English Advising Office September 11th - September 15th
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Table of ContentsDepartment of English Announcements and Events
- Today: Preparing for Graduate School Panel
- Monday, September 18--First No Name Reading of the Semester, Must be 18+
- Pre-Law Orientation – You are Invited!
- Upcoming Pre-Law Events
- Nebraska Law Constitution Day Event
- Kutak Ethics Center - Brown Bag Luncheon - Dr. Karen Kassebaum, The Importance of Hiring for Diversity in the Academy and Beyond
- Celebration of life for Juan Franco is Sept. 21
- Fiesta on the Green is Sept. 14
- Career Development Events
- Rally for Academic Freedom
- Women's Center, LGBTQA+ Open House is Sept. 14
- "Now's the Time" Panel Discussion and Rothko's Son
- Student Leadership Retreat - October 20 - 21, 2017
- Real Talk: Conversation Training for Health Care Advocates
- Humanities Nebraska: We're Saving Your Seat at the Governor's Lecture Benefit Dinner!
- Experience the Humanities
- University of Nebraska Senior with DACA Status: This is the Only Home I Know
- DACA Rescinded & Poets Respond
- Where the Humanities Need No Defense
- The First White President
- Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Law in Effect
- We Are Worldless Without One Another: An Interview with Judith Butler
- How Did This Get Made? Podcast
- Exciting News from Alumna Roxane Gay!
- Poem of the Day: Rosa Parks by Nikki Giovanni
- Poems for Hispanic Heritage Month
- "Legs," A Poem by Poetry Faculty Member Hope Wabuke
- Lit Hub Daily
- The National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature
- Man Booker Prize Announces 2017 Shortlist
- Showing This Week at the Ross
- Q&A with Director Bob Byington
- September Films: ‘White Sun,’ Kelly Reichardt, ‘Time to Die,’ Sam Fuller, and UCLA Film Preservation
- The Night of Counting the Years (1969)
Monday, September 18--First No Name Reading of the Semester, Must be 18+
No Name--the Department of English's graduate student reading series--will be hosting its first reading event next Monday, September 18, at Barrymore's (124 N. 13th Street), starting at 6:15 (time change). All 18+ are welcome to attend. There will be snacks, a free raffle, and readings by Arden Hill, Alexander Ramirez, and Adam Hubrig.
We hope to see you there!
Pre-Law Orientation – You are Invited!
Are you a new pre-law student or have you recently decided to pursue pre-law? No matter what your major is, our Pre-Law Orientation is your chance to learn what to expect and make a plan for pre-law success!
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. in Love Library South room 221
Freshmen through seniors will learn what it means to be pre-law, how to best prepare your undergraduate education for law school success, and what makes a competitive applicant. Small groups will discuss specific timelines for undergraduate preparation for law school admission.
Upcoming Pre-Law Events
On Friday, September 15, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., a representative from Creighton University School of Law will be available to meet with students interested in apply 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: https://exploreregistration.unl.edu/.
The Pre-Law Club will be meeting on Wednesday, September 13, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the NE Union (room will be posted).
Nebraska Law Constitution Day Event
Monday, September 18th, is Constitution Day! To help celebrate the day, two of Nebraska Law’s constitutional law professors are participating in a friendly discussion about free speech on college campuses.
- What: Constitution Day Discussion: Free Speech on College Campuses
- When: Monday, September 18th, 3:30 PM
- Where: City Campus Union Ballroom
- Description: Free speech on college campuses has been an important and controversial issue in recent years, both nationwide and in Nebraska. On the one hand, universities must provide opportunities for its students to discuss controversial issues. On the other hand, universities should guard against harassment that leaves members of its community feeling threatened. In recent years, universities and colleges like Northwestern, Oberlin, University of California Berkeley, Amherst College, and many more have found themselves in the news because of controversies arising out of campus speech. How should universities deal with these issues? What role do trigger warnings have in university classes? And in what ways does the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which promises freedom of speech, limit public universities’ authority to pass and implement rules pertaining to speech?
To discuss these important and timely issues, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is hosting a Constitution Day Panel including two Constitutional Law experts from the College of Law. Richard F. Duncan is the Sherman S. Welpton, Jr. Professor of Law and Warren R. Wise Professor of Law. Eric Berger is Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor of Law. Together, the two will discuss the First Amendment issues surrounding campus speech in the United States.
Kutak Ethics Center - Brown Bag Luncheon - Dr. Karen Kassebaum, The Importance of Hiring for Diversity in the Academy and Beyond
Karen Kassebaum, Staff Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, is our featured guest for the September Brown Bag Luncheon!
Drawing in part on her research and years of service,
Dr. Kassebaum will lead a discussion on the value of recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce titled: The Importance of Hiring for Diversity in the Academy and Beyond. Faculty, staff, and students are all encouraged to attend.
The event runs from noon - 1:30 p.m., on Friday, September 29, 2017 in the City Campus Union.
Please, if you’d like a free lunch, RSVP via email at email@example.com by 1:00 pm, September 21st. Indicate dietary restrictions. Also, feel free to bring a lunch or just enjoy the conversation.
Hope to see you there!
Celebration of life for Juan Franco is Sept. 21
Fiesta on the Green is Sept. 14
Career Development Events
EDUCATION ABROAD FAIR
Tuesday, Sept. 19th, 11a.m.-2p.m.
Let curiosity move you to another country! Many students spend a portion of their college career studying abroad. Thanks to the flexibility of Arts and Sciences majors, taking advantage of this opportunity doesn’t necessarily mean pushing off graduation, and the variety of scholarships helps make studying abroad a possibility for many students. If you’re interested and want to learn more about the process, watch a GO Session online and visit the Education Abroad office in 127 Love Library South.
ATTEND BACKPACKS & BRIEFCASES TO PREPARE FOR THE CAREER FAIR
Sept. 14, 6-8p.m.; practice networking session at 5:15p.m., Innovation Campus (Free transportation available from Nebraska Union at 4:30p.m.)
This event features employer panels to give you tips for success, professional resume reviews, informational workshops, and a practice networking session with hors d'oeuvres. You’ll leave prepared to make a good impression and form quality connections at the career fair(s).
If you can’t make it, schedule an individual appointment with a career coach in the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, to get help with preparing for the fairs. 402-472-4190, or schedule on MyPLAN.
MAKE CONNECTIONS AT THE CAREER FAIR AND BUILD EXPERIENCE. EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR YOU!
Over 300 companies and organizations will be represented at the Career Fairs Sept. 25 & 26; Oct. 2, 5, 18.
Business & Liberal Arts: Sept. 25, 1-4p.m., Pinnacle Bank Arena*
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math: Sept. 26, 1-4p.m., Pinnacle Bank Arena*
Actuarial Science: Oct. 2, 3-6p.m., Nebraska Union Ballroom
Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Oct. 5, 10a.m.-3p.m., Nebraska East Union
Education: Oct 18, 9a.m.-12p.m.; Nebraska Union Ballroom
*Free shuttles will be available to travel to/from Pinnacle Bank Arena.
"Now's the Time" Panel Discussion and Rothko's Son
1) “Now’s the Time” panel discussion: https://events.unl.edu/2017/10/26/121635/
2) Rothko’s son: https://events.unl.edu/2017/11/09/121837/ (tickets here: https://marketplace.unl.edu/sheldon/http-go-unl-edu-rothko-lecture.html )
Student Leadership Retreat - October 20 - 21, 2017
Leadership Out LOUD: Building Confident Leaders and Vocal Advocates, a new student leadership retreat, will spring into action October 20 and 21, 2017. This experience aims to help students:
- Gain confidence in their ability to facilitate difficult conversations.
- Increase their awareness of what it means to be an inclusive leader.
- Develop a concrete action plan for a student organization to which they belong.
Designed by Marthaellen Florence, a trained LeaderShape facilitator, the retreat will provide an intimate environment to build student’s facilitation skills. Leadership Out LOUD will take place at City Impact on Friday, October 20 from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
To participate, students should apply at http://stuafs.unl.edu/leadership-out-loud-registration Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6.
This program was made possible thanks to a gift from Union Bank & Trust. Co-sponsors include the Center for Civic Engagement, the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services (OASIS), and Student Involvement.
Hiring Campaign Organizers for Impact
Impact is a team of organizers working on behalf of groups like Environment America and PIRG. Right now, we’re hiring Campaign Organizers to win concrete results for renewable energy, public health, consumer protection and our democracy. We are hiring staff to start in August 2018, as well as filling a few immediate openings.
Interested candidates can learn more and apply at WeAreImpact.org.
3-Credit 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 Nebras- ka 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 big- gest 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 rehears- ing original performance poetry.
LTAB will give you experience in teaching and mento- ring youth, organizing and running events, and being part of a growing non-profit that values your input.
Real Talk: Conversation Training for Health Care Advocates
Friday, September 29th, from 7:00-9:00 PM at El Centro de las Americas
In this environment, it can be hard to talk about important issues with your friends, family and neighbors. What if you believe in access to health care for everyone but don't feel like you can explain the complicated and confusing policies? What if you can't say what you want to say? Whether you're an old pro at opening these conversations, or you are just beginning to talk to your circles about the health care issues that matter to you, this training is for you!
Join us for an informative and engaging two-hour training with Nebraska Appleseed's Health Care Access Community Organizer, Felipe Blanco. Felipe will lead participants in a discussion of best techniques to start and maintain productive and respectful conversations on health care policy with your friends and family in a way that's approachable and clear. We will focus on talking with the immediate circle of individuals, comprised by family and friends, and will frame the content and activities within the recent health care policy debate.
For more information about Nebraska Appleseed, visit NeAppleseed.Org
Humanities Nebraska: We're Saving Your Seat at the Governor's Lecture Benefit Dinner!
If you've already purchased your ticket, thank you! We have your seat ready and waiting.
If you haven't, don't miss your chance to celebrate the humanities during the benefit reception and dinner. Afterwards, Todd Simon will receive the 2017 Sower Award in the Humanities, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author T.J. Stiles will deliver the 22nd Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities. The RSVP deadline for benefit reception/dinner tickets is Friday, September 15. The lecture is free and open to the public; no tickets are required to attend. Thank you!
Experience the Humanities
University of Nebraska Senior with DACA Status: This is the Only Home I Know
"For 12 years, I have been a Nebraskan. I was born in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and I was brought to the United States when I was 9 years old. On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama created a new policy, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
I have had DACA status since 2012. Not only has DACA allowed me to work, but it also has given security to both my family and myself. Ending the DACA program means I’ll no longer be able to give back to the state and country that have given me so much." Continue reading here
DACA Rescinded & Poets Respond
Where the Humanities Need No Defense
"I am 3,148 miles from my home in Boston, itself a city of universities, but a place, like most in America, where the humanities are on the defensive, eclipsed by STEM, struggling for credibility, and expected to demonstrate utility." Continue reading here
The First White President
Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Law in Effect
Our family and friends who are experiencing drug overdoses should never be afraid to call for medical help, which is why I introduced LB 487 and it was passed into law this year. This law provides for limited immunity from drug possession charges for the person experiencing overdoses and those assisting the person in need of medical help.
I introduced this legislation because in 2015 over 52,000 Americans died of a drug overdose. This spike in drug overdose deaths have been largely attributed to opioid related overdoses, but make no mistake, people have been dying of drug overdoses for years before the opioid crisis. This law applies to any overdose.
This law will is now in effect, and here is how LB 487 works if you or someone else you are assisting is experiencing a drug overdose:
- You or a friend is experiencing a drug overdose
- You call 911 for medical attention for yourself or your friend(s)
- Stay on the scene and cooperate with police and medical authorities
- You, the person you are helping and anyone else assisting are immune from the drug possession and paraphernalia charges
Keep in mind the immunity 1) only applies to the drug possession and paraphanelia charges and 2) only if you stay on the scene and cooperate with medical staff and law enforcement.
Nebraska now joins 37 other states with this type of immunity. A special thank you to Attorney General Doug Peterson for his support and work with me on this life saving legislation.
Nebraska State Senator
We Are Worldless Without One Another: An Interview with Judith Butler
"The philosopher and gender theorist Judith Butler famously coined the term gender performativity in her 1990 book Gender Trouble. There, she posited the theory of gender, or the body, as one that acts and performs according to the conventions of gender, conventions that are influenced, from the start, before one is even born. Now, in her book Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly, Butler uses gender performativity as a point of departure for discussing precarious populations and the assembly of bodies as protest. She interweaves her two theories of performativity and precarity with the works of Hannah Arendt, Giorgio Agamben, and Emmanuel Levinas as a way to critically assess and speak to Tahrir Square, Occupy, Black Lives Matter, and other movements of dissent. In this interview, we consider her work in light of the recent events at Standing Rock and the 2016 presidential election. When so many in our society today exist at the limits of recognizability, Butler writes from the perspective that there is no I without first a we, pushing against the current operative boundaries and toward a politics of alliance, cohabitation, and interdependency." Continue reading here
How Did This Get Made? Podcast
Exciting News from Alumna Roxane Gay!
From Roxane Gay: Dear Readers, for a forthcoming regular advice feature I would love your questions about pretty much anything -- life, love, work, family and friends. I can't promise to tell you what you want to hear but I will always tell you what I think and feel. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poem of the Day: Rosa Parks by Nikki Giovanni
This is for the Pullman Porters who organized when people said
they couldn’t. And carried the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago
Defender to the Black Americans in the South so they would
know they were not alone. This is for the Pullman Porters who
helped Thurgood Marshall go south and come back north to fight
the fight that resulted in Brown v. Board of Education because
even though Kansas is west and even though Topeka is the birth-
place of Gwendolyn Brooks, who wrote the powerful “The
Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock,” it was the
Pullman Porters who whispered to the traveling men both
the Blues Men and the “Race” Men so that they both would
know what was going on. This is for the Pullman Porters who
smiled as if they were happy and laughed like they were tickled
when some folks were around and who silently rejoiced in 1954
when the Supreme Court announced its 9—0 decision that “sepa-
rate is inherently unequal.” This is for the Pullman Porters who
smiled and welcomed a fourteen-year-old boy onto their train in
1955. They noticed his slight limp that he tried to disguise with a
doo-wop walk; they noticed his stutter and probably understood
why his mother wanted him out of Chicago during the summer
when school was out. Fourteen-year-old Black boys with limps
and stutters are apt to try to prove themselves in dangerous ways
when mothers aren’t around to look after them. So this is for the
Pullman Porters who looked over that fourteen-year-old while
the train rolled the reverse of the Blues Highway from Chicago to
St. Louis to Memphis to Mississippi. This is for the men who kept
him safe; and if Emmett Till had been able to stay on a train all
summer he would have maybe grown a bit of a paunch, certainly
lost his hair, probably have worn bifocals and bounced his grand-
children on his knee telling them about his summer riding the
rails. But he had to get off the train. And ended up in Money,
Mississippi. And was horribly, brutally, inexcusably, and unac-
ceptably murdered. This is for the Pullman Porters who, when the
sheriff was trying to get the body secretly buried, got Emmett’s
body on the northbound train, got his body home to Chicago,
where his mother said: I want the world to see what they did
to my boy. And this is for all the mothers who cried. And this is
for all the people who said Never Again. And this is about Rosa
Parks whose feet were not so tired, it had been, after all, an ordi-
nary day, until the bus driver gave her the opportunity to make
history. This is about Mrs. Rosa Parks from Tuskegee, Alabama,
who was also the field secretary of the NAACP. This is about the
moment Rosa Parks shouldered her cross, put her worldly goods
aside, was willing to sacrifice her life, so that that young man in
Money, Mississippi, who had been so well protected by the
Pullman Porters, would not have died in vain. When Mrs. Parks
said “NO” a passionate movement was begun. No longer would
there be a reliance on the law; there was a higher law. When Mrs.
Parks brought that light of hers to expose the evil of the system,
the sun came and rested on her shoulders bringing the heat and
the light of truth. Others would follow Mrs. Parks. Four young
men in Greensboro, North Carolina, would also say No. Great
voices would be raised singing the praises of God and exhorting
us “to forgive those who trespass against us.” But it was the
Pullman Porters who safely got Emmett to his granduncle and it
was Mrs. Rosa Parks who could not stand that death. And in not
being able to stand it. She sat back down.
Poems for Hispanic Heritage Month
To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on September 15, read poems in Spanish alongside their English translations. Then, share both versions with your students:
“Un mujer duerme en una isla” by Marjorie Agosín
“Despedida” by Francisca Aguirre
“Tardes” by Jorge H. Aigla
“Naturaleza criminal” by Francisco X. Alarcón
“Todos volvemos al lugar donde nacimos” by Oscar
“Arbolé, Arbolé...” by Federico García Lorca
“Imágenes” by Jaime Manrique
"Legs," A Poem by Poetry Faculty Member Hope Wabuke
The National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature
Man Booker Prize Announces 2017 Shortlist
Q&A with Director Bob Byington
Friday, September 22 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM at The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center The Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase presents Director Bob Byington, who will appear for a Q&A with the audience following the opening night screening of his film INFINITY BABY at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 22. BOB BYINGTON is a director, screenwriter and actor living in Austin, Texas. His films include RSO (2008), Harmony and Me (2009), Somebody Up There Likes Me (2012), and 7 Chinese Brothers (2014). Byington grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and studied at UC Santa Cruz and at the University of Texas at Austin. INFINITY BABY, Bob Byington’s pointed and droll dissection of contemporary life and relationships, involves babies that don't age, emotionally stunted men, and a unique technique for breaking up with unwanted girlfriends.
September Films: ‘White Sun,’ Kelly Reichardt, ‘Time to Die,’ Sam Fuller, and UCLA Film Preservation
The Night of Counting the Years (1969)
A New Mission for English
Plan a Visit to the National Willa Cather Center!
The newly opened National Willa Cather Center is an arts and cultural center that serves as a living memorial to renowned writer, Willa Cather. Located in Cather’s childhood hometown of Red Cloud, Nebraska, the Center provides almost 20,000 square feet of space that includes a public museum, archive, research center, classroom, bookstore, art gallery, and performing arts center. The Center occupies Red Cloud’s historic “Moon Block,” an 1887 structure that was fully restored and given new life as the National Willa Cather Center. Visit our website to learn more about our exhibits, tours, performances, prairie hikes, and unique lodging options.READ MORE...
Student Resources Related to DACA
I hope that the first few weeks of your semester have gone well. I am writing today concerning the announcement earlier this week of pending changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
These changes have created uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of young people who have benefited from this program, including some students in our University of Nebraska-Lincoln community. I want to call your attention to a list of Frequently Asked Questions linked to this message so that everyone at the university may have more clarity on the issue.
The message to anyone attending the university who is a DACA recipient is this: You are welcome here and we want you to be successful. Our advice is to continue attending classes as you normally would and to begin exploring the resources available to you, many of which are included in the FAQ document. If you have questions regarding DACA or need to discuss any personal situation, I encourage you to contact Charlie Foster, assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs, at 402-472-5500. If you have specific legal questions regarding DACA, I encourage you to speak with an immigration attorney. Low-cost immigration legal services can be found at https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org.
My very best to all of you for a constructive, fulfilling and enjoyable fall semester. It’s my hope that you engage, work hard and invest in getting the most from your educational experience as a Husker.
Go Big Red,
Ronnie D. Green, Ph.D.
Collection News - Yinka Shonibare
Yinka Shonibare's majestic, hand-painted fiberglass Wind Sculpture III, which captures the movement of Dutch wax fabric billowing from a bolt, has been installed on the plaza west of the museum.
The 20-foot-tall form brings to mind the sails of ships that were used for commerce and colonialism in the eighteenth century, reminding us that an understanding of the past requires learning history from many perspectives.
Join us for a 15-minute Look! at Lunchtime discussion of Wind Sculpture III at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 21.
born London, England 1962
Wind Sculpture III
Steel armature with hand painted fiberglass resin cast, 2013
240 1/8 × 126 7/16 × 43 1/4 inches
Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, U–6422.2014
Intelligence Community Scholars: Apply Today! Applications due Sept. 20th
Want to work for the Government? We have special panels and invite professors, intelligence community professionals, and students to weigh in on issues ranging from ethics of whistle-blowing to emerging threats and careers. If you're interested the Intelligence Community (IC), we offer a special program within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's IC Center for Academic Excellence. Apply to be an IC Scholar today!