Congratulations to Honors Student Kellen Brown!

Each year, universities across the state of Illinois select an outstanding member of their senior classes to serve as the school’s Lincoln Laureate. Lincoln Laureates are students who demonstrate strong leadership abilities, academic excellence, and a desire for improving their community.

DePaul recently announced that their 2022 Lincoln Laureate would be senior Kellen Brown. Brown majors in political science with two minors in Russian studies and history. He is also a member of our very own Honors program!

Kellen Brown has demonstrated leadership in ROTC, DePaul’s student government, and the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He has represented DePaul students at Lincoln Park town halls and has organized a fundraiser that earned $27,000 for Chicago Public Schools students.

Through his work and leadership, Kellen Brown has undoubtedly made the DePaul community safer and more sustainable, and he will surely continue to leave lasting impressions in the future. After graduation, Brown plans to pursue military service, for which his leadership in ROTC will certainly have well prepared him.

We congratulate Kellen Brown for this incredible achievement and wish him success in his career!

To read the official DePaul student spotlight on Kellen Brown, visit here

The photo of Kellen used for this post comes from Jeff Carrion for DePaul University


Scholarship Opportunity for LAS Students

If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences currently applying for internships, LAS wants to help you out!

The Community and Project-Based Learning Internship Scholarship program is seeking applicants for scholarships this Winter Quarter. CPBL seeks to financially support the endeavors of students who are working for non-profits, NGOs, or governmental organizations. If you are partaking in an internship-related project that you feel is connecting your coursework to the needs of a wider community, then you should consider applying for a CPBL scholarship!

These are some of the qualities CPBL is looking for your project to demonstrate:

  • Production of a tangible deliverable
  • Creative contribution by the individual submitting an application
  • Evidence of collaboration and communication skills
  • Connection to the individual’s career goals and coursework

Past CPBL-supported projects have included web pages, newsletters, exhibitions, tutoring plans, etc. If you’re unsure if your project is eligible, or if you want more information about the program, visit the official website.

Undergraduate students are eligible for $2,888 in awards and graduate students can receive $2,972. Applications for Winter Quarter internships open on December 7th, 2022, and close on January 9th, 2023.


DePaul’s Mental Health Resources

Everyone comes to university with different past experiences and ongoing challenges. How school might impact and/or exacerbate these external pressures naturally varies from person to person, but you should never feel alone if you find yourself in a period of struggle. There are always people at DePaul ready to listen and prepared to help you. You should never feel that your mental health struggles are taboo or shameful. Here is a list of mental health resources that are open to DePaul students:

1. DePaul University Counseling

Located in: Lincoln Park Campus: Student Center, Room 350; or Loop Campus: Lewis Center, Room 1465

773-325-2273

DePaul offers a variety of counseling services for students free of cost. Here you can do confidential group counseling, get over-the-phone consultations, participate in special events and workshops, and receive referrals for external services in your community. The counseling staff is diverse and will help with a wide variety of issues from substance abuse to identity development to academic anxiety and more. You can schedule an appointment or speak directly with a counselor by calling their number or through their website.

2. DePaul’s Therapy Line: (773)-325-2273

More than just a way to book appointments, the DePaul counseling number is also open for chatting with a member of the counseling staff about any issues you might currently be facing. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or isolated and just want someone to talk to, you can call this line. This service is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Students who are Hard of Hearing can dial the number 1-800-828-1140 and select (1) for voice relay services before entering the therapy line number.

3. External Services and Hotlines

Sometimes you might not feel comfortable using on-campus resources, or maybe these resources are not adequately meeting your specific needs. If that’s the case, there are still several services available to you, many with specific issues in mind.

Suicide Prevention: Text HOME to 741741 to speak with a crisis counselor or call 1-800-273-8255 to speak to the Suicide Prevention Hotline

Substance Abuse: The SAMSHA hotline is 1-800-662-4357, The Haymarket Center provides drug and alcohol abuse treatment throughout the state of Illinois

LGBTQ+ Affirming Services: The Trevor Project has a hotline at 1-866-488-7386 and the Center on Halsted provides a variety of services for Chicago’s LGBTQ community

Eating Concerns: NEDA has an online chat service and a hotline at (800) 931-2237

Please visit DePaul’s official page on mental health services for more information about on and off-campus resources

You are not alone. Please remember, the Honors office is always here for you. Our staff wants to remind you that we are here (even over the break) to help you, lend a listening ear, or guide you to resources if you feel you would like some additional support. We are here for you, and we care about you.


Whose Anthropocene Is It, Anyway?: A Review of HON 201 with Prof. Jacob Stump

An•thro•po•cene

noun

“The current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.”

I took AP Macroeconomics in my senior year of high school. How I viewed the economy in 2019 was far different from how I see it now, having lived through a major recession and currently staring down the barrel of another national economic crisis. Now as someone who has a lease and bills to pay, I find economics to be a much less abstract concept. Part of adulthood is participating in the economy, whether you want to or not. We all have a mouth to feed.

Something that you don’t really see covered in a high school economics class is the human toll of market fluctuations. “Good” and “bad” economies are more or less abstract notions to either aim towards or away from. But who suffers most in a “bad” economy? And is a “good” economy universal? History would indicate not.

These are concepts we explore in Professor Stump’s HON 201 class, officially titled “Politics, Economics, and Societies at the End of the World”. We specifically relate current economics to the ongoing issue of climate change, seeing as that our economy is heavily dependent on massive carbon emissions. America has the second-largest carbon footprint in the world, only falling behind China, yet it is not the country currently facing the brunt of climate disaster. Instead, countries like Haiti or Pakistan are constantly subject to natural disasters that weaken their infrastructure and worsen national poverty. Political trends indicate that the countries that already benefit from releasing carbon and do not yet face the consequences of it are not willing to participate in any collective action to mitigate global warming. It’s a disastrous cycle and one that reflects the history of colonialism.

An interesting dimension of the class is that it is structured around the throughline of Kim Stanley Robinson’s science-fiction novel, The Ministry for the Future. The book depicts a dystopian future after a massive heat event kills 20 million people in India. In the wake of disaster, on-the-ground activists combat Western bureaucracy, raising the question “If human fatalities will not inspire collective action, then what will?” This then communicates with other class readings like Tzvetan Todorov’s The Conquest of America and Icíar Bollaín’s film Even the Rain, both of which engage with the history of European colonialism in the Global South. The history of colonialism is a history of senseless hierarchies. When exposed to cultural differences, human beings have historically prioritized their individual experiences at the expense of others. In the time of Christopher Columbus, this manifested in genocide and the attempted erasure of indigenous cultures. Centuries later, colonialism would take the form of European empires and economic exploitation. Now, colonialism manifests as environmental destruction. Parts of the Amazon Rainforest have been so heavily farmed that foliage will never fully recover. The islands of Tuvalu are disappearing under rising sea levels. Abandoned uranium mines are poisoning the Navajo Nation’s water and resulting in startling cases of renal disease and lung cancer. What, then, will drive those who have the power to change to live up to their responsibility?

I found this class both relevant and accessible. While ostensibly a class about economics, it was more based on discussion than the analysis of numbers or charts. I also appreciate the diversity of materials the professor used to teach the material. A novel and a film are both more approachable than scholarly articles alone. There was a wide range of majors in my class and it seemed that everyone was able to engage with and understand the material. Because of this class’ contemporary relevance, discussions were always lively and interesting.

I cannot think of a topic that is more prescient than climate change and hopefully, an international consciousness of the issue will fan the flames of real change. Individual responsibility can only go so far. If any issue is capable of inciting global unity, one would certainly hope climate change will be that issue. For now, time can only tell.


Finals Week Survival Guide

I’ve already experienced six finals weeks in the course of my college career, but they somehow still manage to take me by surprise. Time management is a crucial skill to have as a college student, one that I have yet to truly master for myself. Procrastination is simply too tempting…

But you don’t have to observe my bad habits! There are plenty of ways to strategize your final projects and exams so that you’re not stressed trying to complete everything at the last minute. And if you are finding yourself in that position, there are ways to combat stress and take care of yourself. Here’s a list of helpful tricks for getting through finals!

1. Set Goals and Expectations

Planning is an underappreciated tool for success. You’ll be surprised how far a little bit of foresight will get you in life. If you’re not already keeping track of assignments in some kind of schedule or planner, now is the best time to start. Make a list of every final you have for each of your classes and when each of them is due. Once you have this schedule in place, plan out what course of action you will need to take to finish each assignment; do you need to gather research sources for a paper, study vocabulary terms for an exam, meet with your professor to discuss a project? What do you anticipate taking more time, is there a class that you struggle with? Prioritize and give extra time to those assignments. Having a list of actions helps you better organize and manage your time (and it helps you feel not so overwhelmed!).

2. Take Advantage of Resources

Go to the library! DePaul’s library is full of super smart and super helpful people who can assist you in a wide range of topics. They will help you find sources, give you good research prompts, and answer questions you might have about a certain subject from class. The library is truly an invaluable resource when it comes to doing research projects. You should also take advantage of the Writing Center. Not only does the Writing center edit essays, but they also help brainstorm projects and review non-essay work like scripts and PowerPoint. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors, either!

3. Take Care of Your Body

Your brain is not your only organ, nor is it independent from the rest of your body. You should take care of yourself during this high-stress period of the quarter. Stress manifests physically in fatigue, aching, headaches, nausea, etc. It is thus more important than ever that you get adequate sleep and nourishment during this time. Give yourself breaks to eat, take a nap, or just breathe. Drink plenty of water! Maybe try meditating, whatever you feel with put you most in tune with your body. Don’t let studying come at the expense of your physical health; your body will not be forgiving.

4. Prioritize Progress over Perfection

Be gracious with yourself. College is not an exhibition of perfection, it’s a learning experience. You will inevitably encounter difficulties and you will grow from them. That’s why you’re here! Perfection is an impossible standard and in aiming for it you might lose the nuances of this entire experience. Don’t be afraid of mistakes and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Not knowing something is the first step to learning, after all.

5. Reward Yourself

Find the light at the end of the tunnel and aim for it. Give yourself something to look forward to, even if it’s as minor as a walk outdoors or a nap. Exam after exam can be disheartening and overwhelming, but having an incentive tends to make it more bearable. Maybe schedule an event with friends to celebrate the end of Finals Week. If you enjoy cooking, maybe make a favorite meal (or order one of your favorite meals to your house). Treat yourself! You deserve it! Nothing feels quite as satisfying as a moment of respite after a week of endless studying and writing. Relish in it and look forward to it and you plow through Finals.

Hopefully, these tips prove successful. Maybe I’ll even implement them myself (no promises, though). Best of luck to everyone this Finals Week! We’ve got this!

If you are feeling particularly stressed, overwhelmed, or would like someone to talk to, please remember that your Honors staff is always here to listen and help. For a complete list of DePaul Mental Health Resources, please visit here.


Call for Papers on Everything (Everywhere, All at Once)

If you’re currently writing, or have already written, an extensive research paper or if you’ve made a creative response project that you feel distinctly proud of, consider making a submission to Process: The Journal of Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Scholarship. The journal’s next issue, titled On Everything, aims to explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted different areas of scholarship. To get a comprehensive student perspective, they are encouraging submissions from all undergraduates of all disciplines.

Process is open to formal essay submissions, of course (within the 2500-5000 word length) but they are also accepting multimodal work with an accompanying statement of 500 words. The uniting theme of these submissions is an analysis of how your professional practice and personal life have shifted in the wake of an earth-shaking pandemic. How does your work reflect these tensions, engage with a global cultural shift?

Submissions are open until November 20th. For more information, visit the official website.

The world as we know it (or knew it) is different in its landscape, conditions, and circumstances for many of us. Everything, to some degree, has not only changed, but is also now moving at varying speeds and paces, in multiple facets of life, school, and research.

Process: The Journal of Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Scholarship

As an Honors student, you have likely discussed COVID-19’s impact on research and our global understanding. You’ve probably had to write about it at some point! Having your work featured in a formal journalistic publication is a great opportunity–both for personal affirmation and professional prospects–and can open doors for your future if you choose to pursue graduate school or publishing in your field. Writing is an invaluable skill and this would no doubt be a strong bolster for a resume.

We want to take a moment here to also acknowledge that we at the Honors Blog are open to academic submissions. The Honors Program takes pride in its students and always wants to highlight their scholarship and research. Should you submit a piece to Process, we would love to feature that piece on the blog as well. This goes for any other scholarly work, as well. All submitted works will be published on the Honors Blog to celebrate our students’ scholarship and academic achievement! Email submitted works to honorsprogram@depaul.edu


Affinity Mentorship in the Honors Program

For current Honors affinity mentors, we will be hosting a special Affinity Program Dinner on November 14th

To register and read more, visit this link

It has only been a little over two years since I started freshman orientation for DePaul, but somehow my lived reality of Summer 2020 feels a lightyear away from where I am in Fall 2022. The transition into in-person life has been a longer process than I’ve ever really appreciated. The more time passes, the more I realize the novelty of my freshman-year Zoom realm of socialization. My weirdly uncanny, remote introduction to DePaul is an experience exclusive to my class and, in hindsight, I think it was more difficult to go through than I initially accredited.

I have always been an incredibly shy person–like, afraid to ask the waiter for water levels of shyness. The idea of college, with all of its newness and unfamiliarity, was always a source of anxiety for me during high school. This pre-existing anxiety, combined with 2020’s seismic shift in the conceptualization of social interaction, naturally made my freshman year a challenge.

DePaul during this time had several different strategies to get students, especially incoming freshmen, acclimated to online learning and I attended most of their virtual events and information sessions and town halls and anything else that could be done over Zoom. And yet none of these ever seemed to help me much in terms of making friends or fulfilling the transition into feeling like a college student. Even the Theatre School-specific online activities felt vacuous, a critique less on the organizers and more on just the nature of the times in which we were all living.

There was one online group, however, that I actually enjoyed participating in and which I still remember fondly: my Honors affinity group!

I decided to join the LGBTQ Honors affinity group before freshman year in yet another attempt to make friends. Building queer community has always been important to me, having grown up with two moms and being a lifelong card carrier myself (not to brag, but I was the president of my high school’s GSA for two years, mostly because I never faced competition from the two other people in that club). In all seriousness, college is a really exciting opportunity for a lot of young queer people. For a lot of folks, depending on home life and your local community, college is the first chance for true freedom of identity. The notion of “experimentation is a trope, but one that bears some truth. One of the less-discussed consequences of Zoom school was the compromised freedom to be “out”.

It is for this reason that my particular experience with affinity mentorship feels so special. It was a chance to see people grow and learn about themselves, the first crack in the shell perhaps. There is something very precious in being the first confidant, knowing that you’re part of a space where people feel comfortable to change how they identify or express their identity for the first time. It’s also comforting to know that you aren’t alone and that there are other queer people in your class. And, looking back, it’s honestly impressive how many people I went on to befriend in that affinity group. I was looking at the slides from our introduction meeting and I recognized so many people; I forgot that this affinity group was how I initially met them! I have had the fortune of witnessing these people blossom into lovely, confident human beings; that is the gift of an affinity group.

College is intimidating, even moreso if you don’t see yourself reflected in the school community. I think this is why affinity groups are so important for incoming freshmen and I would encourage people to participate in them, if not as a mentee then at least as a mentor. It’s a great way to get involved and to encourage involvement from other students. The longer I spend at DePaul, the more I appreciate the beginning of my career here. How you start really does greatly influence how you approach your entire college experience!


HEAT Stress Management Workshop

Did you know that stress can manifest in physical health? Insomnia, stomach aches, and migraines can all be products of underlying stress in your life! Taking care of your mental and physical health is invaluable to your quality of life, but it can sometimes be hard to prioritize self-care.

Fortunately, the Health Education Action Team (HEAT) is leading an upcoming workshop to discuss wellness strategies and how to prevent burnout. Here, students can share and work through their experiences and concerns heading into finals week.

This event will be held on Tuesday, November 8th at 5 PM in Arts and Letters 404. If you’re interested in participating or would like to learn more about the event, visit this link.

Students will earn an Honors point for attending this event


Announcing New Honors Winter Classes

As you continue to sign up for next quarter’s classes, we’re happy to announce two additional Honors courses you can take completely online this Winter:

HON 102 China: History, Philosophy, and Empire

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:30

Online: Synchronous

Prof. Faruk Rahmanovic

This course will broadly survey the cultural, intellectual, and historical past of China – the oldest continuous civilization in the world – which has spanned an enormous geographical area (3,705,000 sq, miles) over an immense period of time (more than ~3,500 years of accumulated written history). This exploration will range across historical contexts and cultural findings to ground an examination of the philosophy generated over the course of this vast history in order to better understand a Chinese perspective and tradition that has shaped East Asia over more than three millennia, and endures even today. 

HON 104 Reason and Truth: Historical and Religious Perspectives 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:40-4:10

Online: Synchronous

Prof. Faruk Rahmanovic

Ideas about the role and nature of reason, knowledge, and truth have been the foundation that has shaped every civilization on every continent – as far as we know. These same ideas are also the basis of our understanding of morality and ethics – from the conduct of individuals to the fabric of social structure, law, and governance of peoples, states, and empires. In other words, this is a study of the most important questions for understanding both where we are, and how it is that we got here. In this course, we go behind the scenes to understand how these ideas arose out of religious systems across the world, how and why they changed in the age of Enlightenment, and how we finally arrived at the present. This is a highly interdisciplinary and multicultural course and will involve the study of Confucian, Hindu, Christian, and Islamic ideas.


With Winter Break around the corner, did you know that you could take courses in December at no additional charge? DePaul offers condensed December Intersession courses each year that you can take for full credit. It’s a great way to knock out required classes in a shorter period of time. This year, the Honors program has an exciting class to offer for December Intersession!

HON 203/301 Seminar in Multiculturalism: Race and Space

Monday-Thursday 9:30-11:30

HYBRID

Prof. Jesse Mumm

How do our forms of belonging to places inform our forms of belonging to each other?  To be part of a ‘race’ has long meant belonging to – and therefore with – a group of people defined by ‘where they are from.’  Twentieth-century Chicago codified this as neighborhoods that were segregated into racial supermajorities by state policies, market forces, and white vigilante violence.  Communities, ethnicities, and ‘races’ became synonymous with specific pieces of the urban landscape: Chinese Chinatown, Mexican Pilsen, Irish Bridgeport, Black Woodlawn, and so on, but a fuller story includes native land claims, and Chicago as a site of race mixing, long before the invention of segregation.  This course examines histories of inequity in the fabric of the city; at the same time looks at forms of radical resistance, place-making, mutual aid, and redefining the meanings of kinship, race, gender, and sexuality. You will read work by scholars in critical ethnic studies, history, law, sociology, and anthropology, balanced with memoirs, life histories, and writings by contemporary thinkers confronting racism and white supremacy today. Inhabiting place – and taking up space – on their own terms, this class explores how people have reshaped policies, color lines, and their own imaginations of who they are. 


HSG Movie Night and Costume Contest

Looking for a way to celebrate the spooky season (without getting maybe too spooky)?

You could come join our Honors Student Government social reps Wednesday, October 26th for a viewing of the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! You will be treated to your favorite Halloween candies and if you come in costume (which, come on, why wouldn’t you?) you’ll have the potential to win a gift basket with even more prizes! Last year’s costumes included Saorise Ronan as Ladybird, a doctor, and Steve Irwin, so the competition could be steep!

This event will be on October 26th at 6:30 PM in Arts & Letters 112.

Students will earn an Honors Point for attending