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Weekly Grad Newsletter
22 August 2019


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 13: Apply for LAS/Department Travel funding for Fall 2019 (up to $500).
Sept 30: Deadline for Student Presenter Award (Grad College; $100-$300) for travel in June, July, Aug, Sept (open to MAs).
Oct 31: Graduate Student Council Award (up to $275) application due for travel in Q3 (8/1-10/31).
Nov 1- Nov 4: Prelim Exams.
Dec 9-13: Finals Week.
Dec 18: Grades due.

Save The Date

Sept 2: Labor Day--no classes
Sep 13: Department Open House, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Sept 20: One-on-One with Rebecca Hazelton and Carrie McGath. 3-5 pm 2028 UH.
Oct 25: Roundtable on academic publishing. 3-5 pm 2028 UH.
Nov 1: Frontiers Workshop at the Institute for the Humanities, 9 am-5 pm. Full details TBA.

Nov 8: Mika Turim-Nygren mock job talk, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Nov 15: Colloquium: Tanya Agathacleous, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Nov 22: Colloquium: Marta Caminero-Santangelo, 305 pm, 2028 UH.
Dec 5: Department holiday party.
Dec 6: Sarah Buchmeier mock job talk, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.


PhD candidate Cecy Villarruel is a current resident at Ragdale.
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Coming Up: Events & Deadlines in the Next 7 Days

Aug 23: Program for Writers Social Hour at Ambassador Public House at 4:30 pm.

NEW This Week!

  • Let Gregor Baszak (the first Public Humanities Fellow!) know if you would like a free ticket to either “Harold Holzer on Daniel Chester French” (Nov 9, 1-2P)  or “Emmet Gowin: Nuclear Test Sites” (Nov 9 3-4P) by emailing Both programs are part of the Chicago Humanities Festival.
  • If you would like a free ticket to Ta Nahesi-Coates at the Chicago Humanities Festival (taking place at UIC on Oct 2, 7 pm), email
  • If you are interested in a Black Studies Concentration, email for more information.
  • Two grad-level courses in the History department are still open. Email the professor for permission to register; email Hannah Landsman with any registration issues.
    • HIST 593: The U.S. Civil Rights and Black Freedom Movement, 1945 – 1975. Prof. Barbara Ransby ( Tuesdays, 3:30-6:00 p.m. This course will look at the roots of the contemporary Black Freedom Movement in the post World War II period and its evolution over the ensuing three decades. We will look at key events, personalities, organizations, ideologies and competing historical analyses of each. We will explore origins of this iteration of the Black Freedom Movement, parameters of what and who is included in narratives of history, and interactions with other social movements. We will examine these subjects through the lens of an analysis of race, gender, class and sexuality. From the NAACP’s work in the 1940s to the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the emergence of SNCC and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in the 1960s to the Black Power movement in the early 1970s, key questions of socialism, nationalism, non-violence versus self-defense, labor organizing and electoral strategies were at the forefront of movement debates. Historians have wrestled with how to periodize, assess, and map these trends. We will read works by Robin D.G. Kelley, Martha Biondi, Premilla Nadasen, Jaqueline Dowd Hall, Ashley Farmer and others. We will examine Kelley’s concept of infrapolitics and Hall’s notion of the “the long Civil Rights Movement.” A research paper, classroom presentations and active participation in weekly discussions will be required of all students in this course.
    • HIST 511: Historiography of Modern Europe. Prof. Keely Stauter-Halsted ( Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m. Where is Europe? Where do its geographic boundaries lie? What does it mean to be “modern? This colloquium introduces students to some of the most important issues and questions in European historiography, focusing especially on events and ideas of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that have led historians to label the period uniquely “modern.” We will explore the rise of human rights as a discourse, the construction of national subjectivities, sexual identities, and patterns of European imperial domination. We will look at the eruption of modern mass violence and genocide, the impact of both World Wars on local populations, and the constant redefinition of political boundaries, including the Cold War and post-Cold War reshaping of the map of Europe. The course is designed to help students prepare for comprehensive exams in European history and to provide background for those who plan to teach history at the secondary and post-secondary levels. We will move forward on all of these fronts via a series of close readings of iconic texts that highlight particular aspects of historical moments or provide a unique prism through which to understand European developments. The goal here is to introduce a series of windows or access points to help students grapple with the large questions of the period. Recommended reading provided for each week can be used to develop reading lists for comprehensive exams and to flesh out students’ understanding of a particular subtopic.

Jobs & Postdocs

Sept 13: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University - Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Creative Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences & Math. Fellowships support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. Up to $77,500 for one year; $38,750 for one semester. Additional funds are available for project expenses.
Oct 1:
Columbia University - Society of Fellows in the Humanities - Postdoctoral Fellowship. Fellowships support postdoctoral research exploring and clarifying the interrelationships within the humanities as well as their relationship to the natural and social sciences. Fellows carry out their research and teach within humanities departments at Columbia University. $63,500 annual stipend; $7,000 annual research allowance; medical benefits. Subsidized housing is available.
Oct 15: Klarman Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell. 3 years, $75K/year + $12K research fund.

Funding & Grants

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.

Oct 15: For the 2019-20 academic year, Caxton Club grants of up to $2,500 each are being offered to Midwestern graduate students with projects in the following areas: bibliography, book arts, history of the book, library studies, print culture studies, and zines.


In addition to any CFPs shared here, check the UPenn CFP forum.

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DGS Office Hours, Fall 2019

Pete: 11-3 T, 1-4 W and by appointment
Vicki: 10-6 M-Th, 9-5 F, lunch 1:30-2:30
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