Student News, Liberal Arts Week at the Career Center, & More

Today in Student News, congratulations to MAWP student Raul Palma, whose story “The Roasting Box” recently placed in the top 25 in Glimmer Train’s January 2013 Very Short Fiction contest. Raul, who graduates in June, is also excited to announce that after DePaul, he will be moving on to the Creative Writing PhD program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he’s received full funding for six years. All of us at the English Department send him our best wishes!

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Next week, April 8th-12th, is Liberal Arts Week at the DePaul Career Center. The Career Center is providing a new week-long series of events for LAS students including workshops, panels and job fairs such as:

  • Non For Profit/Government Job Fair
  • Going Global
  • What Not To Wear Fashion Show
  • Headshots for Linkedin.com
  • Identifying and Marketing Your Super Powers
  • Beyond 9-5: Do What You Love

Register for Liberal Arts Week events on DePaul.Experience.com, event type “Liberal Arts Week”. For more information on Liberal Arts Week, including how to register and a complete list of employers who will be present at the Nonprofit/Government Career Fair, please visit: careercenter.depaul.edu/liberalartsweek. See flyer below for a complete schedule of events.

Liberal-Arts-Week-Schedule

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The DePaul Humanities Center invites everyone in the DePaul community to attend the next event in their Faculty Fellows Series. On Friday, April 19th from 12:00-3:00 p.m., and Saturday, April 20th from 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m., at the Cortelyou Commons (2324 N. Fremont St.), Faculty Fellow Elizabeth Rottenberg will present Death Penalties. You can download a PDF of the complete conference schedule here: DeathPenaltyEvents_19-20April agenda.

DeathPenaltiesFlyerThis conference is magnetized by two events.  The first is the abolition of the death penalty in Illinois.  On July 1, 2011, Illinois became the sixteenth North American state to abolish the death penalty. The total number of executions in 1999 (the peak year since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976) was 98; the total number of executions in 2010 was 46; 2011 and 2012 each saw 43 individuals executed in the United States.

The second event at the heart of this conference is the publication of Jacques Derrida’s Death Penalty seminar.  The writings of Jacques Derrida constitute one of the major intellectual achievements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  But it is perhaps in his 42 years of lecture courses or ‘seminars’ that Derrida speaks most directly to the urgent and disturbing issues confronting humanity and the humanities today.  And nowhere are these issues more pressing than in the Death Penalty seminar, which will appear in English translation in 2013 (v. 1, translated by Peggy Kamuf) and 2014 (v. 2, translated by Elizabeth Rottenberg).

By bringing together the very people who have helped to make these events possible—the literary critics, philosophers, journalists, and lawyers whose work on the death penalty has made abolition both thinkable and actual in the United States—this conference will not only contribute to a principled, philosophical abolitionist discourse but will also forge new ways of speaking and strategizing about abolition across disciplinary boundaries.”

Elizabeth Rottenberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Comparative Literature Program at DePaul University, and is also currently a candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.  She is the author of Inheriting the Future: Legacies of Kant, Freud, and Flaubert (Stanford, 2005) and has translated books by Lyotard, Derrida, and Blanchot. She is the editor and translator of Negotiations: Interventions and Interviews (1971-2001) by Jacques Derrida (Stanford, 2001) as well as the co-editor (with Peggy Kamuf) of the two volume edition of Jacques Derrida’s Psyche: Inventions of the Other (Stanford, 2007/2008).

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