The 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution


Wednesday, November 8 from 7-9 PM
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

In November of 1917, Bolshevik workers and soldiers successfully overthrew the provisional government that had been established in Russia only eight months earlier following the dissolution of the Tsarist autocracy. Under the guidance of Vladimir Lenin, the Marxist revolution promised land for the peasants, power for the workers, and food for the poor.

A century later, the DePaul Humanities Center examines these promises and explores some of the methods the revolutionaries devised to fulfill them. Putting theory into practice in an evening devoted to a radical questioning of the hierarchies of public gatherings and academic institutions, ideas will be presented, but the audience will be invited to participate by making the ideas their own, considering how best to give them power.

Featuring live music, performance, theatre, a world-premiere film by Our Literal Speed, and reports on Party work (Helena Goscilo on the Women’s Section, and William Nickell on the challenges of cultural transformation) our participatory assembly—our “soviet”—will think together about the positive aspects of the revolution, what its spirit represented, and what we might learn from it given our situation today.

The Horror of the Humanities

Horror5.10-30-17.sept17Horrific surprises abound on Halloween Eve at the DePaul Humanities Center!

The DePaul Humanities Center’s fifth-annual Halloween event begins, as always, with an avant-garde “haunted house” featuring multimedia, interactive posters, installation art, and exhibits pointing to the horror of everyday life as well as the relationship between horror and the history of the humanities; continues with a screening of a contemporary masterpiece of Americana horror, The Eyes of My Mother;  and concludes with a talk and Q&A with the film’s director. Nicolas Pesce.

Monday, October 30, 2017
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

6:00 – 6:30 PM: “Haunted House” Interactive Halloween Exhibit
6:30 – 7:45 PM: Screening of the film, The Eyes of My Mother (2016)
7:45 – 9:00 PM: Conversation with the film’s director, Nicholas Pesce

The Year of the Fake & In Conversation with Great Minds presents Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay

Join us for an evening of magic and conversation as the DePaul Humanities Center welcomes writer, actor, scholar, historian, artist, magician, and all-around-genius Ricky Jay on

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago

6:00 – 7:30 PM: Screening of Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
7:30 – 9:00 PM: Conversation

With an acting résumé that includes work in film (e.g, Boogie NightsMagnolia, and as a James Bond villain in Tomorrow Never Dies), television (e.g., “The X-Files” and “Deadwood”), and stage (most notably as himself); a list of celebrated publications featuring stories and analysis of scoundrels, fakes, cons, and scallywags; and a reputation as the greatest sleight-of-hand artist in the world, Ricky Jay is at the top of his game in every pursuit he undertakes: the Joker, the Ace, and all four Kings combined in the arts and humanities’ deck of cards.

Humanities “Humanimal” Lecture Tomorrow

The Humanities Department would like to invite you to the last event in their Spring Quarter Series, “The Humanimal.”

Like Cats and Dogs: On the Rhetoric of Film will be held on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 (6:00-8:00 pm in room 120, DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue) and will be presented by Prof. Akira Mizuta Lippit, Cinematic Arts, Critical Studies, Comparative Literature, and East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Southern California.

How can film portray history? How can it render photographically that which defies representation, that which eludes visibility? Aren’t reality and representation, like cats and dogs, immiscible?

Professor Lippit’s lecture addresses three films that depict three catastrophes—the American Civil War, National Socialism, and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima—only to find that at key moments,

The Birth of a Nation, Triumph of the Will, and Hiroshima mon amour also feature a cat, a rhetorical figure perhaps, a metaphor for the cinematic relation between historical representation and catastrophe. Why a cat? Join the Humanities Department to close their spring series with an exploration of the relationships among film and felines, catastrophes and cats.