Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Anita Obermeier: MAA Presentation and Other News

Anita Obermeier presented her paper “Merlin’s Conception Story in Arthurian Legends in Light of Scholastic Discourse” at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (MAA) in Scottsdale Arizona. She furthermore chaired a Medieval Association of the Pacific-sponsored session titled “Medieval Borders” that was recorded and can be accessed at At the MAA business meeting, she read the citation for the CARA Teaching Award given by the Medieval Academy.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jeremy Ricketts: Outstanding Teaching Award

Jeremy Ricketts has being awarded one of five 2010-2011 Susan Deese-Roberts Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Awards.

The Awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 2 pm in SUB, Ballroom C

Erin Murrah-Mandril: Feminist Research Institute Prize

Congratulations to Erin Murrah-Mandril who has been awarded the FRI Best Paper Prize for her essay,
"Misreading the Feminine: Representation of Women in the Far West in Mary Hallock Foote’s 'Maverick'."

Leigh Johnson: Tenure-Track Position

Congratulations to Leigh Johnson who has successfully defended her dissertation and has accepted a tenure-track American literature position with Marymount University in Arlington, VA.

Christine Kozikowski: Grants and Awards

Congratulations to Christine Kozikowski, who was selected for UNM’s Graduate Research Supplement Award, the FRI’s Graduate Student Research Grant, and the Medieval Association of the Pacific’s John F. Benton Award. These awards will support Christine’s forthcoming research trip to London for her dissertation, “Reading Privacy in Middle English Texts, 1350-1450: Private Space, Public Face.”

English Department Colloquium: Lynn Beene

Professor Lynn Beene will present "'Detective Poetry' or Poe-tics" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in the English Department Lounge (HUM 235).  This will be the final EDC of the spring semester.

eWords: Adam Hochschild

Read a fascinating article (part one of four) by Adam Hochschild on academic versus popular writing.

Read Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, part 1 at Nieman Storyboard here.

Oliver Broudy Interview

Writers might be interested in this fascinating interview with Oliver Broudy where he discusses his work The Saint and his experience with releasing it as an E-Book through Amazon.

Read the article at the Neiman Storyboard here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dr Jesse Aleman: Award

It has just been announced that Dr. Jesse Aleman is one of the recipients of the College of Arts & Sciences
Award for Teaching Excellence for 2010-11. The award ceremony is on May 6, 2pm in 125 Dane Smith Hall. 

Feminist Research Institute Panel Presentation

The Feminist Research Institute invites you to a panel presentation:

Queer Politics: Gay and Lesbian Impacts in Political Spaces of the US and Mexico

Wednesday, April 20th
12:00-1:30 p.m.
SUB Cherry/ Silver

Panel Presenters:
Lucinda Grinnell, PhD Candidate, History
“Grassroots and Global?: Defending Lesbian Rights as Human Rights in Mexico”

Lavinia Nicolae, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
“Deadlock over Wedlock: Kinship, Politics and Identity in New

Mexico’s Same-Sex Marriage Debate”

Kellie Sawyer, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
“Philadelphia’s Straight History/Gay Nightlife: Tourism and ‘Diversity’ in the U.S. Nation’s ‘Freedom Capital.’”

Join them for a panel presentation on the ways that gay and lesbian populations have constructed a specific sense of national belonging through notions of citizenry, human rights, and international political engagement
in both the US and Mexico.

Wertheim and Kelleher Awards 2011

The English Department is pleased to announce the Wertheim and Kelleher Awards for 2011.

The Wertheim Award is intended for "tenured faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the profession." This year we have two awardees in this category, both of whom have illustrated their extraordinary strengths in publishing and in serving the department, college, and university, as well as contributing to their fields on the national level. Please congratulate Professors Dan Mueller and Chuck Paine on receiving this award.

The Department Keleher Award is given to “An Assistant Professor who demonstrates a strong commitment to teaching done primarily at the undergraduate level.” Please congratulate Professor Kathleen Washburn, whose work on the undergraduate committee, teaching in her undergraduate and graduate courses, and support of students across the campus (especially in Native American Studies), makes her an eminently appropriate recipient for this award.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Undergraduate Honors

The English department and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in English, Dan Mueller, are pleased to announce the undergraduate students receiving Honors in English at graduation in May, 2011.

Andrew Field has been awarded summa cum laude for his Honors Thesis, "'For All That May Yet Be True':
Subjunctive Narrative and Postmodernity in Thomas Pynchon's Mason & Dixon." His Honors Thesis advisor was David Jones. In recognition of his receiving the highest honors the Department of English bestows upon a graduating senior, he has been invited to speak at the English Department convocation on Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. in Woodward Hall.

Kelsey Byrne was awarded cum laude for her Honors Thesis, "'The Beauty of Meaning': Art, Aesthetics and the Visual in Jane Eyre." Her Honors Thesis advisor was Aeron Hunt.

Analisa Goodman was awarded cum laude for her Honors Thesis, "'We Neither of Us Perform to Strangers': An Analysis of Performance, Women, and the Making of a Heroine." Her Honors Thesis advisor was Carolyn Woodward.

Tamara Martinez was awarded cum laude for her Honors Thesis, "'Call it gossip, if you will': The Female Writers Critique of Male Rumormongers in Persuasion and Wuthering Heights." Her Honors Thesis advisor was Gail Houston.

Patricia Remark was awarded cum laude for her Honors Thesis, "'Industry in Transition': The Uncertain Future of University Presses." Her Honors Thesis advisor was Jim Burbank.

Many thanks to the advisors and faculty evaluators without whose help there would not be an Honors Program in English at all.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Justin Larsen and Lisa Myers: Conference Presentations

Justin Larsen and Lisa Myers presented at the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association’s Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, April 7-9, 2011.

Justin Larsen, “‘And against the same’: Healing Science and Healing Faith in Bald’s Leechbook”

Lisa Myers, “St. Cuthbert and Nature: Along the Cusp of Anglo-Saxon Christianity”

Teacher's Institute 2011 - REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration is now open for the 2011 Teacher's Institute.

Register on-line here

Blue Mesa Review in The Alibi

The English department's literary journal Blue Mesa Review is featured in The Alibi and includes an interview with Suzanne Richardson, MFA candidate in fiction writing and the editor in chief of the journal . Read the article here.

Visit Blue Mesa Review's website here.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Database of Victorian Magazines

Victorian lit researchers, students and aficionados should take a look at this database of Victorian Magazines: The 1890's Online.

From their site description:

"The 1890s Online is an electronic resource dedicated to the study of fin-de-siècle literature and culture from the perspective of the period’s innovative magazines. We publish facsimile editions of selected periodicals, together with paratexts of production and reception. This material is enhanced by two kinds of peer-reviewed commentary: biographies of the periodicals’ contributors and associates and critical essays on the material by experts in the field. The 1890s Online is a digital initiative supported by the Ryerson University Library."

Resources on the site includes facsimiles of The Yellow Book, as well as reviews from the 1890's, scholarly commentary and a bibliography.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Memorial for Lizz Ketterer

The English Department has purchased a two volume set, Shakespeare's First Folio: The History of the Book, in memory of Dr. Lizz Ketterer for the Zimmerman Library.

We will be having an informal service and reception in the lounge on Monday, April 18th at 2 pm.  We encourage all to join us, and particularly extend an invitation to her students.

Teacher's Institute 2011 - Registration Opens April 15

Arts & Sciences Teachers’ Institute, Summer 2011
For teachers of college-bound students, grades 10, 11, and 12

Learning to Write : Writing to Learn
Problem-based Instruction for Academic Literacy

Wanda Martin, Ph. D., Associate Professor of English

Almost all students coming to the University of New Mexico are required to take one or two semesters of first-year composition. Those courses, which focus on the wide range of reading and writing students will do across the disciplines, often place unexpected demands on students, challenging their sense that, having taken English in high school, they know how to write. What do students need to know about texts and be able to do with writing so they can thrive on the diverse challenges of reading and writing in all the disciplines and in the professional workplace?

As universities re-structure first-year writing programs to support writing across the curriculum, and as an increasing fraction of high school graduates seek college education, students need a broader range of strategies than they often develop in literature-based English courses. These seminars will explore how, without neglecting the curriculum of literary study or other content knowledge, teachers can best help students develop the skills of reading, writing, analysis, and problem-solving that will serve them through and beyond their student years.

Informed by readings from the field of composition studies, we’ll work together to understand the demands of college writing in the 21st century and to devise strategies for teaching the skills of critical reading and analytic writing that provide the basis for learning across the disciplines.

Together, we’ll draft progressive assignment sequences that will help students to
Analyze a rhetorical situation and respond appropriately
Gather and report information and arguments about a topic;
Interpret, evaluate, and respond to information and arguments
Produce documents that communicate clearly and logically in a variety of written genres.

Teachers in disciplines other than English are welcome to apply.

Register online here

To accommodate as many teachers as possible, the seminar will be offered twice.  
Session 1:      Monday, June 6 – Thursday, June 9
Session 2:    Monday, June 13 – Thursday, June 16 

Days and Hours: 
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. 

Enrollment in each week-long seminar is limited to twelve participants.
The Teachers’ Institute will pay a $300 stipend to each participant.
The Teachers’ Institute will provide all necessary books and materials, including a parking permit.
The Teachers’ Institute will provide overnight accommodations in UNM housing for participants coming from outside Albuquerque


Click this link to visit the online registration page. Complete the registration form and submit.  Be sure to indicate your choice of session.  You’ll receive an e-mail confirming your registration.    
Registration will open April 15; for best consideration, apply by May 20.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jesse Aleman: STARS award

Jesse Alemán has been selected to receive an American Indian Student  Services' S.T.A.R.S award. The award--a Special Thank-you And  Recognition from Students--is unique because nominations for it come 
directly from students who identify faculty members who have made a  positive impact on the student's college experience at UNM. A  recognition and honor ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 26, from  12-1pm, in Lobo A&B of the SUB.

Snead-Wertheim Lecture

The 2011 SNEAD-WERTHEIM LECTURE will take tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12 at 4 pm.  DR. PATRICIA CROWN, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology presents “Cacao Consumption and Cuisine from Chaco to the Colonial Southwest” in the Hibben Center, Room 105.  There will be a reception following the lecture in the Hibben Atrium.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Department Book Sale - Donations Needed

We will have a department book sale from 4/11-4/15, next week, in the lobby. If you have used books we will sell them in the department ($1 for paperback and $2 for hardback) These can be of any genre.  Please take a look through your bookshelves and see what you are willing to donate. 

If you have any hardback new books or paperback new books you are willing to donate, please bring them to the Department Chair's office; we will arrange to sell those on line at Amazon (they can be of any genre, not just academic.)The money will go towards funding department gatherings, etc.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Anita Obermeier: Award Nomination

Dr Anita Obermeier is one of forty staff and faculty members nominated for this year’s Outstanding Student Service Provider. This award is given annually by the Division of Student Affairs to individuals who have made significant contributions to the quality of student life on campus and is considered to be one of the most coveted UNM awards bestowed upon an individual.       

Susan Romano: Kneupper Award

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Romano who recently received news that she has won the Rhetoric Society Quarterly's Kneupper Award for best 2010 article.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Graduate Student Mentor Award

Congratulations to Erin Murrah-Mandril, who was selected as one of UNM's Graduate Student Mentor recipients.The Graduate Student Mentor Award is a one time award of $1,000.00 for an outstanding graduate student who has provided exceptional service and excellence in mentoring other graduate students in his or her own or in other departments.