Weekly Advisory: October 22, 2012

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UIC Experts

Changing Electorate: The Republican Party’s ability to reshape the electorate in its favor has gone under the radar, according to Evan McKenzie, UIC associate professor of political science. McKenzie can comment on election law, voting rights, and voter registration issues surrounding the 2012 presidential election. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

Presidential Debate: Tone may win or alienate voters more readily than what is actually said, says William Kohler, a UIC nonverbal communication expert, calling Gov. Romney’s tone “more enthusiastic” and President Obama’s “more defensive.” Contact Jeffron Boynés, (312) 413-8702; jboynes@uic.edu

Elected School Board?  An elected school board would not guarantee a better school system, but it would represent the community and be directly accountable to it, says Pauline Lipman, UIC professor of educational policy studies. Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo, (312) 355-2523; aranallo@uic.edu

Cigarette Taxes: County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed higher cigarette tax might not increase revenues, says David Merriman, UIC professor of public administration. His 2010 study found that Chicago’s higher tax drove smokers to buy in other locales. Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo, (312) 355-2523; aranallo@uic.edu

Costume Contact Lens: Completing a Halloween costume with decorative contact lenses — like a zombie or cat’s eye look — can expose the wearer to a risk of injury or infection. Dr. Charlotte Joslin, director of the UI Eye and Ear Infirmary Contact Lens Clinic and expert on contact lens-elated infections, can comment. Contact Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, (312) 996-1583; jgala@uic.edu

Frightening Fangs: Parents needn’t be scared about how Halloween candy may affect the teeth of their trick-or-treaters. Dr. Indru Punwani, UIC professor of pediatric dentistry, can offer tips on how to have a tooth-friendly Halloween. Contact Sam Hostettler, (312) 355-2522; samhos@uic.edu

UIC Events

(A complete listing of UIC events is online)

23, Tuesday: Tuesdays-at-One. UIC String Orchestra. 1-1:45 p.m. Recital Hall L060, Education, Performing Arts and Social Work Building, 1040 W. Harrison St. Free. Call (312) 996-2977.

23, Tuesday: “Could not bear the sight of it…” Opening of art series on the force and invisibility of whiteness. 5 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 413-5353.

23, Tuesday: Artist’s Talk. Luis Gispert, multimedia work on youth culture, hip hop, and Cuban-American history.  7 – 8 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St. Free. Call (312) 996-6114.

24, Wednesday: Re-Thinking Soup. “Designing Food Diversity in Chicago.” Laura Bowe, Architecture for Humanity; Aaron Joseph, City of Chicago; Lisa Lee, Hull-House Museum. 12:15 – 1 p.m. Chicago Architecture Foundation, Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 413-5353.

22, Monday: “Black/Inside: A History of Captivity & Confinement in the U.S.” Exhibit opening reception. 6 – 8 p.m. UIC African American Cultural Center Gallery, Addams Hall, Room 207, 830 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 996-9549.

Oct. 23 – Nov. 21: “Black/Inside: A History of Captivity & Confinement in the U.S.” Exhibit. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. UIC African American Cultural Center Gallery, Addams Hall, Room 207, 830 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 996-9549.

24, Wednesday: “Corruption in Chicago.” James Laski, former Chicago city clerk and alderman. Noon. Lecture Center C3, 802 S. Morgan St. Free. Call (312) 413-3780.

24, Wednesday: “Devil’s Bargain: Oil, Water, and Tyranny in Saudi Arabia.” Toby Jones, Rutgers University. 4 p.m. Institute for the Humanities, 701 S. Morgan St. Free. Call (312) 996-6354.

25, Thursday: Halloween Concert. UIC String Orchestra plays “Psycho,” “Night on Bald Mountain” and more. 7 p.m. Gottlieb Hall, Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St. Free. Call (312) 996-2977.

25, Thursday:  “Art, Culture and Struggle.”  Artists Josh MacPhee and Ivan Arenas on art and social change. 7 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 413-5353.

26, Friday: “Reform of Cook County Government.” Larry Suffredin, Cook County Board commissioner. Noon. Lecture Center C3, 802 S. Morgan St. Free. Call (312) 413-3780.

30, Tuesday: UIC Concert Band. 7:30 p.m. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Free. Call (312) 996-2977.

Nov. 15 – 16: “The Holy War Conference.” Institute for the Humanities, 701 S. Morgan St. Free. Call (312) 996-6354.

Nov. 16: “The Future of the Metropolitan Region.” Randy Blankenhorn, executive director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Noon. Lecture Center C3, 802 S. Morgan St. Free. Call (312) 413-3780.

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