REL 300: Culture and Religion

MALS/IDS Students,

REL 300: Culture and Religion will be offered for Winter Quarter 2011 and will also be cross-listed as a MALS graduate-level course.  If you are interested, please register under REL 300.  Course description is below:

CULTURE AND RELIGION                   
REL 300
Tues 6-9:15pm, Winter, 2011
Dr. Kay Read,

This course explores differing ways diverse peoples define (both implicitly and explicitly) “culture,” “religion,” and “power;” and how they apply these definitions to others and themselves.  We will focus primarily on theories about how religion operates in culture; and although we will be looking at examples of the ways these theories have been applied to both non-western and western cultures, our focus is on the critical understanding of these theories rather than on the description of any particular culture.  Our exemplary texts for exploring the many ways culture, religion and power can interact will be websites devoted to religious, political, social, ethical, historical, etc. issues concerning three particular non-western cultures:  Hindu, Muslim and Woodland Indian (specifically the Anishinaabeg and Winnebago).  Students choose their own sites and issues according to their own interests.

Staff Profile: Javaria Afghani


by Jane Bohnsack

Javaria Afghani is a second year graduate student in the Writing and Publishing program. But she also works as a graduate assistant in The Center for Writing Based Learning, one of the best student resources on campus. At The Writing Center, students work with peer tutors who have specialized experience in whatever field of writing they may need assistance. Writing Center tutors offer help with any style of writing students and collaborate with students and faculty of all disciplines and experience levels. They’re trained and available to help hone critical academic writing skills, and really provide a good example of what DePaul is like – multi-disciplinary, knowledgeable, and expansive. This past winter, our MALS and IDS students benefited from Javaria’s expertise when she and Kate, another Writing Center Consultant, visited our “Winter Tune Up” to talk about their experiences as graduate writers and the services offered by the Writing Center that are of particular value to graduate level research/writing.

Javaria’s personal experiences at the Writing Center have definitely led her in an interdisciplinary direction. Prior to working at The Writing Center, she had no real interest in teaching. But in her time here at DePaul, Javaria has really come to appreciate the ways in which her multi-disciplinary skills provide her with the experience necessary to teach, and that she finds real joy in sharing that knowledge with other students. Javaria really considers tutoring to be the best resource available at The Writing Center. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, students can benefit from the Writing Center’s website which offers access to excellent resources, live chats, and email feedback. The students who tutor come from all backgrounds and experience levels — graduate students, undergrads, faculty, multi-lingual speakers. The Writing Center has the resources to assist in any area or field in a truly discipline-specific manner.

You can reach Javaria and other tutors at the Writing Center’s website: . You can also reach Javaria personally with any questions you may have at .

Big East Virtual Career Fair and Multi-School Alumni Job Fair


Wednesday, November 10, 2010 – Virtual??? 10:00am-5:00pm EST

Welcome to the future of career fairs. You will have the opportunity to meet and interact with dozens of industry leading employers, but without ever having to leave home. Visit employers booths, view/apply for jobs, watch employer videos, chat with recruiters, submit your resume, and perhaps even secure a live video interview. Employers will be looking for part-time, full-time entry-level or experienced, summer, co-op, or internship candidates. For more information visit:  


Wednesday, November 17, 2010 – Lincoln Park Campus


Registration & Details:  

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet top employers looking to recruit ALUMNI talent from today’s best schools!

**Note: $10 fee to attend the event as a job seeker

Register Now, MLS 405: Representations of the Body

MALS & IDS Students,

Time is running out to register for Winter Quarter’s MLS 405: Representations of the Body.  This MALS core course (also open to IDS students) is only offered once a year, so now would be a good time to satisfy this requirement if you haven’t already.

MLS 405: Representations of the Body

Wednesday 6 – 9:15 pm, Lincoln Park Campus

Professor Frida Furman

Representations of the body in philosophy, religion, art, and science reveal the human body as the site of rich historical and cultural meanings. Considering Western traditions as well as cultures other that European, this course investigates how structures of power and consciousness converge in and on the body and how they are presented in social space.

Please register as soon as possible if interested, since we may not be able to guarantee seats for much longer.

Feel free to contact the MALS/IDS office at (773) 325-7840 with any questions.  

CTH 389 – Christianity & Consumerism

For students still searching for Winter Quarter classes , Christianity & Consumerism could be an interesting option. Please see the course description and reading list below. As a reminder, MALS and IDS students are allowed to take up to four 300-level courses.

Professor William Cavanaugh

CTH 389: Christianity & Consumerism

MW 1:00-2:30 LPC, WQ 2011

Consumerism can be defined as the tendency to reduce both the material and the spiritual to commodities. This course is an extended investigation of the dynamics of consumerism in American culture from the perspective of the Christian intellectual tradition. Sources drawn upon will include materials from theology, political theory, philosophy and economic theory. Attention will be given to the history of consumerism, the theology implicit in consumerism, and different Christian reactions to the phenomenon of consumerism.

Required Texts:

Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation

Vincent Miller, Consuming Religion

David McCarthy, The Good Life

The Bible (New Oxford Annotated Bible recommended)