Weekly Advisory: May 5, 2014

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Nigerian Girls: Despite recent demonstrations condemning Boko Haram’s April 14 abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the slow response, both globally and locally, reflects the low value placed on the lives of young black girls, says Lynette Jackson, UIC associate professor of gender and women’s studies and African-American studies. Jackson, who studies the history and politics of gender and health in Africa, can comment. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

Prayer and Government: Evan McKenzie, UIC professor of political science, says the Supreme Court ruling today that upheld prayers at government meetings is consistent with efforts by the conservative five-justice majority to reduce the scope of the First Amendment’s two religion clauses. McKenzie, who is an attorney, says the net policy effect appears to give preference to Christianity. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

Mother’s Day: A national study on incarcerated parents in prison found that 62 percent of incarcerated women had at least one child under the age of 18.  Among the family issues related to women prisoners are maintaining contact with their children, alternative care for their children and support of the mother’s role during incarceration. Patricia O’Brien, UIC associate professor of social work, can comment on the negative effect that the removal of women from neighborhoods through incarceration has on families. Contact Jeffron Boynés, (312) 413-8702; jboynes@uic.edu

Google Backs Off: Google’s decision to discontinue data-mining student emails for targeted advertising through its education-specific apps is a step in the right direction for users’ privacy rights, says Cynthia Herrera Lindstrom, UIC chief information officer. Lindstrom says student accounts were not targeted at UIC, where administrators deactivated ad display for Google. But she cautions that maintaining privacy in today’s online world is difficult and recommends limited information sharing through websites and apps. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

UIC Events

(A complete listing of UIC events is online)

Thru May 9: “Chicagoaxaca.” Exhibition. 1 – 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Pop Up JUST Art Center, 729 W. Maxwell St. Free. Call (312) 355-5922.

18, Sunday: “Place Making and the Politics of Home.” Art group Collective Cleaners in discussions throughout the Hull-House mansion. Family-style dinner follows.  4 – 7 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St. Free.  Call (312) 413-5353.

Thru June 14: “Encounter at the Edge of the Forest.” Student art exhibition. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St. Free. Call (312) 996-6114. Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday noon – 6 p.m.

Note: New end date. Thru Aug. 1: “Migration and Transformation through the Arts: The Soul of Bronzeville.” Exhibition. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. African-American Cultural Center at UIC, Addams Hall, 2nd Floor, 830 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 996-9549.

Thru May 2015: “Unfinished Business: The Right to Play.” Exhibit on the need for time off.  Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.  Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Free. Call (312) 413-5353.

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