The Department of English’s inaugural Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading will bring together both established and up-and-coming talent Wednesday in McKenna Hall at 7:30 p.m. The reading will honor Sandeen, a former Notre Dame faculty member, and will feature U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer prize-winner Philip Levine and University of Illinois at Chicago professor Christina Pugh.In keeping with Sandeen’s legacy as a poet and a teacher, the English department selected Levine, who in turn selected a younger poet, Pugh, to read on the same night, according to a University press release.“The idea behind it is to make it stand out from other kinds of poetry reading,” professor of English William O’Rourke said. “To make [Sandeen’s] readings stand out … we select an older poet and then the older poet gets to choose a younger poet to come read with the older poet and that gives it a little bit of distinction.”“Philip Levine was available and he’s about as distinguished an older poet as we have in America right now,” O’Rourke said. “He also comes from Michigan and has a kind of working class background, more so than is sometimes true in the poetry world, and so his poetry has some of the same social concerns as [Sandeen] did. We figured he would be a good one to start the series with, and he selected Christina Pugh.”Pugh is a consulting editor for the publication “Poetry,” according to a press release. Pugh will be reading from her latest work, “Grains of the Voice” and another work, “Restoration.”“I am thrilled to be reading with Philip Levine,” Pugh said. “… I’ve enjoyed his work for many years and have found it to be some of the most moving work that’s out there. I can strongly remember my first experience of hearing him read in Boston and how overwhelming an experience that was, and it’s just wonderful to have the opportunity to read with him. I’m really grateful.”O’Rourke recalled the salon Sandeen and his wife, Eileen, would host at their house for members of the Department of English, including students, many of which Sandeen continued to keep in touch with after their graduation and his retirement.Sandeen taught for 50 years at Notre Dame and won the 1976 College of Arts and Letters’ Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching, according to a press release. O’Rourke said Sandeen had already retired when he began teaching at Notre Dame but he continued writing and influencing the literary community of South Bend. O’Rourke said he believed the Ernest Sandeen Endowment Fund will provide for the biannual Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading, which will partially sponsor the Wednesday event, to continue into the future, bringing older and younger poets together at Notre Dame for years to come.Tags: department of english, poet laureate, Poetry, Sandeen
32 Views no discussions LocalNews MV Caribbean Princess brings Christmas cheer to Dominica’s children by: – December 15, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Some of the children with a few crew members.It was a lucky day for many young boys and girls between the ages of four to twelve who received Christmas cheer from very generous crew members of the MV Caribbean Princess Cruise Lines on Thursday.The crew made a donation of gifts to over a hundred students at the Public Service Union.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Claudia Bellot encouraged the youngsters to work hard at excelling in school as well as to consider a career in the field of tourism.“I know that you are very young, but from the standpoint of the Ministry of Tourism we are looking at all of you as future potential citizens of Dominica who can probably choose a career in tourism. You are now in school and you have to try to excel and to do very well at your school work so that when you are a little older you can choose to have a career in tourism.”Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs Claudia BellotMrs Bellot further explained to the students that they could help develop the tourism industry in Dominica if they pursue studies in that field.“There are lots of exciting opportunities in the tourism industry and you need to start thinking even at your early age of how you can contribute, improving and developing the tourism industry in Dominica.”Director of Tourism and Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority Colin Piper expressed his contentment to help spread Christmas cheer to the children of Dominica.“We are particularly pleased to be a part of this again, to be bringing good cheer to the youngsters in Dominica and to partner again with the FCCA and with the MV Caribbean Princess at this wonderful occasion. Christmas is a time of joy, a time of cheer and we’re happy that we can play a little part in bringing some cheer to the hearts of the young ones in Dominica.” MV Princess Cruise Line representative, MelanieCruise Line representative of the MV Caribbean Princess, Melanie, who was very enthusiastic about presenting the gifts to the children, said how pleased the crew members are to be in Dominica.“It’s a pleasure for all of us from the cruise ship to be here with you all at this special time of year, to be in Dominica, to be here with you all on this special time of the year” she said. She also gave the Captain’s best wishes and merry Christmas as he was not able to attend the ceremony due to a business engagement.Representative of the West Dominica Children’s Federation which is a partner of ChildFund Caribbean, Romelia Romain, thanked the crew members of the MV Caribbean Princess as well as the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association who collaborated with the Discover Dominica Authority and H.H.V.Whitchurch & Company Limited to make this Christmas a success. She noted that the mandate of the West Dominica Children’s Federation is to “work with deprived, excluded and vulnerable children by providing them with their basic need” and was thankful that they were able to bring big smiles to their faces and make their Christmas wish come true”. [nggallery id=103]Dominica Vibes News
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