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April 14

Beyond Islamophobia and Hijabophobia: Muslim Women Speak for Themselves

Sponsor: UIC's Arab American Student Services Outreach Organization
Speaker: Nevien Shaabneh, political activist, and a student panel

When: Monday April 14, 4 - 6 pm
Where: UIC's Student Center East, Room 605


This event will discuss the lived experiences of Muslim women in the United States and will challenge misrepresentations and misunderstandings of Muslim women in the U.S. media and dominant U.S. feminism. Our panelist will address Islamophobie and "hijabophobia" throughout the history of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism in the U.S.


This event is part of the Introduction to Arab American Studies course. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

April 14

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 14th

Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More (1964-72)

A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize black America. World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali, a minister of Islam who refuses to fight in Vietnam. Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., fight to bring the growing black consciousness movement and their African heritage inside the walls of this prominent black institution. Black elected officials and community activists organize the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana, in an attempt to create a unified black response to growing repression against the movement.


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Monday, April 21st

A Nation of Law? (1968-71)

Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. In Chicago, two Black Panther Party leaders are killed in a pre-dawn raid by police acting on information supplied by an FBI informant. In the wake of President Nixon's call to "law and order," stepped-up arrests push the already poor conditions at New York's Attica State Prison to the limit. A five-day inmate takeover calling the public's attention to the conditions leaves 43 men dead: four killed by inmates, 39 by police.


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.


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 16

Citizenship, Immigration & Belonging:
A Conversation with Lulú Martínez and Maria Hinojosa

Sponsors: UIC Latino Cultural Center's Zona Abierta Series, Futuro Media Group (producer of Latino USA), The Ford Foundation,
                 Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA), and the Heritage Garden Student Group
Speakers: Lulú Martínez and Maria Hinojosa

When: Wednesday April 16, noon - 1:30 pm
Where: UIC's Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2


Join us for a powerful conversation with Maria Hinojosa, an award-winning journalist, and Lulú Martínez, one of the 2013 "Chicagoans of the Year" and DREAM activist. They will address issues of citizenship, immigration, and belonging while recognizing women's leadership and activism in movements that claim identity, space, and rights. Be a part of this dynamic dialogue and share a story on Migration & Transformation.* 

Lulú Martínez is an undocumented queer Chicana and a student in the Gender and Women's Studies Program at UIC. She is a co-founder of the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) and Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA), and has participated in local and national undocumented youth-led actions.

Maria Hinojosa's 25-year history as an award-winning journalist includes executive producing and anchoring both a radio show and television series: Latino USA, distributed by NPR, and America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, airing this fall on PBS and the WORLD Channels. In 2010, she launched the Futuro Media Group to produce journalism giving voice to a more diverse America. 


*Migration & Transformation is a project of the UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change that highlights the different migration experiences of people living in the U.S. and how this shapes their identities and sense of belonging in our society.


Admission and refreshments are free. This event is open to the public. Please RSVP.

April 16

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination

Sponsor: UIC Sociology Department's Colloquium Series
Speaker: Professor Alondra Nelson, Sociology, Columbia University

When: Wednesday April 16, noon - 1:30 pm
Where: UIC's Behavioral Science Building (BSB) Room 4105


Alondra Nelson is the author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), which was recognized with four scholarly awards, including the Mirra Komarovsky Book Award from the Eastern Sociological Society and the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the American Sociological Association (Section on Race, Gender and Class). A finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award, Body and Soul is the first book-length exploration of the radical organization’s health focused activities. Through its activism, Nelson argues, the Black Panther Party advanced a “social health” frame—a distinctive, expansive conceptualization of well-being that articulated biological wellness with both economic justice and racial equality and that would anticipate contemporary debates about racial health disparities.

April 17


Sponsors: UIC Latino Cultural Center, Honors College, Social Justice Initiative (SJI),
                Ballet de Colores, and Mexican Students de Aztlan (MeSA)
Speaker: Iván Arenas, Visiting Scholar with the Social Justice Initiative

When: Thursday April 17, 3 - 4:30 pm
Where: UIC's Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2


Join us for an interactive dialogue with anthropologist and activist Iván Arenas as he shares his work with political street artists who played a crucial role during the broad political movement that took place in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2006. His talk will focus on the way in which the art of protest and the role of youth and women led to important social transformations in Oaxaca's social movement.

Iván Arenas is a Mexican-American anthropologist, architect, artist, activist, and most importantly a parent. He is a visiting scholar with the Social Justice Initiative (SJI) at UIC and currently showcasing his "Chicagoaxaca" exhibit at SJI's Pop Up Just Art Space and at Centro Autónomo.

April 17

The Frying Pan Stories: Pages Ripped from our Cookbooks

Sponsors: The Public Square, The Illinois Humanities Council

When: Thursday April 17, 6:30 pm
Where: Kusanya Cafe, 825 West 69th Street, Chicago


Chicago is a city never short of colorful experiences and adventures, so there’s no doubt it’s home to one of the most diverse and active “live lit”, or live storytelling scenes in the country. We’re putting our own spin on it with “Living in Color,” a series of storytelling events at some of our favorite spots in Chicago.


Our first installment will be an evening of funny, poignant, and adventurous tales about the things that go into mouths and the ideas that come out. Moth GrandSlam Champion Stephanie Douglass and others will be sharing stories about the food we eat—as well as how, where, and with whom we eat it— sparking a conversation about all things food within communities of color. Kusanya Café, Englewood’s first sit down café, will serve as the backdrop for the launch of this new contribution to Chicago’s storytelling scene!


Stephanie Douglass co-hosts This much Is True, tells stories and performs all over the Chicago, and is a Moth GrandSLAM Champion. She is a co-founder of New York theatre company The T.E.A.M, and was the head writer for OLN's "Outside Magazine's Ultimate Top Ten." When not onstage, she manages a ten acre organic farm, trains people with barriers to employment for Growing Home, and develops sustainable programming for rural women in Uganda.


Lily Be has been sharing stories since 2009. After her debut at Grown Folks Stories, she caught the bug and has been performing ever since. She’s performed at almost every storytelling event in the city and have been featured on Chicago Public Media stations WBEZ and Vocalo. Lily is a moth GrandSLAM champion and hosts her own storytelling event, Stoop-Style Stories in Chicago’s Humboldt Park at Rosa’s Blues lounge every 4th Thursday of the month.


Paulette McDaniels has more than 25 years of experience in the arts. She is the author of A Deathly Silence commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services for World AIDS Day. Ms. McDaniels has served as a community organizer in the Middle East, Europe and America. She is co-author of Achmed's Return: Legend of the Lost City.


Duo Yang has been a pastry chef, a forklift driver, and a financial analyst. He is currently writing science nonfiction for a living. When he is not writing, he's most likely cooking, reading, working for the sci-fi audio drama Our Fair City, or hosting the monthly storytelling show "A Month Of."


Sonya Marie Harper has spent the past 9 years working in news. After earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia, she went on to work as news producer, writer and reporter for various tv and radio stations across the Midwest including affiliates for NBC, FOX and CBS. Sonya returned home to Chicago, specifically West Englewood, to help non-profits and community organizations there with their communications and public relations needs. As a community organizer and activist she has also worked for local and national political campaigns.


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April 22 - 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: Thursday April 22 - 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 22: Women of Brukman

Isaac Isitan (2007) 90min

Latino Cultural Center (B2) 803 S. Morgan St.

In 2001, in the midst of the Argentinian monetary crisis, workers of the Brukman men’s clothing manufacturing plant in Buenos Aires, occupied the factory deserted by its owners and continued the production on a self-management model. The film tells the story of their successful struggle for the expropriation of the factory. The film accompanies 5 years of cooperative management. It sheds light on their courage, their struggle for justice and democracy without ignoring the political divisions that emerged with the passing years.

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 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.

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