October 2nd - October 6th


English Advising Office October 2nd - October 6th


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.


The English Advising Office will be closed (no appointments or walk-ins) from the afternoon of October 10th through October 17th. I will be presenting a presentation on "Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter: Advising in an Age of Protest with bell hooks" at the National Academic Advising Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. As well, Jenna Brende, a senior English major, will be co-presenting a poster with me on "Imaginative Advising: Guiding First-Year Students Through Mentorship in the Humanities." If you need to contact me during this time, please email me, kpayne2@unl.edu. Also, if these presentations peak your interest, consider applying for the spring English Advising internship! 

Schedule your spring 2018 registration meetings soon. Please go to MyPlan in Canvas (under Account, then Settings) 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 October 6th. No walk-ins on October 13th.

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October 16 - 17 (Mon. - Tues.) Fall Semester Break (Student Holiday - offices open)
October 23 (Mon.) - November 7 (Tues.) Priority Registration for Spring Semester 2018

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 Hailey Fischer

Hailey Fischer

I am a Junior English and Film Studies double major, with a minor in Business from Loveland, Colorado. I have always loved to read and write, and hope to move to New York and work in the publishing industry in the near future. It is also a dream of mine to publish a book of my own someday. In my free time I love to run, hike, play basketball, and watch movies (especially any movie directed by Christopher Nolan). I love my hometown in Colorado, but was drawn to Lincoln by the great people on campus, the Husker football, and the amazing English and Film Studies department. In my past 2 years here, the faculty in the English and Film Studies department has continuously pushed me as a writer and scholar, and inspired me to broaden my world view and explore new ideas. The department has really helped me to grow as a person, and I’m proud to be on the English Student Advisory Board helping freshman students to have the same great experience. I am currently the intern for the Heritage Room at the Bennett Martin Public Library and have learned so much from the experience. The Heritage Room works to preserve and gather works by Nebraska authors, and has some amazing artifacts and opportunities for anyone that wants to learn more about Nebraska and its rich literary history. As an out-of-state student, interning for the Heritage Room has taught me a lot about Nebraska and opened me up to new authors I might have never given a chance on my own. Being able to work closely with the work of Nebraska’s authors, both old and new, has been inspiring to me as a writer and given me a new appreciation for the preservation of literature. As an intern at the Heritage Room, I have not only gotten experience researching and cataloguing Nebraska authors of the past, but also reading and reviewing current works, as well as preserving them. The Heritage Room and the English and Film Studies Department have really helped Nebraska to become my second home over the past 2 years, and I’m so proud to be a Husker. Go Big Red!

For more information on the Nebraska's Literary Heritage Internship, please see the Jobs and Internships section. Please consider applying for Spring 2018!

Department of English Announcements and Events

Don't Miss Publishing Week as a part of Creative Writing Month!

October is Creative Writing Month. The first event is Thursday, October 5!

Poetry in Print

11:00 a.m., Bailey Library (Andrews Hall)

Three poets (University of Nebraska alumnae Crystal Gibbins, Adrian Koesters, and Michelle Menting) will read from their work and hold a Q&A about about pursuing a writing career and a literary life.

Here’s the Creative Writing Month calendar in full:


Touchstone Literary Magazine Accepting Submissions

Touchstone, Kansas State's literary magazine, is now accepting submissions from Nebraska and Missouri in addition to Kansas. Submissions are now open and we accept work in Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Art. The Deadline for submissions is December 1 and the specific details for submitting can be found at our website:


Oct. 9th Bradford Morrow Reading From His New Novel: The Prague Sonata

October 9th, 2017, at 5:00 PM at the Center for Great Plains Studies, 11th and Q Streets, Lincoln, NE

Book signing and refreshments

Bradford Morro is an American novelist, editor, essayist, poet, and children's book writer. Professor of literature and Bard Center Fellow at Bard College, he is the founding editor of Conjunctions literary magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US and Canada, PEN/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing and two Indie Excellence awards.

Mr. Morrow's visit is sponsored by The Cather Project, Department of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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!

Nebraska Scholar Working to Bring Cather’s Partner to the Fore

Nebraska's Melissa Homestead is writing a new book about Edith Lewis' life, work and relationship with Willa Cather. Continue reading here

University Announcements and Events

Humanity in Action Fellowship Programs in Europe

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance—including the political foundations of racial hierarchies, Antisemitism, Islamophobia and colonial domination—as they affect different minority groups today. The Fellowship seeks to educate, connect and inspire the world's future leaders in the fields of human rights and social justice. For more information, click here

Summer Study Abroad in Ghana with English Professor Muchiri


Philosopher David Estlund to Head Colloquium Oct. 6

David Estlund, Lombardo Professor of the Humanities at Brown University, will head a colloquium in the philosophy department discussing his paper, "Approximation, Deviation, and the Use of Political Ideals," at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at OldFather Hall, Room 1007. For more information, click here

Upcoming Pre-Law Events

Pre-Law Students,

Here are the upcoming Pre-Law Events:

Creighton Law:

On Friday, October 6, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., a representative from Creighton University School of Law will be available to meet with students interested in applying and/or attending Creighton. Meetings will take place in the Explore Center, 127 Love Library South. You can sign up for an appointment by visiting this link: http://exploreregistration.unl.edu/.

University of Nebraska Law:

On Thursday, October 12, a representative from the College of Law will be available to meet with students interested in attending Law School. Meetings will take place in the Explore Center, 127 Love Library South. You can sign up for an appointment by visiting this link: http://exploreregistration.unl.edu/.

All Student Mock Interviews

Mock Interview Flyer

E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues Presents Mark Blyth: “Why People Vote for Those Who Work Against Their Best Interests”

October 10th, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Lied Center for Performing Arts

Free and open to the public

Are there a higher set of drivers in the global economy than we commonly pay attention to? Is the election of Donald Trump really just one part of a much larger, global pattern of events that is still unfolding and will affect us for years to come? Mark Blyth, the political economist noted for predicting both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, walks you through the disparate dynamics in both the U.S. and Europe that will forever alter politics as usual and send shockwaves through the global economy. Dr. Blyth also tells you what this shift of power means to financial markets, the fate of the EU, and the political and economic climate in the U.S. His straight-talking, no-holds-barred and frequently entertaining analysis tells it like it is, with powerful predictions of what’s to come.

English Alumna SJ Sindu, author of MARRIAGE OF A THOUSAND LIES

Thursday, October 12th, 3:30 PM in Bailey Library, Andrews Hall 229

Novelist, memoirist, and University of Nebraska alum SJ Sindu will discuss her new work: the novel MARRIAGE OF A THOUSAND LIES and the hybrid fiction/nonfiction chapbook, I ONCE MET YOU UT YOU WERE DEAD.

Michael to Keynote Oct. 28 Workshop on Race in Schools

Ali Michael, director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, will be the keynote for a free workshop from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 28 in Henzlik Hall, hosted by the College of Education and Human Sciences. “Raising Race Questions in Schools: Toward Wholeness of Self and Community” is open to all students, faculty, staff and K-12 educators across Nebraska. Register at http://go.unl.edu/rrqs. For more information, click here

Fall Research Fair Slated for Nov. 6-10

Mark your calendars for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's largest-ever Research Fair, scheduled for Nov. 6-10. Research Fair is a biannual celebration of faculty achievements and offers professional development opportunities for the Nebraska research community. For more information, click 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 intenrs 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

Engl 495 Spring 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.

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 an 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.

Spring 2018--Engl 495 Nebraska’s Literary Heritage

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 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 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?

Lincoln Public Schools Opportunities

Lincoln Public Schools is looking for qualified mentors to work with Highly Gifted Students, grades K-12.

Download more information here.

Community Events

Humanities Nebraska- This Week's Events!

Friday, October 6

AURORA - 12 p.m.

Sing Me a Story: The Ballad of Yesterday and Today

by Pat Boilesen

at the Hamilton County Senior Center


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

at the Plattsmouth Senior Center

LAUREL - 2:30 p.m.

Meet Buffalo Bill

by Terry Lane

at the Hillcrest Care Center

LINCOLN - 2:30 p.m.

Nebraska Through Story and Song
by Dan Holtz

at Picadilly Square

Visit HumanitiesNebraska.org for more events!

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

Another Worst Mass Shooting in the United States

"At a certain moment in the darkness of Sunday night, Las Vegas, a city that serves as a monument to the American willingness to suspend disbelief, became the setting for a macabre performance that we have seen many times before, one we wish could be permanently cancelled, one which summons an entirely different sort of disbelief. The first reports in the early hours of Monday announced that an unnamed gunman, firing from a perch high up in the Mandalay Bay hotel, had killed at least twenty people, at a Jason Aldean concert at an outdoor venue on the Vegas strip, and injured as many as a hundred more. Aldean now joins Ariana Grande and the Eagles of Death Metal as an entertainer who has seen his attempts to inspire joy be corrupted into tableaux of incalculable grief. The vantage point of a shooter thirty-two stories in the air, firing an automatic weapon at a crowd on the ground, meant that the attack in Las Vegas would generate horrific numbers of injuries—the gunfire amplified by the likelihood of people being trampled as they fled. By dawn, the number had ticked upward to 'at least fifty' fatalities." Continue reading here

Eileen Myles on Guns, Gays and Pride

Eileen Myles: “We can’t begin to talk until we make the guns stop. But the guns keep telling us to shut up.”

Growing Up Gay in a Proud Southern Family

"The Thing I Feared Most in Myself Would One Day Be My Greatest Joy." Continue reading here

Literary News

Interview with a FSG Gatekeeper: Colin Dickerman Isn’t As Shy As He Thinks

Kerri Arsenault Talks to FSG’s Newest Vice President. Continue reading here

When I’m Writing Fiction, I Cannot Read It

Anne Korkeakivi Investigates the Reading Habits of Working Novelists. Continue reading here

Poem of the Day: October


By Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,

Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,

Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call;

Tomorrow they may form and go.

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled,

Beguile us in the way you know.

Release one leaf at break of day;

At noon release another leaf;

One from our trees, one far away.

Retard the sun with gentle mist;

Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow!

For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,

Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,

Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—

For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross

FREE Film Studies Program- Calls for Applications

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is now accepting applications for its annual Film Studies Program. The program is a three-day symposium (February 1-4, 2018) open to all undergraduate students from around the United States. The program emphasizes film appreciation, criticism, and analysis. Led by SBIFF sanctioned film educators, participating students experience a packed program with access to SBIFF’s many events and opportunities, including opportunities to:

  • View some of the 200+ films with priority access.
  • Attend the highly acclaimed Panel Series, where notable industry professionals come together for discussions spanning directing, producing, writing and women in the business.
  • Hear guest filmmakers participate in intimate Q&A sessions.
  • Partake in private sessions with filmmakers and national media professionals in a classroom environment.
  • Experience the red carpet at SBIFF’s Tribute Events – an hour and a half of raw conversation about the honoree’s career.

The Film Studies program offers a unique mix of guided and self-guided opportunities, allowing students to maximize their experience at the festival, while still pursuing their individual interests.

Students will receive complimentary:

  • Priority Festival access
  • Overnight accommodations Thursday, February 1 through Sunday, February 4
  • In town transportation

Students are responsible for their own meals and transportation to and from Santa Barbara.
For students to apply, they will need to submit a statement of intent, transcript and application via our website at http://sbiff.org/education/film-studies-program/ by November 15, 2017.

Other Announcements

Study Civil Rights & Education over Fall Break Service Experience

Access to public education in the U.S. was not always equal, fair, or free. Join the Center for Civic Engagement over Fall Break to learn firsthand about the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, segregation in the Midwest, and the barriers keeping education segregated still today.

More details at http://engage.unl.edu/service-study-asb

Glamour's College Women of the Year Competition - Looking For Students to Apply!

Each year for the last 61 years, Glamour has been recognizing ten outstanding students: scientists, athletes, activists, businesswomen. The one thing they have in common, aside from being in college, is that they’re incredible at what they do. You can read about out the 2017 winners here.

Some details about the competition: the deadline is now extended to November 1st. We’re looking for students with strong leadership skills, who excel in extracurricular activities or athletics, and give back to their community or campus in some way. Entrants could receive $10,000, connections with leaders in their field, and a profile in a future issue. Last year was incredibly special—we connected our winners with mentors at an intimate luncheon which included guests like Robin Roberts, Martha Stewart, and Katie Couric.

Here is the link to the application.

Sheldon Collection News - Lee Krasner, inspiring Generation Z

This week, paintings from Sheldon's permanent collection are key resources for University of Nebraska students in Dr. Mary Alice Casto's color theory and practice classes.

The students, who are in the foundation year of the university's textiles, merchandising and fashion design program, will use their analyses and interpretations of Sheldon paintings to create color schemes for an extended project on tessellated, repeat patterns.

Here, one of the students evaluates hues in Lee Krasner's Invocation, currently on view in Now's the Time

Lee Krasner
New York, NY 1908–New York, NY 1984
Oil on canvas, 1969–1971
85 5/8 x 55 7/8 inches
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Olga N. Sheldon Acquisition Trust and Sheldon Art Association

Looking to get your Short Stories or Poems Published?

Tragic Comedy Press is a group of students who are running our very own publishing company as a part of a project in our English 355 Editing and Publishing class. Our anthology focuses on works by authors who wrote about mental illness, dealt with mental illness, or both.  Some of these authors and poets you may recognize include Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Once we finish and publish our anthology, we will begin working on creating a literary magazine.  With this magazine, we are looking for short works and/or poems to include.  If you or someone you know, would like to have your work(s) published in our magazine, message us on Facebook (Tragic Comedy Press) or Twitter (@TragicComedyP).  We would love to show off our local students and community’s amazing works! 

Submit Your Stories

Share your stories with us! Send us your text and photos using our online form or email the
English Advising Intern at ENGL-AdvisingIntern@unl.edu.