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Laurels: October 2012

Published: October 15, 2012

Stephen Cooper, English, saw his 2011 UCLA Bonnie Cashin Lecture published in a special limited and illustrated edition, The Road to John Fante’s Los Angeles: A Biographer Reflects (Los Angeles: UCLA Library, 2012), with an introduction by Carey McWilliams’s biographer Peter Richardson and an afterword by National Endowment for the Arts literature director emeritus David Kipen. The endowed Cashin Lecture series brings “gifted individuals from varied creative pursuits to UCLA Library Special Collections to celebrate the creative process.” Cooper’s chapter-essay, “From the Open Society Archives to The Portraitist: Film’s Impulse Toward Death and Witness,” appeared with his interview of award-winning Polish documentary director Irek Dobrowolski in Film and Genocide, co-edited by Kristi M. Wilson and Tomás F. Taraborrelli-Crowder (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012). Cooper’s essay, “John Fante in the Library,” appeared in the winter 2012 Italian Americana. Cooper was interviewed and quoted in “Character Witness,” a feature article by Tom Nolan about biography writing that appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine on March 4. Cooper contributed a paper, “Access to Evidence: Film as Archive” to the “Seeing Is Believing” panel of the 2012 Cultural Studies Association conference at UCSD. He also served on the “It Takes Two to Interview” panel of the Compleat Biographer Conference of the Biographers International Organization (BIO) at USC, May 19. Cooper wrote the afterword, entitled “Rien de ce qui est humain ne m’est étranger,” to Du sang dans les plumes (Paris: 13e Note Éditions, 2012), a collection of short stories by first-time Native American author Joel Williams, who has been imprisoned in California’s maximum-security penal system for more than 25 years.

Joy Goebel, Nursing, was selected recently as a volunteer item writer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Licensure Examination, headquartered in Chicago, and is responsible for developing and administering the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN licensing exams. Goebel was approved by the California Board of Nursing and selected by NCSBN to participate on the NCLEX item development panel of subject matter experts held in Chicago Aug. 6-9. Goebel was one of 12 nurses from across the nation to be selected, her nomination based on her clinical specialty and nursing expertise.

David Jacques, Theater Arts, lit the Teatro dell ‘Opera’s Roma production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the Central City Opera’s productions of “Oklahoma,” “Turn of the Screw” and “La Boheme” this past summer.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, published an article “The Meaning and Measure of Malcolm X: Critical Remembrance and Rightful Reading” in By Any Means Necessary, Malcolm X: Real, Not Reinvented, Herb Boyd, Ron Daniels, Maulana Karenga and Haki Madhubuti (eds.), Chicago: Third World Press, 2012, pp. 10-26. He also presented the keynote commentary “Building An Inclusive Brotherhood: Creating the Basis For A Healthy Community” on the Webinar Teleconference called “HIV Among Heterosexual Black Men,” Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative and I Choose Life, Oct. 14. Moreover, he gave a lecture titled “Reclaiming King: Matters of Race, Reflection and Practice” at the African American Cultural Center-Los Angeles, Jan. 29.

Ron Schmidt, Political Science, published an article titled “Assimilation via Liberal Individualism: Law and Language Policy in the U.S.A.” in the inaugural issue of the Electronic Journal of Language and Law. He also presented a paper titled “Nation-State Sovereignty and Representations of Unauthorized Immigrants: Interrogating a Key Obstacle to Membership” at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in New Orleans, Aug. 30-Sept. 2.