Guest Speaker Dr. David Stovall

Since the Spring of 2020, Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been under attack due to distortions and lies about its creation and purpose.  As part of the “Taking a Stand” speaker series, Dr. Stovall will explain what CRT is and its utility in the battle between myth-making and historical accuracy.

This virtual event will take place on Thursday, January 20th. 6:00 – 7:15 PM.

Please register on Eventbrite by clicking here.


Honors Open Forum

For anyone who has ever been to an Honors Student Government meeting, you know that we are constantly looking for student feedback and trying to devise new ways to improve the Honors program to best meet everybody’s needs. In our continued mission to ensure students get the most out of their Honors experience, HSG has planned an open forum event to be held after our meeting on Friday, January 21st. Students that attend the forum will be able to talk directly with the Honors faculty and propose changes they would like to see made to the Honors program in the future. We would love to see as many people there as possible! The event will be held in Room 103 in the Arts and Letters Hall and there will also be a chance to Zoom into the forum for those who would like to participate remotely. More information will be coming out soon from the Honors Student Government president, Elizabeth. See you then!



2022 Honors Symposium

Accepting proposals until February 5th at midnight

Do you want an opportunity to showcase your work and receive feedback? The Honors Council of the Illinois Region is hosting its annual symposium over Zoom on February 26th.

Undergraduate students can present their research thesis and receive meaningful feedback. Participating students are even eligible to win awards up to $250 for their presentation. This is not only a chance for students to hone their research and presentation skills but also an opportunity to meet other honors students from the Illinois area with similar interests and career goals.

Students must submit their research proposal and register for the event by midnight on February 5th. The event will be held on February 26th from 9:00 AM to 3:15 PM CT.

For more information on the symposium and how to apply, visit the official website


Welcome Back!

Happy New Year, Honors students and staff!

We hope everyone enjoyed their Winter break and that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. The start of Winter Quarter 2022 might not be how many of us anticipated, but rest assured that everyone in the Honors program is here to ensure your success and well-being during this period of remote learning. Honors Student Government will still be hosting biweekly meetings over Zoom to discuss future events and to hear the needs of Honors students (more info can be found here). Remote Honors advising is also open for any students wanting to talk through their schedules and needs. Advising appointments can be made through BlueStar Student Support on your Campus Connect page.

HSG is also interested in hearing about how students spent their break! If you have any pictures or fun stories you want to share from break, please feel free to DM them to @hsgdpu on Instagram or email them to hsgdpu@gmail.com. You can also reach out to Honorable Mentions if you would like to write about your experience over break for the Winter quarter edition.

We hope everyone has a fantastic and safe start to the new quarter and the new year!

For more information on DePaul’s COVID-19 protocols and resources, visit: go.depaul.edu/covid

Make sure to also reach out to your individual professors to follow their plans for instruction during the first two weeks of remote learning


Christmas Time in the City- December Events in Chicago

Compared to the neverending slog that was 2020, this year seems to have sped by, but alas, it is somehow December yet again. 

I’ve always loved the holiday season, for a variety of reasons. Being from Ohio, I still feel a nostalgic joy in watching the snow and seeing the individual intricacies of each snowflake as it falls into my hands. I love peppermint, gingerbread, hot chocolate, and all of the seasonal goodies that I might not otherwise enjoy but which bear the charm of impermanence that makes them irresistible. As I have grown older I have become less fixated on the gift element of Christmas and more infatuated with the gooey, sentimental aspects that a younger me would have considered nothing more than schlock. I have yet to turn to Hallmark movies for seasonal entertainment, but my Nat King Cole playlist tells me that it likely will not be long before I make the full transition into a Buddy-the-Elf-esque Christmas aficionado. 

This holiday season is unique for me, though. This year, and I am sure the same can be said for many other students, is my first year on my own. My familial holiday traditions–putting up the tree, baking, deciding to put up lights and then immediately regretting to put up lights–have to be translated to fit my solitary garden unit apartment. This holiday season is undoubtedly different for me, but that does not make it a necessarily solemn event. Chicago has a wide variety of unique December experiences and for anyone who may be having their very first Chicago Christmas, here is a list of fun (college student budget-friendly) activities to make the most of it. 

Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo

From 4-10pm each day through January 2nd, the Lincoln Park Zoo will be decked out in Christmas lights and decorations. Tickets are $5, but admission is free every Monday and Tuesday night. The Lincoln Park Zoo also provides specific accommodations for visitors with sensory sensitivities.

For tickets and more info, visit: https://www.lpzoo.org/event/zoolights-presented-by-comed-and-invesco-qqq/

Christkindlmarket 

Christkindlmarket is a traditional German-style Winter Market with locations in both the Loop and Wrigleyville. The outdoor market features local artisans, bakers, and a variety of performers. A Chicago holiday staple, this would be a great place to find gifts for your out-of-town family members and loved ones.

For more information on vendors and locations, visit: https://www.christkindlmarket.com/

Ice Skating

What better way to celebrate the holidays than falling on your face with friends? Even if you don’t have the grace of Nancy Kerrigan, ice-skating is undoubtedly a Winter must. Fortunately, Chicago offers many free opportunities to hit the rink, literally. Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park are both offering outdoor ice rinks from now until March and if you’re heading to Chriskindlmarket in Wrigleyville, Gallagher Way has an adjoining rink that features curling alongside ice-skating.

Winter Flowers at the Garfield Conservatory 

If this is your first time experiencing a Chicago winter (it’s certainly mine!), then perhaps you would prefer an indoor activity. Lucky for you, the Garfield Conservatory currently has a seasonal exhibit, Serenity: Winter Flower Show, running through January 9th. Seasonal flowers like the iconic poinsettias and zinnias are on display in the conservatory’s indoor show house. Admission is free, but reservations are currently required.

For reservations and more information, visit: https://garfieldconservatory.org/

Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre

Did you know that DePaul students get a student discount at many of Chicago’s famous local theaters? Among these is the Goodman Theatre, which is currently hosting its annual production of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol. With a student discount, you can see the iconic Christmas show and support local theatre artists for only $10!

For tickets and more information, visit: https://www.goodmantheatre.org/tickets/special-discounts/


Winter Quarter 2022 Update

Hi Honors Students, 

I’m sure most of you are aware of the latest news regarding Winter Quarter classes, but in case you have not seen the email from DePaul’s president: the first two weeks of the quarter (from January 3rd to January 15th) are going to be online. Campus buildings and residence halls will be open during this time, but all classes are going to be remote.* 

This comes as somewhat of a shock, albeit understandable with the unpredictable nature of the newest omicron variant, and is undoubtedly disheartening for many who have enjoyed the return to in-person classes and campus events. After a year and a half of Zoom classes, many students are likely just hoping for a return to some sense of pre-COVID normalcy, a normalcy that for now may have to wait. 

The good news is that, as of now, this is only a two-week commitment and not a whole quarter or whole year declaration. Hopefully, these two weeks will give the university ample time to prepare safety measures and protocol so that students can return to in-person classes for the duration of the quarter. Now more than ever is a time to be extra vigilant in following safety precautions and taking steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Since many students are likely travelling this holiday season, make sure to do so safely and responsibly. Please take care of yourselves and others this holiday season, and we look forward to seeing everybody back in January. 

*The Theatre School has said that all rehearsals and shop activities will remain in-person during this time period. 

If you want to see the president’s official statement, visit: https://resources.depaul.edu/coronavirus/updates/Pages/winter-quarter-update.aspx

For more information on DePaul’s COVID guidelines and safety tips, visit: go.depaul.edu/covid


The Honors Blog, Looking to the Future

Hi Honors Students!

We hope you had a lovely first quarter back with in-person classes and we hope you are enjoying yourself over your well-deserved Winter break.

The Honors Blog has had a minimal presence up to this point, but we hope to change that for this upcoming quarter with plans to update more often, share student-produced content, and highlight all members of the Honors community.

So what can you expect from the Honors Blog, and what can you contribute?

  • The Honors Blog is the home for information on any upcoming Honors events (speakers, volunteer opportunities, HSG social activities, etc.)
  • We will answer any questions you have about the Honors program and the opportunities the program provides
  • We will feature student projects from Honors classes and talk to Honors professors about the classes they teach
  • Students can feel free to share with the Honors Blog any written work they have (creative writing, poetry, reviews, essays, etc.) or any other art (music, film, graphic design, etc.)
  • The Honors Blog student editors’ will give our own coverage of the goings-on at DePaul and the Honors program, and we encourage other students to do the same

If you’re interested in submitting to the Honors Blog, or if you have any questions/ideas for the blog please contact us at dpuhonorsblog@gmail.com