2016 UIC Black History Month Events
UIC Black History Month commemorates the culture and contributions of
Africans and African Americans with the theme, “Celebrating More Than a
Month…Celebrating a Movement.”
Events of note include talks by Sharon Cooper (Feb. 4), sister of
Sandra Bland, and Jonathan Butler (Feb. 18), who held a hunger strike
amidst the recent protest at the University of Missouri.
Admission is free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. A complete schedule of events is available online.
For more information, call 312-413-5070.
Monday Feb. 1
“Racial Resurrections: Remembering Transatlantic Slavery in Contemporary
France.” Lecture by Crystal Fleming, assistant professor of sociology
at Stony Brook University. 1–3 p.m. UIC Richard J. Daley Library,
Conference Room, 801 S. Morgan St.
Tuesday, Feb. 2
Opening Reception Trivia Night. Black History Month kick-off event
features trivia celebrating the achievements and contributions of
African Americans. 4–6 p.m. UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750
S. Halsted St.
Wednesday, Feb. 3
UIC African American Cultural Center Open House. Visit the center’s
library, gallery and office to learn more about its resources, programs
and initiatives. Noon–2 p.m. UIC African American Cultural Center
Library, Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted St.
Thursday, Feb. 4
“A Choreography of Contagion.” West campus opening for exhibition
featuring prints and images from private institutions, health journals
and popular media that explore how people of African descent have been
represented in public health campaigns. Presented by UIC African
American Cultural Center in collaboration with the UIC School of Public
Health’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 10–11:30 a.m. UIC School of
Public Health, Activity Room (SPHPI 160), 1603 W. Taylor St.
“Beyond the Headlines: My Sister’s Story.” Sharon Cooper, sister of
Sandra Bland, discusses the life and legacy of her sister as well as
developments in the legal case. 5–7 p.m. UIC Student Center East,
Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.
Friday, Feb. 5
“Hoop It Up Basketball Tournament.” Game between UIC faculty/staff,
students and alumni. 5–9 p.m. UIC Student Recreation Facility, 737 S.
Tuesday, Feb. 9
“Let’s Talk: Taking Care of Ourselves While We Heal Our Community.”
Interactive discussion with UIC Counseling Center about maintaining
mental, physical and emotional wellness during a time of racial unrest.
4–5:30 p.m. UIC African American Cultural Center Library, Addams Hall,
830 S. Halsted St.
Wednesday, Feb. 10
“We Been Doin’ It: Black Women in Social Movement.” Panel discussion on
the role and impact of women in social justice movements. 4:30–6:30 p.m.
UIC Student Center East, Room 603, 750 S. Halsted St.
Thursday, Feb. 11
“Color of Expression: A Night of Student Art in Honor of Black History
Month.” Art exhibit featuring original works of art by students in the
health professions. 5–7 p.m. UIC School of Public Health, Activity Room
(SPHPI 160), 1603 W. Taylor St.
Friday, Feb. 12
Heritage Ball presented by the UIC Black Student Union. 5:30–10 p.m. UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.
Monday, Feb. 15
“Keepin’ It 100.” The Collegiate 100 hosts a visit day for prospective
students to connect with the campus and learn more about college
admissions and retention. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Check-in at UIC Visitors
Center, Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison St.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
Black Tech Forum. Tech industry leaders discuss their career journeys
and the trials and triumphs of research, manufacturing and marketing.
4:30–6:30 p.m. UIC Student Services Building, conference room C, 1200 W.
Thursday, Feb. 18
“Beyond the Headlines: The Hunger Strike at the University of Missouri.”
Talk by Jonathan Butler, graduate student at the University of
Missouri, whose hunger strike was at the center of a protest over acts
of discrimination on the campus in Colombia, Missouri. 5:30–7 p.m. UIC
Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.
Monday, Feb. 22
“Looking for Moms Mabley: The Life and Times of a Comic Persona.” Talk
by Cynthia Blair, UIC associate professor of African American studies
and history. 4–6 p.m. UIC Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall,
lower level, 701 S. Morgan St.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
“White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books.”
Screening and discussion. 3–5 p.m. UIC Latino Cultural Center, Lecture
Center B2, 803 S. Morgan St.
Thursday, Feb. 25
“Show Stoppers.” Student showcase of art, singing, dancing and spoken
word. Art exhibit: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Talent showcase: 6–8 p.m. UIC Student
Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted St.
Screening of excerpts from” Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers
and the Emergence of a People” and Q&A with filmmaker Thomas Allen
Harris. 12:30 – 2 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.
“Book of the Family Tree.” Lecture by filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, who
will discuss his project “Digital Diaspora Family Reunion” and explore
issues of identity and representation with a focus on how African
Americans have used the camera in the fight for civil rights. 4:30–6
p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.
Monday, Feb. 29
Black History Makers Award Ceremony. 9th annual event honoring the
contributions of UIC alumni, faculty, staff and students. 4–6 p.m. UIC
Student Center East, East Terrace, 750 S. Halsted St.