What’s Happening?: March 2017

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They say March is the busiest month. Do they? Maybe. Around here it is, apparently. Talks and recruitment day and a conference, oh my! We’ve got something for everyone, so see what part of that something is for you in the following list. Bring a friend! Get your learn on.

Tuesday, March 7 – Job Placement Workshop: CV to Resume

Who: With Lynne D’Angelo-Bello (Associate Director of Grad Student Career Development) and Deep Singh (English department placement person)
When: March 7, 4:10 pm
Where: Drown Hall 209
Faculty and graduate students considering a variety of careers are invited to attend a workshop on converting long-form academic CVs to shorter Resumes. These are often required by “alt-ac” positions and positions with an administrative component. What should and shouldn’t be on a Resume? How can you highlight your skills and experiences to appeal to the requirements of particular positions? We will be working with specific examples from previous students in the program.
Second-year MA students going out on the job market as well as Ph.D. students considering alt-ac positions will likely benefit the most from this workshop. Faculty interested in learning more about how to prepare our students for the alt-ac job market are also more than welcome to attend.
Participants are invited (but not required) to bring their own CVs in for workshopping. We only request that you send us a copy of the CV and the text of the advertisement of the position to which you are thinking of applying in advance so we can have a few copies available for other participants.  (If you want to just come and listen in, that’s fine too.)
If you have any questions or would like to send along materials in advance of the workshop, please send them to Deep at amsp@lehigh.edu.

Wednesday, March 8 – Spa and Self-Care Night

Time: 7-9 pm
Locations: The Women’s Center, Pride Center, and Office of Multicultural Affiars
These three centers on campus are co-sponsoring a really great event for those who are stressing out about one thing or another. It’s time for some rest and relaxation, on the house, but you’ve got to RSVP to Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno at seb211@lehigh.edu by March 6th. The event is open to the first 40 people (grad students and undergrads alike) who email Sarah, so get on it!

Friday, March 10 – Keynote Speaker at the LSJ Conference: Kavita Daiya

Time: 4:10 pm
Location: Williams Hall, Global Commons

This year, thanks to generous support from the English Department, the Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will host its first external keynote speaker: Dr. Kavita Daiya.


Dr. Kavita Daiya is Associate Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty in the Women’s Studies Program and Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University.  In AY 2015-2016, she held the NEH endowed Chair in the Humanities at Albright College, focusing on Global Migration and Asia.  She was Mellon Regional Faculty Fellow at the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania (2014-2015).  She serves as Associate Editor of the MLA-Allied Association journal “South Asian Review.” She has also been a Research Fellow at the Globalization Project at the University of Chicago.

Prof. Daiya’s research and teaching expertise spans postcolonial literature and cinema, gender studies, globalization, peace and conflict studies, and ethnic American studies. Her current book focuses on ethnic migrations, citizenship, and gender in South Asia and the United States.  She has written numerous articles on the 1947 Partition, South Asian literature and culture, South African Literature, gender studies, and transnational cinema, and her first book was published in the US and India: Violent Belongings: Partition, Gender and National Culture in Colonial India (Philadelphia: Temple UP, [2008] 2011; New Delhi: Yoda Press, 2013).

For even more information, see our previous post on this subject.

Saturday, March 11 – Literature and Social Justice Conference

Time: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm (see website for full program)

Location: Williams Hall (various rooms)


With a focus on Borders and Violence, this third annual LSJ conference promises to be the best fun you can have on a Saturday. You’ll learn, you’ll meet new people, and you’ll dine on coffee and bagels early and wine and cookies later, with a whole bunch of listening in between. I can’t imagine anything I’d rather do and I should know, I attended last year. This year promises to be even better, with a whole bunch of cool scholars coming from all over to share their work with you. It’s gonna be great.

Wednesday, March 22 – Recruitment Day

Graduate Student Lunch – Noon in the Commons Room
Wednesdays at Drown – 4:10 pm in Drown 210
Other exciting events to be announced later
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It’s like Gremlins 2: The New Batch but with graduate students. Don’t get them wet or feed them after midnight, but I think the lunch at noon should be safe, so come and talk with a whole bunch of cool new people. I assume they’re cool if they’re coming to Lehigh, right?
ON THE VERY SAME DAY is this semester’s Wednesdays at Drown, with a panel consisting of super great people whose names I don’t know right now. They’ll be great, whoever they are. Come support them and listening to what can only be the most interesting panel ever assembled.

Thursday, March 23 – “Supporting Students in Crisis: Resources and Procedures”

Time: Noon – 1 pm
Location: Drown 209
A discussion with Karen Salvemini (Equal Opportunity Compliance Coordinator) and Laurie Gray Evans (Director, Student Support & Case Management Services). Any grad student who is also teaching or looking towards teaching will benefit from attending this conversation whether as new information or a refresher. Become a better teacher with a stronger understanding of how to help point your students towards the proper support on campus.

Friday, March 24 and Friday, March 31 – Movie Club: Fanny and Alexander

Time: 6-9 pm on both nights
Location: Drown 001
Those of you who have talked to me (hi, I’m Alex) during this semester have probably heard about my Master’s Thesis project on this lesser-known Ingmar Bergman film. Unfortunately, that means basically none of you have seen it, and so I’m using my position as the leader of the Film Club to unilaterally schedule a showing of the film during our regularly scheduled hours. The other problem is that it’s 5.5 hours long, so we’re gonna be splitting it up over two Fridays and hope that it won’t be ruined in the process. Come on by and get down with Bergman’s pseudo-Dickensian coming-of-age movie. It’s a lot more fun than Persona, I swear.

Wednesday, March 29 – Everyday Feminist Reading Group: Rebecca Traister’s “The Single American Woman”

Time: 7pm

Location: Women’s Center (UC c207)


Before her upcoming visit to campus, come discuss Rebecca Traister’s 2016 New York magazine article “The Single American Woman” (available free on nymag.com) with a friendly, inclusive group. All are welcome! Article printing available in the Women’s Center. Light refreshments will be provided. Contact keh216@lehigh.edu for information.

Thursday, March 30 – Friends of the Library Speaker Series: Rebecca Traister

Time: 4 pm
Location: Whitaker Auditorium
-Rebecca Traister, author of the New York Times bestselling All The Single Ladies, is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour, and Marie Claire. *fingers crossed it won’t snow again*
Well, that’s everything. If you’ve got an event that isn’t listed here, please leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list. And tune back in after you go to all of these cool events for even more stuff happening in April!

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