Department of English Newsletter November 2014

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Publications & Acceptances

Eman Hassan's paper, "Found in Translation: Transposing Identity Across Space and Time," was accepted to the Languages Graduate Student Association's upcoming conference. Eman will present the paper on November 7, 2014.

Raul Palma's flash fiction story "A Captain's Retirement" was nominated for Sundress Publication's 2014 Best of the Net by decomP magazinE, and his short story "Jurassic Love" received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Prize.

The Cather Project is delighted that the forthcoming Scholarly Edition of Willa Cather's novel, Lucy Gayheart has been awarded the MLA's prestigious Seal of Approval. The University of Nebraska Press will publish this volume next year.

  • General Editor: Guy J. Reynolds
  • Historical Essay by David Porter (Skidmore College)
  • Explanatory Notes by Kari A. Ronning (of the Cather Project) and David Porter
  • Textual Editing by Frederick M. Link (one-time Chair of the UNL English department -- Fred sadly passed away some years ago, but is remembered fondly by many of us) and Kari A. Ronning
  • Published by the University of Nebraska Press (2015).

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

Steve Behrendt gave the Presidential Address at the annual meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism, which was held in Minneapolis, 25-28 September.

While in Minneapolis, Steve also gave an invited reading from his new collection of poems, Refractions, just published in September 2014 by Shechem Press (Spokane).

June Griffin will be co-facilitating a full-day faculty development workshop at Nassau Community College on Nov. 7 with colleagues from Creighton and Stony Brook University.

Gabriel Houck will be reading his short story, "When the Time Came", on October 24th during the fall launch party for The Pinch at The University of Memphis.

Professor Amelia M.L. Montes is one of 11 writers for the largest national/international Chicana/Chicano & Latina/Latino blogsite, La Bloga. Dr. Montes' writings appear every other Sunday. This past July, La Bloga writers gave a panel presentation at The International Latina/Latino Studies Conference in Chicago. Archivists/curators from Stanford, UCLA, and USC were present at the panel, and are currently seeking to obtain the La Bloga archives. As well, La Bloga was in Chicago celebrating ten years online, and over one million readers!

On Friday, October 24th, Professor Montes gave a paper, “Directing an Ethnic Studies Program in the Midwest: Challenges and Successes” at The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Midwest FOCO Conference in Kansas City, MO. She also brought with her two of our English Department UNL graduate students, Bernice Olivas and Visnja Vujin, who also gave papers at the conference. Dr. Montes' latest La Bloga posting reviews the NACCS conference.

Maria Nazos will be reading with poets Martin Espada, John Landry, Chase Berggrun, and several other featured readers for a Celebration of Joe Gouveia on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00pm in Yarmouth, MA.

Emily Grammes and Hailey Hemenway, Presenters at the European Studies Conference in Omaha, October 3, 2014At the annual European Studies Conference, held in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 2-4, 2014, two of UNL’s UCARE student researchers presented papers. Emily Grammes presented “Lifting the Veil on Victorian Domestic Violence: George Eliot’s Sensational Short Fiction” and Hailey Hemenway presented “Virginia Woolf’s Confrontation with Victorian Marriage.” Both papers were co-authored with English department faculty member Beverley Rilett. All three women would like to express their sincere appreciation for the professionalization opportunities conferences such as the European Studies Conference and the Conference on Virginia Woolf regularly extend to students.

Beverley Rilett was an invited speaker at the University of Seoul’s Department of English Language and Literature, on October 20, 2014. She presented “Domestic Violence in Mid-nineteenth-century Britain and in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.”

Crystal Bock Thiessen co-presented the session, "The World Is Your Classroom: Teach With U.S. Embassies Worldwide" in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State at the MidAmerica Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MIDTESOL) conference October 25 in Warrensburg, Missouri. Thiessen is a lecturer in UNL's Programs in English as a Second Language.

Nikki Menard, Crystal Bock Thiessen, and Julie Abo presented the session, "IEP Community Engagement and Its Impact on Language Learning" at the MidAmerica Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MIDTESOL) conference October 25 in Warrensburg, Missouri. Menard, Thiessen, and Abo are all instructors in UNL's Programs in English as a Second Language.

Adrian Wisnicki and colleagues from the Livingstone Project delivered nearly 3 1/2 hours of lectures to staff at the National Endowment for the Humanities and to the public as part of the Smithsonian Associates lecture series. In between talks, Wisnicki and team members managed to nip over to one of the Smithsonian archives and locate five previously uncatalogued (and so unknown) Livingstone letters. It was quite a day!

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

Maria Nazos was a National Finalist for the Cape Cod Cultural Center of Cape Cod 2014 Poetry Competition.

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