April 2003 News


Mel Freilicher
Book reviews for the San Diego Free Press:
Maurice Isserman. The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington. March 2003
Lonny Shavelson. Hooked: Five Addicts Challenge Our Misguided Drug Rehab System. April 2003

  • Hellen Lee has been invited to serve on a panel entitled “The Relations of the Master’s Degree to the PhD” at the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, to be held at UCLA on Saturday, April 5.
  • Haein Park has been awarded the Erasmus Dissertation Fellowship, a one-year fellowship given by Notre Dame University, for “Perceptions of Catholicism in late 19th and early 20th century American Literature.”
UCSD Center for the Humanities Awards
  • Faculty Fellowships: Camille Forbes

  • Graduate Fellowships: Yu-Fang Cho and Chong Chon-Smith
Exams and Defenses
  • PhD Defenses:

    Philip Gunderson -- March 3, 2003
    “The Veil of Being: Perspectivism and the Modern Subject of Representation”

    Jennifer Dyer Cornelissen -- March 17, 2003
    “Family Matters: Kinship Prohibitions and Civic Relations”

    Jim Hovde -- March 19, 2003
    “God's Order & Worldly Action: Jose de Acosta, Ignatius Loyola, and Augustine”

  • MA Defense:

    Sophia Aguilar -- March 17, 2003
    “Multicultural Literature Instruction Using Critical Pedagogy”


Stephen Cope, Associate in Literature
LTWR/100 - Short Fiction

Karen Hollis, Lecturer
LTEN/120E - Women in the 18th Century

Stanya Kahn, Lecturer
LTWR/119 - Writing for Performance

Jean Louis Morhange, Lecturer
LTFR/116 - French Intellectual & Literary History
LTFR/125 - 20th Century Literature

Paul Naylor, Lecturer
LTEN/154 - The American Renaissance

Joseph Roach, Visiting Professor
LTTH/298 - Writing Performance History

Lisa Robertson, Lecturer
LTWR/102 – Poetry
LTWR/115 - Experimental Writing

Beheroze Shroff, Lecturer
LTEN/181 - Asian American Literature

Corinne Troussier-Singley. Lecturer
LTFR/2C - Intermediate French

Deana Weibel, Lecturer
RELI/188 - Special Topics/Religion
Spring Quarter 2003 Calendar
Spring Quarter Begins Thursday, March 27
Cesar Chavez Holiday  Friday, March 28
Instruction Begins Monday, March 31
Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 26
Instruction Ends  Friday, June 6
Final Exams Mon-Fri, June 9-13
Spring Quarter Ends Friday, June 13



Thursday, April 3, 2003

  • 9:30-11:00 am - Breakfast with Graduate Student
    Committee and graduate student hosts
  • 11-12:30 am - Section advisors available for office
    consultations or campus tour or classroom visit
  • 12:45-1:45 pm - Luncheon for incoming students and
    faculty advisors at Faculty Club
  • 2:00-3:30 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
Graduate Students
Qualifying Exam Colloquium

Friday, April 4, 2:00 pm
deCerteau Room

Nicole Tonkovich, Aaron Eastley, Hellen Lee, Liberty Smith

Contact: Jay Crum

Elizabeth Dahab
“Voices in the Desert:
Arabic-Canadian Women Writers”

Friday, April 4, 4:00 pm
deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Farida Elizabeth Dahab was born in London, England, and grew up in Cairo, Egypt, in a francophone family. A trilingual Canadian citizen, she received a B. A. in Psychology from McGill University and a Master’s of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta. She obtained her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne and has held faculty positions in French/Francophone Literatures in Arizona, California, and Missouri.

Editor of Voices in the Desert: An Anthology of Arabic-Canadian Women Writers, Professor Dahab is currently affiliated with the Department of Comparative Literature at California State University, Long Beach.

Sponsored by the Department of Literature.

Contact: Pasquale Verdicchio

Gayle Wald
“From Spirituals to Swing: Rosetta Tharpe and Gospel Crossover”

Monday, April 7, 4:00 pm
de Certeau Room, 155 Literature Building

An associate professor of English at the George Washington University, Gayle Wald is author of Crossing the Line: Racial Passing in Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture (Duke 2000) and numerous articles about popular music culture. She is currently working on a project on Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the pre-history of "women in rock."

Sponsored by the Department of Literature.

Contact: Judith Halberstam

Jennifer Doyle
Assistant Professor of English, UCR
"White Sex: Vaginal Davis Does Vanessa Beecroft"

Thursday, April 17, 3:00 pm
Visual Arts Performance Space

Jennifer Doyle works on nineteenth-century American art and literature, and gender and visual culture. Her current project, "Sex Objects," explores the work of writers and artists who use sex to destabilize the distinction between art and everyday life (Melville, Thomas Eakins, Andy Warhol, and contemporary feminist artists like Tracey Emin). She is also developing the manuscript for "Realism's Touch," a book about American realism and fantasies of contact. She is co-editor of Pop Out: Queer Warhol (Duke University Press, 1996), and is the author of an article, "Sex, Scandal, and Thomas Eakins's Gross Clinics" which was published in the journal Representations in Fall 1999.

Sponsored by the Department of Literature.

Contact: Judith Halberstam

Colored (Black and White): Filipinos in American Popular Media, 1896-1907
An exhibit curated by Abe Ignacio, Jr., Jorge Emmanuel, and Helen Toribio

April 5 – May 31, 2003
Springfield Community Art Gallery
5348 University Avenue, Suite 119

Contact: Jody Blanco

Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of Harbors and Spirits, a collection of poems, and the novel, Rails Under My Back, which won The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Fiction. Other awards include a Whiting Writer’s Award and the Chicago Public Library’s Twenty-first Century Award. Allen’s work has appeared in several anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Black Literature and Art and Bum Rush the Page: A Def Jam Poetry Anthology. He is Associate Professor of English at Queens College of The City University of New York.

Julie Ezelle Patton’s visual and verbal poetry has been featured in performance festivals and exhibition spaces in the Americas and abroad. Her work has appeared in such anthologies as Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poetry Café and Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women. A librettist and vocalist, Patton tours and records with composer/instrumentalist Uri Caine, and other musical luminaries. Her book Teething on Type appeared in 1995. A new book, Do Rag, on and on, is forthcoming from Tender Buttons.

A past member of the Kootenay School of Writing, Lisa Robertson lives in Vancouver, Canada and works as a freelance writer and teacher. She has published three books of poetry: XEclogue, Debbie: an Epic (which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry), and The Weather. Writing in The Nation, Eileen Myles describes Lisa Robertson’s text as “a Virgil who would lead us humming through our mutating atmosphere.” The Vancouver Sun has called Robertson’s work, “a mysterious, diaphanous, exquisite suite of poems you can talk about with strangers day in and day out.” Robertson is currently a visiting lecturer at UCSD.

Jerome Rothenberg’s most recent book of poems, A Book of Witness, his twelfth from New Directions, has just been published. He is the author of over seventy books of poetry and groundbreaking anthologies of experimental and traditional poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium. In 2002 he won his fourth PEN USA award for Antilyrik, his translation of Czech modernist poet Vitezslav Nezval. Charles Bernstein writes of him: “The significance of Jerome Rothenberg’s animating spirit looms larger every year…(He) is the ultimate ‘hyphenated’ poet: critic-anthropologist-editor-anthologist-performer-teacher-translator, to each of which he brings an unbridled exuberance and an innovator’s insistence on transforming a given state of affairs.”

May 20 (a Tuesday) SAMUEL R. DELANY (This event will be at 8:00pm in 115 Center Hall.)
The New York Times Book Review calls Nebula Award-winning author Samuel R. Delany “The most interesting writer of science fiction writing in English today.” His novels include The Mad Man, Babel-17, and Nova, about which Galaxy Magazine says, “As of this book Samuel R. Delany is the best science fiction writer in the world.” Aye, and Gomorrah is forthcoming this spring. Delany is also known for his nonfiction. His Times Square Red/Times Square Blue is a provocative collection of essays on the gentrification of Times Square.

Thad Ziolkowski’s most recent book is the memoir On A Wave. Writing in The New Yorker, William Finnegan calls it “more than an account of a sport mastered. It’s a sharp, self-conscious portrait of the artist as a young grommet.” (“Grommet” is slang for novice surfer.) Kirkus Review says “words come fresh as a daisy from Ziolkowski’s pen…in shorn, unhurried sentences that bite.” Ziolkowski’s collection of poems, Our Son the Arson, came out in 1996. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Village Voice, Art Forum, Index, and Travel and Leisure. He currently directs the writing program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Sponsored by the Department of Literature and the University Events Office.

Contact: Rae Armantrout



APRIL 28-29, 2003

Presentations in English: Monday, April 28, 4-7 pm at SDSU Library, Room 2203
Presentations in English & Spanish: Tuesday, April 29, 3-6 pm at UCSD, deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

“The Last Nahual: Salarrué’s Stories of Cuscatlán”
- Ricardo Aguilar, President of the “Fundación la Casa de Salarrué” in El Salvador

Considered El Salvador’s most notable artist and author, Salarrué gave visibility to common Salvadorans in collections of short stories titled Cuentos de barro and Cuentos de cipotes.

“A Little Country in My Hands: Politics and Poetics in El Salvador”
- Dr. Rafael Lara-Martinez, Salvadoran scholar of Latin American literature at New Mexico Tech

El Salvador’s struggles for justice and human rights are illustrated in literary works of authors Alfredo Espino, Salarrué, Claudia Lars, Alberto Masferrer, Manlio Argueta, Roque Dalton, and Mario Bencastro.

“Salarrué in New York: Literature, Love, and Theosophy”
- Dr. Janet N. Gold, scholar of Central American literature at the University of New Hampshire

Salarrué’s years in New York as the Salvadoran Cultural Affairs Officer brought intellectual and spiritual growth. His unpublished letters and manuscripts reveal the challenges of a deeply rural author living in the urban artists’ world center.

“Liberating Women's Voices in Jacinta Escudos's 'La noche de los escritores asesinos'”
- Yajaira Padilla, PhD candidate specializing in Central American Literature, UCSD

Focusing on the role of the woman writer in postwar El Salvador, Escudos's short story “La noche de los escritores asesinos” critiques the closing of the spaces opened up during the war years for women's participation in cultural and political life.

Moderated at SDSU by Dr. Carlos Guillermo Wilson, Professor of Caribbean and Central American literature.

Moderated at UCSD by Dr. Milos Kokotovic, Assistant Professor of Latin American literature.

San Diego State University Library * SDSU-- Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Award * Center for Latin American Studies, SDSU * Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature Department, SDSU * Literature Department, UCSD * Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, UCSD * Back from Tomboctou, Latin American arts and crafts, Adams Avenue, San Diego

Contact: Milos Kokotovic

If you wish to learn how you can support UCSD's Department of Literature, please contact:

Lynda Stansbury
Director of Arts & Humanities Development

The Annual Robert C. Elliott Memorial Lecture
“Precarious Life”
Judith Butler

Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature University of California, Berkeley

Tuesday, April 29, 2003, 8:00 pm
Center Hall 115, University Center
Reception and Booksigning To Follow the Lecture

Judith Butler received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984. She is the author of Antigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (Columbia University Press, 2000), Hegemony, Contingency, Universality, with Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Zizek, (Verso Press, 2000), Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France (Columbia University Press, 1987), Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex" (Routledge, 1993), The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (Stanford University Press, 1997), Excitable Speech (Routledge, 1997), as well as numerous articles and contributions on philosophy, feminist and queer theory.

Professor Butler’s recent project is a critique of ethical violence and an effort to formulate a theory of responsibility for a subject who cannot always know herself. This manuscript works with Kafka, Freud, Foucault, Adorno, and Levinas. She is also working on a set of essays engaged with grievable and ungrievable lives, war, politics and the suspension of civil liberties.

The Elliott Memorial Lecture series was established in the honor of Robert C. Elliott, a founding member of the Department of Literature, who died in 1981.

Contact: Michael Davidson

On April 8th Kenneth Stow will discuss his paper on the ghetto in Rome: "Discipline and Counter-Discipline: The Emergence of a Jewish ‘Civil Society’ in the ‘Sacred’ Ghetto Precinct."

The essay addresses the question of "whether Roman Jewry, in the period of the Ghetto, beginning in 1555 and ending in 1870, was able to establish a ‘civil society.’”

The brown bag seminar will take place in the Galbraith Conference Room from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

Kenneth Stow is Professor of Jewish history at the University of Haifa. He is the author of Theater of Acculturation: The Roman Ghetto in the Sixteenth Century as well as numerous other publications, including Alienated Minority: The Jews of Medieval Latin Europe, Catholic Thought and Papal Jewish Policy, and the two-volume The Jews in Rome. He is also editor of the journal Jewish History.

Sponsored by the Judaic Studies Program and the Italian Studies program.

Contact: Lisa Lampert

Artists on the Cutting Edge XI: Cross Fertilizations
Performances at 7:30 pm, Sherwood Auditorium

Thursday, April 3
James Luna, Luseño Indian performance artist
Kartik Seshadri, master of the sitar
Robert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate 1997-2000

Thursday, April 10
Jeffery Renard Allen, Chicago poet & novelist
Greg Osby, jazz/hip-hop saxophonist
Jane Hirshfield, Zen poet

Thursday, April 17
Nora Okja Keller, Hawaiian novelist and columnist
Gary Snyder, renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
Mississippi Charles Bevel, multi-media blues artist

Thursday, April 24
Vinx, drummer/singer/songwriter
Diana Garcia, poet, storyteller
Robert Stone, contemporary novelist

Thursday, May 1
Elizabeth Alexander, award-winning poet/playwright
Michael Ondaatje, Booker Prize-winning novelist
Bill Saxton, musician, arranger, composer, teacher

Quincy Troupe, Artistic Director
Contact: 858-454-3541 or http://www.mcasd.org

UCSD 2003 Cesar E. Chavez Celebration
Celebrate, Educate, Serve

In celebration of the life and achievements of Cesar E. Chavez and in conjunction with the California state holiday in his honor, the University of California, San Diego will present a month-long series of events during April, 2003. This diverse calendar is offered to the entire San Diego community in recognition of Chavez's contributions as a champion of human rights, a leader in the struggle for working families, and a disciple of the philosophy of non-violence. Que siga la Causa!

Friday, March 28 * 7:30am
5th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Breakfast

San Diego Convention Center * Ballroom

Friday, April 4 * 11:30am
California State Senator Richard Polanco Luncheon

Warren College Amphitheater

Friday, April 11 * 12pm-1:30pm
9/11 and Latina/o Immigrants: Collateral Damage Comes Home

Guest lecturer: Professor Kevin Johnson, UC Davis School of Law
UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

Friday, April 11 * 4pm
Filipina/o Americans, Agricultural Labor, and the U.S. West

Guest lecturer: Dr. Dorothy Fujita-Rony, UC Irvine
UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

Saturday, April 12 * 11am-5pm
25th Annual Thurgood Marshall College Cultural Celebration

Thurgood Marshall College

Monday, April 14 * 5:30pm
Teatro Izcalli Sin Verguenza

UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

Thursday, April 17 * 5pm
Film: Chicano Park

Guest muralist: Salvador Torres
UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

Saturday, April 19 * all day event
Field Trip to Chicano Park:

Our Youth of Today our Warriors of Tomorrow
Chicano Park

Monday, April 21 * noon
Official Unveiling of the Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Stamp

Honorary Guest Speakers To Be Announced
UCSD Price Center Plaza

Tuesday, April 22 * 7pm & 10pm

UCSD Price Center Theater * FREE

Wednesday, April 23 * 7pm
Real Women Have Courage: From San Luis Potosí to Hollywood

Guest speaker: Josefina Lopez
UCSD Price Center Theater

Monday, April 28 * 12pm & 4pm
Source of the River: The Social Origin of Freshmen at America's Selective Colleges and Universities

Guest lecturer: Professor Camille Charles, University of Pennsylvania
Reception & Dialogue, 12pm * UCSD Cross-Cultural Center
Lecture, 4pm * Literature Building Room 155

Wednesday, April 30 * 7pm
Walls of Resistance - Reclaiming la frontera, breaking down barriers
Womyn, Art and Activism Series

UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

UCSD Chavez Celebration in collaboration with the Voz Alta Project of San Diego present

Urban Word Poetry Series
Poetry, Spoken Word, and Performances featuring

Harry Gamboa -- friday, april 4th

Piri Thomas -- friday, april 18th

Marisela Norte -- friday, april 25th

4pm, UCSD Cross-Cultural Center

The UCSD Cesar E. Chavez Celebration Planning Committee thanks the following contributors: UCSD Chancellor Robert Dynes, Council of Provosts, the Helen Edison Lecture Series, Cross-Cultural Center, Early Academic Outreach Program, Kamalayan, Kaibigang Pilipino, MEChA, Office of Academic Support and Instructional Support, Chicano/a~Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program, Thurgood Marshall College Dean's Office, Student Office for Human Relations, Pan-Asian Staff Association, Chicana(o)/Latina(o) Staff Association, and the San Diego Cesar Chavez Commemoration Committee. For more information please call (858) 534-9689 or cccenter@ucsd.edu.

Contact: Jorge Mariscal


May 8-9: Graduate Program Review

Monday, May 8, 5:00 pm: Baja California Poets (in Spanish & English)
Contact: Max Parra

Monday, May 12, 3:00 pm: Donna Haraway
“The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness”
Graduate Students’ Center for the Humanities Lecture
Contact: Jake Mattox

May 14-27: Visiting Professor Joseph Roach
Graduate Seminars: May 16, 20, & 22, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Public Lecture (date TBD)

Saturday, May 31: Classical Studies Conference
Contact: Anthony Edwards



The Autonomous Government of Catalonia and the University of California, Berkeley are pleased to invite, as part of the Gaspar de Portolà Catalonian Studies Program agreement, applications from University of California faculty for scholarly visits to Catalan universities and research institutes. The purpose of an exchange visit would be to interact with colleagues in Catalonia and to give lectures about one's own scholarly work. UC faculty also may wish to be aware of a generous program that also allows Catalan scholars to be sent to UC, which they can access through the Office of the Director General for Research of the Commissioner for Universities and Research, in Barcelona. Complete information addressed to Catalan faculty (not available in English) on this program is available through the web: http://www.gencat.es/dursi. It appears under "beques i ajuts" (grants).

Applications for visits in the fall should be received in Berkeley no later than April 15th.


The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering lecturing/
research awards in some 140 countries for the 2004-2005 academic year. Traditional Fulbright awards are available from two months to an academic year or longer. A new short-term grants program—the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program— offers two-to-six-week grants in a variety of disciplines and fields.

While foreign language skills are needed in some countries, most Fulbright lecturing assignments are in English. Some 80 percent of the awards are for lecturing.

Application deadlines for 2004-2005 awards are:

May 1, 2003
for Fulbright Distinguished Chair awards in Europe, Canada, and Russia

August 1, 2003 for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide

Rolling deadline for Fulbright Senior Specialists Program

For information, contact the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) at 3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L, Washington, DC 20008-3009. Telephone: 202-686-7877.  Information and an online application are also available at http://www.cies.org.


Memory, Material, and Meaning

22nd Annual Conference
October 16, 17, 18, 2003
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

The Western Humanities Alliance invites proposals for participation in the 22nd Annual Western Humanities Conference on the theme of "Memory, Material, and Meaning." Paper Abstracts (250 words, max.) must be postmarked on or before April 22, 2003. Complete panel submissions are also encouraged.

Please submit proposals to:
WHA Conference Committee, Tanner Humanities Center
University of Utah, 380 S. 1400 E.,
Room 201 C Hall,
Salt Lake City UT 84112
Tel (801) 581-7127 Fax (801) 585-3510 http://www.hum.utah.edu/humcntr/