Puget Sound English Department

October 31, 2009

THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Has Opened on Campus

Filed under: Drama,Events on Campus — O. @ 6:14 pm

Puget Sound’s production of Thorton Wilder’s play, The Skin of Our Teeth,  has opened, with the second performance occurring tonight in the Norton Clapp Theater on campus.  More performances (including ones in the afternoon) are scheduled over the next couple of weeks.

October 30, 2009

Margaret Atwood’s New Novel

Filed under: International,Literature — O. @ 6:24 pm

As Professor Tracy Hale noted in a post last month, Margaret Atwood‘s new novel has been published.

And now the Director of Collins Library, Jane Carlin, has sent along a link to more information about the book:


Thanks to Allison and Jane for the information.


October 29, 2009

National Gallery of Writing

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) opened its online National Gallery of Writing on October 20, 2009.  The gallery features writing in a wide variety of genres.  Writers who are 13 years old and above may submit their work, and they may also open a “local” gallery on the site.  For more information, please follow the link:


October 28, 2009

Francisco Goldman Today (Wed.) At Four

Our colleagues in Arts and Lectures have written to remind us about the following (free) event today:


Francisco Goldman, novelist, journalist, maestro, professor of English language and literature, Trinity College, CT:  “The Art of Political Murder,” (sponsored by Latin American Studies, Hispanic Studies, The Graduate School of the Univ. of WA, Seattle), 4 p.m., Wyatt Hall, Room 109, free

October 22, 2009

Alumni Sharing Knowledge: Employment Opportunities

Kris L. Hay writes to remind us that the next ASK night is coming up. Here are some details:

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Night 2009
Thursday, Nov. 5: drop by anytime between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m.
Wheelock Rotunda

Light snacks provided.

ASK Night is an opportunity for students to:

· Make contacts/network with alumni professionals in a wide variety of careers

· Connect with and seek advice from alumni

· Hear about what others have done with their Puget Sound education

About ASK Night •   List of participants •   Networking tips

We’ll see you there! Kris

Kris Hay
Communications Coordinator
Career and Employment Services
University of Puget Sound

October 21, 2009

A Literary Conference for Undergraduates


Professor Molly Hiro of the University of Portland writes to tell us about a literary conference for undergraduates:

“Next March, we at the University of Portland will be holding our seventh-annual conference for undergraduates: the Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL).  We are asking for your help in recruiting students to submit their work for consideration for this year’s conference.

We have attached (as well as pasted below) a letter that gives details about NUCL and explains why it’s a good event to promote to students.  Next week, we will be mailing out conference brochures and bookmarks to your department, which we hope you’ll share with your students.

We want to alert you in particular to the fact that because this year’s NUCL is a few weeks earlier than in past years (March 20, 2010), our deadline for submissions is also earlier.  Therefore, we’ve established a submission period: from December 1, 2009 to January 15, 2010.  Please encourage your students to submit early, ideally before leaving for winter break!

Meanwhile, please consult our website (http://www.college.up.edu/english/nucl ) or contact us at nucl@up.edu for more information.

Many thanks,

Cara Hersh and Molly Hiro, Co-Chairs of NUCL 2010″

Thanks to Professor Hiro for sending along this information.

New Words and Definitions from the Mensa Contest

Filed under: Quotations,Writing & Rhetoric — O. @ 4:37 pm

A correspondent has alerted us to some of the results of the Washington Post‘s Mensa word-challenge:

“The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1.   Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2.   Ignoranus : A person who’s both stupid and an [ a—–e].
3.   Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you  realize it was your money to start with.

4.   Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a  hillbilly.

5.   Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
6.   Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about  yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7.   Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8.   Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
9.   Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
11. Karmageddon : It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these  really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.
12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido : All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.”

October 20, 2009

Green Corps’ Representative to Visit Campus

Filed under: Alumni News,Employment,General — O. @ 9:17 pm

If you have some interest in environmental-related work during or after college, you might be interested in Green Corps. Alum Ashley Lauth, who works for Green Corps,  has written to tell us that Carina Barnett-Loro will represent GC on campus, November 2 and 3.  For more information, you may also use the following means of contact:


October 19, 2009

CURTAINS: Through October 25th At the Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Filed under: Activities off Campus,Theater — O. @ 3:01 pm

The Tacoma Musical Playhouse is in its tenth season, and Curtains is running through October 25, to be followed by Junie B. Jones And a Little Monkey Business in November.  For more information about these productions and TMP, please use the link:


October 16, 2009

Professor Christoph Blogs From Zanzibar

Filed under: International,Writing & Rhetoric — O. @ 7:52 pm

Professor Julie Christoph of the English Department is spending the academic year in Zanzibar as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer, and, fortunately for us, she is recording many of her (and her family’s) experiences and responses with the following Web log:


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