Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Footnotes: The English Department Newsletter

Volume 57 | January 14, 2013| Number 14


Ameila Herb successfully defended her dissertation “Disciplinary Discourse: Explicating Rhetorical and Sociolinguistic Networks in the Archive and Library.” (Mortensen, Ch.; Hawisher, Keller, Labarre) on 12/3/12.

Martha Webber successfully defended her dissertation “Crafting Citizens: Material Rhetoric, Cultural Intermediaries, and the Amazwi Abesifazane South African National Quilt Project.” (Mortensen, Ch.; Prendergast, Nguyen, Schaffner) on 12/7/12.

Michael Burns successfully defended his dissertation “The Rhetorics of Community Space: Critical Events in Champaign-Urbana's Black Freedom Movement”(Prendergast, Ch.; Mortensen, Ginsburg, Lang) on 12/10/12.


Spring 2013 – Dates to Remember 
January 14:  Instruction begins
January 21: Martin Luther King Day (all-campus holiday)
January 28: Last day to add a first-half session course
January 28: Last day for student to add a semester course without permission
January 28: Deadline to submit forms to elect to audit a course for the semester
February 22: Last day to elect credit-no-credit option for a first half-session course or to change
from credit-no-credit option to a regular grade
February 22: Last day to drop a first half-session course
March 8: Last day for student to drop a semester course on Web Self-Service
March 11: Second half-session courses begin
March 16-24: Spring Break
March 25: Instruction resumes
April 1:  Registration for summer and fall begins.  Start times vary.  See your time ticket for
your exact enrollment time at UI Integrate Self Service (
April 5: Last day to add a second half-session course
April 5:  Last day to take final exam for May doctoral degree
April 12: Deadline for Graduate Student Academic Services office to receive the final exam
Certificate of Result
April 12: Last day to withdraw from the current term without a grade of W
April 12: Last day to elect credit-no-credit option for a semester course or to change from
credit-no-credit option to a regular grade
April 12: Last day for student to drop a semester course without a grade of W (without
April 12:  Last day to add name to May degree list.  Must use Web Self-Service
April 19:  Last day to complete deposit of May doctoral dissertations
April 26:  Last day to elect credit-no-credit option for a second half-session course or to change
from credit-no-credit option to a regular grade
April 26:  Last day to drop a second half-session course
April 26:  Last day to complete deposit of May master’s theses
May 1: Instruction ends
May 2: Reading Day
May 2: Last day to add or drop a second half-session course with approval (a W is recorded)
May 2: Last day to add or drop a semester course with approval (a W is recorded)
May 2:  Last day to change a grade of DFR (in a non-thesis course) or I, awarded last fall to
prevent F by rule
May 3 -10: Final examination period       
May 12:  May degree conferral (Commencement)
May 17:  Last date for receipt of completed petitions in the Graduate College for graduating



The Yiddish Book Center’s new, innovative program– Tent: Encounters with Jewish Culture. Tent will present immersive, intense, free, weeklong workshops for Jewish twent somethings. Its goal is to connect curious participants with serious Jewish learning through a series of small group, weeklong programs exploring diverse aspects of contemporary Jewish culture.

The three pilot sessions in 2013 are Jewish Comedy, March 17-24 in Los Angeles at the Writers Guild Foundation, Creative Writing (modeled on the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference), June 2-9 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, and Jewish Theater, August 4-11 in New York City (with a special appearance by Tony Kushner).

We’re eager to get the word out- and we need help reaching our target audience! I am hoping that you can reach out to your department and students and let them know about this exciting new initiative. You can find out more on our website, We’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

There are twenty spaces for each program and participants only need apply through our website. Deadlines are approaching, so anything you can do to help spread the news within your department and to your grad students would be fantastic!



Love of Wisdom Vs. Wisdom of Love
3rd Comparative Literature Graduate Conference
Keynote: Tina Chanter (DePaul University)
Curie Virag (University of Toronto)
*Deadline for Abstract Submission: Feb.1st, 2013

Email to:

Insofar as philosophia concerns the “love of wisdom,” the possibilities and limits of wisdom and love call into question the possibility of philosophy.  As love and wisdom are consciously and unconsciously unified in the philosophers’ pursuits of wisdom, could the wisdom of love have been supplemented, mixed or misled by the love of wisdom? Does it make philosophy as the result of philosophia problematic? 

Fundamentally, this questions how philosophical wisdom negotiates the principles of rationality, sexuality, personality, relationality, pleasure, life stage, and the personal life process as a whole or temporality. Especially, feminist concerns, for example, women as agents instead of sexually desired love objects, have remodeled the above principles and problematized the philosophical relationship with truth built upon individuals and even philosophy’s claim to truth as a genre. Thus, this conference will reexamine how different loves, for example, agápe, éros, philía, and storgē are combined, supplemented, and, in some cases, oppressed, ignored, unarticulated, and even rejected. Furthermore, we’d like to ask how the relationship between love and wisdom is interpreted, (de)constructed, or played differently in western and non-western cultural traditions, for example, yin-yang as a sexualized characteristic of ancient Chinese wisdom.

Could wisdom become the object of love? Could we really pursue the understanding of love? Do wisdom and love share the same myth? Or, do they have to supplement each other? Then, how does truth go with them? By thinking about the relationship between the love of wisdom and the wisdom of love, our conference is hoping to explore a way to revive the relationship between philosophy and life in our contemporary context.

Themes include but are not limited to:

--How love is interpreted in different philosophical expressions

--Feminist concerns and expressions of love

--How sexuality lives through philosophy or philosophical wisdoms

--Ethics and the principle of pleasure

--Politics of love

--Relationships and relationalities of love, truth, and gender

--Love and philosophical writing


Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2013

Communication of Acceptance: February 15th, 2013

Full Paper Submission Deadline: March 25th, 2013

Conference Dates: April 26th-27th, 2013


*When you submit the abstract, please have a separate page indicating names, academic affiliations,
academic status, and email address. The body of the abstract should be anonymous. All submitted
abstracts and proposals will be blindly reviewed by the program committee.

*Abstracts should not exceed 600 words.

*Please email it to

The Comparative Literature Graduate Conference welcomes high quality submissions from graduate students and faculty from different disciplines. For any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask Yitian Zhai and Matthew Herzog email to

Sponsored by:
GSA of SUNY-Buffalo
Eugenio Donato Chair, Professor Rodolphe Gasché, Julian Park Chair, Professor Ewa Plonowska Ziarek,
Samuel P. Capen Chair, Professor Jorge J. E. Gracia, Department of Comparative Literature at SUNY-
Buffalo, GSA of Comparative Literature at SUNY-Buffalo