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Office of Public and Government Affairs                    (312) 996-3456 /

Week of Aug. 22, 2016

Social Media and Preteens
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Parents can help preteens emotionally protect themselves from the negative aspects of social media through building resilience, says UIC professor Julie Carbray. Carbray, clinical professor of psychiatry and nursing, encourages parents to set boundaries for what is appropriate and inappropriate for posting, monitor social media usage, and help kids practice the 3 Cs: control what you let influence your emotions; care how words and actions impact you and others; and confidence in positive feelings about yourself. Carbray can share more tips on helping preteens navigate the world of social media and bullying on social media. 

Politics of Insecurity
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

In his latest book, "America and the Politics of Insecurity," UIC professor Andrew Rojecki analyzes three domains of American insecurity: economic, environmental and existential. Rojecki, associate professor of communication, examines responses to the Great Recession by groups such as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street; considers why the growing demand for fossil fuels makes people disregard global warming; and explores the desire for security measures that restrict personal freedom in the age of terrorism. He is available to discuss how these issues are surfacing in the current presidential election, and the relationship between the mass media and political movements, racial politics and public opinion.

Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Contact Jackie Carey: (312) 996-8277 /

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. While treatment of the disease is well documented, many patients have poor outcomes. Dr. Victor Gordeuk, director of the UI Health Sickle Cell Center in Chicago, says this is due to a lack of awareness. "Throughout the U.S., sickle cell patients and health care providers alike lack basic knowledge and understanding of the disease," Gordeuk said. "This leads to an absence of regular outpatient care, underutilization of beneficial medications and inefficient pain management." Dr. Gordeuk is available to discuss sickle cell disease, current treatment options -- including a rare cure offered at UIC -- and a new UIC project to improve outcome for patients in Chicago.  

Sept. 15 | $25; free to students and educators | Call: (312) 413-2194

"Jobs and the Labor Force of Tomorrow." Policy makers, civic leaders, researchers and journalists will discuss migration, training and education in relation to contemporary challenges in metropolitan economies. 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Online registration required. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road.

Sept. 16 | Free | Call: (312) 996-2445

Event honors the legacy of the late Louise Año Nuevo Kerr, associate professor emeritus of history and former associate vice chancellor of academic affairs, who was known for her research on Mexicans and Mexican-American immigration to Chicago. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Space is limited. Advance online registration required.  

Thru Dec. 9 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Works of six Chicago-area artists are featured in the final installment of the exhibition series marking the 25th anniversary of African American Cultural Center at UIC. Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment. UIC African American Cultural Center Gallery, Room 207, Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted St.