Newberry Library Hosts 18th-Century Studies Symposium

The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies is hosting a free symposium (open to the public) devoted to eighteenth–century studies on Saturday, June 14th from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. The symposium will include scholars from a range of fields, disciplines, and institutions. The topics of the day will be investigating reading as a leisure or hermeneutic practice that unfolds in time and reflecting on various perceptions of time, including physical, metaphorical, psychological, historiographical, political, or imperial. Scholars are interested in how the activity of reading and the perceptions of time shaped the eighteenth century world.

Register for a spot at the symposium online at

Applications Available for the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar


The time to apply is now if you’d like to be a part of the upcoming Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar.

The topic of the 2014 seminar will be Representing the American Civil War: Art, History, and Literature, 1820-1890. The first part of the course will be devoted to investigating topics related to this theme and working with the Newberry Library’s amazing resources. Students will then be able to conduct an in-depth research project under the guidance of the seminar instructors using primary sources at the Newberry.

Dr. Margaret Storey from DePaul’s Department of History will join Dr. Marcy Dinius from the Department of English on Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 14 through May 8, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Newberry Library to team-teach this unique seminar.

The Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar is a semester-length experience, which may have DePaul students who are used to the quarter system scratching their heads. But those who complete the seminar will earn 9 credit hours (4.5 for Winter and 4.5 for Spring), hours that will count towards course requirements in two departments. Student seminar applicants are advised to register for Winter quarter classes as usual. Those who apply for the seminar and are accepted should be prepared to drop one course and leave Tuesdays and Thursdays free. And no worries: the course will also fulfill the Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) requirement for students who need it.

Applications for the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar are due Friday, October 18, 2013. Applicants will be notified by Thanksgiving if they are or are not accepted into the program. A total of twenty students will be selected to participate — five students each from DePaul UniversityLoyola University Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Roosevelt University — so be advised that admission to this seminar is competitive.

Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of this exciting and intellectually challenging opportunity — especially if you are considering pursuing graduate studies in the future.

Any questions? Feel free to contact Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Depaul’s Department of Modern Languages, Dr. Glen Carman, at, or one of the professors who will be teaching the seminar — Dr. Margaret Storey ( or Dr. Marcy Dinius (

Applications available for the Cork Writers’ School Summer Program 2014

Do you love writing? If you’re an avid reader of The Underground, well then of course you do. But wouldn’t that next work of written genius come a whole lot easier if you could immerse yourself in a beautiful and faraway locale steeped in rich literary history?

If so, then the new Cork Writers’ School Summer Program sounds like your cup of Irish Breakfast Tea.

Nestled in lovely Mitchelstown, Ireland in the idyllic County of Cork, the Cork Writers’ School offers budding writers the unique opportunity to dive into the timeless work of Cork’s many great poets, novelists, painters, and musicians while crafting works of their very own. Learn about paragons like Frank O’Connor, Gerald Griffin, Elizabeth Bowen and others from preeminent scholars before immersing yourself in creative writing workshops on the memoir, novels, poetry, and the short story. Write the work you’ve always wanted to under the guidance of distinguished facilitators, such as the award-winning playwright and memoirist John MacKenna; Leanne O’Sullivan, poet and winner of the 2010 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature; Nuala Ní Chonchúir, a writer of four renowned short story collections and the 2010 highly-praised novel, Youand James Joyce Award recipient Mary O’Donnell, an author, translator, and university instructor.

The Cork Writers’ School 2014 Summer Program will be held from July 21 to August 1, 2014. Don’t let this amazing opportunity pass you by! For more information, a full program agenda, and an application, visit the Cork Writers’ School website today at

Are you proud of your writing?

The winter quarter is wrapping up which means you might have turned or will be turning in papers, creative work, and projects for many of your English courses.

Has your professor told you that you did an amazing job?

Did you impress yourself with what you accomplished?

Do you have a body of writing that you’re proud of?


Consider submitting your work to the Fourth Annual DePaul Spring English Conference–the deadline is April 2nd! This deadline falls on the Tuesday after spring break and the first week of spring quarter classes. Check out DePaul’s ExLibris for the 2013 Submission Guidelines.

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We are proud to announce that Rita Leganski will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Spring English Conference on May 3, 2013, in Arts & Letters Hall. The keynote speech will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Leganski is a 2009 graduate of DePaul’s MAWP program, and this February she celebrated the release of her first novel, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, which began simply as a short story in Dan Stolar’s fiction class. We are honored to have Leganski speak at the conference, and we hope her presence encourages participation in this DePaul English student-run event.

Pick up a copy of Leganski’s work this break if you’re looking for something new to read!


More enrichment opportunities for you!

Check out these upcoming enrichment opportunities:

Digital Humanities Speaker presents on Feb. 6th
Digital Humanities Speaker presents on Feb. 6th


WRD 5th Annual Student Conference
WRD 5th Annual Student Conference


Call for Papers: Global Voices -- April 15th
Call for Papers: Global Voices — April 15th


Writing the “L”: The Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference in Chicago 2013
October 17-19, 2013
Holiday Inn Chicago/North Shore – Skokie, IL
Hosted by the Chicagoland Area Writing Centers Association (CWCA)

(College of Lake County, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Harold Washington College, North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Wheaton College)

Featured Speakers:  Ben Rafoth, director of the Writing Center, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Mary Adams Trujillo, professor of Intercultural Communication & Conflict Transformation, North Park University.

Chicago’s beloved “L”—the elevated train system—is the bloodstream of the city in that it functions as a lifeline connecting people to each other for work, education, family, friends, and fun. The L’s iconic map delineates how each colorful line of this public transportation system branches out to most of the varied and diverse neighborhoods and leads back to the “Loop”—the heart and downtown of Chicago. We see the L as a ripe metaphor for the work we do as peer writing tutors and administrators. Our programs may be structured differently, our staff come from a range of backgrounds, the writers we work with are diverse, and the ways we work with writers may be varied, but, at the end of the line, we all end up—sooner or sometimes much later–in the same place with the goal to help people become better writers.

Just as the L connects these diverse and varied neighborhoods, so we as peer writing tutors, administrators, and programs have the opportunity to help writers understand and connect with the variety of modalities that are available in today’s digitized educational environments. In addition, we are constantly finding new ways through technology to make our services available to writers—through online chat forums, written feedback via email, and even video chat—in addition to the use of technology within more “traditional” face-to-face appointments. Thus, just as the “L” is constantly undergoing renovation and expansion, our work as tutors has begun to focus on the new and changing modalities that we and other writers work with today.

Beyond mapping modalities, the 2013 MWCA conference also invites submissions that address themes of connectivity and diversity. How can peer writing tutors build rapport with writers? How can our programs forge meaningful connections with programs across campus or in the community? What does diversity look like in our programs? How can we diversify our strategies? How can we better meet the needs of increasingly diverse student populations? What place does linguistic diversity have in our programs?

Proposal Deadline

Monday, April 1, 2013

Possible Formats

Concurrent session periods will be 75 minutes long, and proposed sessions may take any of the following forms:

Individual Presentations (20 minutes each – will be grouped with 2 other individual presentations)
Panel Presentations
Fishbowl presentations
Performances Pieces

Also welcome are proposals for:
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Possible Topics

(Including but not limited to) Administration, Assessment, Community college writing center issues, High school writing center issues, Innovative practices, Multilingual writers, Reflecting on/questioning current practices, Social justice, Space/location, Technology, Tutor education/ development, WAC/WID and writing centers, Writing fellows, Writing center research, Writing center theory

Proposal Submission

Proposals, which include a 50-word abstract and a 500-word narrative description, will undergo blind review.  Proposals should be submitted using the online proposal form at the MWCA Profile, accessible through the MWCA website under Membership.  Proposals should be as specific as possible about the role of the presenters, the participation of others in attendance, and the contribution the session makes to writing center studies. Proposals can be submitted beginning Friday, February 1, 2013 and the deadline for proposal submission is Monday, April 1, 2013.

For annotated samples of successful proposals from previous MWCA conferences, please see the MWCA 2013 conference website.

Questions about the call for proposals may be directed to the following people:

Carol Martin, Chair of the Executive Board of MWCA and Director of the Writing Center at North Park University via e-mail ( or phone (773-244-4918).

Rachel Holtz, Treasurer of the MWCA and Coordinator of Academic Writing Support Services for the Center for Academic Writing at Northeastern Illinois University via e-mail ( or phone (773-442-4491)

For more information about the conference itself, please check the official MWCA 2013 conference website


Deadline Extended: Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar

Attention DePaul Juniors & Seniors–


2013 Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar (NLUS):
“Exchange before Orientalism:  Asia and Europe, 1500–1800”

This seminar grants students access to a world-renowned research library and exposes English majors to writings and primary texts they would not usually study within DePaul’s traditional English courses.  For any student considering graduate work in the Humanities, this course is an amazing opportunity.  High-performing students with a special interest in research, languages, and/or cultural exchange are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the seminar, please view their current NLUS 2013 Brochure.

Only 20 students total from four Chicago universities—DePaul, Loyola, Roosevelt, and UIC—are permitted to enroll.  You must complete the attached NLUS Application by October 25th!

Contact Dr. Glen Carmen, in the Department of Modern Language for more information!