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Week of Feb. 20, 2017

Community policing and radicalization
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Adopting a community policing model is a necessary reform to better protect and serve communities at risk for radicalization, according to Dr. Stevan Weine, professor of psychiatry in the UIC College of Medicine and director of UIC’s International Center on Responses to Catastrophes. Community policing can humanize officers and help shift prejudices, but such tactics are underutilized, he says. His latest Op-Ed discusses how community policing is used in Los Angeles to combat terrorism.

Survivors of violence
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

In Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, gun violence is becoming a common occurrence. What’s been fairly uncommon are conversations about the painful effect of violence on survivors, particularly young men of color. A UIC researcher is looking at the physical, emotional and financial injuries suffered by black, male, violence victims, as a result of assaults, gang violence, hate crimes and other forms of violence — and the sources of support they used for coping. Henrika McCoy, UIC assistant professor of social work, can comment on her study.

Representation of blacks in mass media
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements made by black Americans and their role U.S. history. Kim Moon, UIC lecturer in marketing, has looked at the evolution of the representation of blacks in mass media. Moon can discuss the milestones -- and the mishaps -- in the depiction of blacks in advertising starting from slavery until today.  

28, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-2950

From urban uprisings and the formation of black activist movements to the 2016 presidential campaign, journalists and media scholars will examine the role of news media in recent debates about race and politics. Sponsored by the UIC department of African American studies. 4:30 - 6 p.m. Residents’ Dining Hall, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St. 

March 1| Free | Call: (312) 996-6352

Robin D.G. Kelley, professor, UCLA, will discuss the life and writing of journalist Grace Halsell, who spent part of the Cold War as a foreign correspondent in Europe, Latin America and Asia, working as a staff writer under President Lyndon B. Johnson. 4 p.m. UIC Institute for the Humanities, lower level, Stevenson Hall, 701 S. Morgan St.  

March 6 | Free | Call: (312) 996-2950

Christopher Cameron, University of North Carolina-Charlotte and president and founder of the African American Intellectual Historical Society; Sherie Randolph, Georgia Institute of Technology and founder of the Black Feminist Think Tank; and Aisha Finch, UCLA. Moderated by Roderick Ferguson, UIC professor of African American and gender and women's studies. 4:30 p.m. Residents' Dining Hall, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.