In Conversation with Great Minds: Akram Khan

AkramKhan.pngThe DePaul Humanities Center is proud to welcome Akram Khan, in person, on Monday, February 25, 2019.  This free, public event is a rare opportunity to meet one of the most innovative, creative, and acclaimed dancer-choreographers in the world.  The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with a screening of “The Six Seasons,” a documentary by Gilles Delmas chronicling the creation of Khan’s groundbreaking “DESH,” followed at 8:00 p.m. by a live, on-stage conversation between Mr. Khan and DHC director H. Peter Steeves.

Just a few days later, The Harris Theater premieres its U.S.-exclusive presentation of English National Ballet performing Mr. Khan’s first full-length choreographed ballet—a reimagining of the 1841 classic Giselle that, in Mr. Khan’s hands, now updates the setting, reimagines the stakes, and unabashedly takes on the issues of sex, gender, race, and class by, in part, casting Giselle as a refugee.  The choreography itself is, in fact, a mindful fusion of classical western ballet and Indian dance.  Trained in the classical South Asian dance, Kathak, as well as contemporary dance, Mr. Khan is generally celebrated for producing work that imaginatively erases traditional boundaries, thoughtfully incorporates unexpected collaborations, effortlessly fuses seemingly disparate traditions, and ingeniously pushes against the norms and expectations of dance and society in order to fashion something that is so inventively meaningful that it changes how we view ourselves as well as our expectations of dance.  Giselle is sure to be an excellent example of this.  And Mr. Khan’s appearance at the DePaul Humanities Center will allow our community to think together about these issues.

This program is presented in partnership with The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance.  The Harris Theatre has generously offered a 20% discount to DePaul students, faculty, and staff to attend one of the four performances of Giselle.

Discount code: EDUCATION20


Box Office: 312-334-7777, Monday to Friday, 12-5pm, and on performance days

Please be aware that there are a limited number of discount-eligible seats, and anyone purchasing with the code may be asked to present his or her DePaul ID on arrival at the theater.  Indeed, the shows are selling out quickly, so if you wish to attend, we suggest getting your ticket immediately.

We look forward to seeing you February 25th!


Winter Graduate Open House

You’re invited to learn how DePaul University can help you achieve your personal and professional aspirations. Join us at DePaul’s Graduate Open House and meet with faculty and staff from 10 graduate colleges and schools. You will receive an application fee waiver by attending.

Register here.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 05:00 PM until 07:00 PM

Programs in each of the following colleges and schools will be represented:

College of Communication
College of Computing and Digital Media
College of Education
College of Law
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
College of Science and Health
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
School for New Learning
School of Nursing
School of Public Service

Breakout sessions will begin at 5:15 p.m. and will be hosted by representatives from areas supporting our graduate students, including financial aid, career support services and more.

For more information about the Graduate Open House please call 773-325-8312 or email us at

Race, Labor, & Incarceration

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Monday, January 28, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (CST)

Cortelyou Commons, DePaul University
2324 N Fremont St
Chicago, IL 60614

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Racialized mass incarceration has received increased attention lately. However, the topic of labor—before, during, and after incarceration—has been less discussed. Critics connect prison labor to a form of modern day slavery, reliant on systemic exploitation. But the struggles of the formerly incarcerated to find meaningful, non-exploitative work is also a major issue in need of examination. The Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies and the DePaul Center for Labor Education invite you to a discussion with experts, advocates and activists engaging the complexities linking race, labor, and mass incarceration. The panel will include representatives from Workers Center for Racial Justice, Equity and Transformation (E.A.T.) Chicago, Chicago Workers’ Collective, and SEIU-HCII.

Refreshments will be provided.

Walking directions from the Red Line Fullerton stop to get to Cortelyou Commons:

  • Walk east on Fullerton, on the south side of the street.
  • Pass the DePaul Art Museum and walk for about one block.
  • At the iron gates on your right, turn right/south onto Fremont Street (there is no street sign, and you can only walk onto this street).
  • Keep going about 100 feet, and Cortelyou Commons will be the large, older, grey building on your right. It sits mid-way between Fullerton Ave. and Belden St.

For more information contact or (773) 325 – 7510

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Graduate Thesis and Dissertation Conference


Saturday, Feb 9, 2019

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM CST
Lincoln Park Student Center

Students MUST RSVP at the link below:

Register at

This is a conference designed to help graduate students complete their Theses or Dissertations.  There are two tracks offered: one for those just getting started, and one for those in progress. Session topics include:

Getting Started

·         IRB Process at DePaul

·         Surviving the Journey

·         Presenting Qualitative data

·         Presenting Quantitative data

·         Library research databases

·         Using citation software

·         Student Panel

·         Editing and Revising 

·         Time Management

·         and more!


Study Abroad Showcase


Interested in studying abroad?

Attend the Loop Study Abroad Showcase!

Spend the day learning about your Summer 2019, December 2019 and Fall 2019 study abroad opportunities! DePaul has more than 40 short-term and term-long programs coming up this Summer, December and Fall Quarter. Come talk to study abroad experts, study abroad alumni, and DePaul faculty who lead programs to hear their stories and get answers to your questions!

 Tuesday, January 15 at 11:00am to 2:00pm

Additional Cross-Listed Course

MLS 490, Special Topics: Sustainable Development


Course Description:

As most of you know from the news of the past few years, the American housing market has experienced tremendous problems, and along with that market, our economy has suffered greatly. In many ways, as the housing market goes, the economy goes, since so much our economy is tied to the housing market. Given the primacy of the housing market not just to our economy, but therefore to our politics as well, it makes sense to focus on the issue of housing at any time, but perhaps particularly now. For the most part, housing decisions in the U.S. appear to be a private matter. However, the federal and local governments have long been involved in shaping policy that impacts that market in very significant ways. Zoning decisions, tax write offs, public housing decisions, financial support for housing all affect both the housing market, and the shape, size, and often the color of both neighborhoods and communities. Of course, politics help to shape the public decisions that impact both the private and the public housing markets. For if there are public (government) decisions that impact the markets, politics will always be involved, given the role that politics plays in shaping public policy. When a city, with Federal urging and financial support, decides to tear down public housing and replace that housing with more expensive housing, the decision changes the old neighborhood, and those into which the former residents of the public housing move. Some people welcome the changes, while others oppose them. Some folks gain, while others lose, and political forces attempt to influence the decisions so that they can try to determine the winners and the losers. Housing is the bell weather industry in the U.S. That is, it is perhaps the most important key to our financial well-being, and our understanding of our economic situation. We will devote the quarter to trying to understand the housing process generally, it’s impact on the well-being, shape and size of cities and suburbs, and we will pay particular attention to the relationship between housing policy and the poor.

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.

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