Two Women’s and Gender Studies Courses Cross-Listed with MALS for Spring 2011

MALS and IDS students,

Two WGS courses have just been cross-listed with MALS for Spring Quarter 2011:

WGS 303/WMS 480/MLS 490 Women and Violence
Professor Ann Russo, MW, 4:20 – 5:50

Course Description:
This course is situated in the context of shifting antiviolence and feminist movements—shifting from solely a professional support services and legal advocacy approach to expanding into community-based grassroots as well as transnational movements grounded in everyday individuals and communities engaged in resisting, preventing, intervening in, being accountable for, and transforming oppression and violence.  Drawing on feminist ideas and practices that frame violence in terms of interlocking systems of oppression and privilege, many of the course materials explore and examine the possibilities for developing community-based approaches to healing, intervention, prevention, and transformation.  
The course will explore multiple forms of violence, the many contexts in which such violence occurs (in relationships, in families, in schools, in war zones, in prisons, on streets, among others), and the actions that individuals, groups, institutions, and/or governments may take to perpetuate, intervene in, address, and/or stop the violence and oppression.  The class will engage in analyses of how inequalities grounded in patriarchy, heteronormativity, capitalism, imperialism, and other systems of oppression shape interpersonal, state, and militarized violence as well as responses to such violence. Thus, we will also critically interrogate the norms, value systems, stereotypes, myths, rules, and actions in particular contexts that shape individual and collective responses to violence.  During the course of the class, class members will develop proposals for community based engagement and strategies to create healing, accountability, and potential transformation within particular contexts.

WGS 307/407/MLS 468  Women, Self & Society
Beyond the Veil:  Women in the Middle East
Dr. Laila Farah, TTH 4:20 – 5:50

Course Description:
In this course we will explore how Middle Eastern women have been represented in the media outside of the Middle East, by Arab women scholars, and “Third World” feminists. For centuries, Arab women have been depicted in various disparaging ways from the exotic harem girl, to the rock throwing in the Intifada, to the submissive victims of Arab patriarchy. We shall challenge these representations by focusing on the everyday lives of Arab women through scholarly writings from the region, critiquing media images, and reading literary works and personal narratives of Arab women.
Course Objectives:
By the end of the course, the students will have gained understandings of the following areas of study: the veil, eroticization and exotification, women and Islam, Arab women’s everyday lives, selected literary works, political activism, economic and class issues, and media representations.

Deadline for Confluence Submissions Extended to February 15th

MALS and IDS Students,

The deadline for submitting your work to Concluence, The Journal of Graduatate Liberal Studies, has been extended to February 15th.  Please submit your work to Dr. Gitomer if you’d like to be eligible for the $500 cash award and introduction at the AGLSP Conference in October.  See the document below for full details.

IDS Alum Launches Project to Combine Environmental Protection with Economic Development

by Danielle Eiseman, IDS ’09

As developed nations adopt new restrictions on pollution, newly developing nations are left with little options.  Many wealthy governments fail to consider the impact of worldwide regulations on the poorer ones.  Nations that have been slow to develop manufacturing, now have the potential to sell carbon credits through reforestation and agricultural projects.   Developing nations have large areas of farm land that are available for carbon credits.  By trading on the carbon emissions market developing countries can acquire income instead of debt.  The agriculture projects can provide food for those that go without it, and high polluters can offset their emissions.  Wealthy nations such as the those in the EU do not want to participate in this type of trading scheme.  The EU would rather see developing nations receive aid for new greener technology in industry, leading to further debt and exploitation of indigenous people.

I developed the idea for CODI while writing my master’s thesis on the carbon offset market and submitted my plan to an international social enterprise competition.  My plan was picked as a semi-finalist but I had to withdraw, as I was unable to attend the finals to present my idea.  Through my research I realized developed countries have the opportunity to take part in this multi-billion dollar market that is emerging.  Meanwhile, developing nations that struggle with economic stability are left out of the market place.  This market has the ability to promote social change and economic development in the areas that need it the most.  Together we can fight climate change and enable small communities to establish green technology, whether that is in agriculture, manufacturing, or energy. Find out more at

You follow Danielle on Twitter at @codicarbon.


Pictured above: The Casa Hogar Children’s Home in Oaxaca, Mexico, site of proposed aquaponic farm; The children of Casa Hogar.

DePaul Celebrates Dr. King’s Legacy with Speeches from Elaine Brown

This year, DePaul will celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with keynote speaker, Elaine Brown.  In 1974, Brown became the first and only woman to lead the Black Panther Party. Today, as an activist, writer, and popular lecturer, she promotes the vision of an inclusive and egalitarian society, focusing on resolving problems of race, gender oppression, and class disparity in the United States. Please join us on Monday, January 17, 2011 as Elaine gives our keynote address.


Her first address, “Fierce Angels: Women in the Civil Rights Movement,” will be held at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 am.  Her second talk, “In Defense of Our Boys,” will be held at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Evening Lecture.  Drawing from her experience and knowledge on youth activism and prison reform, Elaine Brown will give a talk on the challenges facing young men of color and the role of higher education in providing opportunities for future generations.

Evening Program starts at 6:00 pm
St. Vincent DePaul Church
1010 W. Webster
Chicago, IL 60614

RSVP for the 2011 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events Here


January 31 Deadline for Confluence Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing

MALS/IDS Students,
This is a reminder that the deadline for submissions to the Confluence Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary writing is January 31, 2011.  Please submit your writing to Dr. Gitomer ( if you would like to be considered for this award.  Full details below:

Announcing the January 2011 Deadline

Confluence Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing Confluence Award for Excellence in Creative Writing
Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

The members of the AGLSP board and the editors of Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies are pleased to announce this year’s Confluence Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Writing along with the Confluence Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. The first award celebrates interdisciplinary inquiry as the central intellectual practice of graduate liberal studies and critical writing as a foundational tool of graduate study. The second award celebrates creative writing as a form of inquiry, art, and expression. The two winning pieces will be published in the fall 2011 issue of the journal. The authors will each receive a prize of $500 and will be introduced at the AGLSP Annual Conference in October 2011.

Eligibility: The Confluence Award may be given to any current or recent student of a Full Member program of the AGLSP. Pieces are nominated in January, and nominations may include anything written as part of the author’s graduate work during the previous calendar year.

Genre: The interdisciplinary writing award is given to a carefully-researched and well-crafted critical essay that makes exemplary use of interdisciplinary tools in order to engage a general educated audience. The creative writing award is given to an exemplary single piece in any of the genres of creative writing, such as short story, personal essay, creative nonfiction, or poem.

General requirements: Entries may be no longer than 4000 words, including bibliographic materials prepared as endnotes in Chicago style.  Each entry should also include full contact information for the author, a bio note including likely date of graduation, and, in the case of critical essays, a lively 150-word abstract that makes clear the interdisciplinary nature of the piece. Use a recent version of Microsoft Word.

Procedure: For each award, the director of each AGLSP Full Member program may nominate one or two entries each year, based on a screening procedure agreed upon by the program’s regular faculty. Only one piece by each author may be nominated.

Judging will be carried out by the journal’s editorial team. A winner and any honorable mentions will be announced by early summer. Essays awarded an honorable mention may also be published in the journal or on the journal’s web site.

Annual conference: The winners will be introduced at the 2011 AGLSP Annual Conference in October. The Association will pay their registration fee for attending the conference, in hopes that a winner’s home program will help defray the writer’s travel expenses.

Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer

by Jane Bohnsack

A chance purchase at a 2007 auction led then 26-year-old  John Maloof to the recent discovery of the previously unknown, and highly talented Chicago street photographer, Vivian Maier.  John Maloof, a Chicago real-estate agent, purchased a box containing 400 of Maier’s negatives.  Although originally uncertain as to the expanse and artistic value of the photographs, Maloof quickly realized the importance of his find. He decided to reach out to the woman whose name he only recently discovered. But Maier had passed away just three days prior to Maloof’s search. Maloof has continued to purchase and print Maier’s work though, to critical acclaim. Little is known about Maier, a private woman, described as magical by the Chicago north suburban children for whom she nannied.  Adults  who knew her only in passing describe her as intensely private. Maloof continues to compile her work  hoping  to share it with as large an audience as possible.


The breadth of Maier’s photography has only just begun to be understood. With nearly 100,000 neatly organized negatives, Maloof and friend, Anthony Rydzon, continue to scan and organize Maier’s work. Maloof also owns hundreds of yet to be developed rolls of Maier’s film. Additionally, another collection of Maier’s work, housed by Jeff Goldstein, includes nearly 12,000 negatives, 700 prints, and 20 homemade movies. Maier’s work encompasses the fifty plus years she lived in the U.S.  Her work is intimate and evocative, the viewer at times uncertain if Maier asked permission, or simply snapped shots of the people she passed on the street. The range of people, eras, and cities so finely documented, if previously unknown, establishes her as a street photographer of note and popular intrigue.

In the past few years, Maier’s work has quickly earned critical acclaim, beginning with hundreds of comments on Maloof’s blog,  with showings around the world. Work has already begun on the creation of both a book and documentary film about Maier’s private life and work. The Chicago Cultural Center will also be hosting a free exhibition of Maier’s work, “Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photographer.” The exhibition runs  from Jan 8, 2011 – Apr 3, 2011. To learn more about Vivian Maier’s life and photography, as well as John Maloof’s journey of discovering her work, visit his blog, “Vivan Maier – Her Discovered Work.” Jeff Goldstein’s collection can be found at Vivian Maier Photography.

Additional information and news can be read at:

New York Times

Chicago Magazine

Chicago  Tribune

Chicago Sun-Times


2011 Winter Quarter Career Fairs & Networking Events

Grassroots Campaigns-Company Presentation
Tuesday, January 11, 12:00-1:00pm
Wednesday, January 12, 12:00-1:00pm
Lincoln Park, SAC Room 151

Interested in a career with Grassroots Campaigns? Come to their presentation to find out more about the opportunities they have to offer! Grassroots Campaigns will also be conducting on-campus interviews on both these days.


Interface, Interaction & Innovation: Careers in IT & Digital Media-Career Networking Event
Friday, January 14, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Loop Campus: CDM Building, Room 924  

Meet and network with successful IT & Digital Media professionals. Learn about effective job search strategies, career paths in various IT & Digital Media industries. Get tips on how to stand out from the competition and hot skills and qualifications in demand.


KPMG Winter Internship Info Session
Tuesday, January 18, 12:00-1:00pm
DePaul Center, North Café, 11th Floor

All Accounting Majors, Freshman-Juniors, welcome!


Futures in Finance-Career Networking Event
Wednesday, January 19, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Loop Campus: DePaul Center, 11th Floor, North Café

Meet and network with finance professionals who work in variety of finance roles across multiple industries. Learn how you can enter and advance in these fields.


KPMG Tax Much & Learn
Monday, January 31, 12:00-1:00pm
DePaul Center, DePaul Club, 11th Floor

All Accounting majors, including MBA, welcome!


Winter Job & Internship Fair
Friday, February 4, 2011 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lincoln Park Campus: Student Center, Room 120

Search for a summer internship or post-graduation positions. Recruiters are seeking candidates of all majors and experience levels.


Central Intelligence Agency-Company Presentation
Friday, February 4, 3:30pm
Location: TBD

Interested in a career with the Central Intelligence Agency? Come to their presentation to find out more about the opportunities they have to offer!


KPMG Leadership Info Session
Tuesday, February 8, 12:00-1:00pm
DePaul Center, Room 8011


Inside Careers in Hospitality and Tourism -Career Networking Event
Tuesday, February 8, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Loop Campus: DePaul Center, 11th Floor, North Café

Mix and mingle with professionals in private club management, events, lodging, non-profit hospitality leadership, food and beverage, and sports management/sales. Learn strategies for successful entry and advancement in these fields.


Peace Corps
Wednesday, February 9, 12:00-2:00pm
DePaul Center, North Café, 11th Floor

Interested in a career with the Peace Corps? Come to their presentation to find out more about the opportunities they have to offer!


Monday, February 14, 5:00-6:30pm
DePaul Center, Room 11013

Interested in a career with Walgreens? Come to their presentation to find out more about the opportunities they have to offer!


Career Transitioners Forum-Career Networking Event
Saturday, February 19, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Part of Career Week)
O’Hare Campus

This forum is designed for individuals in the midst of a career transition or contemplating a career change. A panel of career professionals will discuss the process of transitioning and changing careers and the strategies necessary to help you be effective and successful.


Exploring Healthcare & Scientific Research Careers-Career Networking Event
Thursday, February 24, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park Campus

Learn about career opportunities in medicine, allied health and the hard sciences. Meet professionals working in labs, hospitals, corporations and more. Administrators and current students will talk about the selection and application process for post-graduate professional health programs.


Government Career and Information Fair
Friday, February 25, 2011 ?10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted

Representatives from federal, state and local government offices will be recruiting for both full time jobs and internships at this multi-university career fair. Because the job functions found within government offices vary so greatly, students and alumni from all educational backgrounds and experience levels are welcome at this fair. Note: This event is open to the public.


Education Job Fair
Saturday, February 26, 2011 ?10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lincoln Park Campus: Student Center Room 120

This fair is designed for students and alumni eligible to work no later than Fall 2011. Over 40 employers, schools, and school districts seeking candidates of all experience levels for positions as teachers, administrators, advisors, and counselors.


Technology Job & Internship Fair
Friday March 4, 2011 ?11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Loop Campus: DePaul Center Concourse Level

This fair is designed for those looking to explore a career in technology. Employers will be seeking candidates to fill a wide variety of entry level to experienced positions in Computer Science, Information Technology, Cinema and Interactive Arts.  


Music and Entertainment Career Fair
Thursday, March 10, 2011 ?6 – 9 p.m
Lincoln Park Campus: Student Center Room 120

The DePaul Music Business Organization and the Career Center invite anyone pursuing a career in the music and entertainment industries to this essential networking opportunity and Career Fair. Note: This event is open to the public.


Big East Career Fair
Friday, March 11, 2011 ?10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Big East Conference schools Career Centers have joined to offer this unparalleled recruiting event for students and alumni of any major or degree. Employers from a variety of career fields offer employment and internship opportunities.


**NOTE: Unless otherwise specified all events are ONLY open to DePaul University students and alumni**


Please feel free to contact the Career Center with any questions regarding these events at 312-362-5201 or