Food for thought
Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser will give the keynote address April 4 at “Food Justice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and the Chancellor’s Initiative in the Humanities.
Schlosser, an investigative journalist and author, will speak at 5 p.m. in the Illinois Room, Student Center East.
Urban agriculturists Laurell Sims and Seneca Kern will discuss local solutions to issues of food production and consumption at the conference’s kickoff event, “Think Global/Garden Local,” presented earlier that day by the UIC Global Learning Community.
Sims, production and marketing manager for Growing Power Chicago, and Kern, co-founder of WeFarm America, will speak at noon in 613 Student Center East. Food will be served. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call 312-996-6354.
UIC students and employees will join others from the Urbana-Champaign and Springfield campuses at the state capitol April 10 for an annual excursion to lobby Illinois lawmakers for state funding.
University of Illinois Advocacy Day at the Capitol 2013 is sponsored by Illinois Connection at the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
Buses will leave UIC in the morning; participants will have a lunch briefing in Springfield before meeting legislators in the afternoon. Buses will transport participants back to campus after a reception and debriefing.
Employees must take a vacation day to participate.
Freedom of speech
A discussion Thursday focuses on the complexities of freedom of speech at universities.
“Freedom of Speech in an Urban Public University” takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the African American Cultural Center, 207 Addams Hall. Light refreshments will be served.
The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change.
For more information, call 312-355-1308.
Closer look at public schools
Barbara Miner, author of Lessons From the Heartland, will read an excerpt from her book Thursday chronicling the last 50 years of public schooling in Milwaukee.
Miner will lead a discussion with David Stovall, associate professor of educational policy studies and African American studies.
The event takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. RSVP online.
Thinking about retirement?
UIC will host a free retirement planning conference April 20.
The event, held in Student Center East, includes information on steps to complete before retirement, preparing for retirement, protecting benefits, financial planning and more.
Presentations run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
A film screening Thursday includes a discussion on women’s health topics including breast implant safety, body image and health activism.
“Absolutely Safe,” will be screened from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the School of Public Health auditorium. Filmmaker Carol Ciancutti-Leyva and Judy Norsigian, cofounder of Our Bodies Ourselves, will lead a discussion after the film.