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Congratulations to Loring Pfeiffer on her new born baby girl! Her name is Cleo Grace Jones. Born on Sunday, January 6 at 6:07 PM and weighing in at 6 lbs, 13 oz, she is gaining weight like a champ, sleeping three-hour stretches overnight, and making her parents ridiculously happy.

Congratulations to Rebecca Black on her new born baby boy! His name is Henry Francis Kelly. Born on December 27th, 2012 at 3:50 pm weighing in at 7 lbs 9 oz and measuring 20.5 inches. Dark-haired Henry joins happy big brother, Samuel, now 2 years old. Rebecca Black used to teach poetry in the English department here at SCU.

Congratulations to both of the students who submitted their work to the Sigma Tau Delta convention: both had their work accepted for reading!

Joanne Santomauro will read "The Necessity of Grammar and Self-Expression" and Gabriela Solis will read "Leave the Women Alone! Ma Joad as a Realistic Character." The convention will be in Portland Oregon this year March 20-23. Date and time of the practice reading for Joanne and Gabriela TBA.

Joy Luck Club author visits SCU: Ron Hansen, Denise Krane, and Michael Lasley were key to the visit of Amy Tan as this quarter's speaker in the President's Speaker Series.  Denise and Michael gathered students to come speak with Amy Tan in an intimate setting (the Donohoe Conference room) and provided a reception there for all; Ron introduced and interviewed Amy Tan that evening.  

Faculty Accomplishments

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Phyllis Brown has had three (relatively) new publications:  “Hrotsvit’s Apostolic Mission: Prefaces, Dedications, and Other Addresses to Readers.”  A Companion to Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (fl. 960): Contextual and Interpretive Approaches. Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition 34. Ed., Phyllis R. Brown and Stephen L. Wailes. Leiden: Brill, 2012. 235-64.

A reference article was also published in October: “Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (ca. 935-ca. 975)”Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide. Ed. Marion Taylor and Agnes Choi. Baker Academic, 2012.

Review of Knowing Poetry: Verse in Medieval France from the Rose to the Rhétoriqueurs. By Adrian Armstrong and Sarah Kay. Comitatus 43 (2012): 153-55.

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Michelle Burnham participated in the Turn, Turn, Turn Symposium at the Center for American Literary Studies at Penn State University in October 2012. Her talk, "Transoceanic Space, Revolutionary Time, and Literary History" is available along with the rest of the symposium talks as a podcast (around 45:00 in part 1):

Michelle also delivered the keynote address--"Going Off the Map: The Geopolitics of Captivity from Cabeza de Vaca to Katniss Everdeen"--at the Captivity Writing Unbound Conference at the University of South Alabama in October (, and gave an additional talk previous to the conference on "Transoceanic Studies and Globalizing American Literary History."

She also co-organized a session for the American Studies Association convention in November on "Franco-American Imperial Formations," for which she served as chair and commentator.

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Last semester, Alan Clinton gave a lecture/performance entitled "Seven Things for Joseph Cornell" at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York in conjunction with a retrospective of Cornell's films.  In January his poem "Filled With the S.pirit (for S.)" was published in Marsh Hawk Review.  On January 19th he participated in a remote "Writing, Mutation and Reading Action" along with Tomas Jonsson (Calgary) and John Grzinich (Estonia) as part of Art's Birthday 2013.
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Associate Professor Judith Dunbar has written a Foreword to Robert McAfee Brown: Spiritual and Prophetic Writings, Selected with an Introduction by Paul Crowley, published by Orbis Books in the Modern Spiritual Masters Series.
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Juliana Chang's new book, Inhuman Citizenship has been published by University of Minnesota Press. Following is the link:

She will be giving a book talk, "Inhuman Citizenship: Race, Gender, and Excess" on Tuesday, February 5 from 11:45-1:00 at the Williman Room, Benson Center. The talk is sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies.

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John O. Espinoza had a total of 5 poems published in ZYZZYVA, RED WHEELBARROW, and NEW LETTERS at the end of 2012. His list, "Battle Sound Effects in War-Themed Comic Books of the 1980s," also appears in the January issue of THE BELIEVER.
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Kirk Glaser appears in a video as part of Project 52: 52 Dance Films in 52 Weeks. The video, a parody entitled "Help is Available," can be viewed at: The video was also featured at a screening at the Nickelodeon Theater, Santa Cruz, on Tuesday evening, January 15.
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Ron Hansen's introduction to Los Tejanos and Lost Cause by Jack Jackson was published in December by Fantagraphic Books.
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John Hawley chaired two sessions on race hatred at the South Asian Literary Association conference in Boston in January, and organized and chaired one session on "Queer Theory in a Postcolonial World" at the MLA annual convention, also in Boston.  He presented a paper on social media and the Arab Spring at the Cultures and Imperialisms conference at the University of Rome, Jan. 17-18, celebrating Edward Said's work.
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Tim Myers was recognized for the following: "Chameleon's Cry" (short story).  Anthology:  Over the Brink:  Environmental Disaster.Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Third Flatiron Publishing, December 2012.

Myers, T.J. and M. Priscilla Myers (Spring 2014).  Full of Empty (children's picture book).  Familius. 

Myers, T.J. (January 2013).   When a Book Becomes a Door (podcast).  The Drunken Odyssey (

Myers, T.J. (Spring 2013).   Then There Were Ghosts.  Exterminating Angel Press: The Magazine.

Myers, T.J. (Winter, 2012).   "Review of A World of Food by Carl Warner."  First Opinions--Second Reactions, e-journal, Purdue University.

Myers, T.J. (November, 2012).   "A Few Things the Guy at Home Should Know"--an excerpt from Glad to Be Dad:  A Call to Fatherhood.

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Noel Radley will introduce a presentation of "5 Reasons to Consider Portfolio-Based Assessment," in Varsi Hall 114, February 6 at noon. Her CTW students past and present will be invited to say in their own words what they learned by using Eportfolios. Let's see what they think! In the meantime, Noel is making best friends with the radiator in her office and trying to reconcile herself to winter spells in California.
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Roxanne Rashedi is excited for two upcoming readings she has helped organize: Porochista Khakpour on Feburary 13, 2013 and California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on February 27, 2013. She has also been invited to join the Chartered Student Organization Selection Committee for the Santa Clara Review and her short story "My First Power Yoga Class" has been accepted for publication in APIARY's The Hive: Apiary Digital Edition. It will be published in late March of 2013.

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Meetings and Events: Mark Your Calendar!

Department Meeting Feb. 11, 2013 11:40am – 12:50pm Weigand Room
Tenured and Senior Lecturers Feb. 12, 2013 10:00am – 11:30am Benson 15
Responding to Student Writing Feb. 13, 2013 11:50am – 12:50pm Varsi 114
Ethnicity, Politics & the Family: Meet Porochista Khakpour Feb. 13, 2013 7:00pm – 9:00pm Kennedy Commons
Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera reading at the publication party of The Santa Clara Review Feb. 27, 2013 4:00pm – 5:30pm St. Clare Room
Advanced Writing v. Intensive Writing Classes Mar. 4, 2013 11:50am – 12:50pm Varsi 114

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