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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. This week we introduce three new MA student poets in the Program for Writers!

Shaina Warfield is a poet and a Chicagoan. She studied English, Philosophy, and Information Studies at Dominican University and her work can be found in The Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook and her alma mater’s lit magazine Stella Veritatis. She has been a bookseller, data rights cataloger and literacy tutor all at once, for the thrill. She has acceptable hobbies like making lit mags with her friends and growing living things, and some unacceptable ones like watching bad reality television and never ever dusting.

Daniel McGee is a triplet and recent graduate from the University of Maryland-College Park, where he studied Agricultural Science & Technology and Creative Writing. During his undergrad, he worked as a mentor with America Counts and interned as a turf crewman with several teams, including the Chicago Fire. His specialized knowledge in agronomics is a cornerstone of his writing. He is excited to return to the Chicagoland area to explore the relationship between nature and society in his hometown.

Outside of meditations on nature, Daniel is interested in language building and how homonyms and homophones influence speech patterns and relate to each other.

Xiaoyu Xie: I have struggled a lot with this self-introduction thing. It feels better if I start and stay with facts. My name is 谢筱雨,Xie Xiaoyu. Xie is the family name, Xiao means little bamboo and yu means rain. So, the image is that of the rain falling on bamboo. Neither of my parents went to college, they put their best hope in their only daughter and provide me with this beautiful name.

I was born in 聊城, Liaocheng, a small city in North China. The education I received there was basically exam oriented. I went to college at Shanghai and studied law for five years and then I worked and now I am finishing my Master’s degree in British and American Literature at Shandong University. I think I was lost after I graduated from high school, perhaps I am still now. There are wrongs and deficiencies in my life, inarticulateness, among others, but I am trying to redress them and I need your help.

Never before have I been so honest about myself. It feels good, to tell the truth.



PhD student Michael Williamson recently published a short story, "Terrence's Birthday," in Typehouse Magazine.

MA student Phill Provance has a poem as a two-page spread with original art in the latest issue of Chicago-based national children's magazine, Spider.

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ASAP (close date listed as July 6): Graduate Assistant, Student Engagement and Success, Workforce Development, Pritzker Tech Talent Labs Workforce Education, Discovery Partners Institute. DPI is seeking graduate assistants to support student engagement and success for Workforce Development programs. This successful candidate will excel at engaging and ensuring the success of potential and current students within the Pritzker Tech Talent Labs Workforce Development programs.
ASAP: Threadable Books internships. We are building a network of “expert commentators” who have experience writing for general, non-academic audiences. We are looking for journalists, researchers, museum curators, public historians, history buffs, independent scholars, academics, professors, and writers to provide commentary on important historical books and speeches that are in the public domain... Must be an expert in the documents and scholarship of American and/or European history, possess a love of history and have previous experience writing for a non-academic audience (online magazines, blogs, social media, podcasts, or newspapers); Must be highly responsive to and comfort with feedback and edits. You will be well compensated, have the flexibility and independence of working remotely, stay up-to-date with the latest works in your field of interest and expertise, and gain exposure as a writer.
ASAP: Texas Tech University Post Doctoral Research Associate, Humanities Center. The Humanities Center at Texas Tech University invites applications for its Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, to be held over the 2020-2021 academic year, beginning on September 1, 2021.  This fellowship will be closely aligned with the Center’s scholarly theme for the year, Anti-Racism, and accordingly, the Center will prioritize applicants whose work contributes to anti-racist scholarship. 
July 31: Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen - Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, KWI International Fellowships. The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen is an interdisciplinary research institute for the humanities and social sciences in the tradition of institutes for advanced study. Located in the Ruhr Area, the KWI offers a space for independent and innovative research in the humanities and various opportunities to engage and include the public. Fellows will receive a fellowship contract (not a full-employment contract) and a monthly allowance of 4000 € (pre-tax) meant to cover rent, insurances and living expenses. Travel expenses for arrival at the KWI and for departure after the fellowship can be partially reimbursed. The fellowship should be dedicated to research linked to the programmatic agenda of the KWI. Various project formats are possible: You might devote your time in Essen to finishing a book or a special issue, to finalizing a research proposal or setting up a research group. 
Aug 31: Postdoctoral Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Superiore Meridionale (SSM), Università di Napoli Federico II, Naples (Italy). The SSM invites applications for 21 post-doctoral fellowships in Humanities and Social Science. Successful appointees will engage in independent research. Salary: € 35,000 [~$41,500] per year. Admission requirements: Candidates must hold a PhD awarded between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2020. They must also have an excellent command of English and possibly of a second or third language. As part of the application, each candidate should submit a research project in a subject relevant to the research program of interest following the instructions detailed in the Call for Applications and a syllabus. 
Sept 20:
Cornell University, Society for the Humanities, 2022-23 Society for the Humanities Fellowships, Focal Theme "Repair." The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University invites applications for residential fellowships from scholars and artists whose projects reflect on the 2022-23 theme of Repair. Up to six fellows will be appointed. The fellowships are held for one year (August through July). Each Society Fellow will receive $56,000. Fellows include scholars and practitioners from other universities and members of the Cornell faculty released from regular duties. Fellows teach one small seminar during their fellowship year appropriate for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree before January 1, 2021.  Applicants must also have one or more years of teaching experience, which may include teaching as a graduate student. International scholars are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility
Oct 15:
University of Pennsylvania, Wolf Humanities Center, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities. Five (5) one-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are available to junior scholars in the humanities who are no more than five years out of their doctorate. Preference will be given to candidates not yet in tenure track positions, whose proposals are interdisciplinary, who have not previously enjoyed use of the resources of the University of Pennsylvania, and who would particularly benefit from and contribute to Penn's intellectual life. For the 2022-2023 academic year, our topic will be Heritage. The Fellowship appointment is twelve months (July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023) and carries a stipend of $61,080 plus a $3000 research fund and single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage for any dependents). Fellows teach one undergraduate course in addition to conducting their research. 

Events & Deadlines

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. 
Aug 20: PhD Language Requirement translation exam, UH 2028, 12 pm-2 pm.
Aug 23: First day of Fall semester. 
Aug 25: Prospectus Info Meeting with the DGS! 1 pm, location TBA.
Aug 27: Welcome Back Colloquium, 3-4:30 pm, location TBA.
Aug 31: Prelim Exams Info Meeting with the DGS! 1 pm, location TBA.


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.


Vicki will be away from the office and email from July 16-July 27. After that you will be able to find her back on campus in University Hall 2002!

There will be no grad newsletter on July 23. 

DGS Office Contact Info & Office Hours

Vicki: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
Office Hours with the DGS by appointment.
Phone: (312) 413-2239 (voicemail)