Friday, February 27, 2009

Our Condolences to the Spector Family

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Dr. Robert Spector, our division head and an English Department professor for many decades. Bob was a dear friend to all of us: full- and part-time faculty, staff, and, above all, our students. Our hearts go out to his wife, Eleanor, his sons, Stephen and Eric, and their families.

The Spector family has requested that donations be sent to The SmileTrain Foundation in Bob’s name.

The following is from the University's official announcement, by President David Steinberg and Brooklyn Campus Provost Gale Haynes:
It is with deep sadness that we write to inform you that Dr. Robert Donald Spector, coordinator of the Humanities Division and professor emeritus of English at the Brooklyn Campus, and chairman of the University’s George Polk Awards in Journalism, died on February 25. A gifted poet and writer, he was an inspiration to students and colleagues alike.

Dr. Spector’s association with the University began during his undergraduate days; he earned a B.A. in English, magna cum laude, from the Brooklyn Campus in 1948. After completing an M.A. in English at New York University, Dr. Spector returned to Long Island University to begin a teaching career that spanned more than five decades. He always was passionately involved in the University community. In 1967, Dr. Spector organized a movement to oppose the sale of the Brooklyn Campus. Thanks in large part to his efforts, faculty and students successfully lobbied against the sale, preserving the campus for generations to come.

Dr. Spector, who also held a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, was a renowned author of scholarly books, articles and volumes of poetry, and as chairman of the Polk Awards, played a significant role in the administration of one of America’s most coveted journalism honors. His commitment to his work earned him the University’s Trustees Award for Scholarly Achievement, now called the Abraham Krasnoff Memorial Award for Scholarly Achievement, in 1978; a Tristram Walker Metcalfe Alumnus of the Year Award in 1981; and an honorary doctorate from the Brooklyn Campus in 1994.

Despite the magnitude of his achievements, Dr. Spector cited “over 50 years of teaching thousands of students” as his greatest accomplishment. He will no doubt be missed.



UPDATE 21 OCTOBER 2010: a new announcement & two new images



We are renaming the Faculty Lounge on the Fourth Floor of the Humanities Building, in honor of Dr. Spector. Click here for further information about the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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This card (front & back shown) was produced to advertise the memorial service held on campus on 11/18/2009. Click to enlarge.




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The English Department received this thank-you note from Eleanor Spector. Click to enlarge.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Spring 2009 English Department Book Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the students (all ENG majors) who won English Department book scholarships for Spring 2009:

Andrea Cox
Rony Enriquez
Leslie Ann Rexach
Elizabeth Ruiz
Kezia Hercules.

The English department gives out FIVE $100 award certificates for books every spring and fall semester. A student may win the award multiple times in different semesters. Eligibility: The student must be registered for an upper-division course in English (numbered 100 and above) in the semester immediately following the awarding of the certificate. Majors and non-majors are welcome.

We will accept another round of applications near the end of the Spring 2009 semester. Watch this space!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Voices of the Rainbow Event: Suheir Hammad & Joyce Zonana

Wednesday, March 11, noon, Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Suheir Hammad was born in Jordan to Palestinian refugee parents. She is author of the poetry collections Born Palestinian, Born Black and Zantar Diva. She was a featured author in Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam.

Joyce Zonana was born to a Jewish family in Egypt and grew up in Brooklyn. She returned to New York recently after fleeing New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. She has written a memoir, Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, An Exile’s Journey.

Co-sponsored by the Gender Studies Program.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sigma Tau Delta chapter news

English majors Nikki Alimonda and Alane Celeste will attend the 2009 Sigma Tau Delta Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 25-28. Nikki will present her paper, titled “Woman’s Power as a Subversive Force and the Reversal of the Patriarchal Structure in William Shakespeare’s King Lear.” Alane will represent our chapter (Omicron Zeta) in the Sigma Tau Delta elections.

Voices of the Rainbow Event

Kwame Dawes & Willie Perdomo

Monday, Feb. 23, 11 am, Humanities Building, Room 210

Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana but grew up in Jamaica. He is an essayist, dramatist, fiction writer and author of more than a dozen books of poetry.

Willie Perdomo, of Puerto Rican descent, has written two books of poetry, Where a Nickle Costs a Dime and Smoking Lovely.

Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Africana Studies Programs.

Call for Submissions

Susanne Popper-Edelman and Edward Edelman English Essay Prize

The LIU Department of English is soliciting submissions for our annual Essay Prizes.

• A prize of $125 will be awarded to the best essay written for developmental
freshman writing courses (English 14, 14x) during Summer ’08, Fall ’08, or Spring ’09.

• A prize of $125 will be awarded to the best essay written for freshman writing courses (English 16, 16x) during Summer ’08, Fall ’08, or Spring ’09.

• A prize of $125 will be awarded to the best essay written for one of the core courses (English 61, 62, 63, 64) during Summer ’08, Fall ’08, or Spring ’09.


• A prize of $125 will be awarded to the best essay written for one of the upper-division courses (except 190) during Summer ’08, Fall ’08, or Spring ’09.

• A prize of $150 will be awarded to the best essay written for English 190, the English Department’s senior seminar.

To submit:

1. The instructor or the student should fill out a submission form and submit it with 4 copies of the essay.

2. Essays must be free of hand-written comments and grades with the name of the author blocked out on every page.

3. Developmental Freshman essays should be 3-5 pages, doubles-spaced.

4. Freshman essays should be 4-6 pages, double-spaced.

5. Sophomore core and upper division essays should be 5-15 pages, double-spaced.

6. Senior Seminar essays should be 20-25 pages, double-spaced.

7. All essays should follow MLA format for documentation.

8. Students may enter essays in more than one category, but no student can win more than one prize. Please submit only one paper per category.

Please note: the above essay lengths are suggested parameters. No essay will be excluded for exceeding the page numbers stated above.

Submit essays by 5 pm on Monday, April 27, 2009 to:

Prof. Xiaoming Li or Prof. Jonathan Haynes
English Department, Humanities Building, fourth floor.

Questions? Reach Prof. Haynes at jonathan.haynes@liu.edu or Prof. Li at xiaoli11201@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

MFA READING SERIES: SPRING 2009 SCHEDULE

The following is the Spring 2009 schedule of readings in the MFA Reading Series.

Downtown Brooklyn: A Reading in Celebration of the 17th Issue
Hosted by Wayne Berninger
Sunday, February 22, 4-5:30 pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, at the foot of First Street, between Houston and Bleecker.
Take the F train to 2nd Ave. Take the 4 or the 6 to Bleecker.
Free with 2 drink minimum.

Ars Poetica: Meditations On the Line & the Myth of Being
Hosted by John High
Sunday, March 29, 4-5:30 pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, at the foot of First Street, between Houston and Bleecker.
Take the F train to 2nd Ave. Take the 4 or the 6 to Bleecker.
Free with 2 drink minimum.

John High & Andrea Libin
Hosted by Jaime Manrique
Thursday, April 9, 6 pm
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St
Take the A, C, B, D or F to West 4th. Take the 1 to Sheridan Square.

The Art of the Real: A Non-Fiction Reading
Hosted by Jaime Manrique
Sunday, April 12, 3-4:30 pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, at the foot of First Street, between Houston and Bleecker.
Take the F train to 2nd Ave. Take the 4 or the 6 to Bleecker.
Free with 2 drink minimum.

New Work: Anne Waldman & Jaime Manrique
Friday, April 24, 6 pm
English Department Lounge, 4th Floor, Humanities Building
LIU Brooklyn

Emotion Du Jour: Playwriting Workshop Presentations
Hosted by Jessica Hagedorn
Wednesday, April 29, 6 pm
English Department Lounge, 4th Floor, Humanities Building
LIU Brooklyn

The End of the Story: Creative Writing Thesis Reading
Hosted by Lewis Warsh
Friday, May 1, 7 pm
English Department Lounge, 4th Floor, Humanities Building
LIU Brooklyn

Through the Eyes of Another: A Fiction Reading
Hosted by Lewis Warsh
Wednesday, May 6, 4 pm
English Department Lounge, 4th Floor, Humanities Building
LIU Brooklyn

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Friday, February 6, 2009

John High Wins Newton Award

Please join us in congratulating Professor John High (English Department), winner of the 2008-2009 Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

MFA Reading Series: "Downtown Brooklyn" Reading

Please join us for a reading to celebrate the latest issue (#17) of Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing (the literary magazine of the English Department).

Readers

Rudy Baron
Wayne Berninger
marita casartelli downes
Charulata Dyal
Christine Gans
Stephanie Gray
Kathleen Kesson
Matthew Nagin
Gary Parrish
Zahra Patterson
Jon Peacock
Howard Pflanzer
Giorgios Qure-Lacroix Retsinas
Jessica Rogers
P.J. Salber
Charles Thorne
Mike Traber
Lewis Warsh

When & Where Details

Sunday, February 22, 2009
4-5:30 PM
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (at the foot of First Street)
Between Houston & Bleecker
Across from CBGB's

F train to 2nd Ave
4 or 6 to Bleecker

2 drink minimum

Contact danielle.delgiudice@brooklyn.liu.edu for more information

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