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2014 WOMEN’S HERITAGE MONTH SERIES OF EVENTS


"Me, My Mother and Sharmila Tagore" - one woman play by Fawzia Mirza

Wednesday, March 5th
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Latino Cultural Center -- Lecture Center B2, 803 S. Morgan Street

 

Me, My Mom and Sharmila Tagore is Fawzia’s story of the strained relationship with her mother, and her attempt to reconnect through their shared love of Bollywood star Sharmila Tagore. The goal of Me, My Mom and Sharmila Tagore is to use a powerful personal narrative as a cultural teaching tool, by examining the unique experiences enabled by Fawzia’s ethnocultural identities as well as portraying challenges and relationships that we all share, regardless of color, sexuality or gender. Fawzia’s story is a touching and provocative exploration of her American South Asian and Queer identities, and an examination of the twists and turns in relationships between parents and their children.

Co-sponsored by Catharsis Productions, Women’s Leadership and Resource Center and Asian American Resource and Cultural Center.

“Starvation Politics: Women, Race, and Gender in the 'Discovery' of Hunger in America” - Professor Laurie Green, University of Texas, Austin

Wednesday, March 5th
3:30 - 5:30 PM
University Hall Room 950, 601 S. Morgan Street

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.

Prof. Green's talk is one of a number of events leading up to "Freedom Dreams/ Freedom Now" a conference at UIC organized by the Social Justice Initiative, May 28 -30, 2014, which will commemorate the 1964 Freedom Summer Project and recent scholarship on the Civil Rights Era. Speakers include: Julian Bond and Prof. Robin D.G. Kelly. For more info: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/sji/

Co-sponsored by African American Studies, Social Justice Initiative, Gender and Women’s Studies and the Institute for the Humanities.

Support UIC Women’s Athletics - BASKETBALL

UIC Women’s Basketball vs. Detroit
Thursday, March 6th
7:00 PM
UIC Pavilion - 525 S Racine Avenue

SPEAK OUT @ UIC

Friday, March 7th
4:30 - 6:30 PM
Latino Cultural Center -- Lecture Center B2, 803 S. Morgan Street

The student group Feminists United (FU) are proud to announce their upcoming event for the UIC community. Through a series of 3-5 minute performances, FU hopes to engage with and create feminist dialogue about social and individual experiences involving race, class, gender and sexuality (and their intersections).

Rough Cut: A POC Zine Reading and Workshop

Thursday, March 13th
3:30 – 6:00 PM
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted

Ahead of the 2014 Chicago Zine Fest, Rough Cut: A POC Zine Reading and Workshop features readings from people of color and indigenous zinesters who bring diverse histories to zine cultures and activism. Discussion and a brief zine-making workshop follows after the readings. This event features Mimi Thi Nguyen (Slander and Race Riot compilation zines) on hosting duties, and the following zinesters reading and displaying artwork from their zines:
- Osa Atoe / Shotgun Seamstress zine (http://shotgunseamstress.blogspot.com/)
- Nyky Gomez / Brown Recluse Zine Distro and Skinned Heart zine (http://brownreclusezinedistro.com/)
- Sara Rene / Native Punx Unite (http://nativepunxunite.tumblr.com/)
- Anna Vo / Swan and Vulture and Fix My Head (http://annavo.wordpress.com/)

Admission is free. Registration required: http://roughcutuic.eventbrite.com/

Co-sponsored by UIC Campus Advocacy Network, Gender and Women's Studies and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.

Support UIC Women’s Athletics - GYMNASTICS

UIC Women’s Gymnastics vs. Illinois State
Saturday, March 15th
5:00 PM
Physical Education Building - 901 West Roosevelt Road

Screening of the documentary "Lioness" + panel/discussion.

Monday, March 17th
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Ft. Dearborn, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street

Student Veteran Affairs will be hosting a screening of the documentary "Lioness". This film tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat. Without the same training as their male counterparts but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans It is about the experience of women in the military. Film will be followed by panel/discussion

My Black Is Beautiful......right?

Wednesday, March 19th
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Commons West Tower Lounge, 700 S. Halsted Street

Join us as we discuss the unique experience of being an African American
woman,the concept of beauty; and the importance of well-being and
community.

Please RSVP by Wednesday March 14th to Chanel Bishop at csmall@uic.edu
<mailto:csmall@uic.edu> .

Food will be provided.

Presented by the African American Academic Network's Woman 2 Woman
Initiative and the UIC Counseling Center.

WISE: THE GENDER GAP IN PATENT LAW & COPYRIGHTS

Thrusday, March 20th
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Rafael Cintron Ortiz Latino Cultural Center Lecture Center B2

Please join Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) as we welcome author, Anne Elizabeth Moore, and to discuss this little-known gender gap in technology and innovation. Anne Elizabeth Moore is a Fulbright scholar, a UN Press Fellow, the Truthout columnist behind Ladydrawers: Gender and Comics in the U.S., and the author of several award-winning books. Moore will show a film and then lead a discussion of the issue. The National Bureau of Economic Research found in 2012 that patent holders are only 7.5% female. Commercial patents are held by an even smaller percentage of women, 5.5%. The gender gap in patents is more than just who files, but there is also a gap in feminine work that seeks patent protection. Quilting, sewing and food preparation is not protected. In the area of feminine hygiene products, 94.5% patent holders are male. Also, the WISE will be sharing women in STEM fun facts every day on our Facebook & Twitter accounts! www.facebook.com/uicwise

GSC Book Conversation: Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Thrusday, March 20th
4:30 - 6:30 PM
GSC Lounge, 181 BSB, 1007 W. Harrison Street

The Gender & Sexuality Center is hosting a special book conversation featuring Janet Mock's new book Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. We will discuss and unpack the many diverse themes of Janet Mock's story including identity, gender, race/ethnicity, class, and more. Whether you're starting to read or have finished the book, everyone is welcome to participate. To reserve a copy, stop by the GSC. Limited copies are available.

Janet Mock is a writer, an advocate, and the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness. After publicly proclaiming her identity as a trans woman in a 2011 profile in Marie Claire magazine, Janet focused her efforts on speaking about the struggles, triumphs and portrayals of girls and women like herself. In 2012, she launched #GirlsLikeUs, a movement that encourages trans women to live visibly. She currently writes and speaks about her experience of living at the intersections of identities. www.janetmock.com

Co-sponsored by the Women's Leadership & Resource Center.

Support UIC Women’s Athletics - TENNIS

UIC Women’s Tennis vs. Valparaiso
Friday, March 21st
11:00 AM
Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts

Screening of the documentary "Young Lakota"

Wednesday, March 26th
5:00 PM
1919 W. Taylor, Department of Family Medicine Conference Room

In a small town in the heart of the Pine Ridge Reservation, Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their neighbor, Brandon Ferguson, share a common dream of helping to create a better future for their tribe. When South Dakota passes a law criminalizing abortion, their tribal President, Cecelia Fire Thunder, challenges it with a threat to build a clinic on the reservation, drawing Sunny, Serena, and Brandon into a political storm that changes the course of each of their lives.

Topics: Native American, Women, Reproductive Rights. Length: 60 minutes.

Hosted by the Department of Family Medicine

Support UIC Women’s Athletics - TENNIS

UIC Women’s Tennis vs. Butler
Saturday, March 29th
10:00 AM
Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts

Support UIC Women’s Athletics – SOFTBALL

UIC Women’s Softball vs. Valparaiso (DH)
Saturday, March 29th
1:00 PM
Flames Field - 901 West Roosevelt Road

Support UIC Women’s Athletics - TENNIS

UIC Women’s Tennis vs. Wright State
Sunday, March 30th
10:00 AM
Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts

Support UIC Women’s Athletics – SOFTBALL

UIC Women’s Softball vs. Valparaiso
Sunday, March 30th
1:00 PM
Flames Field - 901 West Roosevelt Road

"Honor Diaries" Film Screening & Discussion 

Monday, March 31st

Time 1:00-3:00 PM

Lecture Center A6, 805 S. Morgan Street  

The documentary film 'Honor Diaries' tells the stories of nine women's
rights advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies, who take on
women's issues ranging from child marriage to female genital mutilation.
Spurred by the Arab Spring, women who were once silent are starting to speak
out about gender inequality and are bringing visibility to a long history of
oppression.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

 

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in an event, please call 312-413-1025 at last one week prior to the event.