Jane Hamilton Visits DePaul

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Jane Hamilton, author of The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World, The Short History of a Prince, and other favorites will be coming to DePaul on Friday, October 11th from 2 pm to 3pm. Hamilton will read from one of her books, and lecture as well. All students are encouraged to attend. The Honors Program can help you join or set up a small group discussion following the lecture and reading.

The event is co-sponsored by the University Honors Program, the English department, and the DePaul Humanities Center. Jane will be reading from new work, and her lecture will focus around this year’s Honors Program theme: “Searching for Home”.

Jane is an engaging speaker, and this promises to be an enriching event.  I hope you’ll be able to attend, and that you’ll share the attached flyer with your students.

Rush to this Reading

Denise Chavez, a critically-acclaimed playwright, is reading from her latest novel The King and Queen of Comezón.

The reading will begin at 6:00 pm and go until 8:30 pm. It will take place in the Student Center Building on Sheffield in Room No. 314. Don’t miss this wonderful chance to meet with Chavez and discuss the annual Border Books and Arts Festival, a community event she has organized for 20 years.

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Published Students, Writing Contests, and More

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Today’s news comes in on the Pony Express from the land of published MAWP students.

However, that’s not the only good tidings in the mailbag: there are writing contests, association kickoffs, and visiting authors stuffed in this Ex Libris satchel. Read on, spread the news, and cheer for the Friday finish line is now in sight.

Congratulations Tim Rolph

When you see Tim on campus over the next few weeks shake his hand and offer him a hearty congratulations on the publication of Global Poverty Alleviation: A Case Book. Tim acted as part of a three member editorial team to publish a book that, “Provides examples of multi-stakeholder partnerships that aim to create sustainable enterprises for both the for-profit sectors and for individuals who live in conditions of poverty […] The cases are arranged thematically and cover a broad array of solutions in diverse countries […] that focus on bringing about substantive shifts in the conditions of life for those living in poverty.”

Be sure to pre-order Global Poverty Alleviation: A Case Book on Amazon.

Hektoen International Writing Contests

Writers who enjoy throwing a bit of the science and the technical into their prose should take a few minutes to explore the Hektoen International Writing Contests. The organization is hosting two medical humanities contests with fast approaching deadlines.

o  The Vesalius Prize – for $1,000—to commemorate the 500th birthday of Andreas Vesalius and his spirit of excellence and inquiry.

Participants may write for any section of the Hektoen Briefs:

  • Art Flashes: art and disease, and medical themes in the visual arts.
  • Physicians of Note: portraits of famous physicians.
  • Moments in History: notable events relating to medicine.
  • Literary Vignettes: extracts with commentaries related to medicine and literature.
  • Famous Hospitals: articles about historical or current hospitals.

Articles should not be longer than 800 words and only one image is allowed. Each participant may submit only one piece. Articles must be received by December 1, 2013. The winner will be announced by email on April 1, 2014 and published in the Spring 2014 issue. Selected others will be featured in the Hektoen Briefs section.

Please send your submission to contest@hektoeninternational.org by December 1, 2013 and write “VESALIUS” and the title of your piece in the subject line of your email.

o  The Hektoen Essay ContestSuggested topics include medicine and art or literature, history of medicine, ethics, music, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, etc. Clinical studies or case reports are not eligible.

They will be offering two prizes:

  • The Hektoen Grand Prix, for the winner – $1,500
  • The Hektoen Silver Prize, for the runner-up – $1,000

Essays should be 1,500 to 2,000 words and up to three images are allowed. Each participant may submit only one piece. Articles must be received by March 1, 2014. The winner will be announced by email on June 1, 2014 and published in the Summer 2014 issue. Selected others will be featured throughout the year.

Please send your submission to contest@hektoeninternational.org by March 1, 2014 and write “ESSAY” and the title of your piece in the subject line of your email.

Jane Hamilton flyerJane Hamilton Visits DePaul University

Jane Hamilton, author of The Book of Ruth, A Map of the World, The Short History of a Prince, and other favorites will be coming to DePaul on Friday, October 11th from 2 pm to 3pm. Hamilton will read from one of her books, and lecture as well. All students are encouraged to attend. The Honors Program can help you join or set up a small group discussion following the lecture and reading.

The EGSA Kickoff Drink Specials

The English Graduate Student Association is celebrating the new school year with cocktails and beer at John Barleycorn on September 27th. Come revel in the great literary tradition of Dylan Thomas, Dos Passos, and Hemingway while meeting like-minded graduate students looking to bring renewed passion to the EGSA. The event will kick off at 6:00 and go until 9:00 in the evening, and all are invited to attend.

RSVP HERE

We’ve set up a drink special for the event.  For $20 all graduates and faculty will be able to enjoy well liquor, domestic drafts, and wine to their heart’s content for three hours.

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Build a Week of Words

Tuesday comes rolling off the assembly line with all the parts you need to build a fantastic week of words.

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paternitiMichael Paterniti Tonight!

Michael Paterniti comes to Arts and Letters Hall on Tuesday, September 24th. Paterniti is a New York Times bestselling author of The Telling Room and Driving Mr. Albert: A trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain.  His work has appeared in many different publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ. He has been nominated eight times for the National Magazine Award and is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant and two MacDowell fellowships.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a well-traveled writer and entrepreneur who constantly seeks out new stories and ways to promote literature. Paterniti will be presenting in ALH 103.

Threshold Calls for New Editors

THRESHOLD posterThreshold, DePaul University’s award-winning all student journal of literature and art is looking for editors for their 2014 issue.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a journal the Department of English publishes with pride.  To learn more about Threshold, drop by the Department of English on the second floor and take some time to read through the 2013 issue.

Candidates should write a 1-2 page application letter describing relevant experience, their commitment, as well as vision for the magazine, and email it, as an attachment, to Professor Borich at her campus address by Noon on Monday, October 7th.

The EGSA Kickoff Drink Specials

The English Graduate Student Association is celebrating the new school year with cocktails and beer at John Barleycorn on September 27th. Come revel in the great literary tradition of Dylan Thomas, Dos Passos, and Hemingway while meeting like-minded graduate students looking to bring renewed passion to the EGSA. The event will kick off at 6:00 and go until 9:00 in the evening, and all are invited to attend.

We’ve set up a drink special for the event.  For $20 all graduates and faculty will be able to enjoy well liquor, domestic drafts, and wine to their heart’s content for three hours.

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Kenyon Review Fellowship Deadline

kenyon2An Introduction to the KR Fellowships

In 2012, The Kenyon Review welcomed the first of its KR Fellows. This initiative was inspired by the great tradition of Kenyon Review literary fellowships awarded in the 1950s to writers such as Flannery O’Connor and W.S. Merwin in their formative years. These fellowships represent a significant fulfillment of one aspect of our continuing mission: to recognize, publish, and support extraordinary authors in the early stages of their careers. We believe that after two years, these KR Fellows will be more mature and sophisticated writers, teachers, and editors. As a result, they will be extremely attractive candidates for academic positions as well as for significant publishing opportunities.

General Information

This two-year post-graduate residential fellowship at Kenyon College offers qualified individuals time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. Fellows will receive a $32,500 stipend, plus health benefits. Fellows are expected to:

  • Undertake a significant writing project and attend regular individual meetings with faculty mentors.
  • Teach one semester-long class per year in the English Department of Kenyon College, contingent upon departmental needs.
  • Spend approximately 15 hours per week in non-teaching semesters assisting in creative and editorial projects for The Kenyon Review and KROnline.
  • Participate in The Kenyon Review Summer Programs.
  • Participate in the cultural life of Kenyon College by regularly attending readings, lectures, presentations, and other campus activities.

Last Day to Drop an Autumn Class

Today is the last day you can drop an autumn class without a penalty. Now, without a penalty in this instance means that the course will not show up on your official transcript.

  • Students who drop from 4 full time classes to 3 will see no change in their tuition bill.
  • Students who drop below 3 classes (i.e., below 12 credit hours) will shift from full time to part-time student status; this will affect tuition and, in some cases, scholarships and financial aid.

Double check with James, your academic adviser, before dropping a class. You don’t want to dip below the full time class limit if you’re counting on scholarships and financial aid.

Lighting the Fuse

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At the beginning of ever year a very long fuse is lit.

The sparks fly as the fuse curves around piles of books, continuing to smolder through vacation, and then onward to the end of the year. What happens at the end of the fuse, when the sparks reach the payload, is up to you. For some, the explosion could be a prismatic nova emblematic of a year’s worth of impressive accomplishments.

Editors Needed

Threshold, DePaul University’s award-winning all student journal of literature and art is looking for editors for their 2014 issue.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a journal the Department of English publishes with pride.  To learn more about Threshold, drop by the Department of English on the second floor and take some time to read through the 2013 issue.

Candidates should write a 1-2 page application letter describing relevant experience, their commitment, as well as vision for the magazine, and email it, as an attachment, to Professor Borich at her campus address by Noon on Monday, October 7th.

Grand Opening of the Richardson Library Information Commons

The library is excited to announce the Grand Opening of the Richardson Library Information Commons on Sept 24th!  As part of this, from 4:30-5:30 that day, the library will host a gathering for Graduate Students in the Scholar’s Lab.  Head on over to learn about interlibrary loans, citation management, Via Sapientiae, advanced research, as well as a demonstration of the library’s plotter printer for professional wide format color printing.

Michael Paterniti Comes to Arts and Letters

paternitiMichael Paterniti comes to Arts and Letters Hall on Tuesday, September 24th. Paterniti is a New York Times bestselling author of The Telling Room and Driving Mr. Albert: A trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain.  His work has appeared in many different publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ. He has been nominated eight times for the National Magazine Award and is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant and two MacDowell fellowships.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a well-traveled writer and entrepreneur who constantly seeks out new stories and ways to promote literature. Paterniti will be presenting in ALH 103.

Department of English Kick Off

Last Friday, the Department of English came together for some drinks, a bit of food, and good times. The faculty buzzed with excitement over both the upcoming year and the deli platters.

Professor Spotlight

Professor Barrie Jean Borich has had an engaging interview published by Brevity on her new book Body Geographic. Prof. Borich’s book is a memoir that “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.”

Brevity interviews Prof. Borich about her writing process during the construction of the piece as well as taking creative writing risks.  Readers who are interested in unique forms of narrative and essay construction should pick up Body Geographic.

Read the interview here and then head over to Amazon to check out the book. It is available in paperback and Kindle.

The EGSA Needs You

The English Graduate Student Association is celebrating the new school year with cocktails and beer at John Barleycorn on September 27th. Come revel in the great literary tradition of Dylan Thomas, Dos Passos, and Hemingway while meeting like minded graduate students looking to bring renewed passion to the EGSA. The event will kick off at 6:30 pm, and all are invited to attend.EGSADePaulFlyer1

Looking for Inspiration?

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Autumn is a terrifically busy season.

Not only do we go back to school, embark on new travels, and resign ourselves to wearing jackets, but  the cold rain falls a little faster, the sky becomes that contemplative grey, and the leaves die in an impressive display of downed fireworks.  As you throw your hands into glittens (glove mittens) with the missing finger holes that allow you to poke away at the keys on your device, or tenaciously grip your pencil, you may find that the changing season isn’t that inspiring. Fall, is after all, just fall.

You’ve experienced this season for years now, and have established some pretty steadfast opinions about it. Lovers and haters of autumn will gesticulate madly while letting you know how they feel. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll find some inspiration there.

However, if the well is dry, and the inspiration isn’t forthcoming, then perhaps you need some stronger stuff. History is a wonderful resource for new ideas. As a DePaul student you are automatically a member of the Chicago History Museum which means free admission, access to the research center, and special member events as well as discounts to all of the museum’s tours, programs, and public events. There is no better place to escape the drudgery of a wet autumn than the halls of a museum.  Bring your notepad and check out some of these engaging exhibitions free to students like you and get inspired.

QueenofSiamSiam: The Queen and the White City Member Preview
Saturday, September 21
9:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Be among the first to see the Museum’s newest exhibition, Siam: The Queen and the White City. Guests will enjoy savory Thai snacks and a private viewing of the gallery. Free, but reservations are required; please call Natalie Conti at 312.799.2272.

American Heroes: Japanese American WWII Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal
Opens October 19

The Museum’s upcoming exhibition honors the Japanese American World War II veterans who served their country in battle, despite the government’s forcible detention of thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry.

 

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Three Fast Approaching Deadlines

Today’s news flits by in three tight paragraphs packed to the brim with important dates. Don’t let the deadlines sneak by without marking your calendar.

MAE Capstone and Thesis Information Session

Students in the MAE program who will be presenting a capstone or thesis must attend an information session on September 21st from 10:00 to 12:00 pm. The session will be hosted in the SAC in room 240. After two short hours you’ll be prepared with the information you need to successfully pursue your thesis or capstone project.

Degree Conferral

Students preparing to graduate must have their applications in for degree conferral by October 1st. Remember to apply online through the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Follow this link to review the seven quick steps to degree conferral.  Be sure to check with Jan Hickey before applying to make sure you meet all of the requirements.

Visiting Writer

Michael Paterniti comes to campus on Tuesday, September 24th. Paterniti is a New York Times bestselling author of The Telling Room and Driving Mr. Albert: A trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain.  His work has appeared in many different publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ. He has been nominated eight times for the National Magazine Award and is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts grant and Two MacDowell fellowships.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a well-traveled writer and entrepreneur who constantly seeks out new stories and ways to promote literature. Look to Ex Libris in the coming days as there has been a room change. We’ll be sure to let you know where Michael Paterniti will be once we have a location.

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