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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.

Erica Hughes received her MFA+MA from the Litowitz Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poet LoreThe OffingChicago Quarterly ReviewProtean Magazine, and Wildness Magazine—among others. She is a finalist for the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize for sections from her long poem “The Accounts of Mammy Pleasant,” and in 2017, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Additionally, Hughes has also been a participant in Tin House summer and winter workshops, the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation workshop as well as the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Her manuscript of poems is titled Black Women Standing Ankle-Deep in Pacific Water

Shirley Stephenson: I am a poet, partner, parent, and healthcare provider. Before becoming a nurse, I received an MFA in poetry, and MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. I’ve worked in Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Africa. For the last decade, I’ve been a primary care provider on Chicago’s south and west sides, with clinical focus in HIV and Opioid Use Disorders. I love bachata, dogs, uncontrollable laughter, and poetry, because it gives me traction.

 
 
 
 
 

Congratulations!

PhD candidates Dan Magers and Gregor Baszak recently defended their dissertations.

MA student Kathy Tun has had a photograph published in the latest issue of RipRap, a literary arts journal designed and produced annually by students in the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing program at California State University Long Beach (CSULB).

PhD student Eni Vághy has had several poems published recently: "Superimposition" in Issue 15 of Cordella Magazine, and "Helping My Lover Prune Thyme," "Body Farm," and "First Memory: Of Small" in Luna Luna Magazine.

PhD students Eni Vághy, Daniel Barton, and Jules Wood are the founding EIC and co-editors of Lover's Eye Press, "a journal of ardor, a realm for fixation...a space to communicate...inescapable themes, experiences, and people." Submissions are open; more information in the CFP section below!

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Jobs

June 9: The UIC Office for Research on Student Success is looking for a 50% Research Assistant starting in August, 2021. The RA will work on undergraduate education research and evaluation projects with the aim of increasing undergraduate student retention and graduation. The ideal candidate will have quantitative and qualitative research, assessment/evaluation, and IRB experience, as well as excellent writing skills, good organizational skills, office skills, and content knowledge in higher education, developmental/community/educational psychology, and/or student success. Data analytic skills are essential. Expertise with SPSS, Excel, and Word is required.
June 13: The UIC Disability Cultural Center is seeking a 33% Graduate Assistant for the 2021-22 academic year. This Graduate Assistantship position is project-focused, and we are looking for a GA who can work closely with our staff to develop a recently piloted high-impact engagement opportunity, the Community Care Cohort internship.
Aug 3
: The Society of Fellows at Princeton University, an interdisciplinary group of schoalrs in the humanities and social sciences, calls for fellowship applications for the 2022-2025 competition. Five fellowships will be awarded in the following categories: Open Discipline (2), Humanistic Studies, Race and Ethnicity Studies, and LGBT Studies.

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 18: Summer II (8-week term) add/drop deadline.
June 14: Deadline to submit an application for the 2021 Summer Institute in Rhetoric and Public Culture: Media Aesthetics III at Northwestern University in Evanston (in person July 12-16). 
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. 
Ongoing through summer: The National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), 14-Day Writing Challenge. Don't let this summer pass you by without getting some serious writing done! Experiment with daily writing, group accountability, and productivity tracking this summer when you join the Summer 14-Day Writing Challenge! The FREE 14-Day Writing Challenge is simple: write for at least 30 minutes every day (Monday through Friday) for two weeks. (UIC has an institutional membership!)
Oct 7-8: Save the date: "Beyond Binary: Genders in the Past, Present, and Future," a conference sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities at UIC. "This conference explores nonbinary gender within an interdisciplinary context.  While journalists note that nonbinary identity is seeping into national consciousness, this series of panels, performances, and conversations will bring more focused attention to the nonbinary with discussions of gender relations from the multiple points of view afforded by humanistic inquiry."

CFPs

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

Aug 1: Lover's Eye Press: Poetry (2-5 poems) and Art (2-5 high resolution images). "We are a journal of ardor, a realm for fixation. Our purpose is to provide creatives with a space to communicate the inescapable themes, experiences, and people that arise prominently in their work or linger in the background, winking a secret message. For whatever you find yourself contemplating with the fervor of a beloved, consider LEP its home."

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.

June 15: American Slavery’s Legacy across Space and Time: Small Grants Program, a special project of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). The SSRC invites proposals for small grants of up to $25,000 to support the establishment or facilitation of projects that explore the ongoing social, economic, political, and cultural impacts of slavery in the contemporary United States, through the lens of the GU 272 and their descendants. We seek proposals for projects that aim to contribute substantially to our understanding of the underlying mechanisms driving racial inequality over generations and at different scales: not simply at the geographic or structural level, but also at the individual and family levels. This program is particularly interested in projects that foreground community-academic collaboration. This competition is open to individuals and small teams of up to 5 researchers. Our definition of “research” is broadly defined to accommodate library and archival practitioners, community researchers, artists, social activists, journalists, and academic scholars from the social sciences to the humanities and data science.

 
   
 
DGS Office Contact Info & Office Hours

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

 
 
 
 
 
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