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September 20th at 1:00pm


​​A​fro​-C​uba T​oday:​ ​Peculiarities of Our Racial Situation

​​The UIC Social Justice Initiative, Latin American & Latino Studies Program, & Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center invite you to a conversation with Afro-Cuban Scholar Tomas Fernandez Robaina.

​Professor Robaina will discuss the historical and contemporary struggles of Afro-Cubans, the social actors in Cuban race relations, and the unfinished projects of the revolution.​ His work examines the​​ social movement of African descendant Cubans, in pursuit of their rights and full inclusion in Cuban society.

Robaina is a researcher at the Biblioteca Nacional in Havana and a faculty member at the University of Havana. His publications include El Negro en Cuba 1902-1958: Apuntes para la Historia de la Lucha Contra la Discriminacion Racial (The Blacks in Cuba 1902-1958: Notes on the History of the Struggle Against Racial Discimination). He also serves as advisor of the Fundacion Ortiz and a member of of the Cuban National Committee on Slave Routes.

​Monday, April 17 | 5pm​
Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center
803 S. Morgan St., Lecture Center B2

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South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration

 Thursday | March 16 | 5PM
701 South Morgan | Lower Level of Stevenson Hall |  Institute for the Humanities |
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The UIC Social Justice Initiative, African American Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies invite you to a book talk with Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Georgetown University.

In South Side Girls, Chatelain recasts Chicago’s Great Migration through the lens of black girls. Focusing on the years between 1910 and 1940, when Chicago’s black population quintupled, Chatelain describes how Chicago’s black social scientists, urban reformers, journalists and activists formulated a vulnerable image of urban black girlhood that needed protecting.

Chatelain uses powerful stories of hope, anticipation, and disappointment to highlight the feelings and thoughts of South Side girls. In doing so, she helps restore the experiences of an understudied population to the Great Migration’s complex narrative. In the text, she argues that the construction and meaning of black girlhood shifted in response to major economic, social, and cultural changes and crises, that reflected parents’ and community leaders’ anxieties about urbanization and its meaning for racial progress.

Art in Urgent Times: A Conversation with Rick Lowe

March 2  |  750 S. H​alsted St. – SCE RM 302  |  6PM

The Social Justice Initiative presents the last public event in the Geographies of Justice Seminar series,  Art in Urgent Times: What is the role of the artist in times of crisis and social transformation?

Please join us for an evening with Rick Lowe, a Houston-based artist and organizer whose unconventional approach to community revitalization transformed a neighborhood in Houston into a visionary public art project that continues to evolve two decades since its inception. Lowe is a distinguished figure in social-practice art and in 2014, he was awarded a MacArthur “genius” fellowship.

In this presentation, Lowe will be joined by Chicago-based artists Isis Ferguson, Associate Director of City + Community Strategy for Place Lab; and Kristiana Rae Colón, a poet, playwright, and co-director of the #LetUsBreathe Collective to discuss what artists can do to impact, change, and advance the cause of social justice.​
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What is “Populism”? A Conversation with Akeel Bilgrami

  University Hall | 601 S. Morgan St | Rm 1250

 March 2, 2017 – 12pm

Join us for a lunchtime conversation with Dr. Akeel Bilgrami to discuss the nature and significance of “populism” today  — it’s sources, it’s dangers, and its links to struggles for economic justice both in the United States and abroad.
Akeel Bilgrami is the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, where he is also a Professor on the Committee on Global Thought. He was the Director of the Humanities Center at Columbia University for seven years and is currently the Director of its South Asian Institute. His publications include the books Belief and Meaning (1992), Self-Knowledge and Resentment (2006), and Secularism, Identity and Enchantment (2014). He is due to publish two short books in the near future: “What is a Muslim?” and “Gandhi’s Integrity.”


Sites of Struggle, Contestation,  Re-imagining

The Social Justice Initiative presents the second public forum in the Geographies of Justice Seminar Series. An international panel of scholars, labor leaders, educators and policy analysts will explore the challenges to public education in the U.S., South Africa’s Fees Must Fall Movement, and education under Occupation. Co-sponsored by UIC College of Education.

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JANUARY 26, 2017
UIC Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St. RM 605


The ‘War on Terror’ After 15 Years: Global, National and Local Implications

A Keynote by Professor Lisa Hajjar, University of California, Santa Barbara

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A Portrait of Chicago & American Segregation with Natalie Moore

Join the Social Justice Initiative at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum as Natalie Moore discusses her book, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. The South Side, shines a light on contemporary segregation in the South Side of Chicago. With reported essays, Moore shows the life of these communities through the stories of people who live in them.

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Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street Rm. 329
October 25, 2016


More about the book:
Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel have touted and promoted Chicago as a “world class city.” The skyscrapers kissing the clouds, the billion-dollar Millennium Park, Michelin-rated restaurants, pristine lake views, fabulous shopping, vibrant theater scene, downtown flower beds and stellar architecture tell one story. Yet, swept under the rug is the stench of segregation that compromises Chicago. The Manhattan Institute dubs Chicago as one of the most segregated big cities in the country. Though other cities – including Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore – can fight over that mantle, it’s clear that segregation defines Chicago. And unlike many other major U.S. cities, no one race dominates. Chicago is divided equally into black, white, and Latino, each group clustered in their various turfs.

In this intelligent and highly important narrative, Chicago-native Natalie Moore shows the important impact of Chicago’s historic segregation – and the ongoing policies that keep it that way.


Born Out of Struggle: A Book Talk with David Stovall

Wednesday – 9/28 – 6pm – Student Center East- 750 S. Halsted

Scholar-activist and professor at UIC, David Stovall has a newly released book, Born Out of Struggle: Critical Race Theory, School Creation, and the Politics of Interruption. Rooted in the initial struggle of community members who staged a successful hunger strike to secure a high school in their Chicago neighborhood, David Stovall’s Born Out of Struggle focuses on his first-hand participation in the process to help design the school.

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Offering important lessons about how to remain accountable to communities while designing a curriculum with a social justice agenda, Stovall explores the use of critical race theory to encourage its practitioners to spend less time with abstract theories and engage more with communities that make a concerted effort to change their conditions. Stovall provides concrete examples of how to navigate the constraints of working with centralized bureaucracies in education and apply them to real-world situations.


Jordan Camp Activist Round Table & Book Talk

THIS Wednesday! 9/28 – 6pm – Pop Up Just Art Gallery – 729 W. Maxwell

jordan-camp-finalJoin Chicago community activists and Jordan Camp, author of Incarcerating the Crisis, for a roundtable discussion and book talk.

The United States currently has the largest prison population on the planet. Over the last four decades, structural unemployment, concentrated urban poverty, and mass homelessness have also become permanent features of the political economy. These developments are without historical precedent, but not without historical explanation.

In Incarcerating the Crisis, Jordan T. Camp traces the rise of the neoliberal carceral state through a series of turning points in U.S. history including the Watts insurrection in 1965, the Detroit rebellion in 1967, the Attica uprising in 1971, the Los Angeles revolt in 1992, and events in post-Katrina New Orleans in 2005.

Incarcerating the Crisis argues that these dramatic events coincided with the emergence of neoliberal capitalism and the state’s attempts to crush radical social movements. Through an examination of the poetic visions of social movements—including those by James Baldwin, Marvin Gaye, June Jordan, José Ramírez, and Sunni Patterson—it also suggests that alternative outcomes have been and continue to be possible.

A Conversation with Albert Woodfox

September 21, 2016 at 6:00pm 

NEW LOCATION: UIC Student Center East – 750 S. Halsted St. – Rm. 302

After being held in solitary confinement for 43 years, Albert Woodfox walked out of Louisiana State prison on February 19, 2016. Woodfox was the last incarcerated member of the Angola Three.

The name “Angola Three” was given to Albert Woodfox, Robert King and Herman Wallace because of their extensive incarceration in Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola Prison. The three were put in solitary confinement in April 1972, after the alleged killing of a corrections officer.

Robert King spent 29 years in solitary confinement before his conviction was overturned and Herman Wallace was released after 41 years in prison. The 4 decades Woodfox spent in solitary makes him one of America’s longest serving solitary confinement prisoners. His unconditional release was decided on June 10, 2015, although he was not released until almost a year later.

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A special thank you to our co-sponsors: Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project , Illinois Coalition Against Torture , Chicago Committee to Free Black Political Prisoners , African American Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago , Northwestern Department of African American Studies ,Gallery 400


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