Who We Are: Dr. Frank Chaten

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Dr. Frank Chaten, MALS, 2012

Dr. Frank Chaten came to DePaul with nearly two decades experience as a pediatric critical care physician but had the desire to “reawaken” parts of his brain.  It is safe to say his self-constructed MALS program accomplished that.  Along his journey Dr. Frank took classes on the world of wine, modern Irish literature, and much more.  He did not know it at the time but his path was one large circle, leading back to his medical roots.

Dr. Frank Chaten’s thesis explored organ donation and the ethical importance of donation balanced with religious definitions of death.  Working with Thomas O’Brien, Ph.D. of the Religious Studies Department, Dr. Chaten found one way to marry biology and theology.  Dr. Chaten writes, “This approach, outside the realm of traditional secular bioethics, would not have occurred to me had I not pursued the MALS program.”

To summarize Dr. Chaten’s experience in DePaul’s MALS and IDS program he says, “I’ve met lots of interesting people along the way and developed some friendships I otherwise would have missed. It’s been lots of fun and lots of work, especially the writing in virtually every course. But it’s been one of the more rewarding things I’ve done, leading me to unexpected places both personally and professionally.

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.

Who We Are: Warren Davis

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Warren Davis, MALS, 2009

At a glance, politics and art do not have much overlap but when you realize how art can critique governments and policies can censor and neuter that expression, it becomes obvious that the two function in almost a yin and yang balance.  For MALS graduate Warren Davis, exploring this relationship has created a lifelong passion.  Warren studied theater and art at Arizona State before continuing on at DePaul.  His MALS/IDS final thesis, The Personal versus the Political: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Names Project memorial AIDS Quilt in the 80s and early 90s, drew parallels between the two projects.

In describing art in its relationship to causes, politics, government, and more, Davis says, “Art study is interdisciplinary because the compartmentalization of art is false.”  It is this avoidance of a subdividing life that made DePaul’s customized MALS program so attractive.  Davis described his experience as a “unique perspective of self-reflection that synthesizes enriched education.”

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.

Who We Are: Cristina Rodriguez

Cristina Rodriguez

Cristina Rodriguez, IDS, 2010

Program coordinating and event planning are critical activities in the business world but it can be difficult for academia to define these professions, let alone have a full program or department to deeply study the demands of those careers.  Cristina Rodriguez’s self-constructed IDS program cut through the haze created as universities play catch-up to the corporate universe.

Cristina combined communication and business courses to better prepare for her professional calling but she always remained grounded in her liberal arts background saying, “Life is an educational journey. The more you learn, the more you grow as a person and community member.”

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.

Purdue Languages Conference

Our friends over at the Ex Libris blog had the following conference posted…

The First Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference

Purdue University has announced a call for submissions to a new symposium focusing on interdisciplinary research in the fields of linguistics and language use.

They invite submissions of original research papers from all areas of linguistics, applied linguistics, literature, second language studies, and cultural studies of any language or language group to be presented in 20-minute talks or posters.

Abstracts are due by Tuesday, December 22nd. Find full details here, and submit here.

Blueshift Journal

Our friends over at the Ex Libris blog had the following submission call…

The Blueshift Journal Open for Submissions

The Blueshift Journal is now accepting submissions to their 4th issue. Blueshift is a student-run, international, tri-annual publication, with two online issues and one print issue, available free of charge.

Deadline for issue 4 is January 1st. Submission information can be found here, and visit them on Facebook here.

From Blueshift:

“What kind of work do we want? On a microscopic level, scientists say that nothing ever touches.  Electrons repel each other; our very atoms shy away from trembling connection. Even in someone’s arms, we are galaxies apart, orbiting. We are impossibly distant. Hugely empty, dangerously full, our inability to touch draws us together. We long to reach our fingers out and feel the reverberations through the empty air of a heart that is not our own. We yearn enough to make the stars rush in towards us. In emptiness, we aspire to collision, to explosion, to that patterned disorder that created us and burns in us still. Blueshift is the yearning, the telltale sign that we have never been alone.”

Who We Are: Vesna Lazar


Vesna Lazar, MALS, 2013

Vesna Lazar’s customized MALS program let her turn traveling into an art form…literally.  Vesna combined study abroad, art, and writing into the culminating project Travel Essays and Drawings.  Despite a twisting global path, the goal was always clear to Vesna: “Quite quickly everything came together and suddenly I knew what I was looking for and how my personal views and experiences of history, politics and traveling could be expressed in creative ways.

The always reflective Vesna expresses the intersection of travel and learning she experienced through DePaul MALS and IDS, saying “As all travelers know, the great part of a journey is the anticipation and the hope for the experience that alters one’s points of view…no one wants to return to the exactly the same point from which one has departed. The intriguing part for me was, and still is, how this change occurs, what it is that happens to me and confirms the saying that one can never go back home.”

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.