UIC Social Justice Initiative

The UIC Social Justice Initiative
Past Events

A Discussion on Social Justice, Paulo Freire and the Concrete Application of Freire's Teachings: Promoting Critical Awareness through Peer Teaching: A Frerian Approach with

Fabricio Balcazar, Ph.D., Professor & Director of Center on Capacity Building for Minorities with Disabilities, Department of Disability & Human Development & Clorinda Ofori-Annor, UIC Freshman Student

Pop Up JUST Art Gallery
729 Maxwell Street

This presentation will describe a three-year experiment in critical education using an adapted version of Paulo Freire’s model of ‘study circles’ to promote critical awareness. The process is being conducted at a local suburban high school using student peer-teachers as facilitators of the group discussions. Participating students engage in group discussions on topics such as oppression, discrimination, alienation and liberation. They are then asked to propose activities to address specific issues of concern in their communities or school. One of the student-leaders will be sharing her experiences with the program implementation.

Questions/RSVP: sjiuic@gmail.com
Refreshments will be provided!

Bold Conversations at the Global Activism Expo: Restorative Justice. Gender Justice. Global Justice.

Saturday, April 6 - 12:30 PM 4:00 PM
UIC Forum (725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago)

Join us for difficult, complex, critical conversations as we wrestle with the meaning of restorative justice in different contexts.
Learn, ponder, share, discuss:

After Hadiya and "Nirbhaya": From Chicago to Delhi What Does Justice Look Like?


Here in the United States, Chicago in particular, street crime has taken the lives of far too many of our youth. In India, the issue of sexual violence has captured headlines. The tragic deaths of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed just a few blocks away from her school, and "Nirbhaya," the 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi, raise the question: what does justice for victims and survivors look like?


Peace in an Age of Violence: Reparations, Reconciliation, Renewal 
Brutal war has engulfed villages and cities in Mali. Violence in Colombia has forced people out of their homes and left anger, fear and poverty in its wake. Does post-apartheid South Africa offer a vision and a model for war-torn societies? Many countries that have been torn apart by civil war ask: how do we rebuild, how can we make amends, or does accountability trump reconciliation?

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Science and Social Justice Speaker Series

Dr. John Rich and Dr. Ted Corbin

"Medicine and Social Justice"
4-6 PM

UIC College Of Medicine Research Building
Moss Auditorium
835 S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago, IL, 60612


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Jai Bhim Comrade: Movie and Panel 

3 to 7 PM
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum - Residents' Dining Hall

3 to 4:30 pm Panel:
Art, Resistance and Public Protest:  Some Possibilities around the Globe

4:30 to 7:00 pm: Movie with Q and A with the film-maker.

Film Synopsis

For thousands of years India’s Dalits were abhorred as “untouchables” denied education and treated as bonded labour. By 1923 Bhimrao Ambedkar broke the taboo, won doctorates abroad and fought for the emancipation of his people. He drafted India’s Constitution, led his followers to discard Hinduism for Buddhism. His legend still spreads through poetry and song.

In 1997 a statue of Dr. Ambedkar in a Dalit colony in Mumbai was desecrated with footwear. As angry residents gathered, police opened fire killing 10. Vilas Ghogre, a leftist poet, hung himself in protest. ‘Jai Bhim Comrade,’ shot over 14 years, follows the poetry and music of people like Vilas and marks a subaltern tradition of reason that from the days of the Buddha, has fought superstition and religious bigotry.

Anthony Bogues, Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University
"Archive. Historiography and the Black Radical Tradition: New Histories and Stories


Institute for Humanities and Great Cities Institute
701 South Morgan, Lower Level / Stevenson Hall
Chicago, IL 60607-7040

Anthony Bogues raises a profound set of questions about what it means to be human and the practice of freedom. The questions are simply these:

For it is in these erasures that we might find a way to justice on this planet. It is in the simple articulation of the fundamental humanity of all the world’s excluded peoples that Professor Bogues weaves a complex articulation of emancipatory possibility in these difficult times. He articulates a radical imaginary steeped in the Black radical tradition, calling deeply into question modernity’s foundation of inferiorization and disposability. Slavery was built on this foundation, extending to the majority of humanity. He awakens us to this fundamental fact: that we must look to the everyday, to the erased, silenced stories to re-imagine and create another world. Here lies the practice of freedom and where movement building must be grounded. We must move from the spectacular to the ordinary to grapple with and transform the deeply rooted and complex inequalities that characterize today. The inheritance of the disposability of much of humanity still pervades consciousness and practice. Thus movement building requires new thinking, creative thinking and new practice. Anthony Bogues asks us to see another not as other, but as human. It is on this ground that emancipatory possibilities for social change and movement building become possible.


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Pop-Up Just Art Space Community Opening
4-7 PM
PUJA space at 729 Maxwell Street


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Science and Social Justice: What’s the Connection?

with Professor Jon Beckwith, Ph.D. American Cancer Society Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard University Medical School. RSVP to Uicsjievents@gmail.com

Reclaiming the Meaning of Peace

with Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Jody Williams and Stephen Goose, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.

WBEZ's Global Activisim Expo 2012

WBEZ's Global Activism Expo 2012

UIC Forum, 12 to 6 p.m.
presented by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ 91.5 FM) and hosted by the UIC Social Justice Initiative. Free.


Get Inspired to Make a Difference

An opportunity to meet local activists in-person and learn about their organizations. The organizations, all of which have been featured on the Worldview series, represent work taking place in over 100 countries. The services they provide range from teaching neonatal resuscitation in Tanzania to building libraries in Haiti, from assisting survivors of sexual violence in the Congo to helping victims of human trafficking in Vietnam, to shipping bicycles, shoes, backpacks, books, medicine, and even bridges to people all over the world. In addition to learning about these incredible organizations, event attendees also have the unique opportunity to shop for interesting fair-trade jewelry and apparel, enjoy great food and music, and mingle with other enthusiasts.


More about the event and organizations attending.