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

Week of Dec. 07, 2015

Contact Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

The CPS lesson plan, "Teaching About Laquan McDonald: A Tool Kit for Teachers," repeats the City of Chicago's official talking points, contradicting news accounts, says Josh Radinsky, UIC associate professor of curriculum and instruction. "Mayoral control of the district should not mean that curriculum is used for political manipulation. This lesson plan is stripped of any reference to history or systemic racism, both essential for understanding what is happening," Radinsky says. "It encourages teachers to suppress students’ fear and outrage. Radinsky and UIC faculty Danny Martin, David Stovall, and Cecily Hensler have prepared resources to aid teachers.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Whites, blacks and Latinos all prefer to live in diverse neighborhoods, but don’t end up doing so, according to a Chicago-based study co-authored by UIC professor Maria Krysan. Krysan, head of sociology and faculty member in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, who studies racial attitudes and segregation, says the research "calls into question the often-repeated idea that minorities self-segregate." Krysan can discuss some of the factors involved with the results and how housing policies can help break down a continuing pattern of segregation.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Racial resentment is a statistically significant and important predictor of white Americans’ opposition to gun control, according to a study by UIC researchers. Alexandra Filindra, UIC associate professor of political science, and Noah Kaplan, UIC visiting assistant professor of political science, found that the "contemporary gun rights narrative is color-coded" and the language of individual freedom is evocative of the whites' resistance to black civil rights that developed after World War II and into the 1970s. Filindra and Kaplan are available to discuss the study and how messages about gun control are communicated.

Next Steps for Chicago Police
Contact Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

An immediate review of the Chicago Police Department's protocols and internal procedures may focus on "low-hanging fruit," says Juliana Stratton, director of UIC's Center for Public Safety and Justice. "My hope is that there is a greater focus on changing the culture of the department in sustainable ways that reestablish its legitimacy in communities of color. That will require a commitment that goes beyond election cycles," she says. 

Posthumous Degree Honors Nontraditional Student
Contact Bill Burton: (312) 996-2269 /

A Master of Science in Physics will be awarded posthumously to Christy O’Brien and presented to her parents, Betsy and Bill O’Brien of Burr Ridge, at UIC’s first winter commencement Friday. The 40-year-old former stage manager and set designer, who succumbed to thyroid cancer in July, made several trips as a graduate student to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and is a co-author on the historic paper on the Higgs boson. 

08, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 355-2523
Panelists will consider the guiding principles of Chances Dances: creating inclusive queer spaces, art as activism, building temporary queer utopias, the role of pleasure in sustaining radical queerness, and how these principles apply to contemporary LGBTQ communities and movements. The panel, moderated by Roderick Ferguson, includes Martin Manalansan IV, Jason Orne, Francesca Royster, and Micah Salkind; all scholars from the humanities and social sciences. The event is presented in conjunction with the "Making Chances" exhibition. 5:30 - 8 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.
10, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-3335

An international group of design critics answer this question with a simple assignment: visit the Chicago Architecture Biennial, create a visual list, lay out your selective criteria, and define zones of design criticism. Critics are Fabrizio Gallanti, Fig-Projects, Montreal; Florencia Rodriguez, Piedra, Papel y Tijera publishers, Buenos Aires; and Roemer van Toorn, Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden. 5 p.m. Room 3100, UIC Architecture + Design Studios, 845 W. Harrison St.  

11, Friday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5353

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago Film Archives, and South Side Projections present the work of Chicago artist and filmmaker Don McIlvaine, a Lawndale-base muralist who taught at UIC and died in 2005. Art historian Rebecca Zorach will discuss McIlvaine's paintings and murals, followed by a screening of films from the Don McIlvaine Collection, and a public reception with McIlvaine's family. 6 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 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.

12, Saturday | Free | Call: (312) 355-2523

Past and present organizers will speak about the 10-year history of Chances Dances, a queer dance party and safe space in Chicago, and the mission and methods of the Critical Fierceness Grant, an artist microgrant funded and administered by Chances. There will be a panel discussion, closing reception, and catalogue release party for "Platforms," featuring work by Chances organizers, community members, and Critical Fierceness grantees and finalists. 6 - 9 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria 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.