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Ill it er ah see: A Look at a Fundamental Problem in U.S. Education October 5, 2011

Note: The writer apologizes for the cheesiness of this post; it could not be helped.

The United States has failed in educating much of its population. In 2003, the U.S. Department of Education conducted its most recent comprehensive look at literacy levels in the United States. Twenty-two percent of American adults occupied the range of “Below Basic” literacy, an 8% jump since their last study in 1992. Further, thirty-three percent were in the “Basic Literacy” category, which is not as literate as one would hope. Indeed, the study placed participants who could do (more…)

 

To Tag, or Not to Tag September 28, 2011

There has been a great evolution in my mind concerning the concept of graffiti. When young, I associated it with a disrespectful ugliness that surfaced on trips to see my grandma on the south side of Chicago or my aunt in Logan Square. Overpasses and freight trains were covered with bold, clashing primary colors in a distended script that conjured hood rats and foggy alleys in my mind. (more…)

 

Flask Fiction: Round 2! July 16, 2011

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Are you a writer?

Are you twenty-one or older?

Do you like to drink?

Got some free time between 5 and 7 pm tonight?

(Come on, it’s Thursday. You know you do).

Come to Round 2 of Flask Fiction at Lincoln Hall! (more…)

 

Sustainable Scrawling June 24, 2011

For those who don’t know, Scrawl–the UCWbL’s radio show–is live every Friday at 11am on Radio DePaul.

When you’re told to listen to a writing center’s radio show, you’re like, “Yeah, okay,” and figure you’ll never listen, or if you do you’ll do it for four minutes and be done.

But this show is seriously hilarious, full of pop culture references and self-deprecating waves of epicosity.
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Understanding DePaul’s School for New Learning Jargon May 19, 2011

DePaul’s School for New Learning (SNL) provides adult students opportunities to learn from experience and gain academic credit by recognizing and developing certain competencies. It should be no surprise, then, that such a unique approach to learning requires a new set of terms. This resource provides writing center tutors and fellows useful definitions for  SNL vocabulary. (more…)

 

Nomadic Studio @ DePaul September 22, 2010

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If you haven’t dropped by the Nomadic Studio at DePaul University Art Museum yet, then by all means do so. According to a museum press release, the exhibit space has been “repurpose[d]” by the Stockyard Institute into a “hybrid station for production, exhibition, development, performance, publication and education.” A diverse panel of writers will convene tomorrow, Sept. 23,  at 6pm to explore the various forms and content that animate their writing. Check out Nomadic Studio’s blog for more information and for a list of upcoming events.

 

C.H.F.: Put it on your radar

The start of the Chicago Humanities Festival is about a month away. Nearly one hundred events spanning the wide range of the humanities will begin October 24 and continue November 2-14. Lectures, discussions, performances, and readings are just a few examples of the different types of events planned planned to occur throughout Chicago. Some notable events include a discussion concerning “Jane Austen and the Body,” a reading from Best European Fiction 2010, and a lecture entitled “Shakespeare and the Black Body.” Book your tickets in advance online, as C.H.F. reports 80% of last year’s Fall Festival sold out. Also, check out the C.H.F. staff blog.

 

 
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