Applications Available for the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar


The time to apply is now if you’d like to be a part of the upcoming Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar.

The topic of the 2014 seminar will be Representing the American Civil War: Art, History, and Literature, 1820-1890. The first part of the course will be devoted to investigating topics related to this theme and working with the Newberry Library’s amazing resources. Students will then be able to conduct an in-depth research project under the guidance of the seminar instructors using primary sources at the Newberry.

Dr. Margaret Storey from DePaul’s Department of History will join Dr. Marcy Dinius from the Department of English on Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 14 through May 8, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Newberry Library to team-teach this unique seminar.

The Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar is a semester-length experience, which may have DePaul students who are used to the quarter system scratching their heads. But those who complete the seminar will earn 9 credit hours (4.5 for Winter and 4.5 for Spring), hours that will count towards course requirements in two departments. Student seminar applicants are advised to register for Winter quarter classes as usual. Those who apply for the seminar and are accepted should be prepared to drop one course and leave Tuesdays and Thursdays free. And no worries: the course will also fulfill the Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) requirement for students who need it.

Applications for the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar are due Friday, October 18, 2013. Applicants will be notified by Thanksgiving if they are or are not accepted into the program. A total of twenty students will be selected to participate — five students each from DePaul UniversityLoyola University Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Roosevelt University — so be advised that admission to this seminar is competitive.

Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of this exciting and intellectually challenging opportunity — especially if you are considering pursuing graduate studies in the future.

Any questions? Feel free to contact Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Depaul’s Department of Modern Languages, Dr. Glen Carman, at, or one of the professors who will be teaching the seminar — Dr. Margaret Storey ( or Dr. Marcy Dinius (