Irony and Excellence at the DePaul Humanities Center & More

The DePaul Humanities Center would like to invite everyone to attend the next event in their 2012-2013 series exploring Nostalgia and The Age of Enlightenment.

This Thursday, January 17th, 2013  at 6:00 p.m. in the DePaul Art Museum, Matthew Girson, Associate Professor of Art, Media and Design at DePaul, and H. Peter Steeves, Professor of Philosophy at DePaul, will lead a public participatory discussion entitled “Irony and Excellence after the Enlightenment? Yeah, Right. Sure.” The DePaul Humanities Center describes the evening’s topic as follows:

When modernity and the Enlightenment project revealed their final stages—a move toward irony, a rejection of authority, and a willingness to put the past aside—what became of art? And what became of our ability to talk about excellence, merit, and quality in art? An ironic culture may seem different from all that came before it, and yet, there are ways in which irony has, in some form or another, always been part of Western culture. Together, Girson and Steeves hope to flesh out some of the important questions concerning the status of art—and questions of value—in a fully-ironic postmodern age.

The experimental format for this event is a “public and participatory discussion.” Girson and Steeves will not read prepared lectures but will, instead, have a conversation with each other. After the groundwork is laid, the audience will be invited to join in the conversation rather than wait for the traditional Q&A period. It is hoped that this format will allow everyone to think together about irony and excellence, toward a common goal, with a common purpose.

Matthew Girson, a 2005-2006 Humanities Center Faculty Fellow, is Associate Professor and teaches all levels of painting and drawing in DePaul’s Department of Art, Media and Design. He also teaches for the Honors program and has offered courses in the First Year Program. His artworks have been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. Recently, an article that he wrote on Holocaust representation appeared in Lessons & Legacies XII, published jointly by the Holocaust Education Foundation and Northwestern University.

H. Peter Steeves is a Professor in the department of Philosophy at DePaul University and a 2001-2002 Humanities Center Faculty Fellow. His main areas of teaching and research include phenomenology, ethics, social-political philosophy, and the philosophy of science. His books include The Things Themselves: Phenomenology and the Return to the Everyday, (SUNY Press, 2006), Animal Others: On Ethics, Ontology, and Animal Life (SUNY, 1999), and Founding Community: A Phenomenological-Ethical Inquiry (Kluwer, 1998). Steeves is currently working on a variety of research topics, including the origin of life, postmodern aesthetics, the nature of mourning, and cosmology.

This event is free and open to the public.


The DePaul Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity is pleased to announce that DePaul University will again participate in the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship Program. For more than 20 years, the DFI program and its predecessor programs have provided competitive need-based fellowships to underrepresented minority students who are pursuing graduate degrees from a participating Illinois higher education institution. Seven DePaul graduate students currently receive the DFI fellowship and several DFI Alumni serve as faculty or administrators at DePaul.

Students who attended our workshops in the past, tended to prepare stronger applications. We scheduled application workshops on the following dates:

Lincoln Park:

  • Wednesday, January 16, 10am to Noon: Cultural Center- Oscar Romeo Room, LPSC, rm. 105A
  • Thursday, January 17, 2pm to 4pm: Cultural Center- Oscar Romeo Room, LPSC, rm. 105A


  • Wednesday, January 30, 10am to Noon: DePaul Center- DePaul Center Room 8002
  • Thursday, January 31, 3pm to 4:30pm: DePaul Center – DePaul Center 8011
  • Wednesday, February 6, 10am to noon: OIDE Conference Room

You can reserve a space: Click Here to RSVP for a DFI Application Workshop

The 2012-2013 DFI application are available on the IBHE homepage More information about the DFI Fellowship, including eligibility information, is also the website also has eligibility information. DePaul students are required to submit the completed DFI Fellowship application to the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, 14, E. Jackson, Suite 800 on or before February 18, 2013, 4:00 p.m. CST.

Selection of award recipients in this rigorous competition is based on a comprehensive review of the application materials. All academic fields at the master’s and doctoral level will be considered for this award; however, the DFI Program Board has established the following priorities: applicants interested in obtaining a full-time instructional position in Illinois higher education, applicants in the first year of their graduate program, applicants pursuing degrees in any of the sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields, and applicants pursuing a doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree.

Full-time enrollment is required during the fellowship period. Fellows must pursue and accept a full-time position in teaching or administration at an Illinois post-secondary educational institution, Illinois higher education governing board, or an educational-related position at a state agency following the completion of their graduate program for at least the same number of years that they receive the fellowship.

Students who apply for the DFI Fellowship must demonstrate financial need. Therefore, they must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before being considered for the award. The FAFSA for the 2013 academic year will be available online in January 2013, In order to meet the DFI application deadline, candidates should complete the online FAFSA application by February 1, 2013.


And finally, a reminder for our MAE students: All current MAE students have received an email containing important information about the Capstone Portfolio Requirement, including information on the Capstone Portfolio Winter ’13 Information Session, which will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the SAC 232.

If you plan on submitting your Portfolio in Winter ‘13, please review and respond to the email by January 18th, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Shanahan at

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