DePaul Download


DePaul Download

DePaul Download is a podcast that highlights the university’s thinkers and doers.

The guests include DePaul’s faculty experts discussing their initiatives or the pressing issues of the times. You’ll also hear from our president, Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban, about both the challenges facing higher education and DePaul’s response to our guiding question: What must be done?

DePaul Download is available through Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and other platforms. You can also listen to episodes using the player below. Visit the How to Listen page for more information.

Episode 36

November 16, 2021

Entryway for Empathy: Exploring Personal Stories in the Courageous Dialogue Series

Hearing personal stories can create a deeper understanding of racism and systemic oppression, says DePaul professor and documentary filmmaker Chi-Jang Yin. She joins the podcast to discuss a series of videos she produced, titled the Courageous Dialogue Series, interviewing students, faculty and staff about their experiences.

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Episode 35

November 2, 2021

Behind the scenes: A look at the new Opera Hall

After being delayed by the pandemic, DePaul’s new Sasha and Eugene Jarvis Opera Hall will host its premier performance of La Calisto on November 12 and 14. DePaul Download takes you behind the scenes with Harry Silverstein, the director of the DePaul Opera Theatre and chair of musical performance in the School of Music. LISTEN.

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Episode 34

October 12, 2021

Balanced Approach: A Conversation With SGA President Watfae Zayed

Watfae Zayed studies neuroscience at DePaul, serves as Student Government Association president and a mentor, and teaches Arabic at her mosque. She joins the podcast to share how the pandemic has changed her as a leader, her own shift in career path, and how she balances all her responsibilities while still prioritizing a good night’s sleep.

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Episode 33

September 28, 2021

How speech language pathology supports care for preemies, kids, the elderly and more

Speech language pathologists treat patients with a range of health issues, but finding treatment can be difficult. DePaul is meeting that need with a new graduate program and community clinic for children and adults in Chicago. Jayne Jaskolski joins the podcast to discuss the clinic and the new graduate program she directs.

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Episode 32

September 14, 2021

Begin Again: University President Discusses Community's Return to Campus

This fall, the DePaul community started more than a new set of classes and work assignments. Students, faculty and staff also began working towards a B.A. — the charge to begin again. Dr. Esteban joins the podcast to talk about the community’s return to campus and what he has planned for his last year as president.

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Episode 30

May 11, 2021

Meet DePaul’s New Blue Demon: Coach Stubbs, the Men’s Basketball Head Coach

DePaul’s new men’s basketball head coach, Tony Stubblefield – or Coach Stubbs as he prefers to be called – joins the podcast to talk about his plans for the team, shares how he will recruit local athletes and even gives a personal factoid that many may not know about him.

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Episode 29

April 27, 2021

Commencement Celebrations Like No Other

The COVID-19 pandemic affected nearly every aspect of the collegiate experience – including commencement. To ensure the Class of 2021 had the opportunity to participate in the time-honored tradition – even if it looked different than a typical year – DePaul planned Graduation Celebration. DePaul’s interim provost, Salma Ghanem, shares more about the university’s plans.

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Episode 28

March 15, 2021

DePaul’s College of Science and Health Meets the Demand for Growth in STEM

As the College of Science and Health begins celebrating its 10th anniversary, Dean Stephanie Dance-Barnes discusses the college’s past, present and future. Listen for her thoughts on the college’s interdisciplinary approach to branching into health and clinical fields and how it is advancing diversity within STEM fields.

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Episode 27

February 23, 2021

On with the Show: Performing Arts in the Age of COVID 19

Last spring at the start of the pandemic, The Theatre School transitioned Shakespeare’s dark comedy, Measure for Measure, from a live in-studio play to a radio show. 2020 MFA graduate Maricruz Menchero talks about the experience, the radio show’s unexpected benefits and explains how her coursework introduced her to new skillsets for life after graduation.

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Episode 26

February 9, 2021

The importance of Black love in romance novels

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, tune in to the latest episode of DePaul Download with DePaul Liberal Arts and Social Sciences faculty member Julie Moody-Freeman to learn more about the history and importance of Black representation in romance novels and the podcast she hosts, The Black Romance Podcast.

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Episode 25

January 26, 2021

Teaching Through Tough Times

When local teachers and principals needed strategies for navigating a year of pandemic disruptions, political unrest and encouraging anti-racism efforts, Donna Kiel and her colleagues in DePaul’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning answered with support. Now, the College of Education professor is considering the question, “How do we take the lessons of 2020 and change the world?”

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Episode 24

December 7, 2020

Christmas from DePaul: A behind the scenes look at this year’s virtual event

This year, Christmas from DePaul is going virtual. The event’s producers, Tony Peluso and Jamie Davis, talk about the challenges they faced due to COVID-19, explain how DePaul’s campus was used to help tell the story of Jesus’ birth and share how DePaul’s students were involved in creating this year’s event, in front of and behind the camera.

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Episode 23

November 18, 2020

Get to know DeWayne Peevy, DePaul’s new director of athletics

Nearly three months into DeWayne Peevy’s tenure, DePaul Download sits down with the university’s new director of athletics to find out how he’s adjusting to campus and the city and learn about his plans for DePaul, including his “ABCs of DePaul Athletics.”

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Episode 22

October 30, 2020

How to cope with election-related stress

The American Psychological Association found that many people are citing the 2020 elections as a significant source of stress in their life. To learn more about election-related stress and how to cope with it, listen to latest episode with Jocelyn Carter, associate professor in the College of Science and Health and director of clinical training.

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Episode 21

October 28, 2020

Research, technology and emotions: How political marketing plays a critical role in government and presidential elections

Elections have evolved the last few decades. From simply polling voters to using big data to sway voters’ decisions, DePaul Driehaus School of Business professor, former White House advisor and author, Bruce Newman, outlines political marketing’s growing influence in elections and, simply, within government. He also shares his analysis of the 2020 Presidential election and what the 2020 winner will need to accomplish before January’s Inauguration.

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Episode 20

October 21, 2020

Behind the scenes of moderating a political debate with Chicago journalist and faculty member Carol Marin

Debates have taken center stage during the dynamic 2020 Presidential election. The debate moderators’ performances have also been scrutinized and criticized. To give her take on this year’s debates and share some of her experiences as a political debate moderator is Carol Marin, award-winning Chicago journalist and director of DePaul University’s Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence.

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Episode 19

October 15, 2020

DePaul Creates New Scholarship to Offer Private Education at Attainable Cost

Families are increasingly burdened by financial strain due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and many are concerned with how they can afford a private university education. In response, Dr. Esteban sits down with the DePaul Download to talk about DePaul’s new State Scholar Plus University Scholarship Program.

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Episode 18

October 13, 2020

DePaul Professor and Environmental Scientist Shares How to Build an Antiracist Lab

Racial and ethnic diversity within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields remains low. To help address the issue, assistant professor and environmental scientist in DePaul’s College of Science and Health, Dr. Bala Chaudhary, collaborated with another researcher of color to write the “Ten Simple Rules for Building an Antiracist Lab.”

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Episode 17

September 29, 2020

Students Find More than Gaming in DePaul Esports

The Esports market, or competitive video gaming, is anticipated to surpass $1.5 billion by 2023. DePaul’s director of Student Involvement, Courtney James, talks about DePaul’s unique Esports community, which draws hundreds of student gamers. Through their participation, the students find connection, an inclusive environment and even inspiration for career paths.

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Episode 16

September 17, 2020

DePaul Kicks Off Unique Academic Year Rooted in its Mission

To kick off the unique 2020-2021 academic year, DePaul Download sits down with President Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban to explain how the community’s commitment to the university’s mission is stronger than ever and how the community can apply the mission to their personal lives.

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Episode 15

May 26, 2020

Sister Helen Prejean and the Death Penalty: Decades of Fighting Capital Punishment

Sister Helen Prejean has dedicated her life to opposing the death penalty and in 2011, she donated her personal archives to the university to help the DePaul community learn from her work. Tune in to this week’s episode with Sister Helen to learn more about how her efforts sparked a national dialogue on capital punishment and what keeps her going.

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Episode 14

May 12, 2020

DePaul Bioethicists and Their Roles in the Fight Against COVID-19

At the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic are bioethicists, experts who help health professionals and elected officials navigate tough decisions. On this episode, DePaul bioethicists Craig Klugman and Valerie Koch discuss how they’ve applied their expertise during this pandemic, their takes on local and state responses to COVID-19, and what may come next.

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Episode 13

May 7, 2020

Where Do We Go from Here? A Conversation with Dr. Esteban

DePaul University and campuses across the country have been fundamentally disrupted by COVID-19. The entire DePaul community is looking for some certainty about what the future holds. While many details still aren’t known, DePaul President A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., shares his thoughts and the factors DePaul is considering as the university begins planning for the fall.

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Episode 12

April 28, 2020

DePaul’s influence on Alum Brian Coleman’s journey to National School Counselor of the Year

Showing how he exemplifies “Here, We Do,” Brian Coleman, a 2014 College of Education alum, brings his signature energy to this episode of DePaul Download to discuss his DePaul experience and counseling career at Jones College Prep in Chicago.

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Episode 11

April 14, 2020

When Alum Karli Butler Shared Her Message of Forgiveness from DePaul’s TEDx Stage

DePaul Download checks back in with former TEDxDePaulUniversity speaker, Karli Butler, to hear what she’s been up to, how the TEDx experience impacted her life and what it was like to share such a personal story with hundreds of people

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Episode 10

April 1, 2020

Faith, community and living Vincentian values in the time of COVID-19

DePaul’s new Vice President for Mission and Ministry Rev. Guillermo (Memo) Campuzano, C.M., outlines how the university community can continue connecting in faith-based ways during a time when we’re encouraged to be apart.

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Episode 9

March 10, 2020

Alyssa Westring on What Parents Can Learn from Business Leadership

Business professor Alyssa Westring draws from her new book, "Parents Who Lead," to offer leadership-influenced solutions for the burnout years of parenthood.

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Episode 8

February 12, 2020

Nick Thomas on Hospitality Industry Trends and Hospitality Leadership Education

As the School of Hospitality Leadership turns 10, its director shares how educators are meeting the challenge of evolving with the world’s largest and fastest-growing industry.

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Episode 7

January 28, 2020

How Two Psychology Professors Earned $6 Million to Support Chicago Youth at Risk of Violence

Longtime collaborators W. LaVome Robinson and Leonard A. Jason will use the largest grant in DePaul's history to expand the Success Over Stress Violence Prevention Project.

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Episode 6

January 14, 2020

Interim Provost Salma Ghanem on Encouraging, Funding and Celebrating Innovation

Interim Provost Salma Ghanem explains how DePaul walks the walk when it comes to promoting innovation at the university.

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Episode 5

November 19, 2019

Political Scientist Christina Rivers: Restoring the Fundamental Right to Vote

DePaul political scientist Christina Rivers, an expert in voting rights and a DePaul Presidential Fellow, helped pass legislation to provide voter education to soon-to-be released inmates.

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Episode 4

November 12, 2019

Dr. Gabriel Esteban & Lydia Stazen: World’s Big Sleep Out and Ending Homelessness within This Generation

Lydia Stazen, executive director of DePaul's Institute of Global Homelessness, joins DePaul’s president, Dr. Gabriel Esteban, in conversation about the World's Big Sleep Out and the institute's plans to turn the energy and momentum of the Dec. 7 event into meaningful action.

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Episode 3

October 8, 2019

Horace Hall and John Joe Schlichtman: How Gentrification and Lack of Access to Education Feed Inequality

DePaul Professor Horace Hall, who co-founded a Chicago youth outreach program, joins Professor John Joe Schlichtman, an urban sociologist, to discuss inequality and gentrification— issues at the root of controversies over development, housing, safety and education.

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Episode 2

September 24, 2019

Guillermo Vásquez de Velasco and David Wellman Introduce The Grace School of Applied Diplomacy

Can you imagine a school in which a Chicago community organizer studies alongside a peer in the foreign service? Established with an anonymous $20 million gift, DePaul’s new Grace School of Applied Diplomacy is making that a reality.

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September 24, 2019

President A. Gabriel Esteban: Tracing the Path from Manila to DePaul

Dr. Esteban’s early life experiences in the Philippines influenced his journey to the presidency of DePaul.

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