October 2010 Archives

Language of Learning

When Satty Flaherty-Echeverria came to Minnesota from the Yucatan, Mexico, to teach Spanish, she didn't know any English. Five years later, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Inter-College Program (ICP) degree combining her interests in Spanish, Portuguese, and English literature and culture with education. The College of Continuing Education Current relates her story.

Alum Matt Burgess in New York Times

Congrats to 2009 MFA alumnus Matt Burgess, whose debut novel Dogfight (Doubleday) was reviewed positively in the Sunday Oct 17 New York Times Book Review.

Next Job Placement Meeting

The next placement meeting for advanced graduate students will be Friday October 29, from noon-2 pm in Lind 207A. The main focus of this meeting will be first-round interviews (i.e., phone interviews and MLA interviews). We will go over details about the MLA convention, sample questions, how to prepare for these interviews and much more. We will also, as usual, be holding mock interviews with faculty for all students on the market after Thanksgiving near the end of the semester. Contact Andrew Scheil for material to be read before the meeting.

What Is Charles Baxter Reading?

MinnPost's Book Club Club asked Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing (and fiction writer) Charles Baxter what books are in his hands right now. Meanwhile, Baxter reviewed Jonathan Franzen's Freedom for The New York Review of Books and Paula Fox's The Widow's Children in the fall issue of New Ohio Review.

Zebuhr Defense

On Friday, October 8, Laura Zebuhr will be defending her PhD dissertation, "The New Work of Friendship: Antebellum American Literature, Democracy, Impossibility." All are welcome for the public portion of the defense at 3 pm in Lind Hall 207A.

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