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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

The Year of Filth

Filth 4
"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 la 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

The Year of Filth

Filth 5
"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 idea of filth's putative opposite: purity. From questions concerning what it means to adapt a work of art from an "original" to the relation between religious ecstasy and narcotic euphoria, from wondering if you are most yourself hen in a psychologically dissociative state to whether the self can even interrogate itself, we problematize the false notion that it is possible for anything to go untouched by what is other and celebrate our impure purity together through the arts.


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

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

Maryse Meijer, author of Heartbreaker and Rag

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