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Weekly Grad Newsletter - 6 June 2019

Deadlines / Good To Know

ASAP: Stay on track with your writing goals over the summer by taking the Graduate College's GC 512 (CRN 21841) Tu/Th 10:45 am-1:15 pm, Taft Hall 308, Summer II term. UIC English alumnus Vin Adiutori is teaching. You can reach him at
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 11: Academic job seekers' meeting , 2 pm, 2028 UH.
June 13
: Instruction ends for Summer I
June 17: Summer II (8-week term) begins
June 21: Add/drop deadline for Summer II
Aug 7: Instruction ends for Summer II
NEW 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


MA student in the Program for Writers Edward Bury  has an article on technology transfer communications strategies published in the June issue of the PRSA Strategies and Tactics magazine.

PhD candidate Adam Rensch published a review of Nicholas Brown's The Social Ontology of Art Under Capitalism in the LARB: "The Customer Is Wrong: The Commodity and the Work of Art."
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Due Tomorrow: Assessments

If you were enrolled in courses in Spring 2019, complete the appropriate self-assessment by tomorrow, June 7.
PhD Student Self-Assessment
MA Student Self-Assessment


June 13: Assistant Director of External Fellowships in the Graduate College at UIUC.
June 15: Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for the Humanities has been reopened.
June 16: 2-year postdoc fellowship at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (MLFTC) (Arizona).

Seminars, Conferences, & Other Events

June 8: Dr. Margena Christian on a panel at the DuSable Museum titled "Empire: The House That John H. Johnson Built" 2-4 pm.
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**

Aug 15: National Sporting Library & Museum Fellowship. $2K/month, 2 months or less.



**The UPenn CFP forum is a good place to search for CFPs, especially those in a specific subfield or for graduate students.**
NEW: 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.

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.
NEW 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: 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.

Meet the New PhD Students: Gina Frangello

Gina Frangello is the author of four books of fiction, most recently A LIFE IN MEN, which is now under development as a series on Netflix, and EVERY KIND OF WANTING, included by both Chicago Magazine and The Chicago Review of Books as one of the "Best Books of 2016." Gina holds a long association with UIC, having completed her Master's in English in the Program for Writers in 1997 and serving as the Executive Editor of the literary magazine Other Voices, which was housed in the English Department until 2007. Gina went on to found and run the all-fiction book imprint, Other Voices Books until 2014, also running the writing retreat Other Voices Queretaro in the Central Highlands of Mexico. She has also served as the Fiction Editor of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown, the faculty editor for TriQuarterly Online, and the Sunday Editor of The Rumpus, and is currently the faculty advisor for The Coachella Review. Her debut memoir, BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN, will be published in 2021 on Counterpoint. Gina's fiction and nonfiction have also appeared in venues such as Ploughshares, Fence, Salon, Psychology Today, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Dame and the Chicago Reader. She can be found at

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