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CTH 389 – Christianity & Consumerism

For students still searching for Winter Quarter classes , Christianity & Consumerism could be an interesting option. Please see the course description and reading list below. As a reminder, MALS and IDS students are allowed to take up to four 300-level courses.

Professor William Cavanaugh

CTH 389: Christianity & Consumerism

MW 1:00-2:30 LPC, WQ 2011

Consumerism can be defined as the tendency to reduce both the material and the spiritual to commodities. This course is an extended investigation of the dynamics of consumerism in American culture from the perspective of the Christian intellectual tradition. Sources drawn upon will include materials from theology, political theory, philosophy and economic theory. Attention will be given to the history of consumerism, the theology implicit in consumerism, and different Christian reactions to the phenomenon of consumerism.

Required Texts:

Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation

Vincent Miller, Consuming Religion

David McCarthy, The Good Life

The Bible (New Oxford Annotated Bible recommended)


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Enhance Your Brand Identity by Attending Conferences

For our students interested in presenting at conferences, the Career Center has posted an article including expert advice and conference tips from a current DePaul student.


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Top Ten Tips For Better Student Profiles on LinkedIn

For those of you who missed our Autumn Gathering and Melanie Murray’s excellent presentation on LinkedIn, here are some tips from our friends at the Career Center:  http://post.ly/16OK3

Register for a workshop today at:  http://DePaul.experience.com

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Calling All Writers…

IDS student Halley Miglietta is working on a multimedia project and is welcoming written contributions from anyone and everyone.  Here’s the information:

I am doing a project for a class in the New Media Studies Department titled Text and Image, and would like you, yes you, to be involved.

I am creating a digital book that will include writings by *eh hem* you, and photos by, well, me.

Here’s your prompt: “It was only a moment, but it changed everything…”

I’m looking for engaging and creative write-ups based on that theme. I would prefer them to be of the non-fiction memoir category, but if you have a hankering for fiction, that’s welcome too.

Your story can be funny, moving, inspiring, tragic, quirky, fascinating, mind-blowing… or just plain weird.  There is also great freedom in its length – It can be as short as two sentences or as long as one page. Keep in mind that if you’re going for something smaller, try and make sure that you are delivering something huge.

I will take your story, and pair it with a photograph taken by myself. This will be an active pursuit to capture an interesting and relevant visual representation of your specific words.

The project will be completed in approximately 4 weeks. I would like to have all entries in by the next 2.

You will receive a digital copy of the final product.

Please include your name, age, and location. You can also choose to remain anonymous.

I look forward to reading your contributions, and the interesting adventures that will come of them.

You can send your words to my email: seeingseas@gmail.com

On your marks….get set….WRITE!

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Grant Opportunity from MAP

Our current MALS and IDS students may be interested in pursuing an upcoming grant opportunity from MAP (Multi-Arts Production Funds).

MAP works to build a thriving, risk-welcoming contemporary performance field by providing project-specific funding to playwrights, choreographers, directors, composers and performers experimenting in any performance tradition or discipline.  MAP supports only projects that contain a live performance.

MAP funds up to 40 grants per annual cycle, ranging from $10,000 to $45,000. The average award amount is $25,000.  MAP supports most direct costs related to the conception, creation and premiere of a new work. These include but are not limited to commissioning fees and artists’ salaries, research costs, rehearsal and workshop expenses, promotion, and audience outreach and production costs up to and including the premiere run of the work.

Letter of Intent Deadline: October 15, 2010, 2pm EST
Invited Proposals: January 10, 2011
Link: http://mapfund.org/about.html

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Recent Graduates and Their Culminating Projects: Elizabeth Cody

by Jane Bohnsack

I began my position here at the MALS/IDS office with only a basic understanding of how these particular graduate programs function. Having been working here for still only a short while, the excitement I find in learning about the programs, the students, and their areas of study has not yet faded. At the very basis of my own academic studies is the understanding that identities intersect on various social levels; one can never be whittled down to a single, rigid characteristic, nor can a creative work. The interdisciplinary nature of the MALS and IDS programs, and subsequently the work MALS and IDS students complete, seems to fully embody this idea, making recent graduates’ work especially exciting for me to learn about.

Elizabeth Cody, a MALS 2010 graduate, focused her thesis on the 20th century German exile of two artists, and created a nuanced look at artwork that stems from issues of nationalism, identity and guilt. Elizabeth looked particularly at the works of Georg Grosz and Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht, two German realist artists. Grosz and Brecht are analyzed and compared through their similar political beliefs, artistic works and exiled status. Grosz moved towards political, active artwork following a short, but horrific, stint in the German military. Grosz felt it was those most exploited by militarized violence – the victims– could make the greatest difference. He brought this attitude into fruition when he joined the highly politicized Berlin Dadaists, where he played an active role organizing and speaking out. Brecht’s artistic endeavors began as more academic pursuits; he was a poet and playwright, utilizing language to explore themes of homoeroticism, violence, misogyny, while often satirizing the earlier impressionist styles.

Republican Automatons - George Grosz, 1920

Republican Automatons - George Grosz, 1920

Both artists were affected by the dangerous political atmosphere of Germany in the early 20th century: “During the Weimar Years, Grosz and Brecht explored Communism, capitalism, militarism, and misogyny in their works. Politics was the focus of much of the work of Grosz and Brecht due to the clashing politics in Germany following the First World War.” Both eventually fled Germany, either shortly before or right after Adolf Hitler came to power. Elizabeth’s work examines the result of these twin exiles, both the resulting feelings of guilt found within the artists themselves, and also in the ways this guilt manifested itself in their creative works.

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