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Weekly Grad Newsletter - 20 June 2019

Deadlines / Good To Know

July 1: New fiscal year begins; LAS/Dept travel awards reset.
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 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
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ASAP: Poetry editing for a private individual. $7 per 6-10 stanzas, full credit to editor given in work. Looking to make poems more lyrical. Contact Vicki for full details and contact information.
ASAP: Writing opportunity at $0.02/word: write reviews of products for The Greatest Picks website. Apply here.

Seminars, Conferences, & Other Events

June 22-26: Marxist Literary Group's Institute for Culture and Society at UIC.
NEW June 24: Margena Christian will be on Windy City LIVE to discuss her new book Empire: The House That John H Johnson Built.
NEW July 16: "Petrarch in His Own Hand" at the Newberry Library, 4:30-6:00 pm.
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


**The UIUC Fellowship Finder lets you search for grants & fellowships by deadline, amount, and other categories/filters**
**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.
Website for International Education Financial Aid (IEFA).
Website for International Scholarships.
Google doc compiled by the National Association of Fellowship Advisors, "Non-US Citizen Scholarship, Grant & Fellowship Opportunities."



**The UPenn CFP forum is a good place to search for CFPs, especially those in a specific subfield or for graduate students.**
July 1: Nowhere Magazine travel writing contest. $1000 prize.
July 8: Routledge Literature and Social Class project. Three themes: 1) History of the Intersections of Class, 2) Theory of Class (Invisibility) in Literature, 3)  New Trends in exploring through a Class Lens
. Contact Vicki ( for more details/full CFP.
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.
NEW Oct 1: K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award nominations due. The award "recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning."
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: Brennan Lawler

I received my Bachelor of Arts in English and my Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. After moving to Chicago that same year, I taught senior composition, creative writing, and American literature at Morton Senior High School in Hammond, Indiana. For the past seven years, I have worked at Muchin College Prep in the Loop, where I taught AP English Language & Composition before joining the administrative team as the Dean of Humanities Instruction. I was named an Emerging Leader Fellow by the NCTE Council on English Leadership in 2015. I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English from the Relay Graduate School of Education in 2017 and have worked as an adjunct professor of secondary English methods for Relay for the past two years. I’m an avid poetry reader and a contributor to the NCTE’s Poetry Month teaching collaboration, Verse.
My academic interests are still pretty wide-ranging, but they center around the role that critical theory plays both in teacher education and in fostering classrooms oriented toward social justice. My current work considers some of the traditional aspects of English education –teaching canonical novels or poetry, for example—through new critical or theoretical lenses in order to explore the potential impact they could have on secondary English classrooms. At every stage of my academic and professional career, I’ve been interested in how a rich, critical, and meaningful English education can be a force for good in the world. I’m excited to continue that work in the English department at UIC.
My husband, Caleb, and I live in Logan Square, where we spend way too much time eating out (in spite of Caleb’s immense talent as a cook). We have a four-year-old Border Collie-Dalmatian mix named Parker who has adjusted to the Chicago winters much better than his ex-Texan dads. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all more in the months to come!


"A Very Frank Discussion for Emerging Fiction Writers" is happening at Volumes Book Cafe on Tuesday, June 25, 7-9 pm. RSVP on Facebook.

DGS Office Hours, Summer 2019

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