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


Checking In: How is your Fall Quarter?

Congratulations! We’ve each reached the six-week mark of Fall Quarter; we’ve passed the hump!

(Does anyone else feel like classes just started?)

Some of you may have just finished your midterms while others may still be in the thralls of midterm assignments, and still others may have had no midterms at all! Regardless, everyone has been putting in the work and you should be proud of what you have achieved thus far.

The middle of the quarter is always an intense time. Part of being in a quarter system is that time flies, fast. No due date is ever really as far away as you imagine. As soon as you conquer one major assignment, it seems another is right on your heels. It’s important during this time to take a step back and check in with yourself. In the midst of school and extracurriculars, we can sometimes neglect our most basic needs.

How are you feeling?

What’s dwelling on your mind?

Here at the Honors office, we want to help you be successful and we’re always thinking of ways we can improve the student experience. Our Academic Representatives, members of our lovely Honors Student Government, would love to hear about your Fall Quarter experiences so that they can ensure your success this quarter and into the future. They’ve curated this survey to see how students are feeling and what students need from the program. Please share your experiences with them; your input is always welcomed and encouraged!

Now is also a good time to check in with your advisors to make sure you’re on track. While walk-in advising might be over, our Honors advisors are available for appointments to talk through any concerns or questions you might have.

We’re proud of all of our students and the hard work they put into the program! You’re in the home stretch!


Honors Focus Group

The Honors Program is looking for student volunteers to participate in a focus group on diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior in the Honors Program and you are a first-generation college student, identify as LGBTQIA+, or identify as a student of color, please consider volunteering for a focus group and sharing your experience. The group will meet on Tuesday, October 18th from 4:30-5:30 pm in room 107 or Arts and Letters. Darrick Tovar-Murray will facilitate the conversation, and a light dinner will be served. If you have questions about the event, please email Honors Program Director Dr. Jennifer Conary at jennifer.conary@depaul.edu.

To sign-up for the Honors focus group, click here.


Three Antarcticas

A discovery expedition. A scientific study. A destination wedding. This decade-spanning tale explores the dynamic between Antarctica, the legacy of its first human inhabitants, and the progressive impact of climate change.

Join the honors program in celebrating one of our professors Kristin Idaszak and their newest show: Three Antarcticas. On Wednesday, October 26th at The Watts Theatre, 2350 N Racine Ave, honors students are invited to a pre-performance discussion starting at 6pm (refreshments provided) and then the performance at 7:30pm. To register, click here.


Speaker Event: Screenwriter and Novelist Sheri Holman

Join the Honors Program in welcoming acclaimed author (for both book and screen), Sheri Holman!

Sheri Holman grew up outside of Richmond, Virginia, and attended the College of William and Mary where she majored in Theatre. After a few years acting professionally, she made the move to publishing, as the assistant to literary agent Molly Friedrich.

A Stolen Tongue, her first novel, was published by Grove/Atlantic in 1997 and was translated into thirteen languages. The Dress Lodger, also from Grove/Atlantic followed in 2000 and was a national bestseller. It was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, one of the New York Public Library’s Books to Remember, and was long-listed for a Dublin IMPAC award. The Mammoth Cheese (Grove/Atlantic 2003), her third adult novel, was named a Publisher’s Weekly and San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the UK’s Orange Prize.  

Her latest novel, Witches on the Road Tonight was an NYTBR Editor’s Choice,  the recipient of the Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for Literary Fiction, winner of the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, and named a Book of the Year by the Boston Globe, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and PopMatters. She adapted that novel into a television pilot with NBCUniversal as “The Crooked Road.”

Sheri is currently Executive Producer on Mrs. American Pie (Apple +) starring Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, and Carol Burnett. Prior to that, she was Co-Executive Producer on George & Tammy, a limited series centered on the tumultuous love affair between country legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette, starring Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon. She has written and produced on Filthy Rich starring Kim Cattrall, National Geographic’s limited series, Barkskins,  based on Annie Proulx’s acclaimed novel, and Netflix Original series, Longmire. Sheri is a founding member of  The Moth, and her stories can be heard on the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour and Podcast. Her story, “Eat the Day” has been optioned by Bobby and Kristen Lopez for development as a musical. She lives with her family in Brooklyn. 

In her talk, Sheri Holman will explore her shifting perspectives on storytelling as she moved from the solitude of writing novels into the collaborative, chaotic world of television. She’ll discuss the specific demands and delights of crafting a narrative (including her stories for The Moth) across the rapidly shifting media landscape—and the continued, urgent need for original voices.

If you’re interested in learning more about Sheri and her work prior to the event, visit her official website.

This event will be held on Friday, October 21st from 1:00pm-2:30pm in Arts and Letters Room 103. To register, click here.

Students will receive one Honors point for attending this event


Service Opportunity at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Much like with the Chicago Marathon, the Honors Student Government’s service committee has an annual tradition of volunteering at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Spooky Zoo event. At Spooky Zoo, participating volunteers can dress up and help pass out candy to children in a free, safe trick-or-treating event.

Spooky Zoo will be on Saturday, October 22nd from 9am-2pm. If you’re interested in participating, reach out to the service committee chairs at hsgdpu@gmail.com. For additional information about the event, you can also go to the Lincoln Park Zoo website.


Food With Faculty!

The Honors Program invites you to Food with Faculty! This is a unique opportunity to get to know your faculty and enjoy the company of your fellow students. You can use this time to ask your faculty about the courses they teach, their academic interests, your shared interests, career paths, or what they like to do when they’re not teaching! Practice those networking skills!

This event will be held on the second floor of Arts and Letters Hall on Wednesday, October 12th from 5:00pm-6:00pm, and delicious appetizers and beverages will be provided. All students will receive 1 Honors Point for attending. To register for Food with Faculty, click here.


HumanitiesX

Here at the Honors program, we know that not all learning happens in the classroom. But we also understand the importance of academics and the nuanced learning experiences that can come with redefining the classroom. HumanitiesX is a program offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that brings students into the process of creating courses and is working to reimagine academia. Several of our very own honors students, Sergio Godinez, Yessica Pineda, and Lauren Rosenfeld, were among the six students selected for HumanitiesX last year and represented our honors community proudly. 

For a bit of background, HumanitiesX is a collaborative joining DePaul LAS faculty and students with partners from Chicago-area community organizations to create co-taught, project-based courses in the humanities that are then offered in spring quarter. Divided into three sections, these courses all focus on a shared annual theme, with last year’s theme being Immigration and Migration. The three groups were titled Children Seeking Asylum, Sharing Their Stories, and Geographies of Displacement. 

Sergio Godinez, one of the honors students in HumanitiesX, was kind enough to give us a little insight into what the program entails and the important work they accomplished. A sophomore double majoring in American Studies and Political Science with a minor in Spanish, Godinez worked on the Geographies of Displacement course alongside fellow honors student Yessica Pineda and LAS staff fellows Yuki Miyamoto and Kerry Ross, along with the Japanese Arts Foundation. With a personal connection to the theme through his maternal grandmother who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, Godinez was especially drawn to the issue of migration. He describes how this program offered a new way to explore this topic as well as a new lens through which to view academia as a whole. He explains, “This has allowed me to engage deeper with the content within my classes and make my contributions more thoughtful and fruitful. It has also been great to work behind the scenes of course creation.” He also highlights the significance of engaging critically with the humanities, illustrating how “The use of the humanities as a base to study these issues plays such a critical role. The humanities give students the chance to think creatively and think outside the bounds of traditional forms of thought… The world is a complex place to exist and navigate, and the humanities are fundamental in understanding and propelling human existence and its endeavors toward a better, brighter tomorrow.” He strongly advocates for courses like those created by HumanitiesX, saying “It gives students the chance to take what they’ve been learning beyond the classroom and apply themselves to the world around them. If DePaul wants to create the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, project-based learning must become the standard in education.” 

For those looking to get involved with HumanitiesX, there are many opportunities. Applications for Student Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year are now open and can be submitted through the Campus Job Board, which is closes on 10/10. Six undergrad/graduate students will be selected to receive a paid fellowship to explore this year’s theme The Environment: Crisis and Action. More information on applying can be found here, and any questions can be directed to the HumanitiesX Faculty Director Dr. Lisa Dush. 

Further, Godinez explains how “Each of our community partners is always looking for volunteers or interns to aid in their work. Each of them provides amazing opportunities to work in a variety of fields from social work, art, to healthcare.” And the annual nature of the HumanitiesX program provides countless opportunities for students to get involved, be it as a student in the classes or a student fellow. To check out HumanitiesX’s general page, click here. As Godinez emphasizes, “If students can’t fit it into their schedule this quarter or don’t personally resonate with the theme, there is always next year!”