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Week of Nov. 09, 2015

Teaching for Social Justice
Contact Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

November 21 is the 14th annual Teachers for Social Justice curriculum fair, to be held at Kenwood High School.  Each year, 800 to 900 attend. This year's theme is "Sustainable Community Schools." "Given the 34-day hunger strike for Dyett High School, the bill for an elected school board, draconian budget cuts, and the upcoming CTU contract battle, this is an appropriate theme," said Pauline Lipman, an organizer and UIC professor of educational policy studies.

CPS Principals
Contact Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

Half of all Chicago Public Schools principals have left over the past three years, according to the Chicago Public Education Fund. Yet, graduates of UIC's Urban Education Leadership doctoral program have an 80 percent retention rate. Steve Tozer, head of the program, credits its selectivity in recruitment and high-intensity training, including a year-long residency that weeds out those who aren't right for the job.

Iron Changing History
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

New research presents the first direct dating evidence for one of the most significant temples in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor in Cambodia. Mitch Hendrickson, study co-author and UIC assistant professor of anthropology, says the analysis of iron architectural supports changes the chronology of both the construction and modification of the Baphuon temple, which is viewed by about 4 million visitors annually. Hendrickson can discuss the findings, which test long-standing assumptions about architectural histories, and the group's broader work to study the impact of iron production on the rise of the medieval Khmer Empire.

China - Taiwan
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Leaders from China and Taiwan met for the first time in more than six decades, but it still dampens Taiwan's identity struggle, says Hui-Ching Chang, UIC associate professor of communication. Chang has studied how Taiwanese national identity is constituted through Chinese language and other practices. She says despite the Taiwanese government's insistence on its own version of the "One China" policy, most Taiwanese citizens, in defiance of their President, make distinctions between a communist, authoritarian China and a democratic, sovereign independent Taiwan, while continuing to embrace close economic and cultural ties with China.

"Chi-Raq" Reaction
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

The trailer for the upcoming film "Chi-Raq" sparked enough controversy in Chicago that director Spike Lee responded last week with a video statement. Jane Rhodes, UIC professor and head of African American studies, says Lee's earlier films used satire and parody to push African Americans, and Americans generally, to confront issues of racism, sexism, inequality and violence. Rhodes, who studies the role of media and culture in social movements, says the trailer may or may not be representative of the film, but it has attracted attention which benefits Lee.

09 - 13 | Free | Call (312) 413-8702

Inspired by the Tim O’Brien’s book, “The Things They Carried,” the exhibit, on display Nov. 9-13, includes the gear, uniforms, artwork and photos of UIC student veterans during their military service. Members of the Student Veterans Association will be on site at select times during the exhibition to give tours. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Cisar Student Veterans Center, 2nd floor, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

09, Monday | Pay-what-you-can | Call: (312) 996-6068
The UIC Percussion Ensemble performs music by Nathan Daughtrey, Michael Colgrass and Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic. 7:45 p.m. Recital Hall L285, UIC School of Theatre & Music, 1044 W. Harrison St.
10, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6068

Formed in 2015, Kings of the Lobby is a jazz/funk band led by saxophonist and UIC faculty member Chris Madsen dedicated to reinterpreting new standards: rock and pop songs from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s. The Kings have performed in the Fulton Street Collective's jazz series and will debut at Reggie's in Chicago on Nov. 12. 1 - 1:50 p.m. Recital Hall L285, UIC School of Theatre & Music, 1044 W. Harrison St.

10, Tuesday | Pay-what-you-can | Call: (312) 996-6068
Veterans Day: Flag Raising Ceremony
11, Wednesday | Free | Call (312) 413-8702

The UIC ROTC will hold a flag-raising ceremony at noon on Halsted Street in front of Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

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

"Future of Chicago" lecture series talk by State Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago). Noon. Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 140, 1007 W. Harrison St. 

11, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-2445

A panel of UIC scholars from the Latin American and Latino studies program will talk about their latest books. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Room 1-470, UIC Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St . 

12, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

Amanda Williams discusses her latest project, "Color(ed) Theory," followed by a dialogue with UIC's Voorhees Center on gentrification, displacement, and the effect of vacant or abandoned housing on the viability of Chicago's neighborhoods. 6 - 8 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

13, Friday - Nov. 22 | $12-17 | Call: (312) 996-6068

Director Dado updates Shakespeare with gender-neutral casting, realistic singing, and an abstract set. 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 14, 19 20, and 21; 2 p.m. on Nov. 15 and 22; and 10 a.m. (school matinee) on Nov. 18. A talk led by Dado and critic Jonathan Abarbenel will follow the Nov. 19 performance. UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St.

18, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3774

Garry Wills, Pulitzer Prize winner and Northwestern University professor emeritus. Part of the UIC department of political science Fall Speaker Series. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Jane Addams Hull House, Residents' Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. 

Thru Dec. 11 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

A Chicago Cultural Alliance exhibition and related programs that explore family traditions in Chicago’s Chinese-American and Ethiopian-American communities. Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment. K-12 guided tours can be scheduled Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - noon. UIC African American Cultural Center, Addams Hall, 2nd floor, 830 S. Halsted St.

Thru Dec. 18 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Featuring prints and images from private institutions, health journals and popular media that explore how people of African descent have been represented in public health campaigns. Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment. Group and guided tours scheduled Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - noon. UIC African American Cultural Center Library, Addams Hall, Room 200, 830 S. Halsted St.