Student News, H. Peter Steeves on Campus, & More!

Today in Student News, we’re excited to announce that not one but two current MAWP students will have poems published in After Hours Issue 27, Summer 2013.

Congratulations to David Mathews on the publication of his poem “Urban Archer.”

And congratulations as well to M.R. Byrd on the publication of his poem, “Athena.”

The Summer 2013 issue will be released at the Printers Row Book Fair, June 8-9th; if you’re at the fair, stop by the After Hours table to pick up a copy and check out David and M.R.’s poetry!

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Steeves May 22The DePaul Humanities Center would like to invite you to its next on campus event. H. Peter Steeves will be presenting “The About Time Show” on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. at the DePaul Student Center, room 120.

From the flyer: “The About Time Show is an interdisciplinary, multimedia investigation of temporality and the physics and metaphysics of time. We are all in the midst of time, at its mercy, held “green and dying,” hoping at best to sing in our chains like the sea. Yet what is time? It does not seem to be something in itself that we can experience, though it is necessary for there to be experience at all. We do not experience time, but rather we experience events taking place in time.

However, if time can be warped and bent—as must be the case if space and time are essentially the same thing—then time must be some thing in itself. By taking up a philosophic analysis of the scientifi c and ontological issues in a way that engages the arts (especially literature, music, dance, and theatre) and the humanities, The About Time Show proposes to make clearer how we exist outside of eternity, caught up in a realm of Becoming rather than Being, investigating together what it means to be in time and even, perhaps, discovering how to travel backwards in it.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint press, is hiring! They are looking for a Publishing Assistant to join their team. This is an entry-level position based in Counterpoint’s Berkeley, CA offices. If you are interested, please send a cover letter & résumé to: pubasstjob@counterpointpress.com.

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The Artifice, an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms (including Film, Anime, Comics, Literature, Arts, etc.), is actively looking for new writers. The website is collaboratively built and maintained by its writers. While writing for The Artifice does not pay, the platform has an established audience of millions.

The Artifice is currently expanding and would like to provide an opportunity for students to join their team of writers.

Any questions can be addressed to Alyson Burston at editor@the-artifice.com. To apply online, visit the-artifice.com/write.

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Word Lab flier

826CHI’s upcoming summer ELL workshop, The Word Laboratory, is seeking volunteer tutors to work individually with 826CHI’s youngest learners (1st through 4th graders) as they practice all of the great skills they have gained this school year. Those interested would need to be available to volunteer a few hours a week between July 8th – August 1st, 2013. There are many volunteer slots yet to fill. No previous experience with ELL students or special language skills necessary – just a strong interest in working with kids in a creative/educational setting.

For more information, visit www.826chi.org. To apply, please contact Kendra Curry, Director of Volunteer Services, at Kendra@826chi.org.

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Student News, Stanley Fish at DePaul, & an Essay Contest

REMINDER: Registration for Fall Quarter 2013 begins this week. Check Campus Connect to find out your exact registration date and time and to fill your course cart. English Graduate classes are posted on Ex Libris under Autumn 2013, and are being updated with course descriptions from the professors.

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In Student News: Congratulations to MAWP student Lisa Applegate, whose piece, “Heartland Love Story: This Is What Your Government Would Tear Asunder,” was published as the cover story of this week’s Newcity magazine. Lisa originally wrote “Heartland Love Story” for Prof. Ted Anton’s Literature of Fact class in Winter 2013. In addition to reading Lisa’s work in Newcity online, you can also pick up physical copies of the magazine for free around the city, including at DePaul’s Richardson Library.

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Fish 05-08-13The DePaul Humanities Center would like to invite the DePaul community to attend the next event in their Nostalgia and The Age of Enlightenment Series. On Wednesday, May 8th, 2013  at 6:00 p.m. in room 314 of the DePaul Student Center, (2250 N. Sheffield Avenue), prominent literary theorist and New York Times columnist Stanley Fish will present: What are the Humanities Worth?”

This talk considers two recent books in the ‘crisis of the humanities’ genre, and finds in them opposing attitudes toward what both authors see as the accelerating decline of the humanities. One author is trying to think up strategies for slowing down the decline; the other believes that the decline and eventual demise can’t happen fast enough. After drawing out these positions, Fish makes a distinction between the humanities in general and the academic study of the humanities, and then asks what would be lost if the latter were allowed to wither. In order to have an object before us as we think about the question, he will analyze two poems by George Herbert , “The Holdfast” and “The Forerunners.”

Stanley Fish is the Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor and a professor of law at Florida International University, in Miami, and dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins and Duke University, in Durham, N.C. Fish is the author of 10 books, including “How Milton Works,” “The Trouble With Principle”, “Professional Correctness: Literary Studies and Political Change” and “There’s No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It’s a Good Thing, Too.” His essays and articles have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, The Atlantic and The New York Times.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Notting Hill Editions is delighted to announce The William Hazlitt Essay Prize, a new annual literary prize for the best essay in the English language, published or unpublished, on any subject. The award is named in honour of William Hazlitt (1778-1830), great master of the miscellaneous essay.

The prize will be judged on the originality of the ideas, the quality of the prose and the ability to communicate to a wide audience. All entries for the competition must be between 2,000 and 8,000 words.

Award value: £15,000. Five runners-up will each receive £1000.
Judges: Harry Mount (chair), Gaby Wood, Adam Mars-Jones, Lady Antonia Fraser, David Shields.

Eligibility / Submissions:

  • Authors of any nationality are eligible, but submissions must have been written originally in English.
  • If already published, the essay must have appeared for the first time in periodical (print or online) rather than book form, between January 1st, 2012 and July 31st, 2013.
  • Submissions (one entry per author) may be made by author, publication or agent. Submission of an essay by a publisher or other third party will be taken as agreement by the author that he/she is willing for the submitted work to be considered. The judges reserve the right to call in any unsubmitted eligible essay.

Submissions deadline: August 1st, 2013.

Entries must include a cover letter and be uploaded to the NHE website using the link nottinghilleditions.com/essay-prize. Each entry must be paginated with the title of the essay on the top of each page. All entries must also be double-spaced. Please only include author name on the covering letter so that authors remain anonymous to the judges. There is an entry fee of £10 to cover administration payable via our website.

Complete terms and conditions can be found at: nottinghilleditions.com/essay-prize.

For further information contact Jessica Lawrence at essayprize@nottinghilleditions.com.

Student News, Sister Helen Prejean on Campus, and a Job Posting

Today in Student News, we are happy to announce that MAWP student and GA Mark Brand will be heading to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Fall 2013 where he’ll will be working on a PhD in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Mark will be studying with Liam Callanan and Valeria Laken in their fiction-writing faculty and working toward a new novel as a creative dissertation. Congratulations, Mark!

Also in Student News, congratulations to Rhiannon Falzone on her most recent publication in ChicagoSide online magazine. Rhiannon’s article, ‘Girls on the Run’ Gets Chicago Kids Moving In The Right Direction, is part one of a series of two articles on the subject, and Rhiannon is planning the next part for June when she covers the organization’s 5K.

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DePaul is once again bringing award-winning social activist and nonfiction writer Sister Helen Prejean to campus for two events happening next week.

DeadManWalkingPlayPerformance

This Monday, April 22nd, DePaul students, faculty and staff will be performing the one-act play adaptation of Prejean’s Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, with the author in attendance.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and the one-act play performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion and book signing with Prejean at 8:00 p.m.

Attendance is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

MemoirWritingBreakfast

On Thursday, April 25th at 8:30 a.m., the English Department, the MAWP program, and Sigma Tau Delta are co-sponsoring a “Memoir Writing Breakfast” with Sister Helen Prejean. DePaul Professors Ann Stanford and Michele Morano will lead a discussion with Prejean about memoir writing, her archives, literature as a tool for social change, and her newest memoir, River of Fire. She will be available to autograph books after the event.

A light breakfast will be served. Once again, attendance to this event is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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The Chicago Tribune is looking for an Assistant Events Producer to join its newsroom events team in a role that combines storytelling, multimedia production, event planning and stage management. The Tribune’s Trib Nation reader-engagement program produces about 100 events a year – from intimate workshops to high-profile public forums. As an extension of the Tribune’s journalism, most events feature the newspaper’s signature columnists and writers paired with newsmakers and in the past year have included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, David Byrne, Elie Wiesel, Junot Diaz, Sheryl Sandberg, Rick Bayless and many more. The ideal candidate will have at least two years experience in a mix of event planning, journalism, TV/radio production, theater or similar, a passion for storytelling and live events and an interest in working on a tight-knit, ambitious and creative events team.

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS

  • 4-year college degree in journalism, or equivalent studies with focus on marketing, theater, broadcast, events management or similar
  • 2 years experience in a production-focused environment (event production, radio/TV, theater, marketing, etc.)
  • Proficiency in PowerPoint, Excel, Word
  • Familiarity with EventBrite
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Creative mind, collaborative spirit and enthusiasm for working with a team
  • Solution-focused approach to challenges
  • Ability to work evenings and unconventional hours
  • Perfectionist’s drive to make events flawless
  • Sense of humor in high-pressure situations

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Lara Weber, Newsroom Events Editor, Chicago Tribune, at lweber@tribune.com.

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!

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

Register for Liberal Arts Week events on DePaul.Experience.com, 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: careercenter.depaul.edu/liberalartsweek. See flyer below for a complete schedule of events.

Liberal-Arts-Week-Schedule

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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).

Student & Alumni News and More

DePaul English Graduate students had a very productive winter break– we received announcements from the following students about their recent awards and publications. Are you a student or graduate with news to share about an award, publication, job, or other accomplishment related to your degree? Email Maria at mhlohows@depaul.edu to be featured in Ex Libris’s Student & Alumni News.

Congratulations to Bethany Brownholtz (M.A.W.P. ’12) on getting a poem published in the December 2012 edition of Broad Magazine, the online publication of Loyola University Chicago’s Women’s Studies & Gender Studies department. Bethany’s poem, entitled “What it’s like to look at her legs,” can be read along with the rest of the issue here.

Congratulations as well to current M.A.W.P. student Mikki Kendall, who has had a nonfiction essay published on the web magazine xoJane. Click over to xojane.com/entertainment/on-behalf-of-willow-smith-and-girls-like-her-shut-up to read Mikki’s essay, entitled “On Behalf Of Willow Smith And Girls Like Her: Shut Up And Keep Your Concerns To Yourself.”

And finally, congratulations to Raul Palma, also a current M.A.W.P. student, who recently had one short story published and other pieces place in two writing contests. Raul’s story “Amaranthus,” which he originally wrote for Christine Sneed’s Triptych class in fall 2012, was published by 34th Parallel literary magazine. Another short story of his, “Obsolescence,” was a finalist in Cutthroat Magazine‘s 2012 Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest, and an excerpt from Immaculate, a novella he produced in Amina Gautier’s Novella Writing class last winter, placed in Glimmer Train literary magazine’s Family Matters contest.

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Lastly, a brief reminder: Are you a current or prospective DePaul English graduate student interested in pursing a graduate assistantship for the 2013-2014 school year? If so, please note that there are only five days left to get your applications in before the deadline of January 15th, 2013.

See las.depaul.edu/english/Programs/Graduate/About/Graduate_Assistantships for complete details.

Student News and Adult Student Week at DePaul

In student news, Raul Palma (MAWP), has had a short story accepted for publication at Saw Palm Literary Journal, a publication based out of the University of South Florida’s English Department. Raul’s story, “Obsolescence,” was written in Professor Gautier’s Mentor’s in Craft workshop during the spring term.  It will appear in the 7th issue of Saw Palm. Congratulations, Raul!

Saw Palm was established in 2006 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of South Florida. Each issue offers an eclectic collection of stories, essays, poems, book reviews, and visual art richly situated in the heart of Florida. Contributors featured in Saw Palm range from Nobel laureates and prizewinners to the best in up-and-coming writers—many of which first published here. You can read more about them at sawpalm.org/about-us.

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This week, universities throughout the country celebrate Adult Student Week, and the DePaul Office of Adult Student Affairs will be holding a special Adult Student Week event on the Lincoln Park campus tomorrow, November 6th from 3-5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Room 316. All graduate students are invited to stop by and learn about their Quarterly Scholarships, Professional Development Fund and adult student organization (P.A.S.S., Professional Adult Student Society). Refreshments will be served. See the flyer for more information.

Upcoming Readings Featuring MAWP Students and More

In Student News: Michael Van Kerckhove (M.A.W.P.) will be part of the inaugural line-up of That’s All She Wrote, a brand new entry into the alive and well Chicago live-lit storytelling scene. Michael will be debuting a new personal story at this reading, and you can support him and enjoy the live literature of That’s All She Wrote at Swim Cafe at 1357 W. Chicago Avenue this Sunday, October 14th at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30). The event is free and food will be available. Swim Cafe is BYOB.

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In honor of the National Day on Writing, The University Center for Writing-based Learning’s Writers Guild will present a public reading of original works of non-fiction, fiction, essays, and poetry by its members, and all are invited to attend. The event will take place on Thursday, October 18th, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the LPC Student Center in the Performance Area.

Members of The Writers Guild including M.A.W.P. students Raul Palma, David Mathews, and Mark Brand, alum Jennifer Finstrom (M.A.W.P. ’12) and other DePaul undergraduates and faculty members will share pieces of their writing that they have been discussing and critiquing throughout the quarter. Writers Guild and Writing Groups staff members will be on-hand to share information about our work and how to get involved with the UCWbL and The Writers Guild.

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In addition to this reading, the UCWbL will also be hosting a program called National Day on Writing Literacy Narratives on Wednesday, October 17th. Students, faculty, and staff who would like to share their literacy narrative in a recording session can join the UCWbL on this day from 10am-12pm in the LPC Student Center Atrium or from 1-3pm on the 11th Floor of the Loop DePaul Center to record a quick statement on why you write or to describe an impactful literacy experience. These videos will be shared via the UCWbL YouTube page as a celebration for National Day on Writing.

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And finally, if you’re looking to do some literary sightseeing this weekend, the Poetry Foundation will once again take part in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, a free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 150 buildings across the city and suburbs. Visitors to the building on Saturday, Oct. 13th and Sunday, Oct 14th from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days will have an opportunity to explore the space over the weekend as well as get a rare glimpse into the making of Poetry magazine, celebrating its centennial in 2012. The Poetry Foundation is located at 61 West Superior Street, and you can find out more about them at poetryfoundation.org.