#DePaul in the NEWS

June 12, 2018
WGN Radio

Handling expectations could be the biggest challenge after a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, military historian Thomas Mockaitis tells WGN Radio. "Typically when you are trying to resolve a major crisis like this ... there's a lot of proximity talks and those lead up to direct negotiations, all of which are done behind closed doors and the leaders normally don't get together for the handshake until they're ready to actually sign an accord. ... In this case, there is no deal and I think that is interesting, but also problematic, and that is managing the very high expectations for this is going to be a real challenge."

June 11, 2018
Atlas Obscura

English scholar Megan Heffernan was studying an original 1640 copy of John Donne's sermons when she noticed the covers were "plastered with sheets taken from a book of English psalms." Heffernan's discovery led to a collaboration to build a new database that will track the relationship between scraps of books on bindings and the tomes they're protecting. "It's a moment of typical practice for 16th- and 17th-century bookbinders that seems utterly, delightfully weird to us," Heffernan tells Atlas Obscura.

June 07, 2018
Picture this Post

Sharing a meal with a stranger in a local Vietnamese restaurant helped French professor Pascale-Anne Brault bring French history to life for her students, reports Picture this Post. The stranger was the mother of actress Stephanie Sullivan, in town to play Olympe de Gouges in "The Revolutionists." Sullivan attended Brault's final class of the quarter to discuss the role and its historical context. "What a treat to hear her speak about how moved she had been by the role and interpret some of her lines. This was a chance encounter that made all the difference for the students and me. For how often do you get to have the texts you study enacted by a professional in front of your eyes," says Brault.

June 07, 2018
Fox 32

Femi Adigun -- stage name Femdot -- is "making an impact in the music world," reports Fox 32."I have to be somebody that people can believe in and that people can see themselves in without being unauthentic in doing so," says the DePaul alumnus who graduated this year with a bachelor's degree in health sciences and a minor in peace, justice and conflict studies. Nylon magazine reports that "Femdot is Chicago's newest rap sensation," coming out with a new album, "Delacreme 2."

June 04, 2018
Minneapolis Star Tribune

'Apocalypse, Darling' provides 'intimate peek' into author's life

Barrie Jean Borich's creative nonfiction narrative "Apocalypse, Darling" is "beautifully written even when she's not writing of beautiful things," according to a review in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Borich, an associate professor of English, "delivers a time-tripping, probing biographic memoir about love and the hard-to-love, dysfunctional families and the new American family, and the almost poetic parallels between toxic relationships and America's repatriated industrial wastelands," the reviewer writes.

June 04, 2018
Glamour

When DePaul student Bushra Amiwala asked third graders at a Muslim education center if they wanted to run for president, "all of them raised their hands," she tells Glamour magazine. The experience inspired her to run for office, and she became "the first Muslim American woman and youngest person ever to run for a commissioner seat on the Cook County Board." Her political campaign and advocacy landed her on Glamour's 2018 College Women of the Year list. She also writes an essay for Glamour about how people "focused on my identity more than my politics."

June 03, 2018
Newcity

Julia Fine's debut novel "What Should Be Wild," creates "an intriguing, imaginative world" that is reminiscent of authors Mary Shelley, Christina Rossetti, the Brothers Grimm and Margaret Atwood, notes a review in Newcity. The novel by Fine, who teaches writing at DePaul, is enchanting and unsettling, according to the review, particularly how it examines the "ordeals women face in a hostile society and how their bodies are both desired and feared."

June 01, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Misty Johanson, dean of Driehaus College of Business and a prolific author in the field of hospitality and tourism, is one of 17 women appearing in the inaugural Chicago's Notable Women in Education feature published in Crain's Chicago Business. Johanson is vice chair of the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Foundation, and in 2016 received the association's Ambassador of Hospitality Award.

May 30, 2018
Inside Higher Ed

College professors cite limited English proficiency and cultural differences in academic preparation among the biggest challenges when teaching international students, according to a survey of DePaul faculty conducted by Li Jin, an associate professor of Chinese, and Jason Schneider, an assistant professor of writing, rhetoric and discourse. "I don't think any of us would advocate for making things 'easier' for international students, but rather thinking about the kinds of assignments we give and how we grade them and setting it up so that everyone can achieve success," Schneider says. Inside Higher Ed reports on the survey's findings.

May 24, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Dirty sidewalks or roadways may inadvertently encourage people to toss trash outside, Joseph Ferrari, a psychology professor who has studied the causes of litter, tells the Chicago Tribune. "If you're driving along the highway and the highway's full of litter, you're more likely to litter," Ferrari says, explaining that to some, seeing all that trash makes it seem more acceptable for them to add to the pile.