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!


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
  • Identifying and Marketing Your Super Powers
  • Beyond 9-5: Do What You Love

Register for Liberal Arts Week events on, 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: See flyer below for a complete schedule of events.



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).


New Job & Internship Info

All are encouraged to attend a RESUME AND JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP FOR ENGLISH STUDENTS on Wednesday, May 30th from 5:00-6:00p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall Room 308. The workshop will by run by Ed Childs of the DePaul Career Center.


Current MAE and MAWP students looking for a summer internship should check their email for six summer internship opportunities available exclusively to DePaul students at this time.


In These Times has a job opening for a Web Editor. In These Times, a not-for-profit national monthly magazine based in Chicago, seeks an editor to manage and guide the magazine’s continued expansion into the digital frontier. Who are we looking for? A journalist and digital strategist who:

  • loves to think big about how serious journalism can survive on the Internet.
  • has experience managing a journalistic website, and knows what CMS and SEO stand for
  • has edited everything from blog posts to 3,000-word feature stories—quickly.
  • wants to play a multifaceted role in a mission-driven progressive organization.
  • is comfortable managing writers and interns.

The person hired will also help edit the print edition of the magazine. A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to In These Times’ mission is required. The successful applicant is expected to be fully involved in working with the staff in planning the magazine’s expansion and growth. HTML/CSS and photo editing skills strongly preferred.

Salary based on experience. Four-weeks paid vacation. Employer matched 401(k). Employer-paid medical and dental benefits. Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples and two editing samples to No phone calls. This Chicago-based position will remain open until filled. In These Times is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ethnicities and genders are encouraged to apply.

EGSA Conference Deadline Extended, Career Event for Creative People, and Francesca Royster on Michael Jackson

DePaul students, if you haven’t already heard, the deadline to submit proposals to the EGSA 2012 Spring Conference has been extended to this Friday, March 30th at midnight. This is your last chance to get those proposals in! Make sure to check the EGSA Spring Conference 2012 page on Ex Libris to download the application materials and remind yourself of all the details.


Those with the aspirations to make your current literature or writing degree into a career should take note of an upcoming DePaul Career Center event: Career Paths for Creative and Unconventional People. This networking/panel event will take place on Friday, April 13, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Campus DePaul Art Museum. This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with artists, writers, entrepreneurs, freelancers and other creative folks. Discover how they’ve navigated a nontraditional career path and find out how to pursue your passion and pay the bills.


Closing the Humanities Center’s year-long series on Literature and Music, Francesca Royster, Associate Professor of English and Chair of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul, will present “Michael Jackson, Queer World Making and the Trans Erotics of Voice, Gender and Age.” The event will take place Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at the DePaul Student Center, room 314. There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture will follow at 6:00 p.m.

Career Advice for English Grad Students

Are you looking for come career advice tailored to English students– or better yet, tailored to you? Check out these two new offerings from the DePaul Career Center:

How to Find a Job (a seminar for English students)
February 23rd, 5:30-6:30 pm
Arts & Letters Hall, Room 109
Emily Kravetz

Career Adviser Emily Kravetz will lead this hour-long seminar on the in’s and out’s of how to look for a job and what is available for English graduates. Watch Ex Libris for an update on the exact location.

Personal Internship/Job Advice
Hilary Longnecker
(Career Center Counselor and DePaul English alum)
February 22nd, 2-4pm & March 1st, 1:00-3:00 pm
Arts & Letters Hall 210-01
(English Dept. inner-conference room)

Hilary is available on these two dates to make a private appointment to speak with you about all things career – from what you can do with your degree, to how to go about a job/internship search, to what types of services/support the Career Center offers. She’s happy to critique resumes, CVs, and personal statements, discuss graduate school options, and help you develop a strategic plan for your career exploration and/or search.

If interested, please an RSVP email to Prof. Chris Green at with ideal time you’d like to meet with her.

Events this Week

It’s that time of the quarter: the last few weeks where everything is due and everyone is as busy as can be. But if you can take the time out of your schedule to attend one or two of these great events at DePaul, do it. You deserve the break, and you’ll thank Ex Libris later (trust me).

This week, Nov. 7th- 11th, is Adult Student Week, sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. Adult Student Week celebrates adult, graduate, professional, and veteran students with a week of entertainment, career workshops, film screenings, info sessions, live music, and lots more. The kickoff event is TODAY Monday Nov. 7th from 4-6 p.m. at the DePaul Center room 11017. Stop by for food, resources, giveaways, and information on the rest of the week’s events.

Festivities will conclude on Friday, Nov. 11th, from 5-7 p.m. with an end of the week celebration also in the DePaul Center, at the North Cafe.

The Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies and Masters of Arts/Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies programs present a special Green Fire Screening Event, TONIGHT Monday, Nov. 7, from 6-9 p.m.  All are invited to attend at DePaul’s LPC Welcome Center, 2400 N. Sheffield, to share the newly released documentary film (2011), conversation, and  refreshments.

Green Fire examines the life and work of groundbreaking  conservationist and writer Aldo Leopold. An exciting interdisciplinary group of discussion leaders will share their insights about the film and Leopold’s pivotal conservation text, A Sand County Almanac. They are expecting attendees from not only across the curriculum, but from across the city.

RSVPs to 773-325-7840 appreciated, but not required. Feel free to share the invite.

The second of two Career Center events specifically for English students is coming up this Wednesday, Nov. 9th. Join us in the Dorothy Day Room of the LPC Library from 6- 7:30 p.m. for the Career Panel for English Students to hear Betsy Crist, Lisa Spengler, Chris Green, and Perrin Davis speak about their long and diverse careers in publishing, writing, communications, literature, and teaching.

And finally, for some end-of-the-week stress release and fun, stop by Brownstone’s Annex in the LPC Student Center on Friday Nov. 11th from 6-7 pm  for the final show of the quarter by DePaul’s Write Club.

Write Club is a high-energy literary event featuring 6 writers, 3 bouts of opposing topics, 5 minutes a piece. Audience picks the winner.

This month features bouts including:



Danielle Eileen O’Donoghue
Tom Harrison
Tom Korabik
Kyle Livingstone
Eric Ruelle
Jacob Sabolo

Hosted by:
Eric Ruelle

For more information, check out Write Club’s Facebook Event Page.

Career Skills Workshop for English Students

The English Department has arranged a special Career Center workshop for undergraduate and graduate students in English. If you’re looking for summer or permanent employment, we hope that you will find this workshop helpful in identifying and articulating your strengths to prospective employers. The workshop will take place in SAC on Thursday, May 19th from 6 to 7:30 pm in SAC 151.

Here’s a description of the workshop from the Career Center:

Wondering how to promote yourself to potential employers? Thinking about how your education has prepared you for success in the workplace? Join the Career Center on Thursday, May 19 at 6pm in SAC 151 for a workshop tailored to the needs of English majors. Attendees will take part in a hands-on exercise to identify and prioritize the skills they possess and wish to use on the job. Guidance on how to use this information in developing a resume, preparing for an interview, and setting career goals will also be offered.

The workshop will also serve as an introduction to the services the Career Center can offer you during and after your studies at DePaul.