College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > About > Initiatives > HumanitiesX Collaborative > Fellowship Cohorts > HX 2023-2024
Each year, the
HumanitiesX Advisory Council selects a topical theme that is both timely and lends itself to humanities inquiry. In 2023, in anticipation of an important year for American electoral politics and amidst ongoing, worldwide clashes over the nature and limit of rights, the Council selected
Democracy & Rights as the theme for the 2023-24 academic year.
The 2023-24 cohort of HumanitiesX fellows includes three teams, each
comprised of two faculty members from DePaul's College of Liberal Arts
and Social Sciences, a community partner from a Chicago-area nonprofit
organization, and two Student Fellows, who will be selected through a competitive application process and join the cohort in November 2023.
Democracy in America will engage DePaul students and the broader Chicago community in fundamental democratic questions on the cusp of the 2024 election. The course will center the work of 19th century Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, who traveled to the United States and subsequently published his two-volume
Democracy in America (1835-40). In partnership with the Alliance Française of Chicago, students will plan and facilitate a public book discussion that brings Tocqueville’s insights to bear on our democratic moment. We will engage questions such as “What does this text teach us about how to define or defend democracy and rights?” And “What can we learn about the stakes for democracy in the 2024 election by studying past cultures and past moments?”