WBEZ | UIC Forum http://www.wbez.org/bbc-science-action Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en UIC hosts the 2014 UIC Urban Forum: The Return of the Neighborhood as an Urban Strategy http://www.wbez.org/uic-hosts-2014-uic-urban-forum-return-neighborhood-urban-strategy-110587 <p><p>Metropolitan regions are a complex web of people, businesses, and capital.&nbsp; The welfare and resilience of cities reflect their core building blocks, namely, their neighborhoods. Investments in people and firms at the neighborhood level&mdash;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 neighborhood public schools to cooperative, charter and private education&mdash;reflect contested and diffuse paths to enhancing the quality of life.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>The 2014 UIC Urban Forum</strong> will engage policymakers, researchers, and citizens in a dynamic discussion about the role neighborhoods can and do play in building strong, livable urban regions.</p><p>Doors open at 8 a.m.&nbsp; All attendees must pre-register online. For the agenda, list of speakers, and to register, visit <strong><a href="http://UICUrbanForum.org">UICUrbanForum.org</a></strong>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/uic-hosts-2014-uic-urban-forum-return-neighborhood-urban-strategy-110587 Localicious Party http://www.wbez.org/localicious-party-109643 <p><div>The Localicious Party Friday evening pairs Chicago&rsquo;s premier chefs who value local food sourcing with farmers for an evening of delicious food, the best local wines, beers and spirits and a live Bluegrass band! This year we also present the Preview of The Band of Farmers CSA Farmer Talent Show at Localicious!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This is the kick off event for the&nbsp;Tenth Annual Good Food Festival &amp; Conference.</div><div>Find out more about<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tenth-annual-good-food-festival-conference-109642"> this festival here</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><strong>For tickets and more info go to:</strong> <a href="http://goodfoodfestivals.com/chicago/localicious/">goodfoodfestivals.com/chicago/localicious/</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/localicious-party-109643 Tenth Annual Good Food Festival & Conference http://www.wbez.org/tenth-annual-good-food-festival-conference-109642 <p><div>Join WBEZ at the Good Food Festival &amp; Conference which is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary with a family-friendly day of inspiring speakers, DIY workshops, chef demos featuring Rick Bayless, Paul Virant and Erling Wu-Bower, an interactive Kids Corner, and the trade show floor, all designed to grow the Good Food Movement!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Activities include:</div><ul><li>Good Food Master Class on butchering and meat curing with author Michael Ruhlman and chef Brian Polcyn.</li><li>Learn to make your own bar infusions and bitters</li><li>Get a start on home brewing</li><li>Gather gardening advice and seeds</li><li>Take the Urban Farm Bus Tour to see the city&rsquo;s innovative urban agriculture in action.</li></ul><div>Don&#39;t forget to bring the kids for lots of tasty samples on the trade show floor and food-related activities in the Kids Corner. Make sure to meet our local farmers in the CSA Farmers Pavilion and shop for your season&rsquo;s meat and vegetable CSA share. And, of course, sit down for lunch in the Good Food Court and cruise the Good Food Commons for micro-workshops on everything from backyard chickens to composting tips.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Don&#39;t miss the kick off event Friday night: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/localicious-party-109643">Localicious</a>.</div><div><div><strong>For tickets and more info:</strong> <a href="http://GoodFoodFestivals.com">GoodFoodFestivals.com</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/tenth-annual-good-food-festival-conference-109642 UIC hosts the 2013 UIC Urban Forum: Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions http://www.wbez.org/uic-hosts-2013-uic-urban-forum-technology-and-resilience-metropolitan-regions-109115 <p><p>The rapid emergence of technology is becoming a critical factor in the capacity of neighborhoods, cities and institutions to address economic, political and social challenges. As people and institutions embrace easy access to these technologies, our urban progress is quickly shifting.</p><p>The 2013 UIC Urban Forum will explore the role of technology as a key element in enhancing the capacity of institutions to adjust and adapt to metropolitan regions&rsquo; emerging economic, political and social challenges.</p><p>Doors open on Thursday, December 5 at 8 a.m.&nbsp; All attendees must register online prior to the forum. For the Forum agenda, list of speakers and to register your attendance, visit <a href="http://uicurbanforum.org/">UICUrbanForum.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/uic-hosts-2013-uic-urban-forum-technology-and-resilience-metropolitan-regions-109115 Good Food Festival & Conference http://www.wbez.org/good-food-festival-conference-105437 <p><p>Your choices matter! Join individuals, leaders, and businesses that sustain the locally-driven Good Food Movement as we celebrate the joys of food at our family-friendly Festival and be inspired at our industry-driven conference.<br /><br />Festival highlights include artisan and farmer exhibitors and nationally significant speakers such as <strong>Sandor Katz</strong> on the Art of Fermentation and <strong>Fred Kirschenmann</strong> of Stone Barns on Grassroots Biodiversity. The day also offers Do-It-Yourself workshops on growing, making, and preserving food, chef demos with <strong>Rick Bayless</strong>, <strong>Paul Virant</strong> and <strong>Carrie Nahabedian</strong>, Urban Ag and bus tours, and an interactive Kids&rsquo; Corner. And don&#39;t miss Steve Dolinsky MC&#39;ing the Kimchi Challenge where Chicago chefs put their best kimchi forward hoping to be crowned the Kimchi Champion! Stop by the Good Food Commons for quick access to knowledgeable farmers and experts to learn more about keeping backyard chickens, canning and composting.<br /><br />Localicious is the good food party of the season, pairing top chefs with farmers for a food, craft beer and local spirits tasting event you don&#39;t want to miss.<br /><br />If you&#39;re a trade, school food or policy stakeholder, join us Thursday and Friday for the Tradeshow, Policy Summit, and Financing Farm to Fork Conference. There&rsquo;s<br />something for everyone. Join us and experience the movement that&rsquo;s transforming the way we eat.<br /><br /><a href="http://goodfoodfestivals.com" target="_blank">http://goodfoodfestivals.com</a><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/good-food-festival-conference-105437 UIC Urban Forum: Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil http://www.wbez.org/uic-urban-forum-metropolitan-resilience-time-economic-turmoil-103811 <p><p>Not since the Great Depression have cities, counties and states suffered such a long-lasting period of fiscal challenges. The quality of urban life depends upon the capacity of cities and metropolitan regions to respond to the environmental, infrastructural, organizational, and human challenges of the global era.</p><p>Cities and urban regions that are resilient enough to cope with the challenges posed both by unexpected shocks and longer-term trends will be positioned to adequately provide for the health, safety and well being of their citizens. Addressing these challenges will require human and financial capital, innovation and entrepreneurship, a vital private sector and the involvement of government and non-profit institutions in governance and service-delivery.</p><p>The 2012 UIC Urban Forum will bring together civic and community leaders to address the issues metropolitan areas have been experiencing, their responses and strategies to address those challenges and improve quality of life.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s Niala Boodhoo will be on stage with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, as moderator for the day&#39;s opening panel. WBEZ&rsquo;s Natalie Moore will then follow, moderating a panel with mayors from Columbus, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, and Las Vegas, NV to continue the conversation exploring how American cities thriving during challenging economic times.</p><p><strong>Just announced:</strong> &quot;A Conversation with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood: MAP-21 and What&rsquo;s Next for Urban Transportation Funding&quot; will take place at 3pm, including Stephen Schlickman, Executive Director, Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago; Former Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority.</p><p><a href="http://www.uicurbanforum.org/forum/agenda.php" target="_blank">Click here</a> for the full agenda of the day&#39;s events.</p><p>Four white papers, drafted by academic and policy experts, will be used to inform discussions throughout the Forum, with afternoon panels specifically focused on each white paper theme.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.uicurbanforum.org/issues/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to review white paper topics and download the papers themselves in advance of the event.</p><p><a href="http://uicurbanforum.eventbrite.com/#" target="_blank">Click here</a> to register for this event.</p><p><strong>University of Illinois at Chicago</strong><br />As a major research university in the heart of one of the world&#39;s greatest cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is truly a global institution. As such, UIC has taken a lead role in convening scholars, public intellectuals, policymakers and elected officials to discuss, analyze and propose pragmatic and innovative solutions that will enhance the lives of city-dwellers around the globe.</p></p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/uic-urban-forum-metropolitan-resilience-time-economic-turmoil-103811 Off-Air Events: 6th Annual Global Activism Expo http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/OAlogo.tight__1.jpg" style="height: 62px; width: 300px; " title="" /></p><p>&ldquo;The Expo is an opportunity for people to see their community and their world as a caring, thoughtful, and generous place,&rdquo; says emcee Jerome McDonnell. &ldquo;Join us as we make a difference with our love, respect, and compassion.&rdquo;</p><p>The struggles we face are bigger than any one person, but we can each take a step to make a difference. Join <em>Worldview</em> host Jerome McDonnell and meet lots of engaged, world-focused people. You&#39;ll learn about all the work that folks who&#39;ve been featured on <em>Worldview</em>&#39;s long-running series, <em>Global Activism</em>, have been up to, and they&#39;ll show you how you can get involved.</p><p><a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/sji/">UIC Social Justice Initiative</a>&rsquo;s topic of conversation this year is Restorative Justice. Gender Justice. Global Justice. and will feature nationally known activists, scholars and journalists. They will be asking discussants difficult questions: &ldquo;What does it mean to make amends? How do we not only diagnose and &ldquo;treat&rdquo; injustice when we see it, but how do we &ldquo;repair&rdquo; a situation when harm is done. Is this always possible?&rdquo; Break-out sessions and discussions will be hosted all day.</p><div><strong>12:30-2:00pm</strong></div><div><strong>After Hadiya and &quot;Nirbhaya&quot;: From Chicago to Delhi What Does Justice Look Like?&nbsp;</strong></div><div>Here in the United States, Chicago in particular, street crime has taken the lives of far too many of our youth. In India, the issue of sexual violence has captured headlines. The tragic deaths of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed just a few blocks away from her school, and &quot;Nirbhaya,&quot; the 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi, raise the question: what does justice for victims and survivors look like?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>2:30-4:00pm</strong></div><div><strong>Peace in an Age of Violence: Reparations, Reconciliation, Renewal&nbsp;</strong></div><div>Brutal war has engulfed villages and cities in Mali. Violence in Colombia has forced people out of their homes and left anger, fear and poverty in its wake. Does post-apartheid South Africa offer a vision and a model for war-torn societies? Many countries that have been torn apart by civil war ask: how do we rebuild, how can we make amends, or does accountability trump reconciliation?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Come out to eat, drink, dance and learn at WBEZ&#39;s largest event of the year!<br />If you RSVP today, we will have a special prize for you at the door!<br />&nbsp;<div><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_18.png" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce?ecommerce=store_list&amp;ts=1347895809355&amp;store_id=8621&amp;JServSessionIda004=vo3wkkza41.app212c">RSVP for event.</a></strong></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><br /><strong>New this year!</strong> <a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/">Peace On Earth Film Festival</a> will show select titles from their 2013 festival and invite the audience to discuss and reflect on these short films.</p><p><strong>JUST ANNOUNCED: Featured Films</strong><br /><a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=178">Amazon Gold </a>(USA, 53 min)<br />Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, <em>Amazon Gold</em> is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into the Amazon rainforest. Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists led by a Peruvian biologist, uncover the savage unravelling of pristine rainforest.&nbsp;</p><div><div><a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=173">TRUST Alaska</a> (USA, 8 min)&nbsp;</div><div>Stories of <em>TRUST</em>: Calling for Climate Recovery, is about the perfect trifecta of youth, law and justice. This series of short documentaries features the voices of daring youth from across the country who went to court to compel the government to protect our atmosphere, in trust, for future generations.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=177">Child 31</a> (UK, 31 min)</div><div>In a time of unprecedented technological achievements and luxuries, close to one billion people still go to sleep hungry; but there&#39;s an organization attempting to change that. This powerful new documentary captures the life-changing work of Mary&rsquo;s Meals in action throughout Malawi, Kenya and India and its mission to help millions of children around the world realize their dreams.&nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><div><a href="http://www.http://peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=167">Children of Kabul </a>(Afghanistan, 25 min)&nbsp;</div><div><em>Children of Kabul </em>provides rare access to the war-torn streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, documenting the unfolding tragedy of child labor. Taking you into the lives of four young Afghan children - Omid, Sanabar, Yasamin and Fayaz.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><a href="http://www.vimeo.com/7788742">Hidden In Time</a> (USA, 16:20 min)&nbsp;</div><div>New York City. An Iraqi born taxi driver receives a mysterious box and then with-out warning kidnaps his passenger on the way to the airport. Mistaken intentions, cultural stereotypes and revealed losses compel these two men to confront their personal realities and question their values.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><div><a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=175">Ronan&#39;s Escape</a> (Australia, 16 min)&nbsp;</div><div>A 14 year old school boy growing up in a rural West Australian town is the social outcast of the school and has been bullied for years. The film follows the last few hours of Ronan&rsquo;s day at school before he makes his &ldquo;escape&rdquo; under a beautiful, Australian gum free.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The Activist Organizations Included:</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund<br />AACTION Autism<br />Aid Africa&#39;s Children<br />Alternative Gifts International<br />American Friends Service Committee<br />AMIM Congo<br />Asha for Education, Chicago Chapter<br />Awassa Children&#39;s Project<br />Bookfriends International, NFP<br />Bookwallah Organization<br />Bosco<br />buildOn Schurz high school<br />Causes for Change International<br />Center for Global Initiatives<br />CHICAGO+acumen<br />CircEsteem<br />Colombia Vive Chicago<br />Community Cloud Forest Conservation<br />CROSO (Child Restoration Outreach Support Organization)<br />Development In Gardening (DIG)<br />EdPowerment<br />Education and Hope<br />El Fuego del Sol<br />Engineers Without Borders-Chicago<br />Fabretto Children&#39;s Foundation<br />Fair Earth<br />FEED THE DREAM<br />five ACCESSORIES<br />Fr John Kolkman Sickle Cell Foundation<br />GirlForward<br />Global Alliance for Africa<br />GREENOLA Style + Solidarity Bridge<br />Hagar International<br />Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center<br />HELPSudan<br />Heshima Kenya<br />His Wheels International<br />Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach<br />ICAS/Juntos Adelante<br />India Development Coalition of America<br />Indian Development Service<br />International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)<br />Invisible Conlicts<br />Just Haiti<br />Kulsoom Foundation<br />La Isla Foundation<br />LemonAid Fund<br />LIFT USA<br />Little by Little<br />Living Water International<br />Malawi Matters Inc.<br />Malia Designs<br />Mata Traders<br />Matanya&#39;s Hope<br />MayaWorks<br />Meal Sharing<br />Medical Ministry International<br />Mindful Medicine Worldwide<br />Music for Lombok<br />My Grandmother&#39;s River Project<br />New Trier India Project and Me to We<br />NICARAGUA-DIRECT<br />Nonviolent Peaceforce<br />One Acre Fund<br />One Heart For Congo<br />Operation ASHA<br />Pan-African Rural Health and &amp; Social Services ( PRHeSS)<br />Peace Care<br />Play for Peace<br />Project HARAMBEE<br />Radios Populares and La Voz de los de Abajo<br />School of Choice Education Organization (Haiti)<br />Schools for the Children of the World<br />Share Your Soles<br />South Sudan Hope<br />Spark Ventures<br />SSQ Liason<br />Sun Ovens Internationl<br />Sustainable Sharing with Guatemala<br />SwaziKids International<br />Tanzania Development Support<br />The Citizens Foundation, USA<br />The Light and Leadership Initiative<br />The Through Her Eyes Project<br />Tikondane Community Centre<br />Vumila CBO<br />Women&#39;s Global Education Project<br />Working Bikes<br />World Action Collective (Frmly: Rainforest Rescue Coalition)<br />Youth Technology Corps NFP, Inc<br />Zakat Foundation of America</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><p><strong>More Interaction and Activity:</strong><br />&bull; The <a href="http://vocalo.org/">Vocalo</a> Music Stage outdoors on the plaza will feature an array of local artists and bands with an international influence</p><div><div>&bull; <a href="http://workingbikes.org/">Working Bikes</a> will bring an array of demonstration bikes (power a phonograph or your cell phone) as well as mini bikes for us to ride inside<br />&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; <a href="http://circesteem.org/">CircEsteem</a> will entertain kids and adults, encouraging participants to learn juggling, balance feathers and have fun</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; International Food Court will feature tasty treats from around the world, with vendors including Raj Dashan, Swim Café, Café Marbella and more</div></div><div><br /><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EXPOsimonsays.jpg" style="height: 462px; width: 600px; " title="" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Expo.close1_.jpg" style="height: 498px; width: 600px; " title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EXPOclose.jpg" style="width: 600px; " title="" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div><p> <meta charset="utf-8" /> <strong>Speakers Participating in UIC discussions:</strong></p><p><strong>Joaquín M. Chávez</strong>&nbsp;is an assistant professor at the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chávez&rsquo;s research focuses on popular politics, revolution, Catholic social thought, and the Cold War in Latin America. Chávez joined the peace negotiations that put an end to El Salvador&rsquo;s civil war (1980-1992) and contributed to the processes of reconciliation and reconstruction in that country. He has published studies on El Salvador&rsquo;s peace process and has served as an expert on peace negotiations in Nepal and other hot spots.</p><div><div dir="ltr"><div><div><br /><strong>Cheryl Graves&nbsp;</strong>is the Founder and Co-Director of the Community Justice for Youth Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to building a movement of peacemakers.&nbsp; She has more than 15 years of experience in training and implementing restorative justice practices in Chicago communities, schools and the juvenile justice system. Her work focuses on developing capacity to facilitate peacemaking circles and restorative approaches that keep youth in school and out of court, build community, address conflict, prevent violence and support healing</div><div><br /><strong>Ali Issa</strong>&nbsp;is based in New York City and is the national field organizer for War Resisters League. He earned a Master&#39;s Degree in Arabic studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. He is a contributor to the e-zine Jadaliyya on Iraqi social movements and his translations have appeared in Banipal and the PEN World Atlas Blog. He is a contributor and co-founder of the independent online magazine about everything Iraqi, shakomakoNET. His father is from Baghdad, Iraq.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Mariame Kaba</strong>&nbsp;is an organizer, educator, and writer who lives in Chicago. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a mission to end youth incarceration using a transformative justice approach. Mariame has also co-founded several other organizations including the Chicago Freedom School, the Rogers Park Young Women&#39;s Action Team (YWAT) and the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Born on Chicago&#39;s West Side,&nbsp;<strong>&quot;Prexy&quot;(Rozell W.) Nesbitt</strong>&nbsp;has spent more than five decades as an educator, activist, and speaker on Africa, foreign policy, and racism. Prexy&#39;s career has also included extensive consulting and training on race, multiculturalism and diversity. A teacher and lecturer for many years all over the USA, he additionally has worked as a &ldquo;red cap,&rdquo; social worker, union organizer, special assistant to Chicago&rsquo;s Mayor, the late Harold Washington, and a senior program officer with the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago. Today, he teaches African history courses at Chicago&rsquo;s Columbia College and takes people on educational, cultural and political tours to various &lsquo;Third World&rsquo; countries, regions and situations, both abroad and in the United States.</div></div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> <meta charset="utf-8" /> </p><div><strong>Barbara Ransby&nbsp;</strong>is an historian, writer and longtime activist. She is a Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women&rsquo;s Studies, and History at UIC where she directs both the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative and the Gender and Women&rsquo;s Studies Program. She previously served as Interim Vice Provost for Planning and Programs (2011-2012) at UIC.&nbsp; Prof. Ransby is author of the highly acclaimed biography,&nbsp;Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision.&nbsp;Her most recent book is&nbsp;Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson&nbsp;(Yale University Press, January 2013).Ransby has also published in numerous scholarly and popular publications and lectures widely.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Astrid E. Suarez&nbsp;</strong>is the founder of Colombia vive Chicago which is focused on supporting Internally Displaced Women in Colombia as well as supporting the Colombian immigrant women in Chicago. Her academic interests have been focused on understanding the current global policies and their implications in local communities, global education policies, and global youth violence issues. She has organized and trained parents and educational leaders to advocate for policy reforms to support and increase parent participation in public schools.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The UIC Social Justice Initiative</strong><br />The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is engaged in a major initiative which will, in the coming year, launch several exciting new projects linking scholars and activists in Chicago and beyond. <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/vppp/">The UIC Social Justice Initiative</a> includes a new Student Summer Institute on Social Justice, Democracy and Human Rights; active community engagement projects; and collaborations that connect the UIC community to work that is creating positive change and providing needed services from Haiti to Mexico to India. The Social Justice Initiative reflects UIC&rsquo;s mission to &ldquo;create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.&rdquo;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="img-caption-wrapper clearfix" style="float: left; clear: left; margin-right: 20px; margin-top: 5px; width: 300px; border-bottom: medium none;"><a class="underlined" href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/vppp/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/APRIL_UIC-SJI%20logo-TP.png" style="width: 300px; height: 86px; float: left; display: block;" title="" /></a></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TPSBannerLogo-Color.jpg" style="height: 57px; width: 250px; float: left;" title="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p>Sponsored by:</p><div class="image-insert-image " style=""><a href="http://www.ngelaw.com/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Stacked%20Logo_Globe_hi%20res.jpg" style="height: 123px; width: 175px;" title="" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style=""><a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CCGA_Logo_FINAL.JPG" style="height: 66px; width: 300px;" title="" /></a></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style=""><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Intelligentsia_logo.jpg" style="height: 70px; width: 150px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style=""><a href="http://www.focus-on-tomorrow.org"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FOT-Logo-2-web.jpg" style="height: 132px; width: 100px;" title="" /></a></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172 Post-Race? Trayvon and Racial Violence in the 21st Century http://www.wbez.org/post-race-trayvon-and-racial-violence-21st-century-98374 <p><p>The shooting of Trayvon Martin has prompted weeks of public protest. What does this fatal shooting -- and the multi-faceted responses of Americans -- reflect about the politics of race&nbsp; and racial violence in the 21st century? How can we decriminalize Black youth in America? What is the conversation on race that we should be having?</p><p>This event is taking place as part of WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-28/global-activism-expo-2012">Global Activism Expo 2012</a>, which gathers literally hundreds of Chicago-area global activists - all featured guests of Worldview's <em>Global Activism Series</em> - each providing ways you can immediately get involved and join their efforts.</p><p><br><br>Panelists will include:</p><p><strong>Gary Younge</strong>, journalist for <em>The Nation</em> and <em>The Guardian</em> and author of <em>Who We Are: And Should It Matter in the 21st Century</em><br><br><strong>Kevin Coval</strong>, poet, co-founder of Louder Than A Bomb teen poetry festival, and author of <em>L-Vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems</em><br><br><strong>David Stovall</strong>, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African American History at UIC and volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School of Social Justice High School<br><br><strong>Alice Kim</strong>, director of The Public Square</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/post-race-trayvon-and-racial-violence-21st-century-98374 Hunger Games and Real World Economic Injustice http://www.wbez.org/hunger-games-and-real-world-economic-injustice-98375 <p><p>Some critics see the Hunger Games as an allegory for today: staggering world poverty amidst growing economic inequality. This panel will explore real world economic injustices and&nbsp; possibilities for creating a more equitable and fair system locally and globally. Join us to take a closer look at globalism, militarism and the impact of the economic crisis.</p><p>This event is taking place as part of WBEZ's <a class="underlined" href="event/2012-04-28/global-activism-expo-2012">Global Activism Expo 2012</a>, which gathers literally hundreds of Chicago-area global activists - all featured guests of Worldview's <em>Global Activism Series</em> - each providing ways you can immediately get involved and join their efforts.</p><p><br><br>Panelists will include:<br><br><strong>Mark Weisbrot</strong>, Co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, columnist for <em>The Guardina Unlimited</em> (U.K.) and Brazil's largest newspaper, <em>Folha de Sao Paulo</em>, and president of Just Foreign Policy<br><br><strong>Kathy Kelly</strong>, Co-coordinator of Creative Voices for Non-violence and author of <em>Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison</em><br><br><strong>Toussaint Losier</strong>, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Chicago and a Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign organizer</p></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/hunger-games-and-real-world-economic-injustice-98375 Kony 2012 and Beyond: Transnational Solidarities http://www.wbez.org/kony-2012-and-beyond-transnational-solidarities-98376 <p><p>The Kony 2012 controversy raised important questions about activism at home and abroad. How can those in the United States building meaningful transnational solidarities in Africa and around the globe? What should informed activism look like? How can we can act as citizens of the world?</p><p>This event is taking place as part of WBEZ's <a href="event/2012-04-28/global-activism-expo-2012">Global Activism Expo 2012</a>, which gathers literally hundreds of Chicago-area global activists - all featured guests of Worldview's <em>Global Activism Series</em> - each providing ways you can immediately get involved and join their efforts.</p><p><br><br>Panelists will include:<br><br><strong>Barbara Ransby</strong>, historian, writer and long-time political activist, author of <em>Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement</em><br><br><strong>Nicholas De Genova</strong>, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London and author of <em>Working the Boundaries: Race, Space, and "Illegality" in Mexican Chicago</em><br><br><strong>Anna Guevarra</strong>, interdisciplinary scholar and author of <em>Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes: The Transnational Labor Brokering of Filipino Workers</em><br><br><strong>Prexy Nesbitt</strong>, activist, educator and founder of Making the Road Tours to Africa<br><br><strong>Andy Clarno</strong>, Assistant Professor in Sociology at UIC</p></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/kony-2012-and-beyond-transnational-solidarities-98376