Department of English Newsletter February 2016

Upcoming Department Events

Publications & Acceptances

Watch video on The Celluloid Backlash

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published "The Celluloid Backlash: Film Versus Digital Once More" in Quarterly Review of Film and Video (January, 2016) on Taylor & Francis Online. Sadly, this is a link behind a paywall - what can I say, it's 2016! - but the article deals with the fact that while 99% of all Hollywood films, and independent films as well, are being shot and post-produced digitally – i.e. “born digital” – there is a new phenomenon which seems to be expanding throughout the industry – major commercial filmmakers returning to the physical film medium because the celluloid image offers a different, warmer, and some would argue superior set of visual values, resulting in a new countermovement within the industry, which challenges the conventional wisdom that “film is dead”, and digital rules. To date, the list of new movies shot on film includes J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Sam Mendes’ latest installment of the Bond franchise, Spectre, David O. Russell’s Joy and Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. More mainstream and independent films – shot on film – are in the pipeline. This is work I intend to expand into a book over the next few years, as filmmakers fight back against studio diktats. You can also see a new video with the article - and the video, thankfully, is available to all.

An excerpt from Erin M. Bertram’s poem “A Field Guide to the Body in Need” (Salt) is forthcoming in *Cream City Review, and her lyric hybrid text chapbook from The Vanishing of Camille Claudel, which explores the life and work of the nineteenth-century French sculptor, is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press. She has a photograph forthcoming in the inaugural issue of The New Territory and was shortlisted for the 2015 Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition.

Grace Bauer has poems in recent issues of Pinyon Review and Bosque. A 20th anniversary reissue of Grace's book, The Women At The Well, is forthcoming this Spring from Stephen F. Austin State University Press.

Ken Price and Janel Cayer have published their essay "'It might be us speaking instead of him!'": Individuality, Collaboration and the Networked Forces Contributing to 'Whitman'" in the most recent issue of Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.

Brie Owen has published an essay "Is the Trans Child a Queer Child? Constructing Normativity in Raising Ryland and I am Jazz" in the latest issue of Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture.

Overdue congratulations to Marcus Meade and Zach Beare, whose essay "The Most Important Project of Our Time! Hyperbole as a Discourse Feature of Student Writing" was featured and discussed at length in a post by Andrea Lunsford, a prominent figure in composition and rhetoric. Meade and Beare's essay was published last September in College Composition and Communication, Vol. 67 No.1. You can read Lunsford's review, "So What's Hyperbole Got to Do with It?" on the Bedford Bits blog.

Patrick T. Randolph recently published "Benefiting the Brain and Language Learning Through Physical Exercise" in the winter issue of the College ESL Quarterly. His featured article, "Getting Physical: Making Connections Between the Body and Vocabulary" was published in the CATESOL News Quarterly. This piece looks at how language instructors can incorporate body associations with learning lexical items to reinforce the encoding and learning of English vocabulary. This is the most recent addition to Randolph’s "Head-to-Toe Method of Associations for Vocabulary Acquisition." His article on using a blend of Garfinkel’s Ethnomethodology and Sack’s Conversation Analysis Methodology for his Ethno Project is in the January Issue of the TESOL Connections. The article is called "Discovering the Host Culture Through the Ethno Project."

Rhonda Garelick published an article about campaign politics and beauty pageants in Salon.

Silhouette of Illinois on the cover of Henson's new chapbook

Katie Schmid Henson's chapbook, Forget Me/Hit Me/Let Me Drink Great Quantities of Clear, Evil Liquor was released in January and is now available from Split Lip Press.

Dillon Rockrohr's article "The Morals of Stories: Narrating Judgment in Carver, Borges, and Englander" has been accepted for publication in Philosophy and Literature.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

John Andrews, a lecturer in the Intensive English Program, facilitated a group discussion titled, “The Affect of Program and Classroom Climate on Student Participation and Achievement in an Intensive English Program” at the Kansas State Professional Development Day on December 17, 2015. John solicited participants’ challenges, practices, and suggestions related to program and classroom climate as related to student participation and achievement and their suggestions on what would create a positive program and classroom climate in an Intensive English Program. The goal for this group discussion was for participants to be able to offer suggestions to their own I.E.P.s and colleagues on how to improve student achievement by making improvements in their program and classroom climates.

Grace Bauer gives a poetry reading backed by the artwork her poetry inspired

Mean/Time, an exhibition of work by artist Katie Merz based on poems by Grace Bauer is currently showing at Fiendish Plots Gallery in Lincoln. Grace read selected poems at the opening in January. A "closing" event is being planned for late February. Date and time TBA.

Patrick T. Randolph gave two presentations at the Kansas State University ESL Professional Development Day: "Helping Students Embrace the Emotion of Words Through Verbpathy" and "Introducing Voice Interpretation and Drama-Based Read-a-Thons in the ELL Classroom." The first presentation looked at how developing an intuitive feeling of words through his use of verbpathy (word-feeling) and embracing an emotive-relationship with words help ELLs better encode lexical items and transfer them to their long-term memory. The second talk dealt with how incorporating drama-based text interpretation and voice-interpretation help ELLs address written language in a new light and learn to both read and acquire lexical items at a whole new level of skill and interest.

In late January, Rhonda Garelick gave a lecture (followed by a book signing) at the Dallas Museum of Art, which was celebrating its exhibition of art work, textiles, and furniture from Coco Chanel's famed Riviera villa, La Pausa.

Katie Schmid Henson will be have a chapbook release and reading at Indigo Bridge Books on Friday, February 19th at 7pm. The reading will be short & there will be snacks.

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Brenda Friedman Ingraham [Lecturer/PIESL] is pleased to have been among those recently recognized by the UNL Teaching Council for Significant Contributions to Students. Although this honor comes from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, it reflects the nominations of families who wish to recognize those faculty members who have 'made a significant contribution to the lives of the sons and daughters of these families while at UNL.'

Wheeler Winston Dixon was quoted extensively in the article "Why Viewers Care So Much About Making a Murderer" by Lynette Rice, Entertainment Weekly January 18, 2016.

Katelyn Hemmeke was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Development grant. She and another CLS alumnus have used the grant to organize a series of events at the University of Houston. Katelyn will travel to UH in February to participate in discussion panels alongside author Matthew Salesses and present her research on Korean transnational adoption.

Congratulations to our faculty members who received Certificates of Recognition for Contributions to Students last week. The awards ceremony, sponsored by Student Affairs, the UNL Parents Association and the UNL Teaching Council, was held last Friday, January 29th. This year's recipients included, in alphabetical order:

  • Wheeler Winston Dixon
  • Robert Fuglei
  • Amanda Gailey
  • Brenda Friedman Ingraham
  • Yulia Levchenko
  • Mike Page
  • Kelly Payne
  • Bev Rilett
  • Kelly Stage
  • Pascha Sotolongo Stevenson

New photos of Andrews Renovations

Renovated classroom with new carpet and red accent wall
Classroom with red accent wall
Renovated classroom with new carpet and teal accent wall
Classroom with teal accent wall
Shared graduate student office
Shared graduate student office
Main hallway looking east from the enclosed west stairwell
Main hallway
Doorway looking in to new lecture hall
Doorway looking in to new lecture hall
Renovated lecture hall with new carpet
Lecture hall replacing 102 and 103
Hallway and offices in the southeast corner of Andrews Hall
Southeast offices
Hallway and offices in the northeast corner of Andrews Hall
Northeast offices
Doorway and sidelight looking into one of the renovated offices
Office door and sidelight
Renovated first floor bathroom with new tile, floors, and enclosed stalls
Bathroom with new tile, floors, and enclosed stalls

Please join us in welcoming our new Advising interns for the spring 2016 semester:

Hello! My name is Walter Wrigley and I will be serving as the Career Advising intern for the spring 2016 semester. I am a senior English major with a minor in education and can almost smell graduation. As a Massachusetts native I moved to the Midwest and chose to attend UNL to get an authentic and valuable college experience. In my time here I was fortunate enough to be able to study abroad in the U.K. for a semester, which established my love for travel. Since then I have visited 20 different countries and wish to continue to see the world! I like writing about my travels and reading on where to go next. If I am not planning my next adventure, in English class, or eating I can usually be found in the Office of Admissions. For the past year and a half I have worked for admissions helping recruit and advise students on why they should choose Nebraska! From this work sprang my desire to go into higher education and student affairs which is what I’m currently working on. Graduate school applications have been slowly taking over my life and I have remained busy and anxious applying and waiting to hear back. Until then, I look forward to spending the majority of my last semester in Andrews Hall and cannot wait to see what it has in store for me.

My name is Elayna Gonzalez and I am the General Advising Intern for English Advising office this semester. I’ll be graduating in August with an English major and with minors in Education and Ethnic Studies. While my Ethnic studies minor comes from the type of classes I loved taking over the past five years, my Education minor was planned. My post-graduation goals include receiving my certification to teach and pursuing education as a career. I am from Omaha, Nebraska but I would like to teach English in a Spanish speaking country. Outside of my English major, I take joy in reading, volunteering at the YMCA, working and mentoring students, and serving as a leader on the English Student Advisory Board. I am also a William H. Thompson scholar and spend much of my time in The Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, especially with all of the construction in Andrew’s Hall. I am hoping to experience the new and improved first floor of Andrew’s Hall as much as I can before I graduate. As the General Advising intern, I will be working on the weekly undergraduate newsletter and I would like to invite faculty to send along any announcements they want to share to!

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