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Spring 2019

The Year of Filth

The Scholar's Game Night
The Scholar's Improv III: Revenge of the Sith Prof

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us as five DePaul professors and a troupe of professional Chicago comedians go toe-to-toe, as the comedians perform improv and the professors are 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 five 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, thus forcing the professor to construct a lecture based on the PowerPoint on the spot.


Heidi Nast, International Studies

Ted Anton, English

Fr. James Halstead, Religious Studies

Martha Martinez-Firestone, Sociology

Rick Lee, Philosophy

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"Bourgeois Disgust: Cleanliness and Its Discontents

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Screening of "The Gleaners and I" (Les glaneurs et al glaneuse, dir. Agnès Varda, 2000)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Lectures and Performances
8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Gallery of the Gross interactive exhibit featuring the Bach and Beethoven Experience

How are the conceptions of “clean” and "disgust" related to class, race, sex and other power structures philosophically and historically?  The DHC looks at the arts’ and humanities’ encounter with the obscene, with revulsion, and—in an evening of performances and lectures—asks if our notion of cleanliness is hopelessly bourgeois. The event begins with a screening of Agnès Varda’s film, “The Gleaners and I” (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse, 2000) and concludes with “The Gallery of the Gross” in which audience members will, among other things, be able to make mud pies and generally “get their hands dirty” during a live performance by the Bach and Beethoven Experience. Free one-of-a-kind “bourgeois cleanliness” take-home gift to the first 100 audience members in attendance!


Pascale-Anne Brault, Professor of French, Department of Modern Languages, DePaul University

Ben Kinsinger

Tamara Ketabgian, Professor of English, Beloit College

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"Pure Being"

Monday, April 29, 2019
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The DHC concludes its “Year of Filth” series by investigating the false notion that it is possible to be pure in any way, asking what it means to be something—anything—purely and completely given the impossible measure of consistency and conformity when it comes to identity in all of its different registers. From the frightening ethical implications of discourses of racial and gender purity to the aftermath of the traumatized body, from the postmodern conception of the self being inherently splintered to the relation between drug usage and religious/ecstatic experience, this evening of experimental films, live theatre, lectures, and conversations will think through, and problematize, what it means to be fully one thing, untouched by all that is other.


Greg Scott, DHC Fellow, Professor of Sociology, DePaul University

Melissa Lorraine, DHC Visiting Fellow, artistic director of Theatre Y

Lucas Villamarim, director of the film, “Fugue”

Maryse Meijer, author of Heartbreaker and Rag

Sunshine Boys (Freda Love Smith, Dag Juhlin, and Jaqueline Schimmel)