#DePaul in the NEWS

February 12, 2018

Recent highly publicized cases involving sexual assault and abuse in the workplace could change the way companies handle nondisclosure agreements, says contract attorney and legal scholar Wendy Netter Epstein. "I think the tide has really turned. There's a lot of concern about what's going to happen in the court of public opinion if it comes out that companies have purposely concealed this type of behavior," says Epstein on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight."

February 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Excitement is building for the nationwide release of "Black Panther," the Marvel film about a black comic book superhero that features a black writer, director and cast. "Black Panther has arrived not only at the right time as far as film franchises go ... it's also arrived at the right time culturally because of this moment we're in, we're having these larger discussions about diversity and about race," says Blair Davis, author of two books on comic book movies. The Chicago Tribune has the story.

February 08, 2018

North and South Korean athletes marched together under one united flag at the Winter Olympic opening ceremony in Pyeongchang. Jin Choi, an economist and Korean American, tells WBEZ's "Worldview" that the division in Korea is stressful for many. "Any way to appease that tension is very, very welcome," he says. However, Choi adds that some South Koreans may see the united flag and ask, "Where is the nationalism? Where is the symbol of democracy in the Korean peninsula?"

February 06, 2018

Concerns about rising inflation may have roiled the Dow Jones industrial average last week as the stock index saw its largest single-day drop of 1,175 points in its history, but economics professor Michael Miller says it may have just been time for the index to self-correct. "We've had corrections every two years for the past 75 years or so ... and we have gone the longest in the history of the stock market without a correction," Miller tells WTTW's "Chicago Tonight."

February 02, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

For the first time since 1956, Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day are on the same day, prompting some Catholics to wonder how to handle the overlap of a solemn holy day that signals the start of Lent, a season of penance and reflection, with the popular romantic holiday. DePaul's religious studies scholar, the Rev. James Halstead, suggests everyone to "love intensely for the next 40 days, as St. Valentine would have us do. ... It's Valentine's Day, for God's sake. Do those things that cultivate love. Talk to people, eat with people, share a drink with people." Chicago Sun-Times has the story.

January 30, 2018

"I don't think that trying to bring Amazon to Chicago is a bad thing," says urban geographer Winifred Curran on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight." "But I think we have to flip the script and ask what can Amazon bring to Chicago, rather than what does Chicago have to give away to bring them here," she adds.

And, affordable housing is among the hot topics for cities courting Amazon's HQ2, reports Crain's Chicago Business. "There's going to be gentrification no matter what city Amazon goes to," says housing researcher Geoff Smith. If Amazon comes to Chicago, "What you saw happen in Logan Square in 10 years, you'd see happen to other places much faster," notes Smith, referring to one of the city's north side neighborhoods.

January 28, 2018

Gentrification begins with reinvestment in a disinvested area, says urban sociologist John Joe Schlichtman. "A gentrifier is a middle-class person who moves into a disinvested context at a time when other people are doing the same. And that has a huge effect on the fabric -- the economic fabric, the political fabric, the social fabric. ... And so in order to consider just reinvestment, there has to be an eye towards the disinvestment, the devaluing," Schlichtman tells NPR.

January 26, 2018
Chicago Review of Books

"We live in the age of the microbe!" science writer Ted Anton tells Chicago Review of Books. Microbes could "help us clean up oil spills (more effectively), and convert industrial and agricultural waste into energy. They could provide new treatments for resistant diseases," says Anton, an English professor and author of "Planet of Microbes."

January 25, 2018
Chicago Tribune

With rent skyrocketing and a new study suggesting that Chicago has shifted from an "owner- to renter-majority," the debate over a 1997 rent control ban is heating up in the city. "There is a coalition of people across incomes who want to see tools like rent control used to sculpt a particular kind of community, not merely the one investors leave in their wake. Such robust communities will only increase future investment," urban sociologist John Joe Schlichtman tells the Chicago Tribune.

January 25, 2018
Daily Herald

O'Hare International Airport continues to rank behind Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in terms of the number of flights it handles, but that could change if Chicago were willing to spend some money, aviation researcher Joseph Schweiterman tells the Daily Herald. "O'Hare is holding its own, but everyone expected an upward bump due to the strong economy and investments in the airport's modernization," he says. "These types of results add fuel to the debate about whether O'Hare needs new terminals to spiff up its image and reduce the high barriers to entry that airlines face."