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Jean Valentine Wins 2017 Bollingen Prize!

ALSCW member Jean Valentine is the winner of Yale’s 2017 Bollingen Prize for Poetry. Jean read her verse at the ALSCW local meeting in New York City on November 28, 2016, at Barnard University.

“Jean Valentine is fearless when moving into charged territory and in her work we find mystery and surprise in abundance,” said the three-member judging committee. “Without compromising substance or sacrificing a reckoning with painful reality, inequity, and loss, there is solace and spirituality, and she radiates responsibility as a voice of clarity and compassion.” The prize honors Valentine’s most recent book, Shirt in Heaven, published by Copper Canyon Press.
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Congratulations

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Samet, who spoke on the Literature and War panel at our 2011 Conference, for being named a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim fellow!

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Foreign Language Programs in Academia

ALSCW member and MLA President Russell Berman has an important column in Inside Higher Education, responding to a keynote address by Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fixture of the foreign policy establishment, delivered to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Convention in Boston on November 19.  Berman addresses Haass’ proposal to turn foreign language instruction into a merely instrumental education, with the entailment, as at SUNY Albany, of dismantling the degree programs.  Which as you may imagine, would be accompanied by the dismantling of the professoriate, and using part-time, low-paid, benefit impoverished, transient adjuncts to manage this instruction.

I’ve commented at this site on Russell’s article, as have other Association members, including past president James Engell, and I urge you all to read this and add a comment if you like, and to forward the link.

<http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2010/11/23/berman>

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BRIGHT STAR Panel Discussion with Stuart Curran, Christopher Ricks, Timothy Corrigan and Susan Wolfson

A reprint of an announcement of interest.

Romantic Circles is very pleased to announce a new audio resource, a recording of the panel discussion about the new Jane Campion film Bright Star, which can be downloaded here:

http://www.rc.umd.edu/audio/BrightStar.mp3

or recieved as part of the (free) subscription to the RC Audio podcast by pasting the link below into the podcast aggregator of your choice (iTunes, etc.)

http://www.rc.umd.edu/audio/audio.xml

More information is below:

On 13 September 2009, the Keats-Shelley Association of America hosted a special advance screening of Jane Campion’s new film Bright Star, about the love between John Keats and Fanny Brawne, at the New York Public Library. Following the screening was a special panel of reactions to the movie, featuring Stuart Curran (distinguished professor Emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania and president of the KSAA), Christopher Ricks (William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute, Boston University), Timothy Corrigan (professor of English and Director of Cinema Studies, University of Pennsylvania) and Susan Wolfson (Professor of English, Princeton University).

Special thanks are due to to several people who helped to facilitate this screening/panel and its recording: Marsha Manns (Director, Keats-Shelley Association of America), Oleg Dubson (Apparition, the film’s distributor), Doucet Devin Fischer (Co-editor, Shelley and his Circle) Cheryl Raymond (Manager, Programs, Special Events, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts), Mike Diekmann (Manager of Audio Visual Services New York Public Library for the Performing Arts), Sarah Zimmerman (Associate Professor of English, Fordham University), John Bugg (Assistant Professor of English, Fordham University), Zachary Holbrook (Research Associate, Shelley and his Circle), and Elizabeth Denlinger (Curator, Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle, New York Public Library).

Mike Quilligan
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Site Manager, Romantic Circles
www.rc.umd.edu

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Sandra Stotsky Featured on NY Times Blog

As reported earlier in the ALSC blog, ALSC Councillor Sandra Stotsky is bringing her decades of education reform to a new ALSC-funded study on high school literature curricula. The study will gather information on English programs in US high schools, exploring whether or not current programs of study challenge students and adequately prepare them for college-level studies in the humanities. The findings of the study will be published as a forthcoming issue of the ALSC journal Forum.

The New York Times news blog Room for Debate has also taken advantage of Stotsky’s expertise, publishing her response to the recently released results of the National Assessment of Education test. In her piece, she expresses disappointment with plateaued scores in high school English and Mathematics. She suggests a shift in English curricula for grades six through twelve that include more complex works. According to Stotsky, the small average gains in test scores are disproportionate to the thirty-five years of federal and state governmental assistance, despite the minor improvement in the achievement gap separating low-income students from their peers.

Stotsky has worked in the field of education reform for over thirty years and has received numerous grants and awards. ALSC is excited to publish the results of her ongoing study.

– Thom Plasse

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Marilyn Hacker and Edward Hirsch Elected to AAP Board of Chancellors

From a press release of some interest.

We are thrilled to announce two new elections in the Academy of American Poets: current ALSC member Marilyn Hacker and former member Edward Hirsch were elected to the Board of Chancellors earlier this month.  Marilyn Hacker is an accomplished poet and translator of poetry and the recent recipient of the Robert Fagles Translation Prize for her translation of Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008).  Edward Hirsch is currently president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the co-editor of The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology (2008), among other titles.  The American Academy of poets, founded in 1934 to foster appreciation and support for contemporary poets and poetry, sponsors various prizes, publications, and events, including National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; past chancellors of the Academy include W.H. Auden and Robert Lowell.  For more information, please visit www.poets.org.

– Erin McDonagh

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ALSC Councillor Discusses Recent Book on C-SPAN2

In this 90-minute BookTV program, Mark Bauerlein, current member of the ALSC Council and former Director of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, debates author Neil Howe on the effects that various technologies have on the intellectual interests and abilities of The Millennial Generation.

Watch the video here.

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