Join us for Alumni University on April 8, 2017.

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, 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.

Interest Based Bargaining

Rocky (Robert) Perkovich
Driehaus College of Business

Most people negotiate in order to win, often damaging relationships. In this workshop you will begin to learn the art of negotiating so that you AND the other party win by bargaining over interests, rather than positions.

Mass Incarceration and the Imprisonment of Democracy

Christina Rivers
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Currently 2.3 million people are incarcerated in America. This is an extraordinary number, especially compared to other advanced democracies. Even more notable, America deprives over 6.1 million people of their voting rights, due to felony and other convictions. This talk will examine the origins of felon disenfranchisement laws and prison-based gerrymanders, and 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.

Fighting Against Superbugs and Other Drug-resistant Pathogens in 2017

Joanna Brooke
College of Science & Health

This course will cover topics that include updating our knowledge about antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause infectious disease in humans, exploring the difficulties encountered by clinicians treating biofilm- and multi-species infections and a discussion of the current and developing novel strategies being used against these potentially deadly bacteria. Course attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the research on drug-resistant bacteria conducted by undergraduate and graduate research students in the laboratory at DePaul.

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

Interculturalism: Learning to Live Together in Harmony - *FULL*

Darrick Tovar-Murray
College of Education

In today's global world, Interculturalism, or Interculturality, is important to our daily lives. This presentation is entitled, "Interculturalism: Learning to live together in harmony." The following two questions will be addressed: What is Interculturalism? And, how can we embrace an Intercultural Pedagogy for living in harmony? The goal of the presentation is for the audience to embrace Interculturalism as a model for understanding and appreciating human differences.

Play 4 Change - Approaches to Designing Games with a Purpose

Doris Rusch
College of Computing & Digital Media

This lecture tackles the question: "How games can be 'about something?'" Focusing particularly on games about the human experience/mental health games, we will explore how games convey meaning and enable embodied experiences that promote (self-)understanding, empathy and dialogue. We will analyze a series of short games developed in CDM's Play 4 Change lab, analyze their design approach and investigate their contexts of use, potential application areas and real-world impact.

Decision Making and Consumer Biases - *FULL*

James Mourey
Driehaus College of Business

Have you ever thought about how you make a decision? If you're like most people, your answer is probably "No." But what if I told you that two people given the same information could come to drastically different decisions simply by the way they choose to go about making their decision? This may seem inconsequential, but imagine that statement in the context of the Cuban Missile Crisis or which million-dollar acquisition decision to make. If that doesn't scare you, now imagine that there are hidden forces pulling and tugging the strings of that decision-making process without your conscious awareness. In this class, Dr. Mourey will cover decision-making strategies and some biases and heuristics that, although often helpful, can lead you to make suboptimal and flat-out wrong decisions. Your thought process will never be the same!

Light Lunch: 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Session III: 1 - 2 p.m.

Connecting on Climate and Energy: Finding Common Ground in an Era of Political Polarization

Jill Hopke
College of Communication

The majority of voters support U.S. global engagement on climate change. Following the presidential election, researchers at Yale University and George Mason University found that seven in ten (69%) of registered voters agree with U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, including just more than half (51%) of Republicans. In this talk, drawing on my social media research on discourse about the COP21 Paris climate talks, protest over the Dakota Access Pipeline and hydraulic fracturing, as well as the broader field of climate change communication, I’ll explore ways in which we can connect meaningfully on climate action and energy concerns in an era marked by political polarization on the issues.

Immigration Law in the Trump Era

Allison Tirres
College of Law
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