Welcome to your weekly UIC English grad student news digest.
Vicki Bolf, Grad Studies Program Coordinator
PhD candidate Laura Jok has been selected as a 2021 Luminarts Fellow in Creative Writing.
MA student Jenny Hernandez has received a Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Fellowship for the remainder of her MA degree.
Announcing the winners of this year's departmental awards for excellence:
- Reynolds Dissertation award: Justin Raden
- Selby: Corbin Hiday, “Catastrophic Energies.” Runners up: Sarah Buchmeier, “Who Wrote Our Nig?: Race, Realism And Secular Exclusion” & Melissa Macero, “The Structure of Scares: Art, Horror, and Immersion in Marisha Pessl’s Night Film”
- Distinguished Teaching: Ann-Marie McManaman
- Fromm: Katherine Brandt, “‘A Journey of This Singular Voyage’: Convention as Resistance in Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative”
- Kogan: Tierney Powell, “‘A tribute to the literature that once was’: Genre, Form, and Empathy in Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story.” Runners up: Angelica Davila, “The Metamorphosis of Code-switching and Self-Translation: Language and Identity Hybridization within Latinx Poetry” & Jared O'Connor, “‘The Tension of Trying’: Joe Brainard’s Writings and Drawings”
- Goodnow: Joseph Meads & Michael Williamson
- Carroll: Laura Jok
May 11: The Digital Studies Institute (UMDSI) within the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is seeking three adminstrative positions to support the Mellon Foundation-funded DISCO (Digital Inquiry, Speculation, Critique, and Optimism) Network.
May 17: Three positions at the Chicago Freedom School: Director of Development & Communications, Freedom Fellowship Coordinator, and a Training Coordinator.
Events & Deadlines
Apr 30: MA Project Certificate of Approval & completed MA project due to DGS Office for Spring graduation.
Apr 30: Undergraduate Thesis Presentations at 3 pm. Come hear 6 exciting English major research presentations (one by incoming MA student Abigail Kremer!) Zoom link.
May 7: "What Am I Going To Do With This? Humanities and Social Science Career Exploration Outside the Academy" Part 1 of 2, 10 am-12 pm via Zoom. Interactive career exploration with UIC Grad College Dir. of Grad Professional and Career Development, Theresa Christenson-Caballero. Register at https://go.uic.edu/hss-career-exploration-may-2021.
May 14: "What Am I Going To Do With This? Humanities and Social Science Career Exploration Outside the Academy" Part 2 of 2, 10 am-12 pm via Zoom. Hands-on Workshop with UIC Alumni Panel, including Jen Phillis and Mary Hale!
May 14: Round Table on anti-racist and activist creative writing pedagogy, part of the Mellon-funded Crossing Latinidades initiative led by Daniel Borzutzky. 2-4 pm.
May 19: Summer I (4-week term) add/drop deadline.
June 18: Summer II (8-week term) add/drop deadline.
July 23: Last day to submit dissertation to Graduate College for graduation this term (PhD only).
Aug 4: MA Project Certificate of Approval & completed MA project due to DGS Office for Summer graduation.
Check the UPenn CFP website for current and future conferences in your fields and subfields, including conferences especially for graduate students.
May 20: Midwest Modern Language Association conference proposals due. Theme: “Cultures of Collectivity.” Conference takes place in Milwaukee, WI, November 4-7, 2021. Keynote speaker Anna Kornbluh!
Funding & Grants
May 5: Apply for WriteOut! hybrid and in-person writing retreats sponsored by UIC's Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP). Sessions include space to write with plenty of natural light, breakfast, some lunches, printing privileges, and workshops to help the writing and publishing process. Grad student sessions happening May 24-28 and August 2-6. (Also peep UIC alumna Mika Turim-Nygren on the webpage!)
Congratulate Professor Anna Kornbluh on receiving the Graduate Mentoring Award for the Arts & Humanities!
If you are a full-time student (5+hrs) for the SUMMER 2021 session you may opt in to receive a CTA UPass before June 18.