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Week of July 13, 2015

Remembering '95 Chicago Heat Wave
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Even in the face of global warming, Illinois has not really gotten any hotter in the last 20 years, but instead has gotten wetter, says Samuel Dorevitch, associate professor, environmental and occupational health, UIC School of Public Health.  Dorevitch, who works with the Illinois Department of Public Heath on preparedness planning, is organizing, "1995 Heat Wave: Chicago Then and Now," a conference to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Heat Wave  The conference will take place at UIC on Sept. 16. and feature speakers who played critical roles in responding to the heat wave, including Chicago meteorologist Tom Skilling; Dr. Edmund Donoghue, Cook County Medical Examiner in 1995; and others. Visit

SROs and '95 Chicago Heat Wave
Contact Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

Single-room occupancy residences, or SROs, housed many of the older adults who died in the 1995 Chicago heat wave. As a result, the city instituted cooling centers and public communications plans to accompany the onset of sustained heat waves. Charlie Hoch, professor of urban planning and development, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, was interviewed for Eric Kinenber's book, "Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago," about conditions in Chicago SROs that contributed to the high death toll among older adults.

Greek Bailout
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Greece agreed to a bailout deal with creditors, easing some fears in financial markets. Dale Rosenthal, UIC clinical assistant professor of finance, can comment (via telephone) on the bailout and response from the trading world.

Greek Debt Deal
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Greece reached a deal with creditors, avoiding an exit from the euro. Lawrence Officer, UIC professor of economics, can discuss (via telephone) what the deal means and the global economic effects.

Chicagoland Shorts: Screening and Filmmaker Discussion
14, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

Chicagoland Shorts brings together the best of niche cinemas -- queer, Asian American, black, experimental, etc. -- culled from local film festivals, micro-cinemas, and film schools. Following the screening, Becki Stochetti of Kartemquin Films will moderate a discussion with filmmakers in the Chicagoland Shorts program. 7 - 9 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

P is for Praxis: Practices of Freedom Workshop
18, Saturday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

Part of 96 Acres' work on issues of incarceration, this workshop uses interactive writing, performance and games to examine the world as it is and how to work toward realizing a better vision. 12:30 - 4 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

19, Sunday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5353

Join the Cambodian Peace Fellows for peace circles, art-making, tours of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, a Chicago-style cookout, and audio liberation from DJ RonRon. Noon - 4 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.