February 2005 News


Mel Freilicher
Review of American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans. By Eve LaPlante. American Book Review 26.2 (Jan/Feb 2005).

Mike Alexander Pozo
“Los Latinos y la Educación despues del 11 de Septiembre: Los nuevos agentes del imperio o una mejor dirección para la comunidad Latina?” Aula Crítica, Revista Educativa de la Fundación McLaren de Pedagogía Crítica. Tijuana: Universidad de Tijuana, México. (September 2004).

“Henry Giroux and the Politics of Higher Education under George W. Bush.”  The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. (February 2005).

Jerome Rothenberg
Poemas para el juego del silencio. [selected poems] Translation into Spanish by Mercedes Roffé. Valencia: Editorial Germania, 2004.

Eric Watkins is author of three articles in Unmasking Terror: A Global Review of Terrorist Activities. Washington, DC: The Jamestown Foundation, 2005.


Wai-lim Yip
"Fountain City Jinan, Shandong." [lyrical prose] China Times [Taiwan]. Dec. 23, 2004: Literary Page.

"Pearl Beach Waterfall." [Lyrical prose] United Daily News [Taiwan]. Jan. 5, 2005: Literary Page.

Yingjin Zhang
published a new refereed article: “Styles, Subjects, and Special Points of View: A Study of Contemporary Chinese Independent Documentary.” New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film [England] 2.2 (2004): 119-35.


Jerome Rothenberg, in collaboration with Jeffery Robinson of the University of Colorado at Boulder, has contracted with University of California Press for Poems for the Millennium, volume three, The University of California Book of Romantic and Postromantic Poetry. As they plan this project, the co-editors invite the “knowledge and passions of those of you who share our sense of the romantic as a principal starting point for much that has followed.”

Rothenberg writes: “Our plan is to trace a line or several lines of work -- both poetry and poetics -- from the late eighteenth-century post-enlightenment to the early twentieth-century eruption of experimental and avant-garde modernism. Such a gathering, as we conceive it, would be international in scope and would attempt to restore a sense of the revolutionary and transformative nature of Romanticism and postromanticism as they were at the time of their inception.

"As with Poems for the Millennium, when Pierre Joris and I began it, Jeffery Robinson and I have only a first, still dim presentiment of where this will carry us. What we're offering, then, is a genuine call both for translations and for consultation and assistance that will open the project to all of you who want to have a voice in it.”

“Isicathamiya: Zulu Choral Music Past and Present”

Elizabeth Gunner

Acting Director, Centre for African Literary Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal

Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - 6:00 pm
Cross-Cultural Center

Contact: Robert Cancel                                               http://literature.ucsd.edu/news/currentevents

In recognition of Black History Month, the San Diego Public Library is presenting a number of events. Among them, Camille Forbes will be screening a film on Ralph Ellison and facilitating three book discussions.

"Ralph Ellison: An American Journey"
film screening and discussion
Central Branch Auditorium, 820 E Street - 3rd Floor
February 6, 2004 2 pm

"Dynamic: The Black Experience in America"
a reading and discussion series
San Diego Public Library, Central Branch
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
 a. February 2, Uncle Tom's Children by Richard Wright
 b. February 16, Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks
 c. March 2, Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin


Camille Forbes will also be presenting a talk tentatively titled "Traitor or Treasure?: Assessing Black Comedian Bert Williams (1874-1922)" @ Seuss Room, Geisel Library on February 17, 12:30 – 1:30 pm



Thursday, February 10, 2005 5:00pm - 7:00pm
UCSD Great Hall - Eleanor Roosevelt College

The impact of globalization and social injustice on lives around the world has never been more present.
Come to this community collaborative evening ready for dialogue and action around social justice as we
bring back UCSD alumni and San Diego activist organizations who are struggling for global change. 
Professor Jorge Mariscal will facilitate a roundtable on "The Nation at War:  Support the troops & support social justice?"  Many other contemporary issues will be addressed. 

Co-hosted by the UCSD Cross-Cultural Center, the UCSD Women's Center, and International House.

Contact: Jorge Mariscal


The Center for the Humanities and Eleanor Roosevelt College present a "short version" of the College's world civilization sequence, Making of the Modern World. Please join us as five members of the MMW faculty take you on a tour of global trends and events occurring between the twelfth and twentieth centuries. 

The lectures will be held from 7:00 - 8:30pm in the Great Hall at UCSD's Eleanor Roosevelt College on the following days: 

Wednesday, February 2, 2005
"Faith and Science in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries"
Steven Cassedy, UCSD Professor of Literature and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies 

Wednesday, February 9, 2005
"Fascism, Communism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the Early Twentieth Century"
Pamela Radcliff, UCSD Professor of History

Wednesday, February 23, 2005
"Give Them Stuff!" -- Material Well-Being, Consumer Desires, and the Making of a New World Order"
Patrick Patterson, UCSD Lecturer, Making of the Modern World

See “The Practice of Dreams”
works by Pasquale Verdicchio, Lynn Susholtz, and Andrea Singer
on display at 

Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue

January 22 through March 12.


All readings at 4:30 pm in the Visual Arts Performance Space

Jordan Davis
Thursday, February 10

Jordan Davis is the author of Million Poems Journal (Faux). With Chris Edgar, he edits The Hat, an annual literary journal; with Sarah Manguso, he edited Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books. In the fall of 2004, he began hosting The Million Poems Show, a poetry talk show at the Bowery Poetry Club.


Monica Youn
Wednesday, February 16

Monica Youn’s first book of poems, Barter, was published by Graywolf in 2003. She’s been awarded a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, among other honors. She currently lives in Manhattan where she is an entertainment lawyer. Writing in The Constant Critic, Ray McDaniel says Youn’s poems make “a cocktail of politesse and shame, brewing it from her own peculiar napalm.

Lesley Stern
Wednesday, February 23 


Lesley Stern is Professor of Visual Arts at UCSD. She writes at the intersection of fiction, memoir, history, and poetry. Her most recent publication, The Smoking Book, has been described as “a sexy and provocative collection of short stories and vignettes…fidgety riffs on smoking, sudden explosions of surprises and epigrammatic density.”

Fanny Howe
Wednesday, March 9

Celebrated poet, novelist, and UCSD literature professor emerita, Fanny Howe, returns to UCSD for this reading. Howe’s most recent books include On the Ground (Graywolf), The Wedding Dress, Gone, and Selected Poems (all from UC Press.) Her poems are incarnations in which spiritual longing and material fate intersect. Of Howe’s Selected Poems, John Ashbery writes, “Fanny Howe’s strangely hushed but busy landscape keeps leading us into it until we realize we’re lost but wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

The New Writing Series is sponsored by UCSD's Department of Literature, Division of Arts & Humanities, and Muir Provost's Humanities Fund.

Rae Armantrout


the James K. Binder Lectureship in Literature


Klaus Scherpe
Professor of Contemporary German Literature
Humboldt University in Berlin 

"How German Is It, and How American? Ironic Replays in Literature"

March 1, 2005, 7:30 pm               Fung Auditorium, Bioengineering Building

Contact: Todd Kontje                                         http://literature.ucsd.edu/news/currentevents


Upcoming Lectures – Details in future newsletters:

March 8, 2005 – Walton Look Lai
April 6, 2005 – Binder Lecture Series: Tzvetan Todorov
April 28, 2005 – Elliott Lecture Series: Amy Kaplan
May 5, 2005 – Emory Elliott
May 24, 2005 - Alumni Lecture Series: Frances Smith Foster


For details and  the latest updates,  see:
Current Events on the Literature website at  http://literature.ucsd.edu/news/currentevents or
Literature Events Calendar at

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Western Humanities Alliance
24th Annual Conference

October 20-22, 2005
University of Arizona

Call for Papers due February 15, 2005
UCHRI Summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory,
"Present Tense Empires, Race, Bio-Politics,"  

August 16-25, 2005

Applications are open to faculty, graduate students, other scholars, professionals, and public intellectuals. Up to 10 scholarships available for full-time registered students. Instructors:
 Ien Ang, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lisa Lowe, Achille Mbembe.

Graduate students and junior faculty are invited to apply for The Future of Minority Studies Research Project (FMS) Summer Institute at Cornell University July 25 - August 5, 2005:


Taught by Beverly Guy-Sheftall, the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies and English at Spelman College, and Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Women's Studies and the Dean's Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University  

For details, go to http://www.fmsproject.cornell.edu/summer_overview.htm

Look for numerous other funding opportunities on the department's website at http://literature.ucsd.edu/funding/ .