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Winter 2019

Biblical Humanities

The Biblical Humanities
"Why Do You Stand Outside?":
Hospitality and the Stranger

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
St. Vincent de Paul Parish
1010 West Webster Ave, Chicago

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Lectures and Performances
9:00 – 9:30 p.m.  Wine and cheese reception sponsored by Saint Vincent de Paul Parish

With a series of lectures and live musical performances by the parish chorale, the DHC continues its annual collaboration with the St Vincent de Paul Parish in an investigation of what it means to welcome the stranger.  From an analysis of the ambivalent role played by three biblical strangers who also happen to be the only three women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ, to providing “deep access” to those in our community who are differently abled, to pondering the ways in which the portrait in the history of art might offer an access to empathy, we will think together about the religious, philosophical, artistic, and ethical-political conceptions of strangers, refugees, foreigners, immigrants, and neighbors—and what it means to offer sincere hospitality.


Robert Beatty and the Saint Vincent de Paul Chamber Chorale

Christina M. Gschwandtner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University

Thomas E. Reynolds, Vice-Principal and Associate Professor of Theology, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Amy M. Mooney, Associate Professor of Art History, Columbia College, Chicago 

The Year of Filth

Filth 2
"Atomic Waste(s)"

 Rescheduled for: Monday, September 16, 2019 
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.   The Atomic Gallery interactive exhibit
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.   Lectures and Performances

An investigation of the ethical, political, and literal filth of living in the atomic age, this evening examines the legacy of the bomb and the atomic age in general—featuring lectures on radiation and discrimination in Hiroshima and Fukushima; how Italy’s literary and artistic landscape has changed due to the atomic age over the last eight decades; the storage of atomic waste on sacred Native American Indian lands; and the general philosophical and ethical implications of living in a world where the atom itself is the object of technology—complete with live Butoh dance and musical performances as well as an interactive gallery/museum before the event where audience members can learn about the history of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, view artifacts from the U.S military personnel involved with the dropping of the bombs in Japan, learn about the science and the ethics of “splitting the atom,” and use a Geiger counter to test the radiation levels of several items on display.


Yuki Miyamoto, DHC Fellow, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University

Maria Anna Mariani, DHC Visiting Fellow, Assistant Professor of Modern Italian Literature, University of Chicago

Oguri, dancer

The Year of Filth

Filth 3
"XXX: Love and Life in a Post-Porn World"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

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

On Valentine’s Day Eve, the DHC ushers in a discussion about the end of pornography featuring some of the nation’s preeminent scholars working in the field.  The evening will be an investigation of the arguments against pornography, an analysis of how patriarchy (and thus misogyny) as well as white supremacy fuel the pornography industry, and an imagining of how love and empathy might prosper in a society without pornography.  With free special Valentine’s Day candy for the audience!


Rebecca Whisnant, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Dayton, and co-editor of Not for Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography

Meghan Murphy, Founder and Editor, Feminist Current

Robert Jensen, Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, and author of Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity

The Year of Filth

In Conversation with Great Minds 
Akram Khan

Monday, February 25, 2019 
DePaul Student Center, room 120 
2250 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.     Screening of the film The Six Seasons 
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.     Akram Khan in Conversation with DHC Director, H. Peter Steeves

Akram Khan is one of the most innovative, creative, acclaimed dancer-choreographers in the world. Trained in the classical South Asian dance, Kathak, as well as contemporary dance, Khan is celebrated for producing work that imaginatively erases traditional boundaries, thoughtfully incorporates unexpected collaborations, effortlessly fuses seemingly disparate traditions, and ingeniously pushes against the norms and expectations of dance and society in order to fashion something that is so inventively meaningful that it changes how we view ourselves as well as our expectations of dance. An inspired and inspiring artist, Khan’s work never fails to show just what dance is capable of as an art form—on both an individual and a cultural scale.

Less than a week before Harris Theater's U.S.-exclusive presentation of English National Ballet performing Khan's first full-length choreographed ballet—a reimagining of the 1841 classic Giselle that, in Khan's hands, now updates the setting, reimagines the stakes, and unabashedly takes on the issues of sex, gender, race, and class—Akram Khan visits the DePaul Humanities Center to talk about Giselle, dance, his life's work, and why the stakes have always truly been high in the arts and humanities.

(This program is presented in partnership with The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance.)