Chicago Humanities Festival

MCA ’68: Art & Violence, Then & Now
November 8,  6-7pm at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) CHICAGO 

Director of the DePaul Art Museum and former MCA curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm, multi-disciplinary artist Danny Giles, Associate Professor of the History of Photography Greg Foster-Rice and Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Alison Cuddy reflect on the intersection of violence and art on the 50th anniversary of a landmark exhibition from early in the MCA’s history, Violence! in Recent American Art (1968). In our media-saturated world, images of violence, fictional and otherwise, have become more prevalent and realistic. Artists across disciplines navigate a world saturated with trauma, grief, and conflict. Giles will also present recent work as a contemporary response to this seminal exhibition. Buy tickets here.

This program is presented in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This program is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

DPU Museum Nov 8

Viewing of “The Witch”

REMINDER: Attend “The Horror of the Humanities VI: The Witch” on Monday, October 29th from 6pm – 9pm for a “Haunted House,” screening of the film The Witch and a conversation with Robert Eggers. Please see below, and mark your calendars as the DePaul Humanities Center kicks off their 2018-19 season!


“Brightness of Noon: The Intersect of Faith, Immigration and Refugees”

LAS invites you to the documentary film screening of “Brightness of Noon: The Intersect of Faith, Immigration and Refugees,” on Wednesday, October 17, beginning with a reception at 6pm. This film is the first of a two-part documentary series that explores “the risks people of faith are will to take to protect the human rights of those fleeing violence, and the struggles and triumphs of undocumented immigrants and refugees as they resettle in the United States.”

Following the screening, a facilitated panel of DePaul faculty and students, along with writer and producer Debra Gonsher Vinik, will discuss important aspects of, and questions raised by, the film and conclude with an open Q&A session with the audience.

Register here!


Teaching in Today’s Political Climate

Teaching CommonsEach year the Fall Forum on Teaching and Learning brings together faculty from across DePaul’s colleges and schools to connect with one another and share strategies for teaching and learning. The Fall Forum kicks off the academic year with an event focused on pedagogy, complementing the annual Teaching and Learning Conference in the spring.

For more details, please visit the event webpage.

 Friday, October 19 at 9:30am to 3:00pm

 Lincoln Park Student Center, 120 AB 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.​, Chicago, IL


Guest Speaker on “Applied Media Studies and the Medical Futures Lab”

Please join in welcoming Dr. Kirsten Ostherr, PhD, MPH. She will be guest speaking on the Lincoln Park Campus for two days of presentations. The event takes place October 10-11, 2018 in the Richardson Library Idea Labs 1 & 2 (JTR 206 & 207).

Dr. Ostherr is a media scholar, health researcher, and technology analyst at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is founder and director of the Medical Futures Lab, and she has published widely on medicine and media. Her research on trust and privacy in digital health ecosystems has been featured in SlateThe Washington PostBig Data & Society, and Catalyst.

Ostherr flyer under the hood

This will be Dr. Ostherr’s second presentation “Applied Media Studies and the Medical Futures Lab.” It will take place on Thursday, Oct, 11, 10:00-11:00 am. In this talk, she will discuss some of the work involved in creating her lab, the Medical Futures Lab, and a book and Scalar site she recently edited, called Applied Media Studies. The book focuses on how, in the age of the maker movement, hackathons and do-it-yourself participatory culture, the boundaries between digital media theory and production have dissolved. Multidisciplinary humanities labs have sprung up around the globe, generating new forms of hands-on, critical and creative work. The scholars, artists, and scientists behind the projects in Applied Media Studies have invented new ways of doing media studies teaching and research, developing innovative techniques through experimental practice. This book of case studies brought together practitioners of applied media studies, presenting their expertise through a combination of case studies and collaborative interviews, providing a roadmap for how and why to do hands-on media work in the digital age.

Recommended Cross-Listed Classes

WRD 371/MLS 490, Special Topics: Mentoring Youth in Community Writing Groups

WRD Major Elective; PW Minor Elective

Liberal Studies Junior Experiential Learning 

Jennifer Finstrom, LPC, TTH 11:20-12:50

This course is for any student who is interested in both mentoring young writers and understanding how writing in community functions as an identity-building process. In this class, you will not only have the opportunity to provide extensive online feedback for young writers engaged in imaginative work, but also to occasionally meet them. Course readings will address the value found in writing groups and communities, as well as how to best provide effective feedback. You will also reflect extensively on the intersection of identity, community, and mentoring through writing. This course fulfills the Experiential Learning domain requirement in the Liberal Studies Program and provides an active learning experience as a productive member of a writing community.


WRD 390/MLS 490, Special Topics: Rhetoric and Public Writing

WRD Major Requirement; PW Minor Elective

Liberal Studies Senior Capstone

Professor Jason Kalin, LPC, MW 1:00-2:30

In this section of WRD’s LSP Capstone, we will explore current scholarship that seeks to define *the public* or *publics* and the possibilities for using rhetorical action to explore, understand, and engage in the co-construction of public life with others. We will assume that writing instruction grounded in a conventional understanding of argumentation may not be well suited to changed and changing conditions–those brought about by digital technologies as well as the increasing privatization of interests and institutions once understood to make up the public domain. We will assume as well that public life will increasingly be dominated by questions of power, difference, and representation. The course will function initially like a seminar and later as a practicum: we will expect an initial study of how we might engage meaningfully in public deliberation to inspire a blueprint for individual or collective rhetorical action.