Monthly archives: April, 2016

Victory for Freedom of Expression!

Spotlight Image for Snuq' Jolom Konob' - Libertad

Today, the LCC celebrates this victory for freedom of expression in Santa Eulalia, Guatemala:

“After 15 months of being arbitrarily closed, the community radio station of Snuq’ Jolom Konob’ has been reopened today, April 29, 2016! This is great day for Freedom of Expression, community radio, and Indigenous communities in Guatemala. Justice has finally been served.” — The GHRC Team

Last semester, the LCC hosted the Director of the Snuq’ Jolom Konob’ radio station for a Zona Abierta, and collaborated with the CRLN and the GHRC to advocate for the legalization of community radio in Guatemala.

Get Ready for Finals Week & Yoga

Spotlight Image for Week 16 - Spring 2016

UIC students studying for finals at the LCC Student Lab

The LCC is home to many hidden gems—from one of the largest indoor murals in the City of Chicago to the cozy Student Lab in the lower level of Lecture Center B2. Next week, the LCC will host two yoga classes to help you focus and de-stress! For more info check out: Finals Week & Yoga – Spring 2016.


A World Without Chocolate?

Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic Creative

Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic Creative

Can you imagine a world without chocolate? This past Wednesday on April 20th, the LCC’s final Arts-Based Civic Dialogue of the Spring 2016 semester focused on the sustainability of chocolate in honor of Earth Week. In this dialogue, students shared stories of chocolate from recipes to labor production. Chocolate is a global commodity, but not many know where their chocolate comes from, or about the labor practices involved. Today, the world’s chocolate supply is under threat. From climate change to a decline in pollinators—Will genetically modified cacao be next? If you missed this dialogue, but would like to share a “Choco-story” and/or learn more about the future of chocolate, check out: “Chocolate: Drink of Gods, Food of Mortals” – The Exhibit.


Remembering the Division Street “Riots” of 1966

Image for Pa'Lante Conference 2016

Artist Michael Rodriguez-Muñiz at the UIC Latino Cultural Center provided a historical overview of the riots and the relationship between politics and students in the 1960s.

The Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS) hosted their 22nd annual Pa‘Lante Conference April 11-15, and welcomed three amazing panelists as they discussed the historical significance and impact of the Division Street “Riots” of 1966. Furthermore, Professor José E. López discussed the ways Mexican and Puerto Rican communities cooperated to create the LCC and the LARES Program at UIC. See more at La Voz del Paseo Boricua: From Division Street “Riots” ‘66 to the founding of UIC LARES ‘75 [PDF] by Jennifer Juárez, M.Ed, LARES Academic Advisor and Ian Torres, Latino Cultural Center Student Educator.

From Colombia to Chicago through the Photo Archive

Spotlight Image for Spotlight for Zona Abierta: Violentology

On April 13th, the LCC welcomed photojournalist Stephen Ferry for the last Zona Abierta of the Spring 2016 semester to explore the Colombian conflict, the visual documentation of human rights, and the prospect of peace in that war-torn country through his book: Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict. Similar to the mural at the LCC, the photo archive is a powerful tool in the empowerment, resistance, and collective liberation of oppressed communities in the U.S. and around the world, which reminds us of the LCC motto: “Remembering the past, reflecting on the present, [and] envisioning the future.” To learn more about Ferry’s work, check out this article by The New York Times, “The Human Cost of Gold” or support his upcoming project through Kickstarter, La Batea: Impressions of Gold in Colombia.

Special thanks to Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo for helping us bring Stephen to the LCC, and congratulations for being pre-selected from 370 photographers in Colombia for a prize with the magazine Revista Enfoque Visual—for her work with indigenous communities of Colombia, the Emberá people.