Winter Quarter Course Offering

Are you still in need of a winter quarter course?

Check out Catholics and Muslims in Western Tradition (CTH 389/ REL 340 / PSC 339 / MLS 488):


“The course will discuss the historical development of the relations between the Catholic Church and Islam.

We will touch topics such as the Crusades, the role of Mary, and the development of the dialogue during the 20th century.

We will have exceptional guest speakers; among them, Dr. Mathieu Caesar from the University of Geneve (Switzerland), a scholar on the Crusades, and Dr. Rita Trvkovick, who is working on the devotion to Mary in the Muslim world. Finally, we will discuss some contemporary aspects of the Catholic-Muslim dialogue.

The class is cross-listed by Catholic Studies, Religious Studies, Political Science, and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies/Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies.”

Here is also a flyer for an event connected to the class:



Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds

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Tony Fitzpatrick: The Secret Birds

May 12 – August 21/ 2016

In his ongoing series “The Secret Birds”, Tony Fitzpatrick intricately draws and layers images, poetry and found materials onto the page. He combines inspiration from his working class roots in Chicago, and influences from folk art, comic book characters, and tattoo imagery in his trademark style on view. Each drawn collage depicts a specific species, ranging from the Peregrine Falcon, to the common “immigrant” Starling.  Tony Fitzpatrick’s earliest drawings as a child were of birds.  He credits his Grandmother for instilling in him a sense of wonder and reverence for a creature she believed inspired hope, telling him, “for the price of a crust of bread you can hear God sing”. “Each bird becomes a “visitation to her”, says Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick’s is a narrative journey and the birds become a catalyst for self examination.  They  play symbolic roles some delivering  otherworldly messages and cautionary tales, while others serve to commemorate and eulogize late writers like Gabriel García Márquez and he gives a soulful tribute to the  Chicago songwriter and rhythm and blues legendary musician Otis Clay. His interests are numerous, and his narratives are reflections on his travels,  social and political concerns or they become commentaries on the inequities and injustices found in Chicago and beyond.

The exhibition also features prints, drawings and collages from the museum’s permanent collection, they encompass a range of  ideas and showcase a sampling of the  visual trajectory of the artist Tony Fitzpatrick’s work from over the past two decades.

Exciting Spring Quarter Cross-Listing

Kellstadt Graduate School of Business is offering GSB 595: Developing Sustainable Strategies – Capstone Practicum cross-listed as

MLS 409/Section 302, Environment and Society: Developing Sustainable Strategies– Capstone Practicum

Time: Wed: 5:45pm – 9:00pm
Location: DePaul Lewis Center 1103
•Dr. Ron Nahser •
•Dr. Scott Kelley •

Purpose of the Course

GSB 595 / MLS409 Developing Sustainable Strategies shares the same purpose as the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) to “develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy” (Principle 1). As such, it seeks to integrate the concept of strategy development into the larger ecological economic context of serving market/society needs in a finite world.  The goal of strategy in organizations has traditionally been defined as one of value maximization, from the shareholder perspective exclusively. To generate sustainable value for business and society, strategy must guide organizations in competitively defining and meeting market/society’s needs.

Values. An inclusive and sustainable global economy demands a clear commitment to “the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact” (PRME Principle 2). The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact will serve not only as a set of ethical standards to be recognized but, more importantly, as a morally imaginative lens through which students will identify, define, and respond to a particular set of market/society needs in a way that builds a sustainable global economy. That is, the ten principles of the UN Global Compact concerning human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption will be positioned in terms of sustainable strategy development and not merely moral obligation.

Method. With the primary aim of developing strategy that creates sustainable value for business and society in a global economy, GSB 595 / MLS 409 will employ an educational framework – Pragmatic Inquiry® – that enables “effective learning experiences for responsible leadership” (PRME Principle 3). Responsible leadership able to develop sustainable strategy demands that students locate the broader aims and values of the UN Global Compact in an ongoing arc of inquiry that emerges from and responds to a particular Challenge / question (Cq). Because responsible leadership must operate on all levels of human consciousness, not merely the level of planning or tactics – Pragmatic Inquiry asks students to begin attentively, explore openly, interpret imaginatively, decide responsibly, and act courageously. Theory, practice, and self-knowledge must inform each another if students are to become the kind of responsible leaders able to develop sustainable strategies.

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.

New English Course for Autumn 2013

The English department has announced another addition to their class listings for Autumn quarter. Though it is listed as a 300-level English course, it is also cross-listed with MALS/IDS under MLS 473. Please think about registering for this class early if interested. (See below for information and course description.)

ENG 389-101 Topics in Comparative Literature: Colonialism and Its Legacy

Prof. James Fairhall

TH 6:00-9:15

This course examines colonialism in its late phase, during the 19th and 20th centuries, and the period of post-colonialism in which we now live.  We will look at these two historical phenomena world through the lens of 20th-century literature: novels, two plays, a movie, and poetry.  We will read works by two Caribbean novelists and a poet/playwright (Rhys, Kincaid, and Walcott), a South African playwright (Fugard), and a Nigerian novelist (Achebe), as well as works by English writers (Kipling, Conrad, Forster).  Although the course focuses on British colonialism and post-colonialism, it includes one novel associated with the Vietnam War.  Graham Greene’s The Quiet American deals with French colonialism during the 1950s when the U.S. was taking over in parts of Southeast Asia as a postcolonial power and was about to get involved in what the Vietnamese soon would call “the American war.”