Campus News

Writer-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The work of writer-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau will be celebrated at a conference next week.

Rousseau, rewound
Three centuries of human rights theory and practice will be discussed by top scholars and social justice activists at a conference Oct. 17-19.

The conference, “Inequality and Exclusion: The Theory and Practice of Human Rights,” marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of writer and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the 250th anniversary of his book The Social Contract.

The event is sponsored by the French and Francophone studies department, the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics, the Institute for the Humanities, and the consulates general of France and Switzerland in Chicago.

Read the news
The latest issue of APAC News is online.

Stories this month focus on constitutional amendments, health benefits contracts and the civil service system.


Show some smarts
Campus brainiacs will face off at the annual Intramural Academic Quiz Tournament Oct. 15-19.

Teams or individuals interested in competing can pick up registration forms at Campus Programs, 340 Student Center East or 231 Student Center West. Registration ends 4:30 p.m. Friday.

For more information, email

Researcher of the Year
Nominations are due Oct. 25 for 2012 Researcher of the Year, awarded to five faculty members chosen from the research categories of basic life sciences, clinical sciences, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences and humanities.

The award includes a $5,000 prize.

The 2011 winners were Gail Prins, professor of urology; Cecilia Gerber, professor of physics; and Susan Hughes, professor of community health sciences.


Honorary degrees
Dec. 3 is the deadline for nominations for honorary degree recipients.

Information on eligibility, nomination procedures and timelines isonline.

For more information, email

Fun with pets
Furnetic/Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine, a clinic of the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine, will host its annual Fall Frolic Oct. 27.

Pets and their owners can enjoy treats, pet tricks, photos and games from 10 a.m. to noon at Furnetic, 2242 W. Harrison St., Suite 101.



Art reception
Two new art exhibits open on campus with receptions today and Thursday.

An opening reception for “Hiding and Seeking: An Examination of the Metaphorical Closet” by Amelia Spinney, on display through Nov. 1, takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the Montgomery Ward Gallery, Student Center East. Her work explores social taboos that surround non-heterosexual relationships and the rejection that accompanies social identity.

Merrina Millsapp’s “Millsappians,” on display through Dec. 6, opens from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Student Lounge East, Student Center West. Millsapp’s art exhibition showcases animated/cartoon drawings.


Safe Zone training

The Gender and Sexuality Center presents Safe Zone training workshops to heighten awareness of LGBTQ issues.

Programs include information on sexual and gender identity issues, policies that affect LGBTQ individuals and strategies for creating inclusive environments.

For more information, email or call 312-413-8619.

Free flu shots
Free seasonal flu shots for employees and retirees will be offered Oct. 16 and 19.

College of Pharmacy students will give the vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Michele M. Thompson Rooms A and B, Student Center West, and Oct. 19 in the Cardinal Room, Student Center East.

Employees and retirees enrolled in the Quality Care Health Plan or a state-sponsored managed care plan can receive the free flu shots by showing their health insurance card and driver’s license or state ID.

The event is sponsored by the College of Pharmacy, University Payroll and Benefits and the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

For more information, call 312-996-6300.

Reel life
Events on campus for Hispanic Heritage Month include:

• “Maya Apocalypse 2012 — Myth or Reality?” interactive panel discussion, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18

• “We Overcame Torture,” conversation with Italia Mendez of the Campaign against Political Repression and Sexual Torture, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

Both events are held in the Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2.

• “Lemon,” PBS VOCES documentary on spoken word artist Lemon Andersen, Oct. 30. Reception 5 p.m. before the 5:30 p.m. screening, Cardinal Room, Student Center East. A 30-minute discussion follows.

The screening is hosted by the UIC Office of Community Affairs and WTTW-TV.

Learn about research
The Survey Research Laboratory offers introductory seminars on survey research methodology this semester.

Topics include web surveys, Thursday; survey sampling, Oct. 18; and focus groups, Oct. 25.

All seminars will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 136 College of Nursing.

Civil service election
State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee will hold an election Oct. 16 to appoint one employee to the Merit Board of the State Universities Civil Service System.

The appointment begins Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016.

Polling places include:

• Physical Plant, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.

• Hospital, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. to noon and 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.

• Student Services Building, 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call 312-996-5691.

Thinking about retirement?
Free retirement planning seminars will be held on campus this month for National Save for Retirement Week.

Representatives from TIAA-CREF and Fidelity — the university’s investment companies for the 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan — and the State Universities Retirement System will host free retirement planning and investing seminars Oct. 21-27.



Commuting to campus?
Students and employees can register with iCarpool, a ride-matching service, to connect with people who drive a similar route to campus.

To register, set up a profile using your or address.

The program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide students and employees with convenient and affordable transportation options.

The program is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Commuter Student Resource Center.

For more information, call 312-413-7440.


Museum symposium
A symposium this month focuses on “The Museum as Site of Inquiry.”


The “In Sight/On View” symposium, Oct. 25 and 26, is sponsored by the graduate program in museum and exhibitions studies.

Johanna Burton, director of the graduate program for curatorial studies at Bard College, gives the keynote address at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Gallery 400, Art and Design Hall.

The graduate symposium takes place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.


Contest for young musicians
Exceptional young musicians will be selected to perform with the UIC Orchestra or Concert Band in the Youth Concerto Competition.

The contest, sponsored by the department of theatre and music, is for students age 11 to 18. Winners receive $250.

Musicians who play orchestral instruments can apply; pianists or vocalists are not eligible.

Applications are due Nov. 15. The competition takes place Dec. 8.


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