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Special Events Archive (2012-2013)

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30th Anniversary Programs
A Series on “Crisis: Through the Lens of the Humanities”

We have heard considerable discussion lately about “the crisis in the Humanities.” But the UIC Institute for the Humanities will focus its 30th anniversary programming instead on how crisis appear through the lens of the humanities and ways that humanities help us understand the origins, nature, and scope of crisis. Our programming will explore the ideas, languages, and values that have defined and shaped institutional as well as individual responses to crises across time and place.


Priscilla Wald, Duke University
  • Date(s): Wednesday, 3/6 4:00 PM to Wednesday, 3/6 5:00 PM
  • Campus Address: Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
  • Address: 701 South Morgan Street
  • Location: Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
  • Contact: Linda Vavra
  • Email:
  • Phone: 312-996-6354
How have epidemics been constructed over time? When does something become an epidemic? Who decides? 30th Anniversary Event.
Speaker: Priscilla Wald, Duke University

Author of Contagious: Culture, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative (Duke University
Press, 2008).

Lecture at 4pm in the Institute for Humanities
Lecture Title: “Outbreak: Contagion, Sensation, and the Obscured Geography of Poverty”

Dinner Conversation to follow in the Institute for the Humanities with Lisa Freeman (UIC English), Brian Kay (UIC Biological Sciences) and Sandy Sufian (UIC Medical Education, Disability and Human Development).

Scott Nelson, Legum Professor of History, College of William and Mary
  • Date(s): Thursday, 2/7 3:00 PM to Thursday, 2/7 5:00 PM
  • Campus Address: Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
  • Address: 701 South Morgan Street
  • Location: Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
  • Contact: Linda Vavra
  • Email:
  • Phone: 312-996-6354
“Credit and Trust”
How have crises in the financial system of credit and payment shaped and reflected crises
in the social fabric of trust and faith?Scott Nelson, Legum Professor of History, College of William and Mary
Author of A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters (Knopf, 2012)NEW!  Book signing at the UIC Bookstore 2:30-3:30Lecture:  “Who Do You Trust?  Lessons from the Last Seven Financial Crises
4 PM, February 7, 2013
Institute for the Humanities, 701 South Morgan

Dinner Conversation to follow the lecture in the Institute for the Humanities with Jeffrey Sklansky (UIC History), Deirdre McCloskey (UIC Distinguished Professor), and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Loyola History).  This Dinner Conversation is open to the public but space is limited.

Toby Jones, Rutgers University, author of Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia (Harvard University Press 2010)
  • Date(s): Wednesday, 10/24 3:00 PM to Wednesday, 10/24 5:00 PM
  • Campus Address: Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
  • Address: 701 South Morgan Street
  • Location: Institute for the Humanities, Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
  • Contact: Linda Vavra
  • Email:
  • Phone: 312-996-6354
“Oil and Water”
How have crises in key resources like oil and water shaped local, national and international identities and policies?
30th Anniversary Event.

Public Lecture: Toby Jones Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University
Lecture title: “Devil’s Bargain: Oil, Water, and Tyranny in Saudi Arabia”
Lecture at 4 PM in the Institute for the Humanities, lower level Stevenson Hall, 701 South Morgan.
This program will explore how crises in key resources like oil and water have shaped local, national and international identities and policies. Here in Chicago we sit at the hub of the Great Lakes Waterway containing 21% of the planet’s fresh water resources. The city’s water supply is part
of an inter-state and international system of relationships and compacts. As oil and water become increasingly endangered and contested resources these relationships are key to averting significant environmental, economic, and political crises.

Dinner conversation to follow in Jane Addams- Hull-House Dining Room with Rachel Havrelock (UIC English/Jewish Studies), Neil Struchio (UIC Earth and Environmental Sciences), and Kaveh Ehsani (DePaul International Studies). This “Policy Dinner” is open to the public but space is limited.  Please RSVP by October 17 either online,  at, or 312-996-6354.

Friday, April 15, 2016, 09:00 AM

Re-Writing Science: Communicating Science in the 21st Century is a professional development conference for science writers and an opportunity for UIC students to explore career options and network with professionals in the field. Attendees will learn about what science writing is, how to use statistics in their writing and what types of innovations in the field can lead to exciting careers for those in both the sciences and the liberal arts.

Session format: Panel discussion. Each panelist will be given approximately seven minutes to make opening statements about their profession and how they communicate science to the public. This will be followed by a short question and answer period by a moderator.

Full Itinerary Outline – Friday April 15

8:30 – 8:50 a.m.          Registration

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.          Session 1

Track 1                           Panel Discussion

Title:                                 SciComm 101

Science Writing 101 is an introduction to who, what, where, how and why of science writing exists as an ever-developing profession. The goal is to expose UIC students to the breadth, challenges and rewards of communicating science to the public.


  • Jennifer Rupert, Moderator
  • Katherine Parr, PhD, Lecturer, UIC Department of English
  • Bill Burton, PhD, Senior Director of Public Affairs, UIC
  • Bridget Kuehn, Freelance Science Writer
  • Joe Harmon, Business & Technical Communications – Argonne

9:50 to 10:00              Break

10:00 – 10:50              Session 2

Track 2                        Panel Discussion

Title:                             The Business of Writing

How do I become a writer? Better, yet, how do I make a living as a writer? In The Business of Writing panelists talk about writing as a profession. Attendees will learn about how internships work, working in a writer’s environment and career options in the Chicago area.


  • Linda Landis Andrews, Moderator
  • Shegan Campbell, Co-Founder Kids Science Labs
  • Margena Christian, PhD, Visiting UIC Lecturer
  • Meta Brown – Data Mining for Dummies

11:50 to 12:00            Break

11:00 – 11:50              Session 3

Track 3                       Panel Discussion

Title:                               Narrating Environmental Justice

How do different professions use scientific research while advocating for environmental issues? Narrating Environmental Justice explores environmental advocacy through the lens of a non-profit and early career researcher and examines how each transforms research into language for specific audiences.


  • Antonio Lopez, PhD, Executive Director – LVEJO
  • Kellen Marshall, Pre-doctoral Fellow, UIC Inst. for Envir. Science & Policy


12:00 – 1:00                Lunch

ReWriting Science Conference

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 03:00 PM

    Victor Margolin, Art History Emeritus

    Design and Democracy: A Lecture and Conversation

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 03:00 PM

    Valère Novarina

    Round Table with French Playwright Valère Novarina

  • Saturday, November 3, 2012, 02:00 PM

    Luis Urrea, UIC, with Cristina Henriquez

    Beyond Macondo: Contemporary Latino Fiction

  • Monday, October 15, 2012, 12:00 PM

    Gershom Gorenberg, Senior Correspondent, The American Prospect
    author of The Unmaking of Israel (Harper, 2011)

    Republic, Empire, and Uncertain Future: The Crisis of Israeli Democracy