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

Week of March 21, 2016

U.S.- Cuba relations
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Maria de los Angeles Torres, UIC professor of Latin American and Latino studies, wonders if true economic and political reforms will trickle down to the citizens of Cuba following President Obama's historic visit and the restoration of diplomatic ties with the U.S. "Is this all about adding American corporations to the roster of European and Latin American corporations already doing business in Cuba, hence making generals richer than they already are?" asks Torres, who is executive director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research. She can provide a historical and contemporary perspective on U.S. - Cuba relations, as well as address how families in both countries could be impacted.

Obama in Cuba
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

UIC neuroscientist Mark Rasenick has made two dozen trips to Cuba in the last 20 years, including some with the representatives who are with the president this week. He can comment on the state of Cuba's science and the potential for new collaborations.

Kids 'Create a Plate' at UI Health
23, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-2695

In honor of National Nutrition Month, children being seen for regular checkups at the Children's Hospital of University of Illinois' Child, Youth and Adolescent Center will be able to "Create a Plate" as they wait. Children will design plates based on the USDA's MyPlate -- an easy-to-follow food guide for creating nutritious, balanced meals -- using paper plates and pictures of food, with help from UI Health nutritionists. 1 -  3 p.m. Outpatient Care Center, 1801 W. Taylor St. Media should call (312) 413-2695 if interested in attending.

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.

Lecture: BlackLivesMatter Co-creator Alicia Garza
April 5 | Free | Call: (312) 996-2950

Talk by Alicia Garza, social activist and co-creator of the viral Twitter hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter. 5 p.m. Illinois Room B, Student Center East, 750 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.