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Week of April 27, 2015

Nepal's Earthquakes
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Major earthquakes have struck the Kathmandu Valley every 70 to 80 years for as far back as there are records, according to Mark Liechty, UIC associate professor of history and anthropology. Liechty, a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on Nepali history and society, says the last major quake over 80 years ago killed more than 10,000 people in the region at a time when the population was a tiny fraction of what it is today. Liechty says the death toll from Saturday's earthquake suggests that newer construction in the valley held up much better than expected, and, within the restraints of a poor country, Nepal and Nepalis did what they could to protect themselves.

Twitter's Anti-Abuse Efforts
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Twitter’s new anti-bullying efforts -- particularly the potential for abusive tweets to be pre-screened and filtered out before reaching their target -- represent an overdue step in the right direction, says Adrienne Massanari, UIC assistant professor of communication. Massanari, an expert in digital ethics and the social and cultural impacts of new media, says questions remain regarding how Twitter will enforce the new policies and how it will work with law enforcement around abuse violations. She notes that third-party developers have been working for years to create tools that block certain users based on their following patterns, but Twitter doesn't take advantage of the data it has available to solve some of these problems.

Making Entrepreneurship Easier
Contact Jeffron 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 teach 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 why the trainings may be a solution for joblessness among people with disabilities.

27, Monday | Pay what you can | Call: (312) 996-6068

Showcasing UIC graduating seniors as soloists, the Jazz Ensemble offers their own twists on a selection of classic jazz literature, directed by Andy Baker. The Jazz Workshop, directed by Chris Madsen, opens the concert. 7:30 p.m. UIC Theatre. 1044 W. Harrison St.

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

The spring series closes with solo and chamber works by music majors from the UIC School of Theatre & Music. Recital Hall L060, Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.

29, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-8619

Lavender Graduation is a culminating celebratory event that honors the academic achievements of LGBTQ students and their allies at UIC. Keynote speaker is Angelica Ross, executive director and CEO, TransTech Social Enterprises. Ceremony 5 - 6:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., after party & entertainment 7:30 -10 p.m. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road.

29-30, Wednesday-Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 996-8700

Officials and scholars from five continents discuss global economics, mobility, spatial planning and more, sponsored by the Great Cities Institute. Wednesday, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Thompson Room, Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave. Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents' Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St.

30, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5353

Film and panel discussion on the 1960s art movement Chicago Imagism. Claudine Isé, executive director of Woman Made Gallery; Barbara Rossi, a Chicago Imagist; and artist Sue Williams. The discussion will be moderated by Judith Russi Kirshner, deputy director for education at the Art Institute of Chicago. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. film, 8 p.m. discussion. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents' Dining Hall, 800 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.