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At DePaul, queer studies finds a niche
Chicago Tribune ^ | February 20, 2006 | Jodi S. Cohen

Posted on 02/21/2006 10:30:59 AM PST by ConservativeStatement

College student Eric Oliver sits in the classroom's front row, ready to learn about Italian poet Dante and Catholic theologian St. Thomas Aquinas and their views on morality and sin.

But this isn't a religion, philosophy or literature class. It's an introductory course in queer studies, and for the next 90 minutes, Oliver and his classmates study the history of same-sex desire, the biology of gender identity and government reactions to homosexual behavior. It is no longer remarkable that the subjects are taught, but on this day, it is notable where the discussion is taking place.

The classroom is on the campus of DePaul University, the country's largest Catholic university and, it is believed, the first Catholic school to offer an undergraduate minor in queer studies. The minor became available in January.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: catholicism; catholics; college; depaul; highereducation; homosexualagenda; queers

1 posted on 02/21/2006 10:31:00 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Colleges just keep getting more relevant, don't they?


2 posted on 02/21/2006 10:32:47 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

A minor in "queer studies" is it? Geezy-peezy, another step taken toward the slippery slope of no return.

Where's the Church in all of this?


3 posted on 02/21/2006 10:33:38 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

I, at least, hope that they study the prevalent nature of queer culture in the Catholic Church.


4 posted on 02/21/2006 10:33:59 AM PST by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: mlc9852
Catholics and the Anglicans seem to be a bit confused.
5 posted on 02/21/2006 10:35:20 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: mlc9852

You have got to be kidding me. Queer studies !? Ya know I don't care where it's being taught, but c'mon! Can you see the resume ? Major in philosophy and minor in queer studies. O yea. Think deep (queer) thoughts about being unemployed. And then there'll be the lawsuits. They didn't hire me because I minored in queer. I mean... wow. Just damn. Just can't make this stuff up. Un-believable.


6 posted on 02/21/2006 10:35:28 AM PST by farlander
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

One wonders for what sort of employment a major in Gay Studies is suited. Besides, of course, teaching Gay Studies to the next useless generation.


7 posted on 02/21/2006 10:35:28 AM PST by Argh
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To: Argh

Director of Diversity


8 posted on 02/21/2006 10:38:19 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Argh

And I wonder why there are no American-owned companies that can run our ports. The future does not look good.


9 posted on 02/21/2006 10:38:36 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: Argh

It's like black studies or womans' studies. For government work, it looks good on your resume', right next to your sociology degree.


10 posted on 02/21/2006 10:40:05 AM PST by printhead
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To: mlc9852

Halliburton could do it, but imagine the revolt by the anti-Americans here in the US. AlQaeda is preferable to Halliburton they would have us believe.


11 posted on 02/21/2006 10:42:04 AM PST by Mark Felton ("Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.")
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To: AppyPappy

Hah! Very good!


12 posted on 02/21/2006 10:42:26 AM PST by Argh
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To: RexBeach
"Where's the Church in all of this?"

Not meaning to besmirch the church, but good luck on getting a "straight" answer.

13 posted on 02/21/2006 10:44:50 AM PST by Designer (Just a nit-pick'n and chagrin'n)
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To: printhead

HAH! Wonderful. Stop the planet, I want to get off.


14 posted on 02/21/2006 10:44:51 AM PST by Argh
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

"Queer" Studies? Refer to your gay office-mate as "queer" and see what happens. The beautifil liberal single-edged sword of hypocricy.


15 posted on 02/21/2006 10:46:55 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
"Queer studies find a niche"

I bet they do!!!......many in fact!

16 posted on 02/21/2006 10:50:37 AM PST by freedombird
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To: Argh

LOL Argh, well you could also see a spot for them on the board of some of these sctivist organizations, or in the Democrat Party. Heck, in Congress in that party!


17 posted on 02/21/2006 10:54:07 AM PST by gidget7 (Get GLSEN out of our schools!!!!!!)
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To: Designer

Yeah, I know. The Church has got more angles than the Pentagon. And that's a lot!

Imagine telling your folks that you are minoring in "queer studies." Mama Mia! If my kid told me that, I'd ask him for my money back - now!


18 posted on 02/21/2006 10:55:03 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
The sad part of this all is that people who hold such degrees (If they get any jobs at all outside academia) will only be employable in government bureaucracies where they will wield inordinate power over the people who actually do useful stuff.
19 posted on 02/21/2006 10:58:07 AM PST by somniferum
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
What will they come up with next? Minor in 1970's game shows?
20 posted on 02/21/2006 11:12:12 AM PST by ChicagoConservative27
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To: freedombird
Would that be a niche or a...um, crack?
21 posted on 02/21/2006 11:14:19 AM PST by the lone wolf (Good Luck, and watch out for stobor.)
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To: Argh
One wonders for what sort of employment a major in Gay Studies is suited

None. I imagine we'll be seeing these "scholars" working at Starbucks or trying to become make-up artists.

22 posted on 02/21/2006 11:16:37 AM PST by steelcurtain
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To: RexBeach
"If my kid told me that"

I suspect your kid would not take such a class. Mine wouln't either.

23 posted on 02/21/2006 12:23:50 PM PST by Designer (Just a nit-pick'n and chagrin'n)
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To: ChicagoConservative27

Ironically, I heard that TV Land, in their reruns of "Match Game," has blocked out a word that is now deemed derogatory that was acceptable back then.


24 posted on 02/21/2006 2:27:16 PM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

This link may interest you.

http://www.tfp.org/student_action/activities/protests/depaul_queerstudies.htm


25 posted on 03/16/2006 1:37:31 PM PST by concernedAmerican1 (millstones solve scandals)
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