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Healing Arts: Cultivating Resilience and Resistance

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Healing Arts: Cultivating Resilience and Resistance

A gathering to share healing justice practices which feed our resilience and resistance.

Friday, April 20, noon-5 PM
Arts and Letters Room 412.

All are welcome to come to one, two, or all of the presentations/workshops. They are all interactive and all are offered by amazing women artists, writers, performers, healers, scholars. Following the schedule below is more information about each of the workshop presenters.

12:00-1:45
My Body’s Narratives and The Narratives of My Body

a writing workshop with Dorothy Bell Ferrer

An interactive writing workshop about the elements of personal narrative from an Afro-Caribbean perspective which encourages participants to take charge of their voices and discover their personal narrative as a measure of resistance to capitalism and colonialism.

2:00-3:30
A Full Circle: Storytelling Art for Resistance & Healing
a talk and performance with Ada Cheng

In this workshop, Ada Cheng will weave personal stories with reflections on the art of storytelling. She will demonstrate how, through examples of the stories she has told, storytelling can be used as a tool for resistance as well as that for healing from trauma. In the last part of the workshop, participants will collectively explore how they can integrate storytelling into their respective work for effective engagement.

3:45-5:00
Opening the Heart Ceremony
a workshop with Misty DeBerry

This workshop seeks to create a space where participants can explore and practice ideas of closure, passing on, and transitioning out of the activities from the day. Through gentle embodiment, reiki based visualization, and collective collaging, we will ask ourselves what does it mean and/or feel like to engage in shared modes of healing?

Workshop Facilitators:

Dorothy Bell Ferrer – https://insurgentprieta.wordpress.com/

Ada Cheng  – http://www.renegadeadacheng.com/

Misty DeBerry – Misty De Berry is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. There her scholarship sits at the intersection of performance studies, Black Feminist Thought, Marxist theory, and art history. Currently she is at work on her dissertation, which examines modes of debt and temporality in the lives of Black women. Ultimately concerned with embodied aesthetics as strategies for interrupting harm in the lives Black women, her scholarship is deeply informed by her work as a performance artist, playwright, and master reiki practitioner.

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Event Review: Jeremy Mulderig at Unabridged Bookstore

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By Riley Jane McLaughlin
Contributor to the Underground

On Wednesday, April 23rd at Unabridged Bookstore, DePaul professor Jeremy Mulderig presented his latest published project, The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward. The autobiography is a compilation that Mulderig created using primarily sections from Steward’s 1979 original, unpublished, autobiographical manuscript, as well as the slim volume in which selections of autobiographical content of Steward’s were published, entitled Chapters. With the help of these two works, among other essays, novels, and sources on Samuel Steward, Mulderig produced the fascinating accomplishment that is The Lost Autobiography of Samuel Steward.

At the book launch, Mulderig introduced Samuel Steward by briefly recounting Steward’s extraordinary life. I, along with the other audience members, learned much about Steward as a person, as well as about his diverse experiences. Mulderig explained that Steward grew up with certainty of his homosexuality, and began experimenting in the sexual world at a fairly young age. He attended Ohio State University and worked as a professor before moving to Chicago and continuing his professorial work at Loyola University, and later DePaul. Besides being a professor, Steward was an author and a tattoo artist. He also shot pornographic photography and wrote gay pornography. He developed close, personal friendships with Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Tolkas. He also was very sexually active; in fact, Steward kept record of his sexual activity, which included over 800 men and 4,500 encounters.

Following his debrief on Samuel Steward, Mulderig read for the audience several excerpts from the autobiography, which focused on various significant periods of Steward’s life, most of which Mulderig had mentioned or alluded to during his introductory summary. After the readings had concluded, Mulderig answered audience questions and was available for book-signings.

Overall, this book launch was fascinating and unique, informing me on a figure of DePaul’s who was previously unknown to me. What additionally made this event so special—other than the stories of the comical and bizarre happenings in Samuel Steward’s life—was Mulderig’s affection for Steward, evident in his excited oration and emotional readings.

Summer Internships with Chicago Humanities Festival

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The Chicago Humanities Festival is recruiting summer interns for the Development, Marketing, Programming, Production, and Web/Multi-Media departments. Below are the internship application form and descriptions of internships available for the 2018 Summer Session.

Internship Application Form

Development Internship Info

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Production Internship Info

Programming Internship Info

Web/Multi-Media Internship Info

Interns are a vital component of our staff, we offer several project-based internships during three internship sessions (summer/fall/spring). The internship program requires a commitment of 14-21 hours a week for 3 to 9 months (a 9 month internship is preferred, but a minimum commitment of 3 months is required). The summer internship starts June 2018 through August 2018.  We are more than happy to accommodate variations on those dates if your students have different requirements.

The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew. The Festival envisions a city and society in which its members engage in thoughtful dialogue, explore a diversity of ideas and come together to find positive solutions. Collaborating with many of Chicago’s major cultural and educational institutions, CHF produces over 130 events annually all across Chicago. CHF has a national reputation for featuring some of today’s most important, influential and inspiring minds—exceptional authors, scholars, journalists, performers and visual artists—both on stage and online.

Event Review: Kathleen Rooney at American Writers Museum

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By Paige Gilberg
Contributor to The Underground

On April 11, 2018, author Kathleen Rooney visited the American Writers Museum to celebrate the paperback launch of her newest novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk. On December 31, 1984, Lillian Boxfish strolls through Manhattan, recalling events from her past and confronting the realities of a changing America.

Rooney, an English and Creative Writing professor at DePaul, has published a variety of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction works. Her most recent book, Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk, is a national bestseller. Published in 2017 by St. Martin’s Press, the novel has also received glowing reviews from the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Booklist, and other notable publications.

Wednesday’s event began with Rooney reading from the first chapter of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, titled “The Road of Anthracite.” The reading was followed by a Q&A session, facilitated by AWM program director Allison Sansone. The night closed with a book signing.

Rooney drew an impressive crowd and provided great insights on her writing process for Lillian Boxfish and beyond. She discussed Margaret Fishback, the highest-paid female copywriter of the 1930s and the inspiration for the novel’s protagonist. Other topics discussed included her interactions with Fishback’s son during the editing process and her publishing work with Rose Metal Press.

When asked where Lillian would fit in at present day, Rooney took some time to think. She determined that she would be an excellent cultural critic, maybe even a writer for VICE.

As for what’s next, Rooney shared that she has completed a collections of stories titled The Listening Room. She also shared that she is currently working on a WWI story about US Army officer Charles Whittlesey.

The Art of the Con

We are performing our identities at all times, and there is no “true” self beyond such performance. But some of us explore and perfect this way of being with true artistic brilliance. Andy Kaufman performed as Tony Clifton, Foreign Man, and a variety of other personas, once claiming that “Andy Kaufman” was the true fake. Andy’s sister, Carol Kaufman Kerman, joins us to tell stories about what it was like to be in Andy’s family when Andy was exploring who he was and wasn’t. On the eve of his solo show opening at the DePaul Art Museum, we are also joined by DHC Fellow Zachary Ostrowski—a graphic artist, musician, and performance artist who often performs under the personae of Beverly Fre$h and Mr Midwe$t. The DHC is honored as well to host headliner Alan Abel, the greatest prankster and hoaxer of the past century, who will discuss his life of brilliant cons and put-ons. The evening also features a live musical performance by world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Come as you are—or as someone else—and ask, “Who am I now?” with the DePaul Humanities Center!

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UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize

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The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 15. 

Learn more and submit your work!

Call for Submissions: UNAPOLOGETIC

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UNAPOLOGETIC is a magazine made by and for the DePaul community and they want to publish your work! The magazine is focused around how creative outlets help to form identity and is meant to show the expansive amount of creativity within the DePaul community. Work can be published under your name, a pen name, or anonymous; it’s up to you! Submit art, photography, essays, short stories, poetry, and/or really anything creative to unapologeticdepaul@gmail.com by May 4th.