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April 23 - 25

Direct Action Event Series: Feminism and Social Change

Sponsors: Gender & Women Studies (GWS), Women’s Leadership Resource Center (WLRC), and Campus Advocacy Network (CAN)

When: Wednesday April 23 - 25, all from 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: See Below


A series of film screenings on feminist, queer and community responses to injustice, which create visions of feminist futures.

Join us in learning about feminist activism and social change. For any questions on Direct Action: A Feminist Film Series, please contact Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson.


Refreshments will be served. These events are free and open to the public.

April 23: Mountains That Take Wing

C.L Griffin & L.T.L. Quan (2009) 97min
Latino Cultural Center (B2) 803 S. Morgan St.

Internationally renowned scholar and activist, Angela Davis, and grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Yuri Kochiyama, dialogue for 13 years about their overlapping experiences , connected struggles, and long friendship. The film honors the scope and depth of their knowledge on issues ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese American internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s and gay liberation movements, to contemporary campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform.

April 24: Tales of the Night Fairies

Shohini Ghosh (2002) 75min
Pop Up JUST Art Space (PUJA) 729 Maxwell St.

Five sex workers - four women and one man - along with the filmmaker/narrator embark on a journey of storytelling. This film explores the power of collective organizing and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. The simultaneously expansive and labyrinthine city of Calcutta forms the backdrop for the personal and musical journeys of storytelling.

April 25: Born in Flames!

Lizzie Borden (1983) 75min
Pop Up JUST Art Space (PUJA) 729 Maxwell St.

A futuristic feminist sci-fi film envisioning a feminist future. A movie that rocked the foundations of early film industries, is a still-relevant and fantasy of female rebellion set in the U.S. ten years after the Second American Revolution. When Adelaide Norris, the black radical founder of the Women's Army is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women-across lines of race, class, sexual/gender identities-emerges to blow the System apart!

April 28

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement

Sponsor: UIC Social Justice Initiative (SJI)

When: Every Monday at 6 pm
Where: Pop Up Just Art Space (PUJA), 729 W Maxwell


Monday, April 28th

The Keys to the Kingdom (1974-80)

In the 1970s, anti-discrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school desegregation order. Atlanta's first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, proves that affirmative action can work, but the Bakke Supreme Court case challenges that policy.


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Monday, May 5th

Back to the Movement (1979-mid 80s)

Power and powerlessness. Miami's black community -- pummeled by urban renewal, a lack of jobs, and police harassment -- explodes in rioting. But in Chicago, an unprecedented grassroots movement triumphs. Frustrated by decades of unfulfilled promises made by the city's Democratic political machine, reformers install Harold Washington as Chicago's first black mayor.

April 30

Zona Abierta: The Making of a Vejigante

Sponsor: UIC Latino Cultural Center, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
Artist: Kenneth Meléndez

When: Wednesday April 30, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Where: Latino Cultural Center, UIC Lecture Center B2


Join us for an interactive demonstration with mask maker Kenneth Meléndez. He will share the origin, meaning, and production of the artisanal vejigante masks. These masks are traditionally worn during festivities in Puerto Rico and have become a symbol of cultural identity. Learn how the custom of mask making has changed over time and hear about the future of the craft.


Kenneth Meléndez is an artist and musician from Ponce, Puerto Rico. He teaches kids, teens, and adults the importance of his Puerto Rican cultural traditions through the arts. He travels the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico with his “Masks and Rhythms” workshops where he merges his passion for the arts with music.


This event is free and open to the public. Learn more.

April 3 - May 16

Chance Encounters: A Multimedia Art Exhibit

Sponsor: UIC Gender & Sexuality Center
Artists: Emily Siefken, Salik Tanveer

When: Thursday April 3 - May 16, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: Gender and Sexuality Gallery, Room 183, Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB), 1007 W. Harrison St.


Chance Encounters is an installation of multi-media artworks by Emily Siefken and Salik Tanveer featuring work that was created during and shortly after a chance meeting in Chicago on the 4th of July, 2013. What makes this exhibit unique is the connection that emerged between these unlikely collaborators.

Emily Siefken is a 10-year military veteran of two US wars in the Middle East where she performed diverse duties for the U.S. Navy, such as CCTV operator, documentary filmmaker, electronics engineer, and boot-camp instructor. Siefken currently manages Troops To Teachers, consults for Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, and is active in the LGBTQ community.


Salik Tanveer was born in Mirpur Khas, a small town in province Sindh of Pakistan. Tanveer grew up in Karachi and then Lahore, where his family and home are now. After completing his accounting certification exams, he started working for Raaziq International in 2009 as an accountant and remained in that role until he moved to the United States in November 2011. Tanveer is an Internal Auditor at US Cellular.


By placing the work and stories next to each other, these artists are inviting dialogue about complex personal identities, opportunities and challenges of migration, and inevitable transformation as a result of time in a war zone. The exhibit reveals two perspectives on the beauty of the city of Chicago and the gifts of connection that can occur through chance encounters.

The exhibit will be on view from Thursday, April 3rd – Friday, May 16th. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 3rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The opening event is free and open to the public.


This exhibit, and the opening event, are free and open to the public. Learn more.

June 3

Webcast: School to Prison Pipeline, From Perceptions to Solutions

Sponsor: Minority Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Speakers: See Below

When: Tuesday June 3, 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Where: Online.

  • Anthony A. Peguero, Assistant professor of Sociology and Research Affiliate of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech
  • Thalia González, Assistant Professor of Politics at Occidental College
  • Gary Flowers, CEO of Gary Flowers and Associates
  • Moderator: Christopher Hill, Director, Education & Law Project at the North Carolina Justice Center

This free, interactive session will be broadcast with a live audience in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Social Work and can be viewed over the internet (webcast). Registration is required for all.

For more information on the speakers, ways to participate, sponsor or register: http://go.unc.edu/nherw

September 18

2014 UIC Urban Forum: The Return of the Neighborhood as an Urban Strategy


When: Thursday September 18
Where: UIC Forum - 725 West Roosevelt Road


  • Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President
  • Susana Vasquez, Executive Director, LISC/Chicago (Local Initiatives Support Corporation)
  • Paula Allen-Meares, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago

Metropolitan regions are a complex web of activities, systems and networks, of people, businesses, and capital, and of commercial, industrial and residential areas.  The strength, value, welfare and resilience of cities and metropolitan regions reflect their core building blocks, namely, their neighborhoods.  Sustainable capital and societal investments in people and firms at the neighborhood level—from micro-enterprises to factories, from social spaces for collective and social action to private facilities, from affordable housing and safety to gated communities, from accessible jobs and transportation to opportunities for growth and development, from public education in the neighborhood to cooperative, charter and private education—reflect contested and diffuse paths to enhancing the quality of life for individuals, households and neighborhoods.  The 2014 UIC Urban Forum will engage policymakers, researchers, public intellectuals and citizens in a dynamic discussion and debate about the broad issues surrounding the role neighborhoods can and do play in building strong, livable urban regions.

White Papers will be prepared by:

  • Janet Smith, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Co-Director, Nathalie P. Vorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mary Pattillo, Professor, African American Studies and Sociology, Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Alice O'Connor, Professor of History, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University
  • Nik Theodore, Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Advisory Board:

  • Clarence Anthony, Executive Director, National League of Cities
  • MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of HUD, former Mayor of San Antonio
  • Michael Coleman, Mayor, Columbus
  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, Chicago
  • Lee Fisher, former Lt. Governor of Ohio, CEO and President, CEOs for Cities
  • Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, Gary
  • Bruce Katz, Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Jeffery A. Malehorn, President and CEO, World Business Chicago
  • Terry Mazany, President and CEO, Chicago Community Trust
  • Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board