Satyagraha: Gandhi / King

Tickets are now available for Satyagraha: Gandhi / King, an original theatrical documentary conceived and directed by Dexter Bullard; researched, written, and performed by the Class of 2018 Graduate Actors and the Dramaturgy Team; and researched, imagined, and designed by the Production Team.

This ensemble-driven devised piece featuring the graduating MFA in Acting candidates explores “satyagraha” or non-violent resistance and the violent reactions that meet it. Crisscrossing space and time from Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa and India to Martin Luther King in the American South, this physically-charged, multi-disciplinary work features the stories of two powerful women: Kasturba Gandhi and Coretta Scott.

Satyagraha: Gandhi / King runs from May 4 to 6 at the Healy Theater (2350 N Racine Ave, 4th Floor). Tickets are $10.

To learn more information and buy tickets, visit this page.

Inaugural Asian/Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Breakfast

The Inaugural Asian/Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Breakfast will be held on May 9, 2018 from 10am-12pm in Cortelyou Commons. Join DePaul faculty, staff, students, and alumni to celebrate activists for social justice within the Asian/Asian Pacific Islander American community, learn about relevant contemporary issues impacting the Asian/Asian Pacific Islander American community, and cultivate collaborative opportunities to serve as allies for social justice.

DePaul alumna and executive director of Apna Ghar Neha Gill will deliver the keynote address.

Please register for the event here.

Who We Are: Shelby Lasaine

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Shelby Lasaine, IDS

I’ve enjoyed my time so far in the IDS program, and am looking to graduate in the summer of 2018, when I’ll work on my thesis as the capstone project. My focus in IDS is in Environmental Governance.

My background is in International Studies, and I originally came to DePaul for my BA. My concentration was in the theory of the modern nation-state. I’m continuing study of this by applying and further exploring systems and culture theories, specifically looking at how networks have set a new paradigm for how we in the Western world interact with, manage and govern social and natural environments. A main aspect of this is the availability of information technology, and how the large amounts of data today are understood, used and applied (or not), and how this all can be used to better inform ecological and other managerial practices.

My first conscious encounter with the concept of ‘environment’ as including both social and natural conditions was as an interpreter working with French speaking African refugees, which I did for several years after finishing undergraduate study. Working with individuals and hearing their lived experiences of social and economic mismanagement made what I learned in undergrad—a philosophy of social and environmental interactions as culture and economy—very real.

This experience made me recognize the role of personal narrative, and more broadly experiential knowledge, in finding solutions to environmental problems. I believe that the theoretic framework that I had from undergrad studies offered me a solid contextual reference as an interpreter, and this has made me aware and interested in how data and knowledge of situational context inform and enhance decision making. An interesting piece of the puzzle has come from nursing theory: it has solidified a concept for my thesis on the more general act of resource stewardship as a question of integral health, and how important it is to have multifaceted data and framework to deal with complex ecosystems, whether they are an individual human, a forest ecosystem, a national economy or a global common like the ocean or atmosphere.

Networks, as flows of information and resources, offer many opportunities for more attentive and informed decision making. My goal with this track of study is to conceptualize the complex structure of our Western networked society (including our legal, knowledge, and financial structures) to contribute to the causes of informed decision making, research, and innovation in the 21st century, and more specifically, how this can support good environmental and natural resource management.

COMING UP: Spring Graduate Open House

Please join us at the Graduate Open House on Thursday, May 10th!

If you are interested in learning more one-on-one about the ISD Program, please visit our table in the Lincoln Park Student Center Room 120 A/B from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

If you are a current ISD student, we highly encourage you to share the info with friends that you think might be interested in our programs.

Please follow the link below to learn more and register for the event!

Congratulations to our students!

A big congratulations to Sana Bell and Estella Achinko for their presentations at the Graduate Student Conference! They presented the following papers:

  • Sana Bell – “Understanding the Role of Curriculum as Preparation: K-12 Curriculum & Social Emotional Development”
  • Estella Achinko – “Women’s Slave Labor in The Middle East: An African Centered Perspective”