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

Week of Oct. 17, 2016

Prescription Drug Costs
Contact Sam Hostettler: (312) 355-2522/

With the increasing cost of some prescription medications, the majority of Americans say drug costs are unreasonable, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll. To keep costs down, the survey respondents supported a variety of policy changes, including allowing the federal government to negotiate with drug companies to get a lower price on medications for people on Medicare, releasing information to the public on how drug companies establish their drug prices, limiting the amount drug companies charge for high-cost drugs, and allowing Americans to buy prescription drugs imported from Canada. Glen Schumock, professor and head of the UIC department of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy, can comment.

Voting, Registration Behavior
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Efforts to encourage registration and voting since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 have not had a statistically significant effect, according to Robert Bruhl, UIC clinical assistant professor of political science. Bruhl finds slight declines in voting and registration rates, rather than evidence of an increase over the period. Reported voting numbers from census surveys are above actual voting statistics, indicating voters overstate their actual voting behavior, says Bruhl, who can address issues related to voting and elections.  

18, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-2950

UIC faculty and guest scholar will address issues related to several cultural projects, such as the film "The Birth of a Nation," amid escalating violence against black communities and widespread social justice activism. 4 - 6 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

19, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Cook County Commissioner. Noon. Lecture Center C1, 802 S. Halsted St.  

20, Thursday. | Free | Call: (312) 413-2476

Ronal Serpas, professor of practice, criminology and justice, Loyola University New Orleans, and former police superintendent of New Orleans, is the speaker for the Third Annual Leeuwenhoek Lecture, hosted by Cure Violence. 6 - 7 p.m. UIC College of Nursing, 845 S. Damen Ave. To register, go to or email or call (312) 413-2476.

25, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-1234

Discussion will examine issues of gender bias and partisanship in media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. 3:15 p.m. UIC Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall, lower level, 701 S. Morgan St.

26, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-0004

An event will mark the launch of the Global Asian Studies program at UIC. Featured speaker is Vivek Bald, a writer and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on histories of migration and diaspora, particularly from the South Asian subcontinent. Bald, associate professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will reflect on his 25-year career of revealing stories and the importance of Global Asian Studies as a field of scholarship. Reception to follow. 4 - 6 p.m. Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

27, Thursday | Free - Registration Required | Call: (312) 355-5030

UIC's Center for Public Safety and Justice will host a civic engagement event featuring public safety representatives and residents of Chicago's North Lawndale and West Garfield Park communities. Participants will share their experiences and lessons learned from the center's pilot project, which included community tours, restorative justice peace circles and shared meals. Reception with light refreshments to follow. 2 - 4 p.m. Registration is required. Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.