March 2003 News


Susan Kirkpatrick
Mujer, modernismo, y vanguardia en España (1898-1931).
Feminismos Series. Madrid : Ediciones Cátedra, 2003.

Wai-lim Yip
"When the last remnants of emotion are swept away" (Chinese poem). Literary Page, United Daily [Taipei], January 21, 2003.
"Daojia Meixue, Zhongguo Shi yu Meiguo Xiandai Shi, II" (Daoist Aesthetics, Chinese Poetry and Modern American Poetry. II. 4. The Search for Immanence in Modern American Poetry), Chung-wai Literary Monthly, Vol.31, No. 8, January, 2003.


"Æsthetics of Science"

Curated and introduced by Alain Cohen, a new exhibit, unveiled in February at the UCSD Faculty Club, high-lights the powerful synergy between science and art. The exhibit features works from UCSD’s leading national and international researchers and science scholars working at the Supercomputer Center, the SIO Visualization Center, and a wide variety of cutting edge labs. In Alain's words:

"The 35 'paintings' look like art, they have been produced on campus, and they shape new models of vizualisation in the not-so-random harmonies juxtaposed in the nano, the micro, and the macro. Microphotography of nerve cells is cheek-by-jowl with computer generated galactic images a billion years after the Big Bang, canyons on Mars, Earth's ocean floors, imperiled cells, 3-D objects and fMRI scans, anatomic virtual reality, the essence of turbulence, and a pulsed-power experiment. The images are familiar or unfamiliar, disturbing or ecstatic, but the lines, forms, and colors seem as compelling as the science by which they are propelled."

Contributors are acknowledged in the catalogue available at the Faculty Club. The exhibit will remain open until the end of April.



Regents’ Lecturer Kenneth D. Kaunda
Founding President of Zambia

Monday, March 3, 3:00 pm
Cross-Cultural Center
"The Role of the Frontline States in the Liberation of Southern Africa"

Tuesday, March 4, 6:00 pm
Gardner Room, IR/PS
"Democratization in Africa"

Friday March 7, 3:00 pm
Robinson Auditorium, IR/PS
"HIV/AIDS in Africa"

Co-sponsored by the Department of Literature, UCSD Center for the Humanities, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Department of Political Science, Dean of Social Sciences, UCSD AIDS Research Institute, and the Institute for International, Comparative & Area Studies (IICAS).

Contact: Robert Cancel

The UCSD Center for the Humanities and Eleanor Roosevelt College Present: “Making of the Modern World: The Short Version”
Wednesday, March 5, 2003
"The Cold War and Phase-Two Globalization in the Last Half Century"
Timothy McDaniel, UCSD Professor of Sociology and Former Director of the Making of the Modern World
For more information, please call (858) 534-0999.

Visual Arts Performance Space, 4:30 pm

Sponsored by the Department of Literature and the University Events Office. Contact:  Rae Armantrout.

Etienne Balibar
"The United States and the European Union: Power and Weakness”
Monday, March 10, 4:00 pm 
Robinson Auditorium, IR/PS

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Paris X, and Professor of Critical Theory, UC Irvine, Etienne Balibar is one of the most distinguished French political philosophers living today, and a leading figure in current international debates about citizenship, nationalism, and social change.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear the author of Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities (1991),  Spinoza and Politics (1998), and Politics and the other Scene (2002) address the most urgent political questions confronting the international public at the beginning of the 21st century.

A reception and book signing will follow Professor Balibar’s lecture.

Sponsored by the Department of Literature, UCSD Center for the Humanities, IICAS– European Studies Initiative, and the Departments of Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Communication.

Contact: Marcel Hénaff

"He Yi's Postman and the New Age Maoist"
Professor Wendy Larson, University of Oregon
Wednesday, March 12, 4:00 pm
Solis 104

Contact: Yingjin Zhang

Anti-War Poetry Readings Everywhere on March 5!
March 5th will be celebrated throughout the United States as an International Day of Poetry Against the War. On that day the poems and statements of 10,000 poets will be delivered to Congress – "the largest single-theme anthology ever compiled." Readings and other gatherings will take place in a wide variety of venues in support of our common will as citizens to celebrate peace and speak out against the impending war in Iraq.

This, then, is an open invitation to join us in an antiwar reading that will take place that evening at the Visual Arts Performance Space. If you want to participate, bring a poem to read or perform (your own or other) and we will try to accommodate all readers. Or come simply as listeners and as part of a groundswell of opposition to war, both here in California and throughout our country and our world.

The readings will commence at 7:15 p.m. and will continue as long as needed.

David Antin -- Rae Armantrout  -- Eileen Myles -- Jerome Rothenberg

Cesar E. Chavez Breakfast and Awards Ceremony
March 28: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
San Diego Convention Center

Student winners of the UCSD Cesar E. Chavez Essay Contest will present their essays and receive recognition.  Part of the city-wide and UCSD combined Chavez Celebration which takes place throughout the month of April.

Contact:  Jorge Mariscal

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

  • Thursday, April 3: James Luna, Kartik Seshadri, Robert Pinsky

  • Thursday, April 10: Jeffery Renard Allen, Greg Osby, Jane Hirshfield

  • Thursday, April 17: Nora Okja Keller, Gary Snyder, Mississippi Charles Bevel

  • Thursday, April 24: Vinx, Diana Garcia, Robert Stone

  • Thursday, May 1: Elizabeth Alexander, Michael Ondaatje, Bill Saxton

Quincy Troupe, Artistic Director. Contact: 858-454-3541 or


Friday, April 4, 3:00 pm -- Elizabeth Dahab, Cal State Long Beach. “Voices from the Desert: Arabic Canadian Women Writers”. deCerteau Room. Contact: Pasquale Verdicchio

Thursday, April 17, 5:00 pm -- Baja California Poets (in Spanish & English). deCerteau Room. Contact: Max Parra.

Monday, April 28, 4:00 pm -- Lecture by Camille Charles. deCerteau Room. Contact: Jorge Marsical

Tuesday, April 29, afternoon -- Salvadoran Literature Symposium. deCerteau Room. Contact: Misha Kokotovic

Tuesday, April 29, 8:00 pm -- Elliott Lecture: Judith Butler. 115 Center Hall. Contact: Michael Davidson

May 8-9 -- Graduate Program Review

Monday, May 12 -- Donna Haraway. Graduate Students’ Center for the Humanities Lecturer. Contact: Jake Mattox

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

Tuesday, May 20, evening -- Samuel R. Delany. New Writing Series

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

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

Contact: Jody Blanco


Grants and Travel to Scholarly Meetings  Academic Senate Committee on Research
Calls for applications are updated on a continuing basis at

The next deadline for Academic Senate members to apply for Research Grants and/or Travel to Scholarly Meetings is March 31.

Application forms are available at, or from Nancy Ho-Wu.

Questions may be directed to Michelle Null at the Academic Senate Office (534-2130).

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: It appears under "beques i ajuts" (grants).

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


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
e-mail submissions of abstracts:

e(X)literature: the Preservation, Archiving and Dissemination of Electronic Literature
April 3-4, 2003 at UC Santa Barbara.

This conference takes up the many issues surrounding attempts to preserve, archive and disseminate literature, art, and music created with the networked computer. The conference is co-sponsored by the Digital Cultures Project and the Electronic Literature Organization.

For information contact Professor William Warner (English, UCSB)
Winter Quarter 2003 Calendar
Instruction Ends Friday, March 14
Final Exams    Mon-Sat, Mar 17-22
Winter Quarter Ends Saturday, March 22
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


New Library Resources and Services
A Workshop for Faculty and Graduate Students

The Social Sciences & Humanities Library is offering a workshop designed to introduce faculty and graduate students to new and updated library services and resources. 

Participants will explore new library resources and services to investigate their own research needs. The class will learn how to access article databases, electronic reserves and other full-text resources from on and off campus. Participants will also be introduced to future library services such as desktop delivery.  Attendees are encouraged to bring actual literature research questions to the workshop.

Dates and Times: 

Place:  Library Electronic Classroom (Room 274, adjacent to main lobby), Geisel Library. To register, please contact Katy Farrell at ext. 22346.

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

Lynda Stansbury
Director of Arts & Humanities Development