Month: April 2015

Chris Vials Presentation

Today at 2:00 the  English Department will be hosting a book talk/signing/celebration for Chris Vials’s recently published monograph, Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight against Fascism in the United States (University of Massachusetts Press). The presentation and discussion are scheduled for 2:00-3:30 in Austin/CLAS 217 (aka Stern Room).


Brief description of the book:

Although fascism is typically associated with Europe, the threat of fascism in the United States haunted the imaginations of activists, writers, and artists, spurring them to create a rich, elaborate body of cultural and political work. Traversing the Popular Front of the 1930s, the struggle against McCarthyism in the 1950s, the Black Power movement of the 1960s, and the AIDS activism of the 1980s, Haunted by Hitler highlights the value of “antifascist” cultural politics, showing how it helped to frame the national discourse.


Christopher Vials examines the ways in which anxieties about fascism in the United States have been expressed in the public sphere, through American television shows, Off-Broadway theater, party newspapers, bestselling works of history, journalism, popular sociology, political theory, and other media. He argues that twentieth-century liberals and leftists were more deeply unsettled by the problem of fascism than those at the center or the right and that they tirelessly and often successfully worked to counter America’s fascist equivalents.


Alan Wald says of the book, “With insight and grace, Christopher Vials demonstrates compelling new ways of understanding a complicated tradition of the Left and U.S. culture. The steady flow of astute interpretations and commentary adds up to scholarship of enduring importance, a treasure trove for the specialist and general reader alike.”


All are welcome – faculty, staff, adjunct faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

Refreshments will be served.


Poetic Journeys Release Party

Please join us for the Poetic Journeys release party event, which will take place on April 29 at 7pm at the UConn Co-op Bookstore, where the poets and designers will have a chance to meet each other, and where the new posters will be on display. The poets will each read their winning poems. The new series of posters will be featured on buses and buildings around UConn campus, as well as at E.O. Smith high school starting in the fall of 2015. Cake will be served.

This year’s poster series features poems by Erick Piller, Chitra Nidadavolu, Matthew Shelton, Marissa Stanton, Abby Kamphausen, Shaine Scarminach, Christiana Ares-Christian, and Zara Rix. This year’s posters feature design by Samantha Weiss, Franklin Canales, Rachael Conti, Marilyn O’Dowd, Hannah Lucca, Hunter French, Jocelyn Lau, Bria Caso, Drianne Laliberte and Haley Taylor. In addition to the eight poem posters, this year we have an event poster for the Poetic Journeys release party, designed by Samantha Weiss.Modeled after the

MTA’s “Poetry in Motion,” Poetic Journeys is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Creative Writing Program and the Art Department’s Design Center. This year a new series of eight posters under the direction of CW Assistant Director, Miller Oberman will be unveiled on April 29. The program features poetry by students and, occasionally, faculty, printed on professionally designed placards, posted on campus transportation in spaces normally occupied by advertisements. This year the Creative Writing Program, in addition to taking nominations, had an open submission policy for the Poetic Journeys series, in which all students were allowed to submit their best work. The 2015 series features, for the first time, work by high school student Abby Kamphausen from UConn neighbor, E.O. Smith, where a creative writing class taught by UConn graduate Denise Abercrombie was invited to submit poems for Poetic Journeys.

This event is co-sponsored by UConn Creative Writing and the UConn Co-op Bookstore.

2015-16 Humanities Institute Dissertation Fellowships

Christiana Salah and Joanna MacGugan received the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute’s Dissertation Fellowships for 2015-16. Salah will complete a project titled “The Popular Invention of the Victorian Governess, 1815-2015,” and MacGugan will complete her project called “Competing Authorities and Contested Spaces: Dying in Dublin in the Reign of Edward I.”

Spring 2015 IDEA Grants for Emily Cole and Giorgina Paiella

Emily Cole (’17) and Giorgina Paiella (’16) are winners of Spring 2015 IDEA Grants. Cole’s project, “These Violent Delights: An Exploration of Love in Mixed Media,”  is a mixed-media print book that juxtaposes her original poetry and photography, and uses a storyline, visual components in addition to the poetry, and a second-person narrative. Paiella’s project, “Woman a Machine: Gender, Automation, and Created Beings,” is an independently curated, multimedia research exhibition that focuses on the intersection between female created beings and treatments of human female embodiment.


Long River Review Release Party

The editors cordially invite you to celebrate the release of the 2015 edition of the Long River Review, our student-produced literary magazine. Join the LRR editorial staff, writers, artists, family, and friends on Tuesday, April 28, for an evening of powerful readings by the prize-winners, beautiful artwork, delicious refreshments, and great company at the UConn Co-Op Bookstore in Storrs Center at 6:30pm.