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Week of June 12, 2017

Criminal justice reform
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

A new study from UIC suggests that certain messages are more effective than others at increasing public support for eliminating incarceration for nonviolent offenses. The study’s author found that themes that appeal to self-interest (financial costs and ineffectiveness of prison as a crime reduction tool) tend to be the more consistently effective than those that appeal to fairness (racial disparities in incarceration, the harm done to children and communities, and the mental health challenges common among people in prison).

Public polling accuracy
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

The last week's United Kingdom Parliamentary election joined the 2016 U.S. presidential election among the recent occasions where pre-election polls failed to correctly predict the outcomes. Tim Johnson, director of the Survey Research Laboratory at UIC, is available to discuss issues related to the accuracy of polls. Johnson, who is president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, can address best practices related to designing, conducting, and analyzing surveys and resulting data.

Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Although much has been written about notorious gangster Al Capone, there has not been a complete history of organized crime in Chicago during Prohibition — until now. UIC professor emeritus John Binder’s exhaustively researched new book, “Al Capone’s Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition,” sheds light on the bootlegging gangs in the city and the suburbs

13, Tuesday | By invitation | Call: (312) 413-8702

Deirdre N. McCloskey, UIC distinguished professor of economics, history, English, and communication, will be awarded the annual Hayek Book Prize for her book "Bourgeois Equality," the culmination of her Bourgeois Trilogy. McCloskey will also deliver the annual Hayek lecture. Reception: 6 p.m., Lecture: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Manhattan Institute, New York City.