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Simon Gikandi

Posted: 2/11/2004
You may have heard rumors that Simon Gikandi will be leaving us. And, alas, that is the case. Simon has accepted a position at Princeton. We all send him off with our very best wishes and our deepest appreciation for his extraordinary intellectual leadership, splendid scholarly accomplishments, dedication in mentoring graduate students, and persistent hard work for the department and the college. Simon, we’ll miss you.

More Departmental Kudos

Posted: 2/5/2004
George Bornstein has been appointed to a three-year term on the committee that awards the annual Christian Gauss Prize for Phi Beta Kappa. He presented the 2003 Prize at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in December.

Enoch Brater has been appointed to the Board of Governors for Graduate Study at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

Lorna Goodison has been selected to receive a Henry Russel Award for 2004. This award, recognizing both exceptional scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher, is one of the highest honors the University bestows upon members of the faculty. Lorna will receive her award on the occasion of the next Henry Russel Lecture, to be presented by Maris Vinovskis, on Tuesday, March 9, 2004.

Linda Gregerson has received a $3000 grant from the LSA Information Technology Committee and its program of Faculty Grants for Innovations in Teaching with Technology for preparation of a "PowerPoint for Shakespeare" for English 367.

The College Executive Committee has honored John Rubadeau with the title of Senior Lecturer, effective September 1, 2004. The Senior Lectureship is a five-year appointment that comes with a stipend and a one-time salary increase.

Maria Sánchez received an IRWG (Institute for Research on Women and Gender) Faculty Support Grant to do archival research for her book.

And we’ve been the beneficiaries of a gift. President Mary Sue Coleman has directed a year-end funding commitment of $33,000 from the DaimlerChrysler Corp Fund to the English Department in support of the MFA program.

Departmental Kudos

Posted: 2/2/2004
Buzz Alexander is the recipient of a DTW Energy Community Luminary Award, given in commemoration of Detroit Edison’s 100th anniversary. Buzz receives $1000 for a charity of his choice. Buzz also wrote the forward to Teaching the Arts Behind Bars authored by Rachel Marie-Crane Williams author.

Enoch Brater’s The Essential Samuel Beckett: An Illustrated Bibliography came out from Thomas and Hudson.

Dick Bailey’s Rogue Scholar: The Sinister Life and Celebrated Death of Edward H. Ruloff, was published by the University of Michigan Press.

Sarah Blair has received $7000 from OVPR and the College for her project entitled "Harlem and the Genres of Afterlife."

Anne Curzan’s Gender Shifts and the History of English came out from Cambridge University Press.

Nick Delbanco’s book, The Sincerest Form: Writing Fiction by Imitation, has just been published by McGraw-Hill.

Jonathan Freedman and Simon Gikandi were contributors to a Modernism/Modernity volume (10:3) that won this year's 2003 Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) Phoenix Award for significant editorial achievement in the last three years.

Simon’s edited Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman, published as a Norton Critical Edition. Simon also edited The Encyclopedia of African Literature, published by Routledge.

Linda Gregerson’s collection of poems, Negative Capability, was selected as this year’s winner of the University of Michigan Press Book Award. The Press Book Award is given to the best work published by the University Press in the prior two calendar years and written by a member, or members, of the University of Michigan faculty.

Josh Miller was one of two faculty members nominated by the University for a Carnegie Scholars Fellowship.

Thylias Moss produced a CD entitled Poems Out Loud-from Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler.

Lyall Power’s book, Alien Heart: The Life and Work of Margaret Laurence, came out from the University of Manitoba Press.

Macklin Smith has been awarded $1000 from Arts at Michigan in support of his sophomore Shakespeare course.

For her book, The Renaissance of Lesbianism in Early Modern England, Val Traub has received the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women’s award for the best book published in 2002-2003.

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues on their awards and achievements.

GSI Kudos

Posted: 3/31/2003
Please join us in congratulating this year's recipients of the David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition. The awardees are: Valerie Cumming, Aric Knuth, Colette Moore, Sharon Pomerantz, and Sarah Wolfson. Please also mark your calendars for the Moscow Prize Reception on Tuesday, April 15th, from 12-1:30.

We are also pleased to announce that Aric Knuth and Sharon Pomerantz are this year's departmental nominees for the Rackham Graduate School Outstanding GSI Award.

New Sites

Posted: 3/31/2003
Three new sites have been introduced in the past two weeks that contain a great deal of useful information--Emergency Preparedness, Budget Update, and Inauguration.

The Emergency Preparedness and Budget sites can be accessed directly from the U-M Gateway, and are updated almost daily. The Inauguration site chronicles yesterday's events, and will soon be flush with photos.

If you've missed them, please take a look.

Emergency Preparedness

Budget Update


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