Conference: Wallace Stevens, New York, and Modernism

A reprint of  an advertisement of interest.

Gallatin School, New York University
March 4–6, 2010

New York University’s Gallatin School will host a conference, co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America, on March 4, 5, and 6, 2010, on the work of Wallace Stevens. Stevens’ poetry will be at the center of the conference, and speakers include some of Stevens’ most distinguished readers—scholars and poets alike. Presentations will consider Stevens’ early work in New York in relation to the temper of the times, but also how his continuous relationship to the city might have helped to shape his later poetry. Those interested in attending or in receiving more information should contact

LITERARY MATTERS 2.3 Released

The Fall issue of Literary Matters: The Newsletter of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (Volume 2, Number 3) has been released. It features Clare Cavanagh’s President’s Column, “The Company of Readers”; Leslie Harkema’s From The Editor, “One ‘Why’ for the ‘W’: Fighting Graduate Malaise”; and a sneak peek at the 15th Annual Conference.

To read the issue, click here.

LITERARY MATTERS 2.2 Released

The Summer issue of Literary Matters: The Newsletter of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (Volume 2, Number 2) has been released. It features Clare Cavanagh’s President’s Column on “Rereading Nafisi in Evanston”; Brian J. Buchanan’s “A Response to Wordsworth’s ‘Bleak Season’ lyric”; and profiles of a prominent donor, our incoming vice-president, and our outgoing secretary-treasurer.

To read the issue, click here.

NEH Grants for Undergraduate Teaching – Sept/Oct Deadlines

The National Endowment for the Humanities supports undergraduate course development through:

  • Enduring Questions Course Grants (new courses)
  • Teaching Development Fellowships (existing courses)

Enduring Questions Course Grants (up to $25,000)
What is the good life?  What is beauty?  What is friendship?  What is the relationship between humans and the natural world
?  Enduring questions such as these have long held interest to college students and allow for a special, intense dialogue across generations.

Gans Awarded ENDURING QUESTIONS Grant from NEH

Congratulations are in order to ALSC member Bruce Gans, who has been awarded a $15,000 Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Enduring Questions grant seeks to encourage both faculty and undergraduates to “grapple with the most fundamental concerns of the humanities.” Gans’ award was given in recognition of his proposed course on the Enduring Question “What is Freedom?” which will draw most of its material from amongst the Encyclopedia Britannica’s list of Great Books. Gans has been working for many years to integrate Great Books curricula into community colleges, and the NEH’s recognition of the viability of Gans’ methodology is encouraging to all Great Books advocates.

Lesley University Writers’ Conference – July 2009

The 2009 Lesley University Writers’ Conference runs from Sunday, July 29 through Friday, July 31 on Lesley’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Faculty includes Afaa Michael Weaver and Steven Cramer (Poetry), David Elliot (Children’s Book Writing), Marcie Hershman (Nonfiction), and Rachel Kadish and Michael Lowenthal (Fiction). The guest authors this year are Julia Glass, M.T. Anderson, and Gail Mazur.

For detailed information, visit www.lesley.edu/info/luwc.

FORUM Mentioned in THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

The ALSC’s most recent issue of Forum, “The Latest Illiteracy,” has garnered a mention in Mark Bauerlein’s blog on The Chronicle of Higher Education Website. In his piece, Bauerlein assesses the latest debate over William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White’s The Elements of Style, coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of its release. His focal point is the dialog between Geoffrey K. Pullum and Andrew Ferguson regarding EOS’s legitimacy as a pedagogical text. The findings presented in Forum are cited as further confirmation that a decline in the quality of the English language is a very real phenomenon, one that Elements of Style has for a half-century acted against as a minor but dependable force.

ALSC in the July 1 Issue of THE NEW REPUBLIC

The ALSC is exceptionally well-represented in this week’s issue of The New Republic (July 1, 2009).  Please turn to page 51 to read Literary Imagination editor Peter Campion’s poem “Gile Mountain,” and flip to the following page to read councilor Rosanna Warren’s review of Songbook: The Selected Poems of Umberto Saba.   We congratulate both of our gifted poet-critics for yet another exceptional set of achievements.

Christopher Ricks Receives a Knighthood

Christopher Ricks, our Immediate Past President, has been knighted for “services to Scholarship” as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Others recognized this year include former British poet laureate Andrew Motion.  In responding to this honor “for services to Scholarship,” Christopher Ricks, with characteristic generosity, praises all the services he has received, returning this statement:

Call For ALSC Member Blogs

The ALSC would like to invite any of its members with the inclination to blog to share their personal sites with fellow ALSC members.  We hope to establish a links section soon, either here on WordPress or at the main ALSC site (www.bu.edu/literary).  Please post a link to your own blog or any other online forum in which your writing appears in the comments of this post.  Alternatively, you may send a link to alsc@bu.edu.