Santa Clara University English Insider Newsletter

Department News and Faculty Accomplishments

Simone Billings

Simone Billings attended the fall meeting of the Northern California Affiliate of Writing Program Administrators on November 7, 2011, held at San Jose State University. Santa Clara University is now a member of the NorCal Affiliate, whose members gather twice a year to share information about writing programs and their schools, including jobs available, pay scales, and work load.

Rebekah Bloyd

Rebekah Bloyd's poem "Aurora, Near Old Harbour" will appear in the Winter 2012 issue of The Cincinnati Review.  She will be presenting at the Fulbright Conference celebrating Twenty Years of Educational Exchange between the Czech Republic and The United States, to be held in early December in New York City. Her presentation "The Czech Effect: How One Fellowship Creates Innumerable Connections" will feature examples of the ongoing connections between Czechs and American art students, as exhibited, say, in an oil pastel or pen and ink drawing by a student in response to Czech poetry, or in a scene from a student filmmaker responding to a Czech novella in translation, or in an excerpt from a literary essay written about a Czech play in translation. All are the product of new ways of seeing, of illuminating a history that is both shared and unknown.

Marc Bousquet

Marc Bousquet will be the invited guest at the Colorado AAUP's annual meeting in Boulder, Dec. 3, 2011.

Phyllis Brown

On November 17, 2011, Phyllis Brown will be talking about Santa Clara's Core Curriculum on a panel organized by the Foundation for International Education: "The Intentional Core Curriculum and Study Abroad: How Colleges and Universities Utilize Education Abroad to Complement Values and Outcomes Driven General Education Requirements," at the CIEE 2011 conference Redefining Student Learning Abroad: New Directions and Opportunities in New Orleans.

Michelle Burnham

Michelle Burnham's article "Trade, Time, and the Calculus of Risk in Early Pacific Travel Writing" appears in the most recent issue of Early American Literature. It's available via Project Muse: Click Here »

Stephen Carroll

Stephen Carroll delivered a 3.5 hour pre-conference workshop on MetaLearning and how faculty can use it to increase student learning in their classes at the POD Network conference October 26-30. (POD Network is the main disciplinary association for faculty developers.) He also gave a regular workshop on using the SALG to drive metacognition.  Two other committee members and Stephen have finished developing the lineup of Special Interest Groups and Pre-Conference Workshops for next year's WASC Academic Resource Conference.

Alan Clinton

In October, Alan Clinton's essay "Sylvia Plath and Electracy," which "reads Sylvia Plath's poetry for the conductive logics and rhetorics it intuited before the advent of the personal computer" (Bean and Chasar 9) in the name of theorizing a "mechanized ethics" that can operate in the absence of a "pure subjectivity" (in both senses of this phrase), appeared in _Poetry After Cultural Studies_, ed. Heidi Bean and Mike Chasar (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011).  The book also includes essays by Maria Damon, Cary Nelson, and Barrett Watten.

Diane Dreher

Diane Dreher has begun writing a blog for Psychology Today.

Marilyn Edelstein

Marilyn Edelstein presented a paper entitled "Empathy, Ethics, and Race: American Multicultural Fiction and the Development of Cross-Racial Understanding" at the interdisciplinary "Empathy: Self, Society, Culture" conference at Indiana University (Bloomington), November 11, 2011.

Andy Garavel

Andy Garavel gave a paper, "'The All-demanding Eyes:' An Augustinian Reading of 'Parker's Back,'" at a conference called "Revelation and Convergence: Flannery O'Connor Among the Philosophers and Theologians" at Loyola University in Chicago.

Kirk Glaser

Kirk Glaser's short story, "The Anonymity of Faces," received Honorable Mention in the New Millennium Writings Fiction Award, 2011.

Ron Hansen

On November 5th and 6th, Marc Powell's stage adaptation of Ron Hansen's novel ATTICUS was performed at the Blue Heron Arts Center outside Seattle.  Ron participated in a talkback with the audience afterwards.  On the 9th Ron also gave a lecture at Fairfield University in Connecticut as part of their "Catholicism and the Arts" series.

John Hawley

John Hawley will be an invited speaker on the "Postcolonialism and Poststructuralism" panel at the annual convention of the American Academy of Religion in San Francisco, November 21.

Aparajita Nanda

Tim Myers has two poems coming out in Bloodroot 2011: "Cottonwood in June;" "My Neighbors Tonight." He just had a story, "Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates," accepted by Cricket Mag–in press. He is appearing at Kidquake, part of Litquake, up in SF on October 12th, 2011 where he's doing a presentation and conducting a haiku workshop for first graders. Move over, Basho!

Noel Radley

Noel Radley presented a paper in Berkeley at a conference on Inarticulacy: An Interdisciplinary Early Modern Conference, hosted by Berkeley Early Modern Organization. Her paper was titled "Silent Bodies of Renaissance Poetry: Sir Thomas Wyatt’s Penitential Psalms."

Juan Velasco

As you know, Juan Velasco is teaching in El Salvador this quarter. After the massive flooding, he is working to help people suffering from hunger and homelessness. Juan's latest blog post about El Salvador with the link to Programa Velasco: and Juan's beautiful meditation, "After the Rain"

Upcoming Events for Fall 2011
Mark your calendar!

November 2011

Thursday, November 17th, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Round Table Pizza Parlor next to Safeway: Pizza and Pedagogy (a time to get together to discuss challenges, questions, and successes related to CTW 1 this term)

December 2011
Tuesday, December 6th, from 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Kennedy Commons
Department Meeting

Thursday, December 8th, from 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Donohoe Conference Room
Faculty Development Workshop on Updates on e-portfolios and from the Digital Advocacy and Pedagogy Working Group

February 2012
Monday, February 13th, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Winter Working Scholars
Presented by Claudia McIsaac

Executive Committee Meetings

Wednesday November 30th, 2011 3:00 pm SJ 309
Monday January 9th, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309
Tuesday January 31st, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309
Wednesday February 29th, 2012 3:00 pm A&S 246
Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309
Tuesday May 8th, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309

Office Staff and Student News

Jon Teel represented SCU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta with a presentation at Pilgrimage West, the Far Western Regional Conference on November 12. The titles of the two pieces submitted and read in Session 2C, Medieval and Early Modern British are "Unleashed" (creative fiction) and "Hrunting and Naegling" (analytical). You can see the entire program. Click Here »

Not only has Jon Teel represented SCU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta admirably, but the prize Ainsley Kelly won for her poetry and an article by 2011 alumna Hilary Titus (a section of her work as Canterbury Scholar) are both part of the Fall Sigma Tau Delta Fall newsletter. Available Here » One article in the newsletter lists a number of digital archives that be useful for students.

Our recent graduate in English, Hilary Titus (2011), has published an article, "Friending in El Salvador and Tanzania: An Education in Solidarity," in Explore, the magazine of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.  Ron Hansen also has an article in that issue, discussing the legacy of Paul Locatelli, S.J. and his role as a leader in international Jesuit education.

One of our graduates, Brendan Riley, has published a review of Mexican novelist Alvaro Enrigue's Decencia in The Review of Contemporary Fiction: Click Here»

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