Reminder: Life After LPC Week is This Week


Life After LPC Week will take place from April 13-17, 2015. This event-filled week, sponsored by the Career Center, is specifically designed to help LAS students explore career paths and prepare for what’s ahead – whether that be a job or graduate school.

See the calendar below for what’s on during the week, and be sure to check out the website for further details and descriptions of each event.


Career Panel for English Students (10/23/2014)

Career Panel for English Students
Sponsored by Independent Writers of Chicago
Thursday, October 23, Arts & Letters Hall 314, 6:15-7:15 PM

Please come hear two members of the Independent Writers of Chicago discuss how they make a living as writers in the city. Prof. Chris Green will also discuss the English Department’s internship program. Snacks and drinks will be served!

Brandon Campbell grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and he’s earned two journalism degrees – a bachelor’s from Eastern Illinois University and a master’s from Columbia College Chicago. Brandon has worked as non-fiction freelance writer and editor for more than a decade. Covering everything from politics, music, videogames, and real estate to labor issues and protests, Brandon has worked as a print and broadcast reporter for numerous websites, magazines and radio stations.

Ellen Krupp has been freelancing as a writer and editor for more than 30 years. She earned a B. A. in English from the University of Tulsa, and her first writing job was creating training programs for nurses. Over the years her experience has grown to include writing video scripts, speeches, print materials and web content primarily for corporate clients—basically, any project that pays actual money. She loves the variety that comes with freelancing and has learned to accept the challenges of what sometimes seems like fulltime job hunting.

Book Review: 50 Shades of Grey

Book Review: 50 Shades of Grey
by Kathryn Sinde

You may have already heard…50 Shades of Grey, by E.L. James, has taken the country by storm. Everyone from mothers to college students has fallen in love with this steamy book, making it (and its two sequels) bestsellers.

The novel follows Anastasia Steele (or Ana) as she interviews wealthy business owner, Christian Grey for her college newspaper.  Grey is an attractive, yet intimidating man that continually flusters Ana throughout the interview.  After suffering through the awkward interview, Ana is more than happy to leave, thinking that she will never have to see Christian Grey ever again.  Since the novel cannot end in the first chapter, Ana inevitably sees Grey again; this time to take a photo for the interview. Ana is still quite taken with the attractive Grey.  Like any couple, they have a few bumps in the road, one being that Grey prefers a certain kind of sexual encounter and doesn’t want to become romantically involved with Ana.  Ana struggles with the terms that Grey has set for her which sets the stage for the rest of the novel.

This book appeals to English majors because of the excellent use of characterization.  James does a great job of making these characters come alive off the page and draws you deeper into the romantic aspects of the novel.  As a college student, it’s easy to connect with Ana. At the beginning of the novel, she laments about how she should be studying for her finals and not driving to Seattle to interview some guy who owns a successful company.  Ana’s clumsy and occasional awkward demeanor also makes her extremely easy to connect to.  You feel as if Ana is your friend and you want her to succeed. As she enters into her arrangement with Grey, you worry about how she’s going to handle such a tricky relationship.  Christian Grey is also an easily likable character– even with his kinky preferences for his sexual encounters.  He is attractive and mysterious, which would draw any woman to him, but he is also honest.  He never sugarcoats it for Ana, instead laying all his cards out on the table and even taking steps to protect both him and Ana.

James uses language so descriptive and vivid that it only adds to the fascination and allure of the novel.  This novel is a prime example of what a novel was created to do, which is to give you an escape from every day mundane activities.  While reading it, I was so engrossed with watching this relationship unfold before my eyes that I didn’t worry about doing my laundry, making my bed, or finishing that one reading for class.  Taking the racy, sexual encounters out of the book, it really is a love story—plain and simple.  Ana is infatuated with Grey and thinks that she can handle a “no strings attached” sexual relationship, but it’s not that simple—this is where the reader gets hooked.

From one English Major to another, 50 Shades of Grey is worth the read.  The characterization is well done— making you fall in love with these characters as they make their way through this unconventional romance novel.

About the writer:
Kathryn is a junior English major from the small town of Hampshire, IL.   She writes because she feels it cleanses the soul and finds it easier to express feelings through writing than with actions.  Kathryn is also a huge Michael Phelps fan and has seen almost every single Mark Wahlberg movie.

Event: Career Panel for English Students Tonight!

Are you an English Major?

Would you like to write/edit professionally?

Is the sky blue somewhere in the world?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you should definitely be at the career panel for English students with evening.

When: 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: Arts and Letters Hall #211 

Panel Members:

gioia diliberto, depaulunderground.wordpress.comGioia Diliberto 

Chicago based writer and the author of five books – two historical novels and three biographies. Her acclaimed 1992 book, Hadley, the ground-breaking true story behind Ernest Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast, was recently reissued as Paris Without End. Ms. Diliberto specializes in writing about women’s lives. She has been a contributor to many publications, from The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune, to Smithsonian and Vanity Fair, and she has been a judge for prominent literary contests, including The National Book Award. Her work has been translated into several languages, and The Collection, her novel set in Coco Chanel’s 1919 atelier, has been optioned for a movie.

Chris Green, depaulunderground.wordpress.comChris Green

Author of two books of poetry: Epiphany School and The Sky Over Walgreens. His poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Verse, Court Green, North American Review, and RATTLE. He edited the anthology, A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration and is co-editor of Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose & Photography. He teaches in the English Department at DePaul University.

kathleen rooney, depaulunderground.wordpress.comKathleen Rooney

Founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author, most recently, of the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010) and the forthcoming novel in poems, Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012). With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of the collaborative poetry collection That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008).