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Weekly Grad Newsletter

 
 
Welcome to your weekly UIC English grad student news digest.
 
Vicki Bolf, Graduate Studies Program Coordinator

Meet the 2021 Cohort!

For the rest of the summer, we'll be introducing a few of the Fall 2021 cohort every week.

Rana Awwad is a Muslim Palestinian American, raised in the southern suburbs of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UIC in 2019 and her Master of Arts from the University of Chicago in 2020. She currently works as an English tutor and does freelance writing and editing. Her hobbies include playing Animal Crossing, watching copious amounts of television, and being the subaltern who speaks.

Rana’s research pertains to nineteenth-century Anglophone fiction—Gothic literature in particular—pursued through a post-colonial lens. She combines elements of literary analysis and literary memoir to create a new understanding of the presence of characters of color within the traditions of Gothic literature and post-colonialism.

Lauren Keeley worked as a high school English teacher in Lille, France for a year after her undergraduate and then as a communications writer at a large health care data company in Boston. In her spare time, she can usually be found exploring art museums, taking long walks along the harbor, or trying (and failing) to find someone to speak French with her.

Lauren completed her BA in English with a minor in French from Boston College in 2018. She looks forward to living in a new city and being around those who similarly value critical thinking and sustained academic study. Her research interests include critical disability studies, biopolitics, medical humanities, and visual arts.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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Jobs

Note to job seekers: there is a new listserv for humanities PhDs and MAs lists government positions called Wine and Government Cheese. Subscribe if you are interested in these positions! 

Events & Deadlines

Reminder for PhD candidates: Committee Recommendation Forms must be submitted to the DGS Office (Vicki) a minimum of three weeks before the defense.

June 25: Last day to apply to graduate for summer 2021!
July 23: Last day to submit dissertation to Graduate College for graduation this term (PhD only).
Aug 4MA Project Certificate of Approval & completed MA project due to DGS Office for Summer graduation.
Aug 18: Comp Camp (details TBA).
Aug 19: Department Orientation for new students, 12:30-2:30 via Zoom. 

CFPs

Check the UPenn CFP website for current and future conferences in your fields and subfields, including conferences especially for graduate students.

Funding & Grants

The Graduate College curates a weekly list of funding opportunities. Our colleagues in Urbana also maintain a database of external funding opportunities: UIUC Fellowship Finder.

Miscellany

New Course Alert! Professor Sunil Agnani will be teaching ENGL 517 - How Not to Run an Empire: fantasies of consensual colonialism from the 18th century to the present, Thursdays, 2-4:50 pm. CRN 46691. Find the full descirption on the Courses page.

President Biden, Governor Pritzker, and President of the U of I system Tim Killeen have declared Juneteenth a national, state, and university holiday. The university will begin observation in June 2022.

Many black-owned Chicago restaurants are offering specials for $6.19 or $16.19 this weekend in honor of the holiday, the result of organizing by Black People Eats, an Instagram account run by Chicagoan Jeremy E. Joyce. The full list of restaurants is on Instagram; a map is available on Google Maps.

 
   
 
DGS Office Contact Info & Office Hours

Vicki: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. NB: Vicki will be out of the office on June 24-28 and July 15-27. 
Office Hours with the DGS by appointment.
Email: vicbolf@uic.edunmufti@uic.edu
Phone: (312) 413-2239 (voicemail)

 
 
 
 
 
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