Miss Representation Film Screening

The film Miss Representation , written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

Resurrecting Pilsen: Where Faith and Social Activism Meet – A Conversation with Father Charles Dahm

Please consider attending the last event the Center of Interreligious Engagement is having this quarter — “Resurrecting Pilsen: Where Faith and Social Activism Meet – A Conversation with Father Charles Dahm.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

7:00-8:30 PM

Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 220

2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 

How can religious faith serve as a recourse for community development and empowerment? Come listen to a conversation with Fr. Charles Dahm, OP, who, along with many others, has helped to revitalize the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Dahm has been recognized nationally as a “local hero” and is the author of Parish Ministry in a Hispanic Community (Paulist Press, 2004).

Moderated by Professor Christopher Tirres (DePaul University)

This event is part of the CIE’s Latino/as and Religion Series


Consider taking “MLS 409: Environment and Society” this Winter Quarter


Keeping in theme with our film screening of Green Fire next month, one of our upcoming MALS core courses, MLS 409: Environment and Society, will focus on an interdisciplinary look at the current issues surrounding environmentalism. 

Course Description and Objectives

This course is a look at some current trends in thinking about, and action upon, the environment. Since the arrival of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring a half century ago, concern about the environment has spread from the scientific community to the realms of politics, ethics, social justice, feminism, spirituality, and literature and the arts. We have never been more preoccupied with the human relationship to the environment, and vice versa.

We will raise the following questions (to begin):

  • Are humans a part of or apart from nature – or both, somehow? What is entailed in these commitments and identifications in terms of how we treat the environment? 
  • Which and whose environment(s) are we talking about? How does category of the environment and its meaning differ by culture, location, and history?
  • What is the status of environmentalism? Is it robust or moribund? What are the tensions among local and global environmental advocacy efforts, and among other progressive movements?
  • How is the environment represented and delivered to us today? What are the roles and effects of traditional media (print, broadcast) and new, electronic, technologies (internet, mobile phone) in reproducing, mediating, and structuring experiences of the environment?
  • How might we imagine future environments? What do the arts do to help us envision and aspire to different modes of living in relation to the environment and society?

The course will be anchored by four recent books that have interesting things to say about this huge and complex issue. The work we do in this course (together, in the classroom, as well as individually, in writing) will be characteristic of the MALS program: interdisciplinary, imaginative, exploratory, and rigorous. Assignments are designed to help students develop their critical reflection and writing skills, as well as improve their capacity to make practical decisions and judgments in a complex world.

Green Fire

DePaul University’s MALS/IDS program is proud to announce that we’ll be hosting a free screening and discussion of the new documentary, Green Fire. The screening will take place on Monday, November 7, from 6-9 PM. It will be held at DePaul’s Welcome Center, located at 2400 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. Please RSVP at 773-325-7840.

Green Fire is more than a documentary about the great conservationist Aldo Leopold. It portrays how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land—his call for a land ethic—ties together a wide range of modern conservation concerns and offers inspiration and insight for the future. Although best known as the author of the conservation classic A Sand County Almanac, Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist and wilderness advocate. Green Fire is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, The US Forest Service and the Center for Humans and Nature.

My Trip to Sand County: Land Ethic Leadership Training

By Susan Jacobs


August 2011 Class of Land Ethic Leaders

If ever the word “convergence” had meaning, my August 2011 visit to the Aldo Leopold Center was it for me. I have spent many years tromping happily around the Baraboo Valley in south central Wisconsin–camping and hiking around Devil’s Lake and Parfrey’s Glen and exploring the Baraboo Range–and I sheepishly admit to enjoying a water park or two in the Dells.  But I had never visited the Aldo Leopold Center until this summer. I knew Leopold was a 20th century forester who transformed our understanding of conservation, but I had no idea how personally transformative attending the center’s Land Ethic Leaders Workshop would be for me.


Wisconsin Prairie View

The road that winds to the Leopold Center alternates between plowed fields and towering pine tunnels along Levee Road, skirting the Wisconsin River. Once almost-extinct sandhill cranes, now plentiful, feed in fields alongside the roads leading to the Leopold family Shack, described so eloquently in his writings. The new Leopold Center, built in 2007, boasts one of the highest LEED certifications in the US and houses educational and research facilities that host many outreach programs. Not knowing what the Center was about, I approached with hesitation. But I was reassured by Associate Dean Randy Honold here at DePaul that this was not a cult, but an enlightened organization dedicated to the true ideal of a livable land ethic based on the writings of Aldo Leopold, in particular his slim but powerful volume A Sand County Almanac (1949).


Unplowed Prairie on Leopold Farm

Leopold, his wife, and five children bought an abandoned Sand County farm in the 1930s. Living in a reclaimed chicken coup they called “The Shack,” they observed and documented the migratory patterns of both thriving and near-extinct species. They studied the soil and farming practices that led to dust-bowl conditions throughout 1930s-40s Midwest. They planted trees–38,000 of them. They watched, listened, and wrote about their lives along the Wisconsin River. And they transformed not only the land but the way that humans and nature interact.


Contemplating Baraboo Valley

The two-day Land Ethics Leader Program incorporated Leopold’s ideas through conversations, work projects, and educational exercises reflecting Leopold’s theory that a land ethic cannot be written, but must be lived. Through interdisciplinary exploration of literature, art, photography, scientific data, and after bending over never-plowed prairie to remove non-native species, our two full days led up to simple question: now what will you do?


Greenfire, screening at DePaul November 7

To celebrate the work of Aldo Leopold and his family, DePaul’s MALS/IDS Programs will host a free screening of “Green Fire,” the 2011 documentary that explores the life and legacy of Leopold and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations all over the country today. In fact, one of the chief  documentary filmmakers and host of the film is Curt Meine, a DePaul alumnus and now member of the Center for Humans and Nature.

Join us on Nov. 7, 6-9 pm at DePaul’s Welcome Center, 2400 N. Sheffield Ave. This screening creates an excellent entrance into the conversation that will continue in Winter Quarter’s MLS 409: Environment and Society, taught by Professor Randy Honold. For more information, contact our office at 773-325-7840.