Santa Clara University English Insider Newsletter

Department News

Congratulations to Phyllis Brown on her promotion to Full Professor!

Congratulations to Judith Dunbar for receiving the Teaching Excellence award from Phi Beta Kappa.

Congratulations to Kirk Glaser on being promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Congratulations to Stephen Carroll on being promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Please Join Us in celebrating the promotions from our faculty and the other many achievements of our department this year. Bring a side dish to share, the department will provide beverages and a main dish. RSVP HERE »

Check out the new webpage "Why English at SCU?" on our english website.

The campus IT networking group will be replacing the current wireless access points in St. Joseph's with newer hardware, which will improve both its coverage and performance. They will likely do a walk-through of the building May 18, between 10 am and 5 pm.

Faculty Accomplishments

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Olin Bjork was one of twenty faculty presenters at SCU's instructional technology demo day, where he showcased virtual cosmographies and audio podcasts created by students in his CTW2 and English 138 classes, respectively. He will also discuss the podcasts in a presentation at the 2012 Computers and Writing Conference in Raleigh, NC, on May 19: "Podcasts in and around the Bay: Soundseeing Place and Multiscreening Text." He was awarded a travel grant from the Graduate Research Network to help him attend this conference. On June 1, he will present a paper titled “Leafing Through Whitman’s Stanzas: The Verse Paragraph and Other Markup Challenges” at the 2012 Society for Textual Scholarship conference in Austin, TX.
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Assisted by Thomas Turley (History), Kathleen Maxwell (Art and Art History), Jean Molesky-Poz (Religious Studies), Guadalupe Gonzalez (class of 2011), and wonderful student volunteers, Phyllis Brown hosted the annual meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific March 30-31. Two plenary lectures focused on St. Clare of Assisi and the Franciscan heritage of Santa Clara University. Participants from Japan, France, England, Canada, and many parts of the United States gave presentations on a wide variety of medieval topics.

Phyllis Brown has collaborated throughout 2011-12 with Jean Molesky-Poz (Religious Studies) and Marie Brancati (Arts and Sciences Dean's Office) on a series of events celebrating the 800th anniversary of Clare of Assisi's founding of the Poor Clares in the year 1212. These events culminate May 10 with a symposium and St. Clare Vespers Concert in the Mission Church.

Phyllis Brown attended the Aspen Undergraduate Business Education Consortium in Washington, DC, March 20 with Michael Kevane (Economics) and gave a presentation on Santa Clara's Core Curriculum Pathways.
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Michelle Burnham delivered a paper, "Trans-plantations: Pacific Botany and Atlantic Slavery in William Earle's Obi" at C19: Nineteenth-Century Americanists conference in Berkeley, April 12–15.

Very thrilled to see SCU graduate and former English major Kara Thompson there, who was also on the program at C19. Kara completed her PhD at UC Davis and is currently assistant professor of English and American Studies at the College of William and Mary, specializing in nineteenth-century American literature, Native American studies, and queer studies.

Also delivered a paper on "The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman (1778)" at the Charles Brockden Brown Society conference in New York, April 19-21, as part of a panel on "Recovering Recovery"–a project to recover forgotten novels for early American literary history.

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Stephen Carroll has been promoted to Senior Lecturer.
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Alan Clinton’s poem “After Reading Marx” was published in the Spring-Summer issue of Struggle: A Magazine of Proletarian Revolutionary Literature. Originally affliated with the Detroit branch of the Marxist-Leninist Party, USA, the magazine continues with founding editor Tim Hall (27 years). As part of National Poetry month, a copy of Clinton’s chapbook Relocation Fascicles (Furniture Press, 2012), was taken apart and displayed nonlinearly for the month of April as part of Baltimore’s Cruellest Month Poetry and Performance Festival at Normals Bookstore. In addition, he was asked to produce a statement of poetics regarding the book which scared his best friend to death. Clinton was one of 8 scholar/artists chosen to participate in the MUTOPIA Workshop in Banff, Canada June 19-23. MUTOPIA is a process oriented workshop environment that explores collaboration, collective creativity and open forms of authorship. This is done through social and environmental research, creative exercises and game play in parallel with the use of mixed artistic media such as sound, collage, text and performance.

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Juliana Chang served as an external reviewer for the University of San Diego Ethnic Studies Department in April 2012. Information about her forthcoming book Inhuman Citizenship is now online at:
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Missy Donegan delivered a lecture titled “Room to Write: Domestic Violence and Spatial Control in Sarah Grand’s The Beth Book” at Buffalo State College in New York on February 16, 2012. The talk was part of a lecture series, “Finding the Muse: Women Working in Literature and Art,” sponsored by the Department of English and the Faculty-Student Association at Buffalo State.
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Judith Dunbar received the Teaching Excellence award from Phi Beta Kappa.
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At the recent joint conference, organized by John Hawley, of MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.) and the U.S.Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, at the Fairmont San Jose, Marilyn Edelstein presented a paper on “Imagining Cross-Racial and Cross-Cultural Empathy in Short Fiction by Jhumpa Lahiri and Sandra Cisneros” and moderated a session on "Religion and Ethnicity."
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Kirk Glaser is appearing in a collaborative dance/theater production, But I Will Stay, Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, 8 PM, at Project 418, 418 Front Street, Santa Cruz. The show will also be performed July 17, 20, 21, 22 as part of the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival at the Tannery Arts Complex, River Street, Santa Cruz.
More information at:!but-i-will-stay

Just published: Kirk Glaser has three poems,"Summer Night, Insomnia," "Mercury," and "Dark Matter in Yoga," appearing in the just-released Mad Hatters' Review Issue 13, readable at:

Kirk Glaser has been promoted to Senior Lecturer. He sends warm thanks to members of the department for supporting him in his application and seeing him through this "long engagement."

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Ron Hansen's novel A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion has been nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Fiction as one of the best works by a northern California author published in 2011. The 31st Annual Northern California Book Awards will be held Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin, at Grove, at 1:00 p.m.
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The department was the major sponsor for the annual conference of the association for multi-ethnic literatures of the US (MELUS), which joined forces with the US chapter of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. With 280 papers presented, the conference had to be moved to the Fairmont Hotel. John Hawley was principal organizer, and papers were presented by Cynthia Mahamdi, Marilyn Edelstein, Juan Velasco, Avantika Rohatgi, Aparajita Nanda, Sharmila Lodhia (WGST), and Deborah Whiteman (Orradre library archives). Many of the same folks moderated sessions, as did Simone Billings, Mitali Biswas, and Dolores LaGuardia. Other familiar names among the presenters were Jennifer Trainor (SFSU) and Roseanne Quinn (DeAnza). Jefferson was great in producing the program, which was printed at John Hessler's company, Patson's. Many of these same folks worked at the registration desk many long hours, as did Susan Frisbie, Sherry Booth, Denise Krane, Noel Radley, Rebekah Bloyd, and student Rebecca Murillo. Special thanks to Jessica who not only worked at the registration desk but also oversaw student workers who helped put together packets, etc., and worked with finances. Fr. Bill Rewak gave the formal welcome to attendees. Clearly, this event was supported by a large chunk of our colleagues--and those attending from across the continent, as well as those from India, Australia, Europe, Kenya, and Brazil, were very impressed by the results. The program can be found on the USACLALS website:

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Apara Nanda presented a paper entitled "Re-living Motherhood: Vocalizing Grief, Trauma and Loss in Xenogenesis," 2nd Global Conference, Trauma: Theory and Practice, Prague, 21--25 March, 2012. She also presented a paper entitled " Sexuality, Race, and Imperial Anxiety in Octavia Butlers' Lilith's Brood, " MELUS/USACLALS conference, San Jose, 19–22 April, 2012.
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Robin Tremblay-McGaw's students this quarter from her CTW2: Art, Culture & Social Justice class visited the de Saisset Museum and wrote reviews of two current exhibitions: Indelibly Yours and Chain Reaction. Curator Lindsey Kouvrais and Robin collaborated to make it possible for some of the best reviews to be published on the museum's web page. Five student reviews (Andrew Weaver, Logan Peterson, McKenzie Darr, Jessica Sullivan, and Camille Young) have been chosen and will appear on the de Saisset Museum website.
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Tim Myers' children's story "Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates" has just come out in the April/May issue of Cricket Magazine.
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Noel Radley was one of the recipients of the 2012 Computers and Writing/Graduate Research Network Travel Award. She is presenting at Computers & Writing 2012 about the social tagging of images: "Folksonomy as Gift: Motivations for Social Tagging."
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Juan Velasco presented the paper ³The Topography of the Total Self: The Bilingual Trilogy of Francisco Jiménez² at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) and the United States Chapter of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (USACLALS), San Jose, California (April 19-22nd, 2012)

He recorded a reading of his poems from Massacre of the Dreamers for the online version of Santa Clara Magazine. The book was reviewed in the last issue of the magazine, Spring 2012.
You can hear his reading at:

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Jeff Zorn presented, "Santa Clara University: Historical and Philosophical Reflections" on Wednesday, April 25th, 4-5pm at the Kennedy Commons. The event was presented by the Honors Advisory Council and there were over 30 people that attended.

Congratulations to the following SCU students!

The Academy of American Poets Tamara Verga Poetry prize, Final Judge:
Terry Beers

Winner: Ainsley Kelly, senior: "Three Tries for Fall," "After Drought," and "Sierra Storms and Seamonsters"

Honorable Mention: Victoria Isabel Yap, senior: "Tarantella," "Suicide Bugs," and "Wandering the Ark"

Honorable Mention: Sabrina Barreto, freshman: "Sparks," "Walking to Class," and "Elysium"

The Shipsey Poetry Prize, Final Judge: Ron Hansen
Winner: Sabrina Barreto, freshman: "Mehndi in Monsoon Season"

Important Links to Bookmark

Calendar of Events Schedule of Classes
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Meetings: Mark Your Calendar!

Monday May 7, 12 3:30pm – 4:40pm Donohoe Conference Room
Tenured Faculty And Senior Lecturers (topic: discussion of applicants for promotion to Senior Lecturer in the next academic year)
Tuesday May 8, 12 1:00pm – 2:00pm SJ 309
Open meeting to discuss English 16
Wednesday May 9, 12 9am – 10am SJ 309
Open meeting to discuss English 14 and 15
Monday May 14, 12 3:30pm – 5:00pm Kennedy Commons
Thurs-Fri May 17-18, 12 ALL DAY SJ 309
The visit from the External Reviewers for our Program Review.
Thursday June 7, 12 3:30pm – 5:00pm Kennedy Commons
Thursday June 12, 12 3:30pm – 5:00pm Mondo Burrito
Writing Wrap-Up, a social for those teaching writing classes just to talk over this year's successes and worries and to continue thinking toward next year's programs.

Executive Committee Meetings

Tuesday May 8th, 12 3:00 pm SJ 309

Recent Event of Interest to the Department

Thursday May 3, 12 3:40pm – 4:40pm  
Faculty Development Workshop on Strategies for Helping Students Read More Critically. Priscilla Myers from the Education Department provided some insights from her work as an expert in the teaching of reading before she facilitated a lively discussion among the attendees. Attended by several members of the department.

Events for Spring Quarter 2012

Reclaim and Celebrate of the St. Claire of Assisi
Thursdsay May 10th, 12 3:00 -7:30 pm 3rd floor of Library
Senior Reception/Honors & Awards Ceremony Dinner
Wednesday May 30th, 12 5:00 - 7:30 pm Adobe Lodge

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