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Week of Aug. 31, 2015

Special Back-to-School Advisory

Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, says that Addyi, the first FDA-approved pill for female sexual desire disorder, could be effective at treating women for low sexual desire if they are among the small subset of women who are appropriate candidates for taking drug. Shepherd says that about 10 percent of her patients complain of low sexual arousal and that Addyi can be one part of the wholistic treatment of the disorder.

STEM Students of Color
Contact Anne Ranallo: (312) 355-2523 /

Data showing declining rates of higher-level STEM study and career entrance by black and Latino students can be interpreted as lack of interest, but barriers to access are often the real culprit, says Maria Varelas, UIC professor of curriculum and instruction. Her new research shows how such students identify themselves as science students. 

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.

Understanding Autism: An Overview
Sept. 02, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-1914
Workshop will address the core characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. 10 a.m. - noon.  Room 106, Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays, 4314 S. Cottage Grove.
Sept. 02, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

The artists revisit themes explored in their book, "Cartographies of the Absolute," with a focus on the differences and short-circuits between representations of capital and representations of the state. Gallery 400 Lecture Room, 400 S. Peoria St. 

Sept. 02, Wednesday | 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.

Jane Addams' Birthday Celebration
Sept. 10, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 413-5353

UIC's Jane Addams Hull-House Museum invites you to celebrate Jane Addams' birthday with a talk by prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba and the latest installation from Maria Gaspar and the 96 Acres Project. 5 - 8 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents' Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. 

A Look at the "Empire" Phenomenon
Sept. 16, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 996-3542

Panel discussion featuring Jane Rhodes, UIC professor and head of African American studies; Roderick Ferguson, UIC professor of African American studies and gender and women's studies; and Barbara Ransby, UIC professor of African American studies, gender and women's studies, and history. 5 - 6:30 p.m. UIC African American Cultural Center, Addams Hall, 2nd floor, 830 S. Halsted St.

Sept. 24, Thursday | $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.