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.


Join a Writing Group and Participate in One Book One Chicago– On Campus!

*Reminder: Tomorrow, Sept. 20 is the LAST DAY TO DROP A CLASS without penalty!*

The University Center for Writing-based Learning invites students to join a writing group. Writing Center GA Claire Rooney sends us the following information:

The Writer’s Guild and Writing Groups by Request

The Writing Groups team at the UCWbL is pleased to announce the expansion of our group offerings at the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses!

The Writer’s Guild

Want to flex your creative writing muscles outside of class? The Writer’s Guild meets every Thursday from 4-5:30pm at the Richardson Library (Room 309) on the Lincoln Park campus. Participants will be able to collaborate both with other writers and an UCWbL peer writing tutor and receive reader-based, revision-orientated feedback on their work. The Writer’s Guild is an excellent way to focus your creative energy and encourage yourself and your fellow group members to keep going on that difficult project. We welcome writers to participate as often as they can, whether that’s once a month or every week.

Writing Groups by Request

Not a creative writer? Can’t make it to the Writer’s Guild? Request a Writing Group! You choose the time and campus; we provide a room and an UCWbL peer tutor. Visit to fill out a request.

For more information about any of our groups, contact us at


One Book, One Chicago has a few events coming up in the next couple weeks, including one right on the Lincoln Park campus.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Chicago historian Dominic Pacyga (Chicago: A Biography)  will be discussing the Depression-era Chicago portrayed in Augie’s adventures in his talk Chicago in the Time  of Augie. And on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Janis Freedman-Bellow and Benjamin Taylor will be in conversation with Jonathan Wilson in a presentation on Saul Bellow’s Letters. Both events will take place at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Library Center at 400 S. State St.

And on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, DePaul University Associate Professor of English Hugh Ingrasci and Richard Moskal, Director of the Chicago Film Office, present Chicago Fiction, Chicago Film:  A Conversation. This conversation will explore the myriad ways in which Chicago is depicted in literature and film, including a specific examination of the city’s role in Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March, as well as a screening of clips from feature films shot in Chicago. It will take place in Rm. 300 (The Rosati Room) of the John T. Richardson Library, located at 2350 N. Kenmore Ave.

And don’t forget, the deadline for the One Book, One Chicago Flash Fiction Contest is Sept. 23!

James Murphy Reading, a Review

By MAE student Jonathan Kittl

On Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the John T. Richardson Library, Professor James H. Murphy presented his newly published book, Irish Novelists & the Victorian Age. Professor Murphy started the evening with a brief explanation concerning his process in constructing this new work. Professor Murphy includes references to well over 200 Irish novelists. During the evening Professor Murphy noted several Victorian Irish authors are frequently passed over in favor of other “big name” writers whose work might be interpreted as relevant to or representative of Ireland. One of the examples he mentioned is the analysis of the supposed Irish ancestry of Heathcliff in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Rather than stretch the material, Professor Murphy seeks to incorporate the voices of the authors—such as Maria Edgeworth, Lady Morgan, and Rosa Mullholland—who were right in the middle of Ireland’s political, economical, and social issues.

Professor Murphy read specific passages from his novel so as to give a good cross-section of the various topics about which Victorian Irish authors wrote. Covered were William Carleton and Charles Lever concerning the topics of land and economics, and he also focused on Emily Lawless regarding feminism and realism.

When finished sharing his work, Professor Murphy took questions from the audience of approximately fifty people in the John T. Richardson Library Rosati Room on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. Several of these questions took a challenging tone, similar to those asked of a doctoral student during a dissertation defense. During this question and answer session, which accounted for over half of the program, Professor Murphy confidently and graciously answered each question with precise, detailed information.

DePaul’s English Department was well represented by its faculty and students. Several members from the community and other DePaul University Departments were also in attendance.

Irish Novelists & the Victorian Age can be purchased—as Professor Murphy even noted—at the lofty price of $110.00 on Amazon. Currently the book is only available in Europe, but the hardcover edition will be available in the United States on March 25, 2011.

Interested in attending other events at DePaul? Here are some upcoming author readings:

On Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Poet Jack Ridl will read from his recent work. 6 pm, Rosati Room, 300 John T. Richardson Library, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus

On Thursday, February 24, 2011 Novelist and editor Peter Orner will read from his recent book and answer questions from the audience. 6 pm, Dorothy Day Room, 400 John T. Richardson Library, DePaul University, Lincoln Park Campus

March Into Spring With Free Author Events


February 18, 2011

During the month of March, the Chicago Public Library will host several fascinating and free events in continuation of its ongoing monthly Authors Series. In addition, the Library will be the venue for several free author discussions included in Columbia College Chicago’s 15th Annual Story Week Festival of Writers series. All of the author events will be held at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. For more information, please call (312) 747-4050 or visit

March 2011 Author appearances


In conversation with Eric Ferguson
Thursday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Grant Achatz, internationally acclaimed chef/owner of Alinea and his business partner/coauthor Nick Kokonas discuss and sign their new book, Life, On the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat. The conversation will be moderated by 101.9 The Mix’s Eric Ferguson.


Thursday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Susan Jacoby, renowned author of The Age of American Unreason, will discuss and sign her new book, Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age. Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences, Jacoby turns a caustic eye on the modern fiction that old age can be “defied” and the American culture that it perpetuates.


Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

Monday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. – Acclaimed author Jennifer Egan in conversation with Joe Meno.

Monday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. – A second event with author Jennifer Egan reading and in conversation with Donna Seaman.

Tuesday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. – Reading and conversation with authors Audrey Niffenegger, Karen Tei Yamashita, Gerard Woodward, and host Alexis Pride.

Thursday, March 17 at 1:00 p.m. – A conversation with playwrights Regina Taylor and Tanya Saracho with host Lisa Schlesinger.


Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

This event is part of the Chicago Tribune’s Literary Series of Trib Nation events.

Joyce Carol Oates, recipient of the Chicago Public Library’s 2002 Carl Sandburg Literary Award, discusses and signs her work including her memoir, A Widow’s Story, in a conversation lead by Chicago Tribune columnist Julia Keller.

The Chicago Public Library continues to encourage lifelong learning by welcoming all people and offering equal access to information, entertainment and knowledge through materials, programs and cutting-edge technology.

The Chicago Public Library is comprised of the Harold Washington Library Center, two regional libraries and more than 70 neighborhood branches. All locations provide free access to a rich collection of books, DVDs, audio books and music; the Internet and WiFi; sophisticated research databases, many of which can be accessed from a home or office computer; newspapers and magazines; and continue to serve as cultural centers, presenting the highest quality author discussions, exhibits and programs for children, teens and adults.

The Harold Washington Library Center, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library and Conrad Sulzer Regional Library are open 7 days a week, the branch libraries are open 6 days a week and patrons can access all of the Library’s collections online 24 hours a day. For more information, please visit or call the Chicago Public Library Press Office at (312) 747-4050.


MAE Students to Present at Newberry Renaissance Conference

You are invited to attend the Newberry Center for Renaissance Students 2011 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference to be held January 27-29.

Seventy-two graduate students from consortium institutions throughout the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. will present their research during the conference’s eighteen sessions. Two DePaul University Masters in English students, Brianna Tonner and Diana Anderson, will be presenting. Support from their peers and colleagues is appreciated and encouraged.

From the website:

The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for maturing scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry Library and its resources. Each year since 2007, selected papers have been published in a peer-edited online conference proceedings.

The conference is free to attend, but registration is encouraged. You can view a conference schedule (PDF) and register at their website.

You are also welcome to attend the Newberry Consort performance of Baroque music and the dinner following on Friday evening (advanced registration required).

Congratulations Brianna and Diana!