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DeBrief - April 27, 2022

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Humberto Barreto in his office

Humberto Barreto, professor of economics and management


What's in your office?


1. The baseball cap is from Cuba’s national team. I was born in Camaguey (note little Cuban flag under Spidey) and got that cap during a visit a few years ago. I wear it for commencement and presidential inaugurations. In addition to my Cuban national team cap, my “regalia” consists of a robe from the Wabash Theater department and my spouse's MPA hood – this saves money and no one can tell my costume makes no sense – I think.


2. The BERTECON object was a gift from a participant at one of my Excel workshops (www.depauw.edu/learn/econexcel). She makes art out of license plates when she’s not teaching economics.


3. The bobbleheads are from baseball games I’ve attended. I’m at 23 of 30 MLB parks and I hope to check off a few more this summer. I enjoy sports and know more than is reasonable about baseball (Go Cards!), basketball (Go Heels!), and football (Go Pack Go!). I get a toy bat at every park and they’re in a box at home. It started when my kids were little, but I keep doing this – I guess I like streaks and completing sets of things.


4. I bought the framed sketch from an artist in Cuba. If you zoom in, you might be able to see it’s a tree on a worm. There are several pictures (including a Turner and a Guayasamin – reproductions, of course) and posters in my office. I’m a HUGE Vermeer fan. I’ve seen in person 21 of 34 existing paintings attributed to him. I’ll get 6 more this summer because I’m going to Amsterdam. I have plans for viewing the remainder. However, seeing all 34 will be a challenge because Queen Elizabeth has two of them and they are rarely on public display (this is unacceptable and I told them so!) and one was stolen from the Gardner Museum in Boston – I did see the empty space with the description next to it, but that doesn't count.


5. Behind the bobbleheads is a plaque I was given when Ray Burgman (a former Econ prof at DePauw) invited me to cook for Gourmet Gents, sponsored by the Indianapolis Chapter of 100 Black Women. I made arroz con pollo and it was a blast to have people all dressed up in tuxes and gowns raving about my food. Ray was my office neighbor when I came to DePauw in 2008. What are the chances that two people from New College (with under 100 students in our graduating classes) would end up at the same small school in Indiana?


Faculty and Staff News Roundup

History professor David N. Gellman’s new book, “Liberty’s Chain: Slavery, Abolition, and the Jay Family of New York,” was favorably reviewed April 22 in The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).


Eugene Gloria, the John Rabb Emison professor of creative and performing arts and professor of English, taught “Family Affair: A Generative Workshop” about poetry writing April 23 at the 2022 Gathering of Writers in Indianapolis.


Chief information officer Carol Smith ’85 was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s April research brief, “Digital Transformation On Campus: Assessing College Leaders’ Attitudes On Strategic Technology Changes.” in April 2022.


The Hoosier Authors Book Club will meet virtually May 19 to discuss English professor Chris White’s novel, “The Life List of Adrian Mandrick.” To register for the Zoom link, go here.


Matthew Hertenstein, associate psychology professor, was quoted in a story in the newsletter EnoughGrassley.com about his son Isaac, who at age 16 has created a financial-literacy class for youngsters in Greencastle schools.


Samuel Autman, associate professor of English, is the subject of a comic strip based on his essay, “I thought I might die with these debts,” which appeared in The Washington Post in January. The comic strip, drawn by Josh Neufeld, was commissioned by Deborah Douglas, former Eugene S. Pulliam distinguished visiting professor of journalism and the co-editor-in-chief of The Emancipator, a reimagined version of the country’s first abolitionist newspaper.


DePauw was spotlighted and Adam Liebman, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology, was quoted in the Post-Landfill Action Network’s #breakfreefromplastic report, “Who’s Polluting Your Campus.”


Jeff McCall, professor of communication and theatre arts, wrote an opinion piece, “Saved by the Easter Bunny: Biden questions are increasingly unproductive,” that appeared April 24 in The Hill.


Derek Ford, assistant professor of education studies, recently co-wrote a chapter for the book, “Bioinformational Philosophy and Postdigital Knowledge Ecologies,” with Megha Summer Pappachen ’20. The chapter is titled “Spreading Stupidity: Intellectual Disability and Anti-imperialist Resistance to Bioinformational Capitalism.”

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Join faculty and staff colleagues at the following events as we recognize and celebrate scholarship, leadership and service.

  • Staff Appreciation Reception: April 27 (today!), 3:30 p.m., Inn at DePauw.
  • Faculty Recognition Reception: Friday, May 13, 4 p.m., Inn at DePauw.

Campus Events

Green Guest Artist: Rhiannon Giddens

April 28, 7:30 p.m., Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium.

Giddens co-founded the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, and she has been nominated for six additional Grammys for her work as a soloist and collaborator. Purchase tickets here


Senior Art Exhibition

April 22 - May 21, Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery.


For a complete listing of events, visit Campus Labs.


Human Resources


The 2022 Staff Appreciation Reception is April 27 (today!) at 3:30 p.m. at the Inn at DePauw. Congratulations to the honorees!

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DePauw's Little 5 took place April 23 and the campaign results are in! United Way of Central Indiana recognized the two top fundraising teams: Alpha Chi Omega ($3,894) and Phi Gamma Delta ($2,490). Proceeds will support literacy initiatives in Putnam County. Congratulations!

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