Dear Friends, Today the news from the New Orleans poetry community is very, very bad. Poet BILL LAVENDER, director of University of New Orleans Press has been SACKED by the administrators at University of New Orleans. Bill Lavender not only resurrected UNO Press, but under Bill’s stewardship these past four years, UNO press has published an astounding 80+ excellent books nationally and internationally; and the press is by no means strapped for funding. UNO Press is currently regarded as one of the … Read more Dave Brinks about UNO’s decision to fire Bill Lavender and put UNO press on hiatus:
UAlbany language cuts spark petition By STEPHANIE LEE Staff Writer Published: 12:00 a.m., Monday, November 15, 2010 ALBANY — More than 13,000 people from around the world have signed an online petition in an effort to save the French, Russian and Italian foreign language programs targeted for closure at the University of Albany. The petition, available here, will be submitted to UAlbany administrators by members of UAlbany and Union College … Read more The Times Union on UA Cuts
For more info on the SUNY Albany Humanities fight go to the SUNY UNDER SIEGE site.
Here the letter Eloise Brière, who has taught for many years in the French Department at the University at Albany, SUNY, sent to Silvia Nagy Zekmi, a former colleague in Spanish, now chair at Villanova University, after she got the devastating news of the imminent retrenchment of her department. It should be noted that there are some 6,123 students enrolled in language courses through the dept of LLC. Check … Read more Letter from the U Albany French Department
The email below — a real shocker — was forwarded to me by a friend in Paris, France on Sunday morning. It is true that I hadn’t read the letter the President of SUNY Albany sent out late on Friday afternoon (what timing!?) in great detail, putting it away after the first half dozen paras giving the usual details about the financial problems of the University. But the info … Read more SUNY Albany Cuts French Department