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Weekly Grad Newsletter
25 July 2019

UIC, Grad College, & Dept Deadlines

ASAP: Return your signed appointment letter to Sylvia ( only.
July 31: Deadline to submit to Grad Student Council Travel Award for travel between May 1 and July 31 (up to $275).
Aug 27: First day of Fall semester
Sept 2: Labor Day--no classes
Sept 6: Add/Drop Deadline
Sept 12: Last day to waive or change Campus Care coverage
Sept 13: Last day to Apply to Graduate this semester
Sept 30: Deadline for Student Presenter Award (Grad College; $100-$300) for travel in June, July, Aug, Sept (open to MAs).

Save The Date

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 TAs)
Aug 21: Graduate College New Student Orientation, 9-1 pm, SCW Thompson rooms.
Aug 22: Department Orientation, 1 pm, 2028 UH (mandatory for new students)
Sep 13: Department Open House
Oct 4-5: English Institute at University of Chicago. FREE for UIC grad students!
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.
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Coming Up: Events & Deadlines in the Next 7 Days

July 28: Jane Addams Hull-House Participatory Arts Family Day. 12-5 pm, free.

Funding & Fellowships

In addition to any opportunities shared here, you can find more information, including the UIUC Fellowship Finder, on the MA Funding and PhD Funding pages.


In addition to any CFPs shared here, check the UPenn CFP forum.
Oct 1: Empire and Children's Literature for special issue of Empire Studies magazine.

Meet the New PhD Students: Miranda Castro

I completed my undergraduate degree in English literature at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. At St. Francis, I was intrigued by the intellectual rigor of my literature courses and looked up to my professors for their abilities to make literature from times, identities, and experiences so different from mine not only relevant but personal and intriguing.

Since graduating, I moved to Colorado to pursue an MA in English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In Colorado, I worked in various professional and developmental capacities contributing to my interests in English, and in the humanities more generally. While there I worked at the Denver Art Museum helping to develop educational programs and activities for Spanish-speaking families and visitors. I also worked as a Research Assistant at CU’s Laboratory for Race and Popular culture (RAP Lab) where I engaged in teaching the poetics of contemporary music to elementary school students.

At CU Boulder I also worked as a Teaching Assistant for a course on Shakespeare geared towards non-English major students. Teaching for the first time was one of the greatest and most exciting challenges of my academic career. Teaching Shakespeare, in particular, was an experience that helped strengthen my own research interests in the Early Modern period, as well as my pedagogical interests in making literature from the past more accessible and relevant to undergraduate students.

More specifically, my research interests involve investigating the intersections between Early Modern religious, material culture and contemporary iterations of a similar culture, particularly in Latino/a spaces. To me, this sort of inquiry denotes both the relevance of literature from the past on contemporary life, but, most importantly, illuminates methods of academic inquiry which do not exclude people from traditionally marginalized communities to be investigated within the academy. I think that UIC will be a particularly conducive intellectual space for me to do this type of work and to reach students in a meaningful way.

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