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Daniel Hack: The Sellout and a tradition of black anglophilia

Posted: 10/31/2016 1:28:37 PM

Daniel Hack is the author of Reaping Something New: African American Transformations of Victorian Literature, an examination of the intricate ways in which Victorian literature was put to use in African American literature and print culture throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This year’s recipient of the Man Booker Prize, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, honors that tradition in subtle but undeniable ways.

For the first 34 years of its existence, only novelists from Great Britain and certain Commonwealth counties were eligible for the Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the English-speaking world. In 2014, eligibility was extended to all novelists writing in English, a controversial change that dismayed many worried about the reach of American culture, or simply loathe to dilute this highly successful means of celebrating and publicizing anglophone fiction produced in places other than the U.S. Sure enough, this week the prize went to an American, with Paul Beatty winning for The Sellout, a gleefully satirical novel in which an African American narrator recounts his attempt to reinstitute segregation and even slavery in a “ghetto” on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Yet instead of simply confirming American cultural hegemony or, alternatively, the meaninglessness of national boundaries in this age of global literature, the choice of The Sellout calls attention to the distinctive and important historical relationship between African American literature and British literature, and between African American writers and Great Britain. The Sellout references and revives this history, in ways both pointed and hilarious.


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Famed activist and English alum Tom Hayden

Posted: 10/27/2016 12:20:44 PM

Tom Hayden, who burst out of the 1960s counterculture as a radical leader of America’s civil rights and antiwar movements, but rocked the boat more gently later in life with a progressive political agenda as an author and California state legislator, died on Sunday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 76.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/25/us/tom-hayden-dead.html

Humanities Training, Leadership Skills, and International Development Work

Posted: 10/13/2016 12:55:38 PM

Khaled Mattawa was selected for the "Regent's Award for Distinguished Public Services" for 2016

Posted: 7/27/2016 10:10:29 AM

Khaled Mattawa was selected for the "Regent's Award for Distinguished Public Services" for 2016

In June of 1990 the Regents supported a recommendation of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) and established the “Regents’ Award for Distinguished Public Service” to honor extraordinary distinction in public service by members of the University faculty. We request nominations of faculty members deserving recognition for their contributions in this area. All members of the University Senate (assistant, associate, and full professors, research scientists, and librarians who are Senate members) are eligible for consideration.

The award is to recognize public service activities that relate closely to teaching and research and reflect professional and academic expertise. The service activities may occur outside the University in local, state, national or international arenas.


http://facultysenate.umich.edu/about/awards/regents-award-for-distinguished-public-service/

NELP staffer and alum Christian Bathgate in Outside Magazine

Posted: 2/8/2016 3:01:59 PM

I spent a lot of time hiking in Northern California and New England. I spent a lot of time teaching in a program from the University of Michigan called the New England Literature Program and doing a lot of hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Green Mountains of Vermont. I was trying my best to slow down, which almost seems impossible. The world is built against that. I need a lot of solitude. I need a lot of time alone to make weird noises.


http://www.outsideonline.com/2052426/chris-bathgate-goes-back-nature

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