Past Event

The Horror of the Humanities

The DePaul Humanities Center celebrates Halloween early with a radically interdisciplinary and multimedia investigation of the relationship between horror and humanity as well as horror and the traditional academic disciplines within the humanities.

The evening will begin with an avant-garde interactive “haunted house” featuring installation and performance art works that will put on display the way in which the everyday, the banal itself, is always already horrific in modern life.

The evening continues with a performance, lectures, and readings will then include original fiction, a discussion of the ways in which race and gender play out in horror movies, and the history of ghosts—and ghost-hunting—in Chicago.

The evening concludes with a multi-media performance-reading by best-selling and award-winning horror fiction writer Kathe Koja. “The Horror of the Humanities” will also include free refreshments, a student art contest, a chance to re-think your deepest fears, plus…unexpected terrors!

  • 6:00-6:30PM Avant-garde “Haunted House” and student horror art work displays open to the public.
  • 6:30-8:00PM Maryse Meijer, MFA; Urusula Bielski, MA; Diem-My Bui, PhD
  • 8:00-9:00PM Keynote address: Kathe Koja

This event is free and open to the public.

Parking is available at the Sheffield Parking Facility located at 2335 N Sheffield Ave and in the Clifton Parking Deck located at 2330 N Clifton Ave. For parking rates, contact DePaul Parking Services at 773-325-7275.

For more info, contact the DePaul Humanities Center at 773-325-4580 or visit