Category: Spotlights

Whose River?

On October 4, 2017, the Latino Cultural Center collaborated with the Freshwater Lab in hosting the Zona Abierta event: “Whose River? Culture, Condos, and Controversy along Chicago’s Waterway.” The event was led by a panel who discussed the Great Rivers Chicago Plan, a project created by the City of Chicago, in addition to the river’s history, current state, and future possibilities.

The panel members were: Representative Theresa Mah of the 2nd District of Illinois General Assembly, Commissioner Debra Shore of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Kim Waaserman Executive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, and Edith Tovar, LCC Assistant Program Director and a MUPP student in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

To find out more or contribute your own stories, check out Chicago River Stories, and Freshwater Stories.

Border of Dreams Photography

On September 21st, Nick Oza presented his photography at the LCC, in partnership with the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, highlighting stories along the US-Mexico border. His photographs are also on display at the UIC Daley Library until the end of October, see details here.

Special thanks to the Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) network for covering this Zona Abierta public program.

Artivism: Stolen Lives

Image of Esperanza Gama with artwork

During the ARTivism: Stolen Lives event on October 5th, people were invited to paint, draw, and sew on multiple portraits, created by Esperanza Gama, which celebrate and honor the lives and bravery of women who have suffered domestic violence and cruel deaths. Gama encouraged people to bring the portraits to life with bright colors, compelling iconography and messages of empowerment. Some people painted beautiful birds, while others sewed flowers and butterflies to the portrait of Berta Cáceres, a Honduran environmental indigenous activist who was murdered in 2016.

The artwork will be incorporated into Gama’s upcoming exhibition at Casa Michoacan and the LCC’s ofrenda to Berta Cáceres, at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Artivism! Printmaking

Image of printmaking participants

On September 28, 2017, Eric J. Garcia visited the UIC Latino Cultural Center for a printmaking workshop as part of the center’s Artivism program series. Garcia, an artist and political cartoonist, instructed members of the UIC community in creating postcard-prints advocating for solutions for immigration and environmental justice issues. In creating these postcards, guests could write messages for representatives and government officials in an effort to encourage further action on these social issues.

L@s GANAS dialogues begin!

Image of Las Ganas dialogue

On September 6th and 13th, the Latino Cultural Center hosted their first two dialogues with the students from the L@s GANAS Research cohort class. L@s GANAS stands for Latin@s Gaining Access to Networks for the Advancement of Science, and it is funded by the Hispanic Serving Institution federal grant, including multiple forms of support for UIC students. At the dialogue, students discussed what it means to be part of Latinx cultures as STEM students, and engaged with activities to help the participants get to know one another, appreciate their shared cultures, and consider each other teammates on the path to success. They will attend more dialogues in the future over the course of their two-year research project, exploring history, challenges, and contemporary assets of Latinos in the fields of science. Find more information here.