Seva Series: Cultivate Mindfulness

Join Artist-in-Residence Lauren Ash for an hour-long practice of Seva and mindfulness. Seva (say-va) is a Sanskrit word representing the act of selfless service. Lauren will offer Seva practice at the Arts Incubator on the second Tuesday of every month.


Mar 29 | Community Forum: Hate Incidents on Campus

Please join us for a discussion about recent incidents of hate speech on the University of Chicago campus and responses to them. 


Apr 6 | Intersextionality: A Talk with Pidgeon Pagonis

Join us for a discussion with Pidgeon Pagonis, intersex activist and filmmaker! Pidgeon will give a talk about what it means to be an intersex person of color in today’s political and social climate. The talk will be followed with a screening of the documentary, "The Son I Never Had: Growing Up Intersex!"


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Mar 10, 2017 | Statement on Hate-Based Vandalism at 5733 S. University Ave.

To all the Members of the Community at 5733 S University at CSRPC and CSGS:

By now you may have heard that last night someone posted a racist flyer on the main door of 5733 S University. Similar flyers were also posted elsewhere on campus. The UCPD subsequently apprehended a man who was carrying flyers and spray paint, and whose face was concealed by a bandana. We are told that he was released with a warning for trespassing.

This is not the first time posters like this have been found on campus. We want first of all to affirm to our community that this behavior is unacceptable. 5733 S University is and will remain a place where people from all marginalized communities are welcome and working together in solidarity is core to our missions.  Next week during exam week from 9am to 5pm, all who wish are welcome to come to the Centers’ Community Room to gather in solidarity and to have a quiet, safe space to read, study, and write.

Second, we want to let you know that we are planning a community forum to discuss recent incidents of hate speech on campus and responses to them at 5710 S Woodlawn on March 29th, at 4:30pm.

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Call for Papers / Transcending Boundaries: Research and Scholarship in an Uncertain Era

Deadline extended to April 3!  UChicagoGRAD and the School of Social Service Administration invite you to participate in an inaugural interdisciplinary research symposium for underrepresented minority graduate students to be held on Friday, May 19, 2017. This conference is designed to highlight the work of underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars including all intersectional identities within the URM community at the University of Chicago. This event is also sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, The Chicago Center for Teaching, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

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For Immediate Release | Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration (OMB100)

Jan 19, 2017 - Chicago, IL – To honor the legacy and enduring contributions of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, and to inspire a new generation of writers, dozens of institutions, artists and educators have joined to create programming for Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration. Through June 2018, the celebration features readings, performances, school programs, discussions, exhibits and more; most will be free and open to the public. 

Information for all OMB100 events can be found on the celebration’s website,

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Apr 29 | Former Artists-in-Residence featured at 2017 Chicago Humanities Festival

2012 Artist-in-Residence Cecil McDonald, Jr. and 2013 Artist-in-Residence Krista Franklin featured at this year's Chicago Humanities Festival "Springfest/17."  On Sat, Apr 29, at 12pm, McDonald will be joined by photographer Dawoud Bey for a "probing presentation of the way photography can diminish or enhance our experience of others."  At 4pm, Franklin will moderate a discussion with Damian Duffy and John Jennings on Octavia E. Butler's novel Kindred, and "what it takes to translate a novel into a graphic novel." 

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Apr 21 | “Punks, Bulldaggers, And Welfare Queens,” A Celebration Of The Scholarship of Cathy Cohen

Tenth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium
Friday, April 21, 2017
University of Maryland
College Park, MD

At the close of the 20th century, Cathy Cohen insisted that “…a truly radical or transformative politics has not resulted from queer activism.” She instead offered ideas about coalitions organized in the name of the “nonnormative” and “marginal” and based in an intersectional analysis of power that demanded a move beyond an assimilative LGBT agenda. Twenty years after the publication of Cohen’s “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?” the relevance of these words echo loudly in our current political era. In celebration of that landmark essay, and her overall breadth of scholarship and activism, this symposium invites Cohen and a wide range of other scholars and activists to revisit the influence of her vision and to explore the question: What does transformative political activism look like in the 21st century? Register for this symposium today >>

Mar 20 | Doctoral student Anjanette M. Chan Tack examines how violence affects childhood friendships

Doctoral student and frequent CSRPC Research Grant Awardee, Anjanette M. Chan Tack, examines how violence affects childhood friendships in a new Sociological Science article co-authored with sociologist Mario L. Small of Harvard University.  Read more about their research in this New York Magazine article.   

Mar 8 | Students lead effort to honor first black woman to earn a PhD from UChicago

"Two UChicago undergraduates are spearheading a project to honor alumna Georgiana Simpson, one of the first black women to receive a PhD in the United States.

Launched by third-years Asya Akca and Shae Omonijo, the Monumental Women Project seeks to honor historical figures who have contributed to the University. For their first project, the students hope by this fall that a bronze bust of Simpson will be installed in the Reynolds Club—the first monument of its kind on campus."

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