May 2002 News

New Faculty

Camille Forbes, who recently received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University, has been appointed Assistant Professor effective July 2002. Dr. Forbes’s dissertation, “Performed Fictions: The Onstage and Offstage Lives of Bert Williams,” provides an interdisciplinary examination of the 19th century black comedian’s skills as he challenged the expectations of both black and white audiences.

A specialist in African American literature, Dr. Forbes is most interested in African American women’s fiction, African American fiction to the 1920s, and the Harlem Renaissance. She introduces a wide variety of media into her literature courses, which emphasize theories of racial construction across genres and time periods.

Lisa Lampert, who received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, has been appointed Assistant Professor effective July 2002. Currently an Assistant Professor in English and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor Lampert brings solid teaching experience to her position here. She is proficient in several languages, including Biblical Hebrew, Latin, Old English, Yiddish, French, and German.

Dr. Lampert completed her book manuscript After Eden, Out of Zion: Jews and Gender from Paul to Shakespeare as a research fellow at Notre Dame’s Erasmus Institute in 2000-2001. Her new book project is a comparative study of English and continental romance narrative. This project will compare and contrast “Jewish romances” with romance narratives written by Christians for a Christian audience.

New Publications

Alain J.-J. Cohen
“De l'épistémè moderniste à l'épistémè numérique [digital]. La mise-en-corps 19OO. La mise-en-corps 2OOO." Homo Orthopedicus. Le corps et ses prothèses à l'époque (post)moderniste. N. Roelens & W. Strauven, Eds. Paris/Torino/ Budapest: Editions L'Harmattan. (2OO2).

Susan Kalter
“Finding a Place for David Cusick in Native American Literary History.” MELUS 27.3 (Fall 2002).
“John Joseph Mathews' Reverse Ethnography: The Literary Dimensions of Wah'Kon-Tah” SAIL 14.1 (Spring 2002).
“'America's Histories' Revisited: The Case of Tell Them They Lie.” American Indian Quarterly, 2002.
“'Chickamauga' as an Indian-Wars Narrative: The Relevance of Ambrose Bierce for a First-Nations-Centered Study of the Nineteenth Century. Arizona Quarterly 56.4 (Winter 2001).

Masao Miyoshi
Italian translation of "Ivory Tower in Escrow: Part Two" (originally published in boundary 2): "La torre d'avorio in conto terzi: Ex Uno Plures" in Estetica e Differenza, Paola Zaccaria, Ed. Bari, Italy: Palmar Edizioni, 2002.

Wai-lim Yip
"Rapt Attention: The Lyrical Art of Chan Kin-chung's Oil Paintings." Chan Kin-chung: Thirty Years in Paris. Overseas Chinese Artists Series. Guangdong: Guangdong Museum of Art, 2001.
"Bamboo Monastery, Matsuo, Kyoto" (Chinese Poem), China Times [Taipei, Taiwan] 4 Mar. 2002 literary supplement.

May Events

Artists on the Cutting Edge X:
Cross Fertilizations

Thursday, May 2, 7:30 pm
Sherwood Auditorium
Alexs D. Pate – author of Amistad: A Novel
Marie Howe – author of The Good Thief
Adam Holzman – keyboardist with Miles Davis
Artistic Director: Quincy Troupe

Miriam Cooke
“Voices out of the Arab World”
Friday, May 3, 3:00 pm
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 and editor of a number of books on Middle Eastern women's writing, including War's Other Voices: Women Writers on the Lebanese Civil War, Women and the War Story [on the wars in Algeria, Vietnam, Iraq, and the Israeli-occupied territories], and Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Writing. She is also co-editor, with Margot Badran, of Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing and, with Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, of Blood into Ink: South Asian and Middle Eastern Women Write War. 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, 7.00 pm
Muneer Ahmad (Washington College of Law, American University) - "Homeland Insecurities: Hate, Violence, Racial Profiling, and Cross-Racial Coalition the Day After 9/11"
Hatem Bazian, (UC Berkeley, & Host/Producer , weekly radio show, "Islam Today," on KPFA, KBFB, and KCFC in the Bay Area) - "Media Representation of the Other: Arabs and Muslims through a Narrow Lens"
Anne Cubilie (English Department, Georgetown University) "Grounded Ethics: Witnessing and Responsibility in America and Afghanistan"
Sponsored by the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) at UCSD and the UC Humanities Research Institute.
Hosts: Lisa Yoneyama & Rosemary George

“Light/words: Conversations with poet Jorie Graham and photographer Larry Fink”
Saturday, May 4, 1:30 pm
The David C. Copley Atrium at the Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park
The discussion, moderated by MoPA director Arthur Ollman, enhances the current exhibit, Photographers, Writers and the American Scene.

The UCSD Center for the Humanities Presents
The Humanities Dialogues: a series of lectures and conversations on important and current issues.

Stephen Cox and Donald Tuzin
UCSD Departments of Literature and Anthropology
"Titanic: The Drama of Moral Choice"
May 7, 7:45 pm
Solis Lecture Hall, Room 107

Most disasters are quickly forgotten, but the Titanic disaster still fascinates people around the world, 90 years after the event. Why? Professors Cox and Tuzin try to answer that question, emphasizing the disaster's dramatic focus on problems of individual moral choice. What would you have done--would you have taken a seat in a lifeboat?

Vijay Prashad - cancelled
Associate Professor and Director, International
Studies Program, Trinity College, Connecticut
“The Global Future of Race”
Monday, May 20, 4:00 p.m.
de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building

This talk is taken from his book in progress, titled: The Global Future of Race -- from Bandung to Durban (New Press, due in 2003). Prashad is the author of Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community (Oxford, 1999); The Karma of Brown Folk (Minnesota, 2000); Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity (Beacon Press, 2001); War Against the Planet: the Fifth Afghan War, US Imperialism and Other Assorted Fundamentalisms (Leftword, February 2002); The American Scheme: Three Essays (Three Essays Press, May 2002); Fat Cats and Running Dogs: the Enron Stage of Capitalism (Common Courage and Zed Books, 2002).

Sponsored by the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) at UCSD.
Hosts: Rosemary George & Lisa Yoneyama

Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity Spring Seminar Series: Race, Religion, and Nationalism
Co-sponsored by the UCSD Program for the Study of Religion
Wednesdays at 3:00pm
Social Science Building, Room 107

May 1
A Colloquy of Voices: The Citational Practices of Martin Luther King
Susan Harding
Professor, Anthropology Department,
University of California, Santa Cruz

May 8
On the Frontiers of Faith-Based Activism in L.A.: Clergy Mobilization for Immigrant Workers
Pierrette Hondagneu Sotelo
Professor, Sociology Department
University of Southern California

May 15
Orishatukeh Faduma and the Changing Tradition of Evangelical Pan-Africanism
Moses Moore
Professor, Religious Studies
Arizona State University

May 22
Brown Moses:
Francisco Olazabal and Latino Pentecostal Healing, Power and Identity in Jim Crow America
Dr. Gastón Espinosa
Hispanic Churches in American Public Life Project,
University of California, Santa Barbara

May 29
Spiritual Conquests:
Religion & California's Racial Imaginary
Roberto Lint Sagarena
Professor, Religious Studies
University of Southern California

For more information, please contact the Ethnic Studies Department (858-534-3276),

Performing Diaspora Series
Anna Beatrice Scott
“New-Found Folktales and Other Lies of Archival Competency"
Thursday, May 9, 4 pm
Visual Arts Performance Space

Performance Artist and Assistant Professor of Dance at UC Riverside, Scott will present an “Afrologic Performance.” Likening herself to the pedestrian in de Certeau's "Walking in the City," Scott maps trajectories of African peoples and cultures through dance, song, and the spoken word, enacting "flashbacks that spark from beneath diasporic feet striking earth." Host: Winifred Woodhull

Kandice Chuh
"Revisiting the Subject(s) of Asian American Studies: Introductory Notes" – A Seminar
Friday, May 10, 4:00 pm
de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building
Assistant Professor of English

University of Maryland, College Park, Kandice Chuh is affiliated to the American Studies Department and the Asian American Studies Program. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American literatures and history, 20th century U.S. culture and politics, critical race and gender studies, contemporary theory, and the intersections of law and literature. She is co-editor, with Karen Shimakawa, of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (2001), and is completing work on a book manuscript entitled Imagine Otherwise: on Asian Americanist critique, due to be published by Duke University Press.

Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

Marc Zimmerman
“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

Zimmerman, who was awarded his Ph. D. in Comparative Literature at UCSD in 1975, taught at San Diego State University and the University of Michigan moving on to his successful academic career at the University of Chicago. Having served as a visiting professor at universities in Nicaragua, Argentina, and Puerto Rico, he has also been active in Midwest Latino community service agencies. He currently directs the Chicago Latin American/Latino/a Activities and Studies Arena (LACASA CHICAGO).

His numerous publications in Spanish and English include The Central American Quartet (Nicaragua in Revolution/ Nicaragua en revolución, Nicaragua in Reconstruction and at War, El Salvador at War, and Guatemala: Voces desde el silencio); Processes of Unity in Caribbean Societies; Ideologies and Literatures (with Ileana Rodríguez); and Lucien Goldmann y el estructuralismo genético. He has also co-edited Nuestro Rubén Darío in Nicaragua and has edited and translated Flights of Victory by Ernesto Cardenal. Perhaps his best known books are Literature and Politics in the Central American Revolutions (with John Beverley); U.S. Latino Literature; and Literature and Resistance in Guatemala: Textual Modes and Cultural Politics from El señor Presidente to Rigoberto Menchú. With Michael Piazza, he has edited New World [Dis]Orders and Peripheral Strains: Specifying Cultural Dimensions on Latin American and Latino Studies.

About his return to San Diego, he writes: “Including partial meditations, anecdotes and sometimes somewhat (or maybe not so) brilliant musings on questions of Globalization, Subalternity, Cultural Studies and even Literature, with the almost first announcement of a new post-Marxist/post-post/modern/post-9/11 rhizomatic theory, ANTI-LEANISM (or is it anti-Leninism?), and a questioning of our questionable or at least quite debunkable profession that will inspire and/or turn off seasoned professionals and those aspiring for a place in our sublime and privileged realm of noble and ennobling activity, this collage takes us from Zimmerman's high school days through some UCSD and border encounters and then on through his days as a Chicano migrant worker counselor, Sandinista and then Chicago Latino cultural worker, and more recently as a somewhat honorary Puerto Rican and as an somewhat well known writer/professor among even more famous (and probably better) writer/professors to the moment when, after awaiting day after day for his MacArthur and Nobel letters, he finally got the best letter he least anticipated asking him to come to La Jolla to visit old friends and make new ones as this year's Literature Department Distinguished Alumnus, and then had to make a major decision: ‘What the hell do I tell `em?’”  Host: Rosaura Sánchez

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

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

The Critical Gender Studies Program at UCSD presents:

Regents’ Lecturer Nilita Vachani
Screening and Discussion
When Mother Comes Home for Christmas
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 pm
Price Center Theater

Graduate Seminar on Feminist Film Making
Eyes of Stone
Friday, May 17, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Women’s Center

Join us for the screening of the powerful documentary When Mother Comes Home for Christmas and for a discussion with the film maker, Nilita Vachani. Free and open to the public. Coffee and desserts will be served following the screening and discussion.

Synopsis of the film :
Josephine, a migrant woman from Sri Lanka has traveled to Greece to take care of a Greek child while her own children grow up in orphanages. This documentary records her visit home to her family and children in Sri Lanka after an absence of eight years. A searing look at issues of domestic work, displacement, and the globalisation of women’s labor. (Screening time . approx. 109 minutes)

  • Awards: Best Documentary, Festival dei Popoli, Florence.
  • Best Documentary, Festival Internazionale Cinema Delle Donne, Torino.

"[When Mother Comes Home…] is the product of extraordinary persistence, empathy and intelligence; …it opens up the emotional lives of an entire family and reveals, in heartbreakingly direct fashion, the true meaning of the phrase 'global economy.'"  - Stuart Klawans, The Nation

Sponsored by: The Critical Gender Studies Program at UCSD. Co-sponsored by: The Office of the Dean of Social Sciences, The Office of the Dean of Humanities, Communication Department, Ethnic Studies Department, Literature Department, The Women’s Center, The Cross Cultural Center.

For more information, contact Nancy Hatch at 858-534-3589. Hosts: Rosemary George & Lisa Yoneyama

Awards and Other Achievements

The Department of Literature has been honored with two of the UCSD Academic Senate’s three top teaching awards this year.

  • Charles Chamberlain is recipient of the 2002 Barbara D. and Paul J. Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Members.
  • Melisa Klimaszewski has received the 2002 Barbara D. and Paul J. Saltman Excellent Teaching Award.

Kudos and accolades to Charles Chamberlain and Melisa Klimaszewski for their well-deserved honors.

Ph. D. Candidate Teresa Fiore has accepted a tenure track-position as Assistant Professor of Italian in the Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures at Cal State University Long Beach. Due to Fulbright-related visa restrictions, she will spend one year in Italy  before starting her appointment in the Fall 2003.

Susan Kalter (Ph.D. 1999) has been awarded a 2002 Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her project "The Treaty as Propaganda: Benjamin Franklin's Interventions into Indian Affairs, 1736-1762." She will be editing, introducing, and annotating a new edition of the treaties held between Pennsylvania colony and its neighboring Indian nations that were printed by Franklin.

Lisa Lowe has been appointed to a five-year term on the Board of Governors of the University of California Humanities Research Institute, 2002-2007. She has accepted to serve a term as Chair of the Board, 2002-2005.

Haein Park is the recipient of a Summer Graduate Seminar Fellowship from the Erasmus Institute at Notre Dame University. The seminar will take place at St. John's University in New York. Haein will be presenting the first chapter of her dissertation on perceptions of Catholicism in Harold Frederic's novel The Damnation of Theron Ware.

Faculty Career Development Program Grants
Congratulations to John Blanco and Richard Cohen, who have been awarded Faculty Career Development Program Grants for one quarter of release time to devote to research!

Laurel Plapp received a Fulbright fellowship to Germany for the 2002/03 academic year. She will be doing archival research on twentieth-century German-Jewish literature.

Iñigo Sánchez-Llama has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Purdue University, effective August 12, 2002.

Liberty Smith has been awarded a 2002 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women's Studies for travel and research expenses connected with her dissertation, "Relations of Power: Femme/Butch Articulations with the Political.” In her dissertation, she will investigate the implications of this relational style on the collaborative literary and political interventions of four pairs of femmes and butches: Alice B. Toklas/ Gertrude Stein, Matilde Landeta/ Lucila Gamero de Medina, Joan Nestle/ Leslie Feinberg, and Amber Hollibaugh/Cherríe Moraga.

Quincy Troupe is among three finalists to become California’s first poet laureate. Nominated by Hugh Davies and Anne Farrell of the Museum of Contemporary Art, he joins Diane Di Prima and Francisco X. Alarcon as a finalist for the two-year term. Governor Gray Davis is expected to name the first poet laureate in July.

Congratulations to Graduate Students who have been awarded Department of Literature one-quarter dissertation fellowships:

  • Yu-Fang Cho
  • Clarissa Clo
  • Omayra Cruz
  • Pamela Morgan
  • Haein Park
  • Erin Smith
  • Liberty Smith


Saier and Stewart Awards
Undergraduates are invited to submit entries for the Stewart Prize in Poetry ($200) and the Dr. Milton H. Saier, Sr. Memorial Award in Fiction ($1,000).  Award winners will be announced at the 2002 UCSD Spring Celebration of the Arts, to be held in the de Certeau Room on May 23, 4:00 pm. Entry Deadline: May 3

Undergraduate Research & Special Project Scholarships
Applications are available for scholarships to fund summer living expenses, travel, and other project-related costs. Application forms are available at, or call 858-534-1067. Deadline: May 6

Institute for International, Comparative, and Career Studies (IICAS)
IICAS support is directed to faculty members across departments, disciplines, and divisions. Grants support the research and research planning activities of teams whose intellectual interests promise to produce significant collaborative projects. For information, contact Interim Director Miles Kahler. Deadline: May 13

Staff Equal Opportunity Enrichment Program
The Staff Equal Opportunity Enrichment Program (SEOEP) provides individual awards for training activities, up to $500.00, for career employees seeking a promotion or career change. Deadline: May 20.

The Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award
The Joseph and May Winston Foundation funds $10,000 for the winner and $2,500 to four finalists for a book of original poetry in English published between June 1, 2001 and May 31, 2002. For information, contact Deadline: July 1

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 under-graduate 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 inter-disciplinary colloquium that brings together members of different departments or schools.

For information, see the Academic Senate web site: Deadline: October 1

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The Woodrow Wilson International Center awards 20-25 residential fellowships annually. Normally candidates will have demonstrated their scholarly development by publications beyond the Ph.D. dissertation level. For information, see Deadline: October 1

UC President’s Research Fellowships in the Humanities
Academic Senate members doing research in the Humanities are invited to apply for the President’s Research Fellowships in the Humanities. Up to $25,000 may be awarded in order to provide faculty with a fully paid leave period. Interactive application materials are available at Deadline: October 11

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

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