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									                                                                                                  Volume 10, Issue 3

                                                               Department of English


      October 14, 2009

      IN THIS ISSUE               We remember Ariel Shaker ’10, secondary field concentrator in English. Our
                                  thoughts are with her friends, family, and the many she touched in the Harvard
CALENDAR                          Community and beyond.


OIP                               Monday, October 19
                                  Withdrawal deadline
BUREAU OF STUDY COUNSEL           Registrar

WOODBERRY POETRY ROOM             Thursday, October 29
                                  Sophomore meeting for prospective concentrators
EVENTS                            Humanities Center room 133
                                  Friday, November 6
                                  Junior essay drafts due, 4 p.m.
                                  Tutors only
                                                                  UPCOMING EVENTS
                                                              Final-term seniors theses due
                                                                  Monday, November 9

                                                             Sophomore Plan of Study due
      QUICK LINKS                                             Wednesday, November 18

• Department Website                                        March 2010 degree petitions due
http://english.fas.harvard.edu/                                 Monday, November 23

•Harvard College
•FAS Website
                                  The Harvard Undergraduate Journal of Medieval Studies invites undergraduates to
•The Writing Center               submit to its 2009-2010 edition.

•Expository Writing Program       HUJMS Sententiae is an undergraduate-directed journal which publishes articles on
www.fas.harvard.edu/~expos        subjects relevant to medieval studies written by undergraduates from around the
                                  world. We accept papers which deal with the history, literature, or culture of the
•Student Employment               Middle Ages, ca. 600-1600 AD. We publish one online and one print edition of our
www.seo.harvard.edu               journal at the end of the academic year. If you would like to submit to Sententiae,
                                  please follow the instructions and style guide found on our website:
The Harvard Advocate
www.theharvardadvocate.com        All papers are judged anonymously. We will notify the author of acceptance within
                                  two months of submission.
The Harvard Book Review

The Harvard Crimson
                                    Banking and Consulting: Myths and Realities
The Journal of Medieval Studies     Wednesday, October 14, 4:00-5:00pm, OCS Conference Room (54 Dunster St.)
~hujms/                             How much of what you hear about banking or consulting honestly reflects what the
                                    work is really like? Even after going to all the information sessions, all the firms seem
The Harvard Lampoon                 to sound the same.
www.harvardlampoon.com              How can you tell which option will work best for you? Hear from Harvard College
                                    alums who have worked in banking or consulting to get the real story about what it's
The Gamut                           like to work in these fields.
Perspective Magazine!               Andrea Ellwood, HC '06, HBS '11, Bain & Co, Bridgespan;
                                    Azhar Richmond, HC '05, HBS '11, JPMorgan Chase, Chanel USA;
The Tuesday Magazine                Erin Barringer, HC '05, HBS '11, IMS Consulting, Dalberg Global Development
www.tuesdaymagazine.org             Advisors;
                                    Freddie Martignetti, HC '06, HBS '11, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital; and
Swift Magazine                      Ruchi Saha, HC '06, HBS '11, Lazard Freres, Goldman Sachs.
www.swiftmagazine.com               To RSVP: Email ocsrsvp@fas.harvard.edu with the name of the event in the subject
The Harvard Salient
http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/        Self-promotion for Performance Artists
~salient/index.html                Wednesday, October 14, 4:30-5:30pm, OCS Seminar Room (54 Dunster St.)
                                   Are you contemplating a career in the performing arts and wondering how you can best
market yourself? Learn tips from performance artist Liam Abramson, who runs his own arts consulting company.
Find out what business strategies you need to help you support yourself as a performance artist from a professional cellist/
entrepreneur who knows that a successful career in the performing arts requires both talent and business savvy!
To RSVP: Email ocsrsvp@fas.harvard.edu with the name of the event in the subject line.

Law School: How to Prepare a Personal Statement
Wednesday, October 14, 4:30-5:30pm, OCS Reading Room (54 Dunster St.)
The personal statement has been described as one of the most difficult parts of the law school application process (no
pressure). Since most law schools don’t require a formal interview, the personal statement gives them a candid, yet
introspective look at you as a candidate in contrast to the academic information that is provided. OCS invites you to come
learn from Harvard Law students about crafting a winning personal statement.
To RSVP: Email ocsrsvp@fas.harvard.edu with the name of the event in the subject line.

Exploring Careers in Medicine
Thursday, October 15, 4:30-5:30pm, OCS Reading Room (54 Dunster St.)
Are you interested in a medical career but not sure what your options are? Are you concerned about the challenges of
juggling your other interests and activities with your career?
Come to a panel discussion featuring physicians and dentists who will share their diverse experiences in medicine.

Information Sessions This Week
(See the OCS Companies and Organizations On Campus calendar for details.)
Peace Corps
Harvard Graduate School of Design
American Express Strategic Planning & Development Group
Georgetown Law School

Also, OCS has drop-in hours every week day from 1:00-4:00pm!

                                                  OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

Weekly Study Abroad Information meetings are held at the OIP on:
Mondays at 4 pm
Tuesdays at 4 pm
Thursdays at 12 pm

Regular drop-in hours are: Monday–Friday, 2–4pm.

                                       BUREAU OF STUDY COUNSEL
Maximizing Your Approach to Learning
with Jennifer Page and Claire Shindler
One session offered twice: Wednesday, October 14, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
                             Wednesday, November 18, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Have you wondered why you learn better in one class than another or wondered why you find some classes hard and some
classes easier? Sometimes this is because your learning style doesn't match the way the course is taught or you're using
learning strategies that are not the best fit for you. We all have different learning styles - characteristic strengths and
preferences in the way we take in and process information. This workshop focuses on helping students identify their
learning styles and develop learning strategies that work for them. To register, please email Jennifer Page
(jpage@bsc.harvard.edu) or Claire Shindler (cshindler@bsc.harvard.edu).

Procrastination Group
with Diane Weinstein
Three sessions: Mondays, October 19, October 26 & November 2, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Through discussion and practical exercises, this group works on understanding the experience of procrastination and on
freeing one's self to use our creative processes in moments when we feel resistant, blocked or paralyzed. Pre-group
consultation necessary. Call (617) 495-2581 to make an appointment.

Perfectionism: A Double-Edged Sword
with Jennifer Page
One session: Wednesday, November 4, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Many students struggle with the fine line between striving for excellence vs. suffering from perfectionism. Through
discussion and practical exercises, this workshop will help you begin to distinguish motivation for healthy achievement
from perfectionism and overcome some of the pitfalls of perfectionism. To register, please email Jennifer Page

What Should I Do? A Workshop for Friends, Lovers, and Roommates of People with Eating Disorders
with Sheila Reindl and Craig Rodgers
One session: Wednesday, November 4, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
This workshop offers support and guidance to students who think someone they know has an eating disorder and who are
concerned about how to speak with that person, as well as what their responsibility and role regarding that person should be.
No advance registration required.

Seasons of Grief
with Sheila Reindl and Sunglim Shin
One session: Wednesday, December 2, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
This group provides students who have experienced a significant loss, whether the loss occurred recently or years ago, an
opportunity to talk about dealing with emotions, facing the loss itself, understanding the grieving process, finding ways to
cope, and communication with others. To register, email Sheila Reindl (sreindl@bsc.harvard.edu) or SungLim Shin

Making the Best Use of Reading Period
with Diane Weinstein
One session: December 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
The group discusses making good use of unstructured time, studying for and taking exams, and coping with anxiety and
stress. To register, call 617-495-2581.

Exam-taking Workshop
with Craig Rodgers & Claire Shindler
One session: Wednesday, December 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Held in the Straus Common Room (in Harvard Yard)
This workshop reviews strategies for effective exam preparation and for taking exams with a minimum of anxiety. No
registration required.
THE POET'S VOICE: Michael Dickman & Louise Glück
Introduction by Joanna Klink
Wednesday, October 14, 6:00pm
Former U.S. poet laureate Louise Glück, author of A Village Life (Knopf, 2009), and Michael Dickman, author of the debut
collection The End of the West (Copper Canyon, 2009), share the stage and their intense topographies in the first Poet’s
Voice reading of the season. Seating is limited: We recommend that you arrive early.
Edison-Newman Room, Houghton Library.
Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

REEL TIME: Frank on Film and a Moment with MAXIMUS
Friday, October 16, 3:00pm
Join us as REEL TIME continues its ongoing A/V extravaganza with footage of Frank O'Hara (filmed in 1966 as a part of
the USA: Poetry series) and a few auditory moments with Charles Olson reading from his Maximus.
Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Rm. 330
Free and open to the public

Friday, October 16, 4:00pm
Share your work at the weekly Woodberry Writers Group sessions, led by Michael Stynes. The writing group offers a
supportive forum for poets to informally discuss each other's work on a regular basis. Participation is open to all Harvard
undergraduates, graduate students and affiliates, regardless of their experience with poetry. For additional information,
please contact Michael Stynes at michael.b.stynes@gmail.com.
Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Rm. 330
Free and open to all Harvard affiliates

THE POETRY-FEST SESSIONS: A Night of Poetry & Jazz with Robert Pinsky, Rakalam "Bob" Moses and
Andrew Urbina
Sunday, October 18, 8:00pm
As the grand finale to the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky will read poems to the
accompaniment of renowned drummer Rakalam "Bob" Moses and saxophonist Andrew Urbina. Sponsored by Adams
House and the Woodberry Poetry Room, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. We recommend that you
arrive early for seats.
Adams House Dining Hall, 26 Plympton Street
Free and open to the public.

October 28, 6:00PM | THE POET'S VOICE: Olga Broumas and Franz Wright
November 1, 2:00PM (in Concord, MA) | THE SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY: An Afternoon of Poetry &
with Donald Revell and the WPR Curator at the Concord Academy Chapel in Concord, MA.

                                                   ON-CAMPUS EVENTS
Cognitive Theory and the Arts seminar.
Thursday Oct. 15
Isobel Armstrong
English Literature, Birkbeck College
"Sense and Sensibility: Henry and William James and The Golden Bowl"
(co-sponsored with the Victorian Literature and Culture seminar)

Thursday Nov. 12
Alex Byrne
Philosophy, MIT
 Perception, Recollection, Imagination

Thursday Dec. 10
Joshua Greene
Psychology, Harvard
"What Psychology Can and Cannot Do for Ethics"

                                                OFF-CAMPUS EVENTS

Boston Book Fest
Free Admission
Rain or Shine

•   90 Authors and Presenters
•   40 Outdoor Exhibitors
•   30 Indoor Events
•   Children's Activities
•   Street Fair and Music
•   Contests
•   Book signings
Copley Square
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

A Symposium Celebrating the Work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
October 31st, 9am-7pm
Boston University, Photonics Center Room 906
8 St. Mary's Street, Boston

Speakers will include:
 Ed Cohen (Rutgers University)
Lee Edelman (Tufts University)
Jonathan Flatley (Wayne State University)
Bill Goldstein (CUNY)
Katy Hawkins (Independent Scholar)
Joseph Litvak (Tufts University)
Heather Love (University of Pennsylvania)
Michael Moon (Emory University)
Tavia Nyong’o (NYU)
Cindy Patton (Simon Fraser University)
Siobhan Somerville (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Carolyn Williams (Rutgers University)

The symposium will consist of four round-table panels, each focusing on a different phase or aspect of Professor
Sedgwick's career: "Feminism and Queer Theory," "Writing and Illness," "Affect and Reparative Reading," and "Reading

Each panel will focus on a text by Professor Sedgwick, and attendees are encouraged to read or reread these texts (listed on
the attached poster) in advance of the symposium. We believe that reading her writing together, again, will be a wonderful
way to honor her work. We hope to make the symposium as participatory as possible and have scheduled ample discussion
time as part of each panel.

The day will end with a special reading of "Writing the Plural," a performance piece based on a group of short writings on
given topics that Professor Sedgwick co-wrote with the collective ID 450, of which she was a founding member. The
members of ID450 who will perform are Deedee Agee, Mary Baine Campbell, Susan E. Carlisle, Mary Wilson Carpenter,
Beth O'Sullivan, Helaine Razovsky, Deborah Swedberg, Martha Sweezy, Nancy Waring, and Carolyn Williams.

A collection of obituaries and other materials about Professor Sedgwick are available on the symposium website,
www.bu.edu/honoringeve. For BU affiliates, the texts to be discussed at the symposium are also available for download.
Admission is free but registration is required. Please send an email containing your name and contact information to
sedgsymp@bu.edu to register. For more information, see the poster below or visit www.bu.edu/honoring eve.

                                   ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
Clark 2000

I have held several different jobs since graduating from Harvard in 2000, and the broadness of my
English degree puts each career move in context. Simply put, a degree in English means one can
read, analyze and write effectively. If one can synthesize available information and communicate
it well, and to the right audience, then that person has a professional leg up over their peers.

Right after college I went to work for a Time Warner company in New York City selling advertising space in magazines. As
I moved up in the company, I held positions in marketing, research and sales. I felt I had an advantage in this field because
so much of what I was doing was based on effective communication, skills I had honed during my four years in college.
From Time Warner I went to work as a producer for CNBC. My role there was essentially to digest the news of the day and
translate that into story lines. How perfect!

When my husband was transferred to Phoenix, AZ and I had to leave NY -- the epi center of non-movie media -- I knew I
had to put my experience into something new. I now work in marketing for a real estate brokerage firm. My current job is a
perfect synthesis of my career to this point. I analyze what we have to sell and figure out effective ways to communicate our
offerings to the market. Between our advertising campaigns, marketing materials and industry groups, I do a lot of reading,
writing, analysis, and ultimately, communication!

While being an English major at Harvard does not specifically set you up vocationally, it does teach you the life skills
needed to succeed in the professional world. That being said, it is important to enhance your education with appropriate jobs
so that you are prepared for full time work. On-the-job experience before leaving college is crucial.

I loved my years studying English. It is a wonderful department and I got a lot out of it personally and professionally. It is a
great platform to launch a career in media, marketing and even real estate!

                                                        WRITINGS BY FACULTY
                                                          THE DOG OF MARRIAGE
                                                              AMY HEMPEL

                      “Amy Hempel's compassion, intensity, and illuminating observations have made her one of the most
                      distinctive and admired modern writers. In three stunning books of stories, she has established a voice
                      as unique and recognizable as the photographs of Cindy Sherman or the brushstrokes of Robert
                      Motherwell. The Dog of the Marriage, Hempel's fourth collection, is about sexual obsession,
                      relationships gone awry, and the unsatisfied longings of everyday life.

                      These nine stories teem with wisdom, emotion, and surprising wit. Hempel explores the intricate
                      psychology of people falling in and out of love, trying to locate something or someone elusive or lost.
                      Her sentences are as lean, original, and startling as any in contemporary fiction.”

                                                   ADVISING HOURS

Dan Donoghue — Barker 208 — dgd@wjh.harvard.edu
Tuesday by appointment, Wednesday 1-5, Thursday 1-4

Bret Johnston—Barker Center 067 — bajohnst@fas.harvard.edu
Wednesday 3-4, Thursday 3-4, and by appointment

Jeff Berg — Barker Center 159 — jmberg@fas.harvard.edu
Walk in or by appointment

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