Brooksday & Part-time Tutoring Positions

Today is Brooksday, an annual, day-long celebration of the life and legacy of one of Chicago’s literary legends, Gwendolyn Brooks. The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St., is hosting a free Brooksday celebration running all day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The works of Gwendolyn Brooks will be read by a rotation of Chicago writers, including DePaul’s own Achy Obejas, Amina Gautier, Bayo Ojikutu, and Mark Turcotte.  Other readers include Michelle Boone, Rosellen Brown, Calvin Forbes, Reginald Gibbons, Rick Hogan, Haki Madhubuti,  Sandra Opoku, Sara Paretsky, Elise Paschen, Avery R. Young.

This event is free and open to the public. You can find out more on their Facebook page, facebook.com/brooksdayjune7.

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Frog Tutoring is looking to hire part-time tutors from all majors to work with students in the Chicago area.

Anyone interested in applying for the tutor position should submit their application and unofficial transcript at gradegetter.com/users/signup/47

Frog Tutoring offers its tutors:

  • Great Pay
  • Flexibility to choose which grade levels and subjects to tutor, create their own work schedule, and work as many hours as they like.
  • Depending on the distance, tutors will be compensated for driving over a certain mileage.
  • Tutors who constantly receive high tutor rankings will be eligible for periodic bonuses.
  • Incentives & Acknowledgement, including a tutor of the month award.

You can learn more information about Frog Tutoring at frogtutoring.com. If you have any questions, please contact Jovan Reyes, hiring manager, at 817-717-7235.

Printer’s Row Lit Fest Seeks Volunteers & A Reading by Mahmoud Saeed

Chicago Tribune’s annual Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest, drawing more than 125,000 book lovers and featuring over 250 authors and 150 booksellers, is approaching. Events will run all weekend on June 8th – 9th, 2013. The event’s success relies on over 200 volunteers and the organizers are looking for more help!

Benefits of being a Lit Fest Volunteer include free t-shirt, free lunch and rubbing elbows with authors such as Judy Blume, cartoonist Art Spiegelman, celebrity chef Rick Bayless and more.

The volunteer application can be found online at: http://trib.in/ZE9azZ. More information about this year’s presenters and other frequently asked questions can be found at: printersrowlitfest.org.

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The DePaul Humanities Center invites the DePaul community to attend a conversation with author Mahmoud Saeed and translator Kay Heikkenen about the just-released English translation of Saeed’s landmark Arab novel, Ben Barka Lane. Join them on Wednesday, May 22nd from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in room 400 of the Richardson Library (2350 N. Kenmore Avenue).

Saeed 05 22 13 libraryOriginally banned in Iraq, Ben Barka Lane was later presented with the Iraqi Ministry of Information Award.  It now appears for the first time in English translation.

In Ben Barka Lane we see the Morocco of the late 1960s through the eyes of a young political exile from Iraq—its beauty and misery, its unforgettable people. In this contemporary classic, Mahmoud Saeed offers us a unique portrait of a time and place, and a tale of the passion, politics, vengeance, and betrayal that take place there. “A landmark of the modern Arab novel,” in the words of one critic, Ben Barka Lane is now, at last, in English translation, as compelling today as when first published.

Sharqi, a political refugee from Iraq, comes to Morocco in 1964 and finds work as a high-school teacher in the small city of al-Mohammadiya. But Morocco proves no safe haven: the country is in political and social turmoil, as the state suppresses the recent leftist opposition led by Mahdi ben Barka. The opposition is scattered and the Hassan government is cracking down everywhere. Al-Mahdi himself has been forced to flee and has disappeared; rumor claims he has been killed in France. Sharqi just intends to keep his head down, and ride out the chaos. But he meets Habib, a friend and comrade of al-Mahdi, who, despite a severe heart condition, is considered a threat by the government. Habib is living in a kind of internal exile; his residence is now restricted by the government to this small town. Under these difficult circumstances, Sharqi and Habib form a close bond of friendship. But this brief respite ends with the appearance of Ruqayya, a beautiful young woman whose mysterious motives will divide them, and set off a chain of events and intrigue that no one could foresee.

Mahmoud Saeed, a prominent Iraqi novelist, has written more than 20 novels and short story collections. He was imprisoned several times and left Iraq in 1985 after the authorities banned the publication of some of his novels, including Ben Barka Lane (1970), which later won the Ministry of Information Award in 1994. He is an Arabic language instructor and author-in-residence at DePaul University in Chicago. He and his work have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Al Jazeera, and The New Yorker.

Kay Heikkinen received her Ph.D. from Harvard University and now teaches Arabic language at the University of Chicago. She is the translator of In the Time of Love by Naguib Mahfouz.

 

Poet Andrea Gibson on Campus & More

Although Ex Libris is the English graduate programs’ blog, we’re happy to share an invitation to support some of DePaul’s undergraduate poets at an upcoming on-campus event. Each April, the English Department and the DePaul University Library sponsor an undergraduate reading in celebration of National Poetry Month.

This year’s reading will take place on April 18th from 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Library room 115. There will be a total of six undergraduate poets reading their work: Marie Conlan, Emma Cushman-Wood, Sergio Garcia, Rachel Harthcock, Al Prexta, and Katie White.

The event will open with brief a musical performance by Cameron Shenassa. Each poet will read for 5 – 7 minutes. This reading is free and open to the public.

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The DePaul Activities Board would like to formally invite the entire DePaul community to their upcoming event with award-winning spoken word artist Andrea Gibson. Gibson will be performing her spoken-word poetry at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th in Brownstone’s Café in the Student Center.  Gibson’s work covers topics ranging from love and war, to class, sexuality and spirituality.  Her performance will be a must-see for lovers of language, rhyme and rhythm.

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In honor of 50th anniversary of The BBC television series Doctor Who and as a way of exploring the longevity of the series, DePaul’s College of Communication and the Media and Cinema Studies program is hosting a day-long colloquium of scholars who will discuss in a public forum the critical, moral and ethical dilemmas depicted by the show. The colloquium, “A Celebration of Doctor Who,” will take place on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Daley Building, Lower Level CMN and CDM Theaters (14 E Jackson Blvd.) in DePaul’s Loop campus.

“A Celebration of Doctor Who” is intended to spark debate and discussion about changing morals and ethics over the half century of the show’s presence on television, in print, on the radio and in films. Topics will include: how does Doctor Who celebrate the minority? In what ways does Doctor Who articulate a notion of a utopian society? How does this mainstream text represent marginalized members of society (including people of different races, sexualities, the disabled, the impoverished, and other minorities in society)? In what ways does the Doctor Who fan audience counter the discourse of the marginalized in our culture?

A series of scholarly roundtables will bring together academics from the area to discuss the cultural context of Doctor Who. These roundtables will offer the audience of students and scholars the chance to engage in a deeply intellectual environment with the themes of the show over its fifty-year history.  This colloquium is intended to spark debate about the nature of contemporary television across borders, times and eras.

You can find out more about “A Celebration of Doctor Who,” including details on the day’s panelists, at the official event page.

Faculty News: Barrie Jean Borich Releases New Memoir

In today’s Faculty News, we extend our congratulations to Prof. Barrie Jean Borich. Borich joined DePaul’s creative writing faculty last fall, and this spring she is celebrating the release of her third creative nonfiction book, Body Geographic. Body Geographic is published by the University of Nebraska Press and was selected for inclusion in the American Lives Series, edited by Tobias Wolff.

From the official press release:

A memoir from the award-winning author of My Lesbian Husband, Barrie Jean Borich’s Body Geographic turns personal history into an inspired reflection on the points where place and person intersect, where running away meets running toward, and where dislocation means finding oneself.

One coordinate of Borich’s story is Chicago, the prototypical Great Lakes port city built by immigrants like her great-grandfather Big Petar, and bodygeographicthe other is her own port of immigration, Minneapolis, the combined skylines of these two cities tattooed on Borich’s own back. Between Chicago and Minneapolis Borich maps her own Midwest, a true heartland in which she measures the distance between the dreams and realities of her own life, her family’s, and her fellow travelers’ in the endless American migration. Covering rough terrain—from the hardships of her immigrant ancestors to the travails of her often-drunk young self, longing to be madly awake in the world, from the changing demographics of Midwestern cities to the personal transformations of coming out and living as a lesbian— Body Geographic is cartography of high literary order, plotting routes, real and imagined, and putting an alternate landscape on the map.

Body Geographic is as astonishingly original as it is profoundly humane. Barrie Jean Borich writes of the body, the psyche, the land, and real life with a reach so grand and a mastery so definitive it clutches the heart. This is a beautiful, bold, blow-your-mind book.”
—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

Body Geographic is dizzying in its inward sweep, daring in its out-flung absorption. Barrie Jean Borich tunnels through time, space, sex, and language to give us a new map projection of the North American continent, a distortion that not only clarifies and illuminates but dissolves for good the boundary between personal and public history.”
—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

“Borich maps place and body, time and space, personal history and the history of the American Midwest, in prose that makes me want to follow her daring journey wherever it leads. A glorious new take on the memoir form.”
—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire

The Chicago leg of Borich’s Body Geographic book tour starts next month and includes the following events:

Friday, April 12th,  2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Body Geographic‘s Chicago book launch
Barrie Jean Borich reading from BODY GEOGRAPHIC
Melanie Hoffert reading from PRAIRIE SILENCE
Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.

Thursday, May 9th,  2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Barrie Jean Borich reading from BODY GEOGRAPHIC
Rachael Hanel reading from WE’LL BE THE LAST ONES TO LET YOU DOWN
The Book Cellar Chicago, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave.

Tuesday, May 21st,  2013 at 6:00 p.m.
DePaul University Writers’ Series
Richardson Library, Room 115

Passionate Professors Flyer

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Borich will also be one of two professors featured in Sigma Tau Delta’s “Passionate Professors” event taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12th from 5-7 p.m. in Room 202 of Arts & Letters Hall.

Christine Sneed will be the other featured professor, and both will be discussing their recently released books.

See the flyer for more details.

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Finally, there’s a way to get even more involved in the Body Geographic book launch. From now until March 16th, Borich is asking everyone to create a visual response– a photo, a drawing, etc.,– to the prompt “The Map That Made Me.”

You can email your image to bodygeographic@gmail.com, post the map on the Barrie Borich WHAT IS THE MAP THAT MADE YOU_Nonfiction-Universe Facebook page, or tweet your map with some kind of identifying info @BOOKofBJB.

The goal of the project is to post as many maps as possible, as an “autogeography slide show” online as a visual community conversation about places, bodies, and memories. All invited to participate, and you do not have to be an artist.

Click to enlarge the flyer for complete details.

For more information about Borich, Body Geographic, and “The Map That Made Me,”– including a book trailer– visit barriejeanborich.com.

Rey Andujar on Campus, Teaching Opportunity in Korea, and More

A reminder for MAE students working on their Digication ePortfolios: don’t forget that tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th, there will be a special Digication workshop for MAE students in the SAC 240 computer lab from 10-11:30 a.m. Details here.

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7Vientos_FlyerDePaul’s Department of International Studies and 7Vientos Press are pleased to announce an upcoming reception for the release of Rey Andújar’s newest book, Saturnalia, on Friday, March 15th, at 7:30 p.m. in Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont. This event is cosponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, Department of English, Latin American & Latino Studies Program, Center for Latino Research, Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum COE, and Department of Modern Languages.

Saturnalia is a collection of fourteen short stories by Dominican author Rey Andújar which “takes (readers) into the world of the unexpected through the excitement and heartache of expatriation, immigration, music, revenge, and desire.” Andújar will be reading excerpts from his book and answering questions about the writing and translation processes.

Here are a few words from 7Vientos Press about Andújar and Saturnalia:

7Vientos Press is excited to announce the arrival of the collective’s second book: Saturnalia, by Rey Andújar!

7V strives to connect with you as friends who enjoy  alternative ways of thinking and perceiving daily life. Rey Andújar’s work challenges the monotony of our surroundings and when his talent is blended with 7V’s ambitions the result is his provocative, funny, disturbing, sad, and triumphant Saturnalia.

This hardcover collection of fourteen short stories has been translated into English by Kolin Jordan and take us to unexpected destinations. During your travels you will be experience the excitement and heartache related to themes of expatriation, revenge, desolation, immigration, agony, love, desire, music, and alienation. Through it all we get the sense that we are part of world striated by the unexpected.

Rey Andújar is a Dominican writer and performer who lives in Chicago with his wife and newborn daughter. His books have won various awards including The International Award from Casa de Teatro, for his book of short stories, El factor carne (Isla Negra, 2005); Puerto Rican Pen Club Award for his novel, Candela (Alfaguara, 2007); The Story Award from the International Book Fair in Santo Domingo for Amoricidio (Agentes Catalíticos, 2007); The Ultramar Letters Award (New York, 2011) for Saturnalia, and most recently Adújar won the Cuento y Poesía Consenso Award at Northeastern University.

This event is free and open to the public, and all English students are encouraged to attend. You can get more event details and RSVP on their Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/513589385345934/?ref=14.

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Jason Kifer, a DePaul MAE graduate, is currently teaching in a university in Korea, and would like to share with current DePaul English graduate students information about an opening for a Full-Time (non-tenure track) EFL Position at his university, Sogang University.

The General Education English Program (GEEP) at Sogang University (Seoul, South Korea) is currently accepting applications from qualified candidates to join their faculty. GEEP offers full-credit required and elective courses within the general curriculum of the university. The starting date is at the end of August, 2013.

QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants should ideally be native English speakers with relevant educational background and experience. Korean citizens with native fluency in English will also be considered. An MA degree in TESOL/TEFL, English, or a closely related field is required.  Applicants with other MA degrees plus TESOL/TEFL certification will also be considered.

DUTIES

Teach 5 classes (15 credits) per semester. Candidates will be required to teach Freshmen English courses and one or two other credit courses (writing, culture, public speaking, business English, literature, etc.). For all courses, you are expected to keep class records, hold office hours (5 hours per week), assist with placement testing, attend meetings, and participate in faculty projects. Actual class time is 15 hours per week.

SALARY

First year: 2.6 to 3.1 million won per month, depending on qualifications and experience

BENEFITS

  • National health insurance
  • Paid summer and winter vacations
  • Housing assistance (for non-Koreans citizens only)
  • Severance pay is available at the rate of one month’s salary for each year completed

Winter vacation is from late December to late February, and summer vacation is from late June to late August.  There is no required teaching during these times.

Studio apartments are available on campus for up to two years from the start of employment at a discounted rate (50%; 300,000 won per month).  Alternatively, for those choosing to live off campus, the school will provide a loan of 10 million won for key deposit.

Travel expenses are not reimbursed.

TO APPLY

Please send the following documents by mail to the address below:

  • A cover letter and CV/resume
  • Photocopies of all degrees and transcripts
  • A photocopy of the first page of your passport and Korean Alien Registration Card (if you have one)
  • 2 letters of recommendations from previous employers with contact information

Eun Sung Park
General Education English Program (J809)
Sogang University
35 Baekbeom-ro, Mapo-gu,
Seoul 212-742, South Korea

The application deadline is Friday April 12th, 2013No email applications will be accepted.  Interviews will be held during the week of April 22-26, and Skype interviews are available for candidates residing outside of Korea.  Candidates invited for an interview should be prepared to provide a short video demo of their teaching.

MORE INFORMATION

http://www.sogang.ac.kr/english (university website)

http://geep.sogang.ac.kr/  (program website)

Any questions regarding this announcement should be directed to Professor Jason Kifer at kiferjason@gmail.com

Threshold’s Extended Deadline, Alumni News, and More

Threshold, DePaul’s annual literary arts journal, is extending their deadline for submissions through March 8th, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Guidelines are the same as before and can be found on Threshold‘s tumblr account, as well as the previous Ex Libris call for submissions. This is your last chance to send your work in to DePaul’s award-winning student-run publication!

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In Alumni News, Rita Leganski (MAWP ’09) wrote a short story for Dan Stolar’s fiction class back in 2009 and then turned it into a novel that was bonaventurearrowacquired by HarperCollins. The book, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, debuts on February 26th in wide release. It was selected as the March Indie Next Pick by Independent Bookstores (American Booksellers Association) and as the April Next Pick by Indigo Bookstores in Canada. It’s been named an Adult Book for Teens and is listed in Academic One File. Library Journal included it as one of the seven debuts to watch, and Doubleday acquired rights to put it out in hardcover as a Book of the Month Club selection.

Rita will be doing a reading and book-signing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville this Wednesday, February 27th, at 7:00 p.m.  Anderson’s is located at 123 W. Jefferson Ave.

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow has already received significant praise, including the following:

“Suffused with the mystical charm of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, Leganski’s lyrical debut novel conjures dreams of voodoo, the power of healing, and the distinction between hearing and listening. This extraordinary, evocative novel will cast a spell over fans of magical realism.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Magically evocative. . . . The prose is lyrically rhythmic . . . A fine novel about love, loss, revenge and forgiveness.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This mystical fairy tale set in a 1950s-era Louisiana rife with religion, superstition, and tradition draws you in from the wondrous first page. Silence has never been so boundlessly eloquent.” — Booklist

“Lyrical.” — Publishers Weekly

Congratulations, Rita!

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historyconfDePaul’s History Department has issued a call for papers for the Ninth Annual Student History Conference on April 26th, 2013. Every year the history department invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit their historical research of any kind—papers, posters, digital projects—for inclusion in the day-long conference. Work does not have to be completed in a history department course, it just has be historical in nature.

You can submit any historical work you have done in any undergraduate or graduate course at DePaul University from Spring Quarter 2012 through Winter Quarter 2013. In particular, you can send them:

  • Primary-source-based research papers
  • Historiographical papers
  • Copies of history posters or web pages

The deadline to submit your work is Friday, April 5th. Information about the conference can be found at the “Student History Conference” page under “Student Resources” on our department website.

Prizes will be awarded for the best papers and projects. In addition, a selected paper will be published in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences journal Creating Knowledge.

You can sumbit your papers here.

The Writers Guild’s Live Student Reading

The Writers Guild, part of the University Center for Writing-based Learning’s Writing Groups program, is hosting a student reading next week at the DePaul Student Center.

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The event, titled “Aloud!,” will take place on Monday, February 11th, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Student Center atrium, and will feature poetry, fiction, and essays by undergraduate and graduate students in the DePaul English department who have been participating in the Writers Guild. Readers include Emma Cushman Wood, Maria Genovese, Elizabeth Kerper, David Mathews, Jillian Merrifield, Raul Palma, Richard Rodriguez, and Justin Staley.

All are invited to come and support them and hear their exciting new work at this free reading.