Art and the Environment




Randall Honold, PhD
Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Adjunct in Philosophy and Environmental Science & Studies


Course Description
We will examine how contemporary artists are responding to environmental challenges. Through a critical look at select visual art, place-based art, architecture, film, literature, and music, we will discover how artists are grappling with issues that are, on one hand, enduring, and on the other hand, new to the Anthropocene. The course will be run as a seminar with active contributions by every student expected. Requirements will include regular attendance and participation, leading a discussion, weekly reflective papers, a book report, and a final summative paper or creative piece.

Yoga and Tantra with Dr. David Gitomer

ChakraswithSriYantraDavid Gitomer, the Director of DePaul’s MALS and IDS Program, is offering an amazing class next quarter.  Religion/AAS 344 is  cross listed with MLS 488:


Starting with the classical yoga of ancient India, moving to medieval Hatha Yoga concepts of the body’s chakras, and finally to Tibetan mandala and “conscious rebirth” practices that build on the earlier ideas, this course focuses on the phenomenon of spiritual liberation through the body in South Asian and Himalayan culture.  The development of modern studio yoga with its emphasis on physical and ChakraDiagrammental well-being will be traced from its origins as a response to British colonial contempt for the India body to its contemporary western practice and its role in Hindu nationalism.  Emphasis on constructions of gender in the yoga and tantra traditions will be central to the course.  Students with some background in Hinduism or Buddhism will have an advantage in preparation, but all students willing to absorb the rich philosophical and cultural texture of the pre-modern South Asian and Himalayan worldview will find the course enriching.

Upcoming Course: ENG 480: Introduction to Creative Writing

Looking to enhance your creative writing skills?

Consider taking English 480: Introduction to Creative Writing 

Autumn Quarter 2015

Monday, 6:00 pm- 9:15 pm

This course will introduce graduate students to creative writing techniques, practices, and vocabulary, as well as to the workshop method of learning. We’ll experiment with fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, with attention to both the writing process and to the works we produce. Note: This course is appropriate for students with little or no background in creative writing and is open to all DePaul graduate and non-degree-seeking students with a bachelor’s degree in any field.

MALS/IDS Class Offering- SOC 433: The Sociology of Education

 Graduate Course
Autumn Quarter, 2015:
W 6:00-9:15pm
Room TBA in LPC
Professor Melanie Gast, Ph.D.
What roles do race, ethnicity, gender, and social class play in schooling? How do schools mitigate and reproduce inequality? How do disparities in school funding affect students? This is a graduate-level course examining the sociology of education. Education occupies a central role in our society as the site of both social reproduction and social mobility. In this course, we will focus on the origins and sources of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequality in public U.S. education and the structure of schooling.We will read a variety of theoretical and empirical work using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The readings and discussion will have implications for issues impacting public schooling in Chicago, such as school closures, elected school board campaigns, and the school-to-prison pipeline. The course is divided into three main learning modules: (1) historical origins and thinking about educational inequality, (2) sources of inequality in American education, and (2) prospects for reducing educational inequality.