English Department E-News - October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017


In this Issue:

Honors and Awards:


Program Newsletters and Event Calendars:


HealthyU Events:

Funding Opportunities:

Call for Papers:

Important Policies and Notices:

**Crisis and Emergency - Faculty and Staff Guide for Helping Distressed Students**

**Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy**

**Faculty and Staff Response to Student Injury**

**Active Shooter Response**

**English Department Resources**




Campaign-Related Activities on Campus Policy


As we approach the general election on November 8th, we write to provide a reminder of University guidance regarding permissible political campaign-related activities on campus. 

Because the University encourages freedom of expression, political activities that do not reasonably imply University involvement or identification may be undertaken so long as regular University procedures are followed for use of facilities and for conduct by faculty and staff in their official University capacities. Guidelines for student activities are also provided here.

The enclosed memo details University guidelines, and offers resources for use by our community. Please review it and distribute it to your faculty and staff members, as appropriate.

Thank you,

Geovette Washington, Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Legal Officer
Paul A. Supowitz, Vice Chancellor for Community and Governmental Relations

http://www.universityannouncements.pitt.edu/Campaign-Related Activities Memo.pdf

For more information about Read Green, please visit http://technology.pitt.edu/readgreen

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Sexual Misconduct and Discrimination Policy

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Faculty and Staff Response to Student Injury

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Active Shooter Response

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Honors and Awards

Daniel Barlow has been selected for the 2016-2017 Eric O. Clare Dissertation Prize for his dissertation, "In the Aural Tradition: Cultural Pedagoies of Black Music."  

The Prize, first awarded in 2013, was created in memory of Dr. Clarke, faculty member in the English Department and Cultural Studies from 1992 to 2010, and recogizes dissertations of the highest quality that also centrally address one or more of Eric's fields on inquiry.  More information

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Good afternoon,

The 2017-18 Pitt United Way Campaign is underway! This year, Pitt’s United Way Co-Chair is our distinguished and passionate Dr. Kathy Humphrey.  At our kick off breakfast, Dr. Humphrey spoke about Pitt’s successes and goals for this year’s campaign.  She brings fresh and lively spirit and some great ideas.  As Dr. Humphrey addressed the volunteers and committee members, she asked them to encourage anyone in their unit who has received help from a United Way agency or program to come forward and tell their story.

Let’s talk about our moments! Share our moments! Inspire with our moments!


To share your moment contact: Kamrhan Farwell, Office of University Communications


At Pitt We Live United!

Give to the United Way to help local agencies address the region's most critical issues.



Give via payroll deduction or download the pledge form. Your gift to the Impact Fund supports the most effective programs in Western Pennsylvania. Through a rigorous process, local agencies demonstrate that they're meeting the most critical needs in our community.

Give to the agency of your choice using the Regional Code Book.


You can be a leader of change. Champion the causes you believe in. Speak up. Help out. Join a United Way Donor Group and meet like-minded individuals. 


Volunteering benefits you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. And when you invest your time in our community, you can make a real difference in the life of someone in need.

United Way offers volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule – short-term, ongoing, or even corporate opportunities. See below for opportunities in the Pittsburgh and across Southwestern Pennsylvania that meet your needs.


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Greetings Everyone,


It’s that time of year again! Time for the PITT ARTS campus briefing! We ask that you send this information out to the appropriate people on your staff and/or faculty and let me know what questions you have so that you and your staff and faculty may confidently answer arts-related questions and serve your students. Over 50,000 students participated formally in PITT ARTS programs last year, including repeaters, so students may be asking you questions about PITT ARTS and our offerings. Some of the information may not be directly related to your department, but some may, so please feel free to cut and paste appropriate information. Please make sure that all TA’s and RA’s receive this information as well.


1.       PITT ARTS has a program called the Cheap Seat Program, for which we sell to Pitt people greatly reduced tickets to cultural venues.  Several times a year, starting this fall, we will send you a flyer with the current shows for sale.


You can post and distribute this.  Cheap Seats are available to Pitt students and to Pitt staff and faculty, and they may buy up to four tickets per show (there are some exceptions), and they may even buy tickets for non-Pitt people if the purchasing Pitt person attends.


We take exact cash, checks, debit and credit cards.  Lastly, this is a self-serve ticketing service; students, faculty and staff can reserve tickets anytime the Union is openthe instructions and reservations forms are located outside our office at 907 William Pitt Union in a very prominently marked display. Please pay attention to the deadlines listed on the boxes.


Most of our Cheap Seats are available online at www.pittarts.pitt.edu/cheapseats.Click on the Image for the organization for which you wish to purchase tickets and your affiliation at Pitt and the promo code will automatically be applied.


NOTE:  Please be prepared to show a valid Pitt ID when you come into the office to buy Cheap Seats and when you pick up reserved tickets at the Will Call window at the Box Office of the appropriate venue.


We sell about 17,000 Cheap Seats a year to the following eleven organizations:


Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, $15 for students and $18.26 and up for faculty and staff

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, $16-$82 for students and $22-$85 for faculty and staff

Pittsburgh Opera, $10-$35 for students and $20 and up for faculty and staff

Pittsburgh CLO, $15-$60.75 for students, faculty and staff

CLO Cabaret, $15-$59.75 for students, faculty and staff

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, students, faculty and staff, starting at $10-$60 or more

PICT Classic Theatre, students, $15 and $35 for faculty/staff and

Pittsburgh Public Theatre, $15.75 students, $25.75 for faculty and staff

Quantum Theatre, students $17 and $33-$50 for faculty and staff

Renaissance & Baroque, $10 for students and $15 for faculty and staff

Calliope, $14-$24 for students, $36-$51 for faculty and staff


In addition, this year we offer three Pitt Nights, which for a great price starting as low as $15.00 for students  $18.26 for faculty and staff for the Pitt Night at the Symphony on January 12th with Stavinsky’s Firebird Suite! Visit: www.pittarts.pitt.edu/cheapseats


For Pitt Night for the Ballet for Swan Lake on February 23 buy tickets for as low as only $20 for students and $26 for faculty and staff. Links to purchase available soon.


On March 23 do not miss Pit Night with the Pittsburgh Opera for Moby Dick starting at $10 for students $20 for faculty and staff. www.pittarts.pitt.edu/cheapseats


Pitt students, faculty and staff attending a Pitt Night can get optional free transportation with us, enjoy a free dessert reception, and meet the cast and artistic directors. These events are lively and fun. Attendees celebrate both their Pitt pride and their love for the arts by participating. 


2.       Free Museum Visits: All INDIVIDUAL Pitt students with valid Pitt ID’s, part-time, full-time, Museum, the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, The Carnegie Science Center, The grad/undergrad, get in free during the academic year and over winter break to: The Andy Warhol, Mattress Factory, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and The Senator John Heinz History Center, and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. All students need to do is swipe their ID at the admissions desk.  Check out www.warhol.org, www.cmoa.org, www.clpgh.org/cmnh, www.carnegiesciencecenter.org, www.mattress.org, www.soldiersandsailorshall.org, or www.pghhistory.org  for more information.  Free Visits are suspended during the summer months.


For Group Visits: Please notify Visitor Services at ANY of the museums listed above one week in advance for any group visit.


If any group arrives without advance notice they may be turned away, but if accepted, the faculty- member or other leader of such a group will be charged full admission.


If you wish to have a docent-led tour, notify Visitor Services one month in advance.


In addition, please check with your department prior to scheduling a tour that they are willing to reimburse PITT ARTS for docent-led and other Group Visits. Thank you.


3.       Artful Wednesdays: PITT ARTS celebrates its 16th Annual Artful Wednesdays series, a fantastic program that takes place nearly every Wednesday in the fall from noon to 1 PM in Nordy’s Place on the Lower Level of the WPU, and includes a free lunch and a free exciting performance.  LUNCH is Limited. Please be prepared to show your valid Pitt Oakland campus student ID to receive lunch.


Here are but two of the twenty performances from Artful Wednesdays this year. Come up to the PITT ARTS office at 907 WPU to pick up the complete brochure.


September 27

Danny Rectenwald

Danny is trained on classical, but also plays a range of beautiful and moody guitar stylings, and he sings!


October 4

Cherylann Hawk and Friends

Enjoy this cheerful band playing alternative folk pop, and country in creative and original ways.


4.       We have much in the way of literature regarding current arts information, including quite literally, hundreds of press releases, and promotional information about current shows in the arts community. From time to time we may send pertinent/ applicable information to you through interoffice mail or email.  If you have a student with an arts-related question, and you don’t know the answer, feel free to:

Call us at 4-4498

Go to our website at www.pittarts.pitt.edu, which has a great deal of information.


5.       Free Arts Encounters

PITT ARTS is not a club and students do not join our organization; however, Pitt undergraduate students can sign up to be on our email distribution list by visiting our website at www.pittarts.pitt.edu and signing up to be on our D-List  by clicking the “Get Involved” button to register. Students will then receive our weekly e-calendar of events from which they can choose to participate simply by going on-line to register for a program. They will subsequently be notified about their RSVP status and will be given program confirmation details. We will offer 100 free arts programs to undergraduates this year, ranging from symphony to film to ballet, to opera, and so on, all art. Transportation, food and tickets are pre-arranged and are COMPLETELY FREE to the Pitt Oakland campus undergraduate student.


6.       For Faculty, Staff and Grad Students:

We have a weekly “Hotlist” e-calendar for graduate students, faculty and staff to let them know about free and inexpensive arts happenings about town. These members of our community also register to receive the weekly Hotlist by clicking on the “Get Involved” button on our website and noting their status at the University.


7.       PITTT ARTS pays a $2 subsidy for Pitt students for any of the Pittsburgh Filmmakers films, at any of their theatres during the academic year.


8.       PITT ARTS does not sell: Pitt Theatre tickets, Pitt Theatre semester passes, or Music Department tickets. Students can call 624-PLAY for theater tickets, 4-4125 for Music tickets.


9.       The #61 and #71 buses run back and forth from Pitt to the downtown Cultural District. We have a great directions sheet in our office on how to get to and get around in the Cultural District and to the amenities of the North Side for both bus and driving.


10.   Please encourage students to take advantage of what PITT ARTS has to offer. Including our Annual PITT ARTS Art Fest!

If you have any questions about this campus briefing, feel free to call me directly at 4-4462


My Best,



Annabelle Clippinger, MFA

Director, PITT ARTS

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Attention writers and readers!


Next weekend (October 21stHot Metal Bridge is going to Conversations and Connections, a one-day writer's conference that brings together writers, editors, and publishers in a friendly, supportive environment in Pittsburgh. We’d love for you to join us!


The conference is organized by Barrelhouse magazine, and other participating literary magazines and small presses include Atticus Review, August House, Booth, Cheat River Review, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth River, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Rivet, Stillhouse Press, and many more.  


Registration is $70 -- or $65 if you use the coupon code PITT -- and includes:


- the full day conference, including the featured authors keynote discussion

- 3 craft workshop/panel sessions

- 1 ticket for Speed Dating with Editors

- your choice of 1 of the 4 featured books

- 1 subscription to a participating literary magazine

- Boxed Wine Happy Hour!


Featured books are Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib's The Crown Ain't Worth Much, Geeta Kothari's I Brake for Moose, Robert Yune's Eighty Days of Sunlight, and Michelle Junot's Notes from My Phone


Full details, panel/workshop descriptions, speaker bios, and online registration are up on the site: 



Please feel free to pass this information and the coupon code along to your students!


All the best,


Courtney Harrell & Steffan Triplett


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Now that we're back, take a look back at the Spring/Summer 17 issue of The Fifth Floor! The most recent issue of The Fifth Floor includes features on the staff who make the department work, the importance of mindfulness in the pedagogy of our faculty, a profile on new Assistant Professor of Literature Zach Horton, as well as news about alumnus Marc Harshman, who is West Virginia's Poet Laureate. An adapted version of our chair's commencement speech is in the issue, too, along with photos from graduation, a reflection on the contributions of Professors David Brumble and James Knapp, tons of news about current faculty, staff, and grad students. The winners of the Oscar season "Haiku Review" contest, judged by PhD student Evan Chen, are also posted. We publish Staff, Faculty, and Graduate Student news every Spring/Summer, but accept news all year long via Google Forms. If you have any story ideas you'd like to suggest, please contact me at ems9@pitt.edu.—Thanks! Ellen McGrath Smith

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Hello Graduate Students!

Looking for a way to get involved? The A&S GSO is looking for individuals to serve on the following committees. Contact Allison (asgso.pitt@gmail.com) for more information or to volunteer.

Planning and Budget Committee representatives
The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Planning and Budgeting Committee advises the Dean regarding budgetary matters and planning in the framework of the University's Planning and Budgeting System.

Graduate Council representatives
The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Council advises the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research on matters of concern for Dietrich School graduate students such as placement opportunities, health insurance, time-to-degree and graduate student support. Policy concerns include approval of curriculum and instructional programs, admissions, degree requirements and other academic matters. Every year the committee reviews TA training, supervision and evaluation in two departments.

Social Programs Coordinator
The Social Events Coordinator plans and executes social activities for Arts & Sciences graduate students and works with GPSG and other organizations to co-sponsor larger events for all Pitt graduate students.


Graduate and Professional Student Goverment (GPSG) representatives
The Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) is the student government for all graduate and professional students at the University of Pittsburgh. We administer half of the graduate student activity fee to provide services and event programming to all graduate and professional students.

Grad Expo Committee
The Grad Expo is an all day event where Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences graduate students from a variety of disciplines present papers and posters to their fellow students, faculty, and other members of the Pitt community. The committee is responsible for advertising the event, reading and sorting abstracts, and hosting the event.

Teach Awards Chair and Committee
The A&S GSO Elizabeth Baranger Teaching Awards acknowledge excellence in graduate student teaching across the Arts & Sciences. Awards are presented to two students nominated by faculty, fellow graduate students, and undergraduates, in each of the Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Humanities. The award, which is given in April, is named after Elizabeth Baranger, former Dean and, later, Vice-Provost of the School of Arts & Sciences. The committee is responsible for advertising the event, recruiting judges, and judging. 

Peer Professionalization Workshop Instructor
The instructor will be responsible for planning the course or workshop series including developing a detailed course syllabus and teaching a workshop with at least 6, 2-hour sessions over the course of the Fall term. The instructor will also be expected to provide feedback on projects and be available to participants by email. Additionally, the instructor will assist the director in preparing the final report and coordinate with the direct as needed regarding course design and logistical requirements. Compensation will be provided.

Summer Research Grant Chair and Committee
The GSO Summer Research Grant awards $500 to 5 University of Pittsburgh Graduate Students in the school of Arts and Sciences to supplement summer research. The committee is responsible for advertising the event, recruiting judges, and judging. 

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Advocacy and programming committee concerned with issues of diversity and inclusion as it relates to the graduate student population. This committee will organize programming and events as well as participate in university-wide administrative initiatives such as the Inclusion and Diversity Senate Council Working Group. This committee will be involved in the ongoing work of implementing aspects of the university’s strategic plan.



Allison Gremba

A&S GSO Administrative Assistant

5603 Sennott Square




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COLLOQUIUM: "A Short History of Perversion"

With responses from Rostom Mesli (Dietrich School Postdoctoral Fellow) and Lisa Brush (Sociology) 

Monday, October 16, 2017

12:30 - 2:00 PM
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

Gayle Rubin received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1994 and has been teaching at the University of Michigan since 2003.  She is the author of a series of groundbreaking articles on the politics of sex and gender (collected in Deviations, 2012) and an anthropological study of gay leathermen in San Francisco (entitled Valley of the Kings, forthcoming).   Her teaching includes classes on “Sex Panics,” “Sex and the City,” and graduate seminars such as “Sexological Theories: From Krafft-Ebbing to Foucault” and “The Feminist Sex Wars.”

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Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program presents:

Amanda Herbert, Folger Library
"Ac-Adjacent Early Modernist: My Work in Research, Service, and Teaching Inside and Outside of the Academy"

October 16, 2017 @ 4:30pm, 602 Cathedral of Learning 

Amanda E. Herbert is Assistant Director at the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she runs the Fellowships Program.  She holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the Johns Hopkins University. She was the 2015-2016 inaugural Molina Fellow in the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.  Her first book, Female Alliances: Gender, Identity, and Friendship in Early Modern Britain, was published by Yale University Press in 2014, and won the Best Book Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.  The first book-length historical study of female friendship and alliance for the early modern period, Female Alliances demonstrates the importance of women’s social networks not only to early modern women themselves, but to the building of the British Atlantic world.   

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LECTURE "Gay Sex and the post-Industrial City: Leathermen and San Francisco's South of Market"
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gayle Rubin received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1994 and has been teaching at the University of Michigan since 2003.  She is the author of a series of groundbreaking articles on the politics of sex and gender (collected in Deviations, 2012) and an anthropological study of gay leathermen in San Francisco (entitled Valley of the Kings, forthcoming).   Her teaching includes classes on “Sex Panics,” “Sex and the City,” and graduate seminars such as “Sexological Theories: From Krafft-Ebbing to Foucault” and “The Feminist Sex Wars.”

5:00 - 7:00 PM
University Ball Room B

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CMU's Marx@200 Presents:

Robotics, Pittsburgh and the Future of Work


Thursday October 19

4:30 to 6:00 pm

100 Porter Hall


What is the future of work? While some are sounding the alarm bell about the likelihood that many Americans will soon be done by robots, at the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute, Suzy Teele argues that there will be manufacturing jobs in the future—they will just be different jobs. Join us for this spirited conversation about when, and whether, we should be worried about the end of work. Panelists include: Prof Eric Fuchs (Engineering and Public Policy, CMU), Professor Mark Kamlet (Economics and Public Policy, CMU), Justin Laing (founder of the non-profit consulting firm Hillombo, LLC, HNZ ‘10), Alex Pazuchanics (the Mayor’s office, HNZ ‘17), and Suzy Teele, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute.


Thursday October 19

7:00 to 9:30 pm

Giant Eagle Auditorium A51 Baker Hall


Love Your Work


Steve Jobs famously said that the “only way to do great work is to love what you do.” In this talk Duke Women’s Studies professor Kathi Weeks questions this kind of rhetoric, with a call for us to move beyond the language of work—and love—as we seek to craft a more Utopian future.


Kathy M. Newman
English Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

Marx@200 continues on October 19th with a two part event, Robotics, Pittsburgh and the Future of Work. At 4:30 pm, 100 Porter Hall join us for a spirited conversation about when, and whether, we should be worried about the end of work. Stick around for dinner, and then at 7:00 pm in the GE auditorium A51 Baker Hall, Duke Women's studies professor Kathi Weeks will question those who tell us to "Love Your Work."

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Title of Dissertation - "No Reason to Be Seen:" Cinema, Exploitation, and the Political

Gordon Sullivan - English
Cathedral of Learning, 512
10:30 AM
October 20, 2017

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Friday, October 20th, 3–4pm: Pedagogy forum for part-time faculty. Room TBA.

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Frick Fine Arts 7:00pm-9:30pm
October 24, 2017

Screening and discussion on "Day of the Dead" and the history of Pittsburgh horror with Lori Cardille will be moderated by Adam Lowenstein.

More information coming soon! 

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Wednesday, October 25 | 3- 5:00pm

Humanities Center | CL 602

Chloé Georás (University of Puerto Rico) “The Unkindest cut of All: Coloniality, Performance and Gender in the Courtroom and Beyond” 

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Tommie Shelby is the Caldwell Titcomb Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University, where he has taught since 2000. He's the author of Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016), which won the 2016 Book Award from the North American Society for Social Philosophy. He is also the author of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005). 

WORKSHOP: “Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform" 

October 26 - 27, 2017

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

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Benjamin Kahan is an Assistant Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Sydney. During 2016-2017, he was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center. He is the author of Celibacies: American Modernism and Sexual Life (Duke, 2013) and the editor of Heinrich Kaan’s “Psychopathia Sexualis” (1844): A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality (Cornell, 2016). His second book project is entitled Sexual Etiologies and the Great Paradigm Shift.

COLLOQUIUM: “After Sedgwick: The Gordian Knot of the Great Paradigm Shift”

With responses by Randall Halle (German) and Julian Gill-Peterson (English)


Tuesday, October 31, 2017
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

LECTURE: "Sex in the Age of Fordism: The Standardization of Sexual Objects"


Tuesday, October 31, 2017
2:30 - 4:00 PM
Scaife Hall, Auditorium 5

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Humanities Center Visiting Fellow: Aamir Mufti             

Aamir Mufti is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Aamir Mufti is interested in understanding a range of forms of inequality in the contemporary world and how they impede the possibilities for historically autonomous action by social collectivities in the South. His work also explores the possibilities of critical knowledge of these societies within the dominant practices of the modern humanistic disciplines. Mufti has a Ph.D. in literature from Columbia University and was trained in Anthropology at Columbia, the London School of Economics, and Hamilton College. His publications include the books Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures (2016, Harvard University Press) and Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture (2007, Princeton University Press).

COLLOQUIUM: “The Missing Homeland of Edward Said”

With responses from Paul Bové (English) and Christopher Fynsk (European Graduate School)


Thursday, November 2, 2017

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning


LECTURE: "Strangers in Europa: Migrants, Terrorists, Refugees"

Thursday, November 2, 2017

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

WORKSHOP: Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures

Monday, November 6, 2017

5:30 - 7:00 PM

501 Cathedral of Learning


With responses from John B. Lyon (German) and Giuseppina Mecchia (French & Italian)

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November 14 - KATHLEEN PERRY LONG, Cornell University, French
"Depathologizing Diversity: Critiques of Normative Thinking about the Body"
4:00pm, Humanities Center (602 Cathedral of Learning)

Kathleen Long is Professor of French in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University.  She is the author of two books, Another Reality:  Metamorphosis and the Imagination in the Poetry of Ovid, Petrarch, and Ronsard and Hermaphrodites  in Renaissance Europe, and editor of volumes on High Anxiety: Masculinity in Crisis in Early Modern France, Religious Differences in France, and Gender and Scientific Discourse in Early Modern Europe.  She has written numerous articles on the work of Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné, on gender in early modern Europe, and on monsters.  She is preparing a translation into English of The Island of Hermaphrodites (L’isle des hermaphrodites), a book-length study of the works of Agrippa d’Aubigné, and another on the relationship between early modern discourses of monstrosity and modern discourses of disability.

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Thursday, November 16  | 4 – 5 pm

GSWS  |  CL 4 floor

Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder, "The 'crooked stitches' of Desire: Sewing and Sexual Awakening in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple”

My talk revisits Alice Walker’s award-winning novel The Color Purple as a work of literary activism and asks the question: What if we place queer love at the center of the black freedom struggle?

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Daniel Beaty, Nov. 15-16 


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Thursday, November 16th, 12–2pm, CL 501

Digital pedagogy roundtable featuring Mark Best, Katie Bird, Dan Libertz, Sandra Nelson, and Noel Tague.

Sponsored by the Composition Program.

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Sergio Delgado (Harvard), Nov. 16-17


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Year of Diversity Events



Funding Opportunities

Dietrich School Curricular Innovation Fund

The Dietrich School announces a two-year program to fund efforts to improve our undergraduate curriculum, especially efforts that support School-level initiatives to enhance departmental advising, develop innovative majors, enrich large-enrollment and introductory courses, or scale-up mentored research, scholarly, and creative arts experiences for undergraduates. 


Funds must be requested by department chairs or program directors on behalf of a full time T/TS or NTS faculty member or group of faculty members within, and in some cases also outside, their department or program.  Funds can be used to assess and/or purchase materials, including software that might augment teaching, learning, assessment, or grading; support travel to visit colleagues at institutions with curricular programs being considered at Pitt; convene workshops or retreats for sustained faculty consideration of curricular changes, especially those that cross departmental or School lines; or similar purposes.  In exceptional cases that involve complex departmental or program changes, funds can be requested for limited summer salary support.  No funds are available for course releases or salary support during fall or spring terms. 


There is no minimum or maximum request limit, but, as funds are limited, most successful proposals will have budgets less than $10,000 in one-time (non-recurring) funds.  Proposals should contain a short (1-3 page) description, a 1-page letter from the chair or program director that details the faculty involved in the project and their respective responsibilities, a 1-page timetable for the expenditure of the funds and the testing and/or implementation of the project, and a 1-page budget that should be reviewed in advance by the department’s fiscal administrator. 


All funds must be allocated by the end of the spring 2019 term.   Proposals can be submitted anytime and will be considered until the fund is expended.  Please send proposals as a single PDF document to j.seemann@pitt.edu

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2018 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

• U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program, and political asylees and refugees regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation 

• Individuals planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based filed of science, social science or humanities 


• Predoctoral--$24,000 per year for three years

• Dissertation--$25,000 for one year

• Postdoctoral--$45,000 for one year

Awardees will have expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows. Approximately 65 predoctoral, 36 dissertation, and 24 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded. 

Application Deadline Dates: 

• Predoctoral: December 14, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)

• Dissertation: December 7, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)

• Postdoctoral: December 7, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)

Supplementary Materials receipt deadline for submitted applications is January 9, 2018 (5:00 PM EST) 

For more information and to apply online:


Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely yours,
H. Ray Gamble 
Director, Fellowships Office
500 5th Street NW, Keck 565
Washington, DC 20001

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The Newberry is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2018-19 academic year!

The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry's collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities:

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 15.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry's collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

Many of the Newberry's fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to research@newberry.org.

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Calls for Papers

This spring, Pitt’s only English Honors society, Sigma Tau Delta, hopes to attend the organization’s annual conference in Cincinnati.  As of now, we are seeking outstanding students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years who may be interested in submitting a paper to present at the conference.


If you know of a student with an exceptional paper from your past or current classes, we would appreciate it if you would tell them about this opportunity.  The conference serves as a great professional opportunity to present original scholarship or creative work.


If you know of a group of these students who have thematically or topically similar papers or projects, we may be able to organize our own panel or roundtable around their work.


For more information, students should visit http://www.englishconvention.org/2018/events/ or email sigmataudelta.pitt@gmail.com.  Applications to national are due Monday, October 30th .  Students must be registered Sigma Tau Delta members, but any English major who is capable of producing impressive work is likely eligible for membership, and we can accept and induct members in time for the deadline, provided they apply soon.


Thank you, and we hope to hear from some of your students soon!

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Hazardous Objects: Function, Materiality, and Context

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

April 27-28, 2018


The Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware invites

submissions for papers to be given at the Fifteenth Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars. 


We invite papers that identify and consider the production and use of hazardous material culture. Whether through composition or intended function, objects are hazardous or may become hazardous. Certain materials, organic or artificial, exist as hazards to humans. Additionally, hazards are often embedded in the material environment and affect our experience of domestic, institutional and public space.  


What makes an object hazardous? What cultural, social, and transhistorical processes create hazards? How are materials and material culture used in hazardous ways? In concept and in practice, hazards affect the everyday awareness of danger, risk, or contamination. Alternatively, humans create hazards through the use or subversion of objects and materials. What level of complicity should one assume for their creation or maintenance?


This symposium is not bound by any temporal or geographical limits. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Designing Hazards 
  • Intentional Hazards 
  • Accidental Hazards  
  • Social hazards 
  • Hazards in historical perspective
  • Responding to hazards - defining and regulating hazards, handling hazardous objects. 


We invite panel submissions in addition to individual submissions. 


Finally, we encourage papers that reflect upon and promote an interdisciplinary

approach to hazards and hazardous material culture. Disciplines represented at past symposia have included American studies, anthropology, archaeology, consumer studies, English, gender studies, history, museum studies, and the histories of art, architecture, design, and technology. We welcome proposals from graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and those beginning their teaching or professional careers. 


Submissions: Proposals should be no more than 300 words and include the focus of your object-based research and the significance of your project. Relevant images are welcome. Programs and paper abstracts from past symposia are posted here:


Send your proposal, with a current c.v. of no more than two pages, to



Deadline: Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017. Speakers will be notified of the committee’s decision in January 2015. Confirmed speakers will be asked to provide digital images for use in publicity and are required to submit their final papers by March 15, 2018. Travel grants will be available.


2018 Emerging Scholars Co-Chairs

Erica Lome (History of American Civilization) 

Kiersten E. Mounce (Art History)

Allison Robinson (Winterthur Program in American Material Culture) 

Victoria Sunnergren (Art History) 

University of Delaware

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The first of our deadlines, for MHS-NEH support, is January 15, 2018!


The Massachusetts Historical Society will offer more than forty research fellowships for the academic year 2018-2019.


MHS-NEH Long-term Fellowships are made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Society will offer at least two in 2018-2019. (See our ad in the H-Net Jobs Guide or visit our website for details.) The stipend, governed by an NEH formula, is $4,200 per month for a minimum of four months and a maximum of twelve months. The Society adds a monthly supplement, payable directly to the MHS-NEH Fellow, of $562.50. These fellowships are for researchers who have already completed the terminal degree in their fields (typically a Ph.D.).

DEADLINE: JAN. 15, 2018


MHS Short-term Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 to support four or more weeks of research in the Society’s collections. See the MHS website for details on these fellowships; we will offer more than twenty short-term fellowships in 2018-2019!

DEADLINE: MAR. 1, 2018


The Boston Athenaeum and the MHS will offer one Suzanne and Caleb Loring Fellowship on the Civil War, its Origins, and Consequences for at least four weeks of research at each institution. This fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000.

DEADLINE: FEB. 15, 2018


The Society also participates in the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium of twenty-five organizations. These grants provide a stipend of $5,000 for a total of eight or more weeks of research conducted at three or more participating institutions. Visit www.nerfc.org to learn more about the member organizations and start planning your itinerary!

DEADLINE: FEB. 1, 2018

For more information, please visit www.masshist.org/research/fellowships, email fellowships@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0577. Follow us on Twitter @MHS_Research for reminders regarding fellowship deadlines and information on all of our other activities.

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