Ted Anton Reading

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Please join the English department in celebrating Professor Ted Anton’s new book, Planet of Microbes, on

Thursday, October 26 at 6 PM
Arts & Letters 103

The book details the ways in which the world’s tiniest, and sometimes most dangerous, microorganisms are being tapped as allies in seeking better health and a sustainable future. From microbreweries to volcanic hot pools, the bottom of the ocean and miles below the earth’s surface, from our gardens to our bodies to Mars, a hidden living world is deepening our vision of life’s capabilities.

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Visiting Writer: Allison Joseph

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Please join the DePaul Department of English as we welcome poet and editor Allison Joseph to the Visiting Writers Program on

Thursday, October 5 @ 6 PM
Richardson Library 115
2350 N Kenmore Avenue

Joseph, director of the Southern Illinois University MFA Program in Creative Writing, is the author of What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (Pittsburgh, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003) and Worldly Pleasures (Word Press, 2004). Her honors include the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize, fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry. She is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers, and holds the Judge Williams Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship.

Scholarships for English Majors

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Applications due October 15th, 2017

The English department invites applications for three scholarships available to English majors:

  • Ellin M. Kelly, Ph.D. Endowed British Literature Award ($1500)
  • Honors English Scholarship ($2800)
  • Mary Zavada Memorial Endowed Scholarship ($2450)

Each scholarship has different requirements, outlined below. You may also download a PDF with the same information.

To apply for any of the scholarships you must complete the following steps:

  1. If you have not done so already for the current academic year, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid​) and have the results sent to DePaul University. This is only required for need-based scholarships. Please note that you are not required to accept a financial aid package in order to be considered for need-based scholarships. You need only fill out and submit the application. Any federal financial aid accepted on your behalf through the FAFSA process is your responsibility.
  2. Complete the General Application:
    • Log into the DePaul Online Scholarship Application using your Campus Connect ID and password.
    • Complete and submit the General Application.
      • Once your application has been completed and submitted successfully, it will be marked with a green checkmark.
      • If it is gray, the application was not submitted successfully; try again.
  3. After submitting the General Application, you will automatically route to opportunities for which you qualify and more information is needed. If you are recommended for additional scholarships, you will be able to view a list of opportunities.  Apply for them by clicking on the blue “Apply” button beside each scholarship.  Additional questions or information may be required to complete the application process.

After Submitting an Application

If awarded a scholarship, you will be notified via email and you will see a notification on the “applications” tab of the scholarship application site under “active.” You must accept the award within the DePaul Online Scholarship Application in order to receive the money. You will also receive communication from financial aid stating that your financial aid award letter has been updated. If you are not selected for a scholarship, you will see a notification on the “home” tab of the website indicating your application was reviewed and not selected. Individual emails are not sent for those not selected.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Jennifer Conary, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at jconary1@depaul.edu.

Ellin M. Kelly, Ph.D. Endowed British Literature Award, $1500

The Kelly Endowed British Literature Award recognizes the academic achievement of students who have demonstrated their dedication to the study of British literature. Only Juniors and Seniors are eligible for this scholarship.  Students must be English majors with a GPA of at least 3.5, and they must have completed at least three English courses.

Applicants for this scholarship will need to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • A 400-500-word statement highlighting your dedication to the study of British literature as demonstrated through your coursework, including independent studies or research projects, as well as any related extracurricular activities or future plans.
  • An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine).
  • An essay dealing with British literature from any period.

The Honors English Scholarship, $2800

The Honors English scholarship provides financial assistance to Honors students who are also English majors or double majors. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be enrolled in the Honors Program, have demonstrated financial need, have a minimum GPA of 3.3, and have completed at least three English courses.

Applicants for the Honors English Scholarship will need to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • A 400-500-word statement highlighting your academic engagement and achievement in the English major and the Honors Program and indicating how this scholarship will help you financially.
  • An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine).
  • A writing sample (a literary essay or a creative work produced for one of your classes)

The Mary Zavada Memorial Endowed Scholarship, $2450

The Mary Zavada Memorial Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to students majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing; students who are double-majoring in English must have a primary major in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.  You must be at least a sophomore, be in good academic standing, and have demonstrated financial need to be eligible for this award.

Applicants for this scholarship will need to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine).
  • A sample of your creative writing (short story, set of poems, essay, etc.).

Remember, if you have questions along the way, contact Professor Jennifer Conary, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at jconary1@depaul.edu. Best of luck!

A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks

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This event will celebrates the life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks, one of the most well-celebrated poets of the 20th century. We will be hosting her biographer, Angela Jackson.

Angela will be discussing thie life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks. Additionally, DePaul Theater School Alums will read selected vignettes from Maud Martha. The only novel she ever wrote, this book tells the story of a young black girl growing up in Chicago.

Angela Jackson is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. In her most recent book, A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun, Jackson delves deep into the rich fabric of fellow poet and Chicagoan Gwendolyn Brooks’s work and world. Granted unprecedented access to Brooks’s family, personal papers, and writing community, Jackson traces the literary arc of this artist’s long career and gives context for the world in which Brooks wrote and published her work. It is a powerfully intimate look at a once-in-a-lifetime talent up close, using forty-three of Brooks’s most soul-stirring poems as a guide.

Learn more!

Sarah Pappalardo: How to Win at Feminism

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Join the Department of English as we welcome back alum Sarah Pappalardo in celebration of her book HOW TO WIN AT FEMINISM, a fresh take on women’s rights through the lens of the funniest women in comedy today.

Thursday, September 21 @ 6 PM
Arts & Letters 103

Pappalardo is the editor and co-founder of Reductress, the first and only satirical women’s magazine, and a writer, performer and playwright living in Brooklyn. Born in Boston and raised in the wilds of New Hampshire, she has written and performed at IO Chicago, The Second City, the Magnet Theater, and The Upright Citizens Brigade. She was previously an artistic associate for the Chicago-based Bare Boned Theatre, and her plays have since been performed in front of tiny audiences throughout Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia.