The Honors Program Blog

Guest Speaker Dr. Robert Valgenti

Do you love food? Are you interested in social justice? Come hear Dr. Robert Valgenti discuss the intersection of food and ethics on Thursday, October 14th at 6:00 pm.

DePaul Art Museum Guided Tour

The Honors Program invites you to join us for a guided tour of the DePaul Art Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 6th at 5:00pm. Space is limited, so reserve your free ticket as soon as possible.

Art Institute Tour

Join the Honors Program for a highlights tour of the Art Institute of Chicago!

The DHC is excited to announce our 2021-22 season!

This season we will seek to learn from the past, to understand the complexities of the present, and to envision a new answer to the question, “and then?” As always, we look forward to seeing you, your students, your friends, and your colleagues, in ways both new and old!

Lead For America Fellowship

Lead For America Fellowship  Lead For America works to ensure that our nation’s most dynamic and diverse leaders are working on our communities’ toughest challenges. Our core program is a paid two-year Fellowship for outstanding leaders to work on the toughest challenges facing local governments and nonprofits nationwide, particularly in Fellows’ hometowns and communities struggling … Read More

Honors Distinction

Congratulations to the following Honors Program November and June graduates who have contributed so much to the Honors Program community while at DePaul.  Through their involvement, they have earned Honors Distinction.  We are very proud of these outstanding students who will wear an additional honor cord at Commencement and will receive an extra designation on … Read More

Dr. Fernando De Maio on Health and Social Justice

Tuesday, April 13th at 5:00 pm CDT. Attendance will earn one Honors Point. Dr. Fernando De Maio, Professor of Sociology, will draw upon his expertise in medical sociology and social epidemiology to discuss the current state of inequity in health care. Dr. De Maio is the author and co-editor of numerous books on global and … Read More

Julian Grace Foundation Summer Intern Job

The Julian Grace Foundation is looking for interns over the 2021 summer! Below is the job description and more contact information if you are interested in applying! Company: Julian Grace Foundation, Highland Park, IL (Chicago Northern Suburb)Position: Summer InternBackground of Foundation: The Julian Grace Foundation is an entrepreneurial privatefoundation that does high-engagement grant making in … Read More

Missing the Little Things

Author: Elizabeth Ruda As a suburban commuter, I wasn’t one to hang around Chicago too long after class, but I started getting nostalgic the second everything went on lockdown. Managing Metra transfers and exploring the urban landscape gave me little daily quests, some tasks to accomplish. I enjoyed the growing sense of freedom that came … Read More

Like Love Contest Winners

On Thursday, February 16th, the Honors Program hosted Creative Writing Professor Michele Morano who did a reading and led a discussion of her latest collection of essays entitled Like Love.  Prior to Professor Morano’s reading, the winners of the Like Love creative writing competition read their work.   Listed below are the authors, and their … Read More

DePaul Campus = Ghost Town

Author: Vinnie Podlasek  Photo: Christina Milich The time is 8 a.m., I wake up with the same feeling as SpongeBob after a night at Weenie Hut Jr’s. Groggy and completely exhausted, I get dressed, and like usual, I’m wearing the same outfit as every Tuesday. I step outside into the chilling winter air, taking an … Read More

The Life of an Honors Playwright

Author: Mclennan Mclennan At six a.m. every morning, I wake up, drink a tall glass of fair trade biodynamic keto coffee that’s been flown in from an independent New York coffee shop, and I go on a run while listening to audiobook readings of Bertolt Brecht’s full theoretical discography. I then go home, change into … Read More

Blood Wedding Virtual Theatre Event

In this folk tragedy adapted by Maria Irene Fornes, a bride struggles with unresolved feelings for a former suitor. On the night of her wedding, a moonlit escape ignites a chain of events that will forever haunt the families of those involved. The women of Blood Wedding confront passions driven by love and vengeance while … Read More

Finding Post-Quarantine Hope in The Amazing Race

Author: Liz Bazzoli I love travelling. I love the feeling of sand between my toes, the sunshine’s warmth on my skin, the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life mingling with the carefree meander of the tourist. Most of all I love the sensation of newness, that child-like joy for exploration which accompanies travelling.  From my very first … Read More

Delicious Pandemic Resolutions

Author: Erin Henze  The pandemic has halted many things over the last 10 months, but many people are still attempting to carry on with one tradition that always accompanies the start of a new year: New Year’s Resolutions.  We all know that it can be difficult to hold true to our resolutions for an extended … Read More

Pigeons, Walking, Writing, Oh My!

Author: Deyana Atanasova  If you’ve been referring to pigeons as “the rats of the sky,” you might want to reconsider your perspective.   That’s precisely what accomplished author and professor Kathleen Rooney asks readers to do when reading her newest novel, Cher Ami and Major Wjittlesey, which is told from two perspectives: an army soldier in WWI and a messenger pigeon. If you want to hear about it more in-depth and better than I could ever explain it, you can learn more about it here from Rooney herself.  Yet, even without reading … Read More

New Year, New Quarter, New Notion(s)

Author: Deyana Atanasova So, a bit over a year ago, in November of 2019, I downloaded TikTok. Say what you will about it, but I genuinely learn something new every day from that app (…yes, I go on it every day–I’m working on that).  One of the TikToks that I came across recently could not … Read More

A Very Special Event: Chicago Manual Cinema’s A Christmas Carol

Author: Jade Ryerson There are a lot of things we’ve all missed since the onset of the pandemic back in March. Luckily, the innovative team at Chicago’s Manual Cinema has ensured that live theater no longer has to be one of them. In a show suitable for all ages, Chicago Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol combines … Read More

Meals and Snacks to Get You Through Finals Week!

Author: McLennan McLennan                Finals week is here. I don’t know about anybody else, but I know I’m certainly operating at about 10% my usual brain capacity. Every morning I wake up and I check my New York Times daily email and I take fifty points of psychic damage. But of course, the one way … Read More

You Live and You Learn — A Reflection of Dr. Kalchman’s HON 207

Author: Deyana Atanasova The Honors Program has given me so many enriching experiences in the classroom throughout my time at DePaul, but there’s one class in particular that has helped me redefine my experience here and likely beyond—yes, even through Zoom. That class is Dr. Mindy Kalchman’s HON 207: “How People Learn.” To be fully … Read More

Is the Game Over Yet?

Author: Ethan Ament During these lonely and terrifying times, a lot of us have been looking for new hobbies and activities to pursue. Some people have chosen to take up knitting while others have chosen to start playing a new instrument. However, for many of us it still seems like we are in need of … Read More

What To Do in Chicago During A Pandemic

Looking for activities and things to do in quarantine while in Chicago? Even though we can’t enjoy some of the normal things that Chicago is best known for, there are quite a few things to do in the city, keeping in mind COVID guidelines and social distancing of course. HSG Social committee chairs Ben Stumpe … Read More


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