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

Week of April 13, 2015

Campus Competitions
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Universities continue to stage business-plan competitions as a way to foster entrepreneurial activity needed to expand the startup sector. In advance of UIC's 10th Annual Concept2Venture Challenge Competition, Nancy Harvey, executive director of the UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, is available to comment on the importance of these pitch competitions to the region.

Helping People With Disabilities
Contact Jeffon Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

People with disabilities often overlook -- or are overlooked -- by the business world. But researchers at UIC are using a new training program to show disabled aspiring entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses. Sarah Parker Harris, associate professor of disability and human development, and Maija Renko, associate professor of managerial studies, can talk about how the trainings will connect people from the business and disability fields.

SEL Now & Later
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Social and emotional learning programs are designed to build K-12 students' skills for managing emotions, showing concern for others, making responsible decisions and forming positive relationships. In the new book, "Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning: Research and Practice," leading researchers assess the current state of SEL and look at the emerging field's future. Book contributor and co-editor Roger Weissberg, NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair in Social and Emotional Learning at UIC, can comment on SEL history, concepts, and evidence-based programming.

17, Friday | Free | Call: (312) 413-9569

Eddie Huang, chef, restaurateur and author, whose memoir inspired the new ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat," will discuss having his life turned into a TV show and the challenges of preserving his Taiwanese roots in America. 4 – 6 p.m. Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.

23, Thursday | Free | Call: (773) 848-1303

Reception for "Water in Art," an online exhibition of contemporary art focused on society's relationship with water, to showcase a combination of original art, video projections, printed or projected reproductions and artist-produced books. 7:30 p.m. Doug Fogelson Studio, #208, 1821 W. Hubbard St.

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.