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A note from the director...


Dear Students:

You made it! Spring break begins today! Before you take a much deserved break, check out our course offerings for Fall 2021 and consider submitting an application for LASURI now that the deadline has been extended. But don't stop there. We've tons of news this week. Not least is the announcement of a new scholarship for up to $10,000 for English majors with concentrations in Professional Writing or Creative Writing. UGS newsletter writers Sara Johnson and Lance Nwokeji cover, respectively, jobs and cinema while Jenny Ortiz takes us to the Grammys. 

Have a great break! You've earned it!

In this week's newsletter:

  • Fall 2021 Courses
  • Department of English Awards for Students - Major New Award Coming Soon!
  • LASURI Deadline Extended
  • The Write Stuff
  • Spring 2021 Open Mic Night
  • New: UGS Newsletter Journalist Lance Nwokeji on Kong Skull Island
  • Job of the Week: General Office Aide
  • Center for Renaissance Studies' New Undergraduate Seminar
  • Present Your Research at UIC's Virtual Impact and Research Week
  • Share Your Research at the Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium
  • Calls for Writing, etc.
  • Upcoming UGS Events

Keep reading, stay safe, and be in touch!


Prof. Robin Reames, Director of Undergraduate Studies


Fall 2021 Courses


Registration begins soon! Check out some of the awesome courses on offer for Fall 2021. 

English 474: Writers of Color in Speculative Literature
Prof. Mary Anne Mohanraj

In this course we will examine speculative literature authored by American writers of color. Speculative literature is a catch-all term meant to inclusively span the breadth of fantastic literature, encompassing literature ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy to ghost stories to horror to folk and fairy tales to slipstream to magical realism to modern myth-making — any piece of literature containing a fabulist or speculative element.  Writers of color will primarily be limited to non-white writers, although the nuanced details of that definition will be discussed further during class.  Readings may include books authored by Samuel R. Delany, Octavia Butler, Nnedi Okorafor, and Hiromi Goto, and anthologies edited by Sheree R. Thomas, Nisi Shawl, and Uppinder Mehan/Nalo Hopkinson.


Interested to learn more? Email the professor.
Ready to enroll? Click here.

English 428: Working Class Experience in the U.S. and U.K.
Prof. Lennard Davis

Do you come from a working-class family?  Are you a first-gen student?  Do you want to know more about how working-class people, poor people of color, immigrant families are depicted in literature?  There is much energy given to courses on identity politics, but often poor and working-class people are neglected in reading lists. This course will focus on the lives and experiences of people living in poverty or hovering precariously near poverty.  Reading through the lens of US and UK writers, we will see the variety of narratives as experienced by writers who come from the working class and creating what was called “proletarian literature” and writers coming from other classes but writing about the lived experience of people who were poorer than themselves.  Writers include Jack London, Michael Gold, George Orwell, Richard Wright, Piri Thomas, Tillie Olsen, James Agee. Other media include “Moonlight,” “Nomadland,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Shameless,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

Interested to learn more? Email the professor.
Ready to enroll? Click here.

English 400 
English 400: The History of the Idea of English & the Politics of Language
Prof. Robin Reames

"This is a country where we speak English. It’s English. You have to speak English!” During Trump’s term as president, we heard words like these repeated numerous times, and with the end of that administration we might hope that the sentiment is now obsolete. It isn’t: in February 2021, a month after Trump’s term ended, a bill was introduced to congress proposing to make English the official language of the U.S. and English proficiency a prerequisite for citizenship.

In a nation of over 41 million Spanish speakers, such policies seem at best nativist and anti-immigrant—reflective of a larger movement to restrict not just the languages that can be spoken in the public sphere, but also the very people who can work and participate in public life. But nativism and xenophobia are far from the only questionable aspects of the issue.

A larger question is: What is English? When people promote “English-only” policies, whose English do they have in mind? Where did that version of English originate? How has it changed over time, and where is it going? 

This semester, we explore the history of the English language in order to define the hegemonic concept of “English” against a larger backdrop of what English has been in the past and how it became what it is today. In so doing, we examine the historical and ontological stakes of phenomena like the “English-only” movement and “English-only” policies. We also examine emerging linguistic phenomena like internet slang and variations on Standard American English, such as African American Vernacular English and Chicano/a English. We consider these transformations in English in light of the long view, examining how English evolved from Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman roots in the Middle Ages. And we consider how questions of class have always inflected the idea of “correct” language use. 

Interested to learn more? Email the professor.
Ready to enroll? Register here.

English 402: Rhetoric: Ecologies, Nature, Mind, & Human/Nonhuman Relations
Prof. Ralph Cintron

Rhetorical studies today is attempting to develop an “ecological rhetoric.” This movement wishes to address not just our emerging environmental catastrophes but also how language and language use might be imagined as “ecological phenomena” and challenge traditional notions of audience/speaker relations. Some of this work has explored scientific understandings of “energetic systems” as well as some of the epistemological assumptions underlying scientific inquiry, such as “entanglement” in physics. “Entanglement” and “ecology” have become almost equivalent terms for some rhetorical theorists. Work in the biological sciences has been exploring the evolution of “sentience.” “Sentience” seems to be a property of all life forms and the beginning of “mind” and “cognition.” “Sentience” functions at different scales, from “cellular communication” to, according to forestry science, entire forests below and above
ground. What is Nature? What are the overlaps and differences among pre-Socratic, Aristotelian, and indigenous conceptions of Nature? What is Nature inside market economies? How are human/nonhuman relations being imagined inside these different categories of thought? Why is rhetorical theory interested in all this “wild” stuff?

Questions? Email the professor.
Ready to enroll? Click here.

English 333: Literatures in English Other than English and American
Prof. Natasha Barnes

This course will examine the fluid notion of post colonial literature, a corpus of writing that was first used to describe the fiction of writers from formerly colonized nations. We will see how “first wave” authors like Chinua Achebe (Nigeria) and Jean Rhys (Dominica) developed an aesthetic to counter colonial descriptions of their social world in classic English texts such as Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.  Through authors like Marlon James, Nalo Hopkinson and Ramabai Espinet we will also pay attention to the ways that migration, transnationalism and globalization continues to change our understanding of the novel in English. Burgeoning literary nationalisms within Great Britain will also be examined through poets like Naill O’Gallagher who writes exclusively in Gaelic.

Have a question? Email the professor.
Ready to enroll? Click here


Department of English Awards for Students


UIC's Department of English offers a number of end-of-academic-year awards for undergraduates. Below you'll find a list of our offerings and links to apply. The deadline is Monday, April 5 at 11:59 pm

As you can see, these awards come with hefty checks. Make certain you take a moment to apply. You may apply for more than one award. Help us celebrate you and your work!

Awards Requiring Student Applications:

Anne Hopewell Selby Critical Essay Writing Award: $500
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in critical writing by undergraduate English majors. Each student may submit a sample of no more than five pages of critical writing.  Excerpts from longer works are welcome as long as they do not exceed the five-page limit. Neither the student’s name nor any other identifying information should appear on any of the pages of the submission. Winners and finalists for these awards will be selected by the Department of English’s Undergraduate Studies Committee.
Application form: Anne Hopewell Selby Critical Essay Writing Award
Submit application for Anne Hopewell Selby Critical Essay Writing Award

Paul Carroll Creative Writing Award: $250
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in creative writing by undergraduate English majors. Each student may submit a sample of no more than five pages of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction. Excerpts from longer works are welcome as long as they do not exceed the five-page limit. Neither the student’s name nor any other identifying information should appear on any of the pages of the submission. Winners and finalists for these awards will be selected by the Department of English’s Undergraduate Studies Committee.
Application form: Paul Carroll Creative Writing Award
Submit application for Paul Carroll Creative Writing Award

Robert and Corinne Silver Award: $500
The Robert and Corinne Silver Award is a prize for a continuing undergraduate English major concentrating in the study of literature (Concentrations: British and Anglophone Literature, American Literature or Media, Rhetorical and Cultural Studies.) Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate academic ability. Financial need may also play a role in the award decision.  To be eligible for this award, students must have a declared concentration in literature and achieved sophomore standing or above. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
Application form: Robert and Corinne Silver Award
Submit application for Robert and Corinne Silver Award

Anne Hopewell Selby Undergraduate Research Award: $500
In honor of the late professor Anne Hopewell Selby, the English Department offers this award to an outstanding undergraduate student pursuing scholarly activities outside the classroom.  The purpose of this award is to help cover expenses such as trips to conferences or special libraries or the purchase of books not required for classes.
Application form: Anne Hopewell Selby Undergraduate Research Award
Submit application for Anne Hopewell Selby Undergraduate Research Award

Outstanding Sophomore in English Award: Two winners, each receiving $500
The Outstanding Sophomore in English Award is intended to highlight sophomore students who have demonstrated dedication to their studies in English through the breadth and depth of their coursework and have excelled in their studies within the major. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate academic ability. Financial need may also play a role in the award decision.  To be eligible for this award, students must have a declared concentration in the English major and achieved sophomore standing during the semester in which they are applying (e.g. over 30 earned credit hours, but no more than 60 credit hours, including in-progress courses).
Application form: Outstanding Sophomore in English Award
Submit application for Outstanding Sophomore in English Award

Soon To Be Announced:
New Scholarships: Several awards of up to $10,000!!
We will have some new scholarships to announce soon! English majors with concentrations in either creative writing or professional writing will have the opportunity to win awards of up to $10,000. More details coming soon, so keep an eye on our upcoming newsletters! 

Faculty Nominations (Student Application not Required)

Raymond and Wilma Campion Award: $1800
John and Jeanne Newton Scholarship: $1800
The Campion Award and the Newton Scholarship are awarded to outstanding English majors who have graduated from Chicago Public High Schools.  Students must have at least 30 but not more than 90 semester hours at the time of application and a minimum GPA of 3.0.  The selections will be made based upon faculty recommendations. All eligible applicants will be considered for both the Campion and the Newton Scholarships.

Ernest C. Van Keuren Award: $200
Each year, the faculty chooses one outstanding graduating senior for the Ernest C. Van Keuren award. The winner is chosen by the faculty from among those students who are graduating with highest distinction.


LASURI Deadline Extended!


DEADLINE NOW 11:59 pm MARCH 28, 2021

The Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Research Initiative (LASURI) encourages students to develop their research skills by providing financial support to undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and their faculty mentors for one- or two-semester research projects.

LAS undergraduate students work closely with a faculty member to develop research skills and learn to propose, design, and complete projects with the guidance and encouragement of a dedicated mentor.  The LASURI award is open to undergraduate students in all LAS disciplines.

LASURI research may include archival searches, document and literature review, the composition of annotated bibliographies, design and completion of original research papers, creative/art projects, assisting in laboratories, the design and execution of experiments, fieldwork, mapping, statistical analysis, and information and data analysis, among others. Students do not need an established record of research experience to apply.

LASURI undergraduate recipients receive a scholarship of up to $1250 per semester. Most participants apply and are approved for two-semester projects, receiving up to $2500 for the full year. LASURI faculty mentors receive a fixed amount to assist with costs associated with the student’s project. The application process takes place once a year, during the spring semester, and applies to the following academic year.

LASURI aims to:

  • develop the research, communication, and leadership skills of undergraduate students.
  • provide pathways for long-term faculty-student mentorship relationships.
  • facilitate the development of mutually beneficial research partnerships between undergraduates and faculty members.
  • improve undergraduates’ awareness of research opportunities within LAS.
  • prepare undergraduate students for post-baccalaureate academic and professional opportunities.
  • encourage faculty to incorporate undergraduate research into their scholarly activities.
  • foster intellectual and social community among UIC undergraduates.

For more information, contact lasuri@uic.edu


The Write Stuff


Have you submitted your work to UGS intern and The Write Stuff editor, Tavon Sanders? If not, why not? Tavon wants to publish your work whether it's poetry, fiction, non-fiction, written for a class, not written for a class, short, long or in between. The same is true of your visual work. Photography, painting, cartoons, drawings, etc. Tavon wants your work! (And your friends' work!) All submissions (or questions about submissions) to WriteStuff@uic.edu. We hope to publish our first edition by the end of March! Today is the final day for any and all submissions.


Spring 2021 Open Mic Night


Open Mic is a venue for you - and your friends so spread the word - to present original work (whether or not it is for a class) to an audience of your peers.

Past Open Mic nights have featured work in poetry, prose and the moving image. Former presenters say that Open Mic nights help them hone their presentation skills and get great feedback from their peers. Work presented has led to extended conversations about art, race, writing and the challenges of planning for the future.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Sign up here to share your voice! You may present multiple pieces of work.

Just want to attend without presenting? Click here for link. 

Have questions? Please email english@uic.edu.


New Feature: Lance Nwokeji on MonsterVerse

Kong: Skull Island
Lance Njwokeji

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island (released in 2017) is the first official step into the MonsterVerse, which is the cinematic universe that connects Godzilla, Kong, and many other monsters. While Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla (released in 2014) predates Skull Island, that Godzilla film was made as a standalone movie. Now, that has changed. Skull Island is a prequel to Godzilla, and it is set in the 70s.

The benefit of this setting is the opportunity for a period piece in the MonsterVerse. The movie plumbs the historical depths in the introduction, which shows a fight between an American and Japanese soldier in WWII. This fight results in them getting stranded on Skull Island. After the intro the movie jumps forward to 1973. Throughout the movie, music from the 70s plays through multiple scenes. Songs like "Brother" by Jorge Ben Jor and "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath are featured in the film, grounding the audience in the time of the 70s.
In the present day of 1973, the U.S. military’s involvement in the Vietnam War is about to cease. The Vietnam War’s presence can be felt in this movie, as several soldier characters are clearly jaded from it. The colonel in particular, is not happy about America losing the war. Skull Island has been found on satellite imaging and this catches the attention of William Randa and Houston Brooks. They hail from the shadowy government organization known as Monarch. They recruit the other characters in the movie to take them to Skull Island. The pacing takes the audience to Skull Island relatively quickly and smoothly.

The human characters that go on this adventure are serviceable for an ensemble cast. The military and scientific team come to the island together with different agendas. This adventure has conspiracy theorists, an eccentric fighter pilot, and a vengeful military colonel. All of these characters, with their imperfections and baggage, are entertaining to watch.

This film is no simple remake. It reinvents the story of King Kong for the MonsterVerse. For one thing, the villagers on the island are handled in a deliberate and unique fashion. In the original 1933 movie the natives were desperate antagonists. In the 2005 remake the natives became horrifically degenerate, evoking racial stereotypes of indigenous people. In Kong: Skull Island the villagers are more complex. They are territorial and taciturn, but ultimately prove to be peaceful and helpful for the main characters.

This movie not only frees the natives from the stereotypes of previous Kong films. It also frees Kong himself from his usual tragic fate. It lets him rise above that fate to become something greater than a simple beast. In Vogt-Roberts’ words, “this isn’t Man vs Nature. This is Man vs God.” he spells out Kong’s presence in this movie well. This iteration of King Kong is completely new. He’s 100 feet tall and still growing. One day, he’ll be large enough to take on Godzilla. Kong doesn’t change as a character. Instead, the audience’s perception of him changes. He starts the movie as a threatening monstrosity. We don’t clearly see his face in the opening scene, so he appears as a looming threat. In a later scene  he destroys a helicopter fleet and even swallows a man whole. Further on however, Kong is shown as a guardian of Skull Island’s natural order. He is shown saving peaceful creatures and fighting against vicious monsters that threaten to overrun the island.

The legacy of King Kong has been fruitful. Every movie that brings Kong to the big screen again pushes the envelope in some way, and Kong: Skull Island is no exception. This film succeeds with transforming Kong as well as his story. The rest of the MonsterVerse movies are massive modern events and disaster movies. Skull Island is a good change of pace as an isolated period piece. The cinematic universe needs more movies like it.


A senior, Lance Nwokeji has a concentration in creative writing. A Chicago native, Nwokeji enjoys playing chess and has a passion for creature movies. Soon he'll be looking for a job in technical writing.


Job of the Week

General Office Aide
Sara Johnson

This week’s job is the General Office Aide at UIC’s ID Center.

The general office aide is an entry-level position, the only requirement is that you are enrolled at UIC as a full-time student. The major role of the office aide is to assist with clerical and administrative duties. Once you have completed a year of clerical work and have gained the necessary experience, you will get more responsibilities such as handling telephone calls, distributing mail correspondence, operating office machines, and more.

If interested, submit a resume to the ID Center. Once done, and if you’re selected, you will have an in-person interview and a tour of the ID Center’s office. 

Meet Theresa Garcia, a senior nursing student here at UIC. 

Theresa has been working as a general office aide at the ID Center for the past two years. Reflecting on pre-COVID-19 times, she recalls that having an on-campus job was convenient because the flexible hours made it so that shifts fit her schedule with ease. Despite COVID-19, Theresa has had a lot of fun working there. Working at the ID Center has provided her with an excellent community. The environment has made her feel more connected to her peers and to campus. 

One of the biggest pros of working at the ID Center is that it helps develop your professional skills. Theresa mentioned that the largest development she’s seen in herself is in her communication and problem solving skills. Part of her responsibility is to take phone calls and respond to emails, which demands the ability to communicate promptly and professionally. Most of the people calling are seeking assistance with their student ID or ventra card, so through these experiences she has developed her communication and problem solving skills substantially.

When asked if she would recommend this job to a friend, she said, “Yes—I found out about this job through a sorority sister. A lot of us have been referred in from past workers.” She made sure to note that not everyone got the job from a referral—while it is common, the ID Center prioritizes hiring those who will be a good fit.


The Grammys

By Jenny Ortiz

The 63rd annual Grammys took place this past Sunday on March 14th at the Staple Center. It was hosted by Trevor Noah. With the COVID-19 pandemic safety precautions included masks, a limit on the number artists attending, and an outdoor venue. The show started off with the iconic Harry Styles' "Watermelon Sugar," which later earned him his first Grammy. Styles' performance was followed by that of many other artists including Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Doja Cat, Post Malone, and Black Pumas.

But that is not all. We got the first-time live debut of “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion along with the introduction of Silk Sonic, the dynamic duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. Lil Baby and DaBaby also gave moving performances with songs revolving around the BLM movement. In "Rockstar," DaBaby added the lines “Right now I’m performing at the Grammys/I’ll probably get profiled before leavin’.” A backing choir of white vocalists in robes was utilized to represent the United States and its racial divisions. 

With the pandemic shuttering music venues, the Grammys took a moment to give shout outs to some of them with videos of owners sharing their stories and even presenting nominations for awards categories. While it was filled with touching performances and acceptance speeches, one person swept the competition to the next level: Beyoncé. Winning a Grammy - her 28th - for Best R&B Performance with “Black Parade,” she became the female artist with the most Grammy wins in history. Acknowledging the historic moment, she said, “As an artist, I believe it's my job and all of our jobs to reflect the times. It has been such a difficult time, so I wanted to uplift, encourage, and celebrate all of the beautiful Black queens and kings that continue to inspire me and inspire the whole world.” 

Billie Eilish also acknowledged others in her acceptance speech for Record of the Year. As she and her brother FINNEAS received a Grammy for “everything I wanted,” Eilish took time to admire and praise Megan Thee Stallion. Eilish said, “This is really embarrassing for me, Megan, girl… I was gonna write a speech about how you deserve this but then I was like, ‘There’s no way they’re going to choose me.’ I was like, ‘It’s hers.’ She confessed her love for Megan Thee Stallion and took a moment to appreciate the artist that she is with claps from other artists. 

With stunning performances, inspirational speeches, and even history-in-the making the Grammys was a night to remember.


Center for Renaissance Studies' New Undergraduate Seminar


The World in the Book: 1300-1800

CRS Undergraduate Seminar
Fall 2021: Online via Zoom

CRS is thrilled to announce that applications are now being accepted for its first-ever undergraduate seminar, which will take place virtually in Fall 2021.

Hosted by the Newberry Library’s Center for Renaissance Studies (CRS), this 10-week, three credit hour course will use the multidisciplinary field of book history to explore how medieval and early modern people used different media—theological texts, maps, travel narratives, reference works, literature, and more—to make sense of a changing world. Through lectures, discussions, and interactive workshops with faculty from CRS consortium institutions, participants will learn how book history can illuminate the ways in which premodern people used religion, science, art, and technology to grapple with new economic, intellectual, and cultural challenges in a rapidly-expanding global community. In so doing, students will develop a framework for using the past to help illuminate and guide their own contemporary experience.

This seminar is free and open for undergraduate students in any field of medieval or early modern studies, but space is limited. Priority will be given to undergraduates from CRS consortium institutions. Accepted students must make arrangements with their home institutions to receive credit for the course. Please direct any questions to renaissance@newberry.org.

For more information about the course, including guest speakers and a link to apply, please visit the course website here: https://www.newberry.org/09282021-world-book-1300-1800


Present Your Research!


Are you a CURA (Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award) student? We encourage you to register to present your work during UIC's Impact and Research Week April 5 - 9, 2021. 

Students will prepare a short presentation (7-10 minutes) and use a medium like PowerPoint or Google Slides to guide their presentation. Presentations will take place via panels of four students; opportunities for students to sign up as a group (e.g., for students working in the same research lab) will be made available. Each presentation panel will last one hour; each student will present their research and time will be allocated for a question-and-answer period with the judges assigned to the panel. 

Click here with any questions or to register.


Share Your Research!

 Author Anthony Doerr with his 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "All the Light We Cannot See."
 2021 Macksey Keynote Anthony Doerr with his 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning "All the Light We Cannot See."

Do you - or your friends - have research in the humanities that is ready for a larger audience? If so, apply for Johns Hopkins University’s second annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium. The symposium offers students across the country the chance to gather together and disseminate their humanities research on a national scale. COVID turned 2020's symposium into a virtual event, but that was a great success! There were 359 participants and more than 10,000 visits to the conference site to date. Held live on April 24 and 25, 2021, this year’s event will be virtual as well. The application portal is open through April 1, 2021

This symposium is open to undergraduate students from any two-year or four-year college or university who would like to present their original scholarship in the humanities. We hope to have 400 participants this year. In addition to the multiple panels of student papers and presentations (including original creative works), we will also have a wonderful keynote delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr and multiple professional development panels featuring Johns Hopkins graduate students and faculty and editors from Johns Hopkins University Press. Students studying all areas of the humanities are welcome to attend. Attendees will also have the opportunity to work with our student editors to revise their presentation into a journal-length presentation for our journal of proceedings, the Macksey Journal.

For questions or to apply, click here.


Internships, Scholarships, Fellowships & Jobs


Calls for Writers, etc.


Night Hawk Review Seeks Poetry Submissions


Poet Sandra Simonds helps edit The Night Hawk Review. Soon to be renamed Ariadne, the review is seeking poetry from students. To submit your work, please email nighthawkreview@gmail.com


Quirk Literary Journal Seeks Submissions


Quirk is a print and online journal showcasing the brightest up-and-coming writers and artists from undergraduate institutions across the country. 

We accept submissions on any topic, and especially appreciate diverse perspectives, in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and—for the first time this year—sign language and video performance. All accepted artists and writers are interviewed and work with our student editorial staff to ensure their distinct voices reach the widest audience. Full guidelines can be found on our Submittable portal.

Click here for Quirk Online.
Click here to submit. Deadline: April 7, 2021

Please direct any questions, concerns, or comments to our editorial staff at quirk@uiwtx.edu. You can also contact the faculty advisor directly: Dr. David Armstrongdarmstro@uiwtx.edu. For more about Quirk, see our university site: https://my.uiw.edu/quirk/index.html.


Black Lawrence Press Seeks Submissions

 Black Lawrence Call for Submissions

Mamas, Martyrs, and Jezebels: Myths, Legends, and Other Lies You've Been Told about Black Women revisits notions of Black womanhood to include the ways in which Black women's perceived strength can function as a dangerous denial of Black women's humanity. This collection addresses the stigma of this extraordinary endurance in professional and personal spaces, the Black church, in interpersonal partnerships, and within the justice arena, while also giving voice and value to Black women's experiences as the backbone of the Black family and community.

Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for a new anthology of essays. Writers and scholars living in the United States and abroad are invited to submit essays of between 700-5000 words for the anthology on any of the following broad themes. (Other themes will be considered.)

  1. Black Women and Justice
  2. Black Women and Self-Care
  3. Black Women and Spirituality
  4. Black Women at Work and at Home
  5. Black Women and Sex (and Sexuality)

Essays can be creative or academic. However, essays have to be accessible since the anthology is for a general audience.

Drs. Jan Boulware, Rondrea Mathis, Clarissa West-White, and Kideste Yusef of Bethune-Cookman University will serve as editors.

Submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2021. Contributors will receive a copy of the anthology as payment.

Previously published essays are welcome. Please contact Dr. Clarissa West-White at whitec@cookman.edu with questions.


Other Upcoming UGS Events

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events:
  • Open Mic 
    March 31, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 pm
    Share your creative work and hear your peers' creative work
    Click here for Zoom link  


  • Grad School Workshop
    April 14, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 pm
    Current grad students talk about what grad school is really like and how to get into the program of your dreams
    Click here for Zoom link


  • Thesis Presentations
    April 30, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Hear what students in ENGL 398 and ENGL 399 have been working on all semester
    Click here for Zoom link

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Do you have questions or feel like chatting with UGS? Email english@uic.edu to schedule an appointment. 


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