May 2010 Archives

Julie Schumacher Spotlit for Teaching

Julie Schumacher imageFrom eclectic creative writing exercises to post-BA career assistance: Professor Julie Schumacher is profiled for the College of Liberal Arts website after this year receiving the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Retirements Pay It Forward

Michael Dennis Browne imageThis spring, two professors and one long-time staff member retired from the Department of English. Thank you to all those who contributed to student fellowships and scholarships in their names. Donations to the new Edward M. Griffin Fellowship, in honor of Professor Griffin's 44 years of service, exceeded $25,000, which makes it eligible for the 21st Century Graduate Fellowship Match, a University program matching the student pay-out dollar for dollar, every year. Increased contributions to the Beverly Atkinson Scholarship for Non-Traditional English Majors, established in 2002, insure continued support for English undergraduates, even as Atkinson bids farewell after 37 years in undergraduate advising. And the Michael Dennis Browne Fellowship in Creative Writing, celebrating Professor Browne's 39 years of service here, is very close to meeting the $25,000 target for matching University funds. If you'd like to help meet that goal, or contribute to other funds, Give to English.

More Faculty Awards

Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing Charles Baxter just won a Pushcart Prize for his story "The Cousins." The story, originally published in Tin House magazine, was also selected by Richard Russo to appear in The Best American Short Stories 2010. . . . Professor Nabil Matar has been awarded a Grant-in -Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from the Office of the Vice President for Research for his project: "Annotated edition, introduction, and notes: Henry Stubb's An Account of the Rise and Progress of Mahometanism."

Katherine Scheil on MPR State of the Arts

Associate Professor Katherine Scheil weighs in on the difference between "theater" and "theatre" for MPR News Q.

Student's Digital Project Published

Let's Talk Girl Talk imageChristopher Austin, a 2008 student in Professor Geoffrey Sirc's ENGL1501W Literature of Public Life, had his final class project "Let's Talk - Girl Talk" published on-line in The Jump: Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects. A professor at the University of Texas-Austin, where the journal originates, had come across the piece and contacted Professor Sirc to find Austin and obtain permission. The class project, outlined in The Jump, was to create a digital work about some aspect of public life. Austin's video tackles the subject of fair use in sampling popular music.

Fruitful Internships with University Press

UMNPress logoSince 2007, the Department of English and the University of Minnesota Press have collaborated on a publishing internship program in which two English majors serve as year-long interns at the UMN Press, working for a semester each in editorial and marketing/production. The students do a concurrent eight credit independent study with English faculty and receive a stipend. This spring the University of Minnesota Press hired 2008-09 intern Erin Warholm-Wolenhaus as editorial assistant. Warholm-Wolenhaus joins another former intern, Alyssa Lochner, at the Press; Lochner was hired in the Press' marketing department this winter (she wrote about the internship for English@MN). Congrats to both!

Graduate Student Awards

Congratulations to the following award recipients: Graduate School Best Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities: Elizabeth Weixel (PhD 2009), Assistant Professor of English, Western Kentucky University, "The Forest and Social Change in Early Modern English Literature, 1590-1700" (Adviser John Watkins). Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships: Nicholas Hengen, "Texts as Tactics: A Literary Critical Politics" (Adviser Tim Brennan); Lucia Pawlowski, "High Theory, the Teaching of Writing, and the Crisis of the University" (Adviser Geoff Sirc); Lisa Trochman, "Fatal Femmes: Noir Anxiety and the Woman Criminal" (Adviser Paula Rabinowitz); Adam Schrag, "Surface to Surface: War, Image and the Senses in the Screenic Era" (Adviser Paula Rabinowitz). Graduate Research Partnership Program: Emily Anderson, "Monsters Without Voices: The Creation and Uses of Fear in Silent Horror Film" (Sponsor Lois Cucullu); Lelaine Bonine, "For the Love of Film: In Search of Hitchcock on the Secular Pilgrimage" (Sponsor Jani Scandura); Jonah Charney-Sirott, "Order of Call: Stories of Conscription" (Sponsor Julie Schumacher); Nicholas Hengen, "Weapons in the War: The U.S. Military's Literary Regime During World War II" (Sponsor Paula Rabinowitz); David Malley, "The Devil's Own: A Ballad for Albert Hicks" (Sponsor David Treuer); Eunha Na, "Ritual in Contemporary Theater: A Global Perspective on African American and Korean Theatres" (Sponsor Josephine Lee). Samuel Holt Monk Prize for Published Scholarship: Chris Kamerbeek, "Appearing Acts: Celebrity, Biography and Henry James's Ghosts of the 1890s." The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 42:2 (2009). Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) Award: Molly Kiefer Gage, "Sorting Scraps: The Archive and the Future of Democracy" (Adviser Paula Rabinowitz). Jay and Rose Phillips Fellowship: Davu Seru. Ruth Drake Dissertation Fellowship: Ryan Cox, "Premonition of a Future Line We Will Be Writing: Politics, Language, and Identity in English Canadian Experimental Poetry" (Adviser Paula Rabinowitz).

Recent Graduate Program Placements

Three recent (or forthcoming) PhD or MFA graduates have accepted tenure track positions: Madhurima Chakraborty, Columbia College, Chicago; Gregory Murray, Georgia Perimeter College; and Luke Pingel, St. Catherine University, St. Paul. Four recent PhD alumni/ae accepted visiting professor appointments: Laura Zebuhr, King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Nick Robinette, Oberlin College; Renee DeLong, Normandale Community College; and Steve Healey, Michigan State University. In addition three others accepted multi-year post-doc fellowships: Lauren Curtright, Kathleen Howard, and Jennifer Miller. Congratulations to all!

Hon. James Rosenbaum Is Notable Alumni

English alumnus the Honorable James Rosenbaum (BA '66; JD '69) was recognized as one of 21 Alumni of Notable Achievement in the College of Liberal Arts in April. Senior U.S. District Judge in Minneapolis, Judge Rosenbaum will retire in August after 25 years on the bench. He plans to work on alternative dispute resolution.

Weixel Wins Best Dissertation

Each year the University of Minnesota Graduate School recognizes the University's top recent PhD graduates by presenting "best dissertation" awards in four broad disciplinary areas. The recipients receive an honorarium of $1000. The department is proud to announce that Beth Weixel (PhD 2009) won the 2010 Best Dissertation Award in Arts & Humanities for "The Forest and Social Change in Early Modern English Literature, 1590-1700." Her adviser was Professor John Watkins. Weixel is currently assistant professor at Western Kentucky University.

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