Campus Theme

The Compelling Questions We All Face

The Campus Theme program facilitates and coordinates a host of events, lectures, and discussions centered around an enduring and ultimate question of human experience—a fresh question each academic year. Events are open to the general public.

2015–2016 Campus Theme: What Is Truth?

Unless otherwise noted, all Campus Theme events will be held in Anderson Chapel on North Park's Chicago campus. Get directions to our campus or download a campus map.

Gerardo Cardenas

Truth as Strange as Fiction: Lessons from Our Lady of the Viaduct

Friday, October 9 | 10:30 am

Author Gerardo Cárdenas will join us on campus to discuss his work, Our Lady of the Viaduct, this year's North Park Common Read. "As a writer, I want to point out that truth is elusive, changing, and ambiguous depending on your vantage point, your background, your ideology, your faith, your interests, etc.," Cárdenas says. "Where does that leave the reader?"

Gerardo Cárdenas is a Mexico City-born writer and journalist. He lived in Mexico City, Miami, Washington, D.C., Brussels and Madrid before settling down in the Chicago area in 1989. He currently is the editorial director for contratiempo, the only Spanish-language cultural and literary magazine in the Midwest. His poems, short stories, and articles have been published in print and electronic media outlets, as well as anthologies in Mexico, the United States, Spain, Venezuela, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. He won the Premio Interamericano Carlos Montemayor 2013, has twice won the John Barry Spanish Short Fiction Award (2004, 2007), and was a finalist to the Cuerpos del Deseo Erotic Fiction Award in 2013. In 2011 he published A veces llovia en Chicago (Vocesueltas/Magenta), a collection of short fiction. A second short fiction book and a first book of poetry are soon to be published. Gerardo also publishes the weekly literary blog En la Ciudad de los Vientos.

Juan Felipe Herrera

United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

November 12-13




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Regarding Truth portraits

Regarding Truth in Portraiture and Painting: A Conversation with Catherine Prescott and Tim Lowly

Thursday, September 17

In a discussion led by Dr. John Laukaitis, artists Catherine Prescott and Tim Lowly reflect on the idea of truth in relation to art, with a focus on their recent work.

Catherine Prescott's exhibition person: recent intimate portraits was featured in the Carlson Tower Gallery through Friday, September 18. Tim Lowly's exhibition re. Rainbow Girl was in the Fine Arts Center Gallery of Northeastern Illinois University through Friday, September 18.

This event is presented in conjunction with the University's Campus Theme committee and the new North Park University Creative Guild.