UNH Linguist Publishes 10th Book

November 21, 2016

book cover

Rochelle Lieber, professor of English and linguistics, has released her 10th volume, “English Nouns: The Ecology of Nominalization” published by Cambridge University Press. The book explores English nominalizations, defined as complex nouns that are derived from verbs, adjectives and other nouns (for example, the noun “legalization” derives from the verb “legalize”).

Lieber uses data from Corpus of Contemporary American English to show that the syntactic patterns in which English nominalizations can be found and the range of possible readings they can express are very different from what has been claimed in past theoretical treatments. She argues that the relationship between form and meaning in the nominalization processes of English is virtually never one-to-one, but rather forms a complex web that can be likened to a derivational ecosystem.

“English Nouns: The Ecology of Nominalization” is available from the publisher and major online retailers.


The Political Stage

November 3, 2016

Meg Heckman

Edited from a longer piece by Jody Record in UNH Today

Even if you haven’t seen the “Saturday Night Live” sketches featuring Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, it’s likely you’ve read about them. But there is more to it than the laughs. For students in Meg Heckman’s journalism classes, these shows serve another purpose.

“They’re a way to help make sense of things that feel far away or are hard for students to wrap their heads around,” Heckman says.

As part of their homework assignments, she asks students to follow — and to be able to criticize — the news. More than once in this election, political satire has become the news, leading Heckman, who teaches reporting, editing, digital storytelling and media entrepreneurship, to use clips from several comedy shows as teaching tools.

“They are good discussion starters,” Heckman says. “We talk a lot about false balance in journalism — about the problems of seeking objectivity and fairness. These shows can be useful in helping students make sense of what they are hearing.”

What is important, she says, is to make sure voters know how to think critically. “I don’t think satire and humor can be the only mechanism we use, but it can be part of a broader conversation.”

“Our job is to have conversations around the news that students are consuming on a daily basis and, where it’s appropriate, help them to draw connections and ask the questions about what it means to be human now and what society is facing now,” Heckman says. “If we are mindful about what they are seeing and hearing, and ensure they can ask good questions, we can help them find the truth.”

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Alumna Recognized for High-Impact Leadership

October 3, 2016

photo of Katie Bouton

Katie Bouton ’96 (English journalism and women’s studies) has won a 2016 Boston Brava Award from SmartCEO. Bouton is founder and CEO of Koya Leadership Partners, an executive search firm for nonprofit organizations.

The Brava Awards celebrate high-impact female business leaders in three categories: CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits and C-suite executives. An independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on company growth, community impact and mentoring.

SmartCEO reaches over 100,000 people monthly through SmartCEO magazine and SmartCEO.com, serving CEOs in the Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas.

Guided by the philosophy that “The right person in the right place can change the world,” Bouton founded Koya Leadership Partners in 1994 to help nonprofit organizations find inspiring leaders of change who will advance their mission for greater impact in the communities they serve and the world.


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Speak at UNH

September 22, 2016

David Shribman

David Shribman, the executive editor and vice president of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will deliver the College of Liberal Arts John T. Holden Lecture, “The New Architecture of American Politics,” on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in 115 Murkland Hall on UNH’s Durham campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a regular panelist on “Washington Week in Review” and “Meet the Press,” Shribman has shared his political insights for over thirty years. For the Boston Globe he served as Washington Bureau Chief, as well as assistant managing editor and columnist. For the Wall Street Journal, he was a national political correspondent. And for The New York Times, his beat was Congress and national politics. A native of Salem, Massachusetts, he began his career at the Buffalo Evening News, where he worked his way from covering City Hall to Capitol Hill. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his analytical reporting on Washington and the American political scene.

David Shribman has earned four honorary degrees, served on the selection committee of the JFK Library’s Profiles of Courage Award, and lectured and taught courses at universities across the country.

The Holden Lecture is supported by the John T. Holden Memorial Fund in the College of Liberal Arts, which was established in 1995 in memory of John Holden, one of the university’s outstanding teachers of political science. The fund is dedicated to bringing signal scholars in the social sciences to UNH.

This lecture is part of Celebrate 150: The Campaign for UNH, celebrating 150 years of success at UNH and setting a bold course for the next 150 years. Learn more.


Visiting Creative Writers Share Work, Talk Craft at UNH

August 19, 2016
Poet David Tomas Martinez

Poet David Tomas Martinez

The UNH English Department announces the 2016-2017 Writers Series, featuring some of the finest writers working today in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Visiting writers read from their work and discuss the craft of writing. Here is this year’s line-up:

Novelist Amy Hassinger and poet Teri Grimm
September 22, 2016

Nonfiction writer Caitlin Shetterly
October 27, 2016

Poet David Tomas Martinez
November 17, 2016

Nonfiction writer Jerald Walker
February 2, 2017

Fiction writer Andre Dubus III
February 23, 2017

Poet Elizabeth Powell and fiction writer Jensen Beach
April 6, 2017

All events start at 5:00 p.m. and are held in the Memorial Union Building (MUB) Theatre I on the Durham campus. Writers Series events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the English Department at (603) 862-1313.  The UNH Writers Series is made possible with the support of the MacArther/Simic and Edmund G. Miller Funds.


UNH Professor Awarded Global Shakespeare Centre Fulbright

May 31, 2016

Doug Lanier

Douglas M. Lanier, UNH Professor of English, has received the Global Shakespeare Centre Distinguished Chair Fulbright award to enable him to study, lecture and research at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), and the University of Warwick on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating world-wide.

As a participant, Douglas Lanier has been selected from a strong applicant pool to work on a book on screen adaptations of “Othello” from across the globe and to teach classes at QMUL and University of Warwick.

“Upon learning I received the award, I was elated and gratified,” said Lanier. “I am delighted to have an opportunity to study the adaptation of Shakespeare’s works in what is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and at a time when global Shakespeare has become so vibrant a field of scholarly study and audience interest. I hope this work will broaden my perspective on Shakespeare’s extraordinary cultural reach and provide me with material to enrich my classes and research for years to come.”

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

The Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

“I know our 2016 cohort will do us great credit during their time here in the UK and beyond,” says Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission.Only exceptional scholars and students win Fulbright awards, one of the world’s most competitive merit-based international scholarships. In the 70th year of the ‘Special Relationship’ being coined by Winston Churchill, we are proud to welcome the best of American academia to the UK.”


Finding Her Voice

May 9, 2016

In this video, English major Samantha Granville ’16 shares how she found her voice at UNH and how a scholarship arrived in the nick of time.

Click here to view the video on YouTube.


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