Call for Submissions: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

The Johns Hopkins University’s first annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium is now open for submissions!

This will be a new annual two-day event at Johns Hopkins main campus in Baltimore, Maryland and it will offer students across the country the chance to disseminate their humanities research on a national scale. The event will be this spring, April 3rd and 4th, 2020 and the application portal is now open.

This symposium is open to undergraduate students from any two-year or four-year college or university who would like to present their original scholarship in the humanities. The university hopes to have 400 participants this year and will also be offering a select number of travel grants to help students afford participation. In addition to the multiple panels of student papers and presentations (including original creative works), they will also have a wonderful keynote delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr and multiple professional development panels featuring graduate students and faculty in Johns Hopkins’ humanities departments and centers. Students studying all areas of the humanities are welcome to attend.

Those interested can learn more at the conference site.

Study Abroad in Germany

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to study abroad this summer in Germany with the “Germany: Navigating the Refugee Experience in Berlin” program! Applications close February 1, 2020.

Students will be traveling to Berlin for the last two weeks of June. Accompanying courses will be in the Spring. The program is open to undergraduates as well as graduates, and there are no language requirements.

Below are some the items on the trip itinerary:
Über den Tellerrand/“Better Plate”: Cooking class led by a cook who arrived in Berlin as a refugee and workshop with the Better Plate team about social gastronomy movements and using food as a form of social cohesion
Querstadtein tour: See one of Berlin’s neighborhoods through the eyes of a refugee tour guide
Refugio Café language tables: opportunity to use either English or German as a way to communicate at biweekly integrative language tables for refugees and other Berlin newcomers
Theatrical performance by the Exile ensemble at the Gorki Theater
Türkenmarkt and Mauerpark: visits to two large-scale, multicultural artisanal food and craft open air markets
Meetings with and presentations from NGOs and think tanks working on the ground to support refugee communities (Expert Council of German Federations on Integration and Migration, Caritas, Give Something Back to Berlin, Eed Be Eed Storytelling)
Visits to two refugee shelters: one in Berlin and one an hour outside of the city in the state of Brandenburg
• Understanding Germany and Europe in the 20th century through two installations: Topography of Terror (documents the systematic process of the Nazis’ rise to power, 1933-1945) and Tränenpalast (“Palace of Tears,” former border crossing point between East and West Berlin)
Comparative visit to Nuremberg to observe the history of Germany with regard to citizenship and belonging, through visits to the Palace of Justice and Nazi Documentation center

Those interested can view the full Study Abroad brochure, including courses and program fees, here.

Volunteers Needed: StoryStudio Chicago Writers Festival

StoryStudio Chicago is looking for volunteers to help with their conference on October 5th and 6th!

It is StoryStudio’s 2nd annual Writers Festival hosted by Columbia College Chicago. Curated by Artistic Director Rebecca Makkai, the two-day Festival features an amazing line-up of authors led by Keynote Speaker Garth Greenwell. Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to volunteer time in exchange for free conference attendance around their shifts. 

The conference link is here: https://www.storystudiochicago.com/storystudio-writers-festival/

Interested students can contact StoryStudio here: https://www.storystudiochicago.com/contact-us/

Open Door Series: Kathleen Rooney, DePaul alum Andrea Rehani

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The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. November’s Open Door Reading presents Chicago State University’s Kelly Norman Ellis and her student April Gibson along with DePaul University’s Kathleen Rooney and her student Andrea Rehani.

Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 PM
The Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior

Learn more!

Chasing Wilder in Chicago: Thornton Wilder’s The Eighth Day

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The Wilder Family and The Newberry Library present “Chasing Wilder in Chicago: Thornton Wilder’s The Eighth Day” on

Wednesday, November 15 at 5 PM
Ruggles Hall at the Newberry Library
60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

This 50th anniversary celebration of Wilder’s National Book Award-winning, Chicago-based novel will feature a conversation with Thornton Wilder’s nephew and literary executor Tappan Wilder, Jeremy McCarter and Liesl Olson; readings from the novel by professional Chicago-area actors; and cake!  The event starts at 5pm with a reception and it’s all free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.

Learn more!