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

Week of Oct. 19, 2015

Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

John Hagedorn, UIC gang expert, was forced to rethink much of what he knew about gangs while writing his new book "The Insane Chicago Way."  The book covers gang culture, police corruption and organized crime. It tells the untold story of a covert 1990s plan by Chicago gangs to establish a Spanish Mafia modeled after Al Capone's organizational structure, and what led to its failure. Hagedorn, UIC professor of criminology, law and justice, can discuss the book, how the 1990's shaped the nature of gang organization today, and the lessons that can be applied for reductions in violence. 

Cubs or Mets?
Contact Jeffron Boynes: (312) 413-8702 /

As the Chicago Cubs face the New York Mets, baseball fans at UIC are conflicted. The question of which team to root for is especially tough for them. That's because many want to see UIC grad and Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson do well. Granderson, a 2003 business graduate, donated $5 million to UIC to build Curtis Granderson Stadium. The stadium, which opened in April 2014, is home to Flames baseball, as well as Chicago youth sports organizations. Flames coaches and players are available for reaction.

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

The UIC Jazz Workshop presents music from its upcoming concert celebrating the music of master American composer Billy Strayhorn, along with a selection of jazz classics. 1 - 1:50 p.m. Recital Hall L060, Education, Theatre, Music and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St.

"STOP THE HATE! ReActing through Community Organizing"
20, Tuesday | Free | Call: (215) 847-0782

Film screening and panel discussion on hate crime prevention. Short films featured are "A Prosecutor's Stand" and "Waking in Oak Creek." 3 - 5:30 p.m. James Stukel Towers Auditorium, 718 W. Rochford St. Advanced registration is encouraged online.

21, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series talk by Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Cook County Commissioner. Noon. Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 140, 1007 W. Harrison St. 

"A Time of Monsters? Contemporary Crises in the Middle East"
23, Friday | Free | Email:

Conference addressing the causes and dynamics of the regional rise of popular movements for democratization, and the violent backlash by states and sectarian movements. Presented by UIC Middle East and Muslim Societies Cluster Initiative, the UIC International Studies Program and the DePaul University International Studies Department. 9:45 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents' Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St.

Thru 24, Saturday | Free | Call: (312) 996-6114

"Making Chances" celebrates the 10-year-old queer collective and dance party Chances Dances and its work in personal, local and historical contexts. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.

"America and Islam"
Nov. 18 | Free | Call: (312) 413-3774

Garry Wills, Pulitzer Prize winner and Northwestern University professor emeritus. Part of the UIC department of political science Fall Speaker Series. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Jane Addams Hull House, Residents' Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. 

Thru Dec. 11 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

A Chicago Cultural Alliance exhibition and related programs that explore family traditions in Chicago’s Chinese-American and Ethiopian-American communities. Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment. K-12 guided tours can be scheduled Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - noon. UIC African American Cultural Center, Addams Hall, 2nd floor, 830 S. Halsted St.