June 2011 Archives

English in Minnesota Magazine

Cover image of MN Mag Summer 2011The summer issue of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association magazine Minnesota features four English alumnae. Kathleen Glasgow (MFA 2002), coordinator of the Creative Writing Program, won first place in the magazine's 12th annual fiction contest with her story "Leaving"; judge Ian Graham Leask (BA 1980, MA 1986) compared the story to "a tune in your head that won't go away." Six pages later, the three editors of the up-and-coming literary arts magazine Paper Darts are interviewed: Jamie Millard, Regan Smith, and Meghan Suszynski (all BA 2009) relate how their colorful glossy started out on home printers and a Singer sewing machine.

Nuruddin Farah in New York Times

Image from New York Times Somali novelist and playwright Nuruddin Farah, who the Department of English is hosting during his three years as CLA Winton Chair, describes the view from his window in the New York Times this past Sunday July 3. It is often an imaginary view, Farah notes, as he envisions a Mogadishu made up of past remembrances and current experiences, while he lives and writes far away in Cape Town, Newcastle, Minneapolis.

Alumnus Sam Kean Writes a Periodic Table Bestseller

Image of author Sam KeanBA alumnus Sam Kean's The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the Periodic Table of the Elements, just released in paperback, was publishing's sleeper hit of 2010: a science history that surprised its author as much as anyone by making the New York Times Bestseller List, primarily via word of mouth. But South Dakota native Kean, a 2002 summa cum laude double major in English and Physics, has fashioned a ridiculously readable collection of anecdotes about the elements, from hydrogen to ununbium. "I really think that the human mind works best through stories," notes Kean in an interview. More. . .

Ivory Tower 2011

cover image of Ivory Tower 2011Copies of the 2011 Ivory Tower, the University of Minnesota's undergraduate literary arts magazine, flew out the door back in May. However, you can still view the journal, created by students in a year-long English class, online. Thanks to student initiative, the 2011, 2010, and 2009 issues are now also available via a free app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch!

Faculty Promotions and Service

English faculty Tony C. Brown and Siobhan Craig have been promoted with tenure to Associate Professor in recognition of their outstanding research, teaching, and service. Professor Craig last year published Cinema After Fascism: The Shattered Screen (Palgrave Macmillan), and Professor Brown's book The Primitive, the Aesthetic, and the Savage: An Enlightenment Problematic is forthcoming. . . . Professor and former English chair Paula Rabinowitz has been elected to the University of Minnesota Senate. Congratulations to all!

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