Openings at Present Tense

Present Tense has two openings for new editors: a Review Editor and a Multimedia Editor. More information and descriptions of how to apply to these positions can be found here:

Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society is a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and economic issues through a rhetorical lens. In addition to examining these subjects as found in written, oral and visual texts, we wish to provide a forum for calls to action in academia, education and national policy. Seeking to address current or presently unfolding issues, we publish short articles ranging from 2,000 to 2,500 words, the length of a conference paper. For sample topics please see our submission guidelines.

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Upcoming Campus Events Exploring Race & Free Speech Topics

President’s Series on Race & Free Speech
Inclusive Speech and Expression: An Oxymoron?
Nationally recognized experts will explore the legal, political and social context of free speech and how we can resolve the tension between speech and inclusiveness in a teaching and learning community. Audience participation is encouraged.
Stephanie Shonekan, associate professor and director of the Black Studies Department, University of Missouri – Columbia
Alexander Tsesis, professor of law, Loyola University
Derald Wing Sue, professor of counseling, Columbia University
David Hudson, professor of law, Vanderbilt University; First Amendment Ombudsman for the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center
Moderator: Jennifer Rosato Perea, dean of DePaul’s College of Law
Date: Thursday, Oct. 27
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Lewis Building, 25 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 241
RSVP required

Current Issues in Latino American Forum: Symposium on the 10th Anniversary of La Marcha 2006
This symposium on the 10th anniversary of the 2006 immigration marches held in Chicago, brings together activists, organizers, book authors, documentary producers, artists and photographers in a one-day symposium, with morning and afternoon panels. Panelists will discuss the triumphs and tribulations of the 2006 marches: the organizing, the ramifications, and local and national impacts.
Date: Friday, Nov. 4
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Munroe Hall, 2312 N. Clifton Ave., Room 114-116

Race and Excellence
This event features Freeman Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland – Baltimore County, and chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, “Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.”
Date: Friday, Nov. 4
Time: 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a book signing
Location: Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont St.
RSVP required

Election 2016: A Conservative Take on What’s at Stake
Keynote speaker Daniel Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributor to the “Washington Post.” He previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He has been a contributing editor for Foreign Policy and The National Interest, and his latest book is titled “The System Worked: How the World Stopped another Great Depression.”
Date: Monday, Nov. 7
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Munroe Hall, 2312 N. Clifton Ave., Room 114-116
Lunch provided
RSVP required

Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change
Aisha Fukushima is a multiracial African American-Japanese scholar, singer and RAPtivist. She will participate in two events at DePaul. Both are Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 120 A/B.
Social Justice Storytelling
Time: 9:40 to 11:10 a.m.
She will discuss the role of the emcee in hip-hop culture as a story teller and learn how hip hop story telling can be used to critically explore questions of identity, inequality and liberation. Using creative techniques such as body percussion, attendees will practice solidarity building through movement.
The World Is Yours: Reflections of a Global RAPtivist
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
This highly engaging performance lecture explores questions of global citizenship, identity politics, and musical activism through storytelling and soulful musical melodies.

Chris Crass has more than 25 years of organizing experience. He will participate in two events on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Both take place at the Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 120 A/B.
Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis and Movement Building Strategy
Time: 11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
He will share insights on developing healthy culture for activism, vision and strategy to nourish radical political imagination, build powerful alliances, and sustain us in the work of building grassroots liberatory movements for change.

Courage Against Racism: Organizing in White Communities for Racial Justice in the Times of Black Lives Matter
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
He will speak about anti-racist organizing in white communities. How can we inspire white people to join racial justice efforts in these times? How can more and more of us, who are white, step up to both support the Black-led grassroots movement and also bring racial justice leadership into our communities?

Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity Brown Bag Series
University Action Plan Regarding Race and Speech (Open Forum)
Date: Monday, Nov. 7
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 220

October Events at the DePaul Art Museum

October 19, 12pm

Join DPAM Director Julie Rodrigues Widholm for a curator’s tour of On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver.

Free and open to everyone

October 20, 6:30pm

DePaul Art Museum, presenting with frieze magazine and DePaul University’s History of Art and Architecture club, will be hosting a special screening of “HOCKNEY”(2015) and frieze video’s “At Home with Jonas Mekas.”

Free and open to everyone

October 26, 6pm
DePaul University Associate Dean, Director of Liberal Studies and Associate Professor of English John Shanahan lectures on “Chris Ware’s Experiments in Page Space.”

Free and open to everyone


Organized by DPAM in collaboration with ART21, this group exhibition features artwork by all of the artists in Season 8 of the documentary series Art in the Twenty-First Century. The exhibition features today’s leading artists who explore intersecting themes across geographies: Nick Cave, Theaster Gates, Barbara Kasten, Chris Ware, Tala Madani, Liz Larner, Edgar Arceneaux, Diana Thater, Pedro Reyes, Minerva Cuevas, Damian Ortega, Natalia Almada, Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas, Liz Magor and Brian Jungen.

Exhibited in the museum’s public restrooms, SomethingDivine addresses the subversion of the institution’s gallery space through the presentation of hand-carved white soap and embroidered hand towels made by the artist. The duality of the work’s high/low nature raises questions concerning traditional art value, faith, and ritual as they relate to utilitarian and metaphoric uses.