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October 14, 2016

On and Around Campus: Oct. 14 – Oct. 20


FRIDAY, 10/14


What Is the Place of Sedation in the Care at the End of Life?

This one-day conference will examine sedation and euthanasia from a variety of religious and moral perspectives. The event will include numerous Christian ethicists and theologians and is open to all students. It is the first entry in a series on “Dying a Christian Death in the 21st Century,” which will run between 2016–2019.

8 a.m.–4:30 p.m, Divinity School, 1025 E. 58th Street, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, free, register online.

U.S.–China Forum: Water and Urban Development 

This iteration of the Institute of Molecular Engineering’s U.S.–China forum will address water and growing cities. Experts in these areas will speak throughout the day, though promotional materials for the program focus on a roundtable on collaboration to address water challenges led by Steve Edwards, the executive director of the Institute of Politics, at 2 p.m.

Eckhardt, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Multisensory Tour: Stories of a Mummification Workshop

Explore the little-known stories of ancient mummification through modern materials. The Oriental Institute is hosting a workshop on discovering the secrets of mummification left behind by ancient workers. 

Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th Street, 2–3 p.m.

Lidija Dimkovska Talks New Book “A Spare Life”

Author and poet Lidija Dimkovska will discuss her latest book, A Spare Life. Dimkovska chronicles the lives of 12-year-old twins, Zlata and Srebra, who live in 1984 Skopje, Macedonia. A Spare Life is a story of two girls who are among the first generation to grow up under democracy in Eastern Europe. 

Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave, 6–7:30 p.m.

2016 Social Justice Address Lecture featuring Marc Edwards

Professor Marc A. Edwards, the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Virginia Tech University, was involved in uncovering the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. In his keynote lecture, entitled Perspectives on Environmental Injustice in the Flint, MI, Water Crisis Edwards will discuss environmental justice, advocacy, and government responsibility.

Assembly Hall, International House, 6:30–7:30 p.m., free.


SATURDAY, 10/15


A New Way Forward: Criminal Justice in Chicago and Cook County    

Students for Criminal Justice Reform is holding a day-long conference on criminal justice and policing issues. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will give the keynote address. The event includes four panels with government officials, lawyers, judges, community leaders, and law enforcement.

Harris School, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., register online.

Evil? The Bad, the Ugly, and the Depraved in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy

Professors from UChicago, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, and University of Wisconsin will be lecturing on the perception of evil within ancient Greek and Roman thought. From studying the actions of Roman emperors to analyzing Aristotle’s code of ethics, the conference will fully examine the effect of evil, both on thought and society. Participants will receive a catered lunch and dinner.

Regenstein Library 102, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., free, register online.

Humanities Day 2016

An annual autumn tradition since 1980, Humanities Day 2016 hosts a variety of free tours, performances, discussions, and lectures hosted by the UChicago Humanities Division. The program will feature over 30 presentations across different fields within the Humanities Division such as arts, philosophy, and linguistics. The day will also include a keynote speech by a senior faculty member of the division. 

Headquarters at Stuart Hall, register online.

Unitarian Church Sale: Fair Trade Baskets from Africa and Guatemala

Cindy and Richard Pardo will feature their fair trade basket business, Fairgrass, at the Unitarian Church Sale. The sale will include fair trade baskets from Africa and Guatemala, and jewelry. Refreshments will be provided. 

Chris Moore Parlor, First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Homecoming Weekend 2016

Homecoming is a week-long series of events joined by alumni, parents, families, and friends. Events aim to connect the UChicago community and cheer on the Maroon sports teams. Online registration is now closed, but cash registration will take place on site at the Homecoming Block Party on 56th Street and South Ellis Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 15. 

Black Lives Matter Rally for Ronald Johnson

Black Lives Matter (BLM) Chicago is holding a rally on the second anniversary of the death of Ronnie “Ronnieman” Johnson. His mother and BLM activists are calling for the firing and prosecution of the officer who shot Johnson, George Hernandez. They say video evidence shows that Hernandez murdered Johnson while he was running away from the police. At the rally, Johnson’s mother will collect toys to donate to children in Chicago in honor of her son.  

53rd Street and King Drive, 2–5 p.m.

Christine Sneed and Shawn Shiflett on Virginity in Fiction and Life

Author of the award-winning The Virginity of Famous Men Christine Sneed will join Shawn Shiflett, an associate professor of creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago to discuss the universal theme of virginity. Sneed and Shiflett both engage with the idea of virginity in their works and will discuss the role virginity played in character development, storytelling, and the author’s lives. 

57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th Street, 3–4:30 p.m.

Celebrating the Seminary Co-Op: Past, Present, Future

Seminary Co-Op is marking the publication of a book about its history—You Weren’t Looking for It: The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore—and looking toward its future at this event. Jack Cella, General Manager of the Co-Op for over 40 years, will provide remarks.

Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave, 4:30–6 p.m.


SUNDAY, 10/16


Bird Walk in Washington Park

Join the Hyde Park community on a bird walk through the neighborhood. The walk will stay mostly on trails, but there will be some uneven ground along the way. Binoculars are recommended.

Parking Lot, 55th Street and Russell Drive, 8 a.m.

2016 RBC Race for the Kids at Comer Children’s Hospital

More than 2,000 expected participants will join efforts in raising money for the Comer Children’s Hospital. The event will include a 5K Run/Walk and a Kid’s Dash. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The event hopes to raise more than last year’s $350,000. 

Main quadrangle, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., $30.

Hyde Park Handmade Bazaar

Local artisans will be selling candies, jewelry, clothing, and more. Produce from urban farms from Hyde Park and across the city will also be available. DJ Sean Alvarez will be playing jazz music, and there will be an open bar. 

Second floor, The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., free.

Black Lives Matter and the Power of Media

Black Lives Matter was born—or at least named—on social media; its relationship with the media institutions that repeat and sometimes distort its message has been complicated ever since. A panel of journalists, filmmakers, and activists address the relationship.

Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Avenue, 4 p.m.

South Side History Bike Tour with Dean Boyer

This bike ride, led by Dean of the College and historian John Boyer, will swing by a variety of locations on the South Side of Chicago, from the tomb of Senator Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln’s famous debating partner, to the home of long-time Chicago mayor and legendary political boss Richard J. Daley. Riders should bring their own non-Divvy bicycles and helmets.

Bartlett quad, 11:45 a.m.–4:45 p.m., register online.

Hamilton Lecture

Professor Ken Warren and professor Alison LaCroix will be lecturing on the themes and history represented within the different accounts of Alexander Hamilton’s life. Professor Warren will discuss the role of tragedy in American literary history. LaCroix will discuss the factual accounts of the founding fathers, and how our perceptions of history have changed over time. Students who attend this lecture will be entered for a chance to win discounted tickets to Hamilton. Tickets are required.

Logan Center, 4–6 p.m., register online.


MONDAY, 10/17


How the Media Works

The process that produces a news story—through conception, reporting, and publication—will be laid out in this seminar with three Chicago area journalists. Attendees will test their news judgement against a slate of real pitches that were either rejected or accepted by real news organizations.

Room C04, Harper Center, 5–6:30 p.m., register online.

The Value of a Ph.D. in Public Office

State Senator Daniel Biss made the perhaps counter-intuitive transition from University of Chicago math instructor to public office. At this event, he will explain how his education background has improved his effectiveness in Illinois’s General Assembly. Biss has been especially active in Illinois’s always-complicated budget wrangling.

Room 115, BSLC, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Theology, Ethics, and the Death of God

Kicking of a two-day long conference, Rémi Brague, Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Religious Philosophy at the Sorbonne and Romano Guardini Chair of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, will deliver a keynote speech entitled, “On the Births of ‘God’s Death.’” The conference will explore themes of religion, politics, and popular culture. 

Swift Lecture Hall, 6 p.m., free.

GenForward: Are Campaigns Hearing Millennials?

GenForward is a new survey of the Black Youth Project and NORC that provides monthly data on the political and policy preferences of millennials, and especially millennials of color. The event will bring together Cathy Cohen, David Axelrod, Jesse Moore, and Emma Green to discuss GenForward survey results, and explore the young adult political experience. 

Assembly Hall, International Hall, 6:15 p.m.–7:30 p.m., free, register online.

Hyde Park Book Club Discussion: “The Life, Work and Death of Professor Ioan Culianu”

The Hyde Park Book Club will meet to discuss the book Eros, Magic and the Murder of Professor Culianu by Ted Anton. Ioan Culianu was a renowned professor at UChicago, who was killed in an unsolved and politically motivated murder in Stuart Hall.

Lower Level (Basement) Meeting Room, Treasure Island, 1526 E. 55th Street, 7:30 p.m.


TUESDAY, 10/18


Emerging Evidence on Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA

Dr. Genevieve M. Kenney, Co-Director of the Health Policy Center, will be discussing how the Affordable Care Act will affect Medicaid. Kenney has been doing research for over 25 years on how different healthcare models influence access to care and is focused especially on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. 

Room W1-B, School of Social Service Administration, 12–1:20 p.m., register online.

Conversation with Argentine Ambassador Martín Lousteau

Ambassador Lousteau will be speaking about the politics and economy of Argentina. He began his tenure of Ambassador in January of this year, after running a political consulting firm for seven years and writing four books on economics.

I-House Assembly Hall, 6–7:30 p.m.

“Confronting Fundamentalism” with Catherine M. Wallace

Historian Catherine Wallace will be examining how Christianity has changed over the last 70 years, and what Christians can do to reclaim the traditions of an increasingly weaponized religion. Her latest book, Confronting Fundamentalism, is part of an ongoing series of critical Christian thought, and examines the virtues of Christian humanism.

Seminary Co-Op, 5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue, 6–7:30 p.m.

Chicago Torture Archive Website Launch

The Pozen Center for Human Rights is holding an event to celebrate the launch of an online database that will host thousands of documents related to cases of Chicago “police torture” in the ’70s and ’80s. The event will feature speakers from the People’s Law Office, which collected the documents, the Chicago Torture Justice Center, and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorial. 

Saieh Hall Room 146, 6:30–8:15 p.m.

“Verklempt” Discussion with Peter Sichrovsky

Author Peter Sichrovsky spent much of his career interviewing the children of Holocaust survivors and Nazis about how the events of that past had shaped their lives. Now, he has turned his attention to fiction, writing short stories with the same themes found in his earlier work—shame, loss, and redemption. 

57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th Street, 7–8:30 p.m.

Lord Thing Screening and Discussion

The Washington Park Arts Incubator will be holding a screening of the documentary Lord Thing, which chronicles the events in the 1960s when one of the most violent gangs in Chicago, the Vice Lords, tried to become a positive force in their community.

Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Boulevard, 7 p.m.


WEDNESDAY, 10/19


Alice Kaplan on Literary Publishing in a Dictatorship

Editions Barzakh, an Algerian publishing house, started up near the end of the Algerian Civil War. Since its beginning it has operated against a background of Algeria’s repressive military government. Alice Kaplan, a professor of French at Yale, is preparing an essay on the topic. Lunch is provided.

Room 224, Social Sciences, 12–1:20 p.m.

Wednesday Lunch at the Divinity School with Stephanie Arnold

A rare medical condition killed television reporter Stephanie Arnold—briefly—while she was giving birth. She wrote a best-selling book, 37 Seconds, about the experience and will discuss it further at this week’s Wednesday Lunch at the Divinity School.

Swift Common Room, Swift Hall, 12–1:15 p.m., $5, three course meal and dessert, e-mail divinitylunch@gmail.com.

HIV and Human Rights

The top U.S. diplomat in the global fight against HIV/AIDS will address how best to measure the effectiveness of interventions like PEPFAR, President’s Emergency Programs for AIDS Relief. 

Room 008, BSLC, 12–1:15 p.m., light lunch provided, apply online by Monday, October 17.

The Near East in the First Millennium: A Bird's Eye View

Rémi Brague, a historian of philosophy focusing on the Middle East, will argue that the region’s early history demonstrates a cultural importance that can sometimes be overshadowed by pressing military and political issues. Brague is an emeritus professor at the Sorbonne and Maximilian Ludwig University of Munich.

Room 110, Classics, 4:30–6 p.m., register online.

Alice Kaplan on Looking for the Stranger

Alice Kaplan’s latest book looks at the biographical details behind the creation of Albert Camus’s The Stranger. During this discussion with her long-term editor at the University of Chicago Press, Kaplan will lay out how the book was conceived and published.

Seminary Co-Op, 5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue, 6–8 p.m., RSVP online.

Third Debate Watch Party

It may not be possible to totally shield yourself from the deleterious effects of this round of presidential debates, but not watching it alone has to be a good start. The Institute of Politics moved its party for the third debate to a larger venue to accommodate growing demand. 

Hallowed Grounds, Reynolds Club, 7–10 p.m.


THURSDAY, 10/20


History of the Department of Physics Colloquium

Hellmut Fritzsche will present a lecture on the University’s physics department in its first years. Following this, a panel of physics professors will be discussing more recent developments in the department and the field. There will be a reception after the event.

Room 106, Kersten Physics Teaching Center, 5720 S. Ellis Avenue, 3:30–5 p.m.

"William Faulkner and the Franchise” Lecture by Professor Ken Warren

Professor Warren, an expert on American and African American literature, studies how cultural perceptions of race can affect the public reception of literature. In 2016’s iteration of the annual John Nuveen lecture, Warren will focus on Faulkner’s relationship to voting rights.

Third Floor Lecture Room, Swift Hall, 4:30–6 p.m.

Public Newsroom Launch Party

City Bureau and South Side Weekly, two community journalism organizations based at the Experimental Station just south of the Midway, are launching weekly public newsrooms, where community members can gather to and shape news coverage. This first incarnation of that event will provide opportunities to participate in the ongoing project.

Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Avenue, 5–8 p.m.

How to Build and Grow a Productive Team

Erich Kurschat, a “personality expert,” will help attendees identify the personality types on their team and learn how to forge it into a productive unit. 

Polsky Exchange, 5:30–7 p.m., register online.

John Tipton on “Paramnesia” with Patrick Morrissey

Author and UChicago almunus John Tipton will be reading from his book of poetry, Paramnesia. This new collection, which draws inspiration from mythology, was published earlier this year. Tipton will also be joined by former poetry editor of the Chicago Review for discussion. 

Seminary Co-Op, 5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue, 6–7:30 p.m.

Home Improvement: Young Mayors Tackle Old Problems

The mayors of South Bend, La Porte, Indiana, Houston, and Tallahassee have a reputation for taking a fresh approach to the much mulled-over issues. At this event, sponsored by the IOP, the four public officials will discuss their approach.  

I-House Assembly Hall, 6:15–7:30 p.m.

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