Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Memorial for Hector Torres

Organized by the UNM English Department and Chicano/a Literature students

WHERE:  National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW (505) 246-2261

WHEN: April 9, Friday, 12-1 (gates open at 11:30)

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Rudolfo Anaya, NM dignitaries, students, faculty

In Lieu of flowers:

Please purchase baked goods at Smith Plaza April 1 from Hector's students and the English Department; proceeds will help to obtain an honorary brick in Hector's name at the NHCC.

The English Department has a "Hector Torres Memorial Fund" that will support scholarship and research in the fields he loved so much and to which he dedicated his life and career.

To contribute, send a check to the Hector Torres Memorial Fund to:

Jeff MacNutt, Development Officer
UNM College of Arts & Sciences
Ortega Hall 201     MSC03 2120
Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001,

or Gail Houston, Chair
UNM English Department
Humanities 227
MSC03  2170
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Friday, March 26, 2010

Faculty News: Anita Obermeier

Congratulations to faculty member Anita Obermeier who has been elected to a two-year term as Vice President of the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Nineteenth Century Group Presents

Stacey Kikendall, “‘She opened her eyes and looked’: Vision, Empire, and the New Woman in The Story of an
African Farm”

Calinda Shely, “Consuming the Upper Crust: Gout and Overconsumption in East Lynne”

Please join us for a special preview of papers that will be presented at the 2010 Eighteenth- and
Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference at Texas A & M.

Friday March 26, 3:30 p.m.
SUB Acoma A

Mabel Dodge Luhan in Taos - Presented by the Feminist Research Institute

The Feminist Research Institute invites you to a performance:

"Mabel Dodge Luhan in Taos"

by Dr. Rosemary Keefe,
Univ. Wisconsin, Emerita

Thursday, March 25th
12:30- 2 pm
SUB, Cherry/Silver

Imagine it is 1935. You are celebrating Intimate Memories of Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962), her mystical visions and falling in love with New Mexico and Tony Lujan in Edge of Taos Desert. Mabel raves about movers and shakers in early 20th century political and avant-garde art movements, guests at her New York and Taos salons: Ansel Adams, D. H. Lawrence, Willa Cather, Mary Austin, Georgia O'Keeffe. Ask "Mabel" questions about her life and passions.

"My life broke in two when I came to New Mexico. I entered into a new world more strange and terrible and sweet than any I had ever imagined."
-Mabel Dodge Luhan

Monday, March 22, 2010

UNM Memorial for Stefania Gray

The life of Stefania Gray will be celebrated and remembered at the UNM Alumni Chapel on Thursday, March 25 from 4-5 p.m. Ms. Gray was an M.A. candidate in the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures, a former teaching assistant in the English Dept., as well as a teacher at Bernalillo High School. Her intelligence, warmth and dedication deeply touched the people around her. In her memory, a trust fund has been set up for her daughters; contributions can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank. Please join us -- students, teachers, friends and family -- at this ceremony dedicated to her memory.

Andrew Zawacki: Poetry Reading

Ortega Hall 3rd Floor Reading Room
Friday, March 26, 5:00 PM

Dr. Zawacki is coeditor of Verse magazine, author of three books of poems, By Reason of Breakings (Georgia), Anabrach (Wesleyan), and Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House), and editor of Afterwards: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 (White Pine). He has also published critical essays in the TLS, Boston Review, How2, Chicago Review, New German Critique, and many other venues. He teaches for the English Department at the University of Georgia.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hector Torres Memorial Fund

There has been such an outpouring of condolences and such an overwhelming desire to honor Professor Hector Torres and so many have asked about a Memorial Fund that the English Department has established a Hector Torres Memorial Fund that will support scholarship and research in the fields of study he loved so much and to which he dedicated his life and career.

Checks can be made out to The UNM Foundation. Put “The Hector Torres Memorial Fund” in the memo line. All proceeds go to “The Hector Torres Memorial Fund." Send either to:

Jeff MacNutt, Development Officer
UNM College of Arts & Sciences
Ortega Hall 201
MSC03 2120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Jeff’s contact information:


The UNM Department of English Language & Literature
Humanities Building
MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

English Department contact information:

Thank you so much for your generosity and your desire to remember our dear colleague.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Reading in Honor of Hector Torres

Students, faculty and staff are invited to honor Hector Torres on Thursday evening, March 11th at 6:30 in the English lounge. Please bring readings, stories, mementos and food.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Medieval Studies: Congratulations Award Winners!

Two of our PhD students received 1st and 2nd place in the Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP) Founders Prize competition for best papers presented by graduate students at the 2009 MAP conference:

Francesca Tuoni was awarded 1st place ($500) for her paper "The Lexical Influence of Arabic on Middle English with an Emphasis on the Vocabulary of Silk"

Doug VanBenthuysen was awarded 3rd place ($250) for his paper "Beowulf 1553b: A Controversial Period"

UNM actually swept the podium, as Linguistics graduate student Shelece Easterday won 2nd place ($250) for her paper "Handling the Hoard: The Treatment of Treasure in Beowulf"

Friday, March 5, 2010

Lisa Gill - "The Relenting" to be Published

New Rivers Press in Minnesota has announced that they will publish "The Relenting," a play Lisa Gill wrote with the help of collaborator Travis J. Farnsworth (BFA UNM 2008) who will also be providing art for the book. NRP is also writing a grant to bring the authors up to Minnesota. The work was inspired by when Lisa found a rattlesnake in her living room, though now the snake speaks back and the dialogue manifests as an archetypal journey. A small part of text (one poem) is in SiSwati, part is also in Greek, just a few lines, and there is one repeating line in Spanish.  The play premieres in June and the book should be out by then!