Alumni University, April 14, 2018

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, alumni are 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.

Conflict Resolution: Contemplative Theatre as Radical Pedagogy

Laura Biagi
The Theatre School

This session is an introduction to the use of contemplative and performance practices to create awareness of the vital role that diversity plays in U.S. academic communities. Our assumptions, thought of as the "normal" way to look at things, can often result in prejudice and discrimination and, despite our best intentions, create microaggressions. When working with younger generations—such as students—faculty and staff may underestimate the impact that their authority has on their overall success. It is of paramount importance that academic leaders learn how to listen, control and express their emotions, and choose words and body language that are inclusive. Working with simple exercises, Dr. Biagi will discuss the concept of radical pedagogy, and illuminate the fact that respect of diversity is first to be cultivated within.

Chicago as a Learning City: Educational Needs for Alumni, Leaders and Lifelong Learners

Leodis Scott
College of Education

If Chicago were a learning city, then how would its citizens educate and learn? This presentation approaches such a question in three ways: 1) As an introduction to learning cities research; 2) As a connection to Chicago higher education-lifelong learning policy; and 3) As an invitation for alumni, educational leaders and lifelong learners to create solutions for needs at every learning stage. We will examine how these practices constrain the scope of democracy in the U.S.—particularly for groups that have historically been targets of political suppression.

Building Bilingualism: Language and Education in the United States

Carolina Barrera Tobón
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

This presentation examines the consequences of bilingualism at both the individual and societal levels. At the individual level, we examine the many benefits of bilingualism, including its cognitive, economic and educational advantages, as well as some of the myths surrounding bilingualism. At the societal level, we focus on bilingualism in the United States and how social and political factors, like language policy and planning, affect the development and maintenance of bilingualism. Specifically, we look at the patterns of language maintenance, shift and loss as the effect of social, political and educational factors. Finally, we discuss issues of education by evaluating models of "bilingual education" used throughout the United States.

Session II: 10:45–11:45 a.m.

CyberSecurity—It’s All About Risk Assessment

Jacob Furst
College of Computing & Digital Media

Cybersecurity is a complex endeavor that requires a fine balance between an organization's mission and its risk appetite. Discovering the right balance is only possible through risk assessment. Despite using risk assessment continuously in our daily lives, performing risk assessment for even a reasonably large organization requires a systematic way of looking at risk and making decisions. This presentation will take you through that process.

Why Managing Customer Experiences Matters: Lessons from Health Care

Andrew Gallan
Driehaus College of Business

Andrew S. Gallan, PhD, assistant professor of Marketing at DePaul University, is an expert in designing and managing patient experiences in a variety of health care contexts. In this presentation, he shares what he has learned from his research and advising, and how it may provide insights into managing customer experiences in a variety of industries.

Fandom and the Contemporary Media Environment

Paul Booth
College of Communication

While once considered annoying at best, or dangerous at worst, fans today are some of the most influential viewers of the media. From Trekkies to ComicCon, fandom has grown exponentially, and today it's cool to be a fan. Find out what makes fandom so attractive to media audiences and media producers alike!

Light Lunch: 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Session III: 1–2 p.m.

Exploring "The Marvelous Structure of Reality:" Awe in the Natural and Built Environment

Kimberly Quinn
College of Science & Health

In this session, I will provide an overview of the psychology of awe. I will discuss how awe is defined and measured, and what past research has taught us about the conditions that elicit awe and the various positive outcomes of experiencing awe. I will also discuss the research that I am conducting with my students and collaborators, both in my own lab as well as several Chicago cultural institutions (Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo).

Strategies in Leading for your Career and Life

Alyssa Westring
Driehaus College of Business

This session is designed to help participants develop strategies for success both in and outside of work. Many employees believe that career success can only be achieved by sacrificing personal wellness and non-work relationships. In this session, participants will learn to rethink this "trade-off" mentality and how to define career success on their own terms. Participants will explore and practice strategies for thriving in all areas of their lives.

Criminal Justice

Monu Bedi
College of Law

Check back for a description of this session soon!

For any questions, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at (800) 437-1898 or email .
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