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Center for Urban Research and Learning - Friday Morning Seminars

Fridays, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Cuneo 417



Friday, October 31, 2014: Using Land Banks to Stabilize and Restore Communities in Cook County


Friday, November 7, 2014: Tour of the Plant: The Plant Chicago

          RSVP required to this seminar. Please RSVP to Teresa Neumann at tneumann1@luc.edu


Friday, November 14, 2014: How Technology and Patronage Have Affected the Evolution of Ward Politics


Friday, November 21, 2014: Organizing to Fix Channel 11: Chicago's Public TV Station


Friday, December 5, 2014: The Foster School Paradox: Institutional Integration and the Disintegration of a Black Community in Evanston




University Libraries Workshops

Complete Fall 2014 Calendar

Workshops cover topics such as citations, Chicago-specific collections, primary sources, research secrets, and many others. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will be held in IC-120 and will last for approximately 30 minutes. If you’re not able to attend a workshop, but would like to learn about the topic, please contact University Libraries. Additional workshops for groups or one on one meetings can also be scheduled. Visit http://libraries.luc.edu/classes/calendar for full workshop schedule.


Library Workshop: Journal Impact Factor: Concepts and Sources

Tuesday, November 11, 4:00 – 4:30

Information Commons 120

The Journal Impact Factor is the most widely recognized measure of the relative research impact of individual journals. This workshop will include an overview of the Journal Impact Factor, as well as alternate approaches for measuring journal impact. Questions may be sent to Stephen Macksey (smackse@luc.edu)


Relay for Life, Colleges Against Cancer at Loyola University Chicago

Friday, March 27, 2015 6:00 pm - 6:00 am

This 12 hour event is open to students, faculty and the local community to fundraise alongside the American Cancer Society. This time is to celebrate those who have fought cancer and won, to remember those who have lost, and to support those still facing the disease. Because cancer doesn't sleep, neither will we! Whether you want to join the organization to help plan other events throughout the year, learn how to sign up for Relay, or if you've been affected by cancer in some way, Colleges Against Cancer Loyola are here for you. Visit RelayForLife.org/LoyolaIL to sign up and start fundraising now or email Justine Minas at jminas@luc.edu for more information.



Art Exhibit:  Finding Space: A solo show of new work by Ginny Sykes

(Loyola WSGS MA alum)

September 12 - November 1, 2014 

Chicago Art Source Gallery, 1871 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago IL 60614

“The work in Finding Space veers toward observation, collapsing the space between my lived and perceptual experience and the abstracted performance of my responses, yet it is an essence rather than depiction of nature I am after. I use abstraction to communicate symbolic content, fusing gestural layering with texture, transparency and light. I like what Fairfield Porter once wrote about deKooning’s abstractions, that they ‘release human significances that cannot be expressed verbally’. I too am interested in releasing painting’s possibilities to create spaces that contain and are metaphors for the nature of subtlety, nuance, and mystery.” -Ginny Sykes

For more information/gallery hours visit www.chicagoartsource.com , http://ginnysykes.com/home.html, or call (773) 248-3100.


Book tour by Melinda Chateauvert: Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk

Sunday, November 2, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, IL

"Fifty countries treat sex work as legitimate labor and it has been legalized (with restrictions) in eleven others. The United States is one of the few industrialized nations that continues to criminalize prostitution and, as Melinda Chateauvert reveals, these laws have put sex workers at risk. Documenting five decades of sex-worker activism, Sex Workers Unite puts prostitutes, hustlers, call girls, strippers, and porn stars in the center of civil rights struggles. Although their presence has largely been ignored, sex workers have here been recast as key activists in struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, union organizing, and prison abolition. By foregrounding labor, Chateauvert reframes sex work as work and argues that sex-worker rights are ultimately human rights." Co-sponsored by SWOP-Chicago.


Exhibit: David Bowie Is

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago IL 60611

September 23, 2014–January 4, 2015

David Bowie Is presents the first retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie—one of the most pioneering and influential performers of our time. More than 400 objects, most from the David Bowie Archive—including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork, and rare performance material from the past five decades—are brought together for the first time. Tickets are $25 for adults and teens, $10 children (age 7–12), and free for children 6 and under. Price includes museum admission.Visit http://www2.mcachicago.org/exhibition/david-bowie-is/ for more information.





"Gender and Global Warfare in the Twentieth Century" Special Issue of Gender & History Volume 28:3 (November 2016)

Edited by Louise Edwards (UNSW Australia), Martha Hanna (University of Colorado), and Patricia M. E. Lorcin (University of Minnesota). Please submit 1-2 page abstracts in English (500-750 words maximum) togendhist@umn.edu by October 1, 2014, with ‘Special Issue 28:3 abstract submission’ in the subject line (limited funds for the translation of articles written in other languages might be available).

Invitations to present at the symposium will be issued in November 2014. Papers must be submitted for pre-circulation to the editors by March 30, 2015, as a condition of participation. The production of the special issue will follow a symposium, to be held at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in late April or early May 2015 (date to be announced), whose participants will be selected on the basis of the abstracts submitted. Work is invited that falls under one or more of the following rubrics: gendering engagement and resistance, sexuality and violence, politics and culture, memory and trauma, health practices and medicine, and ideologies of war. Interested authors are encouraged to consult the extended version of this call for abstracts on the Gender & History website at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1468-0424


“Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood” Gender Studies Conference

Thursday, December 4 - Saturday, December 6, 2014

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

Students are invited to submit proposals to participate in this conference.  Students will be expected to present a fifteen minute talk and to field questions about it. How are children gendered?  How do we account for transgender children? How have ideas about girls and boys changed historically?  How are children hailed as gendered consumers? How do schools inculcate ideas about gender? How do children’s books promote ideas about gender?  How do changing ideas about parenting relate to children’s gendering? Proposals should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper, a list of three keywords, and a brief biographical statement listing your title, the name of your college or university, your year, and the origin of the paper (i.e the course you wrote it for and your teacher). Proposals are due October 15, 2014. Send proposals to Pamela Wojcik, Director of Gender Studies, The University of Notre Dame, by email, with the subject line “Gender and Childhood”: Pamela.Wojcik.5@nd.edu . Visit http://genderstudies.nd.edu/events/2014/12/04/25595-fun-with-dick-and-jane-gender-and-childhood-conference/ for more information.


HISTORICISING RAPE. International Conference, Cardiff University, UK, 8-10 July 2015

Deadline for proposals: Monday, October 27 2014.

Keynote speaker: Professor Mary Louise Roberts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA; author of What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American G.I. in World War Two France, 1944-1946

The aim is to encourage a discussion that goes beyond either transhistorical or essentialist understandings of rape or those which see change primarily in terms of linear progress. Proposals are invited for participation in this three-day international conference on the history of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual violence.  Proposals for 25-minute papers, for complete panels (containing no more than three papers) or for round-table discussions are also invited. Abstracts of no longer than 300-words for each paper, along with a 50-word autobiography for each speaker, should be sent by email to Dr Garthine Walker at HistoricisingRape@cardiff.ac.uk by Monday, October 27 2014. Informal enquiries may also be sent to that address. Applicants will be informed by mid-November of whether their proposal has been accepted.


 Girls Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Undergraduate Research

This journal is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes the work of undergraduate students on topics such as the socialization of female adolescents, gender expectations, identity, body image, the impact of media on girls, and girl empowerment. Submissions of an interdisciplinary nature as well as from across the disciplines--for example, from Sociology, History, Literature, Cultural Studies, Education, Art, and Feminist Theory (to name a few) are welcomed. We invite undergraduates of any institution to submit the following: Editorial, opinion, or perspective essays, research papers, and/or reviews of relevant media (books, movies, television). Further information can be found, and submissions made, at our website gsj.columbiasc.edu. Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Heather Hahn and Dr. Allan Nail, editors, at gsj@columbiasc.edu. The first issue will be published in Spring 2015, and thereafter in the Fall and Spring of each academic year. Deadline for consideration in the first issue is 30 November 2014.


Menstrual Health and Reproductive Justice: Human Rights across the Lifespan

Keynote Speaker: Loretta Ross - Join us for a multidisciplinary and global conference to strengthen our research, activism, clinical service, artistic expression, and policy. We are working to achieve empowerment and social justice for women and girls everywhere by heightening menstrual health awareness, education, and services. Menstrual health is central to women’s ability to lead lives of dignity and well being in every society and every part of the world. Without menstrual health other core rights remain in jeopardy. Yet, menstrual health is rarely respected, protected, or fulfilled as a human right, and has not been recognized or theorized as a reproductive justice issue.

Now accepting abstracts—of no more than 500 words—describing papers, posters, workshops, panels or creative presentations. Proposals addressing all aspects of the menstrual cycle (physiological, sociocultural, psychological, or cross-cultural)  from menarche to menopause are encouraged, including those that involve research, theory, public policy, health care, and clinical applications, art, and activism. The possibilities are endless. Suggested topics intersect menstrual health and politics at any stage of the lifespan.

Abstract deadline is January 16, 2015. Also seeking spoken word artists and poets to participate in our second Menstrual Poetry Slam (interested? Email chris.bobel@umb.edu ) Abstract submission guidelines can be found at http://menstruationresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/SMCR2015SubmissionForm1.pdf and for more information visit: http://menstruationresearch.org/research/2015-conference/


Study Abroad: Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe (WGSE) program

Antioch University, Antioch Education Abroad

A significant aim of the WGSE program is to explore Europe in its diversity and cross-culturally. With this goal in mind, the program takes students to several differently situated European nations while underscoring experiences of women and sexual, ethnic, and religious minorities in these respective national communities. These topics are addressed both through scholarly inquiry and situated empirical experience throughout the semester, framed through our discussions of post-colonial, feminist, and queer theories. For additional details regarding the program curriculum, itinerary, and leadership visit http://www.antioch.edu/aea2/programs/womens-gender-studies/. This program is offered each Fall semester. Application Deadline: March 30.


Consuming/Culture: Women and Girls in Print and Pixels Conference

Friday, June 5 & Saturday, June 6, 2015

Oxford Brookes University, UK

This conference follows on from those held at Kingston (2012) and Cornell (2013), themed around women and magazines. We have selected a theme that will allow for a wide range of papers and we encourage submissions from scholars at all stages of their careers. We especially welcome proposals that incorporate the following themes: food, advertising, digital platforms/presentations, celebrities, sport marketing, memoirs, fashion, internationalization, and all forms of identity/representational politics. The organizers encourage collaborative efforts, in both individual paper and panel submissions.Submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to consuming.culture.conference@gmail.com by 1 October 2014. For more information visit http://openbrookes.net/consumingculture/





Women's Studies & Gender Studies · 6430 N. Kenmore Avenue, Cuneo Hall 310, Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.2177 · Fax: 773.508.8492 · E-mail: wsgsprogram@luc.edu

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