Congratulations to ALSCW member Terry R. Hummer!

Congratulations to ALSCW member Terry R. Hummer, 2017 Recipient of Donald Justice Award for Poetry!

T.R. Hummer’s most recent books of poetry are After the Afterlife (Acre Books) and the three linked volumes Ephemeron, Skandalon, and Eon (LSU Press). Former editor in chief of The Kenyon Review, of The New England Review, and of The Georgia Review, he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant in Poetry, the Richard Wright Award for Artistic Excellence, and the Hanes Poetry Prize. He lives in Cold Spring, NY.

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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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.

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:

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.

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.

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.