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Week of March 23, 2015

Learning from Reddit
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

From altruism and charitable giving to mob action and gender and racial politics,'s culture can be considered contradictory, says Adrienne Massanari, UIC assistant professor of communication. Massanari's new book investigates the platform’s community values and creation of culture, and users' efforts to contend with negative practices. She can address Reddit and other similar user-centered sites, social and cultural impacts of new media, digital ethics and youth culture.

Who's Happier?
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Conservatives report, but liberals display greater happiness, according to a new study co-authored by Matt Motyl, UIC assistant professor of psychology and political science. Motyl, who studies political psychology, social ecology and intergroup conflict, can address the ideological differences found in the report, which examined two behaviors linked to happiness  -- smiling and using positive language. 

What's My Risk?
Contact: Sharon Parmet (312) 413-2695;

After the tragic sudden death last week of ABC7 New York reporter Lisa Colagrossi from a brain aneurysm, many are wondering: what are the chances that I could have an anuerysm? "The prevalence of aneurysm in the general population is about 2 percent, but it can be significantly higher if there is a family history of aneurysm, or if a patient has atherosclerosis, is a smoker, or has certain other diseases, including polycystic kidney disease," says Dr. Fady Charbel, head of neurosurgery at UI Health. Charbel says that while screening is not recommended for the general population, it can be beneficial for people at increased risk. "The most important thing for the patient if an aneurysm is detected is to receive counseling by an experienced multidisciplinary team regarding next steps," Charbel says.

23, Monday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5353

Douglas Ewart, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, joins The Village Leadership Academy for a musical performance on playful instruments, 6 - 7 p.m. Tour the exhibition, "Unifinished Business: The Right to Play." 5 - 6 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

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

Clarinetist Gene Collerd and violist Karl Davies  perform chamber music by Mozart and Schumann, including Märchenbilder (Fairytales) Op. 113. 1 - 1:50 p.m. Recital Hall L060, Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.

April 7, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-8702

Join a free screening of the 2014 Academy Award nominated documentary "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall." This film chronicles the impact incarceration has on families, including the dilemma faced by the incarcerated - death behind bars. Edgar Barens, the film’s director and staff member at UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, will be present for a post-screening discussion. 5:30 -  8 p.m., UIC School of Public Health, Auditorium, 1603 W. Taylor St.

Black Lives Matter Lecture Series
April 8 | Free | Call: (312) 996-2950

Reading and conversation with poet Claudia Rankine, author of "Citizen," winner of 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. Noon - 2 p.m. Room 613, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. 

April 23-24 | Free | Call: (312) 996-6352 or

Government officials, non-governmental organization leaders, researchers and students from the U.S., Canada and the Middle East will discuss trans-border water systems, with an emphasis on the Great Lakes and Jordan River. Room 605, Student Center East, 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.