2020 will perhaps be remembered not only as a year of consuming sorrow and heartache but also as a time when multiple contradictions ruled our daily lives. The invisible enemy made visible a great deal about ourselves, our values and our weapons of mass salvation: kindness, generosity, and good information.
My colleagues and I often review recently acquired books by our library—most often fiction—for this blog, but this post, in honor of April, National Poetry Month, focuses on a few selected poems. Poetry, as Auden so famously wrote, “makes nothing happen.” And yet, it offers us powerful insights about the
Reading Richard Powers’s The Overstory, I was reminded of George Herbert, the 17th-century metaphysical poet and priest, a “devotional lyricist” known for writing “pattern poems,” in which the lines are so arranged that they become visual, “concrete” representations of the subject of the poem. Powers’s novel offers a grand reworking
Early in Tara Westover’s fascinating memoir, we read about a significant moment in her life: when her mother finally decides to file the required paperwork for her children’s birth certificates. At the time, Westover is nine years old (her other siblings are much older), and it takes some effort to
Milkman, by Anna Burns, is both a fascinating and challenging read: It reaches the mind and the heart but also the marrow. The book is a deep immersion in the sensibilities of the characters living through “the Troubles,” those decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, during which at least
“Mni Wiconi”: “Water is life.” On Wednesday, May 17, the DePaul Humanities Center will celebrate the enduring efforts of a first nation community fighting for their sovereign rights. On behalf of the Native Peoples at Standing Rock, three outstanding leaders will receive the 2016-17 DePaul Humanities Laureate Award: Bobbi Jean
“Comedy is a funny way of being serious.” Peter Ustinov Comedy is essentially about disruption, and in times of political unrest, it can be a powerful tool in helping those on the “outside” respond to those on the “inside.” The next DePaul Humanities Center event focuses on “Transformations: Clowns, Jesters,
“Transformations: Art, Identity, Ideology” is the topic guiding the next DePaul Humanities Center discussion, planned for Thursday, April 20, 2017. The conversation offers an exciting opportunity to learn more about some of the most complex interfaces between art and identity formation in the 21st century. Four artists and thinkers from