March 1998 News

New Publications

Michael Davidson, "Technologies of Presence: Orality and the Tapevoice of Contemporary Poetics," Sound States: Innovative Poetics and Acoustical Technologies, ed. Adalaide Morris. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

Michael Davidson, "Crosstown Poetics," American Quarterly, 49.3 (September 1997).

Michael Davidson, "The Formula," "Paradise #52," "Housecleaning," River City, 17.2 (Summer 1997).

Mel Freilicher, review of Lynn Luria-Sukenick's book of collected short fiction, Danger Wall May Fall (published posthumously) in American Book Review, 19.2 (January-February 1998), Special Focus: Experimental Writing.

Laura E. Ruberto, "Immigrants Speak: Italian Literature From the Border," Forum Italicum, 31.1 (1997): 127-144.

Mark Slouka, "Hitler's Couch: On the Relentless Proximity of History," Harper's Magazine (April 1998).

Wai-lim Yip, "Yuyan di Celue yu Lishi di Guanlian--Wusi dao Xiandaiwenxue Qianxi" (Language Strategies and Historical Relevance--From the May Fourth Movement to the Beginning of Modernist Chinese Literature), Erhshi Shiji Zhongguo Wenxueshi Lun (Essays on History of Twentieth Century Chinese Literature), ed. Wang Xiao-ming. Shanghai: Dongfang chubanshe, 1997.

Wai-lim Yip, "Glacier Bay Meditation" (long poem), United Daily News, Literary Page (Taipai, January 3,1998).


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Sherley Anne Williams, UCSD Professor of Literature and Writing, is best known for her novel Dessa Rose and for her books of poetry, including The Peacock Poems and Some One Sweet Angel Chile.
Wednesday, March 4, 4:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Performance Space

ANTONIO D'ALFONSO, Winter Quarter Visitor in the Writing Section, will read Saturday, March 14, 7:00 p.m., at the Frame Maker Gallery, 2215 India Street, as part of the series, "Readings from an Extended Community." The series is presented by the Italian Community Center and sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities. Refreshments provided by Il Fornaio.

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 from March 30 to 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 (University of Washington) in the Department of Literature.

JOSE MUNOZ, Professor of Performance Studies, New York University, will be speaking on "Queer Latino Live Performance," 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 2, at the Cross-Cultural Center.

CYNTHIA STEELE, University of Washington, will lecture on contemporary politics and culture in Mexico. She recently completed a study of current events in Chiapas.
Friday, April 3, 12:00 noon
Cross-Cultural Center

JAY PROSSER, Department of English, University of Leicester
"In the Field of the Referent: Transsexuality, Photography, Autobiography"
Monday, April 6, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
(Location TBA)

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

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 30 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 (dates, times, and place TBA).

BLACK WOMEN WRITERS AND THE 'HIGH ART' OF AFRO-AMERICAN LETTERS, May 15-17, 1998. Plans are moving full speed ahead for this three-day conference honoring the work of Sherley Anne Williams and other black women writers and critics. Those participating include Angela Davis, Frances Smith Foster, Hazel Carby, Mae Henderson, Farah Griffin, Gabrielle Foreman, and Harryette Mullen. 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. Events will include a poetry/prose/music fest featuring UCSD faculty, a full slate of panel discussions on Saturday, a staged reading from Dessa Rose on Saturday evening, and workshops and a roundtable discussion on Sunday. The conference is sponsored by the Literature Department, the UCSD Humanities Center, UCHRI, the Marshall College Provost's Office, and the generous support of Marianne McDonald. Additional details will be provided in the April Newsletter and in conference flyers.

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.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

Research Grants, 1997-98 and 1998-99. Academic Senate members who would like to apply for research support for the remainder of 1997-98 or for 1998-99 must submit a Research Grant Application to the Committee on Research, Academic Senate Office, 0002, by 2:00 p.m., March 31, 1998. Applications received after this date will be returned. Grants generally do not exceed $7,000. Priority is given to junior and new faculty with no extramural support and to new projects that will lead to extramural support. Second applications in the same fiscal year will receive low priority. Funds may be awarded for supplies, field work, assistance, travel for research purposes and equipment. Limited funds are available to support the final preparation of manuscripts for submission to publishers. Additional information and application forms are available from Linda Lewis or on the Web at

Travel to Scholarly Meetings that take place before July 1, 1999. Academic Senate members may apply for travel expenses (airfare, not per diem) to conferences or symposia of professional societies at which they will present papers on their research or preside over one or more sessions. Invitations to participate in a departmental symposium or in a locally organized workshop/conference with a fairly small attendance cannot be supported. Only one trip per fiscal year for any Senate member will be awarded. The deadline for submission of applications is 2:00 p.m., March 31, 1998. Applications received after this date will be reviewed in June 1998. Awards are made for the lowest published air coach fare for domestic trips, with ceilings of $500 for Eastern, $350 for Central, and $250 for Mountain/Pacific time zones. Foreign travel may be funded at 75% of the lowest APEX fare, up to $1,000, or the actual fare, whichever is lower. A copy of the letter inviting the paper, acceptance of the paper on the program or a copy of the program must accompany the request for funds. Application forms are available from Linda Lewis or on the Web at

Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) Grant and Fellowship Competition, Summer 1998 and Academic Year 1998-99. The Center invites applications from UCSD graduate students interested in Latin America for the following fellowship programs: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (two fellowships available) pay tuition and fees plus a $10,000 stipend. Fellows are required to study Latin American Portuguese or advanced Spanish during the tenure of the award. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Summer Intensive Language Fellowships (two-three awards) pay $3,600 for living expenses and up to $2,400 for fees and travel expenses. Awardees must take 100 hours of advanced instruction in Latin American Portuguese, advanced Spanish or a Latin American indigenous language in a pre-approved program affiliated with a U.S. university. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required. CILAS expects to award approximately ten Field Research Grants ($1,000-$3,000) for pre-dissertation and dissertation field research to be conducted in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. All UCSD graduate students are eligible to apply. All application materials must be received at CILAS by March 24, 1998. For additional information, contact 4-6050.

UC MEXUS 1998 Call for Proposals. UC MEXUS at UC Riverside has issued a call for proposals for four grant programs: UC MEXUS Grants (deadline April 6, 1998) for research, collaboration, binational conferences, binational publications, faculty and student exchanges, creative activity, instructional development, and public education projects conducted by UC researchers in the areas of Mexico-related studies, Chicana/Chicano studies, US-Mexican relations, and Chicano and Mexican topics in the arts; UC MEXUS-CONACYT Grants for Collaborative Projects (deadline April 6, 1998) for basic and applied collaborative (UC and Mexican researchers) research, instructional development, and public service and education projects that apply research to public issues; UC MEXUS Small Grants (deadlines for the remainder of the calendar year are July 1, 1998, for grants beginning August 1, 1998, and October 30, 1998, for grants beginning December 1, 1998) for projects conducted by UC researchers in the areas of Mexico-related studies, Chicana/Chicano studies, US-Mexican relations, Chicano and Mexican topics in the arts, and collaborative research projects with investigators at Mexican institutions; and UC MEXUS Grants for Dissertation Research (deadline April 17, 1998) for UC graduate students in the areas of Mexico-related studies (all disciplines), Chicana/Chicano studies, US-Mexican relations, and Mexican and Chicano topics in the arts and humanities. For additional information, contact Kathryn Vincent, Assistant Director, UC MEXUS Universitywide Headquarters, UC Riverside, Riverside CA 92521; (909) 787-3519.

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. Topic and reading list TBA.