Oct - Nov 2016 | Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens

The Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens, created by artist Jenny Polak, is imagined as a deployable speakers’ corner that is both functional and symbolic.  The two halves of the Speakers’ Podium rely on each other. Suburban house collides with prison fence to invoke the needed voices and ever-presence of the incarcerated among the free in a country that locks up to 2 million people.  Join us for weekly programming starting Oct 14 and going through Nov. 


Introducing the Slavery and Visual Culture Working Group

The newly created Working Group on Slavery and Visual Culture at the University of Chicago has been formed to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of research on the visual imagining of slavery and the slave trade as well as on the production and usage of images and material objects by enslaved peoples and slaveholders. 


Nov 30 | Zadie Smith on “Swing Time” with Vu Tran

Zadie Smith presents her "ambitious, exuberant new novel" Swing Time. She will be joined in conversation by Vu Tran. WAITLIST NOW OPEN.


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For Immediate Release | Pozen Center Launches Chicago Torture Archive

Oct 10, 2016 - The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago announces a new online archive hosting nearly 10,000 documents collected by the People’s Law Office related to the interrogations, criminal trials, civil rights litigation, journalism, and activism stemming from the so-called Chicago Police torture cases. The Chicago Torture Archive will be maintained as an open, free resource for students, teachers, human rights researchers, and the general public.  The archive can be found at chicagotorturearchive.uchicago.edu.

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Nov 2 | New Media and the Changing Nature of Civic and Political Activism

Social media and digital technologies have dramatically changed the way everyday citizens participate in our democracy. Please join us for an intimate invite-only discussion and dinner to explore these new trends and their impact on social and culture change in Chicago and beyond, featuring: 

Professor Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago, CSRPC Faculty Affiliate, Founder of Black Youth Project, and creator of the GenForward survey and 

Professor Henry Jenkins, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, and author of By Any Media Necessary: The New Youth Activism

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C Magazine Autumn 2016 | “The Chicago School of Theaster Gates” by Chris Dingwall

2014 CSRPC Dissertation Fellow and contributor to C Magazine, Chris Dingwall, examines CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Theaster Gates' social practice and the meaning of practical rebellion.

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Darby English to Deliver the Richard D. Cohen Lectures at the Hutchins Center at Harvard

CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Darby English, Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History, will deliver the Richard D. Cohen Lectures at the Hutchins Center at Harvard November 1-3, 2016. Collectively titled, "The Right to Reflect: Lectures at the Intersection of Art and Racial Terror," the lectures comprise new work occasioned by the ongoing event of the hypervisible destruction of black life. Each lecture engages a single object or project—a bonded nickel replica of the Lorraine Motel (November 1), William Pope.L’s Skin Set Drawings (November 2), and a 2015 portrait of a black policeman by Kerry James Marshall (November 3)—in an attempt to contextualize art’s faculty to question our most prestigious historical forms and significations by instituting new ones.

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UChicago partners with Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls to convene first Chicago event

The Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls, an initiative launched by three U.S. congresswomen, including Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois, held its inaugural Chicago event at the University of Chicago's Polsky Exchange on Aug. 26.  UChicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, the Polsky Exchange, and the Office of Federal Relations partnered with the Caucus on the event.  Read more here >>

CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Salikoko S. Mufwene on how technology can help save indigenous languages

"Researchers are aware that speakers of Indigenous languages are dying out much more quickly than new speakers are being born, creating one of the classic scenarios of an endangered language...As a result, professional linguists joined a global movement that used traditional ways of preserving languages while simultaneously searching for new methods."  Read more in the Scientific American.

Former APL / CSRPC Artists-in-Residence make list of Chicago’s top artists

"This year, Newcity’s Art 50 honors the artists who inspire all of us to see our city in a better, more beautiful light. From social practice doyens to venerable painters and sculptors, the city on the make keeps making better art each day. Careful historians of Chicago’s art will notice many former names missing from this list. Scraping down the palimpsest has made room for a few more of the myriad makers who deserve our collective recognition and thanks." (Elliot J. Reichert)

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