The Blue Hour Poetry Reading and Workshop is February 16 at 6:15 PM! Featuring poets Ola Faleti and Jamaal May. To learn more and to register for the event, click here.
LGBTQ+ Studies & English Dept. Event TODAY: Reading & Conversation with Poet Danez Smith
On Zoom, Wednesday, May 19th at 3PM-4PM (TODAY)
Please join the LGBTQ Studies program and the graduate program in Writing and Publishing for MAKING THE WORLD MORE BEARABLE: A reading and conversation with poet Danez Smith. This hour with Danez Smith is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The poet will be interviewed by two DePaul students: Dahryl Covington and ShelLean Beasely.
Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Homie (Graywolf 2020), Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), and Black Movie (Button Poetry, 2015). They also wrote [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Hope to see you there!
Banned Books Week
We’re celebrating Banned Books Week! This week recalls the value of free and open access to information. Check out DePaul’s upcoming events, and exercise your freedom to read!
Chasing Wilder in Chicago: Thornton Wilder’s The Eighth Day
The Wilder Family and The Newberry Library present “Chasing Wilder in Chicago: Thornton Wilder’s The Eighth Day” on
Wednesday, November 15 at 5 PM
Ruggles Hall at the Newberry Library
60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610
This 50th anniversary celebration of Wilder’s National Book Award-winning, Chicago-based novel will feature a conversation with Thornton Wilder’s nephew and literary executor Tappan Wilder, Jeremy McCarter and Liesl Olson; readings from the novel by professional Chicago-area actors; and cake! The event starts at 5pm with a reception and it’s all free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.
Which Way Forward?: Freedom Organizing in the 21st 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.
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).
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.
Spring Quarter Kicks Off, John Shanahan & Team Awarded $75K NEH Grant, Spring Conference (and Why You Should Submit*), and a Ton of Great Events
Greetings, Undergrounders! We hope your first week of spring quarter is progressing well. April is practically here and we can’t wait for the inevitable new blooms, outside lectures (if we’re lucky!) and warm, sunny days. Hopefully not too sunny, though, or else it’ll be hard to stay inside and study.
Some amazing news for the DePaul English department, and the humanities in general, arrived over spring break!
John Shanahan, associate dean of LAS and associate professor of English, and co-principal investigators Robin Burke (CDM – Computing), Antonio Ceraso (WRD) and Megan Bernal (DePaul Library) have been awarded a $75,000 grant by the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Office of Digital Humanities for their project “Reading Chicago Reading: Modeling Texts and Readers in a Public Library System.” The project is briefly described as “a pilot study on how analyzing patron responses to a citywide reading program can help scholars and librarians better understand which book genres and styles prove most meaningful to the community.” Given that DePaul has long been a partner of the CPL’s One Book, One Chicago program, it seems like an especially great proposal. Congrats to Prof. Shanahan and the team!
Speaking of the Humanities, the DePaul Humanities Center has a spring calendar that looks full of amazing literary-themed events. Here’s a sneak preview:
Wednesday, April 6
Humanities Center Event: DePaulywood Squares (featuring ENG professor ANne CLark Batlett!)
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Student Center 120
Monday, April 11
Humanities Center Event: Making the Novel Novel, Moby Dick
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Student Center 120
Thursday, April 21
Making the Novel Novel: The XenoText
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Student Center 120
We’ll be keeping you updated on these and the other events when they come around. Last but certainly not least, the Spring English Conference is almost here. Send us your Academic or Creative Work and participate in a day of panels and talks held on Friday, April 9th. Email englishconference.dpu(at)gmail.com with questions and submissions.
*Are you wondering what all the conference fuss is about? Worry not – we’re here to explain.
Here’s the deal. It’s a day each spring organized by two grad students (yours truly included) to gather the grad and undergrad students in the English Department and discuss and share our work. As ENG students, we spend hours and hours and devote ourselves to the study and writing of literature and creative work – this is your chance to hear what your classmates work on and present your own papers and projects. It’s great experience for graduate work, postgrad work, and (GASP) your impending professional life, where you will quite often be required to present your ideas and work in a compelling and confident way. (It’s true in ANY line of work. Believe me.)
We group the submissions by theme, so you’d be presenting your work alongside other similar work. If you write fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, you’ll be reading it aloud and talking about the creative process along with other similar presenters.If you have an idea, but it’s not done yet, you can submit a proposal. See the 2016 SPEC Submission Guidelines for details.*
ASK Networking Event: Coffee & Chill on Tuesday, February 17th
The ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) network at DePaul welcomes all LAS students to a social event called Coffee & Chill that will take place Wednesday, February 17th, in Arts & Letters Hall Rm 102. The ASK network is a great resource that makes alumni mentors available to students in order to share their experiences, career trajectories, and other useful knowledge. Speaking with people who have liberal arts degrees is a great way to understand the wealth of possibilities available to LAS students!
Coffee & Chill is a relaxed, casual event that is meant to help students become familiar with ASK and ASK mentors. There will be coffee and refreshments. All LAS students are welcome!