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Fall 2016

The Humanities in Spaaaace!

Monday, October 17, 2016
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

4:30 — 7:00 p.m. Screening of the film, The Martian (2015)
7:00 — 9:00 p.m. Performances and lectures

Free delicious Martian treats for the first 100 audience members in attendance!

  • Dr. Chris Pak, Editor, The Science Fiction Research Association Review
  • Rachel Binx, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Prof. K. Maria D. Lane, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico
  • The Bach & Beethoven Ensemble:
    • Brandi Berry, baroque violin
    • Kiyoe Matsuura, baroque violin
    • Anna Steinhoff, viola da gamba
    • Dave Walker, theorbo

The DHC kicks off its yearlong investigation into the relations among the humanities, arts, and space-sciences with a celebration of The Red Planet. After a screening of the 2015 movie, "The Martian," the evening continues with live performances on period instruments of “The Descent of Mars” from Jean Baptiste Lully’s Thésée (1675) as well as music composed by Vicenzo Galilei (Galileo’s father). Lectures will focus on themes of imperialism, colonialism, and anti-environmentalism in science fiction’s treatment of Mars; how science and art come together when finding ways to visualize telemetry data received from the Mars Curiosity rover; and how the great “canal controversy” of the late-1800s led to claims about Martian landscape, geography, and culture that were tied to geopolitical concerns in colonial Europe and gilded-age America.

The Horror of the Humanities IV: "Pontypool"

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

6:00 — 6:30 p.m. "Haunted House" Interactive Halloween Exhibit
6:30 — 8:15 p.m. Screening of the film Pontypool (2008)
8:15 — 9:30 p.m. Conversation with the film’s director, Bruce McDonald, and star, Lisa Houle

The DHC’s fourth-annual Halloween event begins with an avant-garde "haunted house" featuring multimedia, interactive posters, installation art, and exhibits pointing to the horror of everyday life as well as the relationship between horror and the history of the humanities; continues with a screening of one of the greatest, scariest, and most semiotically-nuanced zombie films ever made, Pontypool; and concludes with a talk and Q&A with the film’s director and star. Horrific surprises abound!

Why You Shouldn't Vote Tomorrow

Monday, November 7, 2016
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

7:00 — 9:00 p.m.

  • Colman McCarthy, Director, The Center for Teaching Peace, Washington D.C.
  • Stephanie McMillan, Cartoonist/Author/Organizer
  • Jibran Ludwig, Student, Shimer College
  • R.L. Stephens II, Labor Organizer/Co-founder, Orchestrated Pulse
  • The Meijer Twins, Authors/Teachers/Art Collective
  • Pete Parsons, Improv comedian

On the eve of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, a panel of six distinguished scholars, activists, and artists from around the country investigates the case for anarchy and the question of the ethics of participation in the electoral process.  Though the next day’s election is billed as The Most Important Election Ever, we will have a reasoned conversation about the senses in which “the lesser of two evils” is not really a choice, the possibility that voting is a distraction from true political participation and action, the concern that the electoral process is part of the “bread and circuses” meant to keep the ruling class perpetually in power, and the claim that any vote within the system is ultimately a vote for empire, capital, hegemony, violence, racism, and oppression.