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Weekly Grad Newsletter - 13 June 2019

Deadlines / Good To Know

July 31: Deadline to submit to Grad Student Council Travel Award for travel between May 1 and July 31 (up to $275).
Sept 30: Deadline for Student Presenter Award (Grad College; $100-$300) for travel in June, July, Aug, Sept (open to MAs).

Happening Soon @UIC

June 17: Summer II (8-week term) begins
June 21: Add/drop deadline for Summer II
Aug 7: Instruction ends for Summer II
Aug 19: Graduate College New TA orientation (mandatory for new TAs) 1-3:30 pm, SES 250.
Aug 21: Comp Camp, 8:30 am-5 pm, location TBD (mandatory for new TAs)
Aug 21: Graduate College New Student Orientation, 9-1 pm, SCW Thompson rooms.
Aug 22: Department Orientation, 1 pm, 2028 UH (mandatory)
Aug 27: First day of Fall semester

Routledge Companion CFP: "Literature and Social Class"

GOAL: The Literature and Social Class project will produce a text using social class as a lens through which to view literature. 

SPECIFICS: Literature is taken broadly to mean any country’s literary fiction writers, as distinct from anonymous folk tales, which are handled in other companion texts.  Our essays will be in English but may come from any country’s literary output. Analysis of plays, poetry, and short or book-length fiction are included.  Contemporary and past writing are both welcome (writing in the future is more difficult to access.)
The idea of intersectionality is important because class is not formed alone but with other demographic markers, such as race, gender, and culture. A class emphasis in rhetorical analysis will be one major method of inquiry, but other methods are welcome so long as they treat literature via a primarily class-based lens.

This collection of essays has three themes
Theme One: History of the Intersections of Class
Theme Two:  Theory of Class (Invisibility) in Literature
Theme Three:  New Trends in exploring through a Class Lens

Contact Vicki ( for more details/full CFP.
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Seminars, Conferences, & Other Events

June 19: V21 Collective Summer Reading Group Series: Equality
June 22-26: Marxist Literary Group's Institute for Culture and Society at UIC.
July 22: V21 Collective Summer Reading Group Series: The State
Aug 12-16: WriteOut! Retreat for grad students working on race and/or ethnicity. FREE structured writing time!
Aug 26: V21 Collective/Vcologies Summer Reading Group Series: The Planet
Sep 13: Department Open House
Oct 4-5: English Institute at University of Chicago.
Oct 24-25: The Refugee Crisis conference at the Institute for the Humanities.
Nov 1: Frontiers Workshop at the Institute for the Humanities, 9 am-5 pm. Full details TBA.

Funding & CFP Deadlines


**Special resources for international students**
From Duke University: opportunities for DACA and undocumented students and for international students.
From Immigrants Rising: List of Graduate Scholarships That Do Not Require Proof of Citizenship Or Legal Permanent Residency.
International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) website.
International Scholarships website.
Non-US Citizen Scholarship, Grant & Fellowship Opportunities google doc compiled by the National Association of Fellowship Advisors.

**The UIUC Fellowship Finder lets you search for grants & fellowships by deadline, amount, and other categories/filters**



**The UPenn CFP forum is a good place to search for CFPs, especially those in a specific subfield or for graduate students.**
June 15: Northwestern University Graduate Student Conference "Backward Glances: Mediating Resistance" in Dept of Radio/TV/Film.
July 1: Nowhere Magazine travel writing contest. $1000 prize.
July 15: Breakwater Review Peseroff Prize in Poetry. Winning prize: $1000 and publication in Breakwater’s fall issue. $10 entry fee.
Aug 16: Corridors--The Great Lakes Writing and Rhetoric Conference 2019. Near Detroit, no registration fee.
Oct 1: Belt Magazine LGBTQ Anthology  for creative nonfiction stories, essays, reportage, and poetry that tell LGBTQ stories, past and present, in the Midwest, Appalachia, Plains, and Rust Belt. Being queer does not have to be the central theme of the piece.
Ongoing: Submit to Hyped On Melancholy. 500-2000 words focalized by something discrete—a sound, a song, an album, a band—that meditates on the titular phrase.

Meet the New PhD Students: Ben Seigle

I’m Ben Seigle. I come to UIC having been an English teacher for several years. I’ve taught in independent day schools, CPS, charter schools, and even parochial schools. A few years ago, I studied in UIC’s English education program (MA) where courses taught by Professors DeStigter, Schaafsma, Tabbi, and Dubey sparked my interest in literature and criticism. In the PhD program, I intend to read and write about critiques of liberal humanism as they appear in critical theory and Anglo-American fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries. Outside of my intellectual and professional interests, I like to run, cycle, and listen to snotty rock bands from the 1990s. An unintended consequence of marrying someone with far more marketable skills than mine (thus far) is that I’ve become a capable and enthusiastic cook. Some intended consequences of this marriage are two daughters, ages 5 and 3, who keep me awfully busy.

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