Monthly archives: October, 2016

Politics of the Heart

Spotlight Image for Politics of the Heart - Tea Talks

The UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC) and the UIC Heritage Garden hosted the second Tea Talks of the semester, titled Politics of the Heart. The Tea Talks series was developed as a way of exploring the different cultural and traditional practices which people might use to deal with an illness or an issue. The talks are centered around the concept of well-being and remedy. On this day in particular, attendees discussed how we might remedy our current political conditions and the disappointments that we might have suffered.

Beyond the Intersections of Machismo

Photo for RMI Book Talk - Beyond Machismo

On Wednesday, October 25, 2016, Aída Hurtado, the nationally renowned author and professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, visited the LCC to discuss her new book, Beyond Machismo. Her book examines young, educated Latino men who are constantly defying machismo by trying to find a deeper understanding of women’s experiences and issues of gender oppression.

We highly recommend the book as it challenges ideas of Latino masculinities and the concept of “machismo” – it will make a great stocking stuffer!

Water Protection and Indigenous Rights with Frank Ettawageshik

Upside Down Image for the Great Lakes

The UIC Freshwater Lab hosted indigenous leader Frank Ettawageshik at the LCC on October 18th, 2016, who spoke about water issues facing the midwest Great Lakes region and the world. Mr. Ettawageshik showed the audience this image, to illustrate the Great Lakes from a different perspective, and built on that metaphor by highlighting water issues in various perspectives, from international policy and economic development to the spiritual and cultural importance of our natural environment.

A New Way to Look at Libraries & Books


Ever wonder how libraries and books can be used as art? Students who attended the Latino Cultural Center’s public program, Visual Poetry: Transforming Literature into Sculpture & Visual Art, were exposed to images, sculptures, and installations that explored the complexity of modern times in relation to books, libraries, and literature. Jorge Méndez Blake from Guadalajara, Mexico presented his work and discussed his perspectives on art’s impact on society today.

The Hunting Ground

Spotlight Image for UIC WLRC - The Hunting Ground

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the LCC teamed up with the Women’s Leadership Resource Center (WLRC) and the Campus Advocacy Network (CAN) to present The Hunting Ground as part of the LCC’s Civic Cinema programming series. This documentary is a piercing exposé of rape culture on college campuses following students pursuing both their education and justice, and the film screening was followed by a discussion facilitated by Athanasia Papaioannou (WLRC) and Andie Celerio (CAN). After watching the film students present were shocked by the statistics regarding sexual assault on campus.

Many inquired about UIC’s policies and wanted to get involved. A violence prevention program that addresses this issue is Peers to Allies, which trains students on how to be better bystanders. The Reimagining Masculinities Initiative also tackles this issue from a different lens and a dialogue approach. Also, visit the film’s website and learn how you can become an agent for social change!