This Week at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture

May 23, 2016
Currently on view: "On the Trail / Homeless Dream"

On view through Jun 10
Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture
First Floor Community Room
5733 South University Avenue

Please join the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Spanish Graduate Students Committee, for an exhibition exploring the work of Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martínez and Catalan photojournalist Edu Ponces, on display at the CSRPC throughout the Spring Quarter.

Óscar Martínez
, whose prolific career as a journalist includes directing the Salvadoran investigative journalism project Sala Negra, is also one of the co-founders of what is perhaps the most celebrated online news outlet in Latin America, For the past decade, Martínez has been reporting extensively on the northern triangle of Central America-Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador-and exposing the systemic causes of the violence in the region. The Beast, his first book in English, was named one of the best books of 2013 by the Mother Jones, and the Financial Times.

Edu Ponces is the co-founder of RUIDO Photo, a Barcelona-based photographic agency that currently has projects in more than fifteen countries. The reports and productions created by the agency over the last several years have received prizes in the spheres of cinema and photography, journalistic investigation and the promotion of human rights. Ponces own photographic work in En el camino has earned him accolades such as Best Photography Book of Latin America in 2010, the REVELA International Prize, and the National Journalism and Human Rights Award of El Salvador, among others.

The exhibition is organized by Thelma Jiménez-Anglada with support from the Spanish Graduate Students Committee. This series is co-sponsored by the Franke Institute for the Humanities, Global Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Harris School of Public Policy, Center for Identity + Inclusion, Grad Council, Division of the Humanities, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Committee on International Relations, Department of History, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Katz Center for Mexican Studies, and the Institute of Politics.

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The Privilege of Innovation: Women and People of Color who Innovate, and the Cost of Failure

Tuesday, May 24, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Center for Identity + Inclusion
5710 South Woodlawn Avenue

Panelists Demond Drummer from CoderSpaceAlex Niemczewski from BallotReady, and Katherine Darnstadt from Latent Design will be in conversation with Shaz Rasul, the Director of Community Programs at the UChicago Office of Civic Engagement, about systemic barriers to risk taking and entrepreneurship for women and people of color.  
This panel is a chance to draw connections and identify  ways of talking openly about what we're really celebrating when we celebrate entrepreneurship, and connecting with one another on a path toward increased opportunity.  All are welcome to this forty-five minute conversation at the Center for Identity + Inclusion, with a reception to follow.

The event is organized by UChicago Urban and cosponsored by the university's Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the UChicago ACM-W, and the UChicago Institute of Politics.

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Miguel Zenón Quartet UChicago Residency
Wednesday, May 25, 12:00 noon / Free 
Foster Hall, Room 103 
1130 East 59th Street
Saxophonist and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón has masterfully integrated the often contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, Zenón has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, perfecting a fine blending of Latin American folkloric music and jazz. Identities are Changeable (Miel Music, 2014) explores national identity as experienced by Nuyoricans, the nearly two million US citizens of Puerto Rican descent who make their home in New York City. The album was inspired by a series of interviews with Nuyoricans from various walks of life; audio excerpts from the interviews weave in and out of each piece.
Join us for a conversation with Miguel Zenón about Nuyorican art, community, migration, and the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Moderators will include Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (Romance Languages and Literatures), Rachel Galvin (English Language and Literature), and Omar Torres-Kortright (Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center).

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An exploration of jazz and Afro-Puerto Rican music with Miguel Zenón
Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm / Free
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4046 West Armitage Avenue

Listening session with Miguel Zenón
Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 pm / Free
Logan Center, Performance Penthouse
915 East 60th Street

Chicago Stage at the Logan
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 pm / Free
Café Logan
915 East 60th Street

Miguel Zenón Quartet and "Identities" Big Band Concert
Thursday, May 26, 7:30 pm / General $35, students $5
Logan Center, Performance Hall
915 East 60th Street 

Saxophonist and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón has masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Featuring a song cycle for his quartet, plus big band and video, his Identities are Changeable project explores the experience of Puerto Ricans who have moved to New York.

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CRES-GSS Graduation Celebration
Wednesday, May 25, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
First Floor Community Room   
5733 South University Avenue

A party in celebration of our 9 CRES and 16 GSS graduating majors and minors ... family, friends, and everyone else are welcome!

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BCH@BING Featured Artists: The Era Footwork Crew

Footwork in Focus
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
BING Art Books
307 East Garfield Boulevard 
Join us for the culminating event celebrating the collaborative work of APL/CSRPC Crossing Boundaries Artists-in-Residence The Era and documentarian Wills Glasspiegel.
The Era is a footwork dance crew and creative collective from Chicago. Founded on the South Side in 2014, The Era includes footwork dancers from esteemed Chicago battle cliques Terra Squad and Goon Squad. From MoMa PS-1 in New York to Battlegroundz on 87th Street in Chicago, the Era have won significant acclaim for their dancing, and have collaborated with leading artists, including DJ Rashad and Chance the Rapper. The Era also produce film, fashion and visual art with dance at the center of the their creative practic e. The Era is dedicated to changing the perception of dance by bringing Chicago footwork into focus.

About The Crossing Boundaries Prize:
Supported by Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, The Crossing Boundaries Prize provides support to Chicago-based artists seeking to form a unique project-based collaboration that stretches the boundaries of their work as individuals to date. 

Presented by Arts and Public Life, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and Black Cinema House. 

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Niagara Foundation's 2016 Chicago Interfaith Gathering Panel: "2016 Presidential Election: The Effect of Political Rhetoric On Minority Community" with Michael C. Dawson as moderator
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 - 8:30 pm 
Assembly Hall, International House
1414 East 59th Street

Keynote Speaker:
Rev. Dirk Ficca, Director of Interreligious Initiative for Middle East Peace

Dr. Michael Dawson, Professor, the University of Chicago

Hind Makki, Founder & Curator, Side Entrance
Juan Salgado, President & CEO, Instituto Del Progreso Latino
Mark Baldwin, Executive Director, Rockford Register Star

Niagara Foundation is pleased to host the annual Chicago Interfaith Gathering panel, co-sponsored by the International House, on this year¹s presidential election political rhetoric and its negative effects on minority communities.

The United States is the most diverse country in the world and our multicultural and multi-religious heritage is a unique source of strength and pride. Instead of cherishing and encouraging diversity, however, the political campaigns have caused negativity and polarization among the American people.

Our keynote speaker and panelists will explore the role of dialogue in the process of peace building and discuss the dynamic of building relationships between individuals and minority communities to combat the effects of the negative rhetoric.

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"The Chicago Conspiracy" A Play Inspired by 'Jane' the Abortion Counseling Service
Friday, May 27, 7:00 pm & Saturday, May 28 at 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
The Revival
1160 East 55th Street
Tickets: $7 in advance, $9 at the door.

In the years immediately before Roe v. Wade, a group of women in Chicago formed the Abortion Counseling Service, an underground collective providing abortion services then illegal under Illinois law. These women gradually moved from offering referral services to abortion counseling to eventually performing abortions themselves. Based on the true story of the Abortion Counseling Service or "Jane," as the anonymous Service came to be known, The Chicago Conspiracy is a character-driven exploration of the issues raised by this period of history, its place in feminism and the women¹s movement in America, and this group of committed women who provided between 10,000 and 11,000 illegal abortions between 1969 and 1973.
Written and directed by Sarah Gourevitch and Dan Ackerman. Starring Sophie Kennedy, Ellie Smith, Eleanor Clifford, Val Bodurtha, Bianca Eugene, Atticus Ballesteros, and ensemble.

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Woodlawn Voices and Visions: Documentary Film Screening

Saturday, May 28, 1:30 pm 
Logan Center for the Arts
Screening Room
915 East 60th Street

Presented by Woodlawn Voices and Visions in partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement, the Logan Center for the Arts, CSRPC, and CAN TV.
"All Power to the People"
The Black Freedom Movement, 1966-2016: Chicago and Beyond
Saturday, May 28, 7:00 pm.
University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East, Room 302
750 South Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607

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Race and Pedagogy Working Group discuss Goldberg's essay Are We All Postracial Yet? 

Thursday, May 26, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Center for Identity + Inclusion
Amandla Lounge
5710 South Woodlawn Avenue

Please join us for our final reading group session next Thursday, May 26 to discuss David Theo Goldberg's essay "Are We All Postracial Yet?" Copies of the piece are available for short term loan at the CSRPC.

Refreshments will be provided.
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The Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop presents: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Friday, June 3, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
International House
Assembly Hall
1414 East 59th Street  
Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. In July, he will join the Harvard faculty as Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

This lecture is presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, in partnership with the International House Global Voices program. 

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Thursday, June 9, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
5733 South University Avenue   
Please join the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) as we celebrate the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

All are welcome!

Call For Papers | 
Critical Race & Ethnicities Conference

The Critical Race and Ethnicities Network (CREN) invites researchers and community organisers working in the broad field of critical race and ethnicities to participate in this one day conference.

The aim of the 2016 conference is to think critically about how multiple and intersecting forms of oppression call for multivalent, intersectional and creative responses, as part of the move towards ³dismantling the master¹s house².

Some topics for discussion might include, but are not limited to:

· Critical race studies
· Islamophobia and/or Racism
· Critical methodologies
· Critical mixed race studies
· Race and Gender
· Critical Race, Sexuality and Queerness Studies
· Deconstructing Borders and Migration
· Race activism
· Postcolonial and Decolonial theory and praxis
· Intersectionality
· Race, Ethnicity and Religion

We invite any panels, papers and other innovative presentation styles (e.g. poetry, videos, etc.) from across the disciplines that address these themes. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes, and panels 60 minutes.

We are seeking work that addresses the challenge of holisitically responding to multiple oppressions, whether through theoretical, practical, or creative action. An example of this includes but is not limited to, how all Black lives matter including Queer, immigrant and female Black lives; or the need for combined conversations with the Black Lives Matter and the anti-Islamophobia movements amongst other pertinent examples.

We would particularly welcome contributions from local activist groups, and researchers whose work broaches the academic/activist binaries.

The deadline for this call is June 18, 2016.

Please email a 300 word abstract, and 150 word biography to

For more information, visit our website


Opportunity | 
Assistant Director, Grad Career Development at UChicago

UChicagoGRAD is looking to hire another career adviser, preferably with graduate training in the humanities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities include: 1. One-on-one advising with graduate students, postdocs, and recent graduate alumni on topics including career exploration, job market planning and preparation, and the graduate student/postdoc experience, with the goal of helping graduate students/postdocs/graduate alumni successfully navigate their academic, professional, and personal transitions. Follow up with students, postdocs and graduate alumni via email and phone to track progress. Measure placement outcomes. 2. Develop recruiting opportunities with external employers for internship and full-time job opportunities. Maintain a current understanding of industry trends and job market. Post employment opportunities on the University job board. 3. Develop and coordinate graduate-specific programs and workshops on professional development and career preparation topics, often in close collaboration with campus partners including the academic divisions, the Chicago Center for Teaching, campus career services, and Alumni Relations

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Call for Manuscripts |
Race, Population Studies, and America's Public Schools: A Critical Demography Perspective - Lexington Books

The roles of race and racism in explaining current controversies related to public schools in America is both understudied and misunderstood.  Part of the problems is the absence of a critical paradigm, which facilitates the development and application of ideas, theories and methods that do not fit within the confines of mainstream scholarship. Critical demography articulates the manner in which the social structure differentiates dominant and subordinate populations. Moreover, critical demography necessitates explicit discussions and examinations of the nature of power and how it perpetuates the existing social order. Hence, in the case of race in education it is imperative that racism is central to the analysis. Racism elucidates that which often goes ignored or unexplained by conventional scholars. Consequently, the critical demography paradigm fills an important void in the study of public education in American schools.

For additional information and questions, please contact Dr. Lori Martin at

On view through Jun. 10 |
Runway to Reality and
Flex Exhibition feat. J. Johari Palacio and Dayo Laoye at the Arts Incubator

Tuesday - Friday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm
Thursday, 12:00 - 7:00 pm
Arts Incubator
301 East Garfield Boulevard

Runway to Reality is a collaborative exhibition featuring work by photographer Helen Maurene Cooper and fashion designer Suzette Opara. Cooper and Opara combine photography and garment design to explore the coming-of-age event of prom through material, texture, rich color, and opulence. This exhibition highlights the cultural significance of prom on the South Side of Chicago and makes visible the robust community celebration and joy surrounding this event. For Runway to Reality, the artists have physically crystallized and combined their overlapping love of pageantry, sequence, and custom fashion.

Doors have served a symbolic purpose across cultures throughout history. In religion and mythology, they have been used as emblems of transition, new beginnings, welcomed endings, or the passage from one world to another. The functional purpose of doors- to serve as entry points or barriers to a space- alludes to ideas of access, privacy, control, and protection. To acknowledge the literal and figurative ways in which these portals play a role in our everyday lives, the spring edition of our Flex Exhibition series focuses on doors and all of their functions through the work of Dayo Laoye and J . Johari Palacio.  


Mon., May 23 | 
Yesomi Umolu, The Artist as Ethonographer
Monday, May 23, 6:00 pm 
Logan Center for the Arts, Room 901
915 East 60th Street  
Presenting her curatorial research and upcoming projects, Yesomi Umolu discusses the continued presence of the ethnographic imaginary in contemporary art and curatorial practice.  As Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Yesomi Umolu oversees exhibitions in the Logan Center Gallery. Specializing in global contemporary art, Umolu has presented exhibitions and public programs with Ibrahim Mahama, Otobong Nkanga, John Akomfrah, Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Mithu Sen, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, and Minouk Lim, among others. Last fall she curated two international group exhibitions, Material Effects at the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and So-Called Utopias, her first exhibition at the Logan Center for the Arts. Her writing has appeared in numerous catalogues and journals, including Art in America and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. 


Tue., May 24 |
Jazz Worlds/World Jazz

Tuesday, May 24, 6:00 pm
Seminary Co-op Bookstores
5751 South Woodlawn Avenue

Many regard jazz as the soundtrack of America, born and raised in its cities and echoing throughout its tumultuous century of progress. So when Ernest Hemingway wrote about seeing jazz in 1920s Paris, and when British colonial officials danced to jazz in the clubs of Calcutta in the waning years of the Raj, how, exactly, had it gotten there? "Jazz Worlds/World Jazz" aims to answer these questions and more, bringing together voices from countries as far flung as Azerbaijan, Armenia, and India to show that the story of jazz is not trapped in American history books but alive in global modernity. 

Phillip Bohlman discusses his text, with Travis A. Jackson and Michael Allemana on jazz guitar.


Wed., May 25 | 
Former Chief of DOJ Special Litigation Section on Police Accountability
Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 pm 
Chicago-Kent Law School
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Jonathan Smith was the former Chief of the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice who was responsible for conducting pattern and practice investigations and to bring litigation to address patterns and practices of the violation of the United States Constitution and federal law by law enforcement. Smith worked on or supervised more than two dozen investigations or matters in litigation or enforcement regarding police departments across the nation including the investigation in to the Ferguson, MO Police Department.

Smith will be joined on the panel by Mayor Emanuel¹s Police Accountability Task Force member Randolph Stone who led the Community & Police Relations Working Group
and David Hoffman, former Assistant United States Attorney & former Inspector General for the City of Chicago.

The panel will be addressing what Chicago should expect as possible outcomes from the ongoing federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department as well as how those possible outcomes will or will not fulfill the recommendations of the Mayor¹s Police Accountability Task Force. While Mayor Emanuel has chosen to use the ongoing federal investigation as a shield to put off calls for immediate action to make the Chicago Police Department more accountable Smith will be recommending that local officials should not wait on the conclusion of the federal investigation and instead take swift action to implement reforms.

Thu., May 26 | 
New Perspectives on the State, Violence, and Social Control
Thursday, May 26, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Neubauer Collegium   
5701 South Woodlawn Avenue 
University of Chicago professors Ben Lessing, Paul Staniland, and Forrest Stuart will convene 10 political scientists, sociologists, and legal scholars from across the globe for a full-day ³ideas incubator² workshop. Participants will share and discuss in-progress research projects, emerging data, working hypotheses, and preliminary theories. By drawing on collective and interdisciplinary insights, the aim of the workshop is to build innovative analyses and theoretical frameworks. 

Thu., May 26 | 
Breakfast with Trustee Myrtle Potter, "Next Generation Leaders of Color"  
Thursday, May 26, 10:00 - 11:00 am 
Center for Identity + Inclusion
5710 South Woodlawn Avenue  
Myrtle Potter (AB'80) is a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Chicago, CEO and President of Myrtle Potter Media Inc.  She founded the Potter Fellows summer research program and owns Myrtle Potter and Company, LLC, a life science and healthcare consulting firm whose clients include for-profit and non-profit corporations.  Students will learn more about Myrtle Potter¹s time at the University of Chicago, how she made meaningful connections during and after UChicago, what it's like for students of color entering elite workforces, and how to make the most out of a UChicago degree.  

Thu., May 26 | 
The Fifth Annual SHINE Event: "Addressing HIV Challenges Among Black Men who Have Sex with Men" presented by Keith Boykin
Thursday, May 26, 12:00 - 1:30 pm 
School of Social Service Administration, Room E-1 
969 East 60th Street  
Keith Boykin is a broadcaster, author, and commentator, CNBC contributor, co-host of the BET TV talk show "My Two Cents," and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. 
Thu., May 26 | 
Dominic Thomas: "African Literature: Global and Globalized" 
Thursday, May 26, 4:30 pm 
Weiboldt 207  
1050 East 59th Street  
The Division of the Humanities and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Presents UCLA Professor Dominic Thomas on "African Literature: Global and Globalized."

Fri., May 27 | 
Hyde Park Art Center and UCIJAM Presents: UChicago "Art Party" 
(For UChicago Students)
Friday, May 27, 7:00 - 10:00 pm 
Hyde Park Art Center 
5020 South Cornell Avenue 
Hyde Park Art Center  will host "Art Party," an evening arts soirée involving art making activities led by Chicago artists, open studios, and an after hours look at the Center's exhibitions including Karen Reimer's "Shoretime, Spaceline." 
If approved, we will share your event in our weekly  e-newsletter  the Monday before it is held.