Welcome Back Winter 2012

Welcome back and Happy New Year to all our graduate students starting their Winter 2012 classes this week! And a special welcome to all new students starting their English Graduate classes at DePaul for the first time this quarter.

Like many of you current students, Ex Libris has accumulated quite a few announcements in our inbox over winter break, so be sure to check in frequently this week so you don’t miss anything, and please be patient if you are waiting for a response from us.

As always, if you’re an alum or current student with good news about a publication or job or an announcement about an event, conference, contest, or journal that you’d like to share with the DePaul English Graduate community, send us an email.

We are also always looking for students or alumni interested in writing guest posts for Ex Libris. Do you have something interesting to say about an event you attended, an internship experience, an organization or cause you’re involved in, something you researched for class, or even a great book you read? If you think other DePaul English grad students would enjoy what you have to say, send your ideas to mhlohows@depaul.edu.

And now, a few upcoming deadlines:

Creative Coworking in Evanston, is seeking a student intern with design skills and an aptitude for marketing and communications.

Duties:
– design brochures
– update/redesign company websites
– help manage social media platforms
– develop business portfolios
– photography and video work
– public relations and brand awareness
– business blogging

Opportunities:
– gain experience working with multiple entrepreneurs
– develop, execute, and evaluate marketing campaigns
– get connected to the Evanston business community
– work in an office space in the heart of Downtown Evanston

This is a paid internship ($15/hr undergrad, $20/hr grad student), 2-3 days per week for a minimum of two months, with an option to extend. Candidate could start in January 2012.

Applications for this position should be sent to angela@creativecoworking.com. Please include a cover letter explaining why you would be a good match for this internship.

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2012 teaching positions.

Summer teaching positions with the Institute offer the opportunity to:

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $700 per week while teaching.
  • Gain over 300 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in books.

The Institute is an educational service provider that teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

Qualified applicants:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline
  • Are responsible and hard working
  • Have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students
  • Have regular access to a reliable car

Submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at http://instituteofreadingdevelopmentteachingjobs.com/

Escape Into Life is excited to announce its First Annual Fiction Contest, judged by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler.

In addition to cash prizes, five finalists will receive art from Escape Into Life artists as well as have their stories nominated for at least one nationally recognized award in 2012 (Best American, Pushcart, O’Henry, Story South, or Sundress).

Submission deadline is January 7, 2012. Visit escapeintolife.com/fiction/eil-announces-first-annual-fiction-contest/ for more details and submission instructions.

Kweli Journal, an online literary journal that celebrates the shared cultural experience of people of color, is currently seeking literature of occupation for its January 2012 social justice issueKweli Journal invites submissions of short stories, poetry, and essays that represent the day to day realities and frustrations of the poor working class and middle class living on the edge.

Kweli accepts:

  • Fiction: short stories or self-contained novel excerpts.  Prose should be double-spaced.  Submit one prose piece at a time.
  • Nonfiction: personal essays or self-contained memoir excerpts.  Prose should be double-spaced.  Submit one prose piece at a time.
  • Poetry: submit three poems at a time.  Submissions should be single spaced and set as you want it to appear on the printed page.

Submission deadline is January 7, 2012.  Submit your work at http://kwelijournal.submishmash.com/. Payment is upon publication.

The Early Modern Colloquium, a graduate interdisciplinary group at the University of Michigan, is seeking submissions for a conference on the construction of nations and empires in 16th- and 17th-century Europe. This conference will engage with the idea of emerging and changing national identities in this period. More specifically, it will investigate the particular social dynamics that characterize negotiations between categories such as the foreign and the domestic or the individual and the state. How is the status of the nation and its inhabitants defined? How does the cultural production of nation engage with shifting political realities? Do changes in geographical borders or ideologies produce new discourses of difference in terms of race, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and/or disability?

The colloquium is seeking papers that examine how early modern writers, collectives, and cultures grappled with these questions within a series of interrelated realms—e.g., academic, artistic, economic, epistemological, geographical, legal, medical, occult, philosophical, private, public, religious, scientific, and theatrical. Potential topics might include radical religious dissent, the rise of Protestantism and/or the Counter-Reformation, colonialism and expansion in the Americas, the beginnings of the slave trade, the shift from monarchy to commonwealth in seventeenth-century England, relations between the East and West, or European interactions with the Ottoman Empire.

Please send a 250-word abstract to Cordelia Zukerman (czukerma@umich.edu) and Leila Watkins (lrwatkin@umich.edu) by January 15, 2012.

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