, Suicide Survivor, Author & Mental Health Activist

This coming Saturday, October 28th from 10a-12p at the 27th & Holdrege substation members and volunteers from the coalition will be partnering with LPD at the Gun Amnesty Event to give away hand gun lock boxes and trigger locks.  Please help to share this event information using the attached flyer. 

Suicide survivor and activist Kevin Hines will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium, 1400 R St.  In 2000, Hines jumped off San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge after recently being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and hearing voices that told him he had to die. Hines is one of only 36 people to survive the fall. Since then, he has become a mental health advocate, sharing his story around the world.  In 2013, Hines released his bestselling memoir, "Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt." He is a board member of the International Bipolar Foundation, the Mental Health Association of San Francisco and the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health and the Clifford W. Beers Award from Mental Health America. 

The event, sponsored by the University Program Council, is free for students and $5 for faculty, staff and the public.  http://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/suicide-survivor-to-share-his-story-of-hope/

Download more information here.

Upperclass Learning Communities

Learning Communities at Nebraska is excited to share three new Upperclass Learning Communities that will be available to second-year students for the 2018-2019 academic year! Upperclass LCs differ from first-year LCs in that they are designed for multidisciplinary cohorts of students, allowing a student from any major (or without a major) to join a program if the focus aligns with their interests.

Below you will find a short description of each program with links for further information. The application is located on the Continuing Student Housing Contract. Attached is a flyer with information about each LC.

Global Experiences provides students and opportunity to live in a community with domestic and international students. While living together in Selleck, students will take a seminar with a faculty member where they will develop a plan to further develop their global competence.

Second-Year Edge  is designed to support students and their engagement in High-Impact Practices (HIPs) such as Education Abroad, Undergraduate Research, Civic Engagement, etc. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Through this experience students will live together in upperclass suites in Knoll Residential Center, take a multidisciplinary seminar, and work with faculty and peers to develop a personal implementation plan for how each student will engage with HIPs.

Water for Food Global SEEDS will allow students to work side by side with peers, faculty, and global industry champions to further the cause of ensuring a water and food secure world while protecting health and the environment. Students will meet with leaders that represent the key learning community themes: Service, Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Development, and Sustainability (SEEDS). They will network with decision makers at all levels in the public and private sectors, from farm fields to government ministries locally and internationally. Water for Food Global SEEDS students will top off their year with a study abroad experience!

Download more information here.

Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development

Apply for Spring Engl 495 Prairie Schooner & African Poetry Book Fund Internships

Prairie Schooner and the African Poetry Book Fund will consider applications for Spring 2018 semester through October 31 and begin accepting summer (May-Aug) 2018 applications through March 2018. Interns will receive course credit, Engl 495. Interns spend 9 hours per week in the office for the duration of the semester; summer interns spend 10 hours per week. Interested applicants should send an e-mail to Managing Editor Ashley Strosnider (prairieschooner@unl.edu) with a brief cover letter outlining why you're interested in the internship, what skills or experience you can bring, and what you hope to learn, along with your resume.

The African Poetry Book Fund promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts through its book series, contests, workshops, and seminars, and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges, universities, conferences and all other entities that share an interest in the poetic arts of Africa. For more information, click here

Download more information here.

Apply for Spring Engl 495 Internship with the Nebraska Writers Collective

The Nebraska Writers Collective is a non-profit that exists to promote creative writing and performance poetry throughout the Midwest. It accomplishes this mainly through writing workshops offered in Nebraska and Iowa.
LOUDER THAN A BOMB: GREAT PLAINS As an intern your main responsibility will be helping with all aspects of LTAB: Great Plains. This is the biggest youth poetry festival in the region, with hundreds of students from 42 high schools and youth programs participating from September through April of each year. Students work with NWC Teaching Artists for weeks or even months writing, revising, and rehearsing original performance poetry.
LTAB will give you experience in teaching and mentoring youth, organizing and running events, and being part of a growing non-profit that values your input.

Download more information here.

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 (kpayne2@unl.edu) 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.

Apply for Spring Engl 495 Nebraska’s Literary Heritage Internship

The mission of the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors is to celebrate, preserve and promote the individual and the collective work of Nebraska authors.  Students will be introduced to the regional literature of the Great Plains through the study of the books, personal papers, ephemera and other primary resources held in the Heritage Room.  Interns will report to the Curator of the Heritage Room, Erin Willis. Kelly Payne will serve as the instructor of record for this Engl 495 section.  The department will accept one intern for the 2018 spring semester.  For more information on the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, visit: www.lincolnlibraries.org/heritage-room-of-nebraska-authors/

Requirements include:

- Reading and reviewing the literary works, news articles and vertical files (correspondence, book reviews, personal records, news articles, etc.) of Nebraska authors.

-Synthesizing information to creative narratives for Nebraska authors that can be used for webpages, databases and physical displays.

-Writing and editing book reviews for publication in local/regional newsletters and newspapers

-Utilizing web databases to trace the histories and relationships of Nebraska Authors.

-Manipulating data and using basic HTML functions to update the Nebraska Author database, a website developed by the UNL Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.

-Using social media to share information about Heritage Room collection items and special events

-Creating physical displays of books and primary documents by utilizing archival methods for storage and display.

-Assisting with the curatorial responsibilities of selecting authors and materials for inclusion in the Heritage Room collection, including new and emerging Nebraska authors.

Learning Objectives

Heritage Room interns may expect to learn:

-about the Nebraska Authors, past and present, and the Nebraska Literary Tradition.

-to recognize literary themes and identifying features of Great Plains literature.

-to synthesize a volume of information an create brief biographical sketches of authors and their works.

-to understand and describe the cultures that contribute to the body of Nebraska literature.

-to create narratives of Nebraska authors through their relationships with each other and through common themes in writing.

-to conduct research using primary documents and web databases.

-to make personal connections with authors through social media, book signings and direct contact with local authors.

-to recognize the identifying features of rare and valuable literary items.

-to utilize archival tools for storage and display of rare materials.


Grades will be rewarded based on, 1.) the completeness of database records for a variety of Nebraska authors that includes: a narrative author profile, a bibliography of work, and accurate biographical information;  2.)  a physical display that includes a narrative theme connecting a variety of Nebraska authors, their physical books, primary documents and ephemera.

Application Process

Qualified applicants should have:

  • an interest in the literature of Nebraska.
  • an interest in archival methods.
  • a competency with, or willingness to learn, research databases and database construction.

Please submit the following documents by email to Erin Willis (heritage@lincolnlibraries.org) and copy Kelly Payne (kpayne2@unl.edu)

1.            Academic Resume

2.            Cover letter

 Your cover letter should be addressed to Erin Willis (Curator, Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors) and Kelly Payne (English Advisor)

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: www.curtisbrown.com

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: http://hr.unl.edu/benefits/riskmanagement/studenttrip.shtml/

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 (nb@cbltd.com) and Professor Timothy Schaffert (tschaffert2@unl.edu) 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?

Internship Opportunity at the NE Dept. of Natural Resources

The NE Department of Natural Resources currently has an Integrated Water Management Planner Intern position available! We are seeking an individual who possesses strong English grammar skills, is task orientated, and will be able to provide additional support for various planning and research efforts. The main duties will involve plan writing and editing, document review, and document organization.

Additional information for this internship opportunity can be found on Husker Hire Link, which also serves as the place students can apply.

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.

Download more information here.

Nebraska Life Managing Editor

I’m looking to add a managing editor to the staff at Nebraska Life.

The position is recommended for someone who has worked a few years as an editor or assistant editor – likely at a magazine. The position is based in Norfolk, but we can set up a remote operation for someone in Omaha/Lincoln, etc.

Above all, I’m looking for a really good writer – someone who knows how to tell stories concisely with anecdotes and characters. Our managing editor should be as comfortable writing 3,000-word profiles as 200-word departments across a mix of subjects: personalities, communities, adventure, history, travel, food and events. Our managing editor should be highly organized (Type A), and should love to stay ahead of the production curve. The ME will work with our freelance contributors to find, develop and hone talented writers in Nebraska.

This is a fun job in a state with a rich history, warm personalities and a loving audience. Nebraska Life is 40,000-paid-circ magazine. We’ve built on Nebraska Life’s success to launch Colorado Life in 2012, and we have Utah Life launching in March 2018. All totally, 22 of us work in our company.


Chris Amundson


Flagship Publishing, Inc.

Download more information here.

Career Development Messages


Career coaching is available in the Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall. Kristen Aldrich and Meagan Savage are ready to help you:

  • Explore majors & careers
  • Gain outside-the-classroom experience
  • Develop resumes and cover letters
  • Search for internships and jobs
  • Prepare to apply for graduate school
  • Learn to network
  • ...and more!

No matter where you are in your career development process, Kristen and Meagan are here to help. Make an appointment online with MyPLAN or by calling 402-472-4190.


Love your major but unsure how it connects to career options? Enroll for CASC 200 this spring to explore careers related to your major, identify ways to gain real-world experience, develop your resume, and learn how to express the value of your Arts and Sciences degree. 1 credit hour, Pass/No-Pass, available in-person and online.



If you’re considering graduate school, start talking to your faculty members and advisors to help identify programs of interest. Start identifying admissions requirements, application materials and timelines, and possible references.

Attend these upcoming workshops to learn more about graduate school admission:

GRE Workshop Part 1; Oct. 30, 4pm, Nebraska Union

GRE Workshop Part 2; Oct. 31, 12:30pm, Nebraska Union

Crafting Your Graduate School Application; Nov. 13, 4pm, Nebraska Union

For health and/or law programs, visit with the Explore Center, Love Library South 127, to assess whether you’re on track with prerequisite coursework and get assistance with all elements of the application process.


Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) is a paid research opportunity available to students in all disciplines. Assist a faculty member with their current research, or develop your own research proposal. UCARE is excellent preparation for graduate school and will allow you to develop valuable faculty mentorships, which can lead to exciting opportunities to travel and present research at national and/or international conferences and co-author articles and other publications.

Applications for UCARE Summer 2018 open Dec. 4. Attend these workshops to learn more about the UCARE application process:

Nov. 8, 8:30am, Nebraska Union

Nov. 9, 10am, Nebraska Union

Preparing for the U.S. Job Search

Please see attachment about the upcoming Preparing for the U.S. Job Search event happening Monday, November 6 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Green Room. Presented by Career Services, this event will give international students an overview of how to seek opportunities in the United States. 

Download more information here.

Community Events

Humanities Nebraska

Wednesday, October 25

DAVID CITY - 10 a.m.

Opening of Legacy of Nebraska Exhibit

at the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art

LEXINGTON - 12 p.m.

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train
by Charlotte M. Endorf

at Grand Generation Center

HASTINGS - 1 p.m.

Storytelling of the Dakota

by Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey

at Hastings College

OMAHA - 7 p.m.

Backwaters Press Reading Series
at Gallery 1516

Visit HumanitiesNebraska.org for more events!

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

Supporting Lambda Literary

Supporting Lambda Literary means that emerging LGBTQ writers have a residency to call their own where world-class instruction gives them a leg up in a challenging publishing industry.

Lambda's Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is the only residency in the world for up-and-coming queer writers seeking to improve their craft, build a community of peer support, and make valuable connections with publishing insiders. The highly competitive residency offers professional instruction and mentoring from stellar faculty for writers in fiction, nonfiction, genre fiction, poetry, and playwriting. Lambda Fellows such as Chen Chen, M-E Girard, Sam Sax, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and Justin Torres, among many others, are now award winning authors making a significant impact on American letters.

Donate now

Please, give whatever you can afford to our fall fundraising campaign. Your tax-deductible contribution is impacting the future of our literature.

In gratitude,

Tony Valenzuela

Executive Director     

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When Climate Change Comes for the Fairy Tale Forest

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From Angela Davis to Valerie Solanas, feminist speeches that have been sampled in songs.

Peter Coyote: Voice of the Vietnam Generation

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Literary News

Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant

The Whiting Awards for Nonfiction have been announced. Winners include Meghan O'Rourke, Pacifique Irankunda, and George Packer.

Why the Line Between Fact and Fiction is Even Blurrier Online

"The Internet offers a secret life to everybody." Continue reading here

The Winner of the 2017 Narrative Prize

Javier Zamora is the winner of the 2017 Narrative Prize! Read his poetry here

Rushdie’s New York Bubble

"Whether by design, chance, or oracular divination, Salman Rushdie has managed, within a year of the 2016 election, to publish the first novel of the Trumpian Era. On purely technical merits this is an astounding achievement, the literary equivalent of Katie Ledecky lapping the Olympic field in the 1500-meter freestyle. The publishing industry still operates at an aristocratic pace; Egypt built the new Suez Canal in less time than it typically takes to convert a finished manuscript into a hardcover. As a point of comparison, the first novel to appear about September 11, Windows on the World, by the French author Frédéric Beigbeder, was not published until August 2003. Yet less than eight months into the administration, Rushdie has produced a novel that, if not explicitly about the president, is tinged a toxic shade of orange." Continue reading here

Lincoln in the Bardo Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

"Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is named winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Lincoln in the Bardo is the first full-length novel from George Saunders, internationally renowned short story writer." Continue reading here

A Day in the Life of a Freelancer

Lorraine Berry on the way she tries to make a living. Continue reading here

Poem of the Day

The Fatalist: “Come October, it's the lake not the border”

By Lyn Hejinian

Come October, it’s the lake not the border

that has been redrawn. Thinking

about the event afterwards, I realize how remarkably well-prepared   

the girls are. There don’t seem to be any slouches

among them. Please tell them I say hello and that we’ll need 14   

for the green salad and 14 for the apple tarts between

with some rapid washing in clear water I remember as play

and planning in childhood, preparing until the very last moment   

for a gripping narrative that was itself perpetually given over

to improvisations and asymmetrical collaborations that could run

for days. That makes another 14. It was ”the word“ or “the world” in 1981   

when we undertook to talk about the phrase

“once in a while” once in a while

noting the vagueness then named “a while” and how “once” the phrase   

recurs and therefore means more than once

the “while” is defined. We too are in “a while”   

and when “once” next occurs, if the basic design suits

you, we will need a bit of modestly biographical contextualization   

for November. I’m going to put some thought to something

implausibly contemporary which perhaps isn’t wise

since between then and now no new coincidences have been noted   

just one large color photograph of bespangled cowgirls

herding heavy bulls up the avenue that opens this week carefully   

wearing baby blue boots to take out the garbage

but it never rained. At the end of the month, Halloween should be clear.

Hard Up in New York

It’s 1981, the city is fractured, and you’re only just holding it together. Continue reading here

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

Listen to John Green's interview here

10 Rules for Book Editors

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Zadie Smith Says Using Social Media Would Threaten Her Writing

"Novelist tells interviewer that avoiding Twitter and Instagram protects her ‘right to be wrong’, which would be inhibited by instant public reaction." Continue reading here

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross

The History of American Fear

An interview with horror historian David J. Skal. Continue reading here

Signs of Progress at the Dundee Theater

There are literal signs of progress at the Dundee Theater, where a new marquee went up this past week paying homage to the 92-year-old cinema's past.

And, excitingly, there are terrific signs of progress in our efforts to secure the Dundee's future. We began with a substantial fundraising goal of $7.5 million. Today, as the Dundee's reopening draws near, we have just over $123,000 left to raise. If we can accomplish that, it unlocks $1 million in challenge grants and completes our goal.

Please consider a donation today. Every gift makes a difference, and everyone who gives is truly playing a role in an historic moment for film in Omaha.

All the Other Harvey Weinsteins

"The tale of Harvey Weinstein is now a thread that has tangled its way through Hollywood, connecting women, mostly actresses, in a depressingly common way. We all seem to have a Harvey story, each one a little different but with essentially the same nauseating pattern and theme. Women were bullied, cajoled, manipulated, and worse, and then punished.

My Harvey story is different, mostly because of timing. I was in one of the first films that Weinstein produced." Continue reading here

Ta-Nehisi Coates Leading New STORM Series

"By the Bright Lady, we’re getting a new Storm series!" Continue reading here

Blade Runner 2049

"In our very first episode of the Senses of Cinema podcast, we are joined by Cesar Albarran Torres in our rotating 3rd chair. We're talking Blade Runner 2049, the cinema of Jacques Tourneur, and screen representation of the Mexican narco wars, along with our choices for the best in screen culture for October 2017." Listen to podcast here

The Superweirdo Behind ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

"To revamp the most boring superhero in the Marvel pantheon, the company turned to an eccentric indie filmmaker from New Zealand. Will Americans like the view inside Taika Waititi’s head?" Continue reading here

Other Announcements

The Decline of the Midwest's Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies

And there could be far-reaching consequences for the national economy too. Continue reading here

Programming News - Now's the Time: A Panel Discussion

In conjunction with the exhibition Now's the Time, Sheldon Museum of Art has invited three University of Nebraska faculty members to share their expertise and perspectives in a panel discussion of the post–World War II art, literature, and music that made New York the cultural capital of the world.

On October 26 at 6 p.m., Grace Bauer, professor of English, Anthony Bushard, associate professor of music history, and Christin Mamiya, professor of art history, will discuss the conditions of postwar America that led to cultural movements such as abstract expressionism, beat literature, and bebop music.

The panel discussion and exhibition take their name from bebop musician Charlie Parker’s 1945 tune “Now’s the Time” to underscore the interdisciplinary nature of the New York School—a movement of artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and others who gathered in Lower Manhattan from the 1940s through the 1960s and, together, changed the trajectory of American art.

This event is free and open to the public.

Ted Croner
Baltimore, MD 1922–New York, NY 2005
Taxi, New York
Gelatin silver print, 1947/1948; printed later
16 x 20 inches
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Olga N. Sheldon Acquisition Trust, U-6673.2017

Sheldon Collection News - The Woman Among "The Irascibles"

In 1950, a group of eighteen artists signed and submitted a letter to the New York Times protesting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition American Painting Today and its “bias” against contemporary painting. The following year Life magazine published a now-iconic photo of fifteen of these artists, dubbing them “The Irascibles.” 

The sole female in the photo was Hedda Sterne, a prolific artist who left Europe in 1941 and found inspiration in the US.

On Thursday, October 26, at 6 p.m., the exhibition Now's the Time—which includes Sterne's New York, #5—will be the venue for a panel discussion by Christin Mamiya, professor of art history; Grace Bauer, professor of English; and Anthony Bushard, associate professor of music history; on the conditions of post–World War II America that made New York the cultural capital of the world.

Hedda Sterne
Bucharest, Romania 1910–New York, NY 2011
New York, #5
Oil on canvas, 1955
41 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Anna R. and Frank M. Hall Charitable Trust, H-368.1955

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