February 2007 News


Michael Davidson
“The Dream of a Public Language: Modernity, Manifesto, and the Citizen Subject.” Foreign Literature Studies [Wuhan. China] 28.6 (Dec 2006).
“Cosmopolitanism.” Cross-Cultural Poetics 15/16 (2006).
“Technologies of Presence: Orality and the Tapevoice of Contemporary Poetics.” OEI [Stockholm, Sweden]28/29/30 (2006).

Ali Liebegott

The IHOP Papers. Carroll & Graf, 2007.

"Francesca's friends think she's wonderful—and why wouldn't they? Beneath a thin veneer of hip cynicism, she's thoughtful, brilliant and genuinely kind. She's also abject and self-destructive, qualities that endear her to her philosophy professor."
Jan 1, 2007 - Kirkus Reviews

Anna Joy Springer
An excerpt from Anna Joy Springer's forthcoming novel The Vicious Red Relic, Love is out in Suspect Thoughts, a Journal of Subversive Writing, online at http://www.suspectthoughtspress.com/springer.htm.

Yingjin Zhang
Yingjin Zhang published a refereed journal article: “Comparative Film Studies, Transnational Film Studies: Interdisciplinarity, Crossmediality, and Transcultural Visuality in Chinese Cinema.” Journal of Chinese Cinemas [UK] 1.1 (2007): 27-40.


Fatima El-Tayeb will be presenting at the "Histories of the Aftermath: The European 'Postwar' in Comparative Perspective" international conference sponsored by the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) at UCSD from February 16-17, 2007. (http://iicas.ucsd.edu/hota/)

Ana Grinberg will be attending the 2007 Popular Culture/American Culture conference in Boston, Massachusetts, April 4-7, 2007, to present a paper entitled “Voicing Women’s Presence and Absence as Vampire Writers.”

Melissa Hidalgo has been invited to Ireland to present a paper at the Gender and Education Association International Conference in March 2007. The conference is sponsored by Trinity College, Dublin.

Chunlin Li has an appointment as Associate In by the Department of History / Chinese Studies to teach first year Chinese during Winter Quarter 2007.

Lisa Lowe will present a keynote address titled "Asian and African Diasporas in Global Modernity" at the Centre for Asia Pacific Partnership (CAPP) International Symposium at Osaka University of Economics and Law in Tokyo on "Towards Multiculturalism and the Protection of Immigrant Human Rights: Comparative Studies of Asian and African Diasporas," February 24-25.

Gabriela Nunez has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Louisville. Congratulations Gabriela!

Jerome Rothenberg is the 2007 recipient of the San Diego Library Local Author Lifetime Achievement award (LOLA). The LOLA Award is an annual award presented to a writer who has a distinguished writing career and whose work has provided significant enrichment to the San Diego community. Rothenberg, who has been dubbed “the ultimate 'hyphenated' poet: critic-anthropologist-editor-anthologist
-performer-teacher-translator, ” accepted the LOLA award on January 27, 2007. See the tribute to him at http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/pdf/070129lola.pdf

Kyla Schuller has received the Margaret Storrs Grierson Travel-to-Collections Award for archival research in the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College. She is also going to present a paper titled “The Fossil and the Photograph: Capturing the ‘Primitive’ in the Museum and Boarding School” at the American Comparative Literature Association in Puebla, Mexico, in April 2007 and another paper entitled “Evolving California: Evolutionary Thinking and California Land Rights” at the California Cultures in Comparative Perspective Working Paper Series at UCSD in February.

Lisa Yoneyama will be presenting at the "Histories of the Aftermath: The European 'Postwar' in Comparative Perspective" international conference sponsored by the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) at UCSD from February 16-17, 2007. (http://iicas.ucsd.edu/hota/)


Qualifying Exam

Annick Gentet – January 24, 2007 (also received an MA in Comparative Literature)


Established in 1968 by Robin Scott Wilson, Kate Wilhelm, and Damon Knight, The Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction.

Clarion's name derives from its original location at Clarion State College in Pennsylvania, now Clarion University. From 1972 through 2006, Clarion was hosted by Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. This year marks the beginning of a new chapter in the workshop's long history of excellence as Clarion moves to a new location on the campus of University of California, San Diego.

Workshoppers will be housed in the new Eleanor Roosevelt College dorm on the UCSD campus, and classes will be held in the seminar facilities of the UCSD Department of Literature.

The 2007 writers in residence are: Gregory Frost, Jeff VanderMeer, Karen Joy Fowler, Cory Doctorow, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman

Winter 2007  - all readings at 4:30 pm -

Wednesday, February 7, Amra Brooks/James Meetze, Visual Arts Performance Space

Wednesday, February 14, Heriberto Yépez, Visual Arts Performance Space

Wednesday, February 21, Heather Fowler Zion, Visual Arts Performance Space

Monday, February 26, Noy Holland, deCerteau Room

Wednesday, February 28, Bob Glück, Visual Arts Performance Space

The New Writing Series is sponsored by the Dean of Arts & Humanities, the Muir Provost,
the Department of Literature, and Mandeville Special Collections.

The San Diego Public Library and The California Center for the Book present Reconceptualizing Blackness: The Lively Art, a book discussion led by Professor Camille Forbes

February 7:  A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
February 21:  Day of Absence by Douglas Turner Ward

discussions begin at 6:30 pm, San Diego Public Library, Wangenheim Room - third floor, 820 E Street, San Diego
California Cultures Graduate Fellows Roundtable
Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Social Sciences Building 102
featuring Maria Cesena, Jason Crum, Cecilia Rivas, Kyla Schuller, and Jenifer Vernon
free and open to the public -- food and refreshments provided


(The Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
at the University of California, San Diego)

The series brings poets, scholars, playwrights, and critics from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana campus, to UCSD to showcase their creative and scholarly works in the Department of Literature.
Talks are in Spanish. deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Thursday, February 15, 2007 – 4:00 pm, deCerteau Room

Víctor Soto Ferrel. “La poesía joven de Tijuana”
Author of Sol de espejo (1982) and La casa del centro (2001). His poetry has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies, including the bilingual edition of border poetry Across the line/Al otro lado (2002). Sponsored by the Division of Arts & Humanities and the Department of Literature. Contact: Max Parra

As part of the ongoing House of Italy Film Series in Balboa Park ,
Pasquale Verdicchio will be showing
by G. Salvatores on Thursday, Feb 15 @ 7 pm



UC San Diego Libraries Host “An Evening with James Salter”

Tuesday, February 20, 5:30 pm
Geisel Library’s Seuss Room

Salter has written five novels, the screenplay Downhill Racer, a collection of short stories entitled Dusk and Other Stories (winner of  the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award in 1989), Burning the Days, Last Night, and Life Is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days, co-authored with his wife, Kay Salter. He has been awarded a grant from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. 

California Cultures Presents: Eric Mann,"Building the Left in the Age of the Right: Challenging Racism and Empire"

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 3-5pm, Robinson Auditorium at IR/PS

Eric Mann is director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center and member of the Bus Riders Union Planning Committee. He has been a civil rights, anti-Vietnam war, labor, and environmental organizer for 40 years, with the Congress of Racial Equality, Students for a Democratic Society, and the United Auto Workers, including eight years on auto assembly lines. He is the author of five books including Comrade George: An Investigation into the Life, Political Thought, and Assassination of George Jackson and most recently Katrina's Legacy: White Racism and Black Reconstruction in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Frontlines Press).

Jorge Mariscal

 Burke Lectures by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, February 22 & 23

The Eugene Burke Lectureship on Religion and Society, an endowed lecture series at UCSD, will sponsor two talks by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, the Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at Harvard University and the author of many pioneering books in biblical interpretation and feminist theology. Her books include In Memory of Her (translated into 12 languages), Discipleship of Equals, Revelation: Vision of a Just World, Jesus: Miriam’s Child, and Wisdom’s Ways: Introducing Feminist Biblical Interpretation. She is a co-founder and editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, was the first woman president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She will give a free public lecture, “The Power of the Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire,” at the Institute of the Americas Auditorium in Hojel Hall on Thursday, February 22, at 8:00 p.m. This lecture will explore how a rhetoric of empire has shaped readings of Christian Scriptures, as well as public discourse and societal self-understanding, and how a feminist critical method of biblical interpretation building on early Christian practices can respond to it..

She will also speak on feminist biblical interpretation in conjunction with a meeting of Religion 112 in Center Hall 216 on Friday, February 23, at 11:00 a.m. This talk is co-sponsored by the Program for the Study of Religion and is open to the public as well.

UC San Diego Library Exhibit Honors Poet, Professor Emeritus
 Jerome Rothenberg

The work of celebrated poet Jerome Rothenberg, UC San Diego professor emeritus in both visual arts and literature, will be featured in an exhibit beginning Saturday, February 24, in the Geisel Library.

“Dynamic Exchange: Collaborative Works of Jerome Rothenberg”
illustrates his work with other poets and artists during the past fifty years.

Rothenberg, 75, will read from his work at an exhibition-opening ceremony in the library, joined by other artists and poets, including Bert Turetzky, David Antin, Michael Davidson, and others.

Rothenberg is an internationally renowned poet, performance artist,
critic and scholar. He has published more than 60 books, booklets and pamphlets of poetry, and assembled and edited several seminal anthologies of experimental and traditional poetry and performance.

Coming Friday, March 9!

Eileen Myles and Ali Liebegott reading some of their recently published work.
D.G. Wills Books - 7:00 pm.