AQ 2015 - DePaul University Academics

The First-Year Program
HON 111: Honors Explore Chicago
Autumn Quarter 2015
Chicago in Film
Douglas Long
Diverse Faces of
AIDS: Prevention
Education Treatment
Leah Neubauer
Recommended for students in the CSH
Pathways Honors Program.
The Radical Tradition
in Chicago
Colleen Doody
[email protected]
UPDATED 4/15/2015
For more than a century, Chicago has had a close relationship with the movies. In this course we will visit sites
where films were made and where others were set, and we’ll see some of Chicago’s unique movie theatres. We
will screen and study several Chicago-connected films and meet some people who have been involved. The
city’s film production history goes back to the silents, when Charlie Chaplin made a slapstick comedy here, and
continues through the present with dramas such as Public Enemies. Chicago’s history has been reflected in many
films including some that chronicle, and sometimes glorify, its gangster past (1932’s Scarface, The Untouchables).
And during the 1980s, many classic film comedies came out of Chicago, including The Blues Brothers and Ferris
Bueller’s Day Off. (Note: This class has an additional Friday afternoon “lab” session for movie screenings.)
This course is designed to introduce students to one of the most critical and intriguing health issues in history—
the AIDS epidemic. Students will learn about the diverse range of individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS and the
range of prevention, education, treatment, and advocacy services that are offered throughout the Chicago
metropolitan area. As students interact with those who live with HIV/AIDS and who provide AIDS-related
services, they will experience the human face of AIDS, and will explore the social, psychological, political,
religious, and legal dimensions of this epidemic. This course will cover the following topics in the AIDS
epidemic: history and epidemiology; transmission and disease progression; education and prevention; traditional
medical and psychosocial treatment; spirituality and alternative treatments; housing and hospice care; policy and
advocacy. The course is also designed to present a multicultural perspective on the AIDS epidemic, thus
students will interact with individuals and agencies representing a range of ages, genders, ethnicities, sexual
orientations, socioeconomic statuses, and serostatuses (HIV+/HIV-).
Chicago has a rich tradition of radicalism. In this class, we will explore a few of the city’s radical movements and
people from the last one hundred and thirty years—German-American anarchists, African-American
communists, student anti-war protesters, and socialist feminists. As a system of belief, it is notoriously hard to
pin down and assign a consistent meaning to the term radicalism. We will explore the varied ideas and actions of
our chosen subjects so that we can ultimately explain what we mean when we label all of these groups as radical.
This course will focus on four topics—the Haymarket riot, Richard Wright and African-American communism,
the anti-war protests of August 1968, and the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union of the late 1960s and early
1970s. We will use a variety of different sources—web pages, primary source documents, novels, cemetery
monuments, and videos—to explore these topics. In addition, students will do a variety of different types of
writing exercises—informal individual journal writing, small group projects, and more formal individual papers.
 AUTUMN 2015