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Greetings Comrades,
 

As January gives way to February we find ourselves back in the daily grind of academia. That grind can be all-consuming. Don’t let it be. Remember to give yourself a break (literally and figuratively). I am not saying that because it will make your work better but because taking care of yourself is more important.

There are numerous great events coming up -- “More of a Question than a Comment” with the indefatigable Susan Harris is one not to miss -- and we hope you will join us. But don’t forget to take some time to yourself as well. Also, if you are feeling the weight of the permacloud, note that St. Liam’s has sun lamps available. I don’t know if T.S. Eliot ever came to South Bend, but for me February is the cruelest month. 

I would be remiss if I didn’t make a big deal out of all of the amazing abstracts submitted for the EGSA Symposium. From Beckett to Margery Kempe, these abstracts covered it all. We have some rigorous thinkers ready to present some fantastic research on some difficult texts. I am stoked for this. Thanks to those of you who contributed and I speak for us all when I say I am beyond excited to hear these papers. Until next time,

JBD 


New Student Spotlight

 

Marie Shelton
First Year PhD
Americanist

Q: If you could act in or direct any production, what would your dream role be?

If the Master of Revels didn’t close the theaters due to pLaGuE? 

I still dream of Hamlet. I directed an absurdist version (called, “hamlet.”) the week before the Bay Area lockdown, and it was supposed to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer. Alas.

But I haven’t given up on it. Outside of cramming a lot of people into a small theater (which was awesome, but would now breed contagion), I know I’d love to stage it again in front of what will be a very altered audience. The reopening of the theaters will mark a transition from a time of mass death to a time of mass grief, so to press my sweet prince against that gray landscape feels important.  

If not Hamlet, then Beckett’s Endgame. If not Endgame – there’s a whole list. (Grab a coffee w/ me. Will happily drone on and on.)

Q: What food or drink represents your scholarly work?

Goldfish. Original, not flavor-blasted. I went through a gallon last semester. But that’s a secret.

Q: What's the last book/play, movie, or piece of art that made you scream with laughter or horror?

The hit 2000 claymation film, Chicken Run. 

Q: What's one question you have about academia or life at Notre Dame? (serious or silly)

When do I get to meet Dr. Karnes’s cats? 

                Professionalization

Please join EGSA for our "Mentorship & Advising Panel" on TuesdayFebruary 23rd, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Zoom. The panel is geared towards first- and second-year students in the PhD program.

https://notredame.zoom.us/j/98649083503?pwd=dDN4bHpUeU85ME4zR21qblV0azZSZz09

One of the topics that we at EGSA have discussed in recent meetings is the importance of advising relationships between professors and graduate students. Issues like lack of communication, differing expectations, and other things can put a strain on this very important relationship and complicate the path to the PhD.

Our panel will be composed of 3rd and 4th-year students from a variety of areas who can speak to navigating professor-student advising. 

In addition to holding the panel, we'll also be distributing the graduate school guidelines on advising, as well as a handout with advice culled from panelists and elsewhere.

In order to get prepared (and excited!) for EGSA’s Symposium, we will be hosting events designed to support your professional development as a conference participant: 


“More of a Question Than a Comment”
w/ Dr. Susan Cannon Harris
March 5th @ 11am
 

We’ve all sat through a tedious Q&A, with more long-winded comments than interesting questions. But how do we make sure we’re not the windbag when we speak up after a conference panel or lecture? Dr. Harris will provide us with best practices for coming up with intelligent, substantive, effective questions during conference Q&A, and avoiding common pitfalls.

 Register here
 



Our last professionalization event of the year will be a discussion on transitioning from your dissertation to book project. More details TBA.
 


 

We also encourage you to join us at the Decolonial Working Group’s teaching workshop, Monday, April 12th @ 1:00-2:00 pm: “Pedagogy in Practice: Workshopping Inclusive Teaching Materials,” with Alex Oxner, Kaneb Center Assistant Program Director for Inclusive Pedagogy.

You can register for this event here.

Beyond Academia Conference 2021
February 25-26

 

https://hopin.com/events/beyond-academia-conference-2021 

FREE registration for grad students and postdocs.

Beyond Academia is a non-profit organization run by UC Berkeley graduate students and postdocs with the goal of empowering graduate students and postdocs to expand their career options beyond the traditional academic track.

Our flagship conference is a two-day event with around 100 Ph.D. speakers who successfully transitioned to non-academic careers in a variety of fields in both STEM and Humanities and Social Sciences. 

As part of our conference we’ll have keynote lectures, panels, and professional development workshops aimed at educating and preparing you to transition to careers outside of academia. 

Pam Butler
Associate Director, Gender Studies Program
Faculty Fellow, Center for Social Concerns
University of Notre Dame
pbutler1@nd.edu

EGSA Symposium


The Symposium is a fantastic opportunity to receive feedback from peers and faculty in the English Department as you prepare your work for other conferences, the dissertation, or journal submissions. It is also a wonderful chance to learn what those outside your main area of research are working on. Since this will be a virtual symposium - this also gives you the opportunity to practice giving your work in a new format compared to the traditional conference paper.

Similar to last year, our CFP will have two different links as we are allowing panel proposals. If there’s a topic you particularly want to see being discussed in this year’s Symposium, and you have identified students who share your same research interest across periods/areas of studies, we encourage you to organize and propose a themed panel along with your peers.

This is a great opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations! We will be selecting two student-created themed panels, one for each day of the Symposium. In your proposal, you must list at least 3 participants (including who will be chairing, if the chair is also presenting a paper) and the information regarding their respective papers (title and abstract for each one).

IMPORTANT: The deadline has been extended from Sunday, February 14th to Friday, February 19th @ 11:59pm. We will not be accepting abstracts after this date, to allow for a better and smoother organization of our Symposium.

If you are submitting an individual presentation, please access the following portal:
Individual Presentation Proposals
If you are submitting a themed panel, please access the following portal:   
Graduate Student Panel Proposals
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our President, Julian Dean (jdean6@nd.edu), or reach out to any of our EGSA Board Officers. 

Graduate Student Union

Calling all TAs and graduate instructors: apply for the GSU Teaching Awards for a chance to win cash prizes of $100 & $300! 

The applications may look a little daunting -– the TA application requires a letter of support from your supervisor, a personal statement, and a couple of student letters. The graduate instructor application requires a syllabus and sample lesson alongside a short teaching statement and student letters. However, this is a great chance to start developing job materials as well as potentially earn money. 

All grad students can also nominate faculty members for the outstanding mentor award. 

The deadline for applying for these awards is March 15, 2021.

 

The faculty senate is also looking for feedback from graduate students regarding ways to prioritize grad students’ mental health. If you have feedback or suggestions, please email Kyriana at klynch9@nd.edu by March 8th.

We want to hear from you!
Do you have any announcements or messages you would like to share with all of us? Send our President, Julian Dean (jdean6@nd.edu), a quick email so we can feature your announcement in our next newsletter.  
Also, don't forget to visit our website! Here you will find information about our goals and even a copy of our constitution, keep up-to-date with our events by following our Google Calendar, find incredibly useful links and resources shared by our different chairs, and more!
EGSA Website
Those are all our announcements for now. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to reach out to us any time. Follow us on Facebook too, where we will be posting updates and pictures of our activities. 
 
We hope to see you in all our events! 

Yours,
The English Graduate Student Association Board
 
President: Julian Dean
Vice-President: Oliver Ortega
Treasurer: Joshua Wright
PhD Professionalization Chair: Sara Judy
MFA Professionalization Chair: Valerie Vargas
Quality of Life Chair: Jake McGinnis
GSU Representatives: Marie Burns & Kyriana Lynch
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