#DePaul in the NEWS

July 17, 2017

Screenwriter Mark O'Connell's earliest childhood memory is a TV show: "I remember being scared to death by the space aliens ... and that sort of set the theme for my entire life," O'Connell tells WTTW's "Chicago Tonight." His new book explores the life of Chicago astronomer J. Allen Hynek, who coined the term "close encounters" in reference to UFOs.

July 15, 2017

Think PIECE -- pleasant, interesting, engaging and challenging enough -- when encouraging children to read more, literacy expert Roxanne Owens tells BYUradio. "Try not to make it a chore. Try not to make it hard work," she says. "Make it like it's a pleasant thing to do."

July 12, 2017

It's time to reboot the concept of the "canon" of essential literature, says philosophy professor H. Peter Steeves on WBEZ's "The Morning Shift." "Why do we think the only way to count as being educated and learned is if you have knowledge of this canon that's been handed down to us by some place far away and (by) other people who might have an agenda very different than ours?" asks Steeves, director of the DePaul Humanities Center. 

July 11, 2017

Female high school students who live in Chicago Housing Authority housing are studying documentary filmmaking this summer with DePaul's School for Cinematic Arts. Program director Liliane Calfee tells Chaz Ebert at RogerEbert.com: "One of the most beautiful aspects in all of this is that as we put the focus on young women, we introduce a new voice -- a largely unheard perspective, that inherently helps to humanize what have become very polarized narratives in the media."

July 11, 2017

In Illinois, marijuana laws are a "patchwork quilt of a system in transition," reports DePaul's Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence. "Anybody caught with more than 11 pounds of marijuana can be locked up for as long as a convicted armed robber, home invader or a child molester," reports Carol Marin, director of the center, on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight." 

July 04, 2017
Huffington Post

There is "no need to exaggerate with misleading stories about discovering Sally's (Hemings) room" at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, writes historian Thomas A. Foster in HuffPost. He argues that "Those who continue to deny that slavery is foundational to our national development have forced some to respond with simple answers and assertions, like claiming we have now discovered Sally Hemings's room."

July 02, 2017
The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Librarians have to be more collaborative, creative, and fluid in how they think about their contributions," says Scott Walter, university librarian at DePaul. With increased availability of information on the internet, DePaul's libraries turn to in-person services and innovative resources to offer better service for students. "(W)e're here to help ... We're very, very flexible in the way we provide that help," librarian Christopher Parker tells The Chronicle of Higher Education.

July 01, 2017
The Hill

Political website The Hill reports that "(President Donald) Trump and Chicago have a complicated relationship." "Many conservatives in the U.S. have the view that cities are not particularly well-run places, and many of the cities have Democratic Party leadership. I think, in that sense, what Trump is articulating is in part his own view of things, but also reflective of this broader mindset," says Larry Bennett, professor emeritus of political science.

June 29, 2017
Chicago Tribune

With a budget of just $8,000 and a crew of four, the drama "Empty Space," directed by indie filmmaker and DePaul instructor James Choi, had its Chicago premiere at the Windy City Film Festival. "I think it's purely the intimacy of it all," Choi explains to The Chicago Tribune about the small size of the crew. "It just keeps us nimble and mobile and flexible in regards to where we want to shoot and what we want to shoot." 

June 27, 2017

DePaul's collaboration with the Chicago Housing Authority produced more than a documentary film for the teenage girls who participated. "These girls in six weeks were able to learn and accomplish and grow so much not only as women, but as filmmakers and the stories they were able to tell. It's phenomenal," says John Psathas, who teaches cinema production in the School of Cinematic Arts. NBC5 and DNAinfo have the story.