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Week of July 20, 2015

Chicago Landmarks
Contact: Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

Marina City and the John Hancock Center were built "when the city still acted as an urban and architectural laboratory," says Alexander Eisenschmidt, UIC assistant professor of architecture. He recommends landmark status not just to preserve the buildings, but to signal the need for renewed boldness in experimentation.

Greece Banks Reopen
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

Greece reopened its banks and ordered billions of euros owed to international creditors to be repaid on Monday, Reuters reported. Lawrence Officer, UIC professor of economics, can discuss (via telephone) what the re-openings mean following last week's deal to agree a new package of bailout reforms.

ADA 25th Anniversary
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

July 26 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A new book, "Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights," by UIC professor Lennard J. Davis, examines the groundbreaking ADA's formation, successes and shortcomings. Davis, distinguished professor of liberal arts and sciences, award-winning author and noted disability scholar, can discuss the unlikely alliances that led to ADA's establishment, and contemporary issues surrounding disability rights in America.

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

Administrators of the Reddit website are considering changing a host of its content policies. The company's struggle to create a space that encourages users to speak candidly but civilly represents a larger cultural moment, says Adrienne Massanari, UIC assistant professor of communication. Massanari, author of the new book, "Participatory Culture, Community, and Play: Learning from Reddit," is available to discuss Reddit's challenges and culture.

20, Monday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

Music, dance, art, video and participatory performance by a collective of Chicago Afro-Futurists and Afro-Surrealists. 6 - 8 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

21, Tuesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

Artist Kirsten Leenaars responds to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice through a collaborative performance with spoken word, sound, and choreographed movement taken from transcripts of eyewitness accounts. 6 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

22, Wednesday | $5 donation | Call: (312) 996-6114

Museum tour addresses the question, "Was Jane Addams a lesbian?" and considers the historic context that complicates both the answer and the question. 3 - 4 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.