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Department of English Announcements and Events Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development Community Events Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice Other Announcements

Department of English Announcements and Events

College of Arts and Sciences Kickoff

Join us on September 7th from 3:00-4:30 PM between Avery Hall and Oldfather Hall to kick off the fall semester! Gather for free ice cream, meet CAS advisors and classmates, and get a FREE official CAS t-shirt!

Author Reading: Patrice McMahon, The NGO Game

Tuesday, September 12th, 7:00-9:00 PM at Indigo Bridge Books and Cafe

We're excited to have UNL professor Patrice McMahon in the store to talk about her new book The NGO Game! Come listen to her speak about the effects that organizations like the Red Cross actually have when they flock to a disaster-ravaged country.

"The NGO Game is a major contribution to our understanding of post-conflict interventions, democratization, and peacebuilding, as well as the specific cases of Bosnia and Kosovo. Patrice C. McMahon looks beyond what international NGOs and peacebuilding efforts claim to accomplish to get at what is actually happening on the ground. Her work shows us how and why these efforts fail by exploring in detail the activities of international NGOs, the resulting responses on the part of local societies and local NGOs, and the consequences of those actions. "―V. P. Gagnon, Ithaca College, author of The Myth of Ethnic War: Serbia and Croatia in the 1990s

Find out more about the book (and listen to her interview on the Cornell University Press Podcast) here:

Author Reading: Kelly Grey Carlisle, We Are All Shipwrecks

Friday, September 15th, 7:00-9:00 PM at Indigo Bridge Books and Cafe

On the 15th, Indigo has the pleasure of hosting Kelly Grey Carlisle, San Antonio-based author of the memoir We Are All Shipwrecks.

About the book (from the author's website):
"One night in 1976, my mother Michele left me in a motel room in Hollywood. I was three weeks old. Her strangled body was found on a hillside the next morning. I was eventually sent to live with my grandfather, an Englishman who called himself “Sir Richard” and claimed to have been a confidant of movie stars, but who was actually the owner of an adult video store next to LAX. When he moved my family onto a boat in the LA Harbor, I found a home among friendly alcoholics and the city’s poor and forgotten. As an adult, I searched for the truth about my mother’s sad life and death, a quest that led me back to that motel room, that dark night, and two of LA’s most notorious serial killers. My story is about where we come from and how it shapes us, and how acts of neglect, violence, and love can reverberate for generations."

You can check Kelly Grey Carlisle out at

2017 Pauley Lecture: "The Other Slavery"

The Pauley Lecture for 2017 is titled “The Other Slavery” and will be presented by Dr. Andrés Reséndez. The Other Slavery examines the system of bondage that targeted Native Americans, a system that was every bit as terrible, degrading, and vast as African slavery. Anywhere between 2.5 and 5 million Native Americans may have been enslaved throughout the hemisphere in the centuries between the arrival of Columbus and the beginning of the 20th century. And, interestingly, in contrast to African slavery which targeted mostly adult males, the majority of these Indian slaves were women and children.

Dr. Reséndez got his PhD in History at the University of Chicago and has taught at Yale, the University of Helsinki, and at the University of California, Davis where he is currently a history professor and departmental vice chair. He is the author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize.

This lecture is free and open to the public. You can support the Department of History and ensure continued programming by visiting the University of Nebraska Foundation. Click here to donate.

This event is on Thursday, October 5th, from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Nebraska Union, Colonial Room. Doors for the lecture will open at 5:15 pm. Seating is open, not reserved - chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Garage and metered parking will be available. Please note that while the street meters run until 6:00 pm, the University meters in the lot southwest of the Union run until 7:30 pm. A campus visitor parking map can be found here.

Questions about the Pauley Lecture should be directed to Dr. Katrina Jagodinsky - - or (402) 472-2414

OASIS and Nebraska Law Event- "Your Place at the Table"

Pre-Law Students,

Join OASIS and Nebraska Law for “Your Place at the Table,” an event that allows you to explore why the legal profession needs you and what you can accomplish by pursuing a law degree. Be part of a panel discussion featuring lawyers from our community as well as members of Nebraska Law’s Multi-Cultural Legal Society/Black Law Students Association to discuss why now more than ever, students of color and first generation students should prepare for a law career. Enjoy lunch and informal discussion with panelists, current students, and professors. Then, participate in a presentation about lawyers in the movies. And take a tour of Nebraska Law! See the attached flyers for more information.

The event will be Friday, September 15th from 10:30 to 2:00. Shuttle bus #24 Holdrege leaves from city campus for east campus every 10 minutes. To RSVP go to: If you have additional questions, please contact Melissa McCoy at

Download more information here.

Faculty Newsletter, September 2017

The September issue of the Department of English Newsletter is now available online at Thanks to all who contributed!

Submit stories for the October newsletter any time using the online form at The deadline for October submissions is Monday, September 25. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students are all encouraged to contribute!

If you have questions, corrections, or addenda after submitting your stories online, email me at

African Poetry Book Fund Snags $150,000 Ford Foundation Grant

The ongoing and excellent work of the African Poetry Book Fund recently received substantial support from the Ford Foundation, in the form of a $150,000 preliminary grant for the development of the African Poetry Digital Portal. APBF's relationship with the Ford Foundation goes back a couple years, beginning when they brought poets and scholars from around the world together to edit The Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry. Since then, Ford Foundation has facilitated an additional meting regarding the Digital Index of Contemporary African Poetry and hosted a Celebration of African Poetry at their offices in New York. "The Ford Foundation has been extremely supportive of the work we're doing," said APBF Director Kwame Dawes. "There's an appreciation on their part of the value and importance of this work, and a willingness to support the work financially and in terms of advice and guidance."

Next up is beginning the developement of the hugely ambitious African Poetry Digital Portal. "The portal will index and provide access to the largest collection of manuscript images related to African poetry from antiquity to the modern era," said Dawes. In addition to this incredible undertaking, it will also serve as a one-stop shop for a wealth of other materials related to African poetry, such as newspapers, periodicals, newsletters, audio and video recordings, websites, images, and more.

Looking toward the future, it's not hard to see how this project fits into the larger vision of the APBF. "We are seriously committed to the mission of creating an environment that makes African poets feel confident that they are fully recognized in the larger literary community," said Dawes. "Africans have been producing poetry for as long as any other civilization has, and new work by African poets comes out of a genuine artistic and intellectual context." The portal, alongside other APBF projects, does much to place African poetry at the center of the larger discourse surrounding the art form, providing a needed injection of fresh voices and ideas. A heartfelt thanks to the Ford Foundation and our other supporters-- like Laura and Robert F.X. Sillerman, whose generous support established the APBF, and Glenna Luschei, for whom the Luschei Prize for African Poetry is named-- for sharing this ambitious vision, and making a commitment to support the hard work that is to come.

Preparing for Graduate School Panel

For English & Film Studies majors,

On Wednesday, September 13th, from 2:00-3:00 PM in Bailey Library, Andrews Hall 229

Join Dr. Marco Abel (English Graduate Chair) and Dr. Becky Faber (Assistant Director, Career Services) to learn about what you need to know when considering a graduate program. English graduate students will offer their perspectives on navigating the graduation application process. A brief question and answer period will follow the completion of the panel discussion.

Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development

3-Credit Internship with the NEBRASKA WRITERS COLLECTIVE


Find a Job or Internship on Husker Hire Link

Create a free Husker Hire Link account to search for on- and off-campus jobs and internships and connect to employers specifically looking to hire Nebraska students and graduates. Visit the Career Coaches in the Academic and Career Advising Center or Career Services to polish your resume so it can be discovered by professionals looking for quality candidates, and learn how to identify exciting opportunities.

University of Nebraska Career Services encourages you to view a few of our new postings from Husker Hire Link. For a complete list of full-time opportunities, internships, and part-time jobs, please visit

Community Events

Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+

Have you heard about the newest resource on campus for students? Huskers Helping Huskers Pantry+ has food, hygiene items, school supplies, and more for students struggling with food and shelter insecurity. We can also connect you to other UNL and community resources. What does food and shelter insecurity look like?

-You don't have a permanent place to live and you're couch surfing
-You don't have a permanent place to live and live at your workplace or on the street
-You live on-campus during the school year, but you're homeless during breaks and the summer
-You are at risk of eviction from your home
-You can't afford to buy healthy food to eat
-You can't afford food at the end of the month when you're waiting for your next paycheck
-You can only afford to spend a very small amount of money each week on food
-You skip meals or eat snacks for meals because you can't afford more
-You have to choose between paying bills and buying enough food

If you or your friends can relate to any of these situations, the pantry is here to help whether it's one time or once a week. All you have to do is show your Ncard so we can verify that you're a current student. You can come visit us in room 348 in the union. For more information and our hours, check out our website at Don't need to use the pantry but want to help out your fellow Huskers? We take donations all year-round! If you would like to donate extra school supplies you don't need or food or hygiene items, you can find a list of donation bin locations on our website at On the website we also have a list of the items we are needing the most. We are also looking for groups to partner with on food drives. If your group is interested in holding a food drive for us, let us know by emailing us at or calling us at 402-472-8975. We can help you create fliers, promote the event, and more! Help us spread the word about our newest resource on campus!

JC Penney Suit Up Event- Savings on Professional Attire

On Sunday, September 10th, from 6:30-9:30 PM, students will receive 40%-70% savings on professional attire and accessories, and can enter drawings for additional prizes.

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.  They can register online at

Download more information here.

Francie & Finch Shelf Awareness for Readers

Wed, 9/6 - 5:00p - 6:30p, Author Event & Book Release Party - Kay Logan Peters, author of University of Nebraska Lincoln

Wed, 9/20 - 5:30p - 7:30p, Lincoln Journal Club with Catherine Griesen

Sun, 9/24 - 2:00p - 3:30p, Author Event - Ed Darack, author of The Final Mission of Extortion 17

Humanities Nebraska- What's Happening Around the State

Friday, September 8

TABLE ROCK - 9 a.m.

The 'Tradition' in Traditional Folk Music

by David Seay

at Table Rock Village Park

Visit for more events.

Connect Through the Club Fair

Thursday, Sept. 7th, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m., Nebraska Union

With more than 600 registered student organizations on campus, you’ll connect with others who share your interests. Join at least two organizations this semester - one related to your major or career interest and one for a hobby or passion around an issue. Joining a community is important to your success.

Upcoming Pre-Law Events

On Tuesday, September 12, 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:

Military & Veteran Success Center Learn to Earn Featuring Deloitte

Presented collaboratively by the Military & Veteran Success Center and Career Services, please join us on Tuesday, September 12 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 Deloitte. 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. 

Download more information here.

Human Trafficking Conference to Feature Panel Discussion, Lectures

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host its ninth annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking Sept. 7-9. For more information, visit

Feature Length Screenwriting Workshop First Meeting: The Pitches

Monday, September 11th, 6:30-8:00 PM

This workshop is a creative space to develop and write your own feature length screenplay over the course of the 2017-18 school year. This includes a few stages of outlining as well as monthly meetings to read and discuss our work. It’s an opportunity to push yourself to write as well as get constructive feedback from others.

Make sure to bring three story pitches that can be read aloud on paper or on a laptop, whichever you’re more comfortable with bringing. (It’s okay to pitch a story you’ve already written a little of, but I encourage you to bring new story ideas so it’ll be easier to apply notes.)

**We will be in Ross 213, Right above the movie theatre!

Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

How Should We Memorialize Slavery?

"In the aftermath of Charlottesville’s violent white-supremacist rally, Americans are waging a renewed culture war over Confederate monuments. But a more complicated question lurks beneath the upheaval over what to do with these statues, one that will linger once the TV cameras have moved on. After a community takes down Confederate relics, how should citizens and scholars remember and memorialize the slave system those rebels fought to preserve?" Continue reading here

Jesmyn Ward, Heir to Faulkner, Probes the Specter of Race In the South

"'To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi' goes a line often attributed to William Faulkner. More than half a century later, Jesmyn Ward may be the newest bard of global wisdom." Continue reading here

Huskers Helping Texas

"The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has turned its attention to the effects of Hurricane Harvey and is calling students and staff to action with a website detailing ways to support recovery efforts in Texas."

On October 3rd, Student involvement will be hosting their annual ReadyCampus event in partnership with FEMA. The event focuses on disaster preparedness, in hopes to encourage and assist students on campus in learning ways to do more.


Here's another link to efforts by the LGBTQ community help individuals and families affected:

Trump Seriously Considering Ending DACA, With 6-Month Delay

"President Trump is strongly considering a plan that would end the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but only after giving Congress six months to come up with a potential replacement for the popular initiative, according to three administration officials briefed on the discussions."  Continue reading here

Trump Will End DACA in 6 Months, Confirming Dreamers’ Fears and Putting Onus on Congress

"A program that has given some 800,000 undocumented immigrants a chance to attend college, work, and build lives in the United States without fear of immediate deportation will be phased out after a six-month delay to give Congress a chance to come up with a legislative fix, the U.S. attorney general, Jeff Sessions, announced on Tuesday." Continue reading here

American Association of University Professors (AAUP): Trump is Wrong to Eliminate DACA

The AAUP denounces in the strongest possible terms the decision by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). This decision marks a continuation of the anti-immigrant racist policies that the administration has supported from the start.

Many of our members come from families that immigrated to the US. Their forebears came to the US for the same reason that today’s immigrants do, for a better life for their families, especially their children. But the Trump administration, feeding off the fears and insecurity of many Americans, has used the issue of undocumented workers, along with racism and anti-Semitism, to divide people and disguise the real causes of the declining standards of working people, including working people of color.

DACA, which provides renewable two-year work permits for immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, was created by President Obama after the Republican-led House of Representatives refused to act on immigration. About 1.9 million undocumented young people are eligible to apply for the DACA program. Nearly 800,000 had their request for DACA status granted in 2016. Of those who have DACA status, about 576,000 are enrolled in college. In other words, an overwhelming majority of those granted DACA status are our students.

One of the major factors that makes American higher education a world class system is the diversity of our faculty and students. We owe it to these students and their families, as well as to other undocumented young people, to speak out against this action in the strongest manner possible. We call on our members to urge Congress to act immediately to undo President Trump's action and allow these young people to remain in our classrooms.

We also urge Congress to enact a comprehensive immigration reform policy that will welcome immigrants to our shores--those fleeing political persecution and violence as well as those who simply seek a better life, regardless of their race, religion, or national origin.

Rudy Fichtenbaum
AAUP President

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds Statement on DACA

“Today’s announcement changing the rules on DACA creates significant uncertainty for the hundreds of thousands of young people who have benefited from this program – including students at the University of Nebraska. These youth are hard-working, productive, valued members of our university community. They are exactly the kind of talented workers our economy needs.

“The chancellors and I stand firmly in support of our DACA students and are mobilizing whatever resources we can provide to ensure their well-being. Our message to them, as to all University of Nebraska students, is clear: They are welcome here, they are important members of our community, and we are proud of their courage and commitment to their education. We ask Congress to act quickly to remove the uncertainty for these young people who are working hard to pursue the American dream.”

Here’s What It’s Like To Be An Immigrant, In Six-Word Stories

Eighteen people — from Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie to Madeleine Albright to George Takei — distill the immigration experience to six telling words. Continue reading here

Film News

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Directed by: Bob Byington

Runtime: 1 hour, 27 minutes

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Country: United States

Release Date: TBD

Distributor: Happyness Films LLC

Cast: Kieran Culkin, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Nick Offerman, Martin Starr, Megan Mullally, Noël Wells, Kevin



Friday, September 22 – Thursday, September 28


Director Bob Byington will appear at the 7:30 p.m. opening night screening of IFINITY BABY on Friday, September 22 for a Q&A session with the audience.


The comedy is bone dry and often times dark, but Infinity Baby is always mesmerizing and never boring.  –Anthony Ray Bench, Film Threat


These far-fetched story elements combine to craft a legitimately hysterical film that manages to be satirical, but relatable in its comedy.  –Matt Shiverdecker, Austin American Statesman


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.  Owing to a genetic mix-up, involving stem cell research, the recently founded Infinity Baby, run by the garrulous Neo (Nick Offerman), is able to offer a service for aspiring parents who never want to leave the baby bubble — infants that do not age.  Ben (Kieran Culkin), a serial monogamist who says he wants to find the right woman but is always looking for the next one, and his half-competent pals Larry (Kevin Corrigan) and Malcolm (Martin Starr), are hired to market the service to those keen to nurture. While Ben swipes through his smart phone looking for the next partner, Malcolm and Larry consider taking on the maintenance of one of the timeless toddlers.  Infinity Baby is another funny voyage into absurdsville from director Bob Byington.  Ostensibly about the scientific “innovation” of a breed of babies that never age, the satirical premise allows Byington to cleverly  explore the frequently dysfunctional dynamics of dating, parenting, corporate shenanigans, consumerism, and work relationships. Does having a baby automatically confer some level of maturity?  Will Ben’s mom, the sarcastic and demanding Hester (Megan Mullally), approve of Ben’s new girlfriend (Trieste Dunn)?  Will Malcolm recover from a disastrous accident with kitchen cleaner?  The answers to these questions and more await in Byington’s heady and hilarious potpourri.



What a Novel Looks Like Before It's a Novel

"In the long game that is novel-writing, the most mysterious element is the first draft: the rough attempt at shaping a story, the often never-seen pages. What does a book look like in its earliest days? How does a novel go from a messy idea to a bound book?" Continue reading here

Upcoming Service Event: 9/11 National Day of Service

Join us on Sept. 10 from 2-4 as we serve the Lincoln community and veterans in honor of those impacted by the 9/11 terror attacks in NYC. Students can register as individuals or as a team. Registration closes on Sept. 7!

More details at

Lend a Hand: Service Day for First-Year Students

Lend a Hand is an opportunity for first-year students to participate in an afternoon of hands-on service throughout the Lincoln community. Register as an individual or gather a group of friends, club members, or neighbors in your residence hall and serve together.

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Register a Volunteer Team for Friendship Home’s Safe Quarters Drive!

TEAMS OF VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to walk throughout Lincoln neighborhoods on Sunday, October 8th. Grab your family, friends, coworkers, members of an organization you're a part of and create a team! The help of the whole community is needed.

More details at

Collection News- Happy Labor Day

In 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt initiated the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project (WPA/FAP) as part of the New Deal recovery plan. The program substantiated the importance of the arts and artists to the US economy and recognized the need for new forms of cultural expression during a period of national uncertainty.

After the program ended in 1943, many artworks were allocated to public institutions and museums—including Sheldon. A selection of works by WPA/FAP printmakers is on view in one of Sheldon’s permanent collection galleries through December 31.

Richard Correll
Springfield, MO 1904–Oakland, CA 1990
Moving Timbers
Color linocut, 1940
9 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches
University of Nebraska–Lincoln, allocation of the U.S. Government, Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, WPA-350.1943

Lit Hub Daily

  • 90 writers on their favorite lines of John Ashbery’s poetry. RIP. | Literary Hub
  • “He was a deeply personal poet, the greatest poet of memory.” Dan Chiasson remembers John Ashbery, who died this Sunday at 90. | The New Yorker
  • When Harry Met Barry: Roxane Gay pitches all-male movie remakes. | McSweeney’s

Poem of the Day: How to Continue by John Ashbery

Oh there once was a woman

and she kept a shop

selling trinkets to tourists

not far from a dock

who came to see what life could be

far back on the island.


And it was always a party there

always different but very nice

New friends to give you advice

or fall in love with you which is nice

and each grew so perfectly from the other

it was a marvel of poetry

and irony


And in this unsafe quarter

much was scary and dirty

but no one seemed to mind

very much

the parties went on from house to house

There were friends and lovers galore

all around the store

There was moonshine in winter

and starshine in summer

and everybody was happy to have discovered

what they discovered


And then one day the ship sailed away

There were no more dreamers just sleepers

in heavy attitudes on the dock

moving as if they knew how

among the trinkets and the souvenirs

the random shops of modern furniture

and a gale came and said

it is time to take all of you away

from the tops of the trees to the little houses

on little paths so startled


And when it became time to go

they none of them would leave without the other

for they said we are all one here

and if one of us goes the other will not go

and the wind whispered it to the stars

the people all got up to go

and looked back on love

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