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Spring 2018

Family Feud
The Scholar’s Game Night
The DePaul Family Feud

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
DePaul Student Center, Room 120 
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago 

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

udience members can win up to $1,000 in our fifth annual “Scholar’s Game Night” as this year we “play the Feud” with five DePaul professors going head-to-head against contestants from the audience on topics of academic import and interest.  The question is, “Who lets students show off their smarts, defeat their professors, have fun, and win big all at the same time?”  The top five answers are on the board…and all of them are: “The DePaul Humanities Center”!

Fake Nous
Fake 4
Fake Nous: Knowing What We Don’t Know

Monday, April 16, 2018
DePaul Student Center, Room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

5:45-7:00 p.m. - Screening of
Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable
7:10 – 9:00 p.m. - Lectures

It’s arguably getting harder and harder to know what’s true.  Fake news is in the news, but what if fake nous—a problem with mind, rationality, and epistemology themselves—is the problem?  Surely, knowing what we don’t know becomes the first step toward a corrective.  Following the screening of Damien Hirst’s new documentary revealing heretofore undiscovered treasures from the deep, three scholars take the stage.  Lorraine Code (York University), the most important voice in contemporary feminist epistemology, investigates “manufactured uncertainty” and how male-oriented ways of knowing have obscured truth rather than uncovered it.  Angie Blumberg (DHC Visiting Fellow) looks at fake records in history, thus challenging our understanding of our past as well as our present.  And Andrew Shtulman (Occidental College), author of the best-selling book Scienceblind, explains why common sense often leads us to false scientific conclusions about the world.  Nothing is necessarily what it seems as the DHC investigates what it means to know truth and to know truly!

Art of the Con
Fake 5
Who Am I Now? The Art of the Con

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
DePaul Student Center, Room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

We are performing our identities at all times, and there is no “true” self beyond such performance.  But some of us explore and perfect this way of being with true artistic brilliance.  Andy Kaufman performed as Tony Clifton, Foreign Man, and a variety of other personas, once claiming that “Andy Kaufman” was the true fake. Andy’s sister, Carol Kaufman Kerman, joins us to tell stories about what it was like to be in Andy’s family when Andy was exploring who he was and wasn’t.  On the eve of his solo show opening at the DePaul Art Museum, we are also joined by DHC Fellow Zachary Ostrowski—a graphic artist, musician, and performance artist who often performs under the personae of Beverly Fre$h and Mr Midwe$t.  The DHC is honored as well to host headliner Alan Abel, the greatest prankster and hoaxer of the past century, who will discuss his life of brilliant cons and put-ons. (Get a taste of Abel’s antics even before the event here, as “Abel Raises Cain​,” and then check out “The Alan Abel Pop-Up Museum” at the event itself.)  The evening also features a live musical performance by world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti.  Come as you are—or as someone else—and ask, “Who am I now?” with the DePaul Humanities Center!

Truly Sick Truly Well
Fake 6
Truly Sick? Truly Well?

Monday, May 7, 2018
DePaul Student Center, Room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Screening of Mommy Dead and Dearest (dir. Erin Lee Carr, 2017)
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Lectures and performances

What does it mean to be sick, healthy, disabled, or ill?  When, if ever, is a body normal or normally-healthy?  In order to think together about such questions, the DHC screens Mommy Dead and Dearest, a documentary by Erin Lee Carr that raises questions about fake identity as well as fake illness (in this case, Munchausen by proxy).  Cicely Boggan joins us to perform ASL poetry and examine deafness vs. disability.  And Allen J. Frances, M.D., the chair of the DSM-IV task force and expert on the politics of diagnosis, will address the topic of confusing “mad and bad” by criminalizing mental illness and medicalizing evil.  Question normality, check your assumptions, and take your own pulse as the DHC investigates what it means to be truly sick or truly well!