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

Week of April 04, 2016

World Health Day
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

April 7 is World Health Day. This year's theme is diabetes. Dr. Jose Oberholzer, chief of transplantation surgery and director of cell and pancreas transplantation at UI Health, is leading a group of researchers hoping to develop a true functional cure for diabetes. Their efforts focus on finding ways to improve islet cell transplantation (islet cells produce insulin, which is lacking in people with diabetes) and grow enough islet cells for all potential transplant recipients. His Chicago Marathon group, Cell Mates on the Run, has helped raise funds for diabetes research through the Chicago Diabetes Project. Oberholzer can talk about local research into curing diabetes, and how diabetes disproportionately affects Latinos and African Americans.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

"Winning Elections in the 21st Century," is a new book co-authored by Dick Simpson, UIC professor of political science, and Betty O'Shaughnessy, UIC visiting lecturer in political science. It aims to bring readers "under the hood" of modern political campaigns. It examines how candidates use cell phones, computers, data analytics and social media to target, contact and persuade individuals to join their campaigns, contribute funds and vote. A successful campaign, they say and the evidence confirms, merges the new technology with proven techniques from the past. Their book serves as an inside look for how contemporary campaigns are run and won. 

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Artists, scholars and museum professionals will gather in Chicago April 7-9 for the fifth biennial Latino Art Now! The national conference will examine issues related to contemporary Latino art in the U.S. and cultural influences from around the world. Hosted by the UIC-based Inter-University Program for Latino Research and the Smithsonian Latino Center, sessions will explore cultural identities, the role of art in neighborhood and economic transformation, cities’ function as critical spaces for globalization, contemporary growth of Latino visual culture and Latino art collection. Event highlights include The Chicago Conversation Series, featuring specific talks focused on the city’s Latino art and its local and global impact. 

05, Tuesday | 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. 

6, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-9569

Event will include music from UIC Radio and student performances. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lecture Center Quad, outside directly west of Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. (In case of rain, event will be held in Student Center East, Room 605.)

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.

11, Monday | Free | Call: (312) 413-9569

Featured speaker Arden Cho, actress, singer and model, will discuss her life, career and more, in conversation with a UIC student host. 3 - 5 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

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.