Who We Are: Megan Metzger


Megan, left, and Sharon Needles at the 2012 Drag Stars at Sea cruise where fans and drag queens interact.

Megan Metzger, IDS, 2016

Megan Metzger’s field of study embodies what is amazing about DePaul’s self-constructed MALS and IDS programs.  Completing her IDS degree in 2016, her superfandom of RuPaul’s Drag Race led to work in several fields like Gender Studies and Media. Megan explains why such a range of classes was beneficial: “At DePaul not only did I become intimately familiar with the work of theorists like Michel Foucault and Audre Lorde, I also acquired skills that transcended the classroom. Skills like how to be more critical as a media consumer, or how to be a better feminist.

This work culminated in a thesis about RuPaul’s smash television show and led Megan to find her life meaning in a new field: TV Scholarship.  “My goal as a television scholar is to avoid giving into the trap of designating only certain kinds of TV as ‘worthy’ of academic pursuit. I like to analyze all media, especially the ‘trash.'”

Megan’s uniquely self-tailored program allowed her to find her calling but also put her on track to pursue a doctorate in the near future. “I am forever indebted to the IDS program at DePaul for allowing me to harness my pop culture predilections into a viable academic profession.

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.

2016 Convergence Now Available


MALS/IDS is happy to announce the release of our latest issue of  Convergence.  MALS/IDS students and alumni should anticipate the arrival of Convergence in their mailboxes within the next few weeks.  Until then please browse the issue (here) on our blog.  This edition has a wide range of topics and personalities featured.  The benefits of attending conferences is explored.  Sarah Brown, the senior Technology Consultant and Project Lead for e-portfolios at DePaul, shares her insights on Digication.  Graduating students Hakki Gurkan and Megan Metzger give first-person narratives reflecting on their time at DePaul.  Finally we welcome two new students, Rachel Conrad and Sana Bell, who were interviewed about starting their DePaul journeys.

To open in a new window: Convergence_2016_April12

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MALS Alum Book Presentation


DePaul’s R. LaPier, right, and D. Beck

DePaul MALS graduate Rosalyn LaPier and co-writer David Beck are giving a presentation on their book Indians in Chicago: Stores of Native American Activism tomorrow, Friday, April 8, 2016, 1:30-3:00 pm at the Chicago American Indian Center, 1630 Wilson Avenue, Chicago.  This work grew from LaPier’s DePaul thesis and is a labor of love for LaPier as she has Blackfeet and Metis heritage.  This event is hosted by “One Book” and Medill Fridays, Northwestern University. FREE & PUBLIC WELCOME

Who We Are: Warren Davis

Warren Davis

Warren Davis, MALS, 2009

At a glance, politics and art do not have much overlap but when you realize how art can critique governments and policies can censor and neuter that expression, it becomes obvious that the two function in almost a yin and yang balance.  For MALS graduate Warren Davis, exploring this relationship has created a lifelong passion.  Warren studied theater and art at Arizona State before continuing on at DePaul.  His MALS/IDS final thesis, The Personal versus the Political: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Names Project memorial AIDS Quilt in the 80s and early 90s, drew parallels between the two projects.

In describing art in its relationship to causes, politics, government, and more, Davis says, “Art study is interdisciplinary because the compartmentalization of art is false.”  It is this avoidance of a subdividing life that made DePaul’s customized MALS program so attractive.  Davis described his experience as a “unique perspective of self-reflection that synthesizes enriched education.”

Start your self-constructed educational journey today by contacting the DePaul MALS/IDS program.

MALS/IDS Congratulates Sonic Pistol on Their New CD!

By Angelina Mendez

We in the MALS/IDS office always like to celebrate the personal accomplishments of our students. This is no exception, as we congratulate MALS student Hakki Gurkan on the CD release of his band, Sonic Pistol.


Everyone is welcome to come out and support Sonic Pistol at their CD release show this Saturday, August 18. Here are the details:

Sonic Pistol CD release show
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The Elbo Room (2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657; (773) 549-5549)
Show starts at 9pm sharp.
$5 cover charge before 9pm.
21 and over.

Hakki provided us with one of the band’s songs so everyone can hear a little of what Sonic Pistol will be playing on Saturday night. Here’s their song, Disappear.

If you’d like more information on the band, feel free to visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sonicpistol.

And if you’re free on Saturday night, they’ll be glad to have your support at their show.

Call for Papers: Creating Knowledge, Vol. 5

The editorial board of Creating Knowledge, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ undergraduate research journal, is seeking submissions for its fifth volume, to be published near the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. Undergraduate students from all disciplines and programs who have completed a scholarly or creative project with a faculty member during the 2011 calendar year are invited to submit their work for consideration. Students who received a 2011 LAS Summer Research Grant are required to submit a write-up of their work.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010. For detailed information on how to submit work to the journal and inspect volumes from previous years, please visit the college’s website: http://las.depaul.edu/Research/Undergraduate/Publications.asp.

In Between Singing Acting Playing: A Musical Performance of Homer’s Illiad

Students, Alumni, and Faculty,

On behalf of DePaul University’s MALS/IDS Programs, we would like to invite you to Rodrigo Therezo’s culminating project performance. “In Between Singing Acting Playing: A Musical Performance of Homer’s Iliad” will be held at the Cortelyou Commons on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM. Please join us for refreshments and a presentation of Rodrigo’s work.

We hope to see you there!