Join us for Alumni University on April 8, 2017.

Save the date!

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, alumni will be invited back to campus for Alumni University, a special day of learning and exploration with DePaul professors. Participants can attend up to three classroom sessions on the Loop Campus, with a break for lunch and conversation. It's a great way to get back into the classroom and connect with faculty and fellow alumni. Whether you come for one or two sessions or stay all day, we hope you'll join us for this rare opportunity to walk in the shoes of today's students.

Schedule of Events

Event Check-in: 9 - 9:30 a.m.

DePaul Center
1 E. Jackson Blvd., 11th Floor

Session I: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Fairness, Anonymity and Dictators: The Mathematics of Voting

Bridget Tenner
College of Science and Health
Why are there so many voting procedures? Can there be more than one way to tally votes? When and how do different methods lead to different outcomes? What is the "fairest" option, and what does that even mean? In honor of the ongoing election season, we will explore some of the issues and surprising mathematical paradoxes of voting.

Literature in the Age of Intelligent Machines

John Shanahan
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
This session will explore some of the exciting ways literary study is changing in our age of big data. We will explore the changing history of literary works from hand-printed books to electronic “bits”—that is, from ink printed on paper to pixels on the screens of e-readers. We will also look at what insights data mining and other software tools can yield when applied to cultural works from Shakespeare to the present.

Zombies: Modern Myths, Race and Capitalism

Nicholas Hayes (LAS MA '15)
School for New Learning
The figure of the zombie entered United States popular culture through Haitian spiritual practice, bringing with it concerns of power and race. As the zombie mythology developed in the U.S., it has been adapted to address a variety of other issues. This talk will examine the development of the zombie myth as a reflection of US societal concerns.

Session II: 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Sonic Story Telling

Daniel Makagon
College of Communication
This American Life and Radiolab shifted the sound of public radio in exciting ways, and the increased popularity of storytelling podcasts has changed how people listen to stories and think about making their own audio narratives. This course considers a variety of types of sounds and stories that are being made and shared in a new media environment. We will listen to soundscape recordings, radio diaries and a long-form audio documentary to listen to the ways storytellers are using audio in unique ways to reflect on contemporary life. Members of the class should bring earbuds or headphones to be used during a brief recording exercise.

Hand-crafted Animation in the Digital Age

Meghann Artes
College of Computing & Digital Media
"The Simpsons," "Coraline," "South Park:" all examples of seemingly traditional animation, but all made with the help of advanced software. This presentation will explore emerging technologies in the field of traditional animation. These technologies are opening up creative possibilities while simultaneously reshaping the production process for animators. Not only does using the latest software influence the way animators approach the task at hand, but it also helps them stay relevant in a quickly-changing environment.

Trends in Sports Business

Andy Clark (MBA '87)
Driehaus College of Business
The Sports Business landscape is changing as fans "consume" sports in different and evolving ways. Broadcast rights fees continue to grow in every sport. Technology is changing how we buy tickets and the fan experience both at games and at home. The increasing use of analytics impacts how teams market to their fans and how companies use sponsorship to impact their business. In this session, DePaul's Director of Sports Management Programs, Andy Clark, will share insights from sports industry experts on trends that impact companies, teams and fans.

Light Lunch: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Session III: 1 - 2 p.m.

The Marketing Revolution in Politics *FULL*

Bruce Newman
Driehaus College of Business
Based on Dr. Newman's book "The Marketing Revolution in Politics: What Recent U.S. Presidential Campaigns Can Teach Us About Effective Marketing," this session will center on the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, beginning with a short introduction on the role of marketing in politics going back to the 1952 Eisenhower campaign, then examining how marketing technology has progressed to utilize big data, customer analytics, micro-targeting and social media over the past 60 years. The focus will then shift to the important role that "branding" has played in the 2016 race, especially with respect to the "Trump Effect," what we can expect in a Clinton/Trump campaign, and what all of this means to marketing managers who operate in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Regulating the "Publicness" of Private Investment Funds

Cary Martin Shelby
College of Law
In this session, Assistant Professor of Law Cary Martin Shelby will discuss regulating private investment funds. Although the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Dodd-Frank Act”) was passed over five years ago, regulators are still untangling the myriad of financial reforms mandated under this law. With respect to the investment fund industry in particular, the Dodd-Frank Act created new regulations for hedge funds and other private funds. These new regulations were largely designed to regulate the increasing “publicness” of private funds, as regulators grew increasingly concerned with their abilities to transmit and generate systemic risk. However, these seismic shifts in the regulation of “publicness” have engendered numerous debates that are still being explored across a range disciplines.

Online registration is now closed. Please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 437-1898 or email