A note from the director...
Welcome back! The English faculty hope you’re as excited about this semester as we are. Although the English department courses will be held remotely, you are very near in our thoughts and hearts. We may be totally online, but we are absolutely committed to building community and supporting you as you learn and grow at UIC.
The Office of Undergraduate Studies is pulling together a lively set of virtual functions this Fall: poetry readings, chats with professors, graduate school information sessions, and more! Be on the lookout for our newsletters, which will arrive weekly this semester. They will be full of exciting news, events, and opportunities. We will also be expanding our office hours this Fall to make sure you have the access you need to all the resouces that the English department has to offer.
Keep reading below for more information on some of our exciting Fall 2020 courses that still have a few remaining seats available. If you’re on the fence about a course, don’t be shy. We always love to hear from students, so reach out to the professors, whose emails are listed below. Other announcements, and opportunities from across the university can be found at the bottom of this email.
We hope you are well, and that you’ve had a restful summer. Best of luck as you begin gearing up for the first week of classes. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have questions, encounter difficulty registering, etc. or just want to chat about your summer, what you are reading, life, the universe and everything.
Keep reading, stay safe, and be in touch!
Prof. Robin Reames, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Kate Boulay, Ph.D., Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies
Exciting New Fall 2020 Classes
Our courses are filling up quickly, but there are still a few seats available in these exciting classes. Sign up now!
English 122: Understanding Rhetoric
Instr. Sibyl Gallus-Price
Our course begins by exploring some general theories of rhetoric as both a discipline and a practice. We’ll read a variety of commentaries and canonical texts, paying particular attention to the way key terms and themes arise out of the history of rhetorical theory. Once this foundation is built, we begin to think about rhetoric’s relationship to notions of Law and Justice, and consider the law as a rhetorical system which structures our lived social experience. In this phase of the course, we highlight the ways terms and themes identified earlier are taken up in legal discourse and the pursuit of justice.
We hope to not only arrive at a better understanding of rhetoric and its relevance to our lives, but to develop transferable capacities in reading, writing, and public speaking.
Interested to learn more? Email the professor. Ready to enroll? Register now!
English 105: English and American Fiction: Becoming Modern
Instr. Joseph Staten
This class seeks to understand two distinct but related historical moments: first, the emergence of the historical period known as “modernity” in the 19th century; and second, the emergence of the artistic movement known as “modernism” at the beginning of the 20th. Throughout the course, we will seek to come to an understanding of each of these terms—as well as of their extremely complex interconnectedness—through the study of some of the most ambitious and interesting English and American novels of the era. We will pay particularly close attention to the sets of issues, both social/historical and artistic, that modern novelists began to obsess over: on the side of history, topics such as capitalism, imperialism, the decline of religion, and the ascent of “materialism”; and, on the side of art, issues such as form, experimental technique, avant-gardism, and a heightened attention to the “material” of art-making itself.
Authors we read may include Herman Melville, Stephen Crane, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, Theodore Dreiser, Ernest Hemingway, Jean Toomer, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and/or others.
Interested to learn more? Email the instructor. Ready to enroll? Register now!
English 109: Tough Girls in American Literature and Culture
Prof. Terence Whalen
In recent mass culture, there has emerged a relatively new type of heroine, which for lack of a better phrase we shall call 'tough girls.' The type seems to be everywhere in popular film and literature, from Ripley in the Alien films to Arya in Game of Thrones to Katniss in The Hunger Games. This course will explore the meaning and significance of this phenomenon.
Texts include works by Louisa May Alcott, Daniel Woodrell, Suzanne Collins, Ben Tripp, and Jay Kristoff. Assignments include two short papers, exams, written preparation, possible random quizzes, and class participation.
Interested to learn more? Email the professor. Ready to enroll? Register now!
English 125: Introduction to U.S. Latinx Literature
Instr. Dan Magers
In this survey, we read, think about, and discuss a range of works by pioneering and present-day authors of U.S. Latinx Literature. Set alongside, and sometimes against, dominant American culture, U.S. Latinx Literature touches on some of the most prominent and controversial issues in contemporary life in the United States: immigration and the immigrant experience; the gains and losses of assimilating into American culture; the exploitation of labor; and identity formation based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. Texts include works by Gloria Anzaldúa, Tomás Rivera, Pedro Pietri, Helena Maria Viramontes, Myriam Gurba, Erika Sánchez, Luis Alberto Urrea, and others.
Assessment is based on response writing, quizzes, class and group discussions, and a final paper.
The main objective of the class is to enrich your understanding of literature generally and, more importantly, to learn about the exciting and multifarious works of Latinx writers and culture.
Interested to learn more? Email the instructor. Ready to enroll? Register now.
English 202: Media and Professional Writing
Multiple sections with different instructors
This course prepares you for print and online media along with professional writing. Multiple aspects of media and communications will be examined−from journalism to company PR−through writing, reading, researching, interviewing, and discussing how to analyze and construct work in these industries. A portfolio, presented via links on a personal web page, will be produced at the end of the course.
English 202 is the prerequisite for English 493, the English internship for Nonfiction Writing. Media and Professional Writing will prepare you for internship and employment opportunities in this field, because the course will reflect writings in the professional workplace. Extensive computer use will be required.
CRN: 26210 - Days/Times: TR 11:00-12:15 Professor: Margena Christian
CRN: 39382; 32314 - Days/Times: MWF 1:00-1:50; MWF 2:00-2:50 Professor: Karen Leick
CRN: 23568 Days/Times: TR 9:30-10:45 Professor: Jeffrey Kessler
CRN: 45209 Days/Times: MWF 12:00-12:50 Professor: Jay Shearer
Interested to learn more? Please email the instructor. Ready to enroll? Register now.
Abigail Kremer Receives Summer 2020 CURA Award
We are delighted to announce that Spring 2020 graduate Abigail Kremer won a UIC CURA Award for Summer 2020. The prestigious Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award pays for students to work with faculty members on projects of mutual interest. No matter what your post-UIC path is, a CURA is not only a resume booster but a means to pursue indepth research and hone such sought-after workplace skills as professional writing, project management and time management.
For those of you hoping to follow in Abigail's footsteps, here is more information on CURA AY 20-21: https://cura.uic.edu/
We recognize that COVID-19 has impacted different people differently. It's true that you don't have to leave your bed to work through John Donne's poetry with Professor Magarik and your classmates. But if your internet is dodgy or your laptop is more meta than physical, online learning is not going to happen. UIC and the Department of English have an array of resources - from loaner laptops to emergency loans - to help you navigate university life during the pandemic. Check out this link: https://today.uic.edu/resources/current-students, stop by our drop-in hours or email us for more information.
Emergency Grant Awards for Students
|UIC is pleased to announce a $15.9 million emergency grant program.
|The Department of Education has allocated $14.9 million for this grant through the CARES Act. In addition to the Department of Education funding, UIC has transferred $1 million from the Federal Work-Study Program as allowed by the federal government to supplement the emergency grant funding for any student eligible for Title IV Financial Aid funding.
|Undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled in the Spring Semester will be eligible to receive up to $1,000, if you have:
- Filed a FAFSA and submitted all required documentation to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships;
- Been enrolled in an in-person, degree-seeking program prior to 3/13/2020 and remained enrolled through the semester;
- Been enrolled at half-time status or greater during Spring Semester 2020:
- Undergraduate Students = 6 credits or above
- Graduate Students = 5 credits or above
- Professional Students = 6 credits or above
|Pell eligible undergraduate students enrolled in Summer Semester will be eligible to receive up to an additional $1,000, if you have:
- Filed a FAFSA and submitted all required documentation to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships prior to 3/13/2020;
- Received a Pell grant in Spring;
- Enrolled at half-time status or greater during the Summer semester after the add/drop period; half-time status for Summer = 5 credits or above.
|The grants may cover expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care. Because funding is limited, awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:
|An application is required to receive a grant. If you are eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant, your portal at https://my.uic.edu/uPortal/f/welcome/normal/render.uP has been updated with a document for you to complete and upload. You should have received an email notification informing you that the requirement is posted. Please complete the document immediately as applications will not be accepted after May 8, 2020.
|If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant, you can apply for other Emergency Grant programs available at UIC, such as:
- U and I Cares Emergency Grant through the Dean of Students Office.
- Graduate College Emergency Grant through the Graduate College.
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PPOL 210- INTRO TO PUBLIC POLICY
PPOL 230- NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS & CIVIL SOCIETY
PPOL 240- ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
PPOL 296- INTRO TO CIVIC ANALYTICS
US 101- INTRO TO URBAN STUDIES
US 130- PRINCIPLES OF URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
US 202- SOCIAL JUSTICE & THE CITY
US 205- CINEMA & THE CITY
US 240- URBAN & COMMUNITY ECONOMICS
US 261- MAPPING, DATA, & GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
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