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 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.

Study Abroad Fair

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Got the travel bug? Mark your calendars for DePaul’s Study Abroad Fair, where you will learn about short-term faculty-led programs, term-long programs (quarter up to a full year) as well as non-DePaul program options. Bon voyage!

Tuesday, September 26
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lincoln Park Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue, Room 120AB

Sneak Peak–The New Arts and Letters Building


Classroom in the new Arts and Letters Building, DePaul University,

Ok, so while not exactly a secret, I was able to get a glimpse of the new Arts and Letters Building on the corner of Kenmore and Belden (2315 N. Kenmore Ave, to be exact), across from the Student Center.

It’s a little over a week from the official move-in date, November 28, and the maze of boxes, ribbons of tape winding down the corridors of McGaw, and countdown sign on the department’s bulletin board can’t be ignored any longer. Members of the faculty met on a rainy Monday morning for a tour of the 119,000-square-foot space. I must say, it looks amazing–33 million dollars, 47 classrooms, wi-fi from basement to roof, and amazing couches that just beg for a pre/post-class nap. I also got a chance to peek in on the student meeting couches in new Arts and Letters Building, DePaul University, depaulunderground.wordpress.comspaces (so posh–you’ll want to start an organization dedicated to their worship), roomy faculty offices and views worthy of the word “vista” from the huge windows in some of the classrooms.

However, I admit to feeling slightly nostalgic at the thought of saying goodbye to the old cheese grater, McGaw Hall–what about you?

P.S. The building officially opens for classes on January 3, and there will be an opening ceremony and reception on Jan 11.

faculty office, Arts and Letters Building, DePaul University,

Atrium at Arts and Letters Building, DePaul University,

Hallway of the Arts and Letters Building, DePaul University,