Additional Cross-Listed Course

MLS 490, Special Topics: Sustainable Development

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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.

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

 

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will hold an online information session on Wednesday, October 3 at 6 pm central to discuss careers in community organizing with DePaul students and alumni interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice.

RSVP at www.thedartcenter.org/DePaul

DART hires and trains organizers to build organizations that have successfully addressed issues including:

* Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lending practices
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Fighting for immigrants’ rights
* Police accountability

Positions start January 14, 2019 in Columbus, OH, Charlottesville, VA, St. Petersburg, and Jacksonville, FL.

Positions start August 12, 2019 in Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, Columbus, OH, Richmond, VA, Charlottesville, VA, Columbia, SC, St. Petersburg, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Sarasota and Fort Myers, FL.

Starting salary $38,000/year + benefits.

Although it may be helpful, no prior organizing experience is necessary. Fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit www.thedartcenter.org. Still have questions? Contact Sarah Storar at sarah@thedartcenter.org.

 

SLAG GLASS CITY’S 2018 Call for Submissions

Chicago, IL—Slag Glass City, a nonfiction literary journal of the urban essay arts, announces a special call for submissions: Dear City: The Urban Epistolary. Nonfiction prose, photography, and hybrid works submitted for this call are accepted from November 15, 2017—February 15, 2018.

Epistolary essays selected for publication by the 2018 editorial board will be published in the online journal and promoted broadly, as well as considered for publication in the annual miniature print edition.

We seek: creative nonfiction essay-letters addressed to-or-from your city, and/or letters of exchange between cities. Although all essays should inhabit the form and/or intention of an actual letter, Slag Glass City welcomes fresh takes and variations including: mosaic, montage, photographs, soundscape, drawing, image + text, video, audio, and/or hybridity. We have no length requirements and will consider prose from short-short/flash to longform.

Submit all work to our special submission portal: https://tinyurl.com/SlagGlassCity-DearCity. (Visual artists should submit low resolution samples, or contact us to share work too large for the Submittable portal.)

We are open to any perspective on cities, for better-or-worse, from praise-to-critique, from love-to-protest, from application-to-cease-and-desist, and anything in-between. We seek:

Essay-Letters FROM YOUR CITY. For instance: Dear America, This is how it feels to be underwater. Love, Houston. OR Dear President, Would you drink this water? Love, Flint.

Essay-Letters TO YOUR CITY. For instance:  Dear Orlando, We are still grieving. OR Dear Dubrovnik, Here is how you heal me.  

Epistolary Exchanges BETWEEN CITIES or between people in cities. Collaborative essays are welcome.

Regular submissions are still open October-June. Slag Glass City considers nonfiction prose, graphic narrative, video, audio, soundscape, photography, mixed media, or any other form of essay arts. The prose cannot be previously published, including on author blogs, but visual art may appear on artist’s sites. We are unable to pay contributors, but artists retain all rights, we promote widely, and all work published stays “in-print” online.

Slag Glass Citywww.SlagGlassCity.orgis a magazine of essay arts, textual burlesque, and post-industrial forms, edited by Barrie Jean Borich. Published at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, we are an international creative nonfiction and multidisciplinary media journal engaged with sustainability, identity, and art in urban environments. The living city is broken and blooming. How will our roof gardens grow?

To SUBMIT TO THE CITY go to:
https://tinyurl.com/SlagGlassCity-DearCity

If you have QUESTIONS please email us:
slagglasscity@gmail.com