Click here to open this in your Browser
UIC News Tips

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

Week of Aug. 24, 2015

Special Back-to-School Advisory

Dyett High School
Contact Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

Supporters are in the eighth day of a hunger strike urging the Chicago Board of Education to reopen Bronzeville's Dyett High School as a green-tech school. "The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett submitted a plan in April for a world-class, model neighborhood school," says Pauline Lipman, UIC professor of educational policy studies. "The Board of Education and Mayor Emanuel have an opportunity to do the right thing."

Coaching Success
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

National studies show that from 1990 to 2014, the gap between whites and blacks in the rate of attaining a bachelor's or higher degree among 25- to 29-year-olds widened from 13 to 18 percentage points. The gap between whites and Hispanics in attaining this education level widened from 18 to 26 percentage points. Earlier this summer, UIC received a five-year, $1.2 million TRIO grant. The goal is to help low-income, first-generation college students cope with the expectations and pressures of pursuing a four-year degree.

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

More than 50 years after the formal dismantling of segregation, the racial achievement gap continues to trouble American schools, says Amanda Lewis, UIC associate professor of African American studies and sociology. Lewis, co-author of the new book, "Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools," is available to discuss issues surrounding the disparity and what she found during her five-year study that disputes common explanations of the gap.

Tips for Writing
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Writing in high school and college isn't all about spelling and grammar, according to Gerald Graff, UIC professor of English and education, and Cathy Birkenstein, UIC lecturer in English. In their best-selling book, “They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing,” Graff and Birkenstein write that learning to critically read and write are key. They can discuss tips from the book that break down persuasive argument into a set of simple key moves presented in templates for students to follow, as well as general issues about teaching and writing.

Diabetes Training for Teachers
31, Monday | Call: (312) 413-2695

UIC is hosting the largest Chicagoland training for teachers and school staff members on how to help kids manage their diabetes. The training will include learning behavioral signs associated with “sugar crashes,” how to monitor blood sugar levels, and what foods diabetic kids should avoid. This is UIC’s 4th year hosting the training. More than 200 teachers and staff are expected to attend. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. UIC Student Center West; 828 S. Wolcott Ave.

31, Monday | Free | Call: (999) 999-9999

Walter Benn Michaels, UIC professor of English, opens the fall architecture lecture series with a talk on his book about "photography, autonomy, economy." 5:30 p.m. Room 1100, Architecture + Design Studios, 845 W. Harrison St.

Sept. 2 | Free | Call: (312) 996-6352

A conversation with authors Sayed Kashua and Todd Hasak-Lowy. 4 - 6 p.m. UIC Institute for the Humanities, 701 S. Morgan St., Stevenson Hall, lower level. Registration is encouraged at or (312) 996-6352.

Sept. 24 | $30; $25 students, members & seniors | Call: (312) 996-2445

Film Screening. "Hecho en México," directed by Duncan Bridgeman. Audience discussion and reception will follow. Event is a fundraiser for the UIC Latin American and Latino Studies Program's Student Scholarship Fund. 6 - 9 p.m. Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St. Parking available next door. Tickets available online.