Spring Course Spotlight: LSP 200 Literature of the Color Line

downloadSpring 2015 LSP 200 Seminar on Multiculturalism in the US: Literature of the Color Line
Marcy Dinius MW 2:40-4:20

In The Souls of Black Folk (1903), W.E.B. DuBois famously declared, “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” 2d65d99e9fe594ac13d93174b9d7c13a

Fast forward by more than a century (and back by a few years from now)–to the third year of Barack Obama’s presidency–and we see that a book titled The Persistence of the Color Line was published.  As its title suggests, it examined the extension of the problem of the twentieth century into the twenty-first.

The persistence of this problem is registered all the more by recent events in Ferguson, New York City, Madison, and here in Chicago.

This course focuses on literature’s place in establishing, reinforcing, and challenging the color line in the United States. As we make our way through texts and time, we will also consider related lines that divide and connect between race and class, race and gender, high and low culture, suppression and resistance, and anger and violence.

Intern for Poet Barry Silesky

Aspiring poets in the DePaul community will be excited to learn about this internship opportunity that involves working directly with award-winning poet Barry Silesky. Barry was the 2013 Paladin Award winner, an honor given by RHINO magazine for “extraordinary long-term contribution to poetry in Illinois”.

Barry happens to have MS and is looking for a Spring Quarter intern to help him type and submit his poetry to literary magazines. If you are a poet, you could read your work to Barry, get feedback, and submit any revisions along with Barry’s work to the various magazines. Barry could also help you with your cover letter.

If you are interested, send a cover letter and a few of your poems to his wife, Sharon Solwitz at ssolwitz (at) hotmail.com. 


Bio below courtesy of the RHINO website. Photo copyright Sharon Solwitz.silesky_barry

Barry Silesky was born in Minneapolis, MN, but came to Chicago to attend to Northwestern University (BA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (MA).  He was the founding Editor of ACM (Another Chicago Magazine) and has taught at both the School of the Art Institute and Loyola University Chicago.  For many years, Barry also taught a workshop out of his home. Barry’s long list of publications includes collections of poetry, short prose, and biographies: The New Tenants (1992),One Thing That Can Save Us (1994), This Disease: Poems (2006), Ferlinghetti, The Artist in His Time (1990), and John Gardner, Literary Outlaw (2004).  Barry is a leader in the Chicago poetry community and has always been committed to the intersection of poetry and politics, art and activism.  He has also mentored many local poets and nurtured the careers of countless others.”

Spring Internship Opportunity at VineSprout PR

VineSprout Public Relations is a fast-growing Chicago PR firm specializing in tech startups. We are searching for a dynamic and dedicated PR intern for the winter months. Communications/Journalism/PR students preferred. Recent grads welcome. You will receive lots of real-world, hands-on experience working in a boutique agency environment.

vspr2If you want to work hard (15 hours a week) and have the desire to learn what it takes to get clients in the news, this is for you. You will work directly alongside agency partners and learn how to draft pitches, press releases and eventually have the opportunity to secure your first editorial placement.

For consideration, please send resume, cover letter (not a generic one – show us why you want to intern at VineSprout PR) and writing samples. Email materials to Ben Pavlovic at ben(at)vinesprout.com.

This is a 12-week unpaid internship. Transportation costs are covered within reason.

Spring & Summer Quarter Course Descriptions are Here! **UPDATED**

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Hopefully the quarter is going well for everyone. As we approach the halfway point the time to think ahead to Spring Quarter has arrived.

Please have a look at the  Spring 2014-2015 Course Descriptions Undergraduate, and don’t forget that registration opened February 9th! Course carts are already open, so start shopping around now!

Summer courses are also available to view here: Summer 1415 Undergrad Course Descriptions