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Public Program Series

To find our past programs, check out the archives here

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Zona Abierta (Open Zone)

highlights the intersection of arts, humanities, science, culture and civic life with presentations by local, national and international artists, scholars and community leaders about pressing social issues affecting the lives of Latinos and Latin Americans while making connections to other communities.

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Civic Cinema

shows documentary films about pressing social issues to engage different voices on campus and neighboring communities. Scholars and community experts facilitate a dialogue following the film.

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ABC Dialogues & Tours

use the power of art and objects to spark storytelling, exploring collective creative solutions to common challenges using the LCC mural El Despertar de las Américas (The Awakening of the Americas). Reserve a tour/dialogue here.

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invites creative practices to advance social and environmental justice. From student creatives to community artists, these art projects bring diverse people together to advance greater understanding of local issues and act to improve community life. Check out the art here.

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Noche de Poetas (Poetry Night)

brings together students and community members from diverse backgrounds to share and compare their life experiences through their own poetic words. This program is in partnership with four student organizations: MeSA, SAFEHR, SJP, and UPRS. Check out the Noche archives here.

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Special Programs

welcomes a range of creative projects in collaboration with affiliated student organizations, faculty/staff, and community partners. This includes our annual Día de los Muertos week-long celebration every fall; Valentine’s for Democracy, calling attention to social movements to address equitable solutions; Earth Week at the LCC, highlighting how communities lead social and environmental justice efforts; and celebrating cinematography with the UIC Chicago

Latino Film Festival every spring in partnership with the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.

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Heritage Garden

is a hands-on paid internship program funded by the UIC Sustainability Fee, in collaboration with the CCUSC. Student interns connect horticulture with environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and social justice through efforts such as the establishment of the monarch habitat. Find out more about the Heritage Garden here.

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Reimagining Masculinities Initiative

strives to cultivate, support, affirm, and create male allies and advocates. Through dialogues, films, workshops and personal stories, this initiative unpacks what it means to be masculine, and explores issues of masculinity and gender. Explore RMI resources here.

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is a grant-funded initiative at UIC that supports Latinx science scholars through a multifaceted approach. The LCC lends its expertise in dialogue facilitation to connect science and Latin American heritages, helping these students shape positive identities. Find out more about L@s GANAS here.