DePaul Interdisciplinary Improv Event!

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014 (7:00 – 8:30 pm in Room 314 of the DePaul Student Center) join us for:
The Scholar’s Improv
Join us as DePaul professors and a troupe of professional comedians from Second City go toe-to-toe, as the comedians perform improv and the professors are challenged to lecture extemporaneously on surprise topics.
Led by improv comic Pete Parsons, the comedians will present six improvised scenes, showcasing their talent, quick minds, and true artistry. These moments will be interspersed with five mini-lectures by DePaul professors, each accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation she or he has never seen before, on a topic generally within her or his field, but for which there has been no opportunity to prepare.
By the end of the evening, you’ll see that what academicians do – by thinking, thinking on their feet, and making others think – is a real art, one both enjoyable and interesting. Likewise, you’ll see that what professional improve comedians do is an intellectually and aesthetically rich art, worthy of serious scholarly reflection as well as laughter.

Guest Speaker event at DePaul: Susan Nussbaum, Creative Arts and Disability Justice

You are invited to attend A Conversation with Susan Nussbaum, including a reading of her novel, Good Kings, Bad Kings, with Q and A
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Cortelyou Commons
6-8 pm
Wheelchair accessible & ASL Interpretation Provided
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Susan Nussbaum is a playwright, novelist, and longtime disability rights activist.    Nussbaum started one of the earliest groups for girls with disabilities, the Empowered Fe Fes. For her work with disabled girls over the years, she was named as one of 50 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World by the Utne Reader in 2008.
She won the 2012 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for her novel Good Kings, Bad Kings. Proclaimed by the Chicago Tribune as a “joy for readers” and “saucy, brutally funny, gritty, profane, poignant and real” by the Kansas City Star, Good Kings, Bad Kings is inspired by Nussbaum’s personal experiences.  Told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, this groundbreaking book pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated life inside the walls of an institution for young adults with disabilities.  From Yessenía Lopez, who dreams of her next boyfriend and of one day living outside those walls; to Teddy Dobbs, a kid who dresses up daily in a full suit and tie; to Mia Oviedo, who guards a terrifying secret; to Joanne Madsen, the new data-entry clerk who suddenly finds herself worrying about her own complicity in an ugly system, Nussbaum has crafted a multifaceted portrait of a way of life hidden from most of us. In this isolated institution on Chicago’s South Side, friendships are forged, trust is built, love affairs are kindled, and resistance begins.
“After I became a wheelchair-user in the late ‘70s, I joined the disability rights movement,” says Nussbaum. “So I’m always interested in giving a true voice to disabled characters, who are multidimensional people, far more complex than the stereotypical characters that tend to dominate in fiction.”

MALS/IDS Highlights DePaul Sociology of Education Course

Still Scheduling classes for Winter Quarter? Interested in a Sociology of Education course?The DePaul Sociology Department will be offering SOC 133/433: Sociology of Education in Winter and Spring Quarter.
Winter Quarter, 2015
M/W 1:00-2:30 pm
Spring Quarter, 2015: Time TBA
Room TBA in LPC
Professor Melanie Gast, Ph.D.
Course Description
This is an upper-division and graduate-level course providing an introduction to the sociology of education. Education occupies a central role in our society as the site of both social reproduction and social mobility. In this course, we will focus on the origins and sources of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequality in public U.S. education while paying special attention to how disparities in school and family resources and conditions relate to the structure of schooling. The course will introduce you to sociological theories and research studies related to pre-college, U.S. public education. We will primarily read empirical research using national datasets or case studies of schools across the U.S.  The readings and discussion will have implications for public schooling in Chicago. The course is divided into three main learning modules: (1) historical origins and thinking about educational inequality, (2) sources of inequality in American education, and (2) prospects for reducing educational inequality.

MALS/IDS DePaul Colleague Spotlight

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The DePaul Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) programs would like to highlight our colleague Ian Petchenik’s new application, the Chicago Cocoa Smell Map. Ian was highlighted in the Chicago Tribune as a result of this map, that tracks the smell of the Blommer Chocolate Factory in the Chicago Air.

Congrats Ian on this exciting application that is getting a lot of media attention!

You can find a scanned copy of Ian’s Chicago Tribune Article here.