Spring English Conference: Save the Date!



Movie Screening, Conversation with Michael Shannon


In Conversation with Great Minds
Michael Shannon

Monday, January 29, 2018
DePaul Student Center, Room 120
2250 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

6-8:00 PM: Screening of Take Shelter (2011, dir. Jeff Nichols)
8-9:00 PM: Conversation

Academy Award/Golden Globe nominee and SAG Award winner, Michael Shannon visits the DePaul Humanities Center and joins Center director H. Peter Steeves to talk about a career that has taken him from stage (“Bug”) to television (“Empire Boardwalk”) to film (Nocturnal Animals), establishing him as one of the most talented, compelling, creative, and original artists of our time.

Poet Natalie Diaz at Northwestern


Wednesday, January 17, 2018
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Harris Hall, 108
1881 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she has worked with the last speakers of Mojave and directed a language revitalization program. In a PBS interview, she spoke of the connection between writing and experience: “for me writing is kind of a way for me to explore why I want things and why I’m afraid of things and why I worry about things. And for me, all of those things represent a kind of hunger that comes with being raised in a place like this.”

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TONIGHT: Stuart Dybek with Mark Turcotte

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Volumes Bookstore
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
ChicagoIL 60622

The Start of Something: Selected Stories by Stuart Dybek was published by Jonathan Cape/Vintage in 2016. He is the author of five other books of fiction and two volumes of poetry, Brass Knuckles (Carnegie Mellon) and Streets In Their Own Ink (FSG.) His work is widely anthologized and appears in publications such as The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Tin House, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University.

Mark Turcotte (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is author of four poetry collections, including The Feathered Heart and Exploding Chippewas. Turcotte has been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Grant, two Literary Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a Josephine Gates Kelly Memorial Fellowship from Wordcraft Circle. He was the 2008/09 Visiting Native Writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and served as Visiting Writer-In-Residence for Spring 2014 at the Center For The Writing Arts at Northwestern University. Since 2009 he has been a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at DePaul University.


Elevated Chicago Advertising Night


Are you interested in a career in advertising?

A Chicago advertising association known as the 4A’s is hosting an advertising event next Wednesday, January 17 from 5:30-7:30 in the Loop Concourse that is open to students from all majors! This is a unique event with “activity stations” as opposed to a formal presentation/panel set-up, though there will be a number of Chicago ad agencies in attendance for students interested in networking. There will also be free Chicago-style food!

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