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.

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.