September 25th - September 29th

News for Current Undergraduates September 25th - September 29th

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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

Department of English Announcements and Events

Sept. 28th Humanities on the Edge "Post-Revolutionary Futures?" talk by Prof. Timothy Brown

This year’s topic is “Post-Revolutionary Futures?”—a question inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the 50th anniversary of the global events commonly known as “1968.”

First Humanities on the Edge Speaker:

Who:                   Timothy Brown (Professor of History, Northeastern University)

What:                 “Is Revolution Still Possible? The Crisis of Capitalism and the Meaning of 1968”

When:                 Thursday, September 28, 5:30pm

Where:               Sheldon Museum of Art

Professor Timothy Brown is a leading historian of global ’68. He is the author of West Germany in the Global Sixties: The Anti-Authoritarian Revolt, 1962-1978 (Cambridge, 2013), Weimar Radicals: Nazis and Communists Between Authenticity and Performance: Nazis and Communists Between Authenticity and Performance (New York: Berghahn Books, 2009), and the forthcoming Sixties Europe (Cambridge UP, 2018). He is also co-editor of The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision: Media, Counterculture, Revolt (Palgrave, 2014) and Between the Avantgarde and the Everyday: Subversive Politics in Europe, 1957 to the Present (Berghahn, 2011). He has been received a number of awards and honors, including an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2 Fulbright Fellowships, and the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin. His new book project is entitled The Greening of Cold War Germany: Environmentalism and Social Movements across the Wall and Beyond, 1968-1989.

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Hough Lecture Friday, Sept. 29: Terese Thonus

We would like to invite you to this fall’s Hough lecture, which doubles as the keynote of the 2017 Nebraska Writing Center Consortium meeting here at UNL. Terese Thonus, an applied linguist who serves as professor and director of the University Writing Program at the University of Baltimore, will give an talk titled “How Writing Center Research Drives Innovation” on Friday, September 29 at 1:15 pm in the Nebraska East Union’s Arbor Suite. In this interactive keynote, Terese will demonstrate how research can inform proactive rather than reactive evidence-based practice. Using scenarios around writing center space, affect, and online consulting, she will engage the audience in planning incremental experimentation framed by empirical research.


Before her recent move to the University of Baltimore, Terese directed the Writing Center at the University of Kansas and taught at California State University-Fresno and East Carolina University. Her research interests are academic writing, second language writing, conversation analysis, and writing center studies. Terese has published two book chapters as well as articles in such journals as Assessing Writing, Discourse and Society, Linguistics and Education, Metaphor and the Social World, Journal of College Reading and Learning, Journal of Second Language Writing, and Writing Center Journal.  The second edition of Researching the Writing Center: Towards an Evidence-Based Practice, co-authored with Rebecca Babcock, will appear from Peter Lang in Fall 2017. Her current work, with Beth Hewett, examines metaphorical language in online written feedback.

Download more information here.

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 (UNL 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: 

Upcoming Pre-Law Events

Practice LSAT Test #64:

Saturday, September 30, 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 115 Burnett Hall. If you plan on taking the LSAT exam this year, feel encouraged to take a free practice test. You will be able to self-score the exam and get an idea of what you need to improve before you take the LSAT. Please show up by 8:45 so you can sign in before taking your exam. Please register by visiting this link:

UNL Law:

On Friday, September 29, from 10 a.m. – 12 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:

University of Minnesota Law:

On Tuesday, October 3, from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., a representative from the University of Minnesota College of Law will be available to meet one-on-one with students. Meetings will take place in the Explore Center, 127 Love Library South. You can sign up for an appointment by visiting this link:

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 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:

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:

University Announcements and Events

Military & Veteran Success Center Learn to Earn Featuring Home Depot

Presented collaboratively by the Military & Veteran Success Center and Career Services, please join us on Thursday, September 28 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Military & Veteran Success Center located at 16 Nebraska Union for a Learn to Earn Over Lunch sponsored by Home Depot.  Military student veterans, service members, and dependents are encouraged to attend.

Free lunch will be provided and a Career Advisor will be present to help students explore majors and answer questions regarding internships or careers.    

If you have any questions, please contact the Military & Veteran Success Center at 402-472-4130 or Career Services at 402-472-3145. 

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GMAT Workshop

The College of Business Graduate Programs office is sponsoring a GMAT Workshop on September 30, 2017, from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM in 202 CoB.  This workshop will be very helpful to students who are considering applying to graduate school in a business program here at UNL or another institution.  Register online at

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Check Up from the Neck Up

On Thursday, October 5th, CAPS along side the University Health Center and Campus Recreation will be offering free, fast and confidential mental health screenings across City Campus. This is all for National Depression Screening Day and is in an effort to shatter the stigma around mental health and to encourage more of the student body to make their mental health a priority.The screenings are all done in a private setting and is a great way for you and your friends to meet with a professional for a quick consultation and get an idea of where you are with your mental health, as well as some tips on how to improve your mental well being.

The two times and locations are: (October 5th)
10 a.m.–2 p.m. – Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Third Floor or Nebraska Union, Regency Suite

6-8 p.m. – Campus Recreation Center, Atrium

Here's the link to the Facebook Page:

Drop by for a free screening!

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 ( 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 ( 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.

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: 

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 ( and copy Kelly Payne (

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)

Community Events

Eastern NE has Any-and-All Humanities Events to Think of!

Friday, September 29

SEWARD - various times

Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival

at Concordia University

EMERSON - 2 p.m.

Nebraska Spirit: The North Platte Canteen

by Charlotte M. Endorf

at the Heritage

Visit for more events!

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

Dust-Up Involving Conservative Student Sparks Political Uproar in Nebraska

"By some measures, the protest that occurred at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln on August 25 was relatively minor: Courtney Lawton, a graduate student and lecturer was caught on video making rude gestures and using profanity as she confronted Kaitlyn Mullen, a student promoting the conservative group Turning Point USA. Ms. Lawton and Amanda Gailey, an associate professor who brought a sign to the student union, were called out on Turning Point’s website after the protest, though Ms. Gailey had largely stood off to the side and only engaged the student by offering help." Continue reading here

Life as a Trans Man in Turn-of-the-Century America

"In 1902, 33-year-old Harry Gorman was hospitalized in Buffalo, New York, after he suffered a serious fall that broke one of his legs. While on the surface this event sounds inconsequential, it prompted a firestorm of media coverage. Indeed, on his hospital bed, it was revealed that Gorman lacked the anatomy generally associated with maleness—despite having lived as a man for more than 20 years. This revelation drew attention from newspapers across the nation, from Tucson to Boston and Fort Worth to New York City." Continue reading here

Did Mark Twain Anticipate the Nazis?

"In 1981, British author Rebecca West was interviewed by fellow writer and compatriot Marina Warner for The Paris Review. Their conversation, shared as part of the magazine’s renowned series “The Art of Fiction,” meanders from West’s literary influences to her experiences with fascism, which she explored extensively in her travel writing from Eastern Europe in the 1930s through her coverage of the Nuremberg trials for The New Yorker." Continue reading here

Audre Lorde: We Must Learn to Use Our Power

"The high sign that rules this summer is increasing fragmentation. I am filled with a sense of urgency and dread: dread at the apparently random waves of assaults against people and institutions closest to me; urgency to unearth the connections between these assaults. Those connections lurk beneath the newspaper reports of teargassed funeral processions in Tembisa and the charred remains of Baldwin Hills, California, a flourishing Black neighborhood leveled by arson." Continue reading here

Title IX Updates

What Does the End of Obama’s Title IX Guidance Mean for Colleges?

"Practically speaking, federal guidance on campus sexual-assault policy has returned to the pre-2011 era. But colleges’ policies won’t. At least not right away." Continue reading here

What You Need to Know About the New Guidance on Title IX

"For months, Title IX officers and others who have a stake in how colleges respond to sexual misconduct have anticipated that the Obama-era guidelines for compliance with the federal gender-equity law would be rolled back, but it was unclear how, specifically, the rules would change." Continue reading here

Trump Unveils Revamped Travel Ban

"With just a few weeks before his controversial travel ban gets a Supreme Court hearing, President Trump has issued revamped restrictions on travelers from eight countries, including Iran, Syria, and North Korea." Continue reading here

Jeff Sessions Adds to Trumpian Chorus on Campus Speech Limits

"Jeff Sessions, the U.S. attorney general, will visit Georgetown University on Tuesday morning, and early reports indicate he will bear a familiar message about higher education: that of political correctness run amok." Continue reading here

Literary News

Whitman Archive Continues Publishing Literary Giant's Letters

"On Dec. 23, 1888, Walt Whitman sat in a large chair — something he’d been doing a lot since suffering a paralytic stroke and subsequent illness — and wrote a quick holiday greeting to his friend, Richard Maurice Bucke.

Whitman wrote and received thousands of letters, corresponding often with friends like Bucke, family, fans, and to take care of the day-to-day business of publication of his literary works.

Thanks to an ongoing joint project of two Big Ten schools, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Iowa, much of Whitman's correspondence has been digitized and transcribed so fans and scholars of his work can get a glimpse of his daily life, and read musings on his life, work and historic events, including the Civil War and Reconstruction." Continue reading here

John Ashbery (1927–2017)

"John Ashbery, a long-standing contributor to and friend of The New York Review, died on September 3, aged ninety, at his house in Hudson, New York. He was the author of twenty-eight books of poems (not counting Selecteds or Collecteds) as well as one novel, three plays, three volumes of essays and criticism, and three of translations from French. Over the course of his career he received just about every major prize, including the triple crown: the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975). At the time of his death he was considered, by general acclaim, the greatest living American poet." Continue reading here

Who Killed the ERA?

"In the summer of 1968, George Wallace, in between terms as governor of Alabama, concluded that endorsing the Equal Rights Amendment for women would help his third-party presidential campaign. He declared his support in a telegram to Alice Paul, the head of the National Women’s Party, who had cowritten the first draft of the amendment in 1923 and had been campaigning for it for forty-five years. The pro-segregationist Wallace was hardly alone among conservative politicians in his position. Strom Thurmond, a Republican senator from South Carolina, likewise supported the amendment, saying in 1972 that it 'represents the just desire of many women in our pluralistic society to be allowed a full and free participation in the American way of life.'" Continue reading here

12 Literary Writers on Stephen King’s Influence

"Happy Birthday to the King of Horror." Continue reading here

How the Humanities Can Train Entrepreneurs

"A Canadian business program is making literature, philosophy, and the arts part of the curriculum in hopes of enhancing both fields of study—and students’ careers—in the process." Continue reading here

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross

Splendid Isolation

"Christopher Nolan’s epic movie about the rescue of the British army from the beaches of northeastern France in May 1940 has become a worldwide box office success. This is splendid news for its makers, and can do no harm to American, Taiwanese, or for that matter Rajput audiences. In the eyes of some of us, however, its impact upon the British people is calamitous at this moment in our fortunes." Continue reading here

Dunkirk, the War and the Amnesia of the Empire

"Two and a half million soldiers drawn from Britain’s empire in South Asia fought in World War II. But they are missing from many British commemorations and accounts of the war — an absence reinforced by Christopher Nolan’s new film “Dunkirk,” which does not feature any of the Indian soldiers who were present at the battle." Continue reading here

Agee’s “The Bones of Paradise” Wins Nebraska Book Award for Fiction

"Jonis Agee's latest work, The Bones of Paradise: A Novel, was awarded first place in fiction for the 2017 Celebration of Nebraska Books. She will be honored October 21 at an awards presentation ceremony at the Nebraska State History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North, in downtown Lincoln. Winners of the 2017 Nebraska Book Awards will be honored and the celebration will include readings by some of the winning authors, designers and illustrators of books with a Nebraska connection published in 2017." Continue reading here

Christian Petzold: A Dossier

"Who is Petzold?

If one were to pose this eponymous question – a self-evident one at the start of this Dossier on the German director Christian Petzold – the year 2016 might help bring an answer into notably sharper focus. For it was in 2016 that two of the key institutions of the German-speaking film world, the Austrian Film Museum and the Munich Film Festival, ran near complete and complete (respectively) retrospectives of Petzold, probably the best-known filmmaker of the Berlin School. Moreover, the first (German-language) anthology of essays on Petzold, for which its editors solicited our contributions, was supposed to be published that year. This Dossier aims to catch this new wave of interest and respond to it in an Anglophone context, offering timely ruminations on a celebrated director in many ways still mid-career. Born in 1960, Christian Petzold has just finished shooting Transit, his 15th feature-length film, with his first being Pilotinnen (Pilots, 1995), a made-for-TV film with which he graduated from the dffb (the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin or German Film- and Television Academy Berlin), arguably Germany’s most politically-minded and left-leaning film academy, which was founded in 1966 during the heady days of the emerging student revolts in Germany and elsewhere across the globe. One of the original dffb students was the late Harun Farocki (1944-2014), who over the course of nearly half a century of filmmaking produced an oeuvre that simultaneously ranks among the greatest produced by any filmmaker and nevertheless is still very much ripe for discovery. “Who is Farocki?,” Cahiers du Cinéma asked in 1981 – and we suspect that even today this is a question most readers are not able to answer." Continue reading here

World-Renowned Alloy Orchestra Returns to the Ross

The world-renowned ALLOY ORCHESTRA returns to The Ross on Saturday, September 30 for two performances, providing live, original accompaniment for the silent films THE LOST WORLD (1925) at 3:00 p.m. and A PAGE OF MADNESS (1926) at 7:00 p.m.  More details are available at

Called “the best in the world at accompanying silent films,” by Roger Ebert, the Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films.  Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources.  Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad, Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.

Adapted from the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and directed by Harry O. Hoyt, THE LOST WORLD follows a group of explorers who discover an island of living dinosaurs and features pioneering stop-motion animation by Willis O’Brien.

A long-lost gem of early avant-garde Japanese cinema, directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa, A PAGE OF MADNESS uses surreal, dream-like imagery to tell the tragic story of an asylum worker and his incarcerated wife.

This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and the Friends of The Ross.

Other Announcements

2018 Orientation Leader Nominations

The 2018 Orientation Leader recruitment campaign kicks off with nominations due by October 6th. Orientation Leader applications are open October 11th through November 7th. More info here

Collection News - Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko, known for creating a new form of abstraction that relied on the tension and balance of tiered, luminous fields of color to convey expressions of the human condition, was born 114 years ago today.

Rothko's Yellow Band will be featured in a CollectionTalk lecture by the artist's son, Christopher Rothko, at 6 p.m. on November 9. Christopher Rothko chairs the board of directors of the Rothko Chapel, Houston, and is the author of Mark Rothko: From the Inside Out. For tickets, visit

Yellow Band is currently on view in the exhibition Now's the Time.

Mark Rothko
Dvinsk, Russia (Daugavpils, Latvia) 1903–New York, NY 1970
Yellow Band
Oil on canvas, 1956
86 × 79 1/2 inches
Nebraska Art Association, Thomas C. Woods Memorial, N-130.1961

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