September Opens with New Opportunities

Fall’s cool weather unceremoniously swept onto campus today, bringing with it the first tantalizing scents of the season.

It’s the kind of sensual blend your cup of coffee never manages to encapsulate. However, that’s okay: Starbucks has nothing on autumn’s crisp mornings.

New Faculty

Ex Libris is happy to welcome new faculty to the English department. Joining us at DePaul is Megan Heffernan, Sarah Fay, and David Gardiner. Sarah will be teaching Writing Chicago’s Neighborhoods, a section of Introduction to Creative Writing, and another of Discover Chicago. David Gardiner will be teaching sections of ENG245 The British Novel and ENG381 Literary Theory.

Approaching Deadlines

Though the quarter kicked off this week, there are already deadlines that you should be aware of. Grab that red pen, a marker, and your calendar. It’s time to fill in some dates.

September 27: This is the deadline for panel proposals for the 8th Annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. The colloquium is hosted by DePaul (LPC) from December 5th through the 7th. For more information, visit .

October 3: Public Voices Op Ed Project applications due.  Check the August 30th email from Academic Affairs for more information.

Upcoming Events

Gather a bunch of writers in a room and you’re bound to leave with a story. Be sure to visit these events around the city and on campus.

September 25: Mike Paterniti, author of the Telling Room, will be on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. Room TBA.

September 30: How does the concept of “nothingness” show itself in various academic disciplines across the humanities and the sciences? Join Professors Prof. Lynn Narasimhan, Prof. Thomas, Prof. Jesús Pand  the DePaul Humanities Center’s first event in its fall 2013 “Radical Interdisciplinarity” programming series.

Student Opportunities

Students looking to improve or begin their freelance writing career should check out Content Connections. This Chicago based event bridges the gap between talented writers and companies that need compelling content for their digital outlets. The conference will be held on November 7 and 8 at Columbia College.

Whether you’re a student who is new to freelancing or you’re an experienced veteran, this conference will help you connect with new clients.  You’ll learn the latest digital strategies and gain the insight needed to get new business.

There will be presentations from Ron Smith, assistant managing editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who will discuss the evolution of Pulitzer-winning story Platforms, from print to tablet; and Dan Davenport, content director for Meredith Xcelerated Marketing (MXM), who will share the underlying business model of digital content.

Content Connections takes place on November 7 and 8 at Columbia College in Chicago. It is sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Authors Educational Foundation and the Columbia College Department of Journalism. To learn more or to register, visit

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