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Human Rights Lab BA Fellowship

Deadline extended!

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A statement on the brutal coverage of the Israeli airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip

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Timuel D. Black Community Solidarity Scholarship deadline June 7th at 11:59PM

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Best Essay in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies by a UChicago Graduate Student

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Were Hiring: CSRPC Multimedia and Marketing Assistant

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CSRPC Announces Inaugural 2021 Practitioner Fellows: Renaldo Hudson And Dr. Tara Betts

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University of Chicago mourns the loss of PhD student, Yiran Fan

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Unrest follows police shooting in Chicago

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Man wounded in shootout with Chicago police in Englewood

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Artist-in-Residence Ben Lamar Gay Nicole Mitchell and Lisa E. Harris Explore Soulful Afrofuturist Visions on EarthSeed

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Black Lives Matter Protests: Hope for the Future? (Ep. 49)

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Marc Quinn replaced a recently toppled statue of a slave trader with a sculpture of a Black Lives Matter protester

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CanTV presents the Ongoing Fight For Freedom program

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Congratulations to Associate Professor Marci Ybarra, who is the recipient of the 2020 Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring at SSA

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Congratulations to CSRPC Faculty Affiliate, Eve L. Ewing is named a 2020 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. Press Release, National Academy of Education

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Theaster Gates Explores Racial Ideologies and Western Culture in Video Work

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A Statement from the Interim Faculty Director

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UIC professors Anna Guevarra, Michael Jin, and Gayatri Reddy have put together a document with teaching resources against racism

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate, C. Riley Snorton in Vogue magazine

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Out now from the Boston Review, the Reclaiming Populism forum features an opening essay by 3CT fellow Adom Getachew

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APL/CSRPC AIR alum receive grants:  Eliza Myrie and Brittany Leeanne Williams

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How Coronavirus Is Exposing Our Racial Disparities, with Monica Peek

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New Op-Ed by CSRPC Faculty Affiliate, Destin Jenkins in today’s Washington Post

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Take It from an Instructor—Let’s Leave Letter Grades Behind This Spring by Faculty Affiliate, Chris Taylor

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Ryan Jobson and Decolonizing Anthropology

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Summary of all campus coronavirus updates

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UChicago to benefit from $4 million Mellon grant to support collaborative race studies projects across four universities

The University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture is one of four universities that will share a $4 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The four-year grant will support collaborative work between centers of race and ethnicity at UChicago, Yale University, Brown University and Stanford University. 

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Darby English to Receive 2020 Book Awards From College Art Association

The "CAA" Award for art criticism is going to CSRPC affiliate Darby English for his book "To Describe a Life: Notes From the Intersection of Art and Race Terror.”

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C. Riley Snorton Named 2020 Stafford Ellison Wright Black Alumni Scholar-in-Residence

Faculty affiliate Riley Snorton has been honored and invited by Occidental College to present a public lecture on the "complexities of migrancy across the Black diaspora".  

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CSRPC Artist-In-Residence, Ben Lamar Gay, explores link between writing and music

Folk musician, Ben Lamar Gay is featured in the local newspaper, Hyde Park Herald. He discusses the importance of sound and culture for maintaining community. 

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University of Chicago announces winners of Diversity Leadership Awards

Faculty, alumni and staff honorees demonstrate commitment to justice and equality

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Commentary: Martin Luther King Jr.‘s fight for health care equity must continue

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‘We all pay the cost’ of city violence

New book by former University of Chicago professor Dexter R. Voisin ties Chicago violence to centuries of racial repression.

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Big Brains Podcast: The Myths Of Millennial Voters With Cathy Cohen

Cohen’s innovative survey of millennials, GenForward, is a first of its kind. By oversampling young people of color, they investigate differences in responses by race and ethnicity. The data she’s collected gives us a unique window into what millennials are thinking and what they might do in the 2020 election.

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Eve L. Ewing honors MLK Jr. Legacy and Politics

In a new Atlantic piece, Professor Eve L. Ewing reflects on Martin Luther King Jr.'s politics regarding public education and how our current segregated school systems measure up with his beliefs. 

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Congratulations to Theaster Gates for a Crystal Award, at Davos 2020!

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Chicago activist Sarah Gad could be nation’s first formerly incarcerated woman legislator

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Theaster Gates: “Liverpool Has The Complexity Of Race In Its DNA”

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Congratulations to Faculty Affiliate Lauren Berlant

2019 Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature 

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Artist Theaster Gates on the Transformative Power of Art | Time

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New CSRPC 2019-202 Graduate Fellowships, Apply Now!

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Margaret Beale Spencer becomes fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science

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CSRPC Faculty affiliate, Jacqueline Stewart 2019 to receive AMIA Preservation Award

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2018/19 Artist-in-Residence Delano Dunn on Exploring Racial Identity Through His Work

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Autumn 2019 Events Calendar

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Field Museum exhibition will highlight Native American women and warriors

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Professor C. Riley Snorton explores overlapping worlds of black and trans communities

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Mass Incarceration Working Group

Check out the Mass Incarceration Working Group! 

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Faculty Affiliate Spotlight: Theaster Gates

CSRPC Faculty affiliate, Thester Gates's Installation will be featured in Prada to open Prada Mode during Frieze week

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Faculty Affiliate Spotlight: Jacqueline Stewart

CSRPC Faculty Affiliate, Jacqueline Stewart feature in Film 50: Chicago's Screen Gems 2019 

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Faculty Affiliate Spotlight: Rachel Galvin

CSRPC Faculty Affiliate, Rachel Galvin "Oliverio Girondo. Decals. Trans." (Please scroll down the long article to "Oliverio Girondo. Decals. Trans. Rachel Galvin and Harris Feinsod.")

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Sociologist Eve Ewing authors Marvel comic Ironheart

Eve L. Ewing, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, brings to life a superhero from Chicago’s South Side in the new Marvel comic Ironheart, which debuted Nov 28.

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Faculty Affiliates Hold Slavery and Visual Cultures Colloquium

Slavery and Visual Cultures Working Group hold a three day conference in Paris and Nantes to bring together scholars in one of France’s most important slave trading ports.

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Tracye A. Matthews Appointed As Executive Director

Tracye A. Matthews will assume the position of Executive Director for the CSRPC on July 1, 2018.

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CRES and GSS Undergraduates win Ruth Murray Essay Prize

Congrats to Julie Xu for her thesis "Foreign Pleasures: Sex in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Chicago" and to  musa bouderdaben for his project “Narratives of Overruption: An Examination of The Effects of Trauma on Process of Self-Narration"!

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Welcoming Puerto Rican Scholars and Artists

As part of the University Hurricane Irma and Maria Relief Initiative, we will be welcoming students, faculty, and artists to campus.

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WIN 17 | Congratulations to Faculty Grant Winners

We are proud to announce the decisions for the Winter 2018 CSRPC Faculty Grants. Congratulations to everyone for their exciting projects, conferences, and speaker series!

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WIN 17 | University Announces Puerto Rico Relief Initiative with Support from CSRPC

The University of Chicago is launching a CSRPC-led initiative to host students, scholars and artists affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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AUT 17 | Honoring the First Black Woman to Attain PhD

We are proud to support the Monumental Women's project in bringing a statue of Georgiana Rose Simpson - the first Black woman to receive her PhD from the University of Chicago - to campus.

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AUT 17 | Faculty Funding Awards Announced

We are pleased to announce our decisions concerning faculty research grants for ongoing or new research projects, programming initiatives, and conferences.

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Sum 17 | Chicago Center for Teaching’s Excellence in Course Design Award

We're pleased to share that 2016-17 CSRPC Residential Fellow Mary Denise Robertson (Anthropology) recently received Honorable Mention in the CCT's Excellence in Course Design Award for her Spr 2017 CRES course “Race and the Politics of Advertising in South Africa and Beyond.”

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Spr 17 | Congratulations to our CRES majors honored at the College Honors Awards Ceremony!

Mary Blair, Lily Chen, Stephanie Greene, Natalie Richardson, Dhyana Taylor, Zachery Taylor, and Soreti Teshome. Read further for more information.  

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May 10, 2017 | Director of the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture

To: Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture
From: Melissa Gilliam, Vice Provost

I write to announce the appointment of Professor Cathy Cohen as the interim director of the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture (CSRPC)...

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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, gwendolynbrooks100.org

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Announcement | 2017-18 CSRPC Teaching Opportunities

CSRPC Graduate Lectureships 2017-18:  Due Monday, February 27, 2017; The College and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture are calling for applications by advanced graduate students to teach one undergraduate course of their own design on topics related to race and ethnic studies. 

CSRPC BA Preceptorship 2017-18:  Due, Monday, April 3, 2017; The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, which coordinates the major/minor in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES), invites applicants for a yearlong preceptorship position during the 2017-18 academic year. 

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Introducing the “New Dawn” podcast!

The New Dawn podcast is an initiative of the Race and Capitalism project.  This project is led by CSRPC Faculty Director and Professor of Political Science Michael C. Dawson.  Listen to Episode One today!

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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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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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“Organizing the Prisons in the 1960s and 1970s”

On the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison rebellion in 1971, Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians, speaks with seven scholars of the carceral state about prisoners’ organizing in the 1960s and 1970s and movements protesting mass incarceration today. This series features three rountable discussions with scholars Dan Berger, Alan Eladio Gómez, Garrett Felber, Toussaint Losier (PhD '13), Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Tony Platt, and Heather Ann Thompson. 

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AUT 2016 |  Debate on safe spaces and trigger warnings at UChicago

"We believe that part of our 20th Anniversary year has to include not only a serious assessment of the state of race in our city and country, but also continued efforts to address institutional racism and racial conflict in our scholarship and on our campus."

-Professor Michael C. Dawson 
John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College
Director, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

Toward this end, we would like to draw your attention to the recent press on the University of Chicago's stance on safe spaces and trigger warnings, and the response from some students and faculty members. 

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Jacqueline Stewart named Director of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Jacqueline Stewart, Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College, will succeed David Levin as the Director of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. 

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For Immediate Release | “Resonant Objects” opening Fri, Jul 8, 2016

Logan Center Exhibitions opens show of work by three Chicago-based artists participating in the University of Chicago's Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture Artists-in-Residence Program

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Congratulations to our 2016 CRES graduates!

Helena Bassett, Caressa Franklin, Francesca Freeman, Jasmine Hebel, Jeanne Lieberman, Vincente Perez, Bethany Robinson, Riena Yu, and Shubhra Murarka.  Read more for the titles of their BA Papers.

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Emily Lynn Osborn honored for work in the classroom

Faculty Affliate Emily Lynn Osborn receives a 2016 Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Melissa Gilliam appointed to leadership position within Provosts Office

CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Melissa L. Gilliam, Ellen H. Block Professor in Health Justice, has been appointed Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity.  

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Studying Race Relationally - A CSRPC 20th Anniversary Conference | May 12 + 13, 2016

Register today for a conference on an emerging body of work that has begun to consider the relational nature of racializations moving beyond the analysis of how individual groups are formed in relation to whiteness to consider how they are formed in relation to each other. Organized by Professors Ramón A. Gutiérrez (History, UChicago) and Natalia Molina (History, UC San Diego).

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Kathleen Neal Cleaver delivers 2016 Annual Public Lecture | Apr 21, 2016

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture's founding conference, and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, we are pleased present Kathleen Neal Cleaver for our 2016 Annual Public Lecture.  From 1967 until 1971, Cleaver was the Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party, and the first woman member of their Central Committee.  Professor Cleaver currently lectures in legal history, civil rights history, and slavery and the anti-slavery movement at Emory University School of Law.  

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SPR 2016 | Updates on current and past CSRPC fellows, teachers and coordinators

Several current and past CSRPC fellows, teachers, and coordinators have started jobs or received and accepted job offers in the past year. 

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University discusses plans for arts-focused development projects in Washington Park

Apr. 6, 2016 | The University of Chicago presented plans for a new arts center and a public pavilion to residents of Washington Park at a community meeting hosted by 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell at the Arts Incubator on April 6. 

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Urban America Forward: Civil Rights Roundtable Series 2015-16

The Urban America Forward: Civil Rights Roundtable Series National Conference, a convening of civil rights leaders, social scientists, grassroots activists, practitioners, policymakers and philanthropists, took place on Friday, March 4, 2016.  Download the overview from the 2015-16 series and review the policy briefs from previous roundtables today! 

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WATCH NOW | February 2016 Teach-in on Racism and Activism

Did you miss the February 2016 Teach-in on Racism and Activism?  Watch the entire program here!

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2013-14 APL/CSRPC Artist-in-Residence, Andres Hernandez, receives PXSTL Design-Build Commission

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis today announced that architectAmanda Williams and artist/educator Andres L. Hernandez have won the competition for the 2015–17 iteration of PXSTL, a design-build commission for a temporary structure that will transform a vacant lot into the site of community-based programs and events. 

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Hyde Park Historical Society honors CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Theaster Gates

The Hyde Park Historical Society has announced the 2016 winners of its Paul Cornell, Marian and Leon Despres Preservation and Jean F. Block Book awards.  The 2016 Marian and Leon Despres Preservation Award, given for outstanding achievement in preserving Hyde Park Township’s architectural heritage, was given to Gates and the Rebuild Foundation for various creative restoration projects, which provide cultural spaces and community-driven programming in an effort that Gates terms “ethical re-development.” 

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliates receive named, distinguished service professorships

A total of 18 faculty members recently have received named professorships or have been named distinguished service professors. Among those, Melissa L. Gilliam, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics, has been named the Ellen H. Block Professor in Health Justice.  Philip Bohlman, the Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of Music and in the College, has been named the Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish History.  And, Justin Driver, Professor of Law, has been named the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law.  

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Theaster Gates to lead new cultural policy partnership

A new partnership between the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative and the Harris School of Public Policy will bring together artists, policymakers, faculty and students to design and implement new approaches to urban development. 

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OPPORTUNITY | Become a Member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The University of Chicago has purchased an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity for its graduate students. The membership provides faculty, postdocs, and graduate students with access to hundreds of resources designed to support their success in their academic careers.  Anyone at the university is eligible to sign up for membership. To sign up, simply click on the "Read More" link and choose "Institutional Sub-Account" as your membership type.

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University of Chicago Medicine to build level 1 trauma center at Hyde Park campus

Dec 17 | The University of Chicago Medicine has decided to build a Level 1 adult trauma center at its Medical Center campus. This will ensure the South Side community has access to comprehensive adult trauma care. 

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UChicago joins consortium promoting diversity in graduate education

Dec 15 | The University of Chicago has been chosen to join the Creating Connections Consortium, a select group of research institutions and liberal arts colleges dedicated to promoting diversity in higher education by finding better ways to hire and support graduate students from underrepresented groups in tenure-track faculty positions.  

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Authors to discuss Chicago’s experience with mixed-income public housing on Dec. 3

Chicago, along with many other cities around the world, has turned to mixed-income housing as a strategy to provide better homes for low-income residents. That approach, examined in a new book co-authored by CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Prof. Robert Chaskin, will be the topic of a discussion at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St.  The event, “Integrating the Inner City: Chicago Public Housing Past, Present and Future,” will feature a conversation with Chaskin and Mark Joseph, associate professor at Case Western University. 

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Randolph Stone to serve on City of Chicago police accountability task force

On Dec. 1, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of a task force to review the system of accountability, oversight and training that is currently in place for Chicago’s police officers. The Task Force on Police Accountability will recommend reforms to the current system to improve independent oversight of police misconduct, ensure officers with repeated complaints are identified and evaluated appropriately, and establish best practice for release of videos of police-involved incidents.

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Jacqueline Stewart co-edits collection of essays on the L.A. Rebellion

Published in Nov of 2015 by the University of California Press, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is the first book dedicated to the films and filmmakers of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of African, Caribbean, and African American independent film and video artists that formed at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the 1970s and 1980s. 

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WATCH NOW | 2014-15 Arts + Public Life/CSRPC Crossing Boundaries Artists Speak

The Crossing Boundaries Prize and Residency provides an award to Chicago‐based artists seeking to form a unique project‐based collaboration that stretches the boundaries of their work as individuals to date.  This video features the 2015 awardees Honey Pot Performance and Alberto Aguilar.

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Black Youth Project releases first ever report on “Black Millenials in America”

The Black Youth Project, led by CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Cathy Cohen, has just released the first ever "Black Millenials in America" report.  

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Melissa Gilliam and David Meltzer elected to National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine on Oct. 19 announced that Profs. Melissa Gilliam and David Meltzer have been elected to membership in the Academy.  

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Dwight Hopkins co-edits newly released book, “Teaching Global Theologies”

Dwight Hopkins, Professor in the School of Divinity, is one of three editors of the newly released book, Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis. The book's goal is to develop best practices to form, teach, and train leaders of faith communities to lead in a transnational world.

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Sept 17 | CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Thomas C. Holt presents at the DuSable Museum

Presenting research from his book, Children of Fire: A History of African Americans, on Thursday, September 17 professor Thomas C. Holt constructs an interlocking historical chain of the lives of historical figures such as, Olaudah Equiano (1745–1797), Richard Allen (1761–1831), Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), and W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963). 
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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Cécile Fromont receives 2015 Raboteau Book Prize

Cécile Fromont, Assistant Professor of Art History and the College, received the 2015 Raboteau Book Prize for Best Book in Africana Religions for The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo.

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CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Jacqueline Stewart named interim director of the Gray Center

Jacqueline Stewart, professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the College, was named interim director of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. 

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