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Composition by Music PhD Student Receives International Recognition

Francisco Castillo Trigueros’ dissertation composition, Sur les debris for bass flute and electronics, was nominated for the Gaudeamus Music Prize. More than 60 composers under the age of 30 entered the international competition, and Trigueros is one of the five shortlisted composers. The winner will be announced in September 2014 as part of Gaudeamus Muziekweek in the Netherlands.

Humanities Teaching Award Winners Recognized at Spring Convocation

Two faculty and one graduate student in the Division of the Humanities were honored for their excellence and commitment to teaching at all levels. Aden Kumler, Assistant Professor in Art History, received the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Christopher Wild, Associate Professor in Germanic Studies, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. Felipe Rojas, PhD student in Romance Languages and Literatures, received the Wayne C. Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Teaching award recipients were honored in connection with the spring Convocation on June 15.

Read about the awards and the complete list of winners here.

PhD Candidate Paul Durica's Historical Tours and Reenactments Highlighted in the 'Chicago Tribune'

Paul Durica, PhD candidate in English Language and Literature, was featured in The Chicago Tribune, discussing his company Pocket Guide to Hell and how his engagement with Chicago history has informed his scholarly work (and vice versa). On his motivation for founding Pocket Guide to Hell, which regularly sponsors events such as reenactments of the 1886 Haymarket Riot, Durica explains, "As I was doing research for my dissertation (about tramps, hobos and transients in American literature), I kept coming upon all of this good material that didn't fit into my academic work. I wanted to share what I was learning with the broader public.” On Sunday, March 17, Pocket Guide to Hell will recreate "Bathhouse" John Coughlin and Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna’s 1908 First Ward Ball at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave.) at 8 p.m. According to the article, "Coughlin and Kenna conceived the First Ward Ball as a way of further stuffing their pockets, already bulging with graft, through imposed ticket and liquor sales...by 1908 it attracted 20,000 drunken, yelling, brawling revelers to the Coliseum on South Wabash Avenue. The guests slopped up 10,000 quarts of champagne and 30,000 quarts of beer. It was very messy." Durica will portray Kenna. Learn more about Pocket Guide to Hell here.

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