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Congratulations to Mike Malone! He is cited as a key source for a new PBS documentary on Silicon Valley, in a story in the Wall Street Journal blog Digits. His student Liz Wassmann had an op-ed published in the San Jose Mercury News about the value of hands-on teaching.  

The February 28, 2013 Spoken Word competition was a great success! 15 students competed, performing original spoken word poetry on topics as diverse as love, racism, relationships with parents, exploitation of coal miners, and–being an English major. Over 100 students were in the audience, and the room sizzled with excitement about language and literature. Great music, too, from Jackie Gage and Chris Main.  Awards went to Cameron Coulter for Best Performance, Isabel Yap for Best Poem, and Joanne Santomauro for Best Overall. Professor Tim Myers and student Hannah Miller did a terrific job co-hosting the event.

Faculty Accomplishments

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Phyllis Brown participated in the Aspen Undergraduate Business Education Consortium March 10-12.
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In late January, Alan Clinton attended the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) conference in Anaheim where he met with the head of Ableton records and studied analog and digital synthesizers with musician Eden Grey in order to develop a curriculum, some of which he has already put to use, devoted to sampling and collage as part of a "dialogue" between sonic and literary composition.  While there, he and Grey created the scaffolding of a multimedial tarot deck based upon the history of musical instruments.  In February, his multimedia essay "Unusual Suspects," about art, capitalism, nature, and coal mining in Banff, Canada appeared in Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture.  Although Alan does edit that journal, he is still pretty proud of the piece about which poet and critic Thomas Fink wrote, "The essay is represented with such surreal wildness. . .that one could suspiciously google key words to see if it really did happen.  Clinton presents a nature that is defamiliarizing and necessary to engage with at the same time, resulting in an essay/poem/collage that, unlike so much 'nature writing,' is not reductive but exfoliating."
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Juliana Chang is the SCU Faculty Senate President-Elect.
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An associate editor for The Best American Nonrequired Reading asked John to submit his 2012 published work for consideration. His poem, "Reefer Madness Strikes Frankie Avila," which appeared in Red Wheelbarrow (vol. 13), made it past the first editorial round. John's 2012 published work was also nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
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On January 27, Andy Garavel gave a talk titled "John Wilson Croker: Irish Conservative" to the Irish Literary and Historical Society of San Francisco.
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Ron Hansen's essay on theologian George Tyrrell, "A Collision of Systems and Tendencies," has just been published in Catherine Wolff, ed. Not Less Than Everything (HarperOne).  He also delivered the George Nixon Memorial Lecture at Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Texas.
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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:

Myers, T.J. (February 2013).   A Girl; The Panthers (After Rilke).  Revolver ( (two poems)

Myers, T.J. (in press).  Writer Life:  Who Decides If You're Worthy?  SCBWI Bulletin.  (an article)

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Apara Nanda's article entitled " Power, Politics, and Domestic Desire in Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood"  has been accepted for publication in Callaloo.  Also an article entitled "Re-living Motherhood: Vocalising Grief, Trauma and Loss" is forthcoming in an e-book, part of the At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries,  published by Interdisciplinary Press, Oxford, UK.
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Robin Tremblay-McGaw gave a poetry reading with Emily Abendroth and Francois Luong at Press Works on Paper in the Mission at 3108 24th Street, San Francisco at 7pm on March 5th.
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Roxanne Rashedi's "Beyond Diaspora: Porochista Khakpour" was recently published in the Los Angeles Review of Books. The full interview can be read here. Roxanne's short story "No Such Thing" has been accepted for publication in Ishaan Literary Review. It will be released later in March. Roxanne looks forward to teaching a Children's Lit/Storytelling course for the Liberal Studies Program this spring.

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