April 1998 News

New Publications

Wai-lim Yip, "Condemned to Cultural Displacements: The Case of Modern China," XCP (Cross Cultural Poetics), 2 (College of St. Catherine, Minneapolis).


Spring Quarter Visiting Faculty

Wendy Arons, Ph.D., Literature, UCSD: LTGM 53, Readings in German Literature and Culture.

Marsanne Brammer, Ph.D., English and American Literature, UCSD: LTEN 120D, William Blake and the Age of Sensibility.

John Cayley, publisher, poet and playwright: LTWR 113, Intercultural Writing; and LTWR 115, Experimental Writing.

Anthony Geist, Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages, University of Washington: LTSP 120, Major Works in the Modern Period; and LTSP 129, 20th Century Prose.

Sonia Ghattas-Soliman, Ph.D., French Language and Literature, UC Irvine: LTGN 187, Women and Literature; the North African Woman in Literature.

Fredric R. Jameson, Professor, The Literature Program, Duke University: LTTH 297, Two-Unit Mini-Seminar

Sunny Jung, Ed.D., United States International University: LTKO 01C, First-Year Korean.

Jorge Moreira, Ph.D., Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis: LTGN 136, Latin American (Brazilian) Literature in Translation; and LTPR 50, Portuguese for Spanish Speakers.

Masato Nishimura, Ph.D., Chinese Literature, Harvard; Lecturer, Japanese Language, UCSD Department of History: LTCH 140A, Classical Chinese Fiction.

Ronald Robboy, professional musician, musicologist, and scholar of Jewish literature and history: LTGN l20, Yiddish Literature in Translation; Music in Eastern European Jewish Popular Fiction.

Sarah Schulman, novelist and playwright: LTWR100, Short Fiction; and LTWR 127, General Nonfiction Prose Workshop.

Jennifer Tuttle, Ph.D., Literatures In English, UCSD: LTEN 149, Themes in English and American Literature; Going Native--Constructing American Identities, 1620-1830.

Gina Valdes, Chicana poet and writer of narrative: LTEN180, Chicano Literature in English.

Ziony Zevitt, Professor, Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages, University of Judaism, Los Angeles: LTGN 157, Topics in Biblical Narrative; Literature and Mythology in Genesis.


Congratulations

To Rosemary Marangoly George who has been awarded a Mellon Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania for 1998-99. During the fellowship period she plans to continue research and writing on her book project on South Asian and other diasporas in the U.S.

To Rosaura Sánchez who was selected as the 1997-98 AVID author of the Year. AVID, founded in San Diego, is a worldwide program that helps low-income and minority middle and high school students prepare for college. Working through the San Diego County Office of Education, AVID each year provides several thousand students in the San Diego area with a specialized reading and writing curriculum. This year's assignments focused on short stories written by Professor Sánchez. The program, which prepares the students for Subject-A and English Placement Tests, culminated in a Write-Off Awards Ceremony on March 18, 1998, in the Price Center Ballroom. Professor Sánchez was the featured speaker, providing the students with the opportunity to see and hear the author of the assigned readings.

To Mark Slouka for the selection of "Feather and Bone" (Harper's Magazine) as a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

And to the following graduate students who successfully completed qualifying examinations or defenses during Winter Quarter 1998:

Abbie Cory, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
Cristina Farronato, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
Demian Pritchard, Ph.D. Qualifying Examination
Elham Sadegholvad, M.A. Thesis Defense
Anna Viele, M.A. Thesis Defense


Lectures/Events

THE AURA OF THE CAUSE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT. An exhibit of Spanish Civil War photography from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (Special Collections, Brandeis University) will be on display until June 5, 1998, at the Mandeville Special Collections Library. The exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Spring Quarter Visiting Professorship of Anthony Geist in the Department of Literature.

JOSE ESTEBAN MUÑOZ, Professor of Performance Studies, New York University
"Queer Theatre and Social Theory: Cholo Joto Mappings"
Thursday, April 2, 12:00 noon
Cross-Cultural Center
Sponsored by the Departments of Literature and Ethnic Studies and CACLGBTI

CYNTHIA STEELE, University of Washington
"In the House of the Jaguar: Marcos and Testimonial in the Chiapas War Zone"
Friday, April 3, 12:00 noon
Cross-Cultural Center
Sponsored by the Department of Literature, CILAS, and the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies

JAY PROSSER, Department of English, University of Leicester
"In the Field of the Referent: Transsexuality, Autobiography, and Photography"
Monday, April 6, 12:00 noon
Cross-Cultural Center
Sponsored by the Department of Literature and CACLGBTI

CLAIRE FOX, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Stanford University
"Censorship and Public Art in Post Revolutionary-Mexico"
Tuesday, April 7, 3:00 p.m.
Cross-Cultural Center

UCSD NEW WRITING SERIES, SPRING 1998 Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the Visual Arts Performance Space at 4:30 p.m.

Jay Wright--Thursday, April 9
The acclaimed author of several books of poetry, including Boleros and The Double-Invention of Komo, Wright's work is cross-cultural in scope, drawing on intersections of American, African, and African-American mythology and history.

Lydia Davis--Wednesday, April 15
Davis is the author of a novel, The End of the Story, and two collections of stories, Break it Down and Almost No Memory. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently The Best American Short Stories 1997.

A Celebration of Poems for the Millennium--Sunday, April 19, 3:00 p.m., Seuss Room, Geisel Library; reception and party to follow.
Readings and performances by Pierre Joris, Jerome Rothenberg, David Antin, Rae Armantrout, John Cayley, Michael Davidson, Hiromi Ito, George Lewis, Quincy Troupe, Bertram Turetzky, and others, to celebrate the publication of the second volume of Rothenberg's and Joris' anthology Poems for the Millennium.

Douglas Messerli & Joe Ross--Wednesday, April 22
Founder of Sun & Moon Press, Messerli is the author of several books of poetry and an ongoing work Structures of Destruction. Ross is the former Literary Editor for the Washington Review. His next book of poetry, EQUATIONS=equals, is forthcoming from Sun & Moon.

Yoshimasu Gozo & Marilia--Friday, April 24, 7:00 p.m., CRCA, in collaboration with the UCSD Interarts Consortium.
One of the most acclaimed of contemporary Japanese poets, Yoshimasu is also an accomplished performer, often working to jazz or improvised accompaniment. As a singer and performance artist, Marilia has given numerous performances around the world.

Ed Roberson--Wednesday, April 29
Roberson's most recent book, Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, won the 1994 Iowa Poetry Prize, and has established him as a major figure in contemporary African-American poetry.

John Woods & Jerome Rothenberg--Wednesday, May 6, presented in cooperation with PEN American Center's National Translation Month.
Woods, who has done many award-winning translations from German authors, will read from his ongoing translations of Arno Schmidt. Rothenberg will perform translations from Pablo Picasso, Vitezslav Nezval, Kurt Schwitters, Federico García Lorca, and traditional American Indian poetry.

John Cayley and Yang Lian--Friday, May 22
Spring Quarter resident at UCSD, Cayley is an innovator with hypertext and web-based poetry and an important translator of new Chinese poetry. Yang Lian, a key figure among the post-Mao "misty poets," has expanded his writing while living outside of China and is today a postmodern experimentalist of genuine international stature.

The New Writing Series is sponsored by University Events, the Division of Arts and Humanities, the Archive for New Poetry, and the Department of Literature.

PATRISIA C. GONZALES AND ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ, REGENTS' LECTURERS, APRIL 20-MAY 1, 1998. Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez are distinguished journalists and authors whose syndicated column, "Latino Spectrum," is published in 40 newspapers nationwide.

Patrisia Gonzales, the first Latina syndicated columnist in the country, is currently a Kellogg National Leadership Program Fellow, and she was recently a Freedom Forum Professional-in-Residence in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico. She has worked as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Tucson Citizen, and The Corpus Christi Caller. She is writing a book, The Mud People: Anonymous Heroes of Mexico's Emerging Human Rights Movement, which examines the emerging human rights movement in Mexico and the transformation of ordinary people when they participate in social change.

Roberto Rodriguez has written extensively on issues of higher education, demographic change, and police brutality. He began his journalistic and writing career at La Gente Newspaper at UCLA in 1972. During the mid-'70s, he won a number of state and national awards in fiction, and in the mid-'80s he began writing opinion columns (Eastside Sun in Los Angeles, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and USA Today). From 1987-1994, he was a regular contributing columnist for La Opinion, the nation's largest Spanish-language daily, and, since 1990, he has been a senior writer with Black Issues in Higher Education. He has written two books on police brutality, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and On the Wrong Side of the Law, and he is the author of the recently published The X in La Raza II.

During their visit to UCSD, Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez will together present a two-part public lecture on "Journalism from a Red-Brown Perspective," at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22 (reception following) and 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, both at the Cross-Cultural Center. Patrisia Gonzales will give a presentation on "Environmentalism in Mexico" at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27, at the Women's Center. They will also be available for office hours on Monday, April 20, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; Thursday, April 23, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; and Monday, April 27, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., in Room 3439 of the Literature Building (Fourth Floor)

BLACK WOMEN WRITERS AND THE 'HIGH ART' OF AFRO-AMERICAN LETTERS, May 15-17, 1998, a three-day conference honoring the work of Sherley Anne Williams and other black women writers and critics. The conference will open with a keynote address by Angela Davis at the Price Center Theater at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Friday evening activities include a poetry/prose/music fest featuring UCSD faculty members Quincy Troupe, Sherley Anne Williams, Anthony Davis, George Lewis and Cecil Lytle. On Saturday morning, Frances Smith Foster will present the opening remarks, followed by a full slate of panel discussions with Katherine Bassard, Gabrielle Foreman, Mae Henderson, Sylvia Wynter, Herman Gray, Farah Griffin, Cheryl Wall, Jennifer Brody, Barbara Christian, Joanne Cornwell, Sharon Holland, Herman Beavers, Hazel Carby, and Jonathan Holloway. On Saturday evening, UCSD Theatre students will perform a staged reading from Dessa Rose, and Zeinabu Davis will screen her film "Early African American Women Filmmakers." On Sunday, Lisa Lowe, Indira Karamcheti, Michael Murashige, Lindon Barrett, Sandra Dijkstra, Joseph Skerrett, Harryette Mullen, Gayle Pemberton, and Kate Rushin will participate in workshops on teaching and professional development, followed by a roundtable discussion on future directions led by Sherley Weber. Ann duCille will present the closing remarks. The conference is sponsored by the Literature Department, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, UCHRI, the Marshall College Provost's Office, and the generous support of Marianne McDonald.

FREDRIC R. JAMESON, Professor, The Literature Program, Duke University, and Visiting Professor, Department of Literature, UCSD, will present his annual public lecture Wednesday, May 27, 4:00 p.m., at the Cross-Cultural Center.


Burckhardt Prize

Sigurd Burckhardt, a renowned and founding member of the Department of Literature, joined UCSD in 1963 as a Professor of German Literature. Professor Burckhardt was a comparatist, with special interests in Shakespeare, Goethe, and Kleist, and also in literary theory. He played a central role in the establishment of the Revelle Humanities Sequence, which in form served as a model for such sequences at the other colleges. Upon his death in 1966, a memorial fund in his honor was established to award a prize each year to the most outstanding senior honors student majoring in Literature. Contributions to the Burckhardt Memorial Fund may be made through the UC San Diego Foundation.


Research/Fellowship Opportunities

Intercampus Exchange Opportunity Fund Grants. Airfare is provided to Academic Senate members and registered graduate students for travel to other UC campuses and/or facilities for study and research, and to faculty invited to UCSD from other UC campuses for the purpose of research consultations which will benefit UCSD faculty. See Linda Lewis for an application. (Graduate students who wish to participate in the Intercampus Exchange Program for the purpose of taking courses at another UC campus, should see Quinny. The program described above is for travel grants only.)

Friends of the International Center 1998-99 Graduate Student Scholarships. One $1,000 scholarship will be given to a graduate student to study abroad. The remaining funds will be awarded in varying amounts (probably $500 or $1,000) to foreign graduate students in residence at UCSD, with at least half the funds going to students from developing countries. To be eligible, students must be willing to contribute to furthering friendship, understanding and cooperation among peoples of diverse countries through programs at the International Center; and have completed two years of full-time graduate study towards the Ph.D., M.F.A. or M.P.I.A. at UCSD. The Department of Literature may nominate one student for the study abroad award and two students for the foreign student award. Nomination materials must be submitted to the Graduate Office by no later than April 10, 1998. See Quinny for additional details.

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships for 1999-2000. These scholarships for study in another country are intended to further international understanding between people of different countries, and are for use at a study institution assigned by the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation. Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding (not to exceed $23,000) for round-trip transportation, tuition fees, room, board, and books for one academic year of undergraduate or graduate study. Multi-year and cultural (for intensive language study) scholarships are also available. To be eligible, students must have completed two years of university work or professional experience. Deadlines, set by local Rotary clubs, are between March and July 1998 for 1999-2000 awards. For more information, see http://www.rotary.org.

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., Visiting Member Awards for 1999-2000. The School of Social Science each year invites fifteen to eighteen visiting scholars who constitute an interdisciplinary and international group. A doctorate is required, and memberships are awarded at the junior and senior levels. The School encourages social science with an historical and humanistic bent and entertains applications in history, philosophy, literary criticism, literature, and language, as well as in the traditional fields of social science. The theme for 1999-2000 is "the universalism of human rights." For information and application materials, write to the Administrative Officer, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ 08540. Completed applications must be received by November 15, 1998.


Graduate Program Announcements

Fredric R. Jameson--Spring Quarter 1998 Mini-Seminar: Professor Jameson's two-unit mini-seminar (LTTH 297) is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, Thursday, May 28, and Tuesday, June 2, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Readings include Gilles Deleuze, Cinema I: The Movement Image (Chapters 1-4 and 12) and Cinema II: The Time Image (Chapters 1 and 4-6).

Commencement. The 1998 Graduate Studies Commencement will be held on Sunday, June 14, 1:30 p.m., in the Price Center Ballroom. (Cap and gown rental orders must be placed before April 10.)


Miscellaneous Announcements

Faculty Outreach Volunteers. Throughout the month of April, Jorge Mariscal will be seeking faculty members who want to participate in a Saturday outreach program (to take place in early May) designed to foster connections between our department and local high school teachers. Faculty will make short presentations on their area of research and provide practical hints on how to teach their subject. In the current political climate, the effort to establish links between UCSD and the non-corporate community is more important than ever. If interested, please contact Professor Mariscal for details.