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Campus Conversations

The Campus Conversations series brings together faculty, staff, and students to engage in conversation as an academic community.  Highlighting the research and expertise of our faculty, these events explore important topics facing our DePaul community and our world.  The annual forums are hosted by the       Office of Academic Affairs.

President's Lecture Series and Campus Conversations

The President's Lecture Series keynote event is the first of two events during the week of April 26, focused on the future for DePaul.  The end goal of both events is to drive ongoing conversations about what the future of DePaul may look like.

On April 26, DePaul will host a President's Lecture Series event, "Building our Capacity for Transformation".  Cecily Sommers, a futurist, will deliver a keynote address for the April 26, event.  Sommers is a renowned speaker and helps guide organizations from what is known into what is next.

During Campus Conversations: Strategic Visioning on April 29, faculty and staff will break out into small groups to discuss topics covered by futurist Cecily Sommers during the keynote event.  This conversation will be moderated by DePaul's Marty Martin, a licensed clinical psychologist and Research and Innovation Leadership Fellow.  The dialogue from these two events will help guide continuing engagement around the vision for Depaul tomorrow.

These events are for DePaul faculty and staff. 

Registration is required.

Building Capacity for Transformation

Monday, April 26, 2021

9:30 am

Campus Conversations: Strategic Visioning

Thursday, April 29, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 pm​

Academic Perspectives to Stop Asian Hate

April 16, 2021


Hate crimes against Asian Americans increased nearly 150% in 2020.  Unfair blame for COVID-19 helps to explain the spike in violence, but AAPI/APIDA people have been subject to discrimination since passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882.  The resurgence of white supremacy has also fueled animosity against all marginalized groups. 

As a community of students, staff and faculty, DePaul is committed to the safety and well being of all its members.  A panel of faculty, saff and students will offer their perspective on the problem and address questions and concerns from the audience.

Academic Perspectives on the Upcoming Presidential Election

October 20, 2020



Salma Ghanem

Interim Provost


Scott Hibbard

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science


Joycelyn Carter

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

David Franklin

Associate Professor, Colllege of Law

Valerie Johnson

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Bruce Newman

Professor and Wicklander Fellow in Business Ethics, Department of Marketing

Wayne Steger

Professor, Department of Political Science

Barbara Willard

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Academic Perspectives on Cannabis

November 11, 2019

In anticipation of the January 1, 2020 legalization of cannabis in Illinois, this Campus Conversation panel discussion explored the issue focusing on the research and expertise on this matter by DePaul faculty. Topics included the phrmacology of cannabis; medical cannabis; and business, legal, policy and historical perspectives of cannabis.



Salma Ghanem

Interim Provost


Chris Bury

Senior Journalist in Residence, College of Communication


Douglas Bruce

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sciences

Suzanne Carlberg-Racich

Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Program

Michael Grynberg

Professor of Law and Associate Dean, College of Law

J. Steven Kelly

Associate Professor, Department of Marketing

Dorothy Kozlowski

Professor and Interim Dean, Department of Biological Sciences

Don Opitz

Associate Professor and Interim Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies