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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
When: Tuesday June 3, 1:30 - 4:00 pm
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
When: Thursday September 18
Where: UIC Forum - 725 West Roosevelt Road
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.