September 2008 Archives

Fall Welcome Lunch and Meeting, 8 October

A Fall Welcome Luncheon and Meeting of Graduate Students will be held in 207A Lind, Wednesday, 8 October, from 11:15 AM to 1PM. This will be an opportunity to discuss plans for the year to include among others: our new initiative of faculty observation of graduate student teaching, the Department's new dossier account with Interfolio, fall fellowships, spring teaching assignments, May and summer teaching. Please RSVP to Karen by Friday 3 October, if you plan to attend the meeting and noon luncheon.

Welcome to our two new Peer Advisors!

The Undergraduate Studies program would like to welcome our two new peer advisors: Steve Courchane and Larisa Garski.

Steve and Larisa are both Senior English Majors and are ready to help you solve any problems. They are a great addition to the office and we’d love for you to meet them! If you’d like to make an advising appointment please stop by Lind Hall 227 or call 612-625-4592 and schedule an appointment.

Welcome Steve and Larisa and we appreciate all of your work!

Robert Meeropol on the Rosenbergs

Robert Meeropol, younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, visits the Department of English amid new revelations and renewed commentary about his parents' participation in espionage in the early '50s and their execution. In his talk October 6, at 4:30 pm, Meeropol will address these developments in addition to speaking on literary representations of the Rosenbergs, such as E. L. Doctorow's The Book of Daniel. Meeropol is the author of We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (1975) with his brother Michael, and An Execution in the Family: One Son’s Journey (2003). There will be a reception for Meeropol at 3:30 pm before the talk. Lind Hall, 207 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis (lecture in room 150; reception in room 207A).

Schumacher Distinguished Educator

Black Box cover imageDepartment of English professor and Creative Writing Program chair Julie Schumacher has received the first College of Continuing Education Distinguished Educator Award. CCE Dean Mary L. Nichols cited Schumacher as a "firm champion of CCE programs in other parts of the University" and noted her "extraordinary history" of participation with CCE programs Compleat Scholar, U Reads, College in the Schools, and the Split Rock Arts Program. On October 23, 2008, Schumacher will be presented with a plaque and a $2000 award at the annual CCE Celebration in Coffman Union. Schumacher also celebrates the publication of Black Box (Delacorte), her fourth novel for young readers, on Friday September 19 at 7 pm at the Loft Literary Center.

Visiting Faculty and Fellows

The Department of English welcomes LaRose Davis, who won the prestigious Graduate School Postdoctoral Fellowship and chose to be housed in English. Davis comes from Emory University where her work has centered on African American and American Indian literary and cultural intersections. Olabode Ibironke will be our CIC Postdoctoral Fellow: He has a doctorate from Michigan State University and specializes in African literary history and postcolonial literary theory. Jan Hein Hoogstad is a visiting assistant professor fall semester from the University of Amsterdam; he is teaching Medial Operations: Sound, Music & Digitality. Other visiting adjunct faculty include Debra Blake, Joe Hughes, Tim Jones, Emily Swanson (PhD 2008), and Michael Tortorello. Finally our CIC Fellow from last year, Dan Mrozowski, who students voted "best lecturer of 2008," returns this year to teach a variety of courses on American literature and literary theory.


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