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Laurels: December 2014

Published: December 2, 2014

Neil Hultgren, English, presented a paper and chaired a panel at the October 2014 Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Conference (VISAWUS) in Fullerton. The conference focused on Victorian collections and collecting. His paper was titled “Collecting the Planet in MP Shiel’s The Purple Cloud. Hultgren also was elected to the Board of Directors of VISAWUS.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, published a chapter “Nommo, Kawaida and Communicative Practice: Bringing Good Into the World” in Molefi Asante, Yoshitaka Miike and Jin Yin (eds.), The Global Intercultural communication Reader, 2nd ed., New York: Routledge, Chapter 13, pp. 211-225, 2014. He also gave a series of keynote lectures: “Mapping the Terrain and Tasks of the Activist Scholar: Intellectual, Ethical and Social Dimensions,” Great Lakes Association Students of Color, Leadership Conference, Denison University, Nov. 8; “Black Studies in the Scales of History: A Critical Reading of Achievements and Challenges,” A Memorial for Winston Van Horne, founder of Africology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Oct. 9, 2013; “Serudj Ta and the Reparations Movement: Repairing and Remaking Ourselves and the World,” Reparations Conference, KRST Unity Center, Los Angeles, Oct. 13, 2013. Also, he was interviewed on “The State and Future of Black Studies” on the Beautiful Struggle, KPFK Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles, Nov. 12 and on “The Reality of Being Black: Identity and Cultural Competence,” The Dialog,, Oct. 2, 2013. Furthermore, he served as a delegate to the Statewide Ethnic Studies Council Planning Session, San Francisco

State University, Oct. 18 and as a member of the ESCP delegation to meet with CSU Chancellor Timothy White to discuss the state and future of Ethnic Studies; and was chosen as a member of the Chancellor’s Task Force on the Advancement of Ethnic Studies, Nov. 7, 2013. In addition, he gave a series of annual Kwanzaa theme lectures titled “Celebrating and Living Kwanzaa: Sowing and Harvesting Seeds of Good” at the International African Arts Festival, New York, Dec. 27; the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland on African American History and Culture, Baltimore and the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, Philadelphia, Dec. 28; the Rochester Kwanzaa Coalition, Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester; and the Buffalo Kwanzaa Committee, Pratt Willert Community Center, Dec. 29. Moreover, he gave a series of one-on-one interviews on the annual Kwanzaa theme on Access to Afreeka, WDFO, Buffalo/Niagra; Mind Flight, The Global Black Experience, WLIB, New York; Dec. 22; Inner Vision, KPFK, Los Angeles; The Carl Nelson Show, Washington, D.C.; Keeping It Moving with Marsha Jews, WEAA, Morgan State University, Dec. 23; FrontPage with Dominique DiPrima, KJLH, Los Angeles; and the Nick Taliaferro Show, WURD, Philadelphia, Dec. 26.

Patricia Seyburn, English, recently saw the publication of her fourth collection of poems titled Perfecta by the Los Angeles-based What Books Press. Seyburn won the Pushcart Prize in 2011 and saw her poem “The Case for Free Will” included in the anthology The Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses.