Weekly Round-Up

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Quick run-down of upcoming events
(read on for more details about each one)

December 2: UIUC Poetics Symposium
December 2: Innovation Idea Fair
December 5: Meet the British Library
December 6: FLAS Fellowship Info Sesssion
December 7: Medieval Studies reception
December 7: LAS Career Services event for seniors
December 8: RBML Open House
December 8: VOICE Reading
December 8: Summer Fulbright Info Session


Drop by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Main Library Rm. 346) on Reading Day between 3 and 5pm to hand-print your own holiday card on our relief printing press! Then, make your way over to Skeuomorph Press at the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab (1301 S. Goodwin Ave.) to print letterpress text inside your card. Enjoy festive refreshments and get a (temporary) creature tattoo! This event is free and open to all; view walking map here.

Apply to be an LAS intern

Interested in combining your education with work experience helping to support and mentor Illinois students? Apply to one of many available LAS student internships! For more information, visit https://las.illinois.edu/resources/internships.

Explore the Innovation Idea Fair

Celebrate Illini entrepreneurs and view team showcases, learn about entrepreneurship resources, and explore networking opportunities. Date: December 2 (Friday), Time: 4 p.m., Venue: 1050 Siebel Center for Design. For more information and to RSVP, visit https://tec.illinois.edu/programs/special-events.

Meet the National Libraries: The British Library

Join the Slavic Reference Service for the next installment of the Meet the National Libraries series, featuring the British Library. Hear from curators at the British Library about the projects and initiatives they are working on.

When: December 5 (Monday) at 9 a.m
Mode: Via Zoom. To register and to receive Zoom session details, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRF-KdJR9OARYGBegSy524BMaqmB4GSOiVBnPqHMoyIhsI7Q/viewform.

Become a 2023 Orientation Leader

If you have a desire to welcome and help new Illinois students have a successful transition, apply to become an Orientation Leader to design and lead New Student Program events such as International Student Orientation, Fall Welcome Days, and possible summer opportunities. More information can be found here: https://newstudent.illinois.edu/about/opportunities/OL/

2022 UIUC Poetics Symposium

Poetry colossuses Carl Phillips, Linda Gregerson, and David Baker will be on campus this Friday, December 2 for two events. Check them out!

  • 10 – 11:20 AM  |  Lincoln Hall 1000: Panel Discussion: Something About Syntax
  • 4 – 5:30 PM  |  Spurlock Museum: Reading and Conversation

These events are sponsored by the Robert J. and Katherin Carr Visiting Author Series and co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study (CAS), the Humanities Research Institute (HRI), and the Spurlock Museum.

Writers Workshop End-of-Semester Events

As we near the end of the semester, the Writers Workshop will offer a range of activities to support students’ writing. More information is available at our calendar.  Writers Workshop is available to provide feedback on writing, whether students are working on course papers, presentations, job application materials, or personal statements. It has appointments and drop-in hours, and it is available online and in-person at the Main Library, Grainger Library, and MCB Learning Center.

Academic strategies for neurodivergent students

If you are struggling with study habits and academic responsibilities due to autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, dyslexia or other neurodiverse conditions, you might find Academic Strategies (HDFS 199) helpful. For more information, see the flyer below:

UAFS Applause-National Undergraduate Literary Journal Open For Submission

Applause, the national literary arts and culture magazine housed at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, is currently accepting submissions from undergraduate students around the country for its 33rd issue. The deadline for submissions is 2/14/2023, but the earlier the better for submissions. 

 Applause is an annual, full-online journal with a strong web. Each contributor is paid $25 for their published work. Work selected for publication will receive both publication and national exposure through its social media support systems. The response time is approximately one to three months. 

Each annual issue is a (loosely) themed issue. The current call for submissions is as follows: 

The (In)Evitable Ending 

 Evitable; adj. That admits of being avoided; avoidable  

Every poem, story, and essay begins with knowing there’s an end, but the ending doesn’t have to be inevitable to satisfy the reader. The narrative’s end isn’t always the best ending to choose. Sometimes the end of “what actually happened” is really the poem, story, or essay’s beginning. We’re looking for original poems, stories, essays, and artwork that showcases what happens when we avoid the avoidable. 

Imagine the ending. Avoid it. Then send it to us.  

Please contact Dr. Christian Anton Gerard at Christian.Gerard@uafs.edu if you have any questions about the magazine. This Submittable link will take students to Applause’s guidelines and submissions page where students can submit their work for consideration: https://applause.submittable.com/submit   Here’s a link to the website and latest issue: https://applausejournal.com

UK Summer Fulbright Information Event

Do you want to study in the United Kingdom this summer for free? If so, you may want to hear more about the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes, which offer five programs next summer:

  • Interested in climate change? Explore how STEM can support sustainability at the University of Exeter.
  • Interested in identity and nationhood? Join the Aberstwyth University and its Center for Welsh Politics and Society.
  • Interested in arts as activism? Consider how literature, music, visual arts, poetry and storytelling, dance, philosophy and critical social theories have shaped movements for social justice across the globe at the University of Bristol.
  • Interested in technology and innovation? Explore Scotland’s creative and technological industries through study at the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art.
  • Interested in Northern Ireland’s historical, cultural, and political, environment? Engage with local people and visit a range of cultural sites with the Queen’s University Belfast program.

The Summer Institutes cover the majority of the participant costs (round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the university, room and board, and social programs).  Students must be US citizen freshmen or sophomores with a GPA of 3.7 or above.

The National and International Scholarship Program will be hosting an information session for students to learn about the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes. The information session will take place Thursday, December 8th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm at 1027 Lincoln Hall. Please direct any questions to topscholars@illinois.edu.

Social Impact through Motion and Media Course

If you are looking for a cross-disciplinary course that has a social impact component, you might be interested in “Social Impact through Motion/Media Arts + Technology” (DANC 405). See the flyer below:

Medieval Studies End-of-term Reception

Join friends and colleagues from the Program in Medieval Studies to celebrate the end of the Fall semester. We’ll have snacks, drinks, and general merriment, plus a special event: readings of seasonal poetry! Bring your favorite poem about this time of year—let’s see how many languages, cultures, and literary traditions we can collect! Or, choose to read a poem from a selection that we’ll provide. Reading is NOT required to participate, and all are welcome!

Mary Kay Peer Lounge, English Building (lower level)
Wednesday, December 7, 4-6 pm  

Questions? Email trilling@illinois.edu

Interactive Narrative at UIUC

English / Creative Writing-focused courses offered through Game Studies and Design coming in Spring 2023: 

  • GSD 411 (CRN 74830) – Interactive Fiction with Twine (Spring Full Term, Online), which teaches students the most prominent Interactive Fiction and narrative prototyping tool in the game industry – taught by Chris Klimas himself! (the creator of Twine)
  • GSD 390, Section WGA (CRN 74996) –  Literary Hypertext 1: History (Spring part A), which explores the history of interactive narrative in its various forms, starting with paper
  • GSD 390, Section WGB (CRN 74997) – Literary Hypertext 2: Practice (Spring part B), which allows students to explore modern interactive fiction, and create their own
Dates and Deadlines:

Instruction Ends: Wednesday, Dec. 7
Reading Day: Thursday, Dec 8
Final Exams: Friday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 16
Last day to add a winter class: Sunday, Dec. 18
First day of winter instruction: Monday, Dec. 19

Don’t Forget These!

Seniors: The festival of questions you’ve been afraid to ask

Graduating soon? Come to this interactive discussion hosted by HPRC/LAS Career Services to confront the uncertainties that are holding you back. No question is too basic. No anxiety is too trivial. No level of preparation is inadequate. Be ready to talk about your next steps in a judgment-free zone.  Tea, hot chocolate, and snacks are available during our time together.

December 7, 5pm
Greg Hall 105

FLAS Fellowship for Students:

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who studies or is interested in studying a less commonly taught language (any language except French, German, and Spanish), consider applying for a Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for Summer 2023 and/or Academic Year 2023-24! This is a prestigious fellowship that supports the study of modern foreign languages in combination with area/global studies. Students from all majors and programs are encouraged to apply. There will be an in-person info session on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 4-5 P.M. in Gregory Hall 321 (no registration required). 

Where can I find more information on FLAS?  Please visit the university FLAS website here: https://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/.

Undergraduate Research Week and Symposium (URS):

Scheduled for Thursday April 27, 2023, the URS is a daylong event organized and hosted by OUR where students can present poster, oral, and creative presentations. The URS will be held in the Illini Union.

The application portal for students to apply is now live; the deadline for students to apply to present at the 2023 URS is March 10, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

Upcoming Workshops:

The Counseling Center at the UIUC has three upcoming workshops. The links will take you to the sign up/activation page.

Quick Links!

The Spring 2023 Cheat Sheet tells you which courses count in which categories in the English major requirements–updated 11/11 to correct a mistake in the assignment of ENGL 261!

Speaking of which, check out the description for this great course, on offer for the first time and slightly hidden under “Topics in Lit & Culture”: Race and Visual Culture.

If you are having trouble registering, check out the step-by-step instructions available on this site.

Upcoming Library Workshops:

As finals approach, the Library is hosting some helpful workshops. The calendar of all upcoming events can be found on this page.

Call for Submissions – Penn Undergraduate Law Journal:

The Penn Undergraduate Law Journal (PULJ) is soliciting submissions for its twentieth issue. Please see below for details:

Qualifications For Submission:

Submission Deadline: January 8th, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST 

PULJ is seeking articles ranging from 20 to 100+ double-spaced pages in length. The journal is especially receptive to research articles, senior theses, independent studies, and final essays written for courses. Articles need not be written on United States law—they can be written on the laws or legal system of any nation. The journal considers submissions on a rolling basis, so if your piece is not finished by the noted deadline, please still submit it for consideration in the subsequent issue.

Students in any field of study are encouraged to submit their work, so long as their pieces relate to law or legal systems. Possible disciplinary perspectives include, but are not limited to, history, criminology, economics, sociology, anthropology, English, biology, neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, and political science.

Submit your work here: https://www.pulj.org/submissions.html Selected pieces will be published in our twentieth issue of the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to notify us of them through the contact page of our website, which can be accessed here: http://www.pulj.org/contact.html

Earn an MA or PhD in African Cultural Studies:

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is offering MA and PhD degrees in African Cultural Studies.  It offers highly competitive financial support, especially to academically distinguished applicants from underrepresented backgrounds. Interested students must apply by December 15, 2022. You can find more information about the program and its faculty in the following links:

View our programs
Learn about our faculty

Collision Call for Submission:

Collision, an annual undergraduate publication at the University of Pittsburgh, is currently open for submissions of undergraduate fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. By submitting to the magazine, you will be considered for its writing and cover art contests. Submissions for the annual magazine close Friday, February 24, but submissions are read on a rolling basis. You can find more information about the magazine and our submission guidelines at https://www.collision.pitt.edu. If you have any questions, please contact collisionlitmag@gmail.com.

NSP is hiring Orientation Leaders!

New Student Programs is looking for undergraduate students to serve as Orientation Leaders to help them welcome Fall 2023 new students!  The position description and link to apply can be found here.

registration guidelines redux (with honors info)

Students are assigned a time on or after October 31 according to the schedule found here. When you are ready to schedule an advising appointment (required for new students and students on academic probation, recommended for all others) call 217-333-4346 during the hours 8:30-noon or 1:00-4:30. As always, you may request a particular advisor or ask for the first person available.

If you would like to sign up for an honors course, please email Nancy at nrahn@illinois.edu (include your full name and UIN) and tell her which seminar you hope to take this spring, including the title/topic and the CRN.  See ENGL 396 entries in Course Explorer for the information you’ll need to include.  Please allow one week to get a response. Once Nancy has given you permission to take the course, you must still go into the registration system and add it to your schedule. It’s first come, first served, so act now! If you want to take two seminars, then you may, but you must receive approval for the first before you can request a second. 

Eligibility rests on the following: a GPA of at least 3.33 in the major and overall, and completion of at least three ENGL courses, of which one must be ENGL 200 and another must be ENGL 301 or 350.  Most students begin honors coursework in their junior year, but eligible sophomores may sign up if they meet the basic requirements.

Here are some things you can do ahead of time to make your registration appointment more productive: 

  • Run your degree audit and see what you can make of it. Even if you find it a little confusing, try to get a sense of what requirements you have left to fulfill, and then when we do your registration appointment we can confirm (or correct) your interpretation of the audit and help explain anything that’s confusing. 
  • Think about what you want to accomplish in the spring. What major/minor/Gen Ed requirements would you like to complete, and what other areas would you like to explore?   
  • If you are thinking of adding a major or a minor, do you know what you need to do to get started? If you’ve already begun, can you figure out the next step?  You can explore major and minor requirements listed here: http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/
  • Consult Course Explorer and be sure to read the course descriptions in full.  Remember that if a course is called “Topics in X” then you must click through to see the individual sections and find out what topics are available. It’s also worth clicking through on any 199 (usually called Undergraduate Open Seminar) because there you may find some interesting and unusual topics being piloted, and they’re usually unrestricted. 
submit to montage

Montage Arts Journal, the undergraduate literary magazine of UIUC, still accepting submissions. All publishable forms of art—photography, paintings, sketches, digital art, collages, sculptures, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, drama, and more—are welcome. This semester’s reading period closes December 15th, but submissions can be emailed to montagejournal@gmail.com any time before then. Please see https://montagejournal.wordpress.com for more information. 

udall scholarship:

The University of Illinois seeks to nominate sophomores and juniors for the Udall Scholarship. Udall awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors in any field of study who are taking action to address environmental concerns and are committed to a career related to the environment. There are also special awards also for Native American students interested in Tribal policy or health care (no need for these interests to be related to the environment). Students must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. The campus deadline is January 30, 2023 to be considered. 

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website.

An Ekphrastic Challenge:
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CHLH + Peer Educator Positions:

Want to create positive change on campus? Interested in gaining a deeper understanding of how to prevent sexual violence in our community? Looking for a paid job?

Consider enrolling in CHLH 126: CARE next semester to become a paid peer educator in the Fall! All students are invited and encouraged to enroll. 

TR 3:30 – 4:50 PM | 3 credit hours | CRN 71651  Contact Associate Director Prevention, Nora Peterson (nepeters@illinois.edu) with any questions.

All Undergraduate Students Welcome to Apply to 2023 NYU Creative Writing Summer Intensives:

New York University’s College of Arts and Science invites visiting undergraduate students to participate in their short-term summer programs. The month-long creative writing retreats in Florence and Paris may be of particular interest to students. The Writers in Florence and Writers in Paris programs are only offered during the summer, and students are encouraged to immerse themselves in their host city through both reading and writing assignments. Participants focus on one of three genres—poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction—and attend daily writing workshops and craft seminars. 2023 faculty will include Catherine Barnett, Raven Leilani, Jonathan Safran Foer, Katie Kitamura, Ken Chen, Mark Bibbins, and Matthew Rohrer, among many other acclaimed writers. All coursework receives a NYU transcript, transferable to other institutions. 

Applications will open December 1, 2022 with a priority deadline of February 1, 2023. For more information, contact cas.summerabroad@nyu.edu

Apply for CLA’s Caroll Mills Young Study Abroad Scholarship:

The CLA Caroll Mills Young Study Abroad Scholarship is designed to support students at member institutions who want to participate in a study abroad program.  The scholarship is open to any student who meets eligibility requirements and is presently attending a CLA college or university.  A CLA college or university is one where a member of the College Language Association is presently employed or is a retiree. 

Each application must be verified and signed by a faculty sponsor who is a current financial member of the College Language Association.  Complete applications must be RECEIVED by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, February 10, 2023 for study abroad in summer or fall 2023.

For more information contact the English advising office and we will supply the full document (it’s not available online and it’s too long to reproduce here).

Embedded Confidential Advisors

The Women’s Resources Center (WRC) is the designated confidential campus resource related to sexual assault/rape, sexual harassment, stalking and abuse within a relationship (sometimes called dating or domestic violence). There are several Confidential Advisors at the WRC who can provide you – or someone looking to support you – with support and advocacy services.

Embedded Advocate Hours: 
TU/WED: 10 am – 5 pm @ BNAACC
M/TH: 11 am – 5 pm @ La Casa

Advising available by appointment | Monday – Friday @ the WRC
Hours may vary. Walk-in appointments offered as available.
Learn more about Advocacy & Support Services, here

Opening of the Speaking Center:

The University Library is excited to announce the opening of the Speaking Center this fall! Beginning October 18th, students will be able to receive free and personalized public speaking assistance for any presentation and at any stage in the preparation process.

Students can work one-on-one with a trained Speaking Consultant to improve presentations and speeches, attend workshops focused on building lasting speaking skills, or participate in language sessions to build foreign language skills. Students can sign up by visiting https://www.library.illinois.edu/tlas/speaking-center/. At this time, graduate and professional students may only register for Wednesday appointments. Undergraduate students may register for any available appointment. 

Volunteer opportunity

The university YMCA is looking for tutors for K-12 students this semester. It’s a wonderful opportunity for anyone who likes working with children or wants to get more connected to the immigrant community in CU.

If interested, please contact nawctutoring@universityymca.org.

FLAS Fellowships for English Majors:

Do you study a less commonly taught language (any language except French, German, and Spanish)? Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident? If so, consider applying for a Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for summer 2023 or academic year 2023-24. FLAS fellowships support both undergraduate and graduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with global or area studies. The purpose of the FLAS program is to train students to integrate global knowledge into a future career in areas of national need like cyber security and business, where knowledge of additional languages is crucial. Learn more about FLAS fellowship opportunities through the European Union Center here, and learn more about FLAS opportunities across campus here. Please look out for the FLAS information session in November. Applications will be due in late January.


Ready to connect with our humanities professional development experts?  Beginning 9/22 you can stop by Greg Hall 105 any TUESDAY MORNING between 9:30 and noon or THURSDAY AFTERNOON between 1:00 and 4:00 to meet with Julie Higgs (note that these times have changed since last spring).  Starting September 24 Anna will be there Tuesday mornings as well so if you want some academic advising you can schedule an in-person appointment with her during that time and then talk to Julie before or afterwards. It’s one-stop shopping!

You can also connect with Julie in the English advising office during her drop-in hours: 1:30-4:00 every other Monday starting September 12.

fall workshops:

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