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Chielozona Eze publishes book examining feminist empathy

Northeastern Illinois University Associate Professor of English and African American Studies Chielozona Eze has published his third book, “Ethics and Human Rights in Anglophone African Women's Literature: Feminist Empathy.”

Published by Palgrave Macmillan Press, the book proposes feminist empathy as a model of interpretation in the works of contemporary English-speaking African women writers.

By showing how this literature deploys imaginative shifts in perspective with women experiencing unfairness, injustice or oppression because of their gender, Eze argues that by considering feminist empathy, discussions open up about how this literature directly addresses the systems that put them in disadvantaged positions.

Eze’s book has received a number of positive reviews from authors Chantal Zabus and Tsitsi Jaji, and from University of Denver Associate Professor Maik Nwosu.

“A remarkable work, both for its compassion and critical insights, Chielozona Eze’s ‘Ethics and Human Rights in Anglophone African Women’s Literature: Feminist Empathy’ ‘liberates’ empathy from ideology and offers a focused way of reading literature within and across borders that also transcends limiting contexts,” Nwosu wrote.

Eze’s previous books are “Postcolonial Imagination and Moral Representations in African Literature and Culture,” published in 2011, and “The Dilemma of Ethnic Identity: Alain Locke’s Vision of Transcultural Societies,” published in 2005.

Later this year, Eze will participate in a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, his second South Africa-based fellowship in as many years. Eze will work with Stellenbosch University and Professor Louise du Toit on a project titled “Decolonizing the Curriculum: Exploring the Interplay of African Philosophy and Literature for Curriculum Co-development and Collaborative Research.”

Book Cover: Ethics and Human Rights in Anglophone African Women’s Literature: Feminist Empathy’ by Chielozona Eze

The 82 ("Writers Reading") Kicks Off 2017

The 82 ("Writers Reading") will host three Chicago area writers at NEIU on Thursday, January 26 at 4 pm in Golden Eagles (Student Union).  Reading and discussing their writing process are T. Clutch Fleischmann, Snezana Zabic, and Zoe Zolbrod. T. Clutch Fleischmann is the author of the essay Syzygy, Beauty (Sarabande) and curator of Body Forms: Queerness and the Essay (Essay Press). Among Snezana Zabic’s publications are the poetry collection The Breath Capital (New Meridian Arts) and memoir  Broken Records (Punctum Books). Zoe Zolbrod is author of the memoir The Telling (Curbside Splendor) and the novel Currency (Other Voices Books).

The 82 is a literary series sponsored by the Creative Writing Minor in the English Department. The 82 features distinguished Chicago writers of all genres, NEIU faculty members, and NEIU student writers. The series hosts 4-6 events per academic year and is named after the CTA's Kimball bus line, which gets many Chicagoans to our Main and El Centro campuses. 

English Department Alumni Community  -- Fall Fest Reunion 2016

On Saturday, September 17 during NEIU's Fall Fest -- THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE ITS OWN GET-TOGETHER WITH EVENTS FOR ALUMNI, FRIENDS, AND CURRENT STUDENTS!    So, after the picnic, from 2:30-5:00, come up to the English department on the second floor of Lech Walesa Hall and hang out with faculty, alumni, friends, and students, and enjoy the following:

*LITERARY READINGS AND OPEN MIC: Meet the faculty in our growing creative writing faculty for great literary readings. We will also have an open mic if you would like to come and read some of your work.  If you are interested in reading, contact me at or our fabulous poet Olivia Cronk at

*A CAREER NETWORKING PANEL: We will have a panel of alumni offering career advice and talking about the successful careers they have enjoyed with their English Majors and how the skills they acquired have helped them make their ways in the world and lead creative and fulfilling lives.

*A BIG HANG-OUT: If you just want to ENJOY SOME REFRESHMENTS, get caught up with all the fabulous people in the English Department, and just hang out, then come and chill with us.

    All of your family is welcome. If you have kids, make it a family day! We’d love to see you and learn what’s going on with you! If you think you’ll come or if you’d like us to keep in touch with you, we’d love to have an e-mail contact to add to our alumni list so we can let you know about future events. To RSVP to this event or to get on our list, please contact our office staff person Pat Ruch at