Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to Speak at UIC
1:00 – 2:00 Lecture
Student Center East – The Illinois Room
750 S. Halsted
Rev. Jackson is a legendary civil rights leader who has advised Presidents, conferred with heads of state, and stood at the helm of some of the largest mobilizations of the mid-20th century. Rev. Jackson worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1960s and later served as one of the leaders of the Poor People’s Crusade. As leader of Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) since 1971, Rev. Jackson has been a highly visible advocate for social, economic and racial justice and for peace. He has received numerous awards and recognitions; most notably in 2000 he was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor bestowed upon a civilian, by President Bill Clinton.
Please join us in a conversation with Chicago’s own, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., who will reflect on his long and varied career, and the state of justice movements today, especially with regard to peace, poverty, prisons and education – some of the unfinished agenda items of the Civil Rights Movement Era.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH PRESENTS:
Dr. Laurie Green, Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin
STARVATION POLITICS Women, Race, and Gender in the ‘Discovery’ of Hunger in America
The ‘discovery’ of hunger by Robert F. Kennedy and other senators in the Mississippi Delta in 1967 set off a decade of turmoil about the very existence, the causes, and federal solutions to what a team of doctors termed starvation. The media then and historical accounts now focus on Kennedy’s role, obscuring the pressure preceding the visit by women prominent in the Black Freedom Movement such as Fannie Lou Hamer and Marian Wright [Edelman]. Professor Green’s lecture will challenge this representation of the struggle as one centered on white politicians, while also exploring the gendered and racialized politics that represented hunger as a Mississippi problem, even after independent investigators had identified similar crises among poor whites, Latinos and Native Americans.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
WHERE: University of Illinois at Chicago
University Hall Room 950
Teachers for Social Justice
Maestra, a film by Catherine Murphy
Cuba 1961: 250,000 taught 700,000 people to read in one year.100,000 of teachers were under 18 years old. MAESTRA explores this story and the process.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Social Justice Initiative
Pop Up Just Art Gallery (PUJA)
729 W. Maxwell St.
FREE entrance w/ refreshments
Film provides subtitles. Film screening will be followed by discussion.
Charles Ogletree, Jr.
The UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy Presents-
The Annual Phillip J. Bowman Lecture
Part of the Chancellor's Lecture and Event Series
"While lynching's are a relic of the past, the racial discrimination that motivated them retains a stranglehold on today's criminal justice system."
Speaker: Charles Ogletree, Jr.
About the Speaker
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. is a prominent legal theorist who has earned an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. His most recent book is "The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America," which draws on the 2009 mistaken arrest of Gates to explore issues of race and what must be done to create a more just legal system.
About the Phillip J. Bowman Lecture
This lecture has been established to honor Phillip J. Bowman’s contributions to UIC during his tenure as Director of IRRPP and Professor of African American Studies. It features national scholars of race, ethnicity, and public policy who provide timely analysis of issues that are critical to the field and to communities of color.
This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 3:00p.m.
UIC Student Center East Room 302
Film: "Red Ant Dream" on the revolutionary struggle in India.
Date: March 20, 2014
Filmmaker: Sanjay Kak
Screen time: 120 min.
The third in a cycle of films that interrogate the workings of Indian democracy, Red Ant Dream (2013) follows Jashn-e-Azadi (2007) about the idea of freedom for Kashmir, and Words on Water (2002) about the people’s movement against large dams in the Narmada valley.
Eyes on the Prize:
America's Civil Rights Movement
Every Monday @ 6pm at 729 Maxwell Street.
Monday, March 10th, 2014
Two Societies (1965-68) Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) come north to help Chicago's civil rights leaders in their nonviolent struggle against segregated housing. Their efforts pit them against Chicago's powerful mayor, Richard Daley. When a series of marches through all-white neighborhoods draws violence, King and Daley negotiate with mixed results. In Detroit, a police raid in a black neighborhood sparks an urban uprising that lasts five days, leaving 43 people dead. The Kerner Commission finds that America is becoming "two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal." President Lyndon Johnson, who appointed the commission, ignores the report.
Save the Date! Freedom Summer 50
Join us this summer for the commemoration of Freedom Summer at the UIC campus!
Activists, educators, students and fierce fighters of civil rights are gathering together in commemoration of Freedom Summer. We will have workshops and plenaries to engage folks in discussions of the civil rights movement then and tie it to our work now.
May 28th, 2014 to May 30th, 2014
Check back soon for more details!
UIC Feminist Film Series: Hosted by Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson
A series of film documentary screenings that will engage students on issues
of sexual violence, community responses, restorative justice, envisioning a
feminist future, and more. Nights of critical conversations, dialogue, and
sharing of resources. Pizza and soft drinks will be served. Join us in
learning about feminism and social change.
April 22nd & April 23rd at Latino Cultural Center (B2)
April 24th and April 25th* at Pop Up JUST Art (PUJA) gallery at 729 S.
(Both spaces are accessible)
*Film Screenings 5:30pm-8:00pm*
April 22nd - The Women of Brukman
April 23rd - No! The Rape Documentary
April 24th -Tales of the Night Fairies
April 25th - Born in Flames
*Co-Sponsors: Women's Leadership Resource Center (WLRC), Campus Advocacy
Network (CAN), UIC Social Justice Initative and Gender & Women Studies
PUJA Winter ’13 Gallery Night, Feb 22, 2013. Photo by Brett Jelinek
Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee