Institutions

Organizers

Stephen Engelmann, Political Science
Cedric Johnson, African American Studies and Political Science
Laurie Jo Reynolds, Art
Blake Stimson, Art History

This group explores the status of institutions in different areas of contemporary public life, in the face of forces of privatization as well as political and artistic trends that have disfavored conventional modes of power and practice.

Jane F. McAlevey Workshop

Jane F. McAlevey Organizer, Author, and Scholar

Thursday, 4/18 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Hull-House, 750 South HalstedTitle: Training for Organizers
Organized by the Institutions Working Group, and UIC United Faculty, Local 6456Jane McAlevey is an organizer, author, and scholar. Her first book, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), published by Verso Press, was named the “most valuable book of 2012” by The Nation Magazine. Her second book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, published by Oxford University Press, was released late in 2016. She is a regular commentator on radio and TV. She continues to work as an organizer on union campaigns, lead contract negotiations, and train and develop organizers.

Upon completing her two-year Post Doc at the Harvard Law School, she returned to consulting work with unions in and outside the USA. She is currently at work on two books. Slated for release in fall 2019 from Ecco/HarperCollins, the next book argues that despite, if not because of, the withering attacks on working people from the US Supreme Court, conservative state and local governments, and the corporate class, American democracy depends on rebuilding unions. STRIKING BACK, due for release in 2020 from Verso, explores organizing, power, and strategy.

Organized by the UIC Institutions Working Group
Stephen Engelmann, Political Science
Cedric Johnson, African American Studies and Political Science
Laurie Jo Reynolds, Art
Blake Stimson, Art History

Jane F. McAlevey Lecture

Jane F. McAlevey Organizer, Author, and Scholar

Wednesday, 4/17 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Lecture: “Power, Participation, & Democracy”
Location: Institute for the HumanitiesJane McAlevey is an organizer, author, and scholar. Her first book, Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell), published by Verso Press, was named the “most valuable book of 2012” by The Nation Magazine. Her second book, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, published by Oxford University Press, was released late in 2016. She is a regular commentator on radio and TV. She continues to work as an organizer on union campaigns, lead contract negotiations, and train and develop organizers.Upon completing her two-year Post Doc at the Harvard Law School, she returned to consulting work with unions in and outside the USA. She is currently at work on two books. Slated for release in fall 2019 from Ecco/HarperCollins, the next book argues that despite, if not because of, the withering attacks on working people from the US Supreme Court, conservative state and local governments, and the corporate class, American democracy depends on rebuilding unions. STRIKING BACK, due for release in 2020 from Verso, explores organizing, power, and strategy.

Organized by the UIC Institutions Working Group
Stephen Engelmann, Political Science
Cedric Johnson, African American Studies and Political Science
Laurie Jo Reynolds, Art
Blake Stimson, Art History

Book Discussion: Anand Giridharadas

December 5, 2018 from 3:30-5:00 PM

The Institutions Working Group will convene a discussion of Anand Giridharadas’s Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. All are welcome.  Although the whole lengthy excerpt is recommended discussion will focus especially on the Prologue, Chapter 2 (“Win-Win) and Chapter 5 (“The Critic and the Thought Leader”).

Reading available upon request to huminst@uic.edu.

About the Book:

An insider’s groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve.

About the book: “An insider’s groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite’s efforts to ‘change the world’” preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve….

Giridharadas asks hard questions: Why, for example, should our gravest problems be solved by the unelected upper crust instead of the public institutions it erodes by lobbying and dodging taxes? He also points toward an answer: Rather than rely on scraps from the winners, we must take on the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions and truly changing the world. A call to action for elites and everyday citizens alike.”
—Penguin Random House, 2018