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"The scientist, by the very nature of his commitment, creates more and more questions, never fewer. Indeed the measure of our intellectual maturity, one philosopher suggests, is our capacity to feel less and less satisfied with our answers to better problems."

~ G.W. Allport


  Michael Bennett received the University of Chicago's 2013 Diversity Leadership Award.


  Patrick McHaffie received the 2012 Dahlberg Distinguished Achievement Award from the Illinois GIS Association. The Dahlberg Award is presented by the ILGISA to individuals who have shown extraordinary service to the GIS community by making a significant contribution to the development and advancement of geographic information systems in IL.

  Alex Papadopoulos, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography was the Cortelyou-Lowery Award recipient for 2012


  The role of the chief of staff in the White House is similar to that of a chief operating officer where the individual runs the day-to-day operations while the president is in the field, explains Nick Kachiroubas, a visiting assistant professor with the School of Public Service. Kachiroubas, who recently defended his dissertation on this topic, tells CLTV that the role was created after a study done by the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration.

  FOX News Latino reports that 434 schools, including DePaul, offer Latino Studies programs "that increase diversity and to turn out much needed research." Latin American and Latino Studies professor Lourdes Torres says "there have been a number of community colleges asking for help in setting up programs."

  With the Syrian conflict continuing to dominate the headlines, political scientist Scott Hibbard tells FOX 32 News, "at the end of the day this is not about Syria, but Iraq." FOX 32 News

  It's a "game changer," says Joe Schwieterman, referring to the FAA's decision to allow the use of electronic devices during flights. Reuters cited a study by DePaul's Chaddick Institute that noted there is projected to be 105 million hours of disrupted technology activity in 2013 because of the previous ban. Schwieterman predicts this new rule will make flying a happier, more productive experience for passengers. Marketplace

  Urban transformation expert John Joe Schlichtman argues that if certain criteria are met there is a social pull that draws in young professionals to an area in need of economic assistance. Schlichtman's research on gentrification was cited by WBEZ's Brit Julious in a story about the revitalization of Logan Square and other Chicago neighborhoods.

  Political scientist Michael Mezey told "Chicago Tonight" host Carol Marin that a government shutdown was inevitable, given the heated debate in Congress over the Affordable Care Act. He explained the shutdown may only last a short time because the act already was ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court and because its intention is to help lower insurance rates. WTTW

  The effects of violence on Chicago's youth is the subject of a new book by Miles Harvey, an assistant professor of creative writing. He produced "How Long Will I Cry? Voices of Youth Violence," which is comprised of interviews conducted by his students. The Chicago Tribune called the book "an incredibly rich and compelling examination" of youth violence in Chicago.

  Political scientist Richard Farkas on "Chicago Tonight" reacted to Russian President Putin's open letter, "The message he wanted to send is that there are peoples in the world who are beginning to get the sense that our default option is a military option to solve various world problems." Historian Tom Mockaitis explained on WGN-AM "The chemical weapons are agreed to be unacceptable and to allow Assad to use them without consequences is I think something we don't want to do." CORRECTION: Last week, political scientist Scott Hibbard told FOX 32 News, "at the end of the day this is not about Syria, but Iran."

  History professor Tom Mockaitis appeared on a number of news outlets, including CBS2, WGN-TV and CLTV, to discuss the evidence of chemical weapon use in Syria. "There is not concrete proof it's the Syrian government, but it's virtually certain that it is, as there's no evidence that the rebels have poison gas," he said.

  Journalism instructor Amy Merrick raises questions about the J.C. Penney deal to carry the Martha Stewart brand as part of its turnaround plan to increase sales. The New Yorker

  Popular romance fiction continues to thrive and contemporary scholars are taking notice. A new venture -- the Popular Romance Project -- brings academics, authors and critics together and is building support for this genre. English professor Eric Selinger, a board member at the project, calls the past six or seven years "a crucial period." Chronicle of Higher Education

  Associate professor Laura Kina, explains her creative vision of "War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art" with the Seattle Globalist. Her personal history inspired Kina, who co-curates the show, to see how other artists were "navigating their own personal backgrounds, biographies, and histories." The Seattle Times reviewed the exhibit noting that the artists question "assumptions, prejudice and stereotypes."

  Author Reza Aslan's new book, "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," was written "with verve, and in some sections, his book moves at a breathless, pulse-pounding pace," according to the Washington Post. John Dominick Crossan, a professor emeritus of religious studies at DePaul, said in the article that Jesus' approach was "programmatically nonviolent." Washington Post

  Academic scholars study the trends of neighborhood dynamics to understand the issue of gentrification and disinvested communities. "Few groups are more hypocritical than urbanists discussing gentrification," according to sociologist John Schlichtman. The Atlantic Cities

  "Chicago Tonight" examined the future of newspapers in a week that saw the sale of two bastions of the print world, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. DePaul journalism professor Bruce Evensen noted, "it's a daunting day to be in the print business, but a magnificent day to be in the content production and information business." WTTW


12.06.2013 - 12.08.2013

8th Annual Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science at DePaul University, Chicago IL
Deadlines for proposals for individual papers, entire panels or roundtable sessions by September 15, 2013 


Call for Abstracts: Human Computation and the Humanities Conference 2014 at Columbia University in the City of New York
Deadlines: December 22, 2013 


02.22.2014 - 02.23.2014
Human Computation and the Humanities Conference 2014 at Columbia University in the City of New York 

04.17.2014 - 04.20.2014
Ethnografilm Festival 2014
Ethnografilm 2014 Submissions are now open click here for info. 


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