October 9th - October 13th

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English Advising Office October 9th - October 13th

Hours

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.

Appointments

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.

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Reminders

October 16 - 17 (Mon. - Tues.) Fall Semester Break (Student Holiday - UNL offices open)
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
November 22 (Wed.) Student Holiday (UNL offices open)
November 23 - 26 (Thu. - Sun.) Thanksgiving Vacation (UNL offices closed)

Table of Contents

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice Department of English Announcements and Events University Announcements and Events Jobs and Internships Community Events Literary News Film News Other Announcements

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

How to Save the Humanities? Make them a Requirement toward a Business Degree

One Canadian university sets out to prove the value of the humanities in lucrative careers. Continue reading here

How the Academic Elite Reproduces Itself

Publishing was invented to cure academe of patronage and patrimony. It’s failed. Continue reading here

Wisconsin Regents Approve a 3-Strikes Policy to Deal With Students Who Disrupt Speakers

Under the new rule, students who twice interfere with free speech on campus will be suspended for a minimum of one semester. And three times? They’re out. Continue reading here

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Facing Racism in America

The writer talks with David Remnick about the black experience in America, and how the left often cannibalizes itself. Watch interview here

Birth of a White Supremacist

Mike Enoch’s transformation from leftist contrarian to nationalist shock jock. Continue reading here

Indians, Slaves, and Mass Murder: The Hidden History

"The European market in African slaves, which opened with a cargo of Mauritanian blacks unloaded in Portugal in 1441, and the explorer Christopher Columbus, born in Genoa ten years later, were closely linked. The ensuing Age of Discovery, with its expansions of empires and exploitations of New World natural resources, was accompanied by the seizure and forced labor of human beings, starting with Native Americans." Continue reading here

Listen to Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize Lecture

Harold Pinter, the playwright & PEN Vice President, was born #OnThisDay. Listen to his powerful Nobel Prize lecture - Art, Truth & Politics here

On the Urgency of the Handmaid’s Tale

"The control of women and babies has been a part of every repressive regime in history." Continue reading here

Department of English Announcements and Events

Publishing Week and Creative Writing Month Events

PUBLISHING CLINIC w/ agents and editors

Wednesday, October 11, 2:00 p.m., Room 33 Andrews hall (downstairs)

Throughout the afternoon, NYC agents and editors will advise on the following topics. Either come for the whole clinic or sit in for parts of it! All welcome! Free and open to all students, staff, and the public at large.

“What Editors Want” Craft Talk with Lynne Barrett

Thursday, October 12, 2:00 p.m., Bailey Library

Fiction writer, essayist, and editor Lynne Barrett hosts a craft talk derived from her book What Editors Want: A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines.

SJ Sindu event

Thursday, October 12, 3:30 p.m., Bailey Library

Novelist, memoirist, and UNL 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 but You Were Dead.

Lynne Barrett Reading

Thursday, October 12, 6:00 p.m., Bailey Library

Reading by Lynne Barrett, the award-winning author of the story collections The Secret Names of Women, The Land of Go, and Magpies.

Twyla Hansen Reading

Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 p.m., Bailey Library (Andrews Hall)

Reading by Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen from her upcoming collection ROCK • TREE • BIRD.

Here’s the Creative Writing Month calendar in full:

http://www.unl.edu/english/creative-writing-month

Creative Writing Faculty Feature: Timothy Schaffert

What was your college degree program, and where did you earn your undergraduate degree?

I earned my undergraduate degree from UNL; I started off in Journalism, but actually graduated with a BA in English, with an emphasis in creative writing.

What were your most formative writing experiences in college?

Creative writing workshops were definitely the most formative, influencing both my writing and my professional development. I also worked on the Laurus literary journal, and did some work with Prairie Schooner.

Did you have a mentor? If so, how did you identify or connect with that person?

My mentors were my fiction writing professors, Judy Slater and Gerry Shapiro. I first met them when I took their writing courses, and I followed their advice in terms of what books to read, what events to attend, and how to submit my work to publishers.

What are you reading this fall? Who are the authors who inspire your work?

I’m always reading – novels, essays, and poetry by the visiting authors, works I’ve assigned for my courses, and research materials for my own fiction – biographies, historical documents, etc. In terms of inspiration, I love to return to William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Wright Morris, Eudora Welty, Tyehimba Jess, Elizabeth Crane. The writers who love musicality and language and invention.

How did you come to publish your first piece?

My first piece was a short story called “The Accordion,” which I submitted to a literary journal that published undergraduate writers. The journal was called Genesis, and my teachers had heard about it and encouraged me to submit. My acceptance letter got lost in the mail, so I was excited to see the journal arrive with my story in it.

What was the best advice you received about writing?

Writing talent isn’t terribly rare, but the kind of persistence it takes to make a career of it is less common. You have to endure rejection and disappointment, and the process can be mysterious and uncertain. Take pleasure and fulfillment in the writing, but approach publishing as a business, following guidelines exactly, keeping your work circulating, learning more and more about the industry and profession.

What advice do you have for college writers about becoming a professional writer?

Even if you don’t find immediate success as a writer (and most people don’t find immediate success), you can still take many opportunities to live a literary life, no matter what kind of job you have. Keep writing, keep pursuing inspiration, go to readings, read the latest novels and the classics. Join writing groups, organize events, volunteer. If you write, you’re a writer, whether you’ve published or not.

 Timothy Schaffert

Timothy Schaffert

Director of Creative Writing & Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of English 

Author of The Swan Gondola (Riverhead/Penguin), an Oprah.com Book of the Week

Humanities on the Edge Presents Ronald Judy

October 19th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Sheldon Museum of Art Room: Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium)

R. A. Judy is Professor of Critical and Cultural Studies in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches course in world literature, critical and literary theory, and literary criticism. He is a member of the Editorial Collective of boundary 2, an international journal of literature and culture, published by Duke University Press.

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!

Department of English Newsletter: October Issue

Check out the October issue of the Department of English newsletter!

https://www.unl.edu/english/newsletters/october-2017

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 they 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 their website:

https://www.touchstonekstate.org/

The Folks Publishing Accepting Submissions for Distortions Literary Magazine

Call for SubsThe Folks Publishing is looking for submissions for the second issue of their literary magazine, Distortions.

While issue 1 focused on the strange and surreal, issue 2 has an open theme. Wherever you are, whoever you are, and whatever you like to create—we wanna see it. We’re looking for poetry (standalones or collections!), short stories, personal essays, artwork, and photography. The deadline is November 30. Send subs to thefolkspublishing@gmail.com. You’ll get a decision after submissions close. If you have any questions, just send us an email.

www.thefolkspublishing.weebly.com

University Announcements and Events

LGBTQA+ History Month Events

For the LGBTQA+ Center’s history month events please visit: https://involved.unl.edu/lgbtqa-history-month-1

Undergraduate Thesis Writing Groups Info Session

Are you writing a thesis this year? Attend the undergraduate thesis writing groups info session on October 12th at 5:00 PM in the UNL Writing Center located in 102 Andrews Hall!

Upcoming Pre-Law Events

UNL Law:

On Thursday, October 12, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., a representative from UNL 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/.

Pre-Law Club:

The Pre-Law Club will be meeting on Wednesday, October 11, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., location TBD.

Drake University Law School Open House:

Drake University Law School is hosting an open house for prospective law school students on Friday, October 20, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., at their campus in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information or to register, please visit the event website at http://www.drake.edu/law/future/visit/events/.

Rep. Bacon to Present Sorensen Seminar on Oct. 18

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican who represents Nebraska's 2nd District, will deliver the next Thomas C. Sorensen Policy Seminar from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Great Plains Art Museum. For more information, click here

Global Cafe: Coffee with a Diplomat on Oct. 18

Join us for a conversation with Kristin M. Stewart, U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer, talking about career opportunities including the Pathways Programs, US Department of State Internships and Consular Fellows Program. All UNL sudents, staff and faculty invited!

Global Cafe

Trio SSS Tutors Needed

TRIO SSS is currently hiring for tutors this semester. They are in need of tutors in almost every discipline, but specifically for Physics and Chemistry. Please see the attached flyer and if you have questions, please reach out to Coddy MacNeill, Tutor Coordinator for SSS, at 402-472-7728 or coddy.macneill@unl.edu.

Download more information here.

Nebraska at Oxford Program

Oxford

Flu Shots- Free for UNL Students!

Flu shots are now available at Nebraska Medicine – University Health Center. For more information, click here

Student Affairs: What is That?

October 20th, 3:00 PM, Ubuntu Room 202, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center

Join us for a panel discussion to learn more about student affairs and hear from student affairs professionals themselves. The panel will consist of current graduate students, recent alumni, and professionals from across campus.

Jobs and Internships

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.

Assessment

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.

Assessment:

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?

ACLU of Nebraska

Want to educate your neighbors about the need for nondiscrimination policies for transgender Nebraskans?

The ACLU, OUTLinc - Lincoln's LGBT Community and the Nebraska Civic Engagement Table are joining forces to pilot a new canvassing technique. There are paid positions for this 8-week project in Lincoln, NE. See the full job description and apply today!

Canvass Director: https://www.aclunebraska.org/en/jobs/transgender-nondiscrimination-canvass-director

Canvasser: https://www.aclunebraska.org/en/jobs/transgender-nondiscrimination-canvasser

Midwest Archeological Center Paid Internships

Midwest Archeological Center, Interpretation and Education:

The Intern will work with Center staff to maintain and grow MWAC's online, education, Junior Ranger, and community outreach programs. Intern will represent the NPS and the Center through in-person, video conferencing, and written communications, and will gain experience in social media management. Background or interest in Archeology and Education or Communications is preferred. Work will be performed at the Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, NE. Housing and transportation in Lincoln will be the responsibility of the intern. (800 hours)

Midwest Archeological Center, Collections Program:

The intern will work with Center staff to meet National Park Service (NPS) standards for managing archeological and library collections. The intern will gain experience in a variety of curatorial activities such as packaging and preparing artifacts and archives for storage, cataloging archeological objects using official NPS cataloging software (ICMS), tracking collection movement, and assisting with Center library activities. The collections reflect a wide range of past human occupation from the earliest Native Americans through the fur trade and frontier eras, the Civil War, and Presidential homes. Work will be performed at the Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, NE. Housing and transportation in Lincoln will be the responsibility of the intern. (800 hours)

Midwest Archeological Center Archeological Report Preparation:

The intern will assist MWAC staff by enhancing accessibility for Center publications and website. The intern may be asked to assist with general report production, creation of draft illustrations, tables, and figures, and related tasks to ready the reports for final production by the Center's report team. The reports will cover a wide variety of archeological topics from numerous Midwest Region park areas. All work will occur at the Midwest Archeological Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Transportation and housing will be the responsibility of the intern. (800 hours)

Midwest Archeological Center, Interpretive Publications:

The intern will collaborate with archeology, museum collections, and publications staff to develop and produce booklets on archeology in National Park units for the public. Project will involve synthesis of information from primary and technical data sources, and will require proficiency in writing. Background in archeology, history, or a related field is preferred. Work will be performed at the Midwest Archeological Center, Lincoln, NE. Housing and transportation in Lincoln will be the responsibility of the intern. (800 hours)

For more information, please visit: http://www.preservenet.cornell.edu/employ/ncpe.php

Urban Teachers

Get your 'teaching feet' wet with our residency program. Apply today!

Questions? Contact Urban Teachers at admissions@urbanteachers.org.

Community Events

Humanities Nebraska- This Week's Events!

Friday, October 13

STATEWIDE - until 5 p.m.

Board Nominations Due

at Humanities Nebraska

LINCOLN - 6:30 p.m.

Growing up Czech in Nebraska

by Lorraine J. Duggin

at Hy-Vee, 5100 O Street

NORFOLK - 7 p.m.

A World of Music

by Todd Green

at the Norfolk Arts Center

BROWNVILLE - 7:30 p.m.

Willa Cather's "A Resurrection"

at the Brownville Village Theatre

Visit HumanitiesNebraska.org for more events!

Literary News

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature Goes to Kazuo Ishiguro

Author of Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. Continue reading here and here

Also, read Kazuo Ishiguro's writing advice here

The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before

Many of the original 600 Native American tribes have long been forgotten by history books. One mapmaker is bringing them back. Continue reading here

Tips for Writing Comedy

Continue reading here

The Education of Ta-Nehisi Coates

"In March, some of the country’s foremost historians gathered at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for a conference on "Universities and Slavery: Bound by History." Annette Gordon-Reed, Sven Beckert (who helped organize the conference), Craig Steven Wilder, and Adam Rothman were among the experts from more than 30 schools. More than 500 people attended, and the conference — which examined the delicate topic of Harvard’s profits from slavery — was covered in The New York Times." Continue reading here

What Allan Bloom Got Right

"'You can slam its young people into universities with their classrooms and laboratories, and when they come out all they can talk about is Babe Ruth. America is a hopeless country for intellectuals and thinking people.' Babe Ruth is the giveaway. These words were spoken in 1923, and the speaker was Theodore Dreiser, who had dropped out of Indiana University after one year." Continue reading here

Jennifer Egan’s Travels Through Time

The novelist combines obsessive research and an uncanny imagination to craft visions of the past, present, and future. Continue reading here

“Diversity in Publishing” Doesn’t Exist—But Here’s How it Can

Chris Jackson on how to anchor an abstract question in reality. Continue reading here

Master Class

She taught by quotation and aside, citation and remark, stone down the well and echo. Most of her lessons were for later. Continue reading here

Native American Poetry and Culture

A selection of poets, poems, and articles exploring the Native American experience. Continue reading here

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross

“Blade Runner 2049”: The Mysteries Deepen

Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic is both consuming and confounding. Continue reading here

Shonda Rhimes on Knowing Your Worth as an Artist

Continue reading here

Agnès Varda’s Double Portrait

Faces Places (Visages Villages in French) is an unexpected—and perhaps final—gift from the visionary eighty-nine-year-old director Agnès Varda. Continue reading here

Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

Multiple women, including Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, and Asia Argento, share harrowing accounts of sexual assault and harassment by the film executive. Continue reading here

12 Books to Read Before Their Movie Adaptations Hit Theaters

"Will you read the book before the upcoming theatrical release or do you judge a book by its movie?" Continue reading here

Other Announcements

UNL Sheldon Collection News- A Portrait of Marsden Hartley by George Platt Lynes

By the mid-1930s, George Platt Lynes’s regular commissions as a sought-after fashion photographer allowed him the financial freedom to pursue more personal artistic projects. He made this prescient portrait of Marsden Hartley, one of the most innovative painters of the early twentieth century, at a time when both he and Hartley were mourning the deaths of loved ones—and only a few months before the end of Hartley's life.

Lynes’s photo of Hartley, currently on view with other portraits of artists, will be featured during a Look! at Lunchtime dialogue on October 19.


George Platt Lynes
East Orange, NJ 1907–New York, NY 1955
Marsden Hartley
Gelatin silver print, 1943
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Nebraska Art Association, gift of Lawrence Reger, N-586.1982

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.