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Upcoming Events



Eyes on the Prize:

America's Civil Rights Movement

Monday, April 14th
Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More (1964-72)
Film & Community Dialogue w/ Martha Biondi
"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."

Every Monday @ 6pm at 729 Maxwell Street.


The Syrian Uprising Three Years On: Regime, Opposition, Outsiders

Professor Bassam Haddad
Discussant, Atef Said, Visiting Faculty, Department of Sociology, UIC

Tuesday, April 22 | 5:00 pm
401 University Hall at University of Illinois, Chicago

Bassam Haddad is the Director of the Middle East Studies Program, George Mason University; co-founder and Editor of the renowned on-line magazine Jadaliyya; executive director of the Arab Studies Institute; and founding editor of the Arab Studies Journal. Professor Haddad is author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Dawn on the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order?: Mediating the Arab Uprisings and Teaching the Middle East after the Arab Uprisings (forthcoming). He is also the Director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the critically acclaimed film series, Arabs and Terrorism, and the film, The “Other” Threat, on Arab/Muslim immigrants in Europe.

Organized by: (UIC)
Asian Studies Program
Asian American Studies Program

Co-Sponsored by: (UIC)
Office of International Affairs
Department of Sociology
Department of History
Social Justice Initiative
Gender and Women's Studies Program
Global Health Initiative
Diaspora Cluster
International Studies
Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy



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.
Maxwell St.
(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


Hip-Hop Communiversity

We are co-sponsoring this event on April 23rd

Hip-Hop Communiversity event with Cathy Cohen and No Name Gypsy on April 23rd at 5:30 PM in EPASW L285 that SJI and IPSE are co-sponsoring,


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Freedom Dreams/ Freedom Now

Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary

May 28, 2014 to May 30, 2014

Join us for an intergenerational interactive gathering of scholars, artists & activists to wrestle with the past and imagine & organize for a better future.

Wednesday May 28, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607

Thursday May 29, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
UIC Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607

Friday May 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Social and cultural gatherings to follow the conference sessions
UIC Student Center West
828 S. Wolcott Avenue
Chicago, IL 60607

Limited housing scholarships available - please contact


Register here












PUJA Winter ’13 Gallery Night, Feb 22, 2013. Photo by Brett Jelinek

Photo from Global Activism Expo

Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee