The Women’s Center Presents an Evening with Claudia Rankine on May 4

I’m not sure how it’d be possible, but there may be one or two people out there who’ve yet to hear about the dynamo that is Claudia Rankine.

Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mindcitizen.jpg

For her book  Citizen, Rankine won both the PEN Open Book Award and the PEN Literary Award, the NAACP Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was the first book ever to be named a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories); and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category.

Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in California and is the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California English Department.

…In a nutshell? Don’t miss this, English students!

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Big Shoulders Books Presents: Literary Citizenship and the Power of Collaborative Storytelling, Tuesday April 19 at DPAM

Big Shoulders Books, a new publishing venture whose goal is to produce quality works of writing by and about Chicagoans whose lives might not otherwise be shared, invites the DePaul English community to a discussion with the amazing writers/editors Audrey Petty, Peter Orner and Michele Morano. The event, “Literary Citizenship and the Power of Collaborative Storytelling,” takes place at 6 p.m. at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton (next to the Fullerton Red Line stop).

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Named the 2013 Chicagoan of the Year in literature by the Chicago Tribune, Audrey is the editor of the oral-history collection High Rise Stories: Voices of Chicago Public Housing.

An acclaimed novelist and short-story writer, Peter is the editor of two oral-history collections, including Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives.
 
Michele Morano is the author of Grammar Lessons: Translating Life in Spain and serves as the director of the MAWP here at DePaul. 
 

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DePaul Professor Mark Turcotte Presents a Poetry Reading with Students at DPAM March 1st

DPU Prof and poet Mark Turcotte presents a poetry reading featuring a group of his students at the DePaul Art Museum on Tuesday, March 1st at 7pm. Come out and hear what your fellow students have been working on and support the creative community here at DePaul!

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Poetry East Release Party this Saturday, January 23rd at Mars Gallery

Join Poetry East this Saturday, January 23rd from 3-6pm to celebrate the release of issue #86, titled “Angel Valley”.

“Angel Valley” features poems by Bruce Bond, Gregory Dunne, Meg Kearney, C.K. Williams, and Mark Arendt. The cover art is by Sioban Lombardi, one of four Mars Gallery artists whose work is featured in the issue.

Poetry East is affiliated with DePaul’s English Department and is edited by Richard Jones, who also teaches in the department.

The release party will be held at the Mars Gallery in Chicago’s West Loop. Admission is free, copies of the issue will be available for sale, and the issue’s four featured artists will be present to discuss their work.

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DePaul Humanities Center Presents “Making the Novel Novel: Lolita”, Wednesday Jan. 20, 2016

The DePaul Humanities Center continues its radical re-thinking of novels by turning its attention to Vladimir Nabokov’s classic, Lolita. The evening begins with the world premiere of “Young Matrix, Unknown Heart,” adapted for the stage from Nobakov’s novel by Dan Christmann, and performed and directed by Evan Hill and Melissa Lorraine. The performance including author Maryse Meijer, Danielle Meijer (DePaul University), and Shari L. Savage (Ohio State University), will investigate the various artwork used as book covers for Lolita and the complicated ways in which Lolita’s age may not be really the central moral question of the novel.

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A discounted parking rate is available. See Humanities Center staff at event for details.

Chicago War Veterans Focus of New Book | Chicago Tonight | WTTW

On this Veterans Day we hear from two men who served their country and are now featured in a new book of remembrances by Chicago-area veterans. The book, “I Remember: Chicago Veterans of War,” features the memories of 50 veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Source: Chicago War Veterans Focus of New Book | Chicago Tonight | WTTW


Undergrounders, the above comes from WTTW Chicago (which you may know as Channel 11). In the clip, Dept of English professor and editor of the anthology Chris Green talks to Eddie Arruza.

The segment was pitched by a member of the Big Shoulders Books/Publicity class on Topics in Publishing.

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DePaul & the English Department Welcome One, Book, One Chicago Selection Author Thomas Dyja | Thursday, November 5th

On November 5th, the Department of English is hosting two events with Thomas Dyja, author of the 2015/2016 One Book, One Chicago selection The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream.

At 4:30, Dyja will be meeting informally for a Q&A with DePaul Creative Writing students. At present, the discussion is scheduled to take place in the 2nd floor student lounge/resource room, though it will be moved to a larger venue depending on interest. If you are a creative writing student and would like to attend the discussion, contact Literacy Outreach Coordinator David Welch at dwelch3 (at) depaul.edu.

Then, at 6:00, Dyja will be reading in Richardson 115. (see flyer below)

We hope to see you at one or both events!

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English Professor John Shanahan to Speak in Panel on Public Libraries in American Society | Monday, November 2nd, 2015

When did you first visit a public library? What role have public libraries played in your life? What roles will they play in our “digital age”? Join the DePaul University Library and the DePaul Humanities Center on November 2, 2015, for a panel discussion of the role of the public library in American society centered around the recently-published Part of our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library (2015).

Part of our livesWayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor Emeritus at the Florida State University School of Information, and author of Part of our Lives, will discuss the enduring role of the public library in the United States, and will be joined by a distinguished panel of colleagues, including Wendy Griswold (Bergen Evans Professor of Humanities and Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University), John Shanahan (Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, DePaul University), and Robert Wedgeworth (University Librarian, Emeritus, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and former Executive Director of the American Library Association).

Recent research has suggested that the public library is “at a crossroads” in its development as a social institution as technology continues to re-shape our experience of reading and community, and Chicago has been at the center of this discussion with the ongoing commitment of the Chicago Public Library to programs such as YouMedia, Maker Labs, and One Book One Chicago. As Wiegand writes, the public library has “a rich history of meaning for millions of Americans,” both as civic institutions and as spaces for promoting and maintaining community, and we hope you can join us for a discussion of what the library means for you, for DePaul, and for Chicago.

“Part of our Lives”: A Discussion of Public Libraries and American Society will take place in Room 300 of the John T. Richardson Library on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on Monday, November 2nd.

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