Bernard Schweizer Requests Survey Responses

Professor Schweizer (English) is conducting research on religious humor, and he has created a survey about what people find funny (or not) with regard to religion.

Access the survey here.

Grant Writing Workshop with Deborah Mutnick


Professor Harriet Malinowitz (English) writes to remind us that Ann Larson, an alum of the English Department's MA program, and former Assistant Director of the Writing Center, writes about a range of topics related to education at her blog: Education, Class, Politics.

Malinowitz especially recommends this post (from 2012) about the field of rhetoric & composition.

Voices of the Rainbow: Evie Shockley & Cheryl Boyce Taylor

Wednesday March 5, 11a.m.
Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Evie Shockley, born in Nashville, Tennessee, teaches at Rutgers University. She is the author of four volumes of poety. The latest, The New Black, received the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

Cheryl Boyce Taylor 
was born in Trinidad. She is the author of three volumes of poetry, including Convincing the Body. She has performed her poetry all over the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. 

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Internship Opportunity at THEATER FOR A NEW AUDIENCE

We recently posted about student-rate tickets for performances at Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA).

Here is some additional information, about an amazing internship opportunity at TFANA.

Theatre for a New Audience is an award‐winning Off Broadway company dedicated to the development and vitalization of the performance and study of Shakespeare.  Founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz, the theatre is grounded in the belief that the language and scope of classic drama belong to everyone.  The Theatre operates the largest program in the New York City Public Schools to introduce Shakespeare and classic drama. 

Theatre for a New Audience Humanities Department seeks an energetic, self‐motivated individual with a passion for research, history, dramatic literature, and the humanities, with an interest in learning about how these passions can be put to practical use.  

Candidates should possess a strong interest in theatrical and literary history, both classical and modern; excellent research skills; good working knowledge of the creation and use of reading lists; willingness to ‘jump in’ to any task assigned; and a gentle but determined curiosity. They may be asked to attend meetings around New York City and Brooklyn, should be comfortable navigating both the public library and public transit.  Experience in writing informational materials for general audiences and/or an interest in art history is a plus, but not required. The candidate will gain valuable hands‐on experience in the humanities side of classical theatre. 

Start Date: March 2014 

End Date: Approximately late May, 2014 or longer if appropriate 

Hours: Approximately 16 hours per week; Flexible hours between 11am and 6pm, Monday through Friday, some nights and weekends. 

Compensation: Non‐paid (school credit if applicable); MetroCard provided 

To Apply: Submit a brief cover letter, a resume, at least two references, and a non‐creative writing sample of 500 words or less to: Carie Donnelson, Manager of Humanities Programs at

Tickets at Special Student Rates from THEATER FOR A NEW AUDIENCE

Theater for a New Audience (TFANA) is an off-Broadway company whose mission is “to develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama.” 

Their beautiful new home is on Ashland Place between Fulton and Lafayette – only two blocks from LIU Brooklyn!

Student tickets are $20 for regular reserved seats. All you need is your LIU Brooklyn ID. 

Shakespeare's King Lear is running until May 4th. 

Eugรจne Ionesco's The Killer runs 5/17-6/29.

To purchase tickets visit or drop by the box office at 262 Ashland Place so you can check out TFANA's awesome new building! Scan this QRC for walking directions from campus.

Voices of the Rainbow: Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

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Film Screening & Poetry Reading by Stephanie Gray

Stephanie Gray (Creative Writing MFA, 2010) invites you to attend...


Shot and projected on Super 8mm film with the live poetry of Stephanie Gray

Monday, February 17th 2014  - Doors at 7PM, Screening at 7:30PM.

at the Center for Performance Research, 361 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

$6 suggested donation

MONO NO AWARE presents recent works by Stephanie Gray on February 17 to launch our CONNECTIVITY THROUGH CINEMA screening series. Gray’s films are visual translations for a city that speaks in varying forms of architecture, typography in advertising, graffiti, reflective surfaces, and the evidence of human occupation.  Her relationship with New York is intimate, and her ability to capture the subtle whispers amidst the chaos allows one to see the invisible.  Join us for an intimate screening presentation of recent works by Gray presented with live poetry readings.

Among the works being shown are several city-symphonic works about a former hometown, Buffalo, NY; a film of a certain vanishing Coney Island; pockets of mysterious places in lower Manhattan; and atmospheric and wind-driven portraits of streetscapes in Queens and Chinatown locations.  Her work is motivated by a sort of philosophical conversation with the city, “even if I don’t always know what it means or what it is, but the filming makes sense of it in a kind of magic way. The city speaks and makes meaning, of both the past, present and future and where do memories fit in?” – S.G.

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Screening program includes: Seeing Thru Buffalo(s) (Super 8mm, color/b&w, 12min 45 sec, live reading)  Also Known As (Super 8mm, color, 3min, live reading) Balloons Tied (up) Your Sky (Super 8mm, b&w, 11min 30 sec, live reading) Caught in Your Flickering Weather (Super 8mm, color/b&w, 11min, live reading) SOMEDAY Behind Coney Island (Super 8mm, color/b&w, 11 min, live reading) What You Thought You Knew / What You Knew You Thought (Super 8mm, Ektachrome color, 3 min, silent)

Total running time, 52 minutes.  Additional time for discussion / Q & A with the artist.

ON CONNECTIVITY THROUGH CINEMA: The CONNECTIVITY THROUGH CINEMA series will present the work of artists, film-makers and curators who are traveling or presenting special interactive programs in-person. Our hope is to engage the community by showing work with a focus on post-screening discussion and audience participation.

ABOUT MONO NO AWARE : Founded in 2007, MONO NO AWARE is a cinema arts non-profit based in Brooklyn New York with the mission that shares title to this screening series CONNECTIVITY THROUGH CINEMA. The organization leads an educational initiative of analog filmmaking workshops year round, equipment rental program, seasonal field trips, monthly screenings, lectures, and an annual exhibition of expanded cinema, performance and sculpture each December.

Daniel Soto Blogs for NERDS OF COLOR

Daniel V. Soto, a graduate student in the Department's Creative Writing MFA program, was recently invited to be a contributing writer for NERDS OF COLOR, which describes itself as "a community of fans who love superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy and video games but are not afraid to look at nerd/geek fandom with a culturally critical eye."

Read Daniel's first post here.

Call for Submissions: 2014 Popper-Edelman Essay Prizes

Students in ENG 14/14x, 16/16x, 61, 62, 63, 64, major-level courses, and senior seminars: Please consider entering an essay in this annual competition; see your professor(s) for submission form(s). 

Teachers: please encourage the authors of excellent essays to submit their work to the competition! 

Voices of the Rainbow Reading Series -- Schedule -- Spring 2014

Edwidge Danticat
Starting from Paumanok (Annual Lecture on American Literature & Culture)
Tuesday February 25, 6:30 p.m.
Kumble Theater (Humanities Building, First Floor)
Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and immigrated Brooklyn when she was twelve. She has written numerous novels, short story collections, and non-fiction books. Her most recent novel is Claire of the Sea Light. She is the winner of many prizes including the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a MacArthur Fellows Program Genius Grant. Co-funded by the John McGrath Fund, the Mellon Fund, LIU Brooklyn’s English Department, Voices of the Rainbow, Gender Studies Program, LACS, and the Africana Studies Program. 

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Click here for information about a one-credit course being offered in conjunction with the Paumanok.

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts                                           
Wednesday February 26, noon
Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is originally from Houston, Texas. She is the author of Harlem is Nowhere, names a notable book by the New York Times in 2011. The book examines the myth and meaning of Harlem's legacy.

Evie Shockley &  Cheryl Boyce Taylor
Wednesday March 5, 11a.m.
Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Evie Shockley, born in Nashville, Tennessee, teaches at Rutgers University. She is the author of four volumes of poety. The latest, The New Black, received the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

Cheryl Boyce Taylor
was born in Trinidad. She is the author of three volumes of poetry, including Convincing the Body. She has performed her poetry all over the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Ayana Mathis
Tuesday April 1, noon

Health Sciences Building, Room 121

Ayana Mathis lives and writes in Brooklyn. Her first novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was a New York Times bestseller and a 2013 New York Times Notable Book. It was a selection for Oprah's Book Club. The novel tells the story of one unforgettable family during the Great Migration of Blacks to the North beginning in 1910.

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN -- Submission Deadline Extended -- March 1st

David Mills Portrays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Lewis Warsh Reading, Dia Art Foundation

Professor Lewis Warsh (English Department, Creative Writing MFA Program) will be reading with John Coletti as part of the "Readings in Contemporary Poetry" Series at Dia Art Foundation.

March 10, 2014, 6:30 pm
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
$6 general admission; $3 Dia members, students, and seniors 

More information here.

Advance ticket purchases recommended. Tickets are also available for purchase at the door, subject to availability. Publications by poets in the series can be found on