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

Week of February 23, 2015

Rauner's Budget Cuts
Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

One way to recoup transit funds that may be cut from an already underfunded system would be to extend the sales tax to services, which would include the RTA sales tax, says Steve Schlickman, executive director of the UIC Urban Transportation Center.

Muslims in America
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

In the wake of recent violence targeting Muslim Americans, President Obama called for tolerance among U.S. citizens as a weapon against extremism. Nadine Naber, UIC associate professor of gender and women's studies and Asian American studies, can address Muslim and Arab assimilation in the U.S. and issues of race and representation before and after September 11th.

Expedia/Orbitz Merger
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Expedia agreed to buy Orbitz Worldwide for about $1.3 billion in cash, adding another well-known brand to its ranks. Could the tentative merger hurt the travel business? Will travel agencies go away?  Kim Moon, UIC lecturer in managerial studies, can comment.

24, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6068

Jazz clarinetist Ken Peplowski joins faculty drummer Ernie Adams and special guests. 1 - 1:50 p.m. Recital Hall L060, Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.

25, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-8700

Panel includes Tracy Baim, Windy City Media Group; David Remond, Night Ministry; and Carrie Kaufmann, Project Fierce. Noon - 1:30 p.m. Great Cities Institute, Suite 400, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, 412 S. Peoria St.

25, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6068

Kevin Hartman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, performs frequently with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the Asbury Brass Quintet and the Fulcrum Point New Music Project. 3 p.m. Recital Hall L060, Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.

26,Thursday thru March 1 | $12-17 | Call: (312) 996-2939

Derrick Sanders directs student actors in August Wilson's play about a Pittsburgh family struggling with their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy—an antique piano and the secret it holds. 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St.

25th Annual/Final Blues Cabaret
27, February | $15 includes soul food buffet; UIC students free with valid i-card | Call: (312) 413-5070

Featuring Big James and the Chicago Playboys. Opening act: LaJa’ and the Jazz Blue Band. 7 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

27, Friday | Suggested donation, $5-10 | Call: (312) 996-6068

The UIC Choirs & Orchestra, conducted by Michael J. Anderson, Andrew Lewis and Javier Jose Mendoza, perform romantic chamber works from Pachelbel to contemporary songs. 7:30 p.m. Notre Dame Church, 1334 W. Flournoy St.

New Student Breakfast
28, Saturday | Invitation only | Call: (312) 413-8702

Hundreds of city and suburban high school students will spend the morning with African American faculty and get valuable advice on what to expect when they enroll at UIC. In the afternoon, they will cheer on the UIC Flames during a basketball doubleheader. Breakfast: 8 a.m. - noon., Illinois Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Basketball (optional): 1 - 5 p.m., UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave.

Thru June 30 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Showcase of objects, images and texts exploring the legacy of the Chicago’s 1940 American Negro Exposition. Open Monday -  Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and by appointment. UIC African American Cultural Center Library, Addams Hall, Room 200, 830 S. Halsted St.