April 2002 News

New Faculty

Dylan Sailor
, a UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate, has been appointed Assistant Professor effective July 2002. Currently completing his dissertation, “Making History: Studies in the Poetics of Tacitean Historiography,” Sailor brings an extensive background in Classical Studies to the department, along with experience teaching both Latin and Greek.

Named Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor in 1998-1999, Sailor combines his interest in historiography with an interest in exploring ancient culture from multiple perspectives. He is currently writing a book-length study of Roman culture during the late Republic and early Principate.

New Publications

Michael Davidson. “Vertige: La Pensée Comme Action Dans La Poésie de George Oppen.” Fin. Jan 2002.
“Vacant Weather” and “Recording.” Dandelion 27:2 (2001).

Lisa Lowe. “Immigrant Literatures: A Modern Structure of Feeling.” Literature on the Move: Comparing Disaporic Ethnicities in Europe and the Americas. D. Marcais, M. Niemeyer, B. Vincent, C. Waenger, Eds. Heidelberg: Universitaetsverlag C, 2002.

Bill Mohr. “In Line at Pancho’s Tacos” and “Why the Heart Never Develops Cancer.” Stand Up Poetry: An Anthology. Charles Harper Webb, ed. Iowa City: U of Iowa Press, 2002.

Lisa Yoneyama. “NHK’s Censorship of Japanese Crimes Against Humanity.” Harvard Asia Quarterly 6:1 (Winter 2002).

Yingjin Zhang. Screening China: Critical Interventions, Cinematic Reconfigurations, and the Transnational Imaginary in Contemporary Chinese Cinema. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, 2002.

Spring Quarter Visitors

Diane D'Andrade, Lecturer
Executive Editor, Harcourt Brace and Co. Publishers; editor of numerous award-winning children's books.
LTWR 109 - Writing and Publishing Children's Literature

Robert Dorn, Lecturer
Practicing journalist and investigative reporter, who retired in July 2001 from a long-term lectureship in the Department of Literature
LTWR 128 - Editing Workshop

Samantha Goldstein, Lecturer
Ph.D., Literature, UC San Diego.
LTWR/8A - The Craft of Writing

Melisa Klimaszewski, Associate in Literature
Ph.D. candidate, Literature, UCSD.
LTEN 127A - The Victorian Period

David Morrow, Associate in Literature
Ph.D. candidate, Literature, UCSD.
LTEN113 - Shakespeare: Jacobean Period

Mbulelo Mzamane, Visiting Professor
Ph.D. in English Literature, University of Sheffield, UK. Former Vice Chancellor, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
LTWL140 - Novel and History in the Third World
LTWR100 - Short Fiction

Madeleine Picciotto, Lecturer
Ph.D.,Comparative Literature, Princeton University.
LTWR/8C - Craft of Writing: Nonfiction

Malise Ruthven, Lecturer
Author of many publications on religious studies.
LTWL 139 - Gnosticism and LTWL 141 Islam and Modernity

Beheroze Shroff, Lecturer
Lecturer, filmmaker, writer
LTEN 60 - Topics in Ethnic American Literature

The African Literature Association 28th Annual Meeting
“African Diasporas: Ancestors, Migrations and Boundaries”  3 – 7 April 2002


Sindiwe Magona (South Africa) * Lilia Momple (Mozambique) * Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Kenya) * Osonye Tess Onwueme (Nigeria) * Jack Mapanje (Malawi) * Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados) * Dr. Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited (Zimbabwe)


Wednesday, April 3, 3:30 - 5:15
Panel: Nicole King, Chair - Rearticulations of Race and Gender in Neo- and Post-Colonial Caribbean and African Literatures of the 20th Century
Hellen Lee, “Writing Gender, Writing Violence: Marie Chauvet’s Amour”
Esther Lezra, “Errant Narratives: Re-membering Bodies/Dis-ordering Stories in The Pagoda and The Sand Child”
Tania Triana, “Race and Nationalism in Cuban Literature of the 1920s and 1930s”

Thursday, April 4, 10:45 - 12:15 - Jake Mattox, “Citizenship, Subjectivity, and Manifest Destiny: In Nicaragua with Martin Delany and William Walker”

Thursday, April 4, 2:00 - 3:45 - Winifred Woodhull, “Feminism, Democracy, Transnationalism”

Thursday, April 4, 4:00 - 5:45 - Plenary Session: “Cross-Atlantic Cultural Currents: Verbal Arts and Music,” Robert Cancel, Chair

Friday, April 5, 4:00 - 5:45 - Bill Mohr, “The Climactic Library of Season of Migration to the North: Three Degrees of Separation in the Textual Diaspora of Historical Progress”

Saturday, April 6, 10:30 - 12:30 - “Black Paris: The African Writers’ Landscape “ (African and African American Studies Research Project, UC San Diego), Benetta Jules-Rosette, Chair

Saturday, April 6, 10:30 - 12:30
Aaron C. Eastley, “Lifting ‘The Yoke of the Wrong Name’: How Walcott Uses Character Names to Negotiate a Positive Afro-Caribbean Identity in Omeros”
Carlton D. Floyd, “A Plantation of Hair: Controversial Identities in James Baldwin's ‘Come Out of the Wilderness’”

Sunday, April 7, 9:30 - 11:15
Clarissa Clò, "’Revolutionaries of the World Unite’: The Battle of Algiers as an International Manifesto for Militancy”
Mbulelo Mzamane in Performance: Ìròhìn kò tó àfojú bà: Mother-Tongues—Readings and Musings

Panel: Frances Gotkowitz, Chair - Challenging Borders: Female Voices and Identities in African Diasporic Literatures
Frances Gotkowitz, “The Immigrant Experience in Edwidge Danticat”
Sharna Langlais, “The Curandera in Caribbean Diasporic Literature”
Irene Mata, “Home and Diaspora in Caribbean Literature through Anzaldua's Theory”
Irmary Reyes-Santos, “Religious and Cultural Affinities in Condé and Aidoo”

Conveners: Robert Cancel & Winifred Woodhull

Artists on the Cutting Edge X: Cross Fertilizations

All Performances at 7:30 p.m., Sherwood Auditorium

Ticket Information: 858-454-3541

Link to Museum of Contemporary Art Cross Fertilizations information: http://www.mcasandiego.org/education_programs/

April 4
Kamau Brathwaite – Caribbean poet and playwright widely recognized as one of the most important world poets. Ana Menéndez - Cuban writer best known for her book of short stories, In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd.
Gary Bartz – Legendary saxophonist and composer who has appeared on more than 130 recordings.

April 11
Robert Olen Butler – Renowned author of eight novels, including Fair Warning, and numerous screenplays.
Brenda Hillman – Prizewinning author of Loose Sugar, Death, Tractates, Bright Existence, and Cascadia.
Fred Ho – Baritone saxophonist and composer, writer, political activist, and leader of Afro-Asian Music Ensemble.

April 18

Paule Marshall – Chair holder in NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program and Author of six books.
Dionisio D. Martinez – Poet, critic, essayist, and instructor currently with the YMCA’s Writer’s Voice Project.
Victor Bailey – Drummer and bass guitarist best known for his work with the jazz-fusion band Weather Report.

April 25

Alan Cheuse – Novelist, journalist, and commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Lucille Clifton – Renowned poet, winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Poetry.
Bennie Maupin – Jazz musician who played bass clairnet with Miles Davis and has paired with Herbie Hancock.

May 2

Alexs D. Pate – Author of a best selling novel, Amistad: A Novel, and West of Rehoboth.
Marie Howe – Author of The Good Thief, selected by Margaret Atwood for the National Poetry Series.
Adam Holzman – Keyboardist with Miles Davis Band, one of the most innovative players on the scene today.

Artistic Director: Quincy Troupe


All events at 4:30 p.m., Visual Arts Performance Space

APRIL 17. Dionisio Martinez was born in Cuba and has lived in Spain and the U.S. since 1965. He is the author of four volumes of poetry, including Climbing Back, selected by Jorie Graham for the National Poetry Series, and Bad Alchemy, one of the 25 titles in the New York Public Library’s 1996 “Books to Remember” list.

APRIL 24. Born in Manhatten, poet and translator Michael Palmer has lived in San Francisco since 1969. He has worked extensively with contemporary dance for 25 years and has collaborated with numerous visual artists and composers. His most recent poetry collections are At Passages, The Lion Bridge (Selected Poems,1972-1995), The Promises of Glass, and Codes Appearing (Poems 1979-1988).

MAY 8. Hal Jaffe is editor-in-chief of Fiction International and Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at SDSU. He is the author of seven fiction collections and three novels, including False Positive, Sex for the Millennium, Othello Blues, and Straight Razor. Stephen-Paul Martin is the author of 20 books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including Not Quite Fiction, Fear & Philosophy, The Flood, and The Gothic Twilight, which was nominated for the National Critics Circle Award in 1993. His most recent collection of fiction is Instead of Confusion.

May 15. Rodrigo Toscano is originally from San Diego. After the success of his first two books, The Disparities and Partisans, a third book, Platform, is due out from Atelos Press this year. His work can be found in the upcoming Rattapallax Anthology of International Poetry.

MAY 22. Ron Silliman’s long prose poems, Ketjak and Tjanting, have challenged and expanded previous notions of poetic form. Since 1979 he has been working on a very long poem entitled “The Alphabet.” Volumes published thus far from that project have included Demo to Ink, Lit, Paradise, Toner, What, and Xing. Silliman is the editor of an influential poetry anthology, In The American Tree, which has just been reissued by The National Poetry Foundation.

Contact: Michael Davidson


All events are free and open to the public.

  1. April 5 (Cross-Cultural Center [CCC]): Chicano/as and the Law - 12-1:30 Presentation by California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno
  2. April 9, 4 p.m. (CCC)

  3. Latinos and Higher Education
    Lecture by Antonia Darder (Claremont Graduate University) "Reinventing Paulo Freire: A Pedogogy of Love"
  4. April 11, 4-6 p.m. (CCC)
    UCSD Local History presentation and student-led panel. Short theatrical performance by Prof. Jorge Huerta and students.
  5. April 13 (Marshall College)
    UCSD Cultural Celebration
  6. April 24 (CCC) 4 p.m. - Lecture by historian Vicki Ruiz (UC Irvine) "Big Dreams. Rural Schools: Mexican Americans and Public Education, 1870-1950"
  7. April 29-May 3: Raza Awareness Week (see separate calendar)
  8. April 30 (Institute of the Americas) 7 p.m. - Appearance by Dolores Huerta (Introduction: David Valladolid)

Contact: Jorge Mariscal

1st Annual Woman of Color Conference
April 5-7, 2002

“Breaking Chains of Oppression and Building Links of solidarity”

Keynote Speakers:

  • La Jolla Tribal Chairwoman Wendy Schlater
  • Chicana Queer Poet and Writer Cherrie Moraga

E-mail: ucwomenofcolor@hotmail.com

Phone: 858-534-4704

Geographies of Desire Spring Lecture Series 

Richard Meyer
“Spirals of Censorship”
Thursday, April 18, 4:00 p.m.
Michel de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building

An Assistant Professor of Art History at USC, Meyer teaches modern art and the history of photography. He is the author of Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art (Oxford University Press, 2002). In this talk, Meyer will discuss the ways in which censorship relies upon and reproduces the very images it aims to suppress. Examples will be drawn both from Meyer's art-historical research and from his own struggles with Oxford University Press over the content of his newly published book.

José Esteban Munoz
(Title TBA)
Thursday, April 25, 4:00 p.m.
Michel de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building

The Geographies of Desire Spring Lecture Series has been arranged by Nayan Shah (History), Steve Epstein (Sociology) and Judith Halberstam (Literature).

Host: Judith Halberstam

April Events 
  • Regents’ Lecturer Nuruddin Farah
    Monday, April 1, 3:00 p.m. (note time change)
    Regents' Lecture, entitled "Yesterday, Today: The Somali Diaspora and its Various Dimensions," at the Deutz Room, Copley International Center, Institute of the Americas.

  • Tuesday, April 2, 3:00 p.m.

    Reading at the de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building.

    Host: Robert Cancel

    “An Evening with Edward O. Wilson”
    Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
    Mandeville Auditorium
    E-mail: humctr@ucsd.edu
    Phone: 858-534-6270
    Thursday, April 4, 2002
    • 9:30-10:30 am - Breakfast with Graduate Student Council and graduate student hosts
    • 10:30-11:30 am - Section advisors available for office consultations or campus tour or
    • classroom visit
    • 11:45-1:30 pm - Luncheon for incoming students and faculty advisors at faculty club
    • 1:30-3:30 pm - Section advisors available for office consultations or library tour or classroom visit
    • 3:30-4:30 pm - Coffee, questions, and information about campus employment (writing programs and language programs)

Contact: Ana Minvielle

  • Paul Julian Smith
    “Resurrecting the Art Movie: Almodovar’s Blue Period”
    Monday, April 29, 4:00 p.m.
    Michel de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building

    Professor of Hispanic Studies at Cambridge University, Paul Julian Smith initiated critical discussions of homosexuality in Hispanic literature, first with his pioneering book, Laws of Desire: Questions of Homosexuality in Spanish Writing and Film, 1960-1990, published by Oxford UP in 1992, and then with the anthology Entiendes?: Queer Readings, Hispanic Writings (Duke UP, 1995), co-edited with Emilie Bermann. He is the author of the most important study of Almodovar's films, Desire Uunlimited; The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar, first published in 1994 and recently re-issued by Verso.

    Host: Susan Kirkpatrick

  • "Japanese Military Sex Slavery in Transnational Feminist Perspective"
    April 29th, 3pm to 6pm, at the Women's Center.
    Panel Discussion with Profs. Aiko Ohgoshi (Kinki University, Japan); Midori Igeta (Tsukuba Women's University, Japan), Laura Kang (UCI), Sarah Soh (SFSU); Lisa Yoneyama (UCSD)

    Hosts: Rosemary George & Lisa Yoneyama
Coming  Events - May 
  • Miriam Cooke

  • “Islamic Feminism Before and After September 11”
    Friday, May 3, 3:00 p.m.
    Michel de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building

    Professor of Arabic Literature and Chair of the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature at Duke University, Miriam Cooke is the author of a number of books on Middle Eastern women's writing.

    Host: Winifred Woodhull

  • The Group for the Study of 9.11 and Global Emergencies presents a Spring Quarter Public Forum, on May 7th, 115 Center Hall, 7.00pm, featuring Hatem Bazian (UCB), Anne Cubilie (Georgetown University), and Muneer Ahmad (American University).

    Host: Rosemary George

  • Marc Zimmerman
    Distinguished Alumni Series Lecture
    “Transnational Memories: Deconstructing a Nomad Intellectual on Latin American/Latino/a Turf”
    Wednesday, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
    Michel de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building

    Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Zimmerman was awarded his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UCSD. An award-winning author of twelve books and articles, he is Director of Latin American Graduate Studies at UIC and Director of the Latin American Cultural Activities and Studies Arena of Chicago.

    Host: Rosaura Sánchez

  • Regents’ Lecturer Nilita Vachani
    Screening and Discussion
    “When Mother Comes Home for Christmas”
    Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.
    Price Center Theater

    Graduate Seminar on Feminist Film Making
    “Eyes of Stone”

    Friday, May 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Women’s Center
    An independent film-maker, Vachani has been awarded numerous awards and accolades for her work.

    Host: Rosemary George

Visiting Scholar 

Beatriz Mariscal Rhett, March - August, 2002, under the sponsorship of Susan Kirkpatrick. Professor of Spanish Literature, El Colegio de México, Ms. Rhett is conducting research on Golden Age Literature.

Awards and other Achievements 

UC Poet Laureate Award
Congratulations to Bill Mohr, who was among the winners of this year’s UC Poet Laureate Contest for his unpublished poems “Ravages,” “Down Time,” and “How to Play Ping-Pong with a Mirror.”

Alain J.-J. Cohen has been elected Vice-President of SERCIA, Société d'Etudes et de Recherches du Cinéma Américain, the French association devoted to the study of American Cinema, for a two-year term, 2002-2004.

Bill Mohr has been awarded a Mellon Foundation Fellowship for a full month of research at the Huntington Library in 2002-2003.

Lisa Yoneyama has been awarded a resident fellowship at the University of California Humanities Research Institute for the Winter/Spring 2003 Quarters to participate in the collaboratove research group, “Redress in Law, Literature and Social Thought,” organized by Stephen Best.

Exams and Defenses 

Sangeeta Mediratta passed her qualifying exams and obtained her MA on March 6, 2002.

Doris Herwig obtained her MA on March 15, 2002.

Jennifer Lahmann passed her qualifying exams on March 19, 2002.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities 

UC MEXUS GRANTS: UC MEXUS funds faculty and graduate students in the areas of:

  • Mexico-Related Studies
  • Latino Studies
  • United States-Mexico Relations
  • Critical U.S. – Mexico Issue
  • Latino and Mexican Topics in the Arts


UCSD’s Council on East Asian Studies has announced Academic Year 2002-2002 and Summer Fellowships for graduate students enrolled in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language instruction. The AY fellowships will pay a stipend of $14,000 plus $11,000 toward fees. The summer fellowships pay $3,600 in tuition and a $2,400 stipend.

Contact: Ana Minvielle

Academic Senate Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research
The Academic Senate is providing seed grants of $5,000 for:

  1. one faculty member to co-teach an undergraduate or graduate seminar with a faculty member from a different department and up to two quarters of support for a Graduate Student Researcher (at 50% time) to assist in the preparation of the course, or
  2. $5,000 towards the establishment of an interdisciplinary colloquium that brings together members of different departments or schools.

For more information, please see the Academic Senate web site: http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/cor/irp.html

Center for Comparative Immigration Studies Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference – May 25, 2002
UCSD’s Center for Comparative Immigration Studies asks faculty to nominate students who have conducted independent research on international migration or refugee movements. Deadline for nominations: May 1, 2002. For more information, contact Idean Salehyan, conference organizer.