From (Under) The Chair’s Desk
It is a pleasure to introduce the year’s Reading Matters that is devoted to graduate matters, particularly in a year that is seeing such a wealth of graduations and of graduate achievements. Thanks as ever to Cherie Hansen-Rieskamp, the tireless supporter for graduate students and graduate programs in the department, to Alvin Snider as Director of Graduate Studies and to John D’Agata as Director of the Nonfiction Writing Program, as well as to all the faculty and staff who support our graduate programs. This year, we will be reinstating a social event to celebrate graduate student achievement with the English Department’s Graduate Student Achievement Party, happening at the Clinton Street Social Club, on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 5-7 p.m. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
From the Director of Graduate Studies
The year's graduate issue of Reading Matters is devoted to listing student achievements and graduate awards won over the last several months. Thanks go, as always, to Cherie Hansen-Rieskamp, who tracks the data and compiled this list. My rookie year as DGS went smoothly only because of her dedication and expert coaching.
There are times when the work we do gives so much pleasure that we're left feeling incredibly lucky. The thirty pages of eloquent prose that drift up effortlessly onto our laptops, the classes of normally restive undergraduates who laugh at all our jokes, the deftly parried questions at conferences -- experiences such as these leave us feeling deeply gratified. Then there are occasions when the world seems more resistant to our talents, say, when endlessly revising an essay for implacable readers, or knocking on hotel room doors at MLA. The fact is that the work we do is often difficult, and demands creativity, skill, and infinite patience. This is especially true at a time of dwindling budgets at state universities, when legislators view faculty at public institutions as little better than welfare cheats, and when the value of research in the humanities and social sciences has become an open question. All the more reason, then, to applaud the important and accomplished work of students in the department, the various awards they have won for teaching and scholarship, and the fine dissertations they have completed. We take real pleasure and pride in celebrating their achievements.
For those of you who are graduating, we extend our very best wishes for the future and anticipate, with pleasure, reporting news of you in these pages and on the departmental website. In the same spirit, we look forward to welcoming the new PhD, NWP, and MA students whose names appear in this issue.
Erick Brucker, “My Mother’s Boyfriends” (Bonnie Sunstein, dir.)
Gemma de Choisy, “Faith & Practice” (John D’Agata, dir.)
Nazli Inal, “I Don't Love You” (Bonnie Sunstein, dir.)
Chansi Long, “The Sound that Haunts” (Patricia Foster, dir.)
Lucy Morris, “Amerikanka“ (Bonnie Sunstein, dir.)
Matthew Owens, “Same Kind of Stranger” (Patricia Foster, dir.)
Helen Rubinstein, “Invisible & Benign” (Patricia Foster, dir.)
Bernice Santiago, “Wind and Rain” (John D’Agata, dir.)
Beatrice Smigasiewicz, “TBA” (Jeff Porter, dir.)
Josh Wheeler, “Acid West” (John D’Agata, dir.)
Rachel White, “Tales from the Tick Belt: Strange Encounters of the Midwest Kind” (Jeff Porter, dir.)
Lawrence Ypil, “Re/Collect“ (Jeff Porter, dir.)