The New Ex-Libris

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Good Morning,

I’m happy to announce that the new Ex-Libris is now live at www.english-exlibris.com. All new updates and content will be posted on the new site including the Winter Quarter Class Offerings. All of the classes are already up so feel free to explore and get excited. I am waiting on a few more descriptions, but they will be up by Friday or Monday at the latest.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve the site please don’t hesitate to let me know. Ex-Libris is meant to be your news source and provide access to information you need. Any feature that will improve your experience will be considered.

Have an excellent day, and I hope you enjoy the new Ex-Libris.

Best,

Josh Fisher

P.S. News will no longer be posted on this site

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Threshold Editors

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Autumn is intoxicating.

Pour it into a tumbler with an ice cube and nurse it until your lips are numb with the season. Then, when you’re fully immersed in the warm oranges grab your pen and send in an application to become an editor for Threshold.

The deadline is fast approaching for this thrilling opportunity to be part of an award winning literary magazine. The pride and joy of the English Department, Threshold provides students hands on knowledge through collecting submissions, editing, and then publishing a literary magazine. Your ticket to be part of the experience is a 250 to 500 word application letter describing your relative experience and commitment to the magazine. Be a visionary and take Threshold to place it has never been before. Professor Borich looks to elevate the magazine to new heights and is excited to begin work with a motivated group of students.

All who are interested should send an email to Professor Borich at bborich@depaul.edu before noon on Monday, October 7th. Let your imagination run wild.

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From Wolves to Italy to Poetry Submissions

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Crack your knuckles.Rotate your wrists inward, outward, and then fire off a few submissions to these journals looking to publish your exciting work. Submission deadlines are fast approaching so let those fingers rain down on the keyboard.

Journals Waiting for Your Poems

SLAB is seeking submissions for their CURRY Prize in Poetry. In the past, SLAB has published Pushcart Prize participant Zan Bockes, poet Joseph Bruchac, and Young Adult author Arleen Ruth Cohen. In fact, 2012 saw SLAB recognized as a recipient of the AWP National Director’s Prize for Content.

First place: $600 and a limited edition hard-bound chapbook of the winner’s poetry.

Runner up: $400

Judges: Amy Catanzano

All winners published in SLAB; all entries are considered for publication. The reading period is from August through December.  There’s a $10 reading fee. To learn more visit slablitmag.com

Panels Calling for Your Questions

itskris_wolf-in-a-suitThe Chicago Humanities Festival is hosting Professor Maria Tatar, the John L Loeb Professor of Folklore & Mythology and Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. Professor Tartar will be giving a public lecture entitled, “The Big Bad Wolf Reconsidered”.

The lecture begins at 12:30 on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Chicago History Museum in the Rubloff Auditorium, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60614.

Graduate students are encouraged to join the special graduate seminar from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with Professor Tartar.  The seminar’s moderator will be CHF Artistic Director and Professor of Anthropology, History, and German at University of Illinois Matt Bunzl.

Interested students should submit a brief biography (150- 200 words), including area of research, and a question/topic they would like to discuss with Professor Tatar during the seminar to Gina Di Salvo at gina@chicagohumanities.org by October 4th. Selected applicants will be notified by October 11th.

Internships Hungering for Your Expertise

The Illinois State Legislature is looking to hire graduate interns for a variety of positions. Interns work as legislative staff with either the partisan staffs of the Illinois General Assembly or the Legislative Research Unit and earn 8 graduate political science credits in addition to a $2,026 stipend.

  • Applicants with a minimum 3.0 GPA are preferred for partisan internships and required by the Legislative Research Unit (LRU).
  • The deadline for receipt of application is March 1, 2014.
  • Internships start August 16, 2014 and end June 30, 2015.

Apply and help the people in Springfield govern this great state of ours. We’ll all be counting on you to be the voice of reason in that house of madness.

Lectures Clamoring for Your Attention

Andrea Moro, Professor of Linguistics at the Institute for Advanced Study IUSS Pavia and Director of the Research Center for Neurocognition and Theoretical Syntax comes to Chicago to present his lecture, “The Boundaries of Babel. Reflections on Brain and Grammars”.

Here is Professor Moro on the topic:

“One of the major discoveries of modern linguistics is that languages cannot vary unboundedly: every grammar must meet some universal principles which generate an enormous but not infinite number of combinations in a modular way.  The system is so complex that this underlying uniformity has escaped the attention of scholars for centuries.  Only formal grammars have been able to arrive at this discovery in the last fifty years of research.  A crucial question that naturally arises from this state of affairs is whether the limit of variation among grammars is accidental, cultural and conventional or biologically driven.  Recent methodologies that allow us to explore the functioning of the brain in vivo have allowed us to approach this question in a new way.  By testing the brain activity during the acquisition of artificial languages which violate the universal principles of grammar it has been possible to provide strong evidence in favour of a biological perspective to the mystery of the absence of entire classes of conceivable grammars.”

For more details on this thrilling lecture or to RSVP, kindly click here. The lecture will be held on Monday, October 14th at 6:00 PM at the Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450.   

826Chi and Eater Chicago Opportunities

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Coming in on cool northerly winds is a host of internship opportunities for graduates to explore.

Take a bite into the Eater Chicago with their internship opportunity. If whetting your palate isn’t something that interests you, lend your expertise to 826Chi and help fellow Chicagoans with reading and writing. If you receive one of the internship offers, you’ll need to register for ENG 509, the

Eater Chicago Internship

Eater Chicago is looking for some fresh meat, aka interns. Are you an eager person who happens to read Eater on a daily, or perhaps, obsessive basis? If so, this opportunity may be for you.

The Eater is looking for interns with journalism in their blood to join their team. Internship responsibilities may include, but not be limited to (a) attending long, boring meetings from which you’ll file entertaining and witty reports; (b) dashing to the scene of breaking news; and (c) undertaking onerous, potentially soul-crushing, research projects. Timing is flexible. Photo skills a plus. Interested persons should send an email to chicago@eater.com with a brief description of yourself, your interest in the gig and 2-3 writing samples (links OK). If we like what we see, we’ll get back to you quickly. Thanks.

Editor’s Note – This posting is quoted straight from Eater Chicago.

826Chi

826CHI interns commit to between 15-20 hours per week of unpaid experience during one semester (fall: September-December, spring: January-June, summer: June-August), with the possibility of extension. Interns participate in all aspects of 826CHI; they support staff in administrative tasks, outreach projects, and events, and often have the opportunity to conduct individual projects based on the skills and interests of the intern as well as the needs of the organization.  The application deadline for the spring is Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 5pm. For questions about these positions, please email Kendra Curry, Director of Volunteer Services at Kendra@826chi.org.

826CHI is currently offering the following yearlong positions, and positions for fall 2013:

Programming

Programming interns work closely with the Director of Education and Program Coordinator on Field Trips, Workshops, After-School Tutoring and In-Schools, work with students on a regular basis, and support programmatic events, research and administration. Click here for full description.

Development

The ideal Development intern is someone with a strong interest in telling the story of 826CHI in an effort to increase exposure within different Chicago communities to funders.  Click here for full description.

Communications

This position works closely with the Development and Executive Directors to develop innovative approaches messaging the mission and work of 826CHI within different national, regional, and local communities.  Click here for full description.

Volunteer and Outreach

The ideal Volunteer intern is someone with a strong interest in being a liaison for 826CHI in the greater Chicago community, as well and helping orchestrate a team of 400 active volunteers and welcoming new members to the organization. Click here for full description.

Publications

The ideal candidate is someone with a strong interest in student writing, design, and project coordination. The Publications intern supports the in-house and professional publication efforts across programming, including Workshops, In-Schools and After-School Tutoring chapbooks. The Publications intern also supports two larger professional projects, the Compendium, an annual anthology of student writing from across 826 programs, and one unique spring publication project. This position works closely with the Director of Education on each of these publications. Click here for full description.

Special Events

The ideal candidate is someone with a strong interest in supporting the planning, administration, and delivery of special events at 826CHI, including a formal gala, student book release celebrations, family gatherings, and volunteer appreciation events. Click here for full description.

Marketing and PR

The ideal marketing intern has a vested interest in applying his/her skills and experience towards devising strategies for the promotion of both the storefront and non-profit components of 826CHI. Click here for full description.

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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Reconsidering the Wolf with the Chicago Humanities Festival

Jump through a puddle this rainy Thursday into a fairy tale.

The Chicago Humanities Festival is hosting Professor Maria Tatar, the John L Loeb Professor of Folklore & Mythology and Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. Professor Tartar will be giving a public lecture entitled, “The Big Bad Wolf Reconsidered”.

The lecture begins at 12:30 on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at the Chicago History Museum in the Rubloff Auditorium, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60614.

itskris_wolf-in-a-suitGraduate students are encouraged to join the special graduate seminar from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with Professor Tartar.  The seminar’s moderator will be CHF Artistic Director and Professor of Anthropology, History, and German at University of Illinois Matt Bunzl.

Interested students should submit a brief biography (150- 200 words), including area of research, and a question/topic they would like to discuss with Professor Tatar during the seminar to Gina Di Salvo at gina@chicagohumanities.org by October 4th. Selected applicants will be notified by October 11th.

End of the Year Remarks

The academic year is nearly at an end, and although some of you will be back next week for summer classes, many of us, including Ex Libris, are taking the summer off. Ex Libris will resume posting at the beginning of the Fall Quarter, in the first week of September. In the meantime, you may contact Ms. Jan Hickey at jhicke11@depaul.edu with announcements, news, or any other important information.

Before signing off for the summer, however, we would like to wish a heartfelt congratulations to all our graduates! We hope that all of your have enjoyed your years in the DePaul English Graduate Programs and are excited to move on to the next big thing. We wish you luck in your endeavors, and please keep in touch– we love posting alumni news on the blog!

To read the full list of 2012-2013 graduates, including those who graduated with distinction or received distinction for their portfolios, visit the 2012-2013 Graduates Page, and make sure to congratulate your classmates on their achievements!

Also, photos from the 4th Annual Spring English Conference are now up on flickr.com/photos/depaulenggrads for everyone to enjoy.

And finally, a personal note from current Ex Libris editor Maria Hlohowskyj:

It has been nothing short of an honor to work with the wonderful students, faculty, and staff of the English Graduate Programs for the past two years as your Graduate Assistant. I’m sad to say that this will be my final post to Ex Libris. Thank you to everyone who has read and contributed to this blog during my time here– especially those of you who took advantage of the many exciting events I posted. I hope that all current and incoming students as well as soon-to-be alumni continue to read Ex Libris as our next capable GA takes over in the fall. Keep sending in your news, announcements, and guest posts. And to all of you who are graduating this week– see you at Commencement!

English Departmet Updates

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the annual DePaul Fest Concert taking place on campus TODAY, May 24th, 2013, Public Safety will be closing Arts and Letters Hall at 5:30 p.m.  The English department offices will close at 5:30 as well.

And don’t forget, the University and English Department Offices are closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no Monday classes, and the office will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 28th.

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Sigma Tau Delta’s Open Mic & Poetry Reading with Debra Bruce has been rescheduled, and will now be taking place on Friday, May 31st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall, room 404. The first hour will be an open mic at which all are invited to participate. The second hour will feature a guest reading by Debra Bruce.

For more information, follow the link above to our previous post, or join the Facebook group at facebook.com/events/155132487992980/

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An additional graduate-level English course has been approved for the Summer I schedule. The course, a combined 309 Topics in Writing/484 Writing Workshop: The Art of Revision, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:15 p.m. and will be taught by Prof. Dan Stolar.  The course is currently not listed in the registration system, but please continue to check Campus Connect as it will be added soon. You can see the course description here.

If you have any questions about the class, please contact Prof. Stolar at dstolar@depaul.edu.

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Have a fun and restful Memorial Day Weekend; we’ll see you next week!