Friday, April 4, 2014

Restorative Justice Teach-In Series at UIC

The Criminal Justice Society at UIC invites all Roosevelt faculty and students to a teach-in series focused on restorative justice.

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TUES April 8 | 6-7:30pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Introduction to Restorative Justice in an Age of Mass Incarceration
A conversation led by Dr. Beth Richie

WED April 9
12:30-2:30pm | Student Center East, Room 605
"Unlikely Friends"
A film screening followed by a learning circle discussion with Director Leslie Neale

3:00-5:00pm | Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
+Fusion of Hip-Hop and Restorative Justice
A youth led peace circle by Circles & Ciphers

THURS April 10 | 4-7:00pm
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Promoting Peace: A Call to Action
Concluding panel discussion with Chicago restorative justice practitioners and concluding remarks by leading restorative justice scholar, Howard Zehr.

TUES April 15 | 6-7pm
Re-Thinking Soup
What a Waste: Food Loss and Food Recovery
 Guest Presenters:
Ken Dunn, Resource Center
Rajesh Karmani, Zero Precent
Greater Chicago Food Depository

Tossing last week's leftovers or the wilted lettuce, still wrapped in the store packaging (yikes!) is indeed wasteful. But consumer behavior is only one dimension of the global food loss issue affecting agriculture today. In fact, food waste affects every step of the supply chain between farm and fork - from transport to processor to retail, to yes, your home kitchen. According to USDA estimates, between 30 and 50 percent of all food produced is discarded, much of it edible.

How does this happen, when hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity are a global phenomenon? 860,000 people in Cook County alone are unsure of when they will receive their next meal. The moral imperative to reduce food waste feels indisputable when food waste numbers are connected to hunger statistics. The economic and environmental toll of food waste is equally dire. What interventions and innovations can individuals turn to when trying to curb the wide-ranging causes of food waste?

In western nations, food waste is heavily weighted towards consumer and retail waste. Re-Thinking Soup will highlight three local organizations whose sustainable practices mitigate food loss, connect food surplus to those in need, divert food from landfills, and change consumer habits.

WED April 23 | 6-8pm
BEFORE B.E.T. - Black Cultural Space on the Small Screen: Tuning into Soul! Programming Liberation

DJ set before and after program.

Media scholar, Devorah Heitner reads from her newest work Black Power TV. Heitner will be joined by WBEZ journalist Natalie Moore to explore the public television show Soul! We will return to a particular moment in American television when Soul!, a national program coming out of New York, carved out a cultural space that resisted the politics of respectability, introduced audiences to a vibrant Black creative and political aesthetic, pushed past normative boundaries of gender and sexuality while entertaining viewers and valuing Black life and performance.

Book sales, courtesy of Powell's Bookstore and signing to follow the conversation.

About Soul!
For a short time in the late 60s and early 70s Soul! was public television's national Black arts and entertainment program. A weekly all-Black variety talk show, Soul! brought the country's top Black musicians and cultural figures, like The Last Poets, Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin, and Stevie Wonder to New York to converse with the program's hosts and perform before a studio audience. Far more than just a music and arts show, Soul! made the connections between Black arts and Black politics explicit while documenting the explosion of Black music and Black poetry in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It celebrated both traditional arts and genres, such as jazz, blues, rock and roll, and classical dance, as well as the newer avant-garde art forms connected to the Black Arts movement, positioning the guest artists as authorities on Black Liberation.

THURS May 1 | 4-7pm

Join us on May Day for the opening of the newest installment of Unfinished Business: Rec Room.

The exhibition will explore the history of the social movements that created the first playgrounds, fought an eight-hour work day, and suggested that time off from work could create a more compassionate, creative and peaceful world. The exhibition connects those histories with contemporary social justice movements, including the prison abolition movement and progressive labor activists fighting to raise the minimum wage for all workers.

It was critical to the work of the Hull-House Settlement to not only identify the problems they faced, but to also imagine the world they wanted to live in. As they sought to end child labor, unsafe working conditions, and low wages they simultaneously created public playgrounds, fought to carve out time for recreation and helped to found the park system in Chicago.

The opening will be both a reception for the exhibit and an outdoor celebration, including May Day/field games and live music.

SUN | MAY Date TBA | 4-7pm, free dinner from 6-7
Making Home: Place-making and the Politics of Home
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the Collective Cleaners, a Chicago-based artist collaborative invite you to make yourselves at home in the Hull-House mansion for a series of "home-based" discussions. In conversation with local community activists, the Collective Cleaners will lead conversations about home in Jane Addams' bedroom, the Hull-House library, on the porch, and other gathering spaces within the house and Residents' Dining Hall. The evening will conclude with a home cooked family style meal, made in the Hull-House kitchen.

Home, the lived space where we act out our personal lives is shaped by individual/family history, values and aspirations. There are also numerous powerful external forces that influence and regulate how we make and experience home, like immigration status, economic recession, or family and state violence.

In an effort to explore and expand the notion of home we've asked diverse communities to weigh in on the significance of home. Please join anti-eviction activists, domestic workers, disability rights activists, prison abolitionists, sex positive activists, public housing historians, immigrant rights activists, family scholars, co-op residents, veterans, feminists and gender-base violence experts as we consider all the ways home can simultaneously be site of liberation, control, and surveillance, as well as a space of love, labor and care.

The "Making Home" program concludes a year-long partnership with Collective Cleaners, who collaborated with the museum for the Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics exhibit from December 2013-February 2014.

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