Friday, July 30, 2010

Utz reviews Book on the History of First Professorship in English on European Continent

Richard Utz recently reviewed Renate Haas and Albert Hamm's The University of Strasbourg and the Foundation of Continental English Studies.  A Contribution to an European History of English Studies (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2009) for Prolepsis: The Heidelberg Review of English Studies.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Volunteers Needed For Museum Tours

Calling all WMU alumni, retirees, and students (grad or advanced undergrad): Interested in a unique opportunity to develop public speaking/communications skills, serve Kalamazoo Public School youth and train to lead a tour through the RACE exhibit when it arrives in Kalamazoo this Fall?

Professor Kristina Wirtz's Fall 2010 service-learning course, Anth 5030: Anthropology in the Community, will be recruiting a pool of volunteer support guides for museum tours. The volunteer support guides will provide support to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Anthro 5030, who will be training to assist classes of Kalamazoo Public School (KPS) students touring the Kalamazoo Valley Museum's RACE exhibit starting in October 2010. All volunteer support guides will have a unique opportunity to work with KPS administrators and teachers, WMU faculty, students and staff, and will have special opportunities to participate in intensive trainings and workshops in cultural anthropology and service learning.

The requirements for support guides include a background check form (required by KPS), and availability for the following times/activities:

Tuesday/Thursdays 10:00-11:30am (for group trainings in September)
At least five mornings total 8:30am-11am (M-F between October and early December)
Attend one weekend evening retreat 3-10PM in early September
Attend an educators open house on Friday, October 1 (1-6pm).

Total time commitment over the entire Fall 2010 semester: 35-40 hours.

Interested? Please forward a resume with contact information, a statement of interest, and letter confirming your availability to work at the above times to Kathy Purnell, University Coordinator of Service Learning at Phone: 269-387-2139. Please put the phrase "Museum Support Guide" in the subject line. If a student, you must be an advanced undergraduate or graduate student.

A description of the RACE exhibit is available at:

Advanced undergraduates who are eligible for work-study may opt to participate in this opportunity as a paid short-term/temporary position.

New Issues Launches Redesigned Website

New Issues spent the last year redesigning and updating their large and heavily-visited website. Alex Aivars, Coordinator of the Web for the College of Arts and Sciences provided the design and structure. Laura Zawistowski and Shana Wolstein, Spring 2010 interns, and Marianne Swierenga, Managing Editor, transfered and updated all the information to the new site.

Visit the site for recent contest results or to investigate the new titles for fall.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Medieval Literature Search*JULY 11th DEADLINE

The Department of English at Ohio University invites applications for an assistant professor of Medieval Literature. Ph.D. in hand by September 1, 2010, required. The successful candidate is expected to teach; pursue, direct, and publish research; and participate in departmental/university governance. Must be qualified to teach History of the English Language. Position available September 7, 2010.
Deadline for applications: July 11, 2010. Women and other minorities are encouraged to apply. Ohio University is an EEO/AA employer. Ohio University is a Research-Extensive institution, enrolling 19,500 students on the Athens campus and more than 8,000 students on five regional campuses. The College of Arts and Sciences includes 340 tenured and tenure-track faculty and contains 19 departments, 7 of which offer the doctoral degree. Further information may be found at the University's web site: To apply:
The successful candidate is expected to teach 7 course load, must be able to teach History of the English Language, will also include some writing and/pr lower level literature classes; pursue, direct, and publish research; and participate in departmental/university governance. Position start date, September 7, 2010.

We seek a candidate with a commitment in working effectively with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
Send letter of application, C.V., and three current letters of recommendation to the following address:

Marsha Dutton, Chair
ATTN: Medieval Literature Search
Department of English
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Monday, July 5, 2010

Vandonkelaar publishes fiction

Curtis Vandonkelaar, PhD student in Fiction, recently published the following texts: "An Archive of Manly Questions" in the Moon Milk Review, July 2010 (; "He Would Say" in the Sierra Nevada Review, 2010 Issue; "The Meat Cutter: February 15, 2005" in Stumble, Summmer 2010 (

New Issues listed as one of "15 Feisty Small Presses"

Anis Shivani, writer for The Huffington Post, featured New Issues Press in his recent article, "Independence Day: 15 Feisty Small Presses And The Books You're Going To Want From Them" Visit the site and vote to put New Issues in the top 5.

Editor William Olsen:
"The mainstream publishing houses can't begin to represent all of the best emerging poetry and literary fiction. Our press looks to find voices uncategorized by pressures of prestige or expectation. There is no other way except through small presses for these voices to be heard and to endure in their initial splendor."