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

Week of February 16, 2015

Expedia/Orbitz Merger
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Expedia agreed to buy Orbitz Worldwide for about $1.3 billion in cash, adding another well-known brand to its ranks. Could the tentative merger hurt the travel business? Will travel agencies go away?  Kim Moon, UIC lecturer in managerial studies, can comment.

Science Learning
Contact Brian Flood: (312 996-7681 /

Recent changes to learning standards pose a major challenge for science teaching and measuring student aptitude in the U.S., says James Pellegrino, co-director of the UIC Learning Sciences Research Institute and distinguished professor of psychology and education. Pellegrino, who presented on the topic last week during the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, can provide recommendations for new coordinated systems, tools and professional development needed to support the latest vision of what it means to "know" science and offer examples of appropriate science assessments.

Vaccine Debates
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

The balance between personal liberty and collective safety has been a long-time issue involving public health measures, says Robert Johnston, UIC professor of history. Johnston, who is working on a book about the controversies over vaccination in U.S. history, can discuss contemporary political and societal debates over vaccinations and place them in context with earlier disputes.

Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

"Should Chicago Have an Elected Representative School Board? A New Review of the Evidence," a report by UIC's Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education, presents "an alarming picture of the record of Chicago Public Schools over the past 20 years, particularly in relation to opportunity to learn and equitable outcomes," says Pauline Lipman, UIC professor of educational policy and an author of the report.

17, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5353

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum's lunchtime talks resume with members of the Bionutrient Food Association who will share examples from gardens in North Lawndale. The association is a network of diverse growers working to improve the quality of food. Noon - 1 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

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

Trombonists Robin Eubanks, guest artist for the annual UIC Jazz Festival, teams with Andy Baker, UIC jazz studies director, for a tribute to trombonists Jay and Kai, along with faculty members Ernie Adams on drums, Stewart Miller on bass, and Dan Murphy on piano. 1 - 1:50 p.m. Recital Hall L060, Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.

18, Wednesday | $10; $7 for students and seniors | Call: (312) 996-6068

Jazz trombonist Robin Eubanks will perform with the UIC Jazz Ensemble. He won Grammy Awards for his performances on Michael Brecker’s "Wide Angles" and Dave Holland’s "What Goes Around." He has recorded seven albums of his original music and has collaborated with Art Blakey, Sun Ra, Barbra Streisand, the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads. 7 p.m. Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.

18. Tuesday | Free, RSVP required | Call: (312) 996-8700

Erin Aleman of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning presents the Fund 2040 Proposal which outlines the need "to support prioritized infrastructure investments that help the region meet its goals for quality of life and economic prosperity." Noon - 1:30 p.m. Great Cities Institute, Suite 400, CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St.

18, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6352

Roundtable discussion examining issues surrounding the Charlie Hebdo attacks, including the importance of contextualization. 2:30 p.m. UIC Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall, lower level, 701 S. Morgan St.

19, Thursday | Call: (312) 413-2695

The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System will host an annual head-shaving event to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Staff, physicians and families of children with cancer volunteer each year to have their heads shaved to support childhood cancer research and fellowships. 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. UI Health, 1740 W. Taylor St.

African American Farming Practices
19, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Discussion featuring Carolyn Thomas, director and co-founder of God’s Gang, a nonprofit urban farm training program for youth, and Rev. Albert Sampson, founder of George Washington Carver F.A.R.M.S. Noon - 1:30 p.m. UIC African American Cultural Center Gallery, Addams Hall, Room 207, 830 S. Halsted St. 

20, Friday thru March 1
Jeff Award winner Derrick Sanders directs August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936 where a family struggles over their surroundings and shared legacy -- an antique piano and the secret it holds. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. UIC Theatre, 1044 W. Harrison St.
25th Annual/Final Blues Cabaret
27, Friday | $15 includes soul food buffet; UIC students free with valid i-card | Call: (312) 413-5070

Featuring Big James and the Chicago Playboys. Opening act: LaJa’ and the Jazz Blue Band. 7 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

Thru June 30 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Showcase of objects, images and texts exploring the legacy of the Chicago’s 1940 American Negro Exposition. Open Monday -  Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and by appointment. UIC African American Cultural Center Library, Addams Hall, Room 200, 830 S. Halsted St.