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New Year's Kudos

Posted: 1/16/2007
Sara Blair’s MFS essay on Abraham Cahan has been selected as the winner of MFS's Margaret Church Award for 2005. This award is given annually to the best essay in a given year. The award includes a cash prize of $250.

Enoch Brater received the State of Michigan Special Tribute for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarly Research.

Enoch’s ARTHUR MILLER: A PLAYWRIGHT'S LIFE AND WORKS, has been named "A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2006."

Enoch’s activities in relation to the Beckett Centenary Year included trips to Rio de Janeiro for the symposium called "Beckett in Brasil 100 Anos" in July and to Tokyo for the keynote address at the "Borderless Beckett" conference. He authored the official entry on Samuel Beckett for CELEBRATIONS NATIONALES, published by the French government to mark significant events of the calendar year 2006, and he wrote a similar piece for a special number on Beckett in the Polish-language TOPOS, published in Warsaw. The MLA radio series called "What's the Word?", distributed to broadcasting stations nationally, has just released their program on Samuel Beckett which includes Enoch Brater’s commentary on WAITING FOR GODOT.

Anne Gere is the 2006 recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award for her contributions in the public sphere extending well beyond the University.

Anne has also been awarded a Michigan Humanities Award for the 2007-8 year.

Petra Kuppers has received $4850 from LSA and CRLT’s Faculty Development Fund in support of her Anarcha project.

Alum Patrick O’Keeffe has received a 2006 Whiting Writers’ Award for his book, The Hill Road.

Scotti Parrish’s American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press, 2006) received the 2006 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award. The $2,500 award is given annually by the Phi Beta Kappa Society to scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.

Adela Pinch has received an NEH Fellowship for the 2007-8 year.

Alisse received a $3750 grant from the LSA Information Technology Committee and its program of Faculty Grants for Innovations in Teaching with Technology for her proposal, "Integrating Visual and Audio Materials into a Large Rhetorical Activism Course."

Xiomara Santamarina has received a Michigan Humanities Award for a fellowship during the 2007-8 year.

Keith Taylor’s book, Guilty at the Rapture, has been selected for a place on the 2007 Michigan Notable Books list.

Patsy Yaeger’s article, "Ghosts and Shattered Bodies, or What Does It Mean to Still be Haunted by Southern Literature," which appeared in Vol. 22, No. 1 issue of the South Central Review was selected as the Kirby Prize winner for Best Article Published during the South Central Modern Language Association’s annual convention held in Dallas, Texas. This prize comes with a $200 cash prize.

Graduate students Korey Jackson, Alex Beringer, and Donna Scheidt received a renewal grant for $6000 for the Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop, "Language and Rhetorical Studies Group."

Summer Kudos

Posted: 6/22/2006
Lillian Back received the excellence in teaching award for faculty given by the Undergraduate English Association at the Commencement ceremony for English concentrators.

George Bornstein’s book, "Material Modernism: The Politics of the Page," has just out in paperback from Cambridge University Press.

Enoch Brater has been awarded a Collegiate Professorship by the LS&A Executive Committee, and has received a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for 2005-06 from Rackham. The official announcement and ceremony will take place in Rackham Assembly Hall on Wednesday, October 4th.
Also, as part of the Beckett centenary year, Enoch Brater will present keynote addresses this year at the University of Toronto, Florida State, Notre Dame, the Beckett Archive at the University of Reading in England, Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Tokyo.

Bonnie Campbell and Lori Scott received a LS&A joint Staff Spotlight Award for their contribution to the First and Second Year Studies Program.

Anne Curzan received a 2007 Henry Russel Award in recognition of her "exceptional scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher." This award is one of the highest honors the University bestows upon junior faculty members and carries a stipend of $1200. The Henry Russel Award ceremony will take place on March 13, 2007.

Peter Ho Davies has received a 2005-6 Rackham Faculty Recognition Award for his "outstanding contributions as a teacher, scholar and member of the University community."

Provost Gramlich is recommending to the Board of Regents that our own Nick Delbanco be awarded a Distinguished University Professorship effective September 1, 2006. As Provost Gramlich writes: "This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon an eminent member of the faculty." There will be a formal awards dinner and ceremony on Wednesday, October 4, 2006.

Suzanne Gothard has just won the Ginsberg Center Award for Community Service and Social Action's Outstanding Staff Member Award. She has also received the Outstanding Staff Member Award from the Edward Ginsberg Center for her work with the Prison Creative Arts Project.

Barbara Hodgdon and Bill Worthern’s A Companion to Shakespeare and Performance has come out from Blackwell.

We are pleased to announce that Jane Johnson will be returning to the Department this summer as our new Key Administrator.

David Lavinsky received the excellence in teaching award for a GSI given by the Undergraduate English Association at the Commencement ceremony for English concentrators. David has also received a Rackham International Research Award.

Graduate students Emily Lutenski and Rebecca Gershenson Smith have each received a four-month Community of Scholars Fellowship from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

Kathy Sanok has received an NEH Summer Stipend in support of her next book project.

Meg Sweeney received $12,910 from the Rackham Grant and Fellowship Program [including a summer fellowship and full grant funding].
Meg also received a $5,000 grant from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

Val Traub received $2500 from OVPR and $7500 from LSA to support a conference entitled "Watching Ourselves Watching Shakespeare" to take place this Fall.

Enid Zimmerman has won the 2006 Matthews Underclass Teaching Award. The Matthews Award will be presented at the first LSA faculty meeting in the fall on September 25th at 4:10pm.

Spring Kudos

Posted: 4/19/2006
George Bornstein was elected president of the Society for Textual Scholarship (STS) for a two-year term starting January 2006. STS has been the leading group for interdisciplinary innovations in editorial theory and practice since its founding in the early 1980s. George will preside over board meetings of the Society and deliver the Presidential Address at the spring 2007 conference in New York.

Visiting Professor Ted Chamberlin’s new book, Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilization has just been published by BlueBridge Press.

Anne Gere was elected to the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association for a four year term starting in January 2006.

Anne also received a $3000 grant from the Ginsburg Center (with grad student Amy Carpenter) to establish Tutoring First, a program for lst and 2nd year students interested in service learning. They tutor high school students in Willow Run where we have an ongoing partnership.

Larry Goldstein’s A Room in California was published by Northwestern University Press / TriQuarterly Books last fall.

Larry’s anthology of writings about Ann Arbor, Writing Ann Arbor: A Literary Anthology came out late last year from the University of Michigan Press.

Donna Johnston was spotlighted on the LSA HR website, having been nominated by many faculty in the department.

Valerie Laken received a grant of $1395 from the Lecturers’ Professional Development Fund.

Jennifer Lutman received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award from Rackham for 2006. The winners are selected from nominees from across the University. It is an impressive award indeed, recognizing the GSI’s outstanding scholarship, inspiring passion for learning and teaching, and commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring, and service.

Khaled Mattawa won a Michigan Faculty Fellowship for the 2006-07 year at the Institute for the Humanities.

Ifeoma Nwankwo received $6000 from CRLT’s Faculty Development Fund.

Scotti Parrish has been named by the Program in the Environment as the first Graham Faculty Fellow. This new fellowship is part of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, established as a result of a large donation from D. Graham, a graduate of UM College of Engineering. The Graham Fellowship is a five year appointment that supports 25% of Scotti’s faculty appointment. Bob Owen, Director of PitE, wrote: "I suspect the selection of an English Professor as the first Graham Fellow might ruffle some feathers in Engineering, but . . . [m]y first obligation is to the PitE students, and I have consistently said that our greatest curricular need is in humanities."

Scotti’s book, American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World, has just been published by the University of North Carolina Press.

Eric Rabkin won this year’s student-sponsored Golden Apple Award for his excellence in teaching.

Xiomara Santamarina received $900 from the LSA Dean’s Office for subvention support of the publication of Belabored Professions. Belabored Professions appeared late last year from the University of North Carolina Press.

Mack Smith has received $1500 from OVPR Faculty Grants and Awards Program and $1500 from the LSA Dean’s Office to support work on "Langland’s Poetics."

Val Traub has won the John H. D'Arms Faculty Award for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities. The D’Arms Award carries with it a stipend of $5000 and a fund of $5000 made available on her behalf to the department. This latter award funds summer travel by graduate students.

Val also received $3500 from OVPR and the LSA Dean’s Office for subvention support for the publication of Gay Shame.

Patsy Yaeger won a Michigan Faculty Fellowship for the 2006-07 year at the Institute for the Humanities.

Patsy has just been named the next Editor of PMLA. The PMLA editorship is a five-year appointment.

This is all wonderful news! Congratulations to all.

The Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

Posted: 3/6/2006
March 14 – 29, 2006 Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 14, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Duderstadt Center Gallery University of Michigan North Campus 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Directions

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday – Monday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

See below for a full schedule of events. For more information, call 734-647-7673 or email prisonart@umich.edu


ANN ARBOR, MI – The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) presents the Eleventh Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners and a series of twelve educational events from March 14 - 29. The show will be held at the Duderstadt Center Gallery on the University of Michigan North Campus at 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard. Over the past decade, this nationally recognized show has grown to include nearly 350 works of art by over 200 artists, shedding light on the talents to be found behind prison walls and encouraging the public to take a second look.

The public is invited to an opening reception on March 14 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. in the gallery. Formerly incarcerated artists will join Herschell Turner, art instructor at the Ionia Maximum Correctional Facility, to speak about what the show means to those in prison. The University of Michigan will also honor PCAP founder Buzz Alexander, recently named an Outstanding Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition and surrounding educational events raise awareness and inspire dialogue between the incarcerated and the community at large. Participating artists express gratitude to organizers and gallery visitors alike, stressing the show’s impact on their lives. "My life will never be the same," writes one artist. "The fact that someone paid money for my art gave me a view of myself that I’ve never had. There is no psychiatrist or rehabilitative institution in the world that could do what you’ve done for and to me."

Despite limited resources, exhibition artists create work in a rich range of styles, mediums, and themes. Visitors return to the show year after year to glimpse art that is remarkable for its originality, beauty, and sheer expressive power. Last year, over 4,000 people came to the exhibit. Organizers expect even higher attendance this year and an exciting array of new work.

PCAP Administrator Suzanne Gothard and University of Michigan Professors Buzz Alexander and Janie Paul co-curate the show. Together with volunteers, they travel to over 40 prisons throughout the state to hand-select the strongest work for the exhibition. As a result of this annual event, the amount of art created in Michigan prisons has increased dramatically, and Michigan prison artists have become national leaders. This year, the show’s top thirty pieces will travel to the University of Illinois in April to be part of a special exhibition at the Open Source Gallery.

The show’s educational events include keynote speeches by prominent criminal defense attorney Liz Fink and author and journalist Christian Parenti (Lockdown America, The Nation), as well as a special screening of the documentary After Innocence, winner of the 2005 Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and a night of spoken word featuring formerly incarcerated poets, their mentors, and New York poet Eric Waters. See below for a full listing of events.

Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, and 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday - Monday.

Show Images: http://www.umich.edu/news/index.html?Releases/2006/Feb06/prisonart

Sad News

Posted: 2/27/2006
It’s my very sad duty to inform you that our Zell Distinguished Visiting Professor in Fiction, Frederick Busch, passed away in New York during the evening of February 23rd. I understand the cause was a heart attack. I’m sure you join the MFA community in our sorrow, and sympathy for Fred’s family. It’s a terrible loss for them, Fred's many friends, his readers and the entire literary community. According to Fred's wishes there will be no memorial service, but flowers have already been sent to the family and the program will also be sending a condolence card (see Sean Norton if you'd like to sign). The New York Times obituary can be viewed at: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/25/books/25busch.html Lastly, I wanted to pass along something Fred's son, Benjamin, told me. According to Benjamin his father felt honored to have been invited to join our company, and thrilled to be in the classroom with our students, indeed one reason his loss is so shocking is that he had seemed so invigorated these last few weeks. Peter Peter Ho Davies Helen Zell Director, MFA Program

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