Important Reminders and a Lecture Invitation

REMINDER: in order for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences to verify the completion of academic requirements, students must apply for degree conferral (graduation) in advance to have a degree posted and to receive a diploma.

If you plan on graduating in June of 2013, the deadline to apply for degree conferral as well as the Commencement ceremony is this Friday, February 1st.

Applications for degree conferral and Commencement are both done online. Please visit the English Graduate Student Resource Page for links to the applications for both degree conferral and Commencement, as well as other useful information about graduation requirements.


Registration for Spring and Summer courses begins next week! Please note that although Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 schedules have been posted on Ex Libris for some time now, they have recently been updated with course descriptions and last-minute changes. You can register for classes via Campus Connect.


ingeman 02-6-13The DePaul Humanities Center would like to invite you to the next event in their ’12-’13 series exploring Digital Humanities. On Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 6:00 pm in room 314 of the DePaul Student Center, Steve Ingeman will present: “’Frequently the Messages Have Meaning’: What Claude Shannon and Neil Postman can tell us about the Digital Humanities.”

Advances in the Digital Humanities—the “semantic web,” high-throughput computing, affective computation, etc.—hold out the promise of exciting new avenues of research and scholarly activity. But they also call into question what it is that we do when we do humanities scholarship. New technologies generally have an effect on their culture which is not additive but rather ecological, as they reorder power relationships, import hidden assumptions, and change the questions we ask. Drawing from Walter Benjamin, Michel Serres, Neil Postman and others, we find that the Digital Humanities’ emphasis on collaboration and on the processing of large volumes of data changes—for better or worse—not only what we think the humanities are or should be, but also what we think information is. This change is dramatic enough to unhinge information from human meaning and the human life world, with wide-ranging repercussions.

Steve Ingeman received his MA in philosophy from Indiana University and his MLIS from the University of Tennessee. Now a professional librarian, he still works in areas of ancient Greek philosophy, critical thinking, information theory, and the philosophy of technology. He currently lives in Falls Church, Virginia.


DePaul Humanities Center Announces Winter Events

Winter quarter may seem ages away, especially to those of us preoccupied with finals, but the DePaul Humanities Center is pleased to announce to the DePaul and Chicago communities to their Winter 2013 Events, featuring selections from three current series: New Voices in the Humanities, Nostalgia and the Age of Enlightenment, and Digital Humanities.

This quarter the DePaul Humanities Center’s events will:

  • Welcome two acclaimed authors, who will read from just-published works of fiction, including DePaul English professor Christine Sneed, reading from her forthcoming novel, Little Known Facts.
  • Offer two forays into Nostalgia and the Age of Enlightenment: a public and participatory discussion about questions of value, excellence and merit in art (and beyond) in a fully-ironic postmodern age, and an examination of the problem of the past in English socialism.
  • Explore how the practice of Digital Humanities can alter our understanding of what constitutes information–unhinging it from human meaning–and what consequences may arise as a result.

Please see the flyer for event details. Further descriptions will be posted closer to the time of each individual event.

One Book One Chicago, Anne K. Knowles at DePaul, and More

Thank you to everyone who came out to One Book One Chicago History of Reading program last week and made it a success. Don’t forget, there’s one more OBOC program at DePaul this season, and it’s taking place this week:

The Book as Object
Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus
John T. Richardson Library, Room 300
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue
A book exists as more than just a vessel for the written word—it’s an artwork, a collectible and, of course, a target for thieves. Join librarian Scott Walter and artist Matthew Girson, along with cultural critic Rachel Shteir, author of The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting, as they discuss various personal and cultural ways of experiencing The Book beyond reading. Sponsored by DePaul University’s Department of English.


The DePaul Humanities Center is looking forward to their next event as well: On Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton (a reception will precede at 5:30 p.m.), Anne K. Knowles will present: Geographic Imagination’s Role in the Digital Humanities.

Visualizing places, movement, and spatial relations has become a prevalent theme in the digital humanities. Such visualizations are inherently, if not explicitly, geographical, yet geographers have not generally been in the vanguard of this exciting new vein of scholarship. This presentation argues that geographers have a key role to play as masters of geovisual methods and as scholars with long practice in applying geographic imagination to research questions. Examples will come primarily from collaborative research among geographers, historians, and cartographers on the geographies of the Holocaust.

Anne Kelly Knowles is Associate Professor of Geography at Middlebury College. For more than fifteen years, she has been a pioneer in historical geographic information systems. Her two edited books, Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History (ESRI Press 2002) and Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (ESRI Press 2008), along with special issues of the journals Social Science History and Historical Geography, have become benchmarks in this interdisciplinary field. As an historical geographer, Knowles has specialized in American immigration and industrialization, the subjects of Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier (University of Chicago Press 1997) and Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800-1868 (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2012). Her research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. Anne is currently finishing her work as lead editor of Geographies of the Holocaust, a collection of essays issuing from the interdisciplinary Holocaust Historical GIS project.

This event is free and open to the public. Please click to enlarge the poster for more information.


The 2013 Women and Gender History Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be taking place on February 28th through March 2nd, 2013, and they have issued a call for papers. From the symposium description:

More than two decades have passed since a rich body of literature made Women’s and Gender History a vital field with exploitation as a key theme. Today, exploitation remains an important idea in Women’s and Gender History. But, African American feminist Patricia Hill-Collins told us that exploitation “cannot be reduced to one fundamental type” and that these multiple forms of exploitation are organized in a “matrix of domination.” Exploitation is multidimensional and nuanced. It transgresses time and space. It moves across bodies, borders, and genders. It shapes social relationships. Exploitation, then, should be approached from a multifaceted angle using a transdisciplinary lens.

However, we must not reinscribe intellectual imperialism, assuming that gender is a synonym for women. For example, gender, like race and class, is a historically situated, constructed social category that changes meaning at different historical moments. Yet women and gendered subjects have been exploited by these categories, depending on the space, time, and political condition before them. They have never been passive, but active agents in resisting exploitation.

We seek papers that engage the concept of exploitation broadly across time period, across genders, across sexualities, across and beyond the nation-state borders. While we value essays that take a historical approach, they need not be historical. We strongly encourage papers that use a transdisciplinary approach to understand various aspects of Women’s and Gender History/Studies. We especially encourage submissions that focus on traditionally under-studied topics within the larger field of Women’s and Gender History/Studies, and among them, indigenous women and queer indigenous subjects. Submissions with a focus on transnational exploitation are also strongly encouraged. Again, we would like to reiterate that we are not only interested in how subjects in Women’s and Gender History/Studies have been exploited, but also the various methods they have used to resist exploitation.

Possible Topics May Include (but certainly not limited to):

  • Media and exploitation
  • Transnationalism and Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Transnational sexuality
  • Exploitation of bodies
  • Settler Colonialism and Exploitation
  • The law and exploitation

Please submit your 300-500 word abstracts by November 15th, 2012 to


The Book Cellar is celebrating this week’s release of Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story, an anthology that asks twenty contemporary masters of the genre to answer “What does it take to write a great short story?” by sharing their favorite stories from the pages The Paris Review with personalized introductions.

Aleksandar Hemon, a local contributor to Object Lessons, will be reading at The Book Cellar on Wednesday, October 10th at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. Visit for more information.