DePaul University Humanities Center examines what’s real in conversation with Rick Jay Oct. 11
CHICAGO — Determining fact from fiction has placed the
word “fake” in an even more unflattering spotlight, making it a timely
topic for the DePaul University Humanities Center 2017-18 season.
some ways, the question of what is real and what is fake is always with
us,” said H. Peter Steeves, professor of philosophy and director of the
“In a world of grays, then, it is even more pressing to
get clear on what we mean by ‘fake’ and ‘real.’ The humanities and the
arts are there at the forefront of this inquiry,” he said.
Steeves chose the theme “fake” three years ago, the word elicited a
different reaction. Now, the pervasive use of the term only validates
the discussion the Humanities Center is trying to generate through this
“We’ll be asking how perception works and how
great magicians can manipulate us into seeing something we can’t
believe is real,” Steeves said. “We’ll be exploring the nature of
shadows, artistic forgeries, historical records and the nature of art.
We’ll be thinking together about what it means to be healthy, how some
in our communities get falsely labeled as ill and the ways in which
differently abled people are not truly necessarily ‘unhealthy.’”
programs are free and open to the public. They are held in the Student
Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 120 on DePaul’s Lincoln Park
Fake 1 & In Conversation with Great Minds: Ricky Jay
6-7:30 p.m. Screening of “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay”
7:30-9 p.m. Conversation with Ricky Jay
and conversation kick off the Humanities Center’s fall season with a
screening of a documentary on Ricky Jay, an author, actor, historian and
renowned sleight-of-hand artist. His resume includes film roles in
“Boogie Nights” and “Tomorrow Never Dies,” television appearances on
“Deadwood” and “The X-Files” and the ability to throw a playing card at
The Horror of the Humanities V
6-6:30 p.m. “Haunted House” interactive Halloween exhibit
6:30-7:45 p.m. Screening of “The Eyes of My Mother”
7:45-9 p.m. Conversation with director Nicolas Pesce
Humanities Center’s fifth annual Halloween event marks the return of
its version of a haunted house where the “terrors” may be interactive
displays and exhibitions on such topics as genetically modified food or
student debt. The evening culminates with a screening of the 2016 black
and white horror film “The Eyes of My Mother” and a discussion with
director Nicolas Pesce.
The 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution
century has passed since Bolshevik workers and soldiers rose up against
Russia’s provisional government, and there are still lessons that can
be learned from the revolution. The Humanities Center examines the event
with live performances and the trial of a fictional character. Guest
• Helena Goscilo, an Ohio State professor with
an expertise in Russian culture, will speak on the pivotal role women
played in the Bolshevik revolution.
• Zachary Cahill, a Chicago-based multi-media artist, will present his “The Parapsychology Initiative” project.
William Nickell, an associate professor and chair of the Slavic
Department at the University of Chicago, will discuss the challenges of
• The Bach & Beethoven Ensemble will provide live musical performances of pre- and post-revolutionary music.
There’s an interactive component, as well, with the audience seated in a manner that resembles a Neo-futurist Russian painting.
events are scheduled for winter and spring, including a Jan. 29
discussion with actor Michael Shannon and sessions addressing fake art,
fake personas and fake illnesses. Learn more about the center and
upcoming events at http://bit.ly/DPUHmCtr.
H. Peter Steeves