WBEZ | DePaul University http://www.wbez.org/tags/depaul-university Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Carnaval 2015 celebrates Latino theatermakers http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-21/carnaval-2015-celebrates-latino-theatermakers-112435 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/carnaval.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Playwrights often look to their own experience, family dynamics and cultural background to inform their work. The work can be a window for audiences to see into this world that may be different than their own. On Thursday, some of the leading voices on the Latino theater scene are gathering to exchange ideas about getting more plays with Latino themes on the stage and into new audiences. Carnaval 2015 at The Theatre School at DePaul University will also bring never before seen works to the stage, like Octavio Solis&rsquo; Mother Road. We&rsquo;re joined by Solis, along with director Juliette Carrillio and festival organizer Lisa Portes.</p></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-21/carnaval-2015-celebrates-latino-theatermakers-112435 Morning Shift: Obama rolls out budget and Great Lakes take a hit http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-02-04/morning-shift-obama-rolls-out-budget-and-great-lakes-take-hit <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/beigeinside.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="Flickr/beinginside" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/189473824&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Mayoral candidates answer questions about mental health</span></p><p>Two non-profits are releasing surveys they sent to Chicago mayoral candidates. One comes from Access Living and talks about the candidates stance on important issues to people with disabilities&mdash;including people with psychiatric needs. The second survey comes from The Mental Health Movement&mdash;a group that&rsquo;s pushed to re-open City Mental Health clinics that closed in 2012.</p><p><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/shannon_h">Shannon Heffernan</a> is a WBEZ reporter.&nbsp;</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/189473822&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Obama rolls out budget and Great Lakes take a hit</span></p><p>When President Obama revealed his $4 trillion budget Monday, Midwest water watchers noticed that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was taking a hit. The 2016 budget allocates $250M, down from $300M in the last budget. Joel Brammeier from <a href="http://www.greatlakes.org/">Alliance for the Great Lakes</a> explains what this move will mean for the health of the region&rsquo;s waterways.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<em><a href="https://twitter.com/JoelBrammeier">Joel Brammeier</a> is&nbsp;president and chief executive officer of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/189473820&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Congressman Roskam weighs in on President&#39;s budget</span></p><p>Republican Congressman Peter Roskam of the 6th District reacts to President Barack Obama&#39;s budget and how it will affect issues related to the state and city of Chicago.</p><p><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/PeterRoskam">Peter Roskam</a> is&nbsp;Republican Congressman for Illinois&#39; 6th District.&nbsp;</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/189473816&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Conference addresses social injustices and community health</span></p><p>The state of public health in communities with diverse populations is generally considered unbalanced. When dissecting the disparity of public health in a city as diverse as Chicago, DePaul University and the Center for Community Health Equity examine the issue through the lens of social injustice. DePaul welcomes local health and community experts Friday at its Health Disparities and Social Justice Conference to shed light on how race and other factors affect health care in Chicago. We&#39;re joined by Rush&#39;s Dr. David Ansell, the conference keynote speaker, and DePaul&#39;s Fernando De Maio to talk about their agenda this weekend.</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><em><a href="http://doctors.rush.edu/directory/profile.asp?dbase=main&amp;setsize=10&amp;display=Y&amp;last=Ansell&amp;pict_id=9236606&amp;tab=4">Dr. David Ansell</a> is a&nbsp;Chicago author, public health leader and a physician at Rush University Medical Center.</em></li><li><em><a href="http://las.depaul.edu/departments/sociology/faculty/Pages/fernando-demaio.aspx">Fernando De Maio</a> is the&nbsp;Director of the Sociology Undergraduate program and an associate professor of sociology at DePaul University.&nbsp;</em></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/189473815&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Food Wednesday: Door County&rsquo;s Washington Island Fish Boil comes to Chicago</span></p><p>Every summer thousands of Chicagoans head up to Wisconsin&rsquo;s Door County which is known for beautiful waterfront scenery, cherry pie and good old fashioned fish boils. What is a fish boil and how can Chicagoans give it a try? Two men who spend most of their year on Door County&rsquo;s Washington Island&mdash;Fish boil organizer and Washington Island musician Julian Hagen and the &ldquo;fish mortician&rdquo; Ken Koyen&mdash;bring us a taste of it before they head to FitzGerald&rsquo;s in Berwyn this weekend to present its first authentic Door County Fish Boil.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><em><a href="http://julianhagen.weebly.com/">Julian Hagen</a> is a Washington Island resident and Fish Boil organizer.</em></li><li><em><a href="https://sitesandstories.wordpress.com/tag/ken-koyen/">Ken Koyen &nbsp;</a>is know as the &quot;Fish Mortician&quot; of Washington Island and owns a restaurant in town.&nbsp;</em></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/189473813&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Ballet choreographer turns to the Man in Black for inspiration</span></p><p>Canadian choreographer James Kudelka is known in the dance world for combining classical ballet with other dance idioms. That&rsquo;s why Joffrey Ballet fans are excited about the Chicago premiere of <a href="http://joffrey.org/uniquevoices">The Man in Black,</a> a work featuring six songs covered by Johnny Cash. Kudelka joins us to talk about the marriage of ballet and boot-scootin&rsquo; boogie.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.joffrey.org/people/james-kudelka">James Kudelka</a> is a Canadian Choreographer.</em></p></p> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 07:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-02-04/morning-shift-obama-rolls-out-budget-and-great-lakes-take-hit Morning Shift: Grading Rahm on transparency http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-01-29/morning-shift-grading-rahm-transparency-111472 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/danxoneil0.jpg" style="height: 420px; width: 630px;" title="(Flickr/danxoneil0)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188491316&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">College of DuPage President approves President&#39;s severance package</span></p><p>The drama continued at College of the DuPage in Glen Ellyn Wednesday night. That&rsquo;s the state&rsquo;s largest community college. Chicago Tribune reported that about 60 speakers turned out to protest the severance package of outgoing College President Robert Breuder. But while the public had the opportunity to air their grievances the Board ofTrustees had the final word. The Board of Trustee&rsquo;s approved the package 6 -1. Chicago Tribune&rsquo;s Stacy St. Clair and Jodi Cohen have been covering this story and St. Clair has the latest.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="http://twitter.com/StacyStClair">Stacy St. Clair </a>is a Chicago Tribune reporter.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188491322&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Report examines how Illinois stacks up on poverty</span></p><p>Illinois is widely considered to be a leader in culture, industry and education. But when it comes to the welfare of its people, a report released Thursday by the Heartland Alliance program, IMPACT, suggests it&#39;s ranking far behind where it should. IMPACT&rsquo;s Senior Research Associate Jennifer Clary sheds light on the subject of poverty and hardship in Illinois and how the state falls short compared to others. With a shift in state leadership, we discuss what it&#39;ll take to better the lives of the people that live here.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong><em><a href="http://www.heartlandalliance.org/research/about-us/staff.html">Jennifer Clary</a> is the Senior Research Associate for Economic Security Projects for Heartland Alliance&#39;s IMPACT.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188491317&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Exhibit takes on environmental role of death</span></p><p>A new exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-01-29/depaul-museum-show-rooted-soil-looks-role-earth-plays-life-death" target="_blank">takes a unique look</a> at something we take for granted. It&rsquo;s called Rooted in Soil, and it opens Thursday. The art exhibit touches on environmental issues like erosion and deforestation. It also examines the role soil plays in human life and death. The mother-daughter team who curated Rooted in Soil, Laura Fatemi and her daughter Farrah, join us. Laura is the museum&rsquo;s interim executive director and Farrah is an environmental scientist and assistant professor at St. Michaels College in Vermont.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests: </strong><em><a href="http://museums.depaul.edu/about/">Laura Fatemi</a> is the DePaul Art Museum&#39;s interim executive director. Her daughter Farrah Fetemi is an environmental scientist and assistant professor at St. Michael&#39;s College in Vermont.&nbsp;</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188491321&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Grading Rahm: How open and transparent is this administration?</span></p><p>All this week, we&rsquo;ve been talking about goals Mayor Rahm Emanuel set for himself in his first term. Our panels of experts issued the Mayor a letter grade on how he&rsquo;s handled jobs and the economy, education and public safety. On Thursday, we talk about the Mayor&rsquo;s promises of a more open and transparent government. Are you getting all the information you need to know how the city runs?</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><em><a href="http://www.bettergov.org/about_us/bga_staff.aspx">Alden Loury</a> is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Better Government Association.</em></li><li><em><a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ArticleArchives?author=868703">Mick Dumke</a> is a Senior Writer with the&nbsp;</em>Chicago Reader.</li><li><em><a href="http://www.citizenadvocacycenter.org/maryam-judar.html" target="_blank">Maryam Judar</a> is the Executive Director of the Citizen Advocacy Center.</em></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188508640&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Grading Rahm: What can mayoral candidates do to improve grades in the upcoming election?</span></p><p>Our week of the series <em><a href="http://wbez.org/gradingrahm">Grading Rahm</a></em> continues with a focus on the Mayor&#39;s political transparency. Emanuel promised voters an open administration. We examine his delivery and ask our panelists how these grades could be improved upon in the upcoming election.</p></p> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-01-29/morning-shift-grading-rahm-transparency-111472 Digging up the history of a Civil War camp on Chicago's South Side http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/digging-history-civil-war-camp-chicagos-south-side-110969 <p><p dir="ltr">For days now, students and volunteers have dug up parts of a Bronzeville school yard on South Giles Avenue. They worked inside a bright orange net on a grassy field next to Pershing East Magnet School. This was once the southwest corner of Camp Douglas... and they&rsquo;re looking for proof.</p><p dir="ltr">Chris Brink is one of about a dozen DePaul University students and alumni which worked with the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. So far, there&rsquo;s been four digs of the 60-acre site. It&rsquo;s believed over 30,000 union soldiers trained and lived here before heading East for battle.</p><p dir="ltr">Previous digs have turned up a few nails, glass, and what they believe to be the main building&rsquo;s foundation.</p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/keller.jpg" style="height: 187px; width: 280px; float: left;" title="David Keller, the managing director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. (Andrew Gill/WBEZ) " />David Keller is with the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. He said the problem with a dig like this, in an urban area, is that things have been built and torn down, sewers have been put in, lights have been erected and a lot of the historical stuff has been disrupted.</p><p dir="ltr">The goal of the excavation is to uncover enough relics to fill the museum they plan to build. But it&rsquo;s also a lesson in how history is recorded. Most of the primary sources of the camp come from old letters and <em>Chicago Tribune</em> stories.</p><p dir="ltr">And Brink said relics could paint a better picture of daily life at the camp.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It sheds light on to stuff that&rsquo;s not in the history books. So, basically we are rewriting history,&rdquo; Brink said. &ldquo;And to do that, you need to go out and find it.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">And this includes the darker parts of the sites history; its reputation as a &ldquo;death camp.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">After the Union captured Tennessee&rsquo;s Fort Donelson, the federal government needed to find places to house thousands of confederate prisoners. A third of Camp Douglas&rsquo;s 200 buildings housed POWs.</p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/turner.jpg" style="height: 187px; width: 280px; float: right;" title="Bernard Turner, a director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. (Andrew Gill/WBEZ)" />And many of these confederate soldiers were not used to Chicago&rsquo;s harsh winters. Thousands died of pneumonia, smallpox and malaria.</p><p dir="ltr">The Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation&rsquo;s Bernard Turner said many historians don&rsquo;t want to think about their archeological site.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;A lot of people see the sign &lsquo;Camp Douglas&rsquo;, and they have a negative feeling about it,&quot; Turner said. &ldquo;And so what we&rsquo;re trying to do is let everyone know, that is not the only part of the story.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Turner is focused on community outreach, which included a partnership with the surrounding public schools.</p><p dir="ltr">They had local third graders sift through the dirt, while seventh graders wrote stories on the findings.</p><p dir="ltr">Turner said one of the biggest problems they had in engaging the community was that young people, particularly of color, don&rsquo;t know the history of their own neighborhoods.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;In this particular case, they go to school here and they don&rsquo;t even know what&rsquo;s right under their own noses,&rdquo; he said.</p><p dir="ltr">And right under their noses, is another forgotten part of Camp Douglas&rsquo;s history.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/embed4.jpg" title="(Andrew Gill/WBEZ)" /></div><p dir="ltr">This was one of the few Union camps that received and trained some of the around 180,000 African-American soldiers who fought in the war.</p><p dir="ltr">Turner and Keller highlighted this link because it gave students a sense of pride and connection to their past.</p><p dir="ltr">Keller said the goal is to have the community get a better sense of its own history.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You really are digging a timeline of the community. So, it&rsquo;s just as important for us what we find from the Bronzeville area,&rdquo; Keller said.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="226" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/ShamelessBestBison" style="-webkit-backface-visibility: hidden;-webkit-transform: scale(1);" width="402"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size:10px;">Above: Volunteers show the excavation process as they hunt for remains of the Camp Douglas prisoner of war camp.</span></strong></p><p dir="ltr">Southside Resident Sir Cedric Liggens helped with the dig.</p><p dir="ltr">He said people from the community would stop, ask questions, and seemed to take a general interest in what they were doing</p><p dir="ltr">Liggens enjoyed the process.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s human record. And It&rsquo;s going back and reviewing your own records,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;What was here, what happened, who was here, who did what. And it&rsquo;s a really good way to learn something from what already happened.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Monday, for the first time in over 150 years, the community raises an official marker commemorating the site.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Corrected Oct. 21: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the number of African American soldiers who fought for the Union in the Civil War. The correct number is around 180,000.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Claudia Morell covers business as a WBEZ intern. You can follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/claudiamorell" target="_blank">@claudiamorell</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/digging-history-civil-war-camp-chicagos-south-side-110969 The Sounds of Stillness: Dwelling in the Visual Archive of Diaspora http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sounds-stillness-dwelling-visual-archive-diaspora-107051 <p><p><strong>Professor Tina Campt</strong>, Professor of Women&#39;s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Africana Studies Program, Barnard College, New York, engages three innovative conceptual frameworks for theorizing diasporic formation that depart from traditional emphasis on mobility, resistance and expressiveness as primary idioms of black culture.</p><p>Her talk elaborates the concepts of quiet, stasis, and fugitivity, and uses them to consider what they tell us about what we overlook, overhear, erase or leave unremarked in diasporic formations. Vernacular photography offers an important and frequently overlooked window into practices of diasporic dwelling and fugitivity, when we attend differently to the quiet practices of stasis through which they image fugitivity. Reading these three keywords together through the photography of a Black German family offers a provisional glimpse into the possibilities of theorizing some of the fugitive practices often rendered unvisible in other diasporic frames.</p><p>This is one of our keynote speakers for DePaul University&#39;s conference, <em>Remapping the Black Atlantic: (Re)Writings of Race and Space</em> which took place April 12-14. More information on the conference can be found <a href="http://las.depaul.edu/diaspora/ConferenceAnnouncements/index.asp">here.</a></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CBDD-webstory_5.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Sunday, April 14, 2013 at DePaul University&#39;s Student Center.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sounds-stillness-dwelling-visual-archive-diaspora-107051 Monks use age-old rituals to recapture young people's interest in religion http://www.wbez.org/programs/eight-forty-eight/2012-05-30/monks-use-age-old-rituals-recapture-young-peoples-interest <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/eveprayer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span face="">About 1,000 young adults from across North America converged on Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, giving up barbecues and that first summer dip in the pool to pray and chant with monks.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span face="">Hundreds of young people sit with legs folded on the carpet-covered basketball court at DePaul University.&nbsp;With the help of a choir and orchestra, they sing along with six white-robed monks who chant verses over and over. They face an altar where icons of Jesus stand against a backdrop of candles.</span></p><p><span face="">The scene is a far cry from the kind of atmosphere some churches are trying to create to attract young people who&rsquo;ve been leaving mainline Protestant and Catholic churches in droves.&nbsp;There is no &ldquo;rocking music,&rdquo; no coffee shop, no wine-tasting.&nbsp;Instead this gathering is being led by the ecumenical brothers of Taize, France.&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p><p><span face="">Brother Emile, who is Catholic, says every year about 100,000 pilgrims between the ages of 18 and 35 trek to Taize.</span></p><p><span face="">&ldquo;They want to be in a place where they can talk about the real questions they have about life, the meaning of life, about hope. And Taize I think is that.&nbsp;There&rsquo;s a climate of trust that allows people to open up and share and I think the prayer contributes to that enormously. We pray three times a day together.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span face="">Along with singing, there are long periods of silence for prayer and reflection.</span></p><p><span face="">Brother Emile says the brothers picked Chicago for the gathering&nbsp;because of the number of churches here &ndash; both Protestant and Catholic &ndash; that use Taize prayers regularly.&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p><p><span face="">Twenty-year old Joseph Butler of Downers Grove says going to these services helps to strengthen his faith.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span face="">&ldquo;The meditative quality of it and the simplicity of it and the idea of &ndash; not only was it connecting with the spirit and the here and how &ndash; but you&rsquo;re also harkening back to about a thousand years, a monastic tradition as well.&rdquo; </span></p><p><span face="">When he was younger, Butler almost gave up being Episcopalian after his mother was stricken with cancer. He was devastated at the thought of losing her, so one night he picked up the <em>Bible</em> then finished it six months later. Butler says Taize helps him to stay involved in church life. </span></p><p><span face="">For several years Brenna Cronin looked for a way to reconcile her Catholic faith with her homosexuality.&nbsp;The 25-year old singer from Chicago says singing in the Taize prayer like her solo here has reinforced her sense of acceptance. She became resolute in remaining a Catholic thanks to serving in a music ministry.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span face="">&ldquo;The idea of the spirit and the presence coming down on you and saying, &lsquo;It is okay where you are.&nbsp;You are beautiful and you are loved and you are appreciated.&rsquo; That is a how Taize is different from every other religious experience that you could get on a weekend.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p><p><span face="">Over the weekend, the brothers make it clear that this spiritual experience does not replace religion.&nbsp;In fact, the end goal is for the young people to return to their roots.</span></p><p><span face="">The order&rsquo;s prior, Brother Alois drives this point home during a talk about Taize&rsquo;s founder: </span><span face="">&quot;What we want is that all the young people who come go back to their churches. Go back to your church!&rdquo;</span></p><p><span face="">Cardinal Francis George of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago&nbsp;and Protestant leaders attended evening prayer.&nbsp;The cardinal welcomes Taize worship as a grounding force for faith, especially in young people. </span><span face="">&ldquo;It puts people together in the presence of the Lord and so they know that God comes to everyone and that&rsquo;s what their big message is,&rdquo; Cardinal George says.</span></p><p><span face="">Taize Brother Emile says at the end, it&rsquo;s important to not let a gathering like this turn into a flash in the pan. The pilgrims are expected to leave with concrete plans that will put their faith into action in their local communities.</span></p></p> Wed, 30 May 2012 09:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/eight-forty-eight/2012-05-30/monks-use-age-old-rituals-recapture-young-peoples-interest Recession worsens shortage of affordable rental housing http://www.wbez.org/story/recession-worsens-shortage-affordable-rental-housing-94045 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-14/3168468197_0c7c1d1344_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated on 11/15/11 at 11:20 a.m.</em></p><p><a href="https://ihs.depaul.edu/reports/CookCountyHousing2011.pdf">A new study</a> shows that Cook County’s persistent shortage of affordable rental housing has gotten even worse in recent years.</p><p>For years, the constraint on affordable housing came from the overheated real estate market. Developers converted apartments to condos, pushing out tenants. But then the recession hit, and people needed to downsize.</p><p>Geoff Smith is executive director of<a href="https://ihs.depaul.edu/ihs/?q=node/3"> DePaul University’s Institute for Housing Studies,</a> which published the report.</p><p>"More people essentially were making less money and needed to access affordable housing," Smith said.</p><p>He says the shortage of affordable rental housing now stands at 180,000 units in Cook County.</p><p>One problem, Smith says, is that banks are more cautious about making loans to people buying smaller apartment buildings – anything with fewer than 100 units.</p><p>"Those make up much of the affordable housing stock in Chicago and Cook County, but they tend to be the types of buildings that are more challenging to finance," Smith said.</p><p>According to the report, more than 97,000 units in multifamily buildings in Cook County have been part of a foreclosure auction.</p><p>The shortage of affordable rental properties is having the greatest impact on less affluent renters, many of whom are forced to pay more than recommended 30 percent of their monthly income for rent.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the study, households needed to make approximately $40,000 per year to afford the county’s median priced two-bedroom apartment, which was $1000 per month in 2010.&nbsp;</p><p>While rents have decreased slightly in Chicago and Cook County since 2008, they are still up overall during the last half of the previous decade.</p><p>The institute predicts the shortage will increase to 233,000 affordable rental units by the end of this decade.</p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 06:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/recession-worsens-shortage-affordable-rental-housing-94045 What role should students play in Occupy Chicago? http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-02/what-role-should-student-play-occupy-chicago-93697 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-02/6216032607_f6d2277da6.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-02/6216032607_f6d2277da6.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 333px; height: 500px;" title="Ricky Staffieri, 21, jumps into the street to return the cheers of students and faculty at Roosevelt University. (Flickr/Ryan Williams)">College students around Chicago are expected to walk out of their classes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in a show of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Participating schools include Columbia College, UIC, DePaul and Northwestern.</p><p>After meeting at the Occupy Chicago headquarters outside the Chicago Board of Trade, they'll march to City Hall, and then convene for a general assembly at Michigan and Congress.</p><p>The group of students say they've organized this walk out quickly, in solidarity with those at Occupy Oakland, who have <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-10-31/occupyoakland-calls-general-strike-wednesday-93637">called for a general strike today</a>, in response to&nbsp;acts of police brutality. The Occupy movement at large is calling today an International Day of Action, specifically citing Oakland's Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran&nbsp;who suffered a head injury after <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-26/police-tear-gas-oakland-protesters-could-you-imagine-if-happened-chi">a tear gas canister hit him last week</a>.</p><p>Columbia College student Ryan Nanni said today's walk out started at Columbia and grew out of a discussion amongst activist students. The group organized a public forum last Thursday called "<a href="http://students.colum.edu/events/event/f4e35ecd9bdab6883f9f531f0bcce947/">We Are the 99%: The Meaning &amp; Future of Occupy Chicago</a>", where they discussed &nbsp;how they could bring the Occupy movement to college students, most specifically at Columbia.</p><p>Nanni said he considered the movement amongst Chicago-area college students "somewhat decentralized," and would consider the movement successful "if anyone shows up" tonight. He expects 30 to 40 people to come, out of the approximately 40,000 students that attend all four schools, which, let's face it, isn't much.</p><p>"The power in a walk out and in a strike says that we have power in numbers, in solidarity with one another," said Nanni.</p><p>But what does it mean to walk out of a college class, when you don't have to go in the first place? Does a walk out mean anything unless you're protesting towards your own school?</p><p>Protest movements have a history of being rooted among young people. We certainly saw that during the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement of the 1960's - and more recently during many of the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East.&nbsp;</p><p>When I went down to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-10-10/occupy-chicago-protest-gets-more-organized-93021">report on Occupy Chicago several weeks ago</a>, Taylor Massa of Roosevelt University told me she was there because she could be; she wanted to fill the place of those who actually did have jobs and couldn't take time off to protest. But young people have a lot to protest to begin with, like crippling student loans, debt starting at a young age and terrifying job prospects.</p><p>But an organized walk out like the kind being attempted this afternoon begs the question: how many people walking out of colleges could be considered a success? In the news business, we typically consider hundreds, if not thousands, of people at a protest news worthy. But a protest such as the one happening this evening appears, for all intents and purposes, to be limited to the Chicago activist community. As such, it doesn't include all Chicago-area colleges; University of Chicago is notably absent from the list (This isn't entirely surprising; as an alum of the college, I will say we've garnered criticism for our lack of an activist community).&nbsp;</p><p>Though Nanni and his peers wonder how they can bring the Occupy movement to students, the bigger question is whether they can bring the Occupy movement to a group of students larger than the activist community of students. What would it take for the phoenix of Students for a Democratic Society to rise again?</p><p>Perhaps it doesn't matter. Those critical of the Occupy protests wonder if <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-10/list-demands-occupy-chicago-leaps-1-occupy-power-rankings-93013">they'll ever get what they're asking for</a>. Even more question what they're asking for in the first place. But those who protest today are sure to argue that any voice, large or small, should be heard.</p></p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-02/what-role-should-student-play-occupy-chicago-93697 'Battling Pornography' documents the rise and fall of feminist anti-porn movement http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-01/battling-pornography-documents-rise-and-fall-feminist-anti-porn-movement <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-01/BattlingPornography.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The growth of the commercial sex industry in the 1970s resulted in a proliferation of sexually explicit images of women. Feminists critiqued the graphic images as a form of sex discrimination; and some in the anti-pornography movement argued that there was a direct link between pornographic images of women and violence against women. <a href="http://www.depaul.edu/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">DePaul University</a> professor <a href="http://communication.depaul.edu/Faculty%20and%20Staff/Full%20Time%20Faculty/bronstein.asp" target="_blank">Carolyn Bronstein</a> traces the evolution of this movement in her new book, <a href="http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6038447/?site_locale=en_US" target="_blank"><em>Battling Pornography: The American Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement, 1976 – 1986. </em></a>She discussed her findings with <em>Eight Forty-Eight.</em></p></p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-01/battling-pornography-documents-rise-and-fall-feminist-anti-porn-movement Wading through Iran's judicial system http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/wading-through-irans-judicial-system-90052 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/stoning protest.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Iran’s judiciary operates as a branch of the regime’s repressive power. But its sentencing can look pretty arbitrary and negotiable. In 2006 a woman convicted of adultery was sentenced to death by stoning. After international outcry the sentence was suspended, although the charges remain. It’s not the first time the judiciary has sent contradictory messages.</p><p><a href="http://las.depaul.edu/int/People/Faculty/KavehEhsani.asp" target="_blank">Kaveh Eshani</a> is a professor of international studies at DePaul University and a contributing editor of the <em><a href="http://www.merip.org/mer/mer.html" target="_blank">Middle East Report</a></em>. He’s originally from Iran. He shares his understanding of how the judiciary system works.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/wading-through-irans-judicial-system-90052