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.

Event Review: Planet of Microbes with Ted Anton

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by Albora Memushi, contributor to the Underground

Ted Anton’s latest book release, Planet of Microbes: the Perils and Potential of Earth’s Essential Life Forms, was hosted in the Arts & Letters building at six in the evening, on Thursday, Oct 26. The lecture hall was filled with students and faculty.  Rebecca Johns-Trissler presented Anton in a brief bio. Anton’s previous publications include The Longevity Seekers (University of Chicago Press, 2013), and Bold Science: Seven Scientists Who Are Changing Our World  (W.H. Freeman, 2000, Paperback: 2001). His book Eros, Magic and the Murder of Professor Culianu (Northwestern University Press: 1996) won the Carl Sandburg Award and was a finalist for a Book Award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Music was heard from backstage as Anton walked in playing the trumpet. The audience applauded frantically. Dressed in a blue t-shirt and blue khakis, Anton smiled as he played. He thanked the students and his colleagues for helping him shape the book. Anton had prepared a PowerPoint, and he took the audience through an hour-long presentation about his research.

He spoke about the ways our lives might depend on microbes. “The same chemicals that can kill us can also save us. Most of our antibiotics come from microbes,” said Anton.

“How many microbes are on earth?” he asked the crowd. Someone shouted, “Can you give us multiple choices?” As some guessed the answer, Anton said, “There are actually 10 to the 30th power, which is more than the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy; if you line them up they would extend from earth to the sun and back two hundred trillion times.”

Anton ended his presentation by reading a snippet of his book. The passage spoke about the NASA conference in Chicago and Anton’s thoughts as an observer, writer, and a scientist as he faced the greatness of life among the fellow L commuters in the downtown district.

Anton completed his presentation by playing the flute and taking questions from the audience.

Upcoming presentations of the book will be hosted at Columbia University, University of Chicago, and others.

Ted Anton Reading

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Please join the English department in celebrating Professor Ted Anton’s new book, Planet of Microbes, on

Thursday, October 26 at 6 PM
Arts & Letters 103

The book details the ways in which the world’s tiniest, and sometimes most dangerous, microorganisms are being tapped as allies in seeking better health and a sustainable future. From microbreweries to volcanic hot pools, the bottom of the ocean and miles below the earth’s surface, from our gardens to our bodies to Mars, a hidden living world is deepening our vision of life’s capabilities.

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.

2017 Spring English Conference Call for Submissions

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We are excited to announce DePaul’s 8th Annual Spring English Conference, to be held on Friday, April 28, 2017. We are now accepting submissions of both creative and academic writing and we encourage you to submit your work!

The conference will be held in Arts & Letters Hall, and will include several unique panels of student presentations, a dynamic keynote speaker, a reception and refreshments. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what you’ve been working on, celebrate ideas, and support your peers (plus, it looks great on a resume!).

The submission deadline is March 31st. Please review the guidelines before sending your submissions. If you have any questions, contact the conference organizers at englishconference.dpu@gmail. com. We look forward to reading your work!