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.


May 3 | “A Song in the Front Yard,” an evening with Imani Winds

The brilliant and intrepid Imani Winds joins the citywide celebrations and pay tribute to Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks' centenary with this concert that honors artists who forge their own unique paths. The program includes works by Wayne Shorter and Jason Moran written for the Imani Winds, music by two of the Imani members, and world premieres of three works written for the occasion.


May 18 | 2017 CSRPC Annual Public Lecture: Vijay Prashad

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture's Annual Public Lecture features distinguished public intellectuals whose work promotes engaged thought and scholarship around the topics of race and ethnicity within the public sphere. This year, we are pleased to present Vijay Prashad


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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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Third-year Soreti Teshome hopes to represent those in marginalized communities

The double major in public policy and comparative race and ethnic studies, plans to pursue a law degree with a focus on public policy that will enable her to provide legal representation to those from marginalized communities.

Apr 10 | New generation of sociologists advance University’s multidisciplinary tradition

"A series of projects by faculty members in the UChicago’s Department of Sociology are bringing new attention to the method, putting a spotlight on the University as a leading proponent of ethnography. Those efforts now include the Chicago Ethnography Incubator, a two-day, annual symposium bringing together scholars and graduate students from around the country to advance ethnographic methods, provide hands-on mentoring and further build an interdisciplinary community of ethnographers."  Read more in this UChicagoNews article >>

Apr 6 | “Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts”

In this New York Times op-ed, CSRPC affiliate Eve Ewing examines how authoritarian leaders have sought, throughout history, to control and sllence an often dissenting cultural class. 

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