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Week of March 14, 2016

'Red' vs. 'Blue' Communities
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

What can be done to improve dialogue between groups who have different moral, political and religious worldviews? Matt Motyl, UIC assistant professor of psychology, studies how basic psychological and sociocultural processes make productive political dialogue difficult and rare. Motyl is available to discuss the current political climate in context with his research, which is aimed at figuring out ways to enhance dialogue between groups in conflict with each other. 

Internet Narcissism
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

One study described in a 2009 book showed that among a group of 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose as quickly as obesity from the 1980s to the present. The continued explosion of social networking has provided them with the tools to expand their reach. Kelly Page, UIC lecturer in managerial studies, researches the psychology of web knowledge, and can discuss selfies and the use of social media that narcissists use to display themselves.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Illinois' tradition of corruption remained strong in 2015, according to a new report co-authored by Dick Simpson, UIC professor of political science. The report, "2015 a Banner Year for Corruption in Illinois, Anti-Corruption Report #9," catalogues 27 convictions, 28 indictments, the launch of 11 corruption investigations, and the sentencing of 30 convicted elected officials, government employees and private sector individuals from the Land of Lincoln. 

Thru April 2 | Free | Call: (312) 413-2458

"In Plain Sight: A Women's History of HIV/AIDS in Chicago." Exhibition features oral histories, photos, documents and handwritten stories from Chicago women living with HIV. Gallery hours: Thursdays, 3 - 6 p.m.; Fridays, 3 - 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Group tours can be scheduled at alternative times. Pop Up JUST Art Center; 1255 S. Halsted St.

April 7 - 9 | Paid Event unless otherwise noted |

The Inter-University Program for Latino Research, a UIC-based national Latino research consortium, and the Smithsonian Latino Center will host the fifth biennial Latino Art Now!. The conference will examine issues related to contemporary Latino art in the U.S. and cultural influences from around the world. Visit the Latino Art Now! conference website for full details on registration fees, agenda and presenters. Registration is online.

Thru June | Free unless otherwise noted |

The series features exhibitions, panel discussions, and community dialogues by an estimated 200 artists, all examining and celebrating the rich tradition of Latino creativity in Chicago. Various locations in Chicago including Chicago Cultural Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art. A detailed program is online.