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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.

Tribute to Lemuel Johnson

Posted: 1/11/2005
The first issue of the new on-line electronic "Gefame: Journal of African Studies" has appeared. The first issue contains a section of tributes to our beloved late colleague Lemuel Johnson, including contributions from Lincoln Faller and George Bornstein, and a selection of Lem's online criticism. Department members and others are encouraged to check out the website:

January Kudos

Posted: 1/6/2005
Sara Blair has received two fellowships, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and a Michigan Humanities Award, in support of her book project entitled "Harlem Crossroads: The Novel and the Photograph in the Twentieth Century."

George Bornstein has been appointed Co-General Editor of the Collected Works of W B Yeats project published by Scribner in this country and Palgrave in the U.K. This is the ongoing 14-volume standard edition of Yeats that establishes more authoritative texts than before and provides full apparati, including introductions, notes, and other scholarly materials.

Enoch Brater’s edited volume, Arthur Miller’s America: Theater and Culture in a Time of Change, has been published by the University of Michigan Press.

David Halperin has received a Michigan Humanities Award in support of his new book project on gay men’s cultural practices as they refract gay men’s subjectivities.

John Knott’s Imagining Wild America is the 2004 winner of the University of Michigan Press Book Award. This 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. The Award carries an honorarium of $1,000.

In her capacity as Director of the Atlantic Studies Initiative, Ifeoma Nwankwo has received $10,000 from Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Lester Monts to support a conference entitled "Rhythms of the Atlantic World: Rituals and Remembrances."

Nancy Reisman’s novel The First Desire was selected as a 2004 New York Times Notable book. And more. The 2005 O’Henry Award Stories anthology will include the novel excerpt/story "Tea" (originally published in MQR, the "Jewish in America" special issue).

Patsy Yaeger has been awarded a Collegiate Professorship in LSA, one of the highest honors the College and the University can bestow upon members of the faculty. She is now the Henry Simmons Frieze Collegiate Professor of English.

Google to digitize 'U' libraries

Posted: 1/3/2005
The University announced a partnership with Google in which the the internet search engine will digitally scan all University books and media and make them available to anyone worldwide with an internet connection. For more information on this project, please see link below:

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