Bill Ayers @ SJI Fall Welcome Reception, 2014 Kids gather at Jody Williams Speaking event Skylah and Naima from Climbing Poetree @ EBI, 2014 Robin D.G. Kelley, Nadine Naber @ FDFN, 2014

Past Events

Please see the slideshow below for images from several SJI events.

Click on the titles of the events below to see the flyers from our past events. The flyers will pop up in a different window.

- "Education for LIberation: Building Community for Popular Education & Arts Based Dialogue in Chicago, Oct. 8th, 2014 @ UIC"

- "VOICES Lecture: Hank Willis Thomas in conversation with Barbara Ransby, Sept. 17th, 2014 @ UIC"

- "Quilting Our Freedom Dreams, 2014 @ UIC"

- "Freedom Dreams Freedom Now @ Student Center West @ May 28th-30th, 2014 @UIC"

- "Ella Baker Institute, July 11th-16th, 2014 @ UIC"

- "Freedom Schools, Freedom Dreams: Teaching and Learning Freedom, May 7th, 2014"

- "Illuminating the Power and the Limits of the Vote: Then & Now, April 17th, 2014"

- "Are We Tweeting For Our Lives? May 21, 2014"

- "Direct Action: A Feminist Film Series: Born In Flames, May 21, 2014"

- "Direct Action: A Feminist Film Series:Tales of the Night Fairies, May 21, 2014"

- "Save the Date: Freedom Dreams Freedom Now"

Listen to audio from "Building Peace in our Communities and the World: Key Ingredient JUSTICE"

- "Urban Youth, Violence, and Trauma: A Health and Social Justice Response"

- "Rev. Jesse Jackson @ UIC, March 17th"

- "Opening of PUJA & Exhibition: What is a Life Worth? February 22nd"

- "Great Cities, Great Schools: A Conversation with Pedro Noguera, March 3rd"

- "Women's History Month Lecture: Starvation Politics, March 5th"

- "Grand Opening of Chicagoxaca Exhibit, October 22nd"

- "Hot Topics 2: Syria, 2013"

- "The Practice of Freedom & Movement Building: Tony Bogues"

- "Inagural Hot Topics: Syria & Dr. King's Anti-war Politics, 2013'"

- "How Much is a Life Worth? Discussion"

- "One Woman Show: F.L.Y."

- "Cambodian Son."

- "Zona Abierta"

- "Resistance to Mass Incaceration"

- "The Politics of Culture"


Archived Past Event Postings and Descriptions (in detail):



Nobel laureates visit UIC to mark anniversary-WILPF 100

Nobel Laureates


The Social Justice Initiative at UIC welcomed Nobel Peace laureates Leymah Gbowee and Jody Williams to campus Monday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Womenís International League for Peace and Freedom, a group whose first president was social reformer Jane Addams. The nonprofit organization, with 30 international branches that promote womenís contributions to global peace efforts, teamed with the Nobel Womenís Initiative to sponsor the day-long event at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum on campus.

More than 70 invited community activists, philanthropists, academics and campus leaders joined the laureates for discussions of gender peace movements around the world and to strategize ways to bring about greater social justice. Gbowee, a 2011 Nobel recipient from Liberia, told the group that the celebration and Addamsí legacy as the first U.S. woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize brought two principles to the forefront: human rights and nonviolence. "When Jane Addams started the work that she did, I can just imagine it was not trending," said Gbowee, a peace activist who help end the second Liberian civil war in 2003. "She began the entire conversation of people's rights and that states should pay attention to it." While addressing social justice progress, UIC historian Barbara Ransby reflected on the contemporary efforts of young people. "I am very uplifted by the brilliance, the courage, the determination to really build off the foundation of so many women who began fighting a hundred years ago," said Ransby, director of the UIC Social Justice Initiative. "The spirit and legacy of those fights are very much the ground and foundation in which young women today are not only envisioning a better world, but demanding and making a better world for themselves and their communities."

Those at the conference collaborated to develop a U.S. Peace and Freedom Statement that will be delivered next month during the league's centennial congress at The Hague, Netherlands. Closing remarks were delivered by Williams, the first UIC Social Justice Initiative fellow, who received a Nobel Prize in 1997 for her international campaign to ban land mines. Other speakers included Eric Gislason, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost; Astrida Orle Tantillo, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Steve Everett, dean of the College of Architecture, Design and the Arts; Terry Mazany, Chicago Community Trust president and CEO, Jennifer Scott, director of Hull-House Museum, and Mary Harrison, U.S. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom section president.

See more at: Nobel laureates visit UIC to mark anniversary

Here is a slideshow with pictures from the day.

Forum on Ferguson

On December 1, 2014 a forum on Ferguson was held at UIC co-sponsored by SJI, African American Studies, the Chancellors Committe on the Status of Blacks, Gender and Womens Studies, the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, Insititute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the Jane Addams Hull- House. Below is a bibliography and resource list of articles and events that were mentioned at the Forum.

We Charge Genocide

Counter Punch: Why We Won't Wait by Robin D.G. Kelley

Jacobin: Organizing Fergusons by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Mediaite: New Yorker Writer Critiques Obama's Ferguson Comments: "Not Everything Is Even"

New Yorker: Crimes and Commissions by Jelani Cobb

Race, Crime, and Punishment from the Aspen Institute

UIC Social Justice Initiative Photos from What's Next? A Chicago town hall meeting to discuss the recent events in Ferguson and beyond

Twitter Town Hall

On January 10, 2015, activists, scholars and historians gathered on Twitter for #Selma2Ferguson, a national digital forum on the fictional Selma, the real Selma, lessons from struggles in Ferguson and beyond. Participants shared information, thoughts and ideas on the top down views of Black history, linked the past to the present movements and weighed in on racism, sexism and movement building then & now.


With over 1,928 Tweets with 1,793 contributors the conversation reached over 2 MILLION Twitter users.

Featured Tweeters included:

Barbara Ransby @BarbaraRansby Robin D.G. Kelley @RobinDGKelley

G, Zoharah Simmons @GZoharah Brittney Cooper @ProfessorCrunk

Rosa Clemente @rosaclemente Mariame Kaba @prisonculture

Donna Murch @murchnik Alondra Nelson @Alondra

Jasson Perez @IolaEllaAsha Rosa @ashapoesis

Page May @May20pGary Younge @garyyounge

Along with the Selma town hall, Barbara Ransby was interviewed by the UIC paper. Click on the link below to see the article.

Is historical fiction of Selma true to history?


Dan Geary on the Moynihan Report

April 8th, 2015 @ 3 p.m.

Fifty years after its publication, "the Moynihan Report" remains a touchstone in contemporary racial politics, cited by President Barack Obama and Congressman Paul Ryan among others. When Americans discuss race, the Moynihan Report remains a vital part of the discussion.

On April 8 at 3pm at UIC's Institute for the Humanities, Daniel Geary, the Mark Pigott Lecturer in American History at Trinity College-Dublin, will speak about the 1965 Report and its reverberating reception throughout the nation. Moynihan's famous report, entitled, "The Negro Family: The Case for National Action," concluded that the persistent nature of black poverty in America was at least partly attributable to the relative absence of nuclear families. Geary's research complicates this typical understanding of the report.

You can read more about Gearys forthcoming book on the subject (his second) on the AHA's website here. Otherwise, we hope to see you April 8 at 3pm at the Institute for the Humanities.


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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




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




Begando Keynote Lecture Series: Dorothy Roberts
Mistreating Health Inequities: Race, Medicine, and Justice
March 12, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
SCE, 750 S. Halsted, Rm. 302



2015 GRACE HOLT LECTURE "New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina"

Michael E. Crutcher

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 4:00 P.M.

Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level Stevenson Hall, 701 South Morgan Street

For more information, please contact Teresa Moreno at



Chicago Police Torture Teach In:

Burge and Beyond

Tuesday, March 10th, 4-6 p.m.

Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted

Co-Sponsored by Chicago Torture Justice Memorials & the Social Justice Initiative.





“Women’s Leadership and Resource Center and Campus Advocacy Network”

Join friends and staff of the WLRC/CAN as we celebrate the beginning of another semester!! Come learn more about our mission, goals, programs, services, and opportunities that we offer. This is a great time to meet like-minded individuals, students groups, or causes that aim to make a safe and inclusive campus for everyone.

When: Friday, January 30, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00pm
Where: WLRC/CAN Office 728 W. Roosevelt

FREE admission food and refreshment provided.

To RSVP visit:

For more information call WLRC/CAN at 312-413-1025
If you require any accommodations please contact us at least one week before the event. For more information, please call (312) 413-1024


Reclaim MLK Day Teach-In

Join graduate students from UIC Department of History on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, to consider the lessons of history. How has the history of the Black Freedom Movement been sanitized and co-opted by popular culture, the state, and neo-liberal institutions? What are the political ramifications of historical memory (and silences in that memory)? Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 12:00p.m.



"28, 43" A Photographic Exhibition

Please join us for the exhibit's opening reception on January 20th from 5:30-8:00pm at the PUJA gallery now located at 1338 S. Halsted. Please RSVP to


Not One More!

Heal the wounds of youth criminalization and police brutality. January 27th, 2015, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. @ the Jane Addams Hull House Museum Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted. Youth ages 14-20 highly encouraged to attend. Must RSVP to




Twitter Town Hall

Join 2015 Activists, Scholars and Historians in a Twitter Town Hall hosted by UIC's Social Justice Initiative this Saturday, January 10th, 2015 from 12 to 1:30 pm CST.

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UIC Middle East and Muslim Societies Cluster

"Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Between History and the Present”

Areej Sabbagh-Khoury
Tel Aviv University & Mada Al-Carmel

Monday, November 17
BSB Room 4105
12:00-1:30 pm

Beginning in the mid-1990s, political discourse among Palestinian citizens of Israel underwent two important shifts. First, the events of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe that coincided with the foundation of Israel, became more prominent. Second, Palestinians expanded their efforts to demand that Israel become a “state for all of its citizens.” During the same period, the Israeli state has initiated a range of new policies that negatively impact its Palestinian minority citizens.

Areej Sabbagh-Khoury completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. Since 2002, she has been a research fellow at Mada Al-Carmel: Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa. Areej has written several articles and book chapters and co-edited with Nadim Rouhana: The Palestinians in Israel: A Guide to History, Politics, and Society. Her research analyzes the settlement of Marj Ibn ‘Amr (Jezreel Valley) by the leftist Zionist party of Hashomer Hatzair. Areej is currently on a speaking tour organized by the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC).

Sponsored by:
UIC Middle East and Muslim Societies Cluster
Palestinian American Research Center (PARC)
UIC Students for Justice in Palestine
UIC International Studies Program and Asian American Studies Program
UIC Social Justice Initiative
UIC Departments of Political Science and Sociology


Community Conversation: Ayotzinapa & Ferguson, Education, Privatization, Militarization & Mobilization

Nov 14th, 2014 6: 30 - 8: 30 p.m. @ PUJA 729 W. Maxwell Street.

Events in Ferguson and in Ayotzinapa, Mexico have brought state violence against people of color to the forefront. The police repression of protestors in Missouri and Mexico have also demonstrated the extent of the criminalization of dissent. Despite the fact that authorities wish these two events would fade, they have sparked important social mobilization. Currently, PUJA is hosting the last days of the Chicagoaxaca: Militarization / Mobilization exhibit and we would like to have a community conversation around these issues. The "Justicia en Ayotzinapa Comité Chicago" has been doing vigils every Friday night in the plaza on the corner of Blue Island and 18th as an act of witnessing, resistance, and education on what is happening in Mexico. Come to hear about and learn what is happening in Mexico.

Evento comunitario en la Universidad de Illinois at Chicago. 729 W Maxwell Street a las 630. Ahí nos vemos!

Co-Sponsored by Justicia en Ayotzinapa Comité Chicago & UIC Social Justice Initiative & The UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy


Power Plays: Addressing Gender, Domestic Violence, and Race in the NFL

Thursday, November 13, 2014

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Lecture Center C-3


Beth Richie and the NFL

Beth Richie, Professor of African American studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Criminology, Law and Justice and Sociology, and Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy was recently hired as senior advisor by the NFL. She joins a panel working on drafting new domestic violence education and prevention policy, service programming, and revising the currently NFL personal conduct policy. Richie has worked extensively on the ways race/ethnicity and social position affect women's experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors.  She is also the author of the books “Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women” and “Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation.”



Want to End Sexual Violence on Your Campus? A Chicago Listening Forum

Students Active for Ending Rape
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Chicago, IL

Do you want to end sexual violence on your campus?

Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) wants to hear what's happening on your campus. Join SAFER and students from DePaul, UChicago, and UIC for a discussion about how well you think your school is responding to sexual assault and the current climate on your campus. Join us Tuesday 11/4 at DePaul University! 1 East Jackson Boulevard, DePaul Club (11th Floor) 7:00-8:00 pm, pizza provided!

RSVP with Eventbrite recommended.

Here is the link to the Eventbrite ticketing page:

Co-hosted with the UIC Campus Advocacy Network, Building Communities, Ending Violence, WGS Newsletter - Depaul University


Fall Welcome Reception


Below is a slide show that contains a selection of photos from our 2014 Fall Welcome Reception.






VOICES Lecture: Hank Willis Thomas In conversation with Barbara Ransby.

Below is a video from Hank Willis Thomas In Conversation with Barbara Ransby.



Real Time Chicago Lecture Series: Youth Entrepreneurship

October 29, 2014 @ 12-1:30 p.m.

4th floor CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St.


"Criminal Queers" film screening featuring Chris Vargas and Eric Stanley

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m.

Gallery 400 Lecture Room

400 S. Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Co-Sponsored by SJI.


Rajiv Gandhi to Narendra Modi: Impunity in India for Mass Violence

PUJA Gallery, 729 Maxwell, Chicago, IL 60607

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

After receiving the largest ever electoral mandate, Rajiv Gandhi was found to be blameless for the slaughter of 3,000 Sikhs on his watch in the Capital of India. A similar charade of subverting the criminal justice system under a shroud of legal platitudes laid the ground for Modi's elevation this year to prime minister despite the killing of over 1,000 Muslims on his watch in Gujarat.

Manoj Mitta is the only author to have written books on the two most egregious instances of mass violence and impunity in post-colonial India. In 2007, he co-authored a book on the violence targeting Sikhs, When a Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath. Earlier this year, Mitta came out with a book on the 2002 Gujarat violence targeting Muslims, titled The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi and Godhra. A senior editor with The Times of India, the largest circulated English newspaper in the country, Mitta writes on legal, human rights and public policy issues.


Education for Liberation:

Building Community through Popular Education & Arts-Based Dialogue in Chicago.

October 8th, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m.

Pop Up JUST Art (PUJA) Gallery

729 Maxwell St.

Chicago, IL 60607


“Now What?” – Politics, Culture and Social Media
Monday, June 23, 2014
Washington Park Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd., Chicago, IL 60637
How has Twitter fueled movements like presidential campaigns and #BlackTwitter?
For the second edition of the Illinois Humanities Council's Now What? conversation series, Obama for America Chief Technical Officer Harper Reed and Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis author of the upcoming book, The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter, join Illinois Humanities Council Director Angel Ysaguirre June 23 for a conversation on how businesses, governments and individuals are using social media to shape culture.
Help shape the conversation and ask Harper, Kimberly, or Angel questions in advance using the hashtag,

Event is FREE to the public, though reservations are required. Reservations can be made by visiting or emailing:



UIC Feminist Film Series: Hosted by Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson & GWS

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 Initiative 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,


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


Cambodian Son

The Asian American Studies and Asian Studies Programs present

A Studio Revolt Film Screening of Masahiro Sugano's Cambodian Son

Winner of the "Best 2014 Documentary" from the Center for Asian American
Media, Cambodian Son (2013, 90 minutes) documents the life of deported
poet, Kosal Khiev after receiving the most important performance
invitation of his career—to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the
London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Kosal would travel to London having only
taken two flights prior; first, as a 1-year-old refugee child whose family
fled Cambodia and, then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly
returned to Cambodia in 2011. Armed only with memorized verses, he must
face the challenges of being a deportee while navigating his new fame as
Phnom Penh’s premiere poet. After the performances end and the London
stage becomes a faint memory, Kosal is once again left alone to answer the
central question in his life: “How do you survive when you belong

Masahiro Sugano holds an MFA in film, video and digital animation from the
University of Illinois at Chicago.

Cambodian Son is presented as part of the “Migrations, (Dis)placements,
and Resistance Film Series" organized by Asian American Studies and Asian
Studies at UIC and co-sponsored by the UIC AANAPISI Initiative, Gallery
400, The Social Justice Initiative, and The Institute for Research on Race
and Public Policy.

April 14, 2014, 3-5 pm
Gallery 400
400 South Peoria Street

3:00pm-4:30pm – Cambodian Son, 2013, 90 minutes
4:30pm-5:00pm – Q&A with Masahiro Sugano
5:00pm-6:00pm – Reception

For more information, contact:

Additional Links:


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.



Charles Ogletree, Jr.

Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 3:00p.m.

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.

UIC Student Center East Room 302


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.


Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to Speak at UIC

March 17th
12:30 reception
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.



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

TIME: 3:30pm-5:30pm

WHERE: University of Illinois at Chicago

University Hall Room 950



Pedro Noguera

Monday, March 3, 6:30 p.m. "Great Cities, Great Schools: Education and Civil Rights in the 21st Century" Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions and the factors that obstruct and promote student achievement. He holds tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development at NYU. Dr. Noguera is also the executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

School Reform

Urban schools have been in a perpetual state of reform for more than thirty years, yet many schools in our major cities continue to struggle. Is something wrong with the approach we have taken? If so, what? WBEZ Reporter, Linda Lutton, will interview Professor Pedro Noguera on the lessons we should learn from these costly efforts and what might be a better direction for the future.

Linda Lutton

WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton covers schools, education and issues affecting youth. Prior to joining WBEZ in 2008, Linda worked as a freelance reporter and radio producer in Michoacán, Mexico and previously as lead education reporter at the Daily Southtown. Linda’s reporting has appeared in the Chicago Reader, In These Times, Education Week, the Chicago Tribune, and others. She has contributed radio reports to This American Life, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, The World, and Marketplace.

This event is free and open to the public. Learn more. To request disability accomodations, please contact Christiana Kinder, Great Cities Institute, (312) 996-8700.

Opening Exhibit

Join the UIC Social Justice Initiative for the opening reception of two concurrent printmaking exhibitions "Stainlessness" and "Chicagoaxaca" at Art In These Times on February 12, 2014 from 6pm-8:30pm at Art ITT.

Art ITT is located on the 2nd floor of 2040 N Milwaukee Ave. (This location is not wheelchair accessible)

The exhibitions will be on view from January 17 – March 21, 2014.

Chicagoaxaca: Selections from The Assembly of Revolutionary curated by Ivan Arenas: In 2006, the repression of a teacher’s strike in Oaxaca, Mexico resulted in a grassroots social movement that held the city for six months.

Join us for a Polyrhythmic Experimental Soup Lunch and Conversation
Legendary AACM Musician Kahil El’Zabar & Filmmaker Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, whose film Be Known premieres in Chicago this week.

12:30-1:30 PM Tuesday, January 28th
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Residents’ Dining Hall
Co-Sponsored by the UIC School of Art & Art History (, UIC Social Justice Initiative, The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, UIC African American Cultural Center

Free Soup and Bread and even more Free Dialogue and Music!

Kahil El'Zabar is a jazz multi-instrumentalist, percussionist and composer. He joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the early 1970s, and became its chairman in 1975. During the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, both of which remain active. Musicians with whom Kahil EL'Zabar has collaborated include Dizzie Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Cannonball Adderley.

2014, Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, USA, 94 min.
The extraordinary art of Kahil El’Zabar, often called modern jazz’s “best-kept secret,” is explored through the lens of his complicated personal life while on tour. Filmmaker Johnson-Cochran, a long-time friend, has a ringside seat to astonishing performances, after-show liaisons, and mentoring sessions with kids of all ages that showcaseEl’Zabar as a powerfully talented teacher. BE KNOWN captures the quicksilver charisma and the fumbles and flaws of a man who attracts many, and some of the great avant-garde jazz sets of our time. DCP digital. (BS)

Film Screenings at the Siskel Film Center(
Friday, January 24 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 25th at 5:15 PM
Monday, January 27th at 7:45 PM


Eyes on The Prize


Monday, March 17th, 2014

Power! (1966-68)
The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in black America. In Cleveland, Carl Stokes wins election as the first black mayor of a major American city. The Black Panther Party, armed with law books, breakfast programs, and guns, is born in Oakland. Substandard teaching practices prompt parents to gain educational control of a Brooklyn school district but then lead them to a showdown with New York City's teachers' union.


Monday, March 23rd, 2014

The Promised Land (1967-68)

Martin Luther King stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. One year before his death, he publicly opposes the war in Vietnam. His Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) embarks on an ambitious Poor People's Campaign. In the midst of political organizing, King detours to support striking sanitation workers in Memphis, where he is assassinated. King's death and the failure of his final campaign mark the end of a major stream of the movement.

Monday, March 30th, 2014

Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More (1964-72)

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.



Monday, February 24th, 2014

Mississippi: Is This America? (1963-1964)

Mississippi's grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City.

Monday, February 17th, 2014

No Easy Walk (1961-1963)
The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumphant March on Washington, D.C., under King's leadership, shows a mounting national support for civil rights. President John F. Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act.

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)
Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. "Freedom Riders" also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they are brutally attacked as they travel.

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Fighting Back (1957-1962)
States' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High School, and again in James Meredith's 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts -- and integration is carried out.


Monday, January 27th, 2014

Awakenings (1954-1956)
Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till, and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.



From Oaxaca to Chicago: The Criminalization and Militarization of Black and Brown Communities

From Chicago to Oaxaca to Palestine and beyond, the criminalization of immigrants crossing borders, movements seeking social justice, and the militarization of streets and communities has produced segregated zones where suspicion and fear are the norm. While governments see more police and surveillance as a way to secure streets and bodies, in all of these sites people have organized and mobilized in the search for community safety. Join us as we address the intersections between militarization and mobilization across the globe. Roundtable speakers include: Lulú Martínez is a student and activist at UIC. As co-founder of the Immigrant Youth Justice League, she has worked tirelessly to transform and challenge U.S. federal immigration policy, practices, and the discourse of immigrant legality/illegality. Patrisia Macias-Rojas is a sociologist at Sarah who has investigated the convergence of immigration and criminal law within U.S.-Mexico border enforcement for the last ten years. Andy Clarno is a sociologist at UIC who is currently working on a book exploring the impact of walled enclosures and the politics of security in Johannesburg and Jerusalem. Joaquín Chavez is a historian at UIC whose practical and scholarly work centers on the revolutionary social movement of El Salvador and peace and reconciliation efforts across the globe. Ronak Kapadia is a cultural theorist at UIC who works on the intersection of the logics and tactics of U.S. counterinsurgency and critical art practices. .

When: Dec. 4th, 2013 @ 5:30PM

Where: PUJA @ 729 Maxwell


Inaugural Hot Topics @PUJA

On August 24 and 28 tens of thousands of people marched the streets of Washington D.C. to remember the Civil Rights Movement and a man who was militantly non-violent.

The dual prongs of King’s unfinished agenda were the fights against war and poverty. It is the former commitment, to a world without wars, that has been invoked this past week as President Obama goes to Congress to request approval for a limited military action in response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.

These actions and impending actions raise many fundamental questions about justice. Is there such a thing as a “just war?” Will U.S. intervention make things better or worse? How do issues of gender fit into this scenario? How has the framing of the debate been useful or problematic?
What does it mean to be a ‘world citizen’ when heads of the state go to war? Does this crisis resemble Iraq, Rwanda or Kosovo and what are the implications? And finally, (historians’ cringe at this questions) – what might Dr. King say if he were here today?


Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene's Multi-media one-woman Show

"GUAVA, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene's multi-media one-woman show, seamlessly blends Nigerian Dyke holy texts, poems, dreams, heartbeats + dance while candidly exploring queer African sexuality and the multiple ways immigrants and children of immigrants create home." Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright, actress, video blogger and mixed media visual artist who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane. She uses her poetry to chisel a verbal sculpture of her soul for listeners while addressing issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, war, imperialism, love, self-esteem and family. Etaghene has self-published three collections of poetry, toured nationally and performed in over 30 u.s. cities. She was interviewed by and was a Contributing Writer to None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa, a sound documentary project that collects the stories of QLGBT Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. She has toured nationally with her multi-media one-woman show, Volcano’s Birthright{s}. Etaghene is a mixed-media visual artist who has produced 4 solo art exhibitions. In June 2012, Etaghene founded Sugarcane, an LGBTQ Of Color writing workshop based in the principles of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. Etaghene has written and directed 2 poem videos (“The First Time” [2010] and “i deserve somebody” [2011]) that marry film, poetry and music. Etaghene has self-published 3 chapbooks of poetry: afrocrown: fierce poetry (2000), write or die (2004) and tongue twisted transcontinental sista (2006.) She independently released an album of poetry and music entitled liberty avenue, nigeria, usa (2004.) She has shared stages with Amina Baraka, Bonfire Madigan, Sharon Bridgforth, Staceyann Chin, climbing poeTree, Invincible, Las Krudas, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Lenelle Moïse, DJ Moni, Queen GodIs, Ongina Ryan, Hanifah Walidah & innumerable other brilliant magic-makers.

When: Nov. 23rd, 2013 @ 7PM

Where: PUJA @ 729 Maxwell


LALS Brown Bag

“The Politics of Culture: Competing Aesthetics of the City in Oaxaca, Mexico Ivan Arenas, Visiting Scholar in Residence Institute for Research on Race & Public Policy Social Justice Initiative Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. UH 1550 - Conference Room 15th floor College of Liberal Arts and Sciences University of Illinois at Chicago 601 S. Morgan Street Chicago, IL 60607”



We have taken a short pause from Tuesday’s Hot Topics to check in with our community partners about what movement-building questions are important for their work. We plan to focus a discussion series around these questions. Check back soon for more information, times and dates!


Tony Bogues

“The Black Jacobins & the Long Haitian Revolution: Archives, Historiography, and the writings of Revolution”

Oct 28, 2013 4pm

UIC Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level of Stevenson Hall 701 South Morgan Street, Chicago IL, 60607