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Fall Kudos

Posted: 10/5/2005
We have much to celebrate at the start this year!

Geoffrey Bankowski won the 2005 Matthews Underclass Teaching Award for "the curiosity, commitment, and passion you inspire in teaching English 124 and 125."

Enoch Brater’s book, Arthur Miller: A Playwright’s Life and Works has just appeared from Thames & Hudson, in time for the October 14th Groundbreaking Ceremonies for the Arthur Miller Theater and the Walgreen Drama Center at 10:00AM in the Rackham Amphitheater.

Anne Carson has been appointed a recipient of the Order of Canada

Jeremy Chamberlin has received an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.

Anne Curzan, Alisse Portnoy, Jennifer Lutman, Chris Palmer, and Donna K. Johnston applied for and received $6000 from Rackham to support the Language & Rhetorical Studies Group.

David Halperin received $2700 from LS&A to support the "Neil Bartlett Residency."

John Kucich has been awarded the Donald Gray Prize for best essay of the year on Victorian studies by the North American Victorian Studies Association, for his essay "Sadomasochism and the Magical Group: Kipling's Middle-Class Imperialism." The prize carries a stipend of $1000.

Jill Lamberton has received an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award.

Susan Najita received a $3500 Publication Subvention from OVPR for her book, Decolonizing Cultures: Reading History, Trauma, and Fiction in the Contemporary Pacific Islands.

Scotti Parrish has been awarded the Jamestown Prize "for an exceptional book-length manuscript pertaining to the early history and culture of the Atlantic World" for her book American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World. This prize is given jointly by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the University of North Carolina Press, and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. The prize has been awarded since 1957. Scotti has the distinction of being the first non-"historian" to win the prize and the first woman to receive this honor.

Alisse Portnoy has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award, given by National Communication Association for her "outstanding scholarly accomplishment." This award is given "to foster and promote philosophical, historical, or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse" and is awarded to people who have earned the doctorate within the past ten years.

Alisse has also received $1500 from LS&A to supplement her $1500 CRLT Multimedia Grant to digitize video clips for her large civil rights course.

Eric Rabkin’s book Mars: A Tour of the Human Imagination has been published by Praeger.

Eric also received a Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for 2004-2005 for his exceptional contributions in scholarship, teaching, mentorship and service. The award carries an honorarium of $1500.

Kathy Sanok has been chosen one of University of Michigan's two nominees to apply for the NEH summer stipend.

Congratulations to all!!

Spring Kudos

Posted: 4/27/2005
It is a great pleasure to announce the recipients of the first annual English Department Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award:

Professor Adela Pinch (faculty award)
Chad Thomas (GSI award)

This award is sponsored by both the Undergraduate Studies Program and the Undergraduate English Association and recognizes these instructors' creativity, passion, and dedication as educators. Please join me in congratulating them on receiving this honor.

Two of our instructors in First and Second Year Studies have also received the Rackham Outstanding GSI Award:

Jeremiah Chamberlin
Jill Lamberton.

Buzz Alexander has been awarded the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award. The award recognizes faculty whose service contributes to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse campus community. The award comes with a $5000 stipend.

Buzz has also been informed that he is being put forward as one of the three University of Michigan nominees for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Professor of the Year Award. (Winners will be announced in November.)

Buzz has also received $7867 from OVPR and $3933 from the LSA Dean’s office to support his project entitled "Art and Writing by Incarcerated Youth and Adults."

Anne Curzan and Robin Queen (in Linguistics) have received a $10,000 Interdisciplinary Faculty Associates grant to develop and co-teach a course on "Language and Gender" in the 2005-2006 academic year.

Anne also received a significant grant from the Gilbert Whitaker Fund for the Improvement of Teaching and from LSA for some exciting new initiatives she is undertaking in First and Second Year Studies.

Nick Delbanco has received $5000 from OVPR for a subvention of "The Hopwood Awards Program 75th Anniversary Anthology."

Jackie Livesay and Aric Knuth have been awarded a $10,000 grant as Faculty Associates for Multicultural Innovation from CRLT. The grant involves innovations in the curriculum for NELP.

David Porter will be the Acting Director of the College Honors Program for 2005-2006.

David has also been selected to participate in the 2005 Teaching with Technology Institute sponsored by CRLT.

David has also received significant funding from the OVPR Faculty Grants and Awards Program, LSA, and Rackham to support his upcoming conference entitled "Gender and Popular Culture 1650-1750."

Nancy Reisman’s novel, The First Desire, has received the 2005 Samuel Goldberg Jewish Fiction Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. The award will be presented in New York in June. Nancy and her partner Rick Hilles will be in residency at the Fundacion Valparaiso, an art colony in Andalucia, during the month of May.

Richard Tillinghast has received funding from the OVPR Grants and Awards Program for travel associated with his project entitled "Translating Turkish Poetry into English: Cross-Cultural Dialogues."

Jennifer Wenzel received two fellowship offers for this coming year, one from the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and one from the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. She’ll be spending the 2005-6 academic year at Princeton.

Recent Publications

Posted: 3/29/2005
A section highlighting recent faculty publications has been added to the website. Explore a list of titles and browse by book cover by following the link below or by visiting the faculty info section of our website.

End of Winter Kudoes

Posted: 3/29/2005
Dick Bailey received $3000 from LSA to support his project, "Conference on Linguistic Databases."

George Bornstein served as 2004 chair of the Christian Gauss Award Committee of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Enoch Brater has been elected President of the International Samuel Beckett Society for 2005 and 2006, to coincide with Beckett's centenary year; and he has also been appointed Editor for a new series to be published by the UM Press: the Michigan Major Modern Dramatists.

Nick Delbanco’s book Anywhere Out of the World: Essays on Travel, Writing, Death has just been published by Columbia University Press.

Lorna Goodison’s Fool-Fool Rose Is Leaving Labour-in-Vain Savannah has just been published by Ian Randle Publishers.

Sandra Gunning’s co-edited volume, Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexutality and African Diasporas, has recently been published by Blackwell Publishing.

David Halperin received $5000 from LSA to support the conference on "The Traffic in Women."

Julian Levinson, in collaboration with colleagues in Judaic Studies, received a $10,000 Interdisciplinary Faculty Associates grant to teach a course on "Jews in the Modern World: Texts, Images, Ideas" in the 2005-2006 academic year.

Steven Mullaney has been awarded a Michigan Faculty Fellowship at the Institute of the Humanities.

In February Eileen Pollack received $3500 as the recipient of an LSA Excellence in Education Award.

John Rubadeau has won the 2005 Golden Apple Award in appreciation of his many, many devoted students.

Cathy Sanok has been awarded a Michigan Faculty Fellowship at the Institute for the Humanities.

Xiomara Santamarina received $5000 from the Dean’s Office, OVPR, and the English Department for the "Paperback edition of African American Hairdresser."

Richard Tillinghast’s book Poetry and What Is Real has recently been published by the University of Michigan Press. Richard also received $3000 from OVPR and the Dean’s office in support of his project, "Translating Turkish Poetry into English: Cross-cultural Dialogues."

Nancy Reisman and Rick Hilles will be leaving us for positions at Vanderbilt University. We thank Nancy for her success as the first Helen Zell professor of creative writing. And we thank Rick for his service as a lecturer in our First and Second Year Studies Program.

And on a personal note, Viv Soni is looking forward to the birth and their second child this summer.

Congratulations to all!

Loss of Arthur Miller

Posted: 2/18/2005
Arthur Miller died earlier today, February 11th, 2005. He was a distinguished alum of this program – and a long-time friend of the Department and the University.

The University of Michigan Press has just issued Enoch Brater’s edited collection entitled "Arthur Miller’s America: Theater and Culture in a Time of Change." It is a fitting tribute to Miller and the reach of his influence.

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