New CD: 3 O’Clock Jazz Band

April 29, 2016

CD cover

The University of New Hampshire 3 O’Clock Jazz Band, a student ensemble, has released a CD called “A Time for Celebration.” It was recorded in the Paul Creative Arts Center on November 24, 2015 and was edited, produced and directed by assistant professor of music Nathan Jorgensen. Guest artists on the recording are professor emeritus of music Dave Seiler on alto sax and professor of music Robert Stibler on trumpet.

Among the CD’s eight tracks are two original compositions commissioned for the band in honor of Seiler, who led the jazz program at UNH for 43 years: “A Time of Celebration” by John Clayton and “Irreggaeular Blues” by John La Barbera. The compositions are the first two to be written for the “Dave Seiler Commissioning Project,” an initiative started by Jorgensen that annually commissions a big band composition by a leading composer to be performed by the 3 O’Clock Jazz Band. Other tracks on the CD include “I Thought About You,” “Blues for Itchy,” “My Man Benny,” “Early Light,” “Beautiful Love” and “One July Midnight.”

Contact the music department to purchase the CD.

Five Students Named 2016 Trout Scholars

April 27, 2016
B. Thomas Trout

B. Thomas Trout

Five New Hampshire students have been awarded B. Thomas Trout Scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts to support their study abroad experiences in the 2016-17 academic year.

The scholarship recipients are Jessica Gero, an English teaching and classics double major from Milton; Jess Hesse, a German major from Derry; Andrew Jablonski, a French major from Newmarket; RoseAlaina Leone, a psychology and anthropology double major from Walpole; and Carlos Martens, an English Journalism major from Newmarket.

The B. Thomas Trout Scholars Fund supports academically outstanding College of Liberal Arts undergraduates, allowing them to participate in UNH-managed study abroad programs in the College.

Learn more about the recipients.

Wilburn Wins Creative Scholarship Award

April 26, 2016

photo of Reginald Wilburn

Associate professor of English Reginald Wilburn has won the College Language Association’s award for Creative Scholarship for his book, “Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt:  Appropriating Milton in Early African American Literature” (Duquesne UP, 2014). The book is the first work of literary criticism to theorize African Americans’ subversive receptions of John Milton, England’s epic poet of liberty.

Wilburn’s research and teaching encompass African American literature and culture, Milton, and intertextuality studies. He also teaches in the areas of drama, gender, jazz and black music studies.

The College Language Association (CLA) is a professional organization of College Teachers of English and Foreign Languages, founded in 1937 by a group of Black scholars and educators. Since 1957, the Association has published the peer-reviewed CLA Journal, a quarterly featuring scholarly research and reviews of books in the areas of language, literature, linguistics and pedagogy.

UNH Theatre Goes to Portsmouth

April 25, 2016

actor with book of Shakespeare

Missed the UNH Undergraduate Prize Plays (UPPs) this past weekend? There’s one more chance to catch them and it’s FREE for UNH faculty, staff, students, and alums! The UPPs will be performed for one night only at the innovative 3S Arts Space in Portsmouth, N.H. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. This special event is made possible by a generous gift from M. Christine Dwyer, co-owner of RMC Research and a Portsmouth City Councilor, through UNH’s NH Arts Initiative Fund.

To get your FREE ticket, go to and in the “Enter promotional code” box, type in UNH and click “apply.”

Every year University of New Hampshire students submit their original plays to be selected and performed at UNH. These plays are written, performed, directed and designed by current undergraduate students.

This year’s prize plays are Netflix and Kill by Kaitlin Garland, directed by Sara Martin; Blooming Lilies, by Kayla Doig, directed by Allie Wing; and Whatever You Want, by Tom Spencer, directed by Elizabeth Girard.

The John. C. Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays are made possible through the generosity of Mike O’Malley ’88, a former student of Edwards.

Information on the performance at 3S Arts Space can be found on their website.

Polasky Named Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton

April 22, 2016

Janet Polasky

UNH Presidential Professor of History Janet Polasky has been named the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College in Minnesota. In spring 2017, she will teach two courses at Carleton: a seminar on Atlantic revolution and a course on women in modern European history from 1650 to the present.

“It meant a great deal to be nominated by faculty in the history department, because I was an undergraduate history major at Carleton,” says Polasky. “I presented a faculty seminar there when I was working on my last book, ‘Revolutions without Borders,’ remembering all the while the questions some of those same professors had asked me about my senior thesis.”

“I’m looking forward to the teaching,” adds Polasky. “It’s good to teach in different environments and to different kinds of students. It keeps us alert and energizes our teaching when we return home.”

Carleton College names Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professors through a competitive process of departmental nominations.

Memorial Service for Paul Brockelman Announced

April 21, 2016

Portrait of Paul Brockelman painted by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo

A memorial service and reception for professor emeritus of philosophy Paul Brockelman will be held on Sunday, May 15 at 4 PM at the 3 Chimneys Inn in Durham NH.

Please RSVP to Mira Brockelman at by April 30, 2016.

Paul Brockelman, who taught philosophy at UNH from 1963-2001, died Jan. 8, 2016. He served as coordinator of the UNH religious studies program from 1979 to 1996 and was founding director of the Master of Arts in liberal studies program. Brockelman received the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) Distinguished Teaching Award in 1986 and the COLA Gary Lindberg Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research in 1997. More information on his time at UNH can be read here.

UNH Historian Receives NEH Award

April 20, 2016


Associate professor of history Julia Rodriguez has been awarded a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment from the Humanities (NEH) for her project, “Cultural Conquistadors: Nineteenth Century Anthropology and the Scientific Reconquest of the Americas.”

The book project examines the genesis of Americanist anthropology in the late-19th century, a crucial moment, says Rodriguez, in the centuries-old transatlantic enterprise to unearth new knowledge about the fundamental nature of humankind. It follows Americanists’ own evidence trail, from physical artifacts to linguistic and cultural evidence, in the context of comparative study of Latin American civilizations.

“The award will help me to do follow-up archival research at the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, as well as continue writing,” says Rodriguez.

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.

In the last five competitions, the Summer Stipends program received an average of 930 applications per year. The program made an average of 81 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.

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