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Graduate Student Symposium

ATTENTION: Due to ongoing public health concerns, this year's Graduate Student Symposium has been cancelled. ​

Monday, May 4, 2020

12:00 - 5:00 pm
Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 314AB
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

This Year's Topic

The Question of Trust: Problems and Opportunities for the Intellectually Curious and Actively Engaged

Over the past four years, the media outlets we trust, the scientific findings we ponder, and the social mores we subscribe to have increasingly become a matter of political ideology in public discourse. Institutional and social trust has eroded. Differences are emphasized, and similarities recede into the background. The consensus-building approach of solidarity movements to solving some of the world’s most pernicious problems has been replaced by a system that champions individual, sectarian, and isolationist solutions. In a world that is now seemingly saturated with “fake news,” climate denial, xenophobia, misogyny, we are left to ask who and what is deserving of our trust, what differentiates “truth” from “fiction,” and how to repair the fissures that threaten to further degrade our planet.

The Graduate Student Symposium calls for proposals for paper, poster, art, performance, and multi-media presentations that consider widely questions of trust violation and reparation of the most pressing problems commanding our attention today including but not limited to: race relations, immigration policies, climate change, political representation, the defense of democracy, scientific facts, ethnic, gender and sexual identities.


Students from all DePaul graduate programs are eligible to submit proposals for presentations. We encourage students at different stages in their work to participate.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 27, 2020. The submission portal can be found h​ere​.

If you have any questions, please contact LAS Graduate Student Services at