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Spring 2017

The Humanities in Spaaaace!
The Moon

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

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6:15 – 6:30 p.m.    Screening of the restored, hand-colored film, A Trip to the Moon    (Georges Méliès,1902)                      6:30 – 8:30 p.m.       Performances and lectures 
8:30 – 9:00 p.m.       Viewing of the full moon with telescopes

Free delicious Moon Pie treats plus Tang—the drink of astronauts!—for the first 100 audience members in attendance.

  • The Bach & Beethoven Ensemble’s Catherine Spitzer (soprano) and Charles Metz (historical keyboardist)
  • Scott Montgomery, Lecturer in Geology, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki traditional storyteller, author of 130 books including Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back and Code Talker
  • ​Geoffrey A. Landis, NASA John Glenn Research Center

April 11 is a full moon, and on this special night the DHC concludes its space-themed series by investigating our precious natural satellite.  Live musical performances include Beethoven's “Moonlight Sonata” on fortepiano, Bellini's “Vaga luna, che inargenti,” and the aria “O Luna Lucent” from Joseph Haydn's opera Il mondo della luna.  Traditional Native stories, including vocal and flute musical performances, look at Nokomis—our grandmother, the moon—from the perspective of the American Indian tribal nations of the northeast.  An investigation of  “The Moon and the Western Imagination” turns up the forms of cultural projection that scientists, artists, and others have given to the lunar body.  And a NASA scientist helps us think through the ways in which science fiction has influenced our understanding and exploration of the moon.  The evening concludes with a guided tour of the moon for the audience as we go outside to telescopes that will be set up for a public viewing of the full moon.

Art, Identity, Ideology

Thursday, April 20, 2017
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

7:00 — 9:00 p.m.

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  • ​LaShonda Katrice Barnett, author of Jam on the Vine; 2016-17 DHC Visiting Fellow
  • Jeff Carter, Professor of Art, Media, & Design, DePaul University
  • Sonny Assu, Interdisciplinary Ligwilda'xw Kwakwaka'wakw contemporary artist
  • Maggie Brown​, singer
When the dominant structures of cultural power overwhelm, allowing full subjectivity only for some, the expression of one’s identity—including race, gender, ethnicity, and class—is often possible only through art. By appropriating and re-purposing those dominant markers and ideologies, art can remind us that nothing is as fixed as we might like to believe. Join us for an evening that explores the ways in which Native/tribal identity emerges by confronting and usurping corporate logos, racial identity and history proves amorphous through music (including a live performance of Abbey Lincoln's music by famed Chicago artist Maggie Brown), and a hacking of IKEA furniture questions modernist philosophy, economics, and globalism.

Clowns, Jesters, and Tricksters: Laughing from Inside the Outside

Monday, May 8, 2017
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

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7:00 — 9:00 p.m.   Performances and lectures
  • Rik Gern, aka Bonzo Crunch
  • Margaret Noodin, Associate Professor of English and American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Beatrice Otto, author of Fools Are Everywhere: The Court Jester Around the World

The Enlightenment would have us believe that tragedy founds the human experience. Yet comedy is potentially liberatory. One type of comedy—the comedy that laughs at the dominant power structures from a position that challenges what it means to be outside versus inside those structures—is especially telling. From a performance and talk by a professional clown, to an investigation of the role of tricksters in Anishinaabe narratives, to an analysis of the precarious role of the court jester by the world’s leading expert on the topic, the DHC looks at what it means to laugh from the outside only to find the inside/outside dichotomy hilariously and shockingly deconstructed in that laughter.

The Humanities Laureate Award 2016-2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

7:00 — 8:30 p.m.

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The DePaul Humanities Center is pleased to announce that it will bestow its annual Humanities Laureate Award to the Natives at Standing Rock. This is the first time that the award has been given not to an individual but to a community - in recognition of the ethical, political, and cultural importance of that community's ongoing struggle, and in celebration of the role that the arts and humanities play in establishing such a strong and important culture and people. To accept the award on behalf of the Natives at Standing Rock, the Humanities Center welcomes Bobbi Jean Three Legs, LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, and Dallas Goldtooth for an evening of discussion and reflection on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the history of the land in question, the spirit of the Sioux Nation and the countless groups that have joined in solidarity, and the possible futures that lie ahead for us all. Please join us to add your voice to the conversation and the celebration! 

Transformations: The Golden​ Anniversary of The Beatles' “Sgt. Pepper”

Thursday, June 1, 2017
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

7:00 — 9:00 p.m.

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  • John Kimsey, Associate Professor, The School for New Learning, DePaul University
  • Bill Martin, Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University
  • Elaine T. May, Professor of History and American Studies, University of Minnesota
  • 6 bands/musicians with live performances of their own versions of Sgt. Pepper songs

On June 1, 1967, the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an album that irrevocably changed music, art, and culture. On the fiftieth anniversary of that date, the DHC celebrates Sgt. Pepper’s golden anniversary with a special event featuring scholarly lectures and live performances. Ranging from talks that cover the way in which “Pepperism” influenced other bands and albums, to the meaning of the album from a feminist, historical, and musicological perspective, the lectures will also be accompanied by several live performances of award-winning musicians offering their contemporary interpretations of songs from the album. It’s getting better all the time as the DHC closes its 2016-17 season with a little help from our friends!