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Week of Feb. 06, 2017

Immigration fear campaigns
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Regardless of whether or not President Trump's series of executive orders are struck down in court, the orders must be understood as part of a large-scale fear campaign meant to coerce people into leaving the country via "self-deportation," according to Adam Goodman, UIC assistant professor of history and Latin American and Latino studies. Goodman, who studies migration history and policy, is currently writing a book about the history of deportation from the U.S. and can provide context to the role that fear campaigns have had in immigration enforcement efforts.

Strict border screening
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

A part of President Trump's executive order on immigration calls for the U.S. to develop a "uniform screening standard and procedure" that would apply to all individuals that seek to enter the country. Creating such a process is easier said than done and the gap between stated policy and policy implementation can be considerable, says Adam Goodman, UIC assistant professor of history and Latin American and Latino studies. Goodman is among a group of scholars that developed the website and educational resource #ImmigrationSyllabus.

Surveillance, security, and intelligence-led policing in Chicago
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Since 2003, Chicago's camera network has grown to over 25,000 units to fight street level crime. Rajiv Shah, UIC adjunct assistant professor of communication, is co-author of a chapter in the new book "Neoliberal Chicago" that focuses on the development and evolution of the cameras used by Chicago police, and the city's adoption of various other surveillance technologies. Shah can discuss Chicago's camera system, as well as related surveillance issues.

February flu
Contact Sam Hostettler: (312) 355-2522/

The flu epidemic traditionally peaks sometime in February. It’s not too late to get vaccinated for the viral infection. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone from 6 months of age and older get a flu shot each year. In the U.S. alone, more than 30,000 people die each year from the flu, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized. Sheila Allen, clinical assistant professor and director of immunization programs in the UIC College of Pharmacy, can discuss.

09, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6352

Jennifer Brier, UIC associate professor and director of gender and women's studies, will reflect on her recent exhibit "In Plain Sight" and oral history project "I'm Still Surviving." The initiatives, which merge the history of HIV/AIDS into the history of Chicago, expose new narratives about women and HIV in the 21st century. 2 - 4 p.m. UIC Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall, lower level, 701 S. Morgan St. 

Panel: 'The Press, Race, and Contemporary Politics'
28, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-2950

From urban uprisings and the formation of black activist movements to the 2016 presidential campaign, journalists and media scholars will examine the roll of news media in recent debates about race and politics. Sponsored by the UIC department of African American studies. 4:30 - 6 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St.