Marissa López, English Associate Professor, named one of first-ever Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellow

April 18, 2019
Professor López's project is a collaboration between UCLA and the Los Angeles Public Library to bring Mexican America to life.

Associate Professor Marissa López is one of the recipients of the inaugural 2019 American Council of Learned Society(ACLS)/Mellon Scholars & Society Fellowship. The fellowship provides faculty, who work with and advise graduate students, the opportunity to usher projects in the humanities beyond the academy as well as to work within their campuses to strengthen doctoral curricular innovation. Professor López’s project, Picturing Mexican America: A Digital, Visual, Networked History of the Future is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Public Library and UCLA to use geolocation technology to display historical images of Mexican Los Angeles relevant to a user’s coordinates through a mobile app. Guided by librarians at both institutions, student researchers will comb LAPL and UCLA archives for photographs, maps, and historical documents. In consultation with public outreach staff at both UCLA and LAPL, this project is developing user engagement strategies that digital humanities staff at UCLA are bringing to technical fruition. Collaborators will work with LAPL event coordinators and branch librarians on events designed to introduce library users of all ages to the app, inviting their reflections on Los Angeles’ rich, Mexican history and its relevance to both their own lives and contemporary politics.

Read more.

English Department establishes new undergraduate essay prize

April 16, 2019

We are happy to announce the establishment of a new annual honor, the Barbara Bellow Watson prize (including the award of $300) for the best essay on Shakespeare in the Department’s undergraduate courses. Robert N. Watson, Distinguished Professor of English and renowned scholar of Shakespeare and English Renaissance literature, has established the prize in honor of his mother, who has published books and articles on modern Irish and American literature and society from a feminist perspective, founded one of the first Women’s Studies programs in the United States (at City College of New York), published poetry in major literary journals, and has been a lifelong campaigner for world peace and social justice.

Read more.

Allison Carruth selected for Princeton University Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship

January 25, 2019

Congratulations to Allison Carruth, who has been selected by the American Studies Program at Princeton University to hold the Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship in 2019-2020. Endowed in 1997, the Anschutz fellowship program is designed to bring to Princeton for one semester annually a leading scholar or practitioner in American arts, letters, politics, or commerce. The chief goal is to widen the American Studies community’s intellectual horizons, and offer an accomplished figure an opportunity to take part in Princeton’s singular scholarly, teaching, and social life.

Read more.

Open Mic Night to provide platform for student poets, authors and musicians

January 22, 2019
Elena Brown, Daily Bruin

Open Mic Night is a time for people to speak their minds and speak from their hearts. The event, which will be held Thursday in Renée and David Kaplan Hall, is hosted by UCLA’s creative writing program and the English department’s quarterly Westwind Journal, allowing students of all years and majors to perform original poetry and songs under five minutes. Amara Trabosh, a fourth-year English student and the managing editor of Westwind, said she hopes the event will serve as a unifying force among UCLA students, providing them a chance to express their emotions, regardless of their academic background.

Read more.

English professor honored for book on origins of citizenship in the United States

January 16, 2019
Sidney Kantono, UCLA Newsroom

Carrie Hyde, associate professor of English at UCLA, has been awarded the 2018 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools. The organization is dedicated to the advancement of graduate education and research. The award is given annually to a young scholar who has written a book deemed to have made a significant contribution to the field of humanities.

Read more.