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May 31, 2016

On and Around Campus: 5/31 - 6/10

Tuesday, May 31 

Students for Disability Justice Teach-in 

*6:15 p.m., McCormick Lounge, Reynolds Club* 

At this event, Students for Disability Justice, a campus activist group, will discuss the history of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and its relation to the University of Chicago. The group aims to raise awareness about perceptions of disability on campus, and in Chicago. Pizza will be served. To access the lounge, enter Reynolds club through the north entrance and use the elevator. 

Nussbaum: "Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice" 

*6 p.m., The Seminary Co-Op* 

In the estimation of Law School professor and public intellectual Martha Nussbaum, anger is over-valued as a tool for achieving justice. At this event, Nussbaum will present the case for forgiveness that she makes in her most recent book. 

Cut the Bull: Economics of the 2016 Race 

*6–7:15 p.m., Institute of Politics, register online* 

Austan Goolsbee, Booth School professor and former chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisors, and Stephen Moore, the chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, come to this discussion with a very different understanding of politics and the economy. They will consider the implications of the 2016 election for America’s economic future. 

Third Annual Vivekananda Lecture: “The Subtle Surfaces of Wickedness from Nigamasarma to the Occupation of Palestine” 

*6 p.m., International House Assembly Hall* 

At this lecture David Shulman, an expert on Indian languages and an Israeli-Palestinian peace activist, will consider the question of wickedness. He will discuss one South-Indian account of wickedness and compare it to his experience of authority figures in the West Bank.  

SEI: A Conversation on Entrepreneurship and Social Justice with NowPow  

*11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m., Charles M. Harper Center, 5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Room C-24, register online* 

Booth School’s Social Enterprise Initiative tries to explore how institutions can be designed in order to improve society. NowPow is a start-up that provides people in poor communities with health information. Together, they will consider entrepreneurship and social justice interacts. 

 

Wednesday, June 1 

Richard So's "Transpacific Community" and Patrick Jagoda's "Network Aesthetics" 

*4:30 p.m., Seminary Co-Op* 

At this event University of Chicago assistant professors of English Richard So and Patrick Jagoda will present their newly written books. So has written about early 20th century intellectual interactions between intellectuals in the United States and China. In his book, Jagoda considers the ubiquitous modern concept of networks and its implications. 

LECTURE: The Ark Before Noah: A Great Adventure & Book Signing 

*7–8 p.m., pre-lecture tour at 6:30 p.m., Oriental Institute, register online* 

Irving Finkel, a keeper at the British Museum responsible for cuneiform tablets, discovered that one tablet records animals entering an ark two-by-two, expanding the amount of the ark story known to be pre-Biblical. Finkel will discuss the journey of discovery that this prompted, which included a book and a movie. 

Death Cafe 

*Noon–1:15 p.m., School of Social Service Administration Lobby, 969 E. 60th Street* 

At Death Cafes, hosts aim to increase awareness of death, while helping guests make the most of their lives. Discussion may include religious or spiritual views of death, though the event is secular. The Death Cafe movement began in East London in 2010.  

The University of Chicago Innovation Fund Spring 2016: Final Presentations  

*7:30–10:15 a.m., Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd Street* 

The University of Chicago Innovation Fund awards a quarter-of-a-million dollars to would-be entrepreneurs affiliated with the University, Argonne National Lab, the Marine Biological Laboratory and Fermilab. At this event, applicants will make their final pitches for funding to a panel of judges. 

 

Thursday, June 2 

Jean Trounstine: "Boy With A Knife"  

*6 p.m., Seminary Co-Op* 

Jean Trounstine will discuss her sixth novel, *Boy with a Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice*. The book tells the true story of Karter Kane Reed, who was sentenced to life in adult prison when he was 16. The book critiques the laws that allow children to be tried as adults. 

Alumni Weekend

*Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5* 

Alumni Weekend begins Thursday, June 2 and continues through Sunday. Highlights include UChicago faculty’s Uncommon core lectures, class celebrations, a beer garden and an intra-fraternity sing. This year’s weekend will be the debut of a new alumni weekend app.  

 

Friday, June 3 

Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Where Did All the White Criminals Go? 

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

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, an author and academic, thinks that race must be part of any explanation for mass incarceration in America. At this event Muhammad, a director of the Schomburg Institute for the Study of Black Culture, will present on the way reactions to crime and criminals are often split along racial lines.  

 

Saturday, June 4 

The Chicago Maroon Alumni Weekend Panel and Reception 

*1:15–2:30 p.m., Breasted Hall in The Oriental Institute* 

*The Chicago Maroon* will host a panel event during Alumni Weekend. The panel will consist of Tim Landon, CEO of the *Sun Times Network*; Rick Perlstein, author of *Nixonland*; and Brian and Jan Hieggelke, co-founders of *Newcity*. A reception will follow in Saieh 112. 

International Wine Tasting 

*3–4:30 p.m., International House, must be 21 or older, tickets will be sold at the door for $20* 

This tasting of wines from around the world will be held in Rockefeller Lounge. The Chicago world music ensemble, the Copacabana Trio, and the Passistas Samba Dance Troupe will perform, and tours of I-House will be offered. The event is sponsored by International House Global Voices Series, UChicago Alumni Weekend, UChicago GRAD, and the Brazilian Cultural Center of Chicago.  

Hyde Park Community Art Fair   

*June 4–5, E. 57th Street and S. Dorchester Avenue* 

Featured artists from the Midwest will gather to display and sell their work. The annual fair was first held in 1974, and typically coincides with Alumni Weekend. There will be music, a food court, and activities for children.  

57th Street Art Fair  

*11 a.m.–7 p.m, Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., E. 57th Street and S. Kimbark Avenue* 

Since 1948, the 57th Street Art Fair has presented thousands of artists to the Hyde Park community and Greater Chicago’s art buying public. Each year, a jury of art professionals awards the best of the approximately 250 artists who attend; its persistence has made the 57th Street Art Fair the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest. 

The Life and Amazing Adventures of Cyrus Leroy Baldridge 

*11 a.m.–Noon at the Regenstein Special Collections Center* 

Jay Mulberry (A.B. ’63) will give a talk about Cyrus Leroy Baldridge, who was a University of Chicago graduate, an artist, an author, and a man with “adventurer” in the first line of his Wikipedia page. Mulberry will curate an exhibit on Baldridge’s art at Special Collections this summer. 

 

Sunday, June 5  

Alison Flowers: *Exoneree Diaries

*3 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th Street* 

Invisible Institute Journalist Alison Flowers will discuss her book *Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity*. The novel explores the stories of four exonerated prisoners, and their battles to readjust to society after being freed. Each exoneree was imprisoned in Cook County. Flowers is an investigative journalist who focuses on social and criminal justice. 

 

Monday, June 6 

They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide 

*6 p.m., Seminary Co-Op* 

University of Michigan professor of social and political history Ronald Suny, will discuss his book on the history of the Armenian Genocide. In the book, he argues that World War I and the invasion of the Ottoman territories created a threatening “mental and emotional universe” for the Ottoman ruling elite, which triggered their atrocities against ethnic minorities.  

Cass Sunstein: The World According to Star Wars 

*6 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th Street* 

Harvard professor, Bloomberg view columnist, and legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein will give a book talk on his new book, which gives a look at the impact of the *Star Wars* series on history, politics, and behavioral economics. In Sunstein’s view, the basic theme of the book is choice, which he relates to contemporary events, including the current presidential election. 

 

Tuesday, June 7 

Last Project Standing: Civics and Sympathy in Post-Welfare Chicago 

*6 p.m., Seminary Co-Op* 

Catherine Fennell, Associate Professor of anthropology at Columbia University, will discuss her recent book *Last Project Standing*. The book compiles her three years of ethnographic and archival research, in which she explores the demolition and reconstruction of the Henry Horner housing complex, its problems, and those of Chicago public housing in general. 

 

Wednesday, June 8 

Entrepreneurs and the Sharing Economy 

*5:30–7 p.m., Washington Park Classroom, Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd Street, register online* 

AirBnB, Uber (and the variety of startups best described as “Uber for fill-in-the-blank”) have introduced new challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs. This event will consider how this new segment of the economy can best be navigated. 

 

Friday, June 10 

Class of 2016 Baccalaureate 

*2:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel* 

Physics professor Scott Wakely will give the Remains of Education speech to graduating fourth-years on the afternoon before Spring Convocation. In addition to the speech, there will also be performances. Class of 2016 memories—stories, quotes, poems, or sayings—will also be shared. 

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