JAM at the Art Institute of Chicago

Ever wonder what it’s like to work at an art museum?

Area students and emerging job seekers, as well as college and university faculty and staff, are invited to a day of career-focused programming at the Art Institute of Chicago. Several DePaul students will be giving gallery talks.

The program will include:
• A museum careers panel
• Gallery talks led by college and university students
• Breakout sessions with museum staff
• A reception for all guests featuring intern alumni and museum staff
• Information about internships and job opportunities

EVENT DATE AND TIME:
Saturday, February 15, 2020
10:30am to 5pm

EVENT LOCATION:
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

Fellowship Opportunity: Luminarts

Applications are open for the 2020 Luminarts Creative Writing Fellowship. You could win $7,500, become a Luminarts Fellow, and as a Fellow be eligible for continued funding for your artistic and career development projects. The deadline to apply to the 2020 Creative Writing Fellowship is Friday, February 7, 2020. Click HERE to get started, or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961.

Event Review: Bilingualism Unpacked

By Sara Shahein
Contributor to The Underground

On Wednesday, October 9th DePaul’s Office of Multicultural Student Success teamed up with the Latinx Center and Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority to host “Bilingualism Unpacked.” During the event, attendees listened to a panel of DePaul students and advisors answer questions about multilingualism – the panel’s languages ranged from Spanish to Serbian.

Each of the panelists were asked about their backgrounds and how they learned the languages they know today. Some learned their respective language when they were children, others learned the language in high school and college, and a few spoke the language first and learned English later. The panel noted that they switch languages when speaking with an adult whose native language is not English as a sign of respect and to make the individual feel more comfortable. They likewise discussed the importance of knowing another language and how it allows people to learn more about other cultures or even their own native cultures.

Each panelist was also asked if they had ever traveled abroad, if they spoke a native language abroad, and how were they perceived. A few panelists spoke about being seen as a local and felt more comfortable to take initiative and start up a conversation with locals.

Yet, when asked about the stigma that may arise from being bilingual, one panelist shared an example about having a conversation with someone in Serbian and mentioning that she was from Chicago. The opposite person immediately stopped speaking Serbian and switched to English. In response, the panelist said that she felt disappointed that the gentleman she was speaking to didn’t think she could continue to carry on the conversation if it was in Serbian, despite it being her first language. Other panelists explained that many non-English speakers or struggling English speakers tend to be looked down upon in society, instead of being given translators, assistance, or guidance to encourage them to continue trying to learn English.

The final question posed to the panelists asked whether they had ever denied being bilingual. Much to the surprise of the audience, a few panelists confirmed they had denied their ability to speak another language to others. One panelist explained that she worked in a law firm and it became known that she spoke and understood Spanish. She was quickly asked to translate and interpret, but she did not feel confident enough because she was still in the process of learning Spanish. She told the audience that, when it comes to work, she denies she is bilingual until she feels confident enough in her abilities.

Altogether, “Bilingualism Unpacked” showcased the reasons why someone would want to learn another language. It also taught other multilingual people in the audience how to deal with certain stigmas, present yourself when abroad, appreciate different cultures, and advocate for non-English speakers.

ENG Invitation: Use Your Student Lounge (ALH 210-11)

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Stressed out over impending finals? Drop by the English Department Student Lounge for a quiet, relaxing place to work on group or individual projects, enjoy a snack, or catch up on the latest literary journals.

It’s located in the second floor English suite of Arts & Letters Hall, the fourth door down on the right. There are two computers, tables, armchairs, bookcases filled with contemporary literary journals (especially useful for creative writing students researching where to send their work), and as of this week there’s a hotpot, tea, hot cocoa, and cookies. Across the hall is the kitchen area, which you can use for filling the hotpot and washing cups.

The Student Lounge is open from 9am to 6pm Mon-Thurs. and 9am to 5pm Friday. Please feel free to use it as a place for working and/or for chatting with other students and even faculty members who stop by for a cup and a bite.

New DePaul Mentorship Community

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Gain exclusive first access to DePaul’s new mentorship community!

The Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network is launching a new mentorship platform where you can connect with DePaul alumni who have been in your shoes. Connect with at least 3 mentors this week.

When you join as a Student, you will be able to:
* Expand your DePaul community
* Connect with alumni in your city or industry of interest
* Establish short-term or long-term mentorships with alumni
* Learn about and apply for internships and jobs
* Access educational/career resources and discussions

It just takes a couple minutes to register. Visit here to learn more about how the program works. Hope to see you on board soon!