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"28, 43" A Photographic Exhibit Opening

Over 70 people attended the opening reception for "28/43": Ferguson to Ayotzinapa, a photo exhibition at our new Pop Up JUST Art space at 1338 S. Halsted. Gallery hours are 12-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 12- 3 p.m. on Saturdays thorugh March 1, 2015. Please stop by.

To schedule a class or group visit email sjiuic@gmail.com

Over 100 people have visited the gallery and 4 classes have visited the Exhibit.

Below is a slideshow of some pictures of the opening night. Photo credit: Emily Williams & Ivan Arenas.



Twitter Town Hall

On January 10th activists, scholars and historians gathered on Twitter for #Selma2Ferguson, a national digital forum on the fictional “Selma,” the real Selma, lessons from struggles in Ferguson and beyond. Participants shared information, thoughts and ideas on the top down views of Black history, linked the past to the present movements and weighed in on racism, sexism and movement building then & now.

With over 1,928 Tweets with 1,793 contributors the conversation reached over 2 MILLION Twitter users. Please check here for the Storify of the conversation.

Featured Tweeters included

Barbara Ransby @BarbaraRansby Robin D.G. Kelley @RobinDGKelley

G, Zoharah Simmons @GZoharah Brittney Cooper @ProfessorCrunk

Rosa Clemente @rosaclemente Mariame Kaba @prisonculture

Donna Murch @murchnik Alondra Nelson @Alondra

Jasson Perez @IolaElla Asha Rosa @ashapoesis

Page May @May20p Gary Younge @garyyounge

Along with the Selma town hall, Barbara Ransby was interviewed by the UIC paper. CLick on the link below to see the article. http://news.uic.edu/is-historical-fiction-true-to-history


Forum on Ferguson

On December 1, 2014 a forum on Ferguson was held at UIC co-sponsored by SJI, African American Studies, the Chancellors Committe on the Status of Blacks, Gender and Womens Studies, the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, Insititute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the Jane Addams Hull- House. Below is a bibliography and resource list of articles and events that were mentioned at the Forum.











Other Announcements


Incite! is hosting the conference, Color of Violence 4, this conference will highlight emerging strategies and new frameworks that focus on ending violence without relying on policing, mass incarceration, restrictive legislation, and other systems of violence and control.

Registration is now open for Color of Violence 4 (COV4)--Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities!! To register and for more information click on the link below: http://www.colorofviolence.org/conference-registration.html

March 26 – 29, 2015
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Chicago, IL


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