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Sept 17 Local Meeting Baton Rouge: Windrush

On September 17th, the Louisiana State University PhD program in Comparative Literature hosted the second 2010 local meeting of the ALSCW in Baton Rouge, at the LSU Rural Life Museum’s Windrush Gardens. The event celebrated the collaboration between the ALSCW and LSU’s Comparative Literature program,  a partnership was instrumental in preventing the program’s possible elimination as a result of economic misfortune throughout the state of Louisiana.

Faye Phillips, Associate Dean of the LSU libraries, presented her new book The LSU Rural Life Museum & Windrush Gardens: A Living History, in which she discusses the history of three memebers of the Baton Rouge and LSu community.   Raymond Eustis Jr., the newest LSU PhD in Comparative Literature, presented a paper entitled “Garden and Wilderness: Revisting Theoreau’s Beanfield” offering both a close reading of Theoreau’s Walden and an ecological statement about the balance between man and nature.  LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope offered a reflection on the relationship of landscapes and expression in “Gentle Winds and Rushing Streams: the first Landscape Gardens”.  Finally, The Southern Review‘s Nolde Alexius and Judy Kahn presented Best of LSU Fiction, an anthology of fiction from the LSU community.


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On September 17, 2010, The ALSCW, together with co-sponsor Vermont Studio Center, held the first in a series of Literature in Translation forums at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.  A crowd of almost 100 people gathered at the VSC Lowe Lecture Hall for a presentation by poet Adam Zagajewski and translator and former ALSCW president, Claire Cavanaugh, which included poetry readings in both Polish and English, and discussion.  This inaugural presentation marks the addition of international writers and translators to the VSC residency community.

The ALSCW/VSC LiT Forum continues in 2011 with Italian poet Patricia Cavalli and her American translator Geoffrey Brock.  For more information, contact VSC Writing Program Director Gary Clark at <>.

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NEH Encourages Educators to Apply for 2009 Summer Programs in the Humanities

A reprint of a press release of interest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 3, 2008)—American educators across the country are encouraged to apply now for 2009 summer study opportunities in the humanities. Each summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports rigorous national, residential seminars, institutes, and workshops located in the United States and abroad. Program participants receive stipends to help defray travel and living expenses.

For the 2009 Summer Seminars and Institutes, interested teachers must apply for the respective seminars and institutes, 19 for college and university teachers and 31 for school teachers, by March 2, 2009. School teachers can apply to no more than one program, and college and university teachers can apply to no more than two programs. Seminars and Institutes are 2-6 week programs that take place in the United States and abroad. Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers provide K-12 educators with a means to deepen their understanding of important subjects in the humanities. Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers allow faculty members to gain a deeper knowledge of current scholarship in key fields of the humanities and advance their own teaching and research.

For the 2009 Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops, interested teachers must apply for the respective workshops, 6 for community college faculty and 20 for school teachers, by March 16, 2009. Educators may apply to and participate in no more than two workshops. The Landmarks workshops are 1-week workshops that take place at sites of historical or cultural significance across the nation and provide educators with the opportunity to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history and culture.

For more information about the 2009 summer programs in the humanities for teachers, including eligibility and application information and details about each of the seminars, institutes, and workshops offered, please visit


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, exhibitions, and programs in libraries, museums, and other community places. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

Media Contact: Lindsey Mikal at (202) 606-8317 or Elizabeth Fisher at (202) 208-7098

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