DePaul University College of LAS > Centers & Institutes > DePaul Humanities Center > Events > Winter 2017

Winter 2017

The Biblical Humanities
The Temptations of Christ

Monday, January 16, 2017
St. Vincent DePaul Parish
1010 W Webster Ave, Chicago

7:00 — 9:00 p.m.
9:00 – 9:30 p.m.  wine and cheese reception sponsored by Saint Vincent de Paul Parish

  • Robert Beatty, Organist and Director of Music, Saint Vincent de Paul Parish
  • The Saint Vincent de Paul Chamber Chorale 
  • Gary Saul Morson, Professor of the Arts and Humanities & Russian Literature, Northwestern University
  • Adam Kotsko, Professor of Humanities, Shimer College
  • Dwight N. Hopkins, Professor of Theology, The University of Chicago's Divinity School

The gospels of Matthew and Luke recount the story of Jesus being tempted by Satan in the desert.  Resisting the temptations helped to put Jesus on the path to becoming a teacher and liberator.  What was so central about these three particular temptations?  And what do they mean politically and ethically today?  Starting with a live musical performance of Paul Stetsenko’s “Temptation of Christ” and Gustav Gunsenheimer’s “Die Versuchung Jesu,” and moving to literary and scriptural analyses, we will investigate each of the three temptations as we analyze Dostoevsky’s conception of the critical role of doubt for faith in the legend of the Grand Inquisitor, examine what it means to think that the devil has (political) power to offer in the first place, and come to see the temptations as the necessary precursor to liberation.​ 

The Humanities in Spaaaace!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

5:15 — 7:00 p.m. Screening of the film, First Orbit (2011)
7:00 — 9:00 p.m. Performances and lectures

Free sweet treat that will put you in orbit for the first 100 audience members in attendance!

  • The Bach & Beethoven Ensemble
  • Roshanna Sylvester, Associate Professor of History, DePaul University
  • Courtney Giannone, professional dancer, choreographer, and world champion in competitive wheel gymnastics
  • Sean Kirkland, Associate Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University

In 1957 Sputnik I became the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. Later that year, Laika the dog became the first living being in orbit. In 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man—followed in 1963 by Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova, the first woman—to orbit the Earth. Long before the Soviets dominated “the space race,” though, ancient cosmology turned to circles and spheres to make sense of the workings, and the beauty, of the cosmos. In January, the DHC comes full circle, too, bringing all of these traditions together in an investigation that includes a screening of the film that tells the real-time story of Gagarin’s flight, the world premiere of composer Mark Nowakowski’s musical work inspired by orbits, an artistic performance on the Cyr wheel by a master “orbiter,” and lectures that investigate the feminist future imagined by young Soviet girls who wrote letters to Tereshkova, as well as the importance of ancient Greek cosmological thinking—Aristotelian orbs and all—for today.

Transformations/In Conversation with Great Minds
Kafka’s Metamorphosis featuring Edward Watson

Thursday, February 16, 2017
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

6:30 — 9:00 p.m.

When Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson dances the role of Gregor Samsa in Arthur Pita’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s novella, Metamorphosis, it is not only a man that transforms into an insect on stage, but an audience that is transformed in the presence of a master and a masterpiece. Interpreting choreography that ingeniously reveals Samsa’s inner experience and intersubjective embodiment, Watson lets Kafka’s story settle into his flesh in a virtuoso performance, proving why he is one of the greatest dancers working today. After a screening of the film of the ballet, the DHC is proud to welcome Edward Watson as he joins Center director H. Peter Steeves on stage for a conversation about Metamorphosis, dance, art, and transformations.

The Scholar’s Game Night
The Scholar’s Improv 2: Academic Boogaloo

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

7:00 — 8:30 p.m.

Join us as DePaul professors and a troupe of professional Chicago comedians go toe-to-toe, as the comedians perform improv and the professors are challenged to lecture extemporaneously on surprise topics.  Led by improv comic Pete Parsons, the comedians will present six improvised scenes, showcasing their talent, quick minds, and artistry.  These moments will be interspersed with five mini-lectures by DePaul professors, each accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation in his or her field but which he or she has never seen before.  By the end of the evening, you’ll see that what academicians do by thinking, thinking on their feet, and making others think is a real art, and that what professional improv comedians do is a similarly intellectually and aesthetically rich enterprise worthy of serious scholarly reflection—as well as laughter.


Anna Souchuk, Modern Languages/German

Paul Booth, Communications

Amy Tyson, History

Nancy Grossman, Honors Program

Rick Lee, Philosophy​

“A must-see! Don’t miss the only DHC event of the year at which Stephen Colbert, Stephen Hawking, Stephen King, and Stephen Sondheim would feel equally at home—and all make fun of Stephen Baldwin.” — Stephen Jay Gould