May 2002 News
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.
Alain J.-J. Cohen
Artists on the Cutting Edge X:
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
“Light/words: Conversations with poet Jorie Graham and photographer Larry
The UCSD Center for the Humanities Presents
Vijay Prashad -
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)
Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity Spring Seminar Series: Race,
Religion, and Nationalism
For more information, please contact the Ethnic Studies Department (858-534-3276), http://www.ethnicstudies.ucsd.edu
Performing Diaspora Series
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
Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series
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
NEW WRITING SERIES, SPRING 2002
Contact: Michael Davidson
The Critical Gender Studies Program at UCSD presents:
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 :
"[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
DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARDS
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
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:
Saier and Stewart Awards
Undergraduate Research & Special Project Scholarships
Institute for International, Comparative, and Career Studies (IICAS)
Staff Equal Opportunity Enrichment Program
The Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award
Academic Senate Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research
For information, see the Academic Senate web site: http://www-senate.ucsd.edu/cor/irp.html. Deadline: October 1
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
UC President’s Research Fellowships in the Humanities
UC MEXUS GRANTS