EQUAL-ACCESS CITY? 25 YEARS OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

Wednesday March 18, 2015, 12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Gallery 400 Lecture Room, 400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Panelists, Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; Greg Polman, Senior Vice President, Chicago Lighthouse; Robin Ann Jones, Project Director, Great Lakes ADA Center; and Steve Schlickman, Executive Director, UIC Urban Transportation Center, explain the monumental changes the ADA policies brought about, and have a discussion of some of the short comings that could still be improved.

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A CHANGING BACK OF THE YARDS: THE GROWING LATINO POPULATION

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Gallery 400 Lecture Room, 400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL, 60607

Panelists, Craig Chico, President & CEO, Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council; Emilio L. Carrasquillo, Neighborhood Director, Neighborhood Housing Services; and Henry Cervantes, Community Organizer, The Resurrection Project; discuss the evolving needs for the growing Latino population in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, and how their organizations have adapted.

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CHICAGO WELCOMES THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE 43 MISSING AYOTZINAPA STUDENTS

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April 2015: According to a 2012 report, it was estimated that in the United States a Black person was killed by police, security guards, or vigilantes every 28 hours. The accuracy of this statistic has been called into question but the prevalence of police-involved deaths of Black people has been a rallying point for activists and organizers in the wake of Mike Brown’s death.

In Ayotzinapa, Mexico 43 student activists went missing on September 26th, 2014. Mexican police have been implicated in their disappearance. The remains of one student have been found, but the whereabouts of the 42 others is still unknown.

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August 2015 Summer Film Series: Defining Race. Diagnosing Racism.

What is the social, legal, and political history of racism in the United States? How do we even2015 Summer Film Series August Flyer define race? These are critical questions that inform how we understand and talk about these issues today. From the recent controversy about the racial status of a white woman claiming to be black (Rachel Dolezal), to anti-police violence protests in Ferguson, Missouri and dozens of other cities, race continues to be at the center of what defines and divides us as Americans and world citizens. Join us for three thought-provoking documentaries about the social construction of race in the U.S.

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Uncivil Rites:Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom

Salaita book talkA Book Talk Steven Salaita & Panel Discussion

In the summer of 2014, renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the board of trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Salaita’s employment was terminated in response to his public tweets criticizing Israeli government policy. Salaita’s case raises important questions about academic freedom, free speech on campus, and the movement for justice in Palestine.

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