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


Week of November 10, 2014

Metra Fare Increases
Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo, (312) 355-2523 /

Metra's proposed 10-year plan for regular fare increases to fund operations and infrastructure is "a gutsy move," says Steve Schlickman, executive director of the UIC Urban Transportation Center. "The past reticence of Metra to adequately fund operations has led to below-industry wages, archaic business management systems, and little in the way of operating innovations," he says.

Beyond the Spire
Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo, (312) 355-2523 /

The proposed Spire tower was less visionary than the void and foundation it left behind, says Alexander Eisenschmidt, assistant professor of architecture and curator of "City Works: Provocations for Chicago's Future," seen at the Venice Biennale. "The race for the tallest tower is meaningless," he says. "The hole on the lakefront is no longer a reminder of a missed opportunity, but a mesmerizing gap inviting speculative proposals."

Net Neutrality
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

President Obama released his plan for a free and open Internet and called for greater regulation of Internet service providers by the Federal Communications Commission. Dmitry Epstein, UIC assistant professor of communication, is available to discuss the plan and various topics related to digital policy, such as Internet governance, information access and the digital divide. 

Young Adults
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Young adults (ages 18 to 26) are in a critical period of brain and behavior development and should be viewed separately from adolescents and older adults in policy and research, according to a new committee report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. Committee member Zizi Papacharissi, UIC professor and head of communication, can comment on the report, which says the contemporary economic and social challenges young adults face can impact a successful transition to adulthood.

10, Monday | Free| Call: (312) 996-0864

UIC’s “The Things We Carried,” opens for 10 days. Curated by student veterans, the exhibit begins Nov. 11. After an official opening Nov. 10, the exhibit continues Mondays through Fridays through Nov. 21. Opening ceremony: 4 p.m. Daily viewing hours: Nov. 11 thru 21, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday thru Thursday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday. Student Center East, Veteran Student Center, Room 245, 750 S. Halsted St.

11, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6068

UIC student musicians. 1-1:50 p.m. Recital Hall L060, Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building, 1044 W. Harrison St.

11, Tuesday | Free to UIC campus community| Call: (312) 996-0864

Veterans and University of Illinois at Chicago officials will dedicate UIC’s new Student Veterans Center at a Nov. 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony. Visitors will also be able to view a unique art exhibit “The Things We Carried,” curated by student veterans at UIC. Inspired by the book “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, the exhibit showcases photos and artwork from past and present wars, giving a glimpse of life during deployment. Student Center East, Veteran Student Center, Room 245, 750 S. Halsted St.

12, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-8700

Representatives of New Era Windows and Nik Theodore, UIC professor of urban planning and public affairs. Noon-1:30 p.m. Great Cities Institute, Suite 400, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, 312 S. Peoria St.

12, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-2445

Overview of different key moments of student organizing followed by a student workshop on political issues and strategies. 3 – 5 p.m. UIC Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Room, 800 S. Halsted St. 

"Reform of Cook County Government"
12, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413--3780

Future of Chicago Lecture Series. Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president. Noon. Lecture Center F3, 807 S. Morgan St.

"Dance of the Maize God"
12, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-2467

Director David Lebrun screens his documentary on the issues of Maya vases looted from destroyed temples and sold into public and private art collections, as told by villagers, looters, archaeologists, scholars, dealers and curators. 1-3 p.m. Lecture Center B, 803 S. Morgan St.

"The Ebola Outbreak: What We Do and Don't Know"
12, Thursday | Free |

Panel presentation on what we do and don't know about the current Ebola outbreak. Panelists are Dr. Allison Arwady, epidemic intelligence officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Ronald Hershow and Dr. Mark Dworkin, UIC School of Public Health epidemiologists; and Dr. Kathy Ritger, medical director, Chicago Department of Public Health. 4 - 5:30 pm, UIC School of Public Health auditorium, 1603 W. Taylor St.

13, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-8700

Panel discussion with Chicago mayoral candidate Jesús "Chuy" Garcia, political consultant Don Rose, UIC professor Pauline Lipman, and Victor Dickson, president and CEO of the Safer Foundation, following talk by Andrew Diamond, University of Paris-Sorbonne, on his  book, "City on the Make: Race and Inequality in Chicago." 9 - 11 a.m. Student Center East, Room 302, 750 S Halsted St.

13, Thursday | Free| Call: (312) 413-8702

The Academy Award-nominated film “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” by Edgar Barens will be screened at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A panel discussion and reception will follow. Education, Theatre, Music, and Social Work Building, L285 Auditorium, 1040 W. Harrison St.

14, Friday through Nov. 23 | $12-17 | Call: (312) 996-3991

UIC's Yasen Peyankov directs his adaptation of the Chekhov classic. Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday at 2 p.m. UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St.

14, Friday | Free | Call: (312) 996-2445

Award and networking event to recognize those who have made an impact on the UIC Latin American and Latino studies program. 6 - 8 p.m. National Museum for Puerto Rican Art and Culture, 3015 W. Division St.

15, Saturday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5353

Book talk. Disability and mass confinement, racism, colonialism, global geopolitics and capitalism. Editors Liat Ben-Moshe, University of Toledo; and Chris Chapman, York University; and contributor Mansha Mirza, UIC. 4 - 6 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents' Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St.