Vol. 48 No. 25
Elizabeth Clements
June 17, 2015

This past weekend, DePaul hosted its 117th commencement ceremony on June 13 and 14. In addition to presenting some 6,700 graduating students with their diplomas, DePaul honored nine members of the university community with the Via Sapientiae Award. Read on to learn more about the award recipients and to view the memorable moments of the 2015 commencement weekend.

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Articles

Rachel Marciano
June 17, 2015

Fifty years after his ordination at St. Vincent de Paul Parish Church, Rev. Thomas Croak, C.M., still dedicates his time to the church, the communities it serves and the university that shares its name.

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Denise Mattson
June 17, 2015

Five years after DePaul University helped launch Zafèn, and later the Vincentian Family Haiti Initiative, the university community has much to be proud of as it concludes its five-year commitment of start-up support for the projects.

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Jon Cecero
June 17, 2015

French general and politician Napoléon Bonaparte won more battles than he lost. But under his command on June 18, 1815, the French army was defeated at Waterloo in a battle that changed the political landscape of Europe. On the 200th anniversary of Waterloo, DePaul is showcasing both its academic expertise and its rare collection of literature on the decisive battle.

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Jane Connelly
June 17, 2015

The month of June means only one thing for DePaul University seniors: graduation. Though commencement ceremonies are traditionally solemn affairs, the past century has shown that anything can happen at DePaul, from presidential visits to anti-war protests. Read on to learn more about when such honorees as Irish President Sean T. O'Kelly and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson graced DePaul's commencement stage.

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Dustin Goltz
June 17, 2015

Enacting a critical intervention into the queer theoretical landscape, "Queer Praxis" offers an alternative engagement where contributors centralize lived experience. Readers gain familiarity with key concepts in queer thought, but also observe how these ideas can be navigated and negotiated in the social world.

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Multimedia

#DePaul In The NEWS

June 14, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Dana Hall, director of jazz studies at DePaul, creates an "evening-length multimedia opus" inspired by his personal experiences in Chicago and the novel "Native Son." "I experienced, in a way that was eye-opening, some sort of discrimination. I experienced environments where you felt like you were around people that were better off than I imagined people could be," Hall tells the Chicago Tribune. His work, "The Hypocrisy of Justice: Sights and Sounds from the Black Metropolis (Riffin' and Signifyin(g) on Richard Wright's 'Native Son')" premieres Friday at Symphony Center.

June 12, 2015
Daily Whale

Some "80 percent of DePaul grads stay and build their lives in greater Chicagoland, making us a net importer of talent into Chicago," the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul, tells the Daily Whale. Chicago-area startups have also increased their hiring of DePaul graduates, according to Gillian Steele, executive director of DePaul's Career Center. "Our alumni stay in Chicago because Chicago's worth staying in. They stay because this is a robust economy ... but also for the arts, the sports, the culture, the diversity, the vibrancy of this city," adds Holtschneider.

June 12, 2015
Wilson Quarterly

"In New York City's age of austerity, arts programs in poorer schools were cut. Kids with an artistic bent -- some aged 14 and under -- painted in dark tunnels late into the night," writes English professor Jonathan Gross in the Wilson Quarterly. Gross argues that New York's rise in graffiti in the 1970's, mirrors what is going on in Greece presently. He points out that young Greeks are using graffiti in a political way to voice their opinions in the face of austerity.

Events

Monday, June 22, 2015

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