UIC Forum :The Return of the NEIGHBORHOOD as an Urban STrategy

The University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to announce the 2014 Urban Forum: The Return of the NEIGHBORHOOD as an Urban Strategy

Thursday, September 18, 2014, all day and in our neighborhood!  at the UIC Forum from 8:45 AM – 4:45 PM, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608

For tickets and the Forum agenda, please visit.  Registration is now oopen:


Admission is complimentary for all Chicago-area teachers, faculty and students with valid ID. Tickets are $25 for the general public.

Registration required for all guests. Lunch will be provided.

Questions? Email UICUrban@uic.edu

Metropolitan regions are a complex web of activities, systems and networks, of people, businesses, and capital, and of commercial, industrial and residential areas. The strength, value, welfare and resilience of cities and metropolitan regions reflect their core building blocks, namely, their neighborhoods. Sustainable capital and societal investments in people and firms at the neighborhood level—from micro-enterprises to factories, from social spaces for collective and social action to private facilities, from affordable housing and safety to gated communities, from accessible jobs and transportation to opportunities for growth and development, from public education in the neighborhood to cooperative, charter and private education—reflect contested and diffuse paths to enhancing the quality of life for individuals, households and neighborhoods.

The 2014 UIC Urban Forum will engage policymakers, researchers, public intellectuals and citizens in a dynamic discussion and debate about the broad issues surrounding the role neighborhoods can and do play in building strong, livable urban regions.


Posted by Barbara Risman, UIC professor and neighbor…

UIC Garden Walk and Lecture- Learn about Medicinal Plants August 29


2014 Garden Walk and Lesniewicz Memorial Lecture Friday, August 29, 2014 UIC College of Pharmacy, 833 S. Wood St., Rm. 32, Chicago

Please join the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy as we host the 2014 Garden Walk and annual Alan Lesniewicz Memorial Lecture to celebrate the first and only urban medicinal plant garden in the city of Chicago.

The day will feature a keynote lecture by Memory Elvin-Lewis, Ph.D. on “Understanding Traditional Healing Plants of Tropical Rainforests in Northern South America” and tours of the garden. The garden is open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.


10 a.m. to Noon. Garden Walk: Walking Tour and Discussion of the Uses of Medicinal Plants
Location: Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden, COP

Noon-1:20 p.m. Alan Lesniewicz Memorial Lecture

Understanding Traditional Healing Plants of Tropical Rainforests in Northern South America
Speaker: Memory Elvin-Lewis, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis
Location: Room 32, COP

1:30-3 p.m. Garden Walk: Walking Tour and Discussion of the Uses of Medicinal Plants
Location: Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden, COP

Please contact Deb Fox at dfox4@uic.edu, if you have any questions or wish to attend this program.

About the Garden: Named in memory of Dorothy Bradley Atkins, BS ’45, the medicinal plan garden was created in 1999 with a $1 million gift from her husband, Dr. Robert Atkins. As the daughter of a pharmacist and a graduate of the UIC College of Pharmacy herself, Dorothy Bradley Atkins had a lifetime interest in Pharmacognosy. Today, the garden serves as a resource for education and research at the UIC College of Pharmacy, as well as providing a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Music and Theatre Camps at UIC

New Summer Programs for High School Students


UIC School of Theatre & Music is pleased to announce the expansion of our summer arts programming for high school students. Joining our newly reimagined 2-week Jazz Camp for high school students will be a 2-week Theatre Camp and one-week Band Camp. Save the date and join us in 2014 for these exciting programs.   Click here for poster/brochure.


Jazz & Theatre Summer Camps
July 14 – 25, 2014
Monday-Friday: 10am – 5pm
2-Week Program
High School (Grades 9-12)
Course Cost: $475 (Scholarships Available)

Jazz Camp:

  • Develop performance skills in combos under the tutelage of UIC jazz faculty
  • Master classes in instrument technique, theory, jazz history, improvisation and listening
  • Interactive performances and demonstrations by professional jazz musicians
  • Students should have some experience playing in ensembles.

For more information click HERE.

Theatre Camp:

  • Create an original work with teaching artists from Lookingglass Theatre Company
  • Workshops and master classes in voice, movement and design with UIC faculty
  • No prior theatre experience necessary.

For more information click HERE.

Symphonic Band Camp
July 28 – August 1, 2014
Monday-Friday: 4pm – 8pm
1-Week Program
High School (Grades 9-12)
Course Cost: $245 (Scholarships Available)

  • Expand repertoire through intensive rehearsal with one of two wind bands led by UIC faculty
  • Instrumental master classes

Students should have some experience playing in ensembles. For more information click HERE.

Please email Sarah Simmons, Camp Coordinator, at stmsummercamps@uic.edu or call 312-996-2867 with any questions you may


UIC Monday night Film series on the Civil Rights Movement at Maxwell Street

The UIC Social Justice Initiative launches a weekly  film series Eyes on the Prize which will take place at the PUJA Gallery (729 S. Maxwell St).

Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning television series that covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985. Series topics range from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights Act in 1965; from community power in schools to “Black Power” in the streets; from early acts of individual courage through to the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions.

The series kicks off this upcoming Monday at 6pm and will continue every Monday till May 5th. Details about each screening can be found on our website and our Facebook event page. Spread the word and bring a friend with you!

Details about Monday’s film: Awakenings (1954-1956)
Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till, and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.


Jazz guitarists free at UIC January 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Isaac Lausell, guitar professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is joined by UIC faculty member Zvonimir Tot. The trio is completed by Chicago bassist Kelly Sill.
Take a break with free, professional lunchtime performances as part of the Tuesdays-at-One series. Concerts take place from 1:00 to 1:50PM in Recital Hall (L060) on the lower level of 1040 W. Harrison Street.  UIC.  Free!

Performing Gender & Screwing with Sexuality… Book release at Jane Adams Hull House, UIC

Come to a  book release party for Sexualities in Education: A Reader

on FRI Jan. 24 | 7-9pm

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

800 S. Halsted St.

Reserve your spot here: http://sexualitiesineducation.eventbrite.com

This is not your average book event!

PERFORMING Gender & SCREWING with Sexuality

A book release party for Sexualities in Education: A Reader

Edited by Erica R. Meiners and Therese Quinn

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is thrilled to host an evening of art, gender bending performance, fashion (and scholarship!) There will be drag. There will be dancing. There will be copies of Sexualities in Education to purchase. Hear the latest from Chicago organizations working for gender and reproductive justice. Get schooled about the presence and absence of sexualities in education.


Join us as we queer the scene, disrupt heternormativity, and celebrate scholarship that situates sexuality squarely in the middle of schooling.


+LaTony from The Gay Agenda  is the MC for the grand affair.

+Tess Kisner providing the music.

+Drag performances by Tim “TinTim” Jones-Yelvington, Milani Ninja, and much, much more.

+Fashions by Sheila Rashid.

+Special guests from Chicago Abortion Fund, Gender JUST, Chicago Women’s Health Center, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Vida/SIDA.

Artist Heather Ault will be showcasing pieces from “4000 Years for Choice,” her dynamic visual art series devoted to re-visioning the historical and cultural narrative of abortion and contraception.

UIC Hull House Conversation: Imagining Universal Child Care on Tuesday Nov 19th at 6 p.m.


Soup Soapbox:

“When babies break the bank – imagining universal child care”

TUES Nov. 19 | 6 – 7:00 PM

800. S. Halsted | Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall

Free, quality child care for all…

Is this the stuff of dreams? We think not!

For more than a century, activists have sought affordable, accessible, quality child care in their fight to end poverty and create gender justice. And yet, the dream of universal child care has all but disappeared in the popular imagination. In most U.S. families, all of the adults work, and child care is a necessity. This reality is extremely expensive. According to the Center for American Progress, low-income families with small children spend 49% of their income on child care, and child care assistance is not widely available.

What would it take to ensure affordable access to child care for all who need it?

We want to know what you think! What informal arrangements have you made for your children? Are you a neighbor involved in non-relative care? Why is child care so bleeping expensive? Is comprehensive universal child care feasible and if so how do we get there? What do other countries do and are their models possible in the US?

We are giving you 1 bowl of free, delicious soup, 2 minutes to speak and 1 hour of collective thinking (and playing) with your neighbors. We’ll save you a seat.

Chicago Childcare Collective and Hull-House education staff will be facilitating fun for all ages in the Hull-House Museum.

Family soup will have age-appropriate activities. Please email: hullhouseevents@gmail.com to tell us the age of the child you are bringing to the program.


This notice is posted by UIC  professor, neighbor, and one of the speakers at this event, Barbara Risman


Come to UIC to hear about the Reconstruction of the Circle Interchange on Tuesday the 12th

On Tuesday Nov. 12th a 3:00  John Baczek, Project & Environmental Studies Section Chief
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)   at the Great Cities Institute, UIC.
412 South Peoria Street  Suite 400, CUPPA Hall
For more information check the Facebook event page.
The Circle Interchange was designed over 60 years ago and is now one of the most congested interchanges in the nation. In this talk we will hear about the challenges of redesigning this highly-urban, confined interchange that is vital to the freight trucking industry and the nexus of all automobile traffic through Chicago.
John has been employed with the Illinois Department of Transportation since 1992 after receiving his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Bradley University. He has worked in construction, design and planning (Bureau of Programming) and is currently the Project and Environmental Studies Section Chief.  He oversees the Department’s planning staff performing preliminary engineering and environmental studies (Phase I) in the six county Chicago metropolitan area. In addition, he helped manage the development of a Phase I study for the $475 million reconstruction of the Circle Interchange.


Mexican and Spanish music at UIC on October 29th at 1:00

Take a break with free professional lunchtime performances at the School of Theatre & Music, at the corner of Harrison and Morgan. A highly gifted and versatile musician, violinist Joseph Genualdi is particularly celebrated for his work with some of the most prestigious chamber music organizations. With pianist Beatriz Helguera he performs a program featuring music from Mexico and Spain.

This performance will be broadcast live on WFMT98.7.

Posted by Barbara Risman, neighbor and UIC professor