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

Week of Nov. 16, 2015

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.

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

Director Spike Lee's latest movie "ChiRaq" premieres Nov. 22 in Chicago. Jane Rhodes, UIC professor and head of African American studies, says that while the trailer garnered some criticism it's too soon to determine if it is representative of the Chicago-focused film. Rhodes, who studies the role of media and culture in social movements, says Lee's earlier films effectively used satire and parody to push African Americans, and Americans generally, to confront issues of racism, sexism, inequality and violence.

17, Tuesday | Pay-what-you-can | Call: (312) 996-6068

The UIC Jazz Workshop takes on the music of jazz great Billy Strayhorn in the second part of our celebration of the centenary of his birth. Directed by Chris Madsen. 7:30 p.m. Recital Hall L285, 1044 W. Harrison St.

17, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

Using images and materials from the natural landscape as a starting point for interpretation and confrontation, mixed-media artist Wilson often explores the magnetic pull of the American West, alluding to landscape’s intrinsic role in our own myths of reinvention, endless possibility, and inevitable promise. 6 - 8 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

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

18 - 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.

Supply Chain Seminar
19, Thursday | Free | Call (312) 996-4820

John Caltagirone, director, Supply and Value Chain Center, Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University, speaks on the importance of the supply chain in our global economy. Hosted by the UIC Urban Transportation Center. Noon. Room 110, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, 412 S. Peoria St. Go to

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

Workshop will use writing and performance exercises to consider structural change, using the techniques practiced by the Visible Voices Ensemble, a peer-empowerment group of women returning from incarceration. 12:30 - 3 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents' Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St.

23, Monday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series talk by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-5th). Noon. Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 140, 1007 W. Harrison St. 

23, Monday | Pay-what-you-can | Call: (312) 996-6068
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.