The Great Mistake: How Private Sector Models Damage Public Universities, and how they can Recover


Christopher Newfield

Is the publicly-funded university dead?

Is the marketized, financialized, and economized educational institution the “new normal”?

Newfield argues that corporate reforms and the bottom-line university are not the cure, but are instead the disease, before he outlines what we can do about it.


Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Rotunda, MIKC (room 124)


Brown Bag:

Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: FH 228

Sponsored by:

The College of Liberal Arts Hilliard Endowment
The Department of English Public Occasions Committee


For further information:

Angela Bennett Segler


Posted April 19, 2016

Linda Russo: Inhabitory Poetics

Linda Russo: Inhabitory Poetics

Join students and faculty from the Public Engagement MA for a reading and signing by poet Linda Russo on April 25. Russo's poetry is notable for its engagement with the shifting fates of the Palouse in Eastern Washington, a stunning landscape made famous by the 1990s Robin Williams movie Toys and featured in dozens of car commercials. The Palouse flourishes at the intersection of a tense network of claims and interests—commercial, intellectual, geological, biological, agricultural, and cultural—and Russo continually strives to craft an English capable of speaking about this intersection.

Linda Russo [] is the author of three books of poetry, including Meaning to Go to the Origin in Some Way (Shearsman, 2015) and Participant (Lost Roads, 2016), winner of the Bessmilr Brigham Poets Prize, and a collection of lyric/hybrid essays To Think of her Writing Awash in Light (2016). She lives in the Columbia River Watershed (eastern Washington State, U.S.A.) and teaches at Washington State University. Russo’s visit is sponsored by the Public Occasions Committee and the English Department

Date: April 25
Time: 5:45 p.m.
Location: MIKC 422

Sponsored by:

The Public Occasions Committee
The English Department


Posted April 19, 2016





“Rarely does a balancing act as bizarre as Lucas De Lima’s in Wet Land come so fully realized, so humane, so self-aware, so diabolical. The book is inspired by the tragic death of the poet’s close friend Ana Maria, who was killed—in the book, and in life— by a “10 FOOT 400 POUND / ALLIGATOR.” The gator becomes even larger in the poet’s imagination: a ferocious, unmitigating god of death that we must ultimately become allies with if we are to accept our own lurking mortality, the hysterical absurdity of anyone’s demise, the lack of clarity and meaning underlying the whole human project.” --Coldfront, Top Poetry Books of 2014


Lucas de Lima was born in southeastern Brazil. He is the author of Wet Land (Action Books) as well as the chapbooks Ghostlines (Radioactive Moat) and Terraputa (Birds of Lace). A contributing writer at Montevidayo, he pursues doctoral studies in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

"Lucas de Lima's stunning book affected me so profoundly at all the stages of reading it, encountering it— before it was a book and afterwards, when it was. In the work of this extraordinary writer, the fragment is not an activity of form. It's an activity of evisceration.“ - Bhanu Kapil


Date: Tuesday, October 6th,
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Graduate Reading Room, Room 422, Knowledge Center

Presented by:

The Black Mountain Institute of UNLV

UNR English Department

Nevada Humanities



Posted September 29, 2015


Shakespeare, the Videogame Game Play as Theatrical Work -- A talk by Professor Gina Bloom, UC Davis

Shakespeare, the Videogame Game Play as Theatrical Work-- A talk by Professor Gina Bloom, UC Davis

Dr Bloom is Associate Professor of English at UC Davis. Her areas of interest include early modern English literature, especially Shakespeare and drama, gender and feminist theory, theater history and performance, sound studies, and digital humanities. Her first book, Voice in Motion: Staging Gender, Shaping Sound in Early Modern England (University of Pennsylvania Press, Material Texts series, 2007), won the award for best book of the year from the The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, and according to Theatre Journal, “should be given pride of place on every feminist bookshelf.” Her research on the use of games in early commercial theater led to one of her current projects, a collaboration to develop Play the Knave, a “Shakespeare Karaoke” videogame on Kinect.

Shakespeare, the Videogame Game Play as Theatrical Work-- A talk by Professor Gina Bloom, UC Davis

A prototype of the game will be available to play from 1:30 to 5:00 on April 17 in WRB 3046.

Come act out your dream version of Shakespeare!

Date: April 17th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: AB 106

Sponsored by:

The Hilliard Endowment

The Nevada Early Modern Organization

The UNR English Department


Posted April 07, 2015

Triple-major University student receives Fulbright Award to travel to Mexico

Triple-major University student receives Fulbright Award to travel to Mexico

After 30 essay drafts in three weeks, an interview conducted in Spanish with the Fulbright Commission and her studious upkeep of worthy grades in classes within all three of her majors, University of Nevada, Reno undergraduate student Allana Noyes has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to go to Mexico and teach English for a year.

"I'm really excited to go back to Mexico," Noyes, triple-major in linguistics, Spanish and French, said. "I just love it there. It's so beautiful. I'm so happy that I get to work there."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides awards that place grantees in schools in different countries to supplement local English language instruction. While spending a year in Mexico with the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program, Noyes hopes to gain linguistic and cultural knowledge to enhance her translation of literature from Spanish into English.

She plans to spend the year reading, writing and absorbing the culture and language of Mexico while also giving back to her host community through her proposed community project. Campaigns have been started in Mexico to increase literacy, and Noyes hopes to support that need by focusing her efforts on education in Spanish and English literacy. She is particularly fascinated by literature from Latin America and is also interested in human rights issues dealing with Mexican and United States relations.

Noyes appreciates the people who have helped her reach her goals, especially her mother, whom she considers her hero. She said her mom has inspired Noyes to work hard and follow her passions in life.

"She has taught me everything I know about tolerance, loyalty and sacrifice," Noyes said.
To arrive at her award-winning essay, her numerous essay drafts were repeatedly edited by University Assistant Director for the Honors Program Daniel Villanueva and John Pettey from the University's Office of Undergraduate Fellowships, as well as by her mentor, Jodie Barker, a lecturer of French in the College of Liberal Arts.

Noyes thanks Barker for being a reliable source of support and guidance. She considers Barker's unswerving belief expressed in her to be an incredibly empowering force in her life.
"She always believed in me," Noyes said. "In a professional sense, I've never had someone encourage me to be brace and to be my best like she has. She is wonderful and cares so much about her students."

Noyes already spent a semester in Mexico in 2010, through the University Studies Abroad Consortium's program in Puebla, Mexico.

Following what she considers to be an unforgettably positive experience in Mexico, she decided to take time to study and practice French as a live-in nanny, teaching English to two boys in France for a year. In retrospect, it surprised her how much she learned about the art of instruction during the time she spent caring for those boys.

Although she lived near Paris and said she really enjoyed embedding herself in the culture of France, she ultimately felt more comfortable and gratified in Mexico.

In 2011, Noyes came back to the University to pursue her studies in linguistics. During High School she never really expected to attend any sort of higher education, especially because neither of her parents did, but her love for language fueled her need to learn more. Due to this desire, Noyes took almost every Spanish and French class available here at the University.
"It's really fortunate to find something you're passionate about," she said. "Not everyone is so lucky."

Ultimately, she would like to pursue her passion for language and linguistics through writing creative and literary translation. She is excited to be going into a graduate program which not only focuses on translation, but understands of the need for skills in creative writing, rooted in the belief that good writers make good translators.


Posted April 14, 2015

a visit from writer David Treuer

a visit from writerDavid Treuer

David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the 1996 Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of Literature at USC.

The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and holocaust survivor and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on Leech Lake Reservation. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses--one in anthropology and one in creative writing--and where he worked with Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon, and Joanna Scott.

Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, Little, in 1995. He received his PhD in anthropology and published his second novel, The Hiawatha, in 1999. His third novel The Translation of Dr Apelles and a book of criticism, Native American Fiction; A User's Manual appeared in 2006. The Translation of Dr Apelles was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Time Out, and City Pages. He published his first major work of nonfiction, Rez Life, in 2012. His next novel, Prudence, is forthcoming from Riverhead Book. His essays and stories have appeared in Esquire, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, Lucky Peach, The New York Times, The LA Times, and

Date: October 12th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: AB 106

Sponsored by:

The UNR English Department Public Occasions Committee

Thie Hilliard Endowment


For more information, contact Christopher Coake:


Posted October 1, 2015

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