YouthBuild Philly is Hiring

2018-2019 CPCs

YouthBuild Philly Charter School has openings for Community Projects Coordinator position.  This is a 12-month AmeriCorps (stipend based) position, beginning in August 2018 (official training start date TBD).

The position entails providing direct service to out-of-school youth, ages 18-21 in the areas of community service, student engag​​ement, event planning, and academic enrichment. This position is excellent for recent college graduates with interest and experience in education, youth development, and the social service sectors.

View the complete position description.

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Jeremy Mulderig at Unabridged Bookstore

Flyer-uabJoin Prof. Jeremy Mulderig at a book launch celebrating The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward  published by the University of Chicago Press.

Wednesday, April 18 at 7 PM
Unabridged Bookstore
3251 N. Broadway

On August 21, 1978, a year before his seventieth birthday, Samuel Steward (1909–93) sat down at his typewriter in Berkeley, California, and began to compose a remarkable autobiography. No one but his closest friends knew the many different identities he had performed during his life: as Samuel Steward, he had been a popular university professor of English; as Phil Sparrow, an accomplished tattoo artist; as Ward Stames, John McAndrews, and Donald Bishop, a prolific essayist in the first European gay magazines; as Phil Andros, the author of a series of popular pornographic gay novels during the 1960s and 1970s. Steward had also moved in the circles of Gertrude Stein, Thornton Wilder, and Alfred Kinsey, among many other notable figures of the twentieth century. And, as a compulsive record keeper, he had maintained a meticulous card-file index throughout his life that documented his 4,500 sexual encounters with more than 800 men.

The story of this life would undoubtedly have been a sensation if it had reached publication. But after finishing a 110,000-word draft in 1979, Steward lost interest in the project and subsequently published only a slim volume of selections from his manuscript.

Fake Nous: Knowing What We Don’t Know

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It’s arguably getting harder and harder to know what’s true.  Fake news is in the news, but what if fake nous—a problem with mind, rationality, and epistemology themselves—is the problem?  Surely, knowing what we don’t know becomes the first step toward a corrective.  Following the screening of Damien Hirst’s new documentary revealing heretofore undiscovered treasures from the deep, three scholars take the stage.  Lorraine Code (York University), the most important voice in contemporary feminist epistemology, investigates “manufactured uncertainty” and how male-oriented ways of knowing have obscured truth rather than uncovered it.  Angie Blumberg (DHC Visiting Fellow) looks at fake records in history, thus challenging our understanding of our past as well as our present.  And Andrew Shtulman (Occidental College), author of the best-selling book Scienceblind, explains why common sense often leads us to false scientific conclusions about the world.  Nothing is necessarily what it seems as the DHC investigates what it means to know truth and to know truly!

Fulbright Competition Now Open

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Fulbright is a prestigious scholarship that funds students to either study/ research or teach English overseas for an academic year. It is open to students of all disciplines and goes to 140 countries. A student must have graduated to receive a Fulbright, but she can apply as early as the Fall of her senior year. Graduate students and alumni are also eligible. Click on the press release above for more information.

Play in the Dirt Workshop: Social Network Analysis with Gephi

GephiWorkshopThe workshop is open to anyone in the DePaul community who wants to learn how to do social network analysis of literary and historical data sources using Gephi, an open-source network analysis and visualization software package.

Friday, April 6 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Richardson Library Lincoln Park Campus, 103

RSVP 

No previous experience needed!

Light refreshments will be served.

Kathleen Rooney at American Writers Museum

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Celebrate the paperback launch of Kathleen Rooney’s Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk at the American Writers Museum on

Wednesday, April 11, 5:30-7:30 PM
RSVP today

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.”

Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now―her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl―but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed―and has not.

“Transporting…witty, poignant and sparkling.”
People (People Picks Book of the Week)

“Prescient and quick….A perfect fusing of subject and writer, idea and ideal.”
Chicago Tribune

“Extraordinary…hilarious…Elegantly written, Rooney creates a glorious paean to a distant literary life and time―and an unabashed celebration of human connections that bridge past and future.
Publishers Weekly

Creating Knowledge Call for Papers

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The English department is now seeking submissions for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ annual student research journal, Creating Knowledge.  Faculty members from the English department will choose one essay to represent the department in this year’s publication.  If you would like to have your essay considered for publication, please email a copy of your paper as a Word document to Professor Jennifer Conary at jennifer.conary@depaul.edu by noon on Monday, April 16th; please include your full name and student ID number in the body of the email.  Your essay must meet the following requirements:

  • Include original research using primary and/or secondary sources; papers written in Research Intensive courses or for the Newberry Seminar would be excellent options.
  • Have been written in a course in the English department or the Newberry Seminar.
  • Be under 5,000 words (papers should ideally be between 3000 and 5000 words).
  • Be formatted according to MLA standards and include a works cited page.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Conary at jennifer.conary@depaul.edu.