Celebrate National Poetry month with David Lee

David Lee

"If we were a civilized nation, we would declare David Lee a national treasure." -- Sam Hamill

David Lee has published twenty-two books of poetry, including The Porcine Legacy, Driving and Drinking, So Quietly the Earth, and A Legacy of Shadows: Selected Poems, all from Copper Canyon Press. His most recent book, Last Call, is a memorial to his close friend, the poet Bill Kloefkorn, and it has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Lee has been a boxer, pig farmer, seminary student, cotton mill worker, and the only white baseball player for a Negro League team. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award in Poetry and the Western States Book Award in Poetry.

The first poet laureate of Utah, Lee received the Utah Governor’s Award for lifetime achievement in the arts.

David Lee's Last Call

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: The Rotunda, MIKC (room 201)

Sponsored by:

English Department's Public Occasions Committee

For further information:
Gailmarie Pahmeier
Department of English/0098
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557


Posted April 01, 2015

"Ancient Rhetoric As An Imperial Project"

"Ancient Rhetoric As An Imperial Project"

What happens to ancient Greek rhetoric after the collapse of the Athenian democracy within which it was forged? In this talk, Susan Jarratt pursues this question by shifting attention from pedagogy to performance and from the free-speaking associated with democratic contexts to the “figured” discourse demanded of Greek rhetors in the Roman imperial period. She makes a case for these rhetors, known as Second Sophists, as engaged commentators operating within constraints posed by their geopolitical context, and offers as a case in point an analysis of a 4th-century CE Greek novel: Heliodorus’ Ethiopian Story. The subtle stagings of gender and geographical difference, power and violence, ethnicity/skin color, and religious practices in this popular cultural genre offer insights into the potential for rhetorical analysis in our own (imperial) era.

Susan Jarratt's interests are ancient Greek and Roman rhetoric, and contemporary rhetoric and writing in universities and public contexts. She is at work on a book about the significance of space and the imperial relationship in ancient Greco-Roman rhetoric. Other work in progress includes a collaboration with Andrea Lunsford, Jody Enders, Robert Hariman, LuMing Mao, Thomas P. Miller, Jenn Fishman, and Jacqueline Jones Royster in editing the Norton Anthology of Rhetoric and Writing.

Date: April 14
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Joe Crowley Great Room 403

Sponsored by:



Posted April 07, 2015



Talks by Vetran Journalist Paddy Woodworth on ecological restoration

Talks by Vetran Journalist Paddy Woodworth on ecological restoration

Veteran journalist from Ireland, Paddy Woodworth, will lecture on ecological restoration, based on his recent book, Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century (University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Paddy Woodworth's lectures:

Tuesday, March 31, 1:00 PM, AB 102 “'Novel Ecosystems' -- new normal or red herring?"

The argument that 'novel ecosystems' are irreversibly degraded, and that we should abandon restoration efforts, embrace invasive aliens, and manage these systems to maximize ecosystem goods and services, has gained a lot of currency in recent years. But Woodworth argues that the real barrier to restoration is usually not an ecological one, but is in fact social, political and/or economic. If that is the case, 'novel ecosystems' science is in danger of handing spurious arguments to the enemies of conservation, conflating ecological theory and policy, and making difficult decisions in the field more difficult still. Woodworth will offer a global tour of restoration projects he visited while researching for the book, each of which illustrates particular challenges and responses.

Wednesday, April 1, 4:30 PM, MICK 124 Wells Fargo Auditorium "Ecological Restoration -- the flawed visions of the founders, the prospects for the future”

This presentation will look at the visions that informed the original midwestern restoration movement -- the balance of nature, pristine ('pre-human') landscapes, prelapsarian paradises. Woodworth suggests that these visions were more or less based on faulty assumptions, but he argues that restoration nonetheless has many merits as a means of engaging with the natural world and conserving biodiversity effectively.

Our Once and Future Planet

Paddy Woodworth

Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century University of Chicago Press, 2013 (536 pp.)

Publisher's Description:

The environmental movement is plagued by pessimism. And that’s not unreasonable: with so many complicated, seemingly intractable problems facing the planet, coupled with a need to convince people of the dangers we face, it’s hard not to focus on the negative

But that paints an unbalanced—and overly disheartening—picture of what’s going on with environmental stewardship today. There are success stories, and Our Once and Future Planet delivers a fascinating account of one of the most impressive areas of current environmental experimentation and innovation: ecological restoration. Veteran investigative reporter Paddy Woodworth has spent years traveling the globe and talking with people—scientists, politicians, and ordinary citizens—who are working on the front lines of the battle against environmental degradation. At sites ranging from Mexico to New Zealand and Chicago to Cape Town, Woodworth shows us the striking successes (and a few humbling failures) of groups that are attempting to use cutting-edge science to restore blighted, polluted, and otherwise troubled landscapes to states of ecological health—and, in some of the most controversial cases, to particular moments in historical time, before widespread human intervention. His firsthand field reports and interviews with participants reveal the promise, power, and limitations of restoration.Woodworth flier

Ecological restoration alone won’t solve the myriad problems facing our environment. But Our Once and Future Planet demonstrates the role it can play, and the hope, inspiration, and new knowledge that can come from saving even one small patch of earth.


Presented by:

The UNR English Department

The UNR Geography Department

The UNR History Department

The UNR Center for Basque Studies

The Hilliard Foundation


Posted March 26, 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

Brian Teare deliver's a series of Talks

Gailmarie Pahmeier Appointed Reno Poet Laureate

Former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts and the American Antiquarian Society. He’s written five full-length books: The Empty Form, The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda Award-winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, one of Slate’s best 2013 poetry books and finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. He’s published seven chapbooks: Pilgrim, Transcendental Grammar Crown, , Paradise Was Typeset, Helplessness, [black sun crown], and SORE EROS. He’s an Assistant Professor at Temple University, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

For more information and a sample of Teare’s poems, please contact Ann Keniston,


“Nature Poetry after Whitman"

Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 from 11:00-12:15pm
Location: Frandsen Hall 129.

“Queering Ecopoetics"

Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 from 2:30-3:45pm
Location: Frandsen Hall 109.

“Poetry Reading"

Date: Thursday, April 24th, 2015 from 2:30-3:45pm
Location: MIKC 422 from noon-1:00pm.


Sponsored by:

The UNR English Department Public Occasions Committee

Thie Hilliard Endowment


Posted March 30, 2015

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