Jesse Oak Taylor gave a paper entitled “Networking the Air Pollution in Our Mutual Friend” at the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) at University of Wisconsin in Madison in September.
He will also be presenting at MLA in Boston this year. His paper is “Powers of Zero: Aggregation, Negation, and the Dimensions of Scale in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People.” It will be on a panel on "World Literature and Global Health."
On November 15, Martha Nell Smith organized and chaired a panel at the American Studies Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico, "Blogging as Public Pedagogy: A Roundtable with GayProf, Historiann, Roxie, and Tenured Radical," in which Marilee Lindemann was one of the featured participants.
Danuta Hinc was a guest speaker at The Writer's Center in Bethesda on Nov. 15. Danuta discussed the process of publishing her first novel, To Kill the Other, and working on her second book, a fictionalized memoir tentatively titled In the Forest of Angels.Zahara Heckscher received a grant for a book she is co-writing about international volunteering. Her co-author is Joseph Collins, who founded the Food First Institute with Francis Moore Lappe. Noam Chomsky called Zahara and Joseph’s previous book on this topic "informed, sensitive, and comprehensive."Ann Bracken’s poem “Marital Privilege” will be featured in the 2013 anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. The anthology is published by Blue Light Press in Nebraska. Editor Laura Madeline Wiseman describes the poets chosen for the anthology by saying, “The poets in this anthology intervene in the ways violence against women is perceived in American culture by deploying techniques to challenge those narratives and make alternatives visible.” In addition, Ann’s poem “Mrs. S” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize after its recent publication in the 2012 Reckless Writing Anthology: Emerging Poets of the 21st Century.
Joshua Weiner has new poems and prose in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Brick, BODY, The Wolf (UK), and Manchester Review (UK). Last month he read new work at Poetry Hearings (an annual Anglophone poetry festival), and the Freie Universität, both in Berlin.
Congratulations to Kent Cartwright and Brian Richardson, who have each won semester Research and Scholarship Awards for 2013-14 from the Graduate School. Congratulations also to Lee Konstantinou, Jerry Passannante, and Scott Trudell, who have won summer Research and Scholarship Awards.
Sharon, a graduate student, received an award from College of Arts and Humanities for Designated Research Initiative Funds (DRIF) to support her research into sixteenth-century navigation technology this summer. Sharon was the Alexander O. Vietor Memorial Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library last year; her dissertation is titled "The English Mariner and the Man of Letters, 1492-1630: A Study on Early Modern Navigation and Poetics"
Linda Kauffman has been invited by Michael Hardt to present a paper at a one-day symposium at Duke University on March 21, 2013 in honor of Frank Lentricchia. The other speakers are Fredric Jameson, Anthony DeCurtis, Donald Pease, and Don DeLillo. The event is free and open to the public.
Bob Levine has recently presented his work on Frederick Douglass at Rice University, the American Studies Association, and the Frederick Douglass Papers at Indiana University. He is also the co-General Editor of the just published Norton Anthology of American Literature: Shorter Eighth Edition. Bob is currently on leave as a Guggenheim Fellow as he works on his next book project, The Lives of Frederick Douglass, which aspires to offer a cultural history of how Douglass’s life has been conceived over the past 170 years.