Flash Murmur: Wednesday, Nov. 1

DePaul professor Matt Girson has arranged for a Flash Murmur to take place in the library tomorrow evening.

From Prof. Girson:

On Wednesday, November 1 at 6:00pm Charles Murray will be speaking on our campus in Cortelyou Commons. The Southern Poverty Law Center deems Mr. Murray a White Nationalist who uses “racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor.” More info here.

In an effort to counter-act his divisive and hateful rhetoric I am hosting a Flash Murmur in the Forum on the second floor of the Richardson Library on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The Flash Murmur is scheduled to directly coincide with Mr. Murray’s lecture.

As a peaceful and productive act of defiance I invite members of our DePaul community to join me in the sharing of words from survivors of oppression, hatred and bigotry. As in other Murmurs we will read to – and for – each other. We will not use any microphones and there will be no stages. Instead we will sit around tables together and share the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou and others who have stood up for true democratic values. Our exchanges will be horizontal and our content will be the words and ideas of people who counter Mr. Murray’s beliefs. The process will allow us to build community around shared values in a safe, productive, and educational environment.

Bring a speech, letter, poem, or testimony from someone who has stood up to oppression and faced it down. Printed material will be available on site for people who do not bring their own. Additional material can be found on the archive at www.januarytwenty.net.

Spread the word. JOIN US THIS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 from 6:00- 8:00pm in the Forum on the second floor of DePaul’s Richardson Library. Like democracy itself, the more people who participate the more meaningful the experience.

Please direct any questions to me at mgirson@depaul.edu.

Emoji Dick: Prequels and Sequels

Reminder: Lisa Gitelman will be visiting DePaul TODAY for “Emoji Dick: Prequels and Sequels” (about the online translation of Melville’s novel into emoji). Gitelman is the author of Paper Knowledge, a media history of different document forms, from the library card, to the promissory note, to the PDF.

WHEN: THURSDAY, May 11, 4:15-5:30pm
WHERE: Richardson 115

Refreshments will be served!

Gitelman Emoji Dick

A Few Quick Reminders for DePaul Undergrads…

Next Tuesday, September 24, is shaping up to be a busy day at DePaul. With an important academic deadline and a couple of campus events on the docket for that day, you’d better get your pens and calendars ready…

Students, remember that September 24 is the absolute last day you will be able to drop a course without penalty. Of course, who would want to drop an English class? Everyone knows those are the most fun….

714e7a7f3e9b01927bb88ffd0844be25023e545cSeptember 24 is also a big day for DePaul’s John T. Richardson Library. After months of preparation, the library will be having a special grand opening to celebrate the completion of the beautiful new Information Commons. Join library staff Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for behind-the-scenes tours, a meet and greet with the library’s peer tutor team, a raffle, and much, much more — including some button-making, for all you crafty types out there. And keep in mind, we are smack dab in the middle of Banned Books Week (September 22 through 28), so there are sure to be some interesting conversations at this shindig. Hope to see you there!

paternitiAnd finally, to wrap up your busy Tuesday, remember that DePaul will be hosting visiting writer Michael Paterniti September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall Room 103. Paterniti will be reading from his newest book, The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese and discussing his illustrious career as a best-selling author and writer for some of the world’s top magazines. This is one event that’s not to be missed!