A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks

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This event will celebrates the life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks, one of the most well-celebrated poets of the 20th century. We will be hosting her biographer, Angela Jackson.

Angela will be discussing thie life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks. Additionally, DePaul Theater School Alums will read selected vignettes from Maud Martha. The only novel she ever wrote, this book tells the story of a young black girl growing up in Chicago.

Angela Jackson is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. In her most recent book, A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun, Jackson delves deep into the rich fabric of fellow poet and Chicagoan Gwendolyn Brooks’s work and world. Granted unprecedented access to Brooks’s family, personal papers, and writing community, Jackson traces the literary arc of this artist’s long career and gives context for the world in which Brooks wrote and published her work. It is a powerfully intimate look at a once-in-a-lifetime talent up close, using forty-three of Brooks’s most soul-stirring poems as a guide.

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8th Annual Spring English Conference

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The DePaul English Department invites you to attend our eighth annual student-run conference! The Spring English Conference is an annual daylong event in which DePaul English undergraduate and graduate students showcase their academic and creative work from the previous year. The conference is a unique opportunity to engage in and demonstrate DePaul’s vibrant literary and English language arts community. Come support your peers, enjoy refreshments, and be inspired!

Keynote Speaker:

NATALIE Y. MOORE
Arts & Letters Hall, Room 103
1:00-2:15PM

Natalie Y. Moore, WBEZ’s South Side Reporter, will be presenting this year’s keynote presentation. A WBEZ staff member for a decade, Natalie’s work has also appeared in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, In These Times, and elsewhere. She has won several awards for her journalism and community work, including the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and the Studs Terkel Community Media Award. Her latest book, The South Side: A Portrait of American Segregation, traces the long history of segregation in Chicago and contemporary policies that maintain racial separation.

Which Way Forward?: Freedom Organizing in the 21st Century

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“Which Way Forward?: Freedom Organizing in the Twenty-First Century”

An Event Featuring Leading Black Feminist Scholar and Organizer, Barbara Smith

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm, with reception.

SAC 154 (2320 N. Kenmore)

Author, activist, and independent scholar, Barbara Smith is a groundbreaker in opening up a national cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. She was a cofounder of the Combahee River Collective, a Black feminist organization of the 1970s, and a cofounder and publisher of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press (until 1995), the first U. S. publisher for women of color.

A collection of her essays, The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom was published by Rutgers University Press in 1998. And in 2014, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith, edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks with Barbara Smith, was published by SUNY Press.

She is editor of three major collections: Conditions: Five, The Black Women’s Issue (with Lorraine Bethel, 1979); All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies (with Gloria T. Hull and Patricia Bell Scott, 1982); and Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, 1983. She is also the co-author with Elly Bulkin and Minnie Bruce Pratt of Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism, 1984. She is the general editor of The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History with Wilma Mankiller, Gwendolyn Mink, Marysa Navarro, and Gloria Steinem, 1998.

She resides in Albany, New York and served two terms as a member of the Albany Common Council from 2006 to 2013. Currently she is the Special Community Projects Coordinator for the City of Albany responsible for the Equity Agenda. She is a regular panelist on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Round Table.

This event is co-organized by Women’s and Gender Studies, the Center for Black Diaspora, the Women’s Center, the African and Black Diaspora Studies Program, with generous and much appreciated support from a growing number of cosponsors including the Critical Ethnic Studies and the LGBTQ Studies Programs, the Departments of English, Geography, and Latin American/Latino Studies Program.