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Spring 2020

"The Scholar's Improv 4: A New Dope"
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
DePaul University
Student Center, Suite 120
2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Lectures and Performances

It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. Join the Resistance as DePaul professors and a troupe of professional Chicago comedians go toe-to-toe with the comedians performing improv and the professors being 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 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. And the Death Star blows up (spoiler alert).

Scale 6: Size Matters? The Scale of the Work of Art
Monday, April 20, 2020
DePaul University
Student Center, Suite 120
2250 N. Sheffield, Chicago

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Lectures and Performances 

What does it mean to look at a writer’s entire corpus and try to find the contraband consistently slipped inside? How does a miniature mobile art gallery reshape our conceptions of the display of art? What happens when a giant plant is “discovered” in the Victorian age and the books meant to document it become too large to be used as books? How does the length of a short piece of music alter our experience of the music itself? When it comes to aesthetics, sometimes the medium is the message and the scale informs the content. From art that can only be seen from space to micro-paintings on a pin-head, size matters. Join the DHC for an investigation of why this is so as we scrutinize big and little questions about the scales of art. Free special gift to the first 100 guests in attendance!

Michael Naas Professor of Philosophy, DePaul; DHC Fellow, working on “Rethinking Don DeLillo—from Americana to Zero K”

Logan Breitbart Along with Meg Guguid and Jack Gruszczynski, Breitbart is responsible for having brought Chicago’s Clutch Gallery to life: a traveling 25 square inch art gallery space inside a purse

Don Opitz Interim Dean and Associate Professor, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, DePaul; DHC Fellow working on “Size Matters in Flora and Florilegia”

The Bach & Beethoven Experience