Celebrating Women’s Heritage Month on campus

Grace Hopper and UNIVAC

Learn about computer scientist Grace Hopper March 11. Photo: Smithsonian Institution


UIC commemorates Women’s Heritage Month with the theme “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” Talks, a film screening and other activities hosted by units throughout the UIC campus aim to engage, inform and celebrate the lives and impact of women from diverse communities and cultures.

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Some events require RSVPs. See a complete list of events online or call 312-413-1025.


March 4

“Gender in the City: Street Harassment & Safety.” Discussion with Scheherazade Tillet, executive director of A Long Walk Home; Jasson Perez, national co-chair of Black Youth Project 100; and Brenda Parker, assistant professor of urban planning and policy. Noon–1:30 p.m. Gallery 400 Lecture Room


March 9

“The Mask You Live In.” Film screening, discussion and reception for documentary on current ideas of masculinity and the socialization of young boys. Hosted by the Reimagining Masculinity Initiative at UIC. 4–7 p.m. Student Center East, Cardinal Room. RSVP


Emily Letts

Emily Letts speaks March 10.

“My Journey Down America’s Walk of Shame.” Emily Letts discusss her efforts to destigmatize abortion, her experience with the media and what she learned from the stories of thousands of women across America. 6–7:30 p.m. UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, 728 W. Roosevelt Road. RSVP wlrc@uic.edu 


March 11

“Life Hacks by Grace Hopper.” Filmmaker Melissa Pierce will discuss life hacks she has learned while making a film about Grace Hopper, the late computer science pioneer. Hosted by the UIC Women in Science and Engineering program. 3–4 p.m. UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center


March 12

“Fatal Invention: Why the Politics of Race and Science Still Matters.” Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania scholar of race, gender and the law, presents Phillip J. Bowman Lecture, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy. 4 p.m. 302 Student Center East. RSVP irrpp@uic.edu

Coffee Table Series on DACA/DAPA Relief. UIC students discuss immigration reform. 4:30 p.m. Montgomery Ward Gallery, Student Center East

“Noche de Poetas.” Students and community members share life experiences through poetry. 5:30–7:30 p.m. UIC Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2


March 13

“Creating Cultures of Consent.” Popular culture impact on public understanding of sex, rape and power. Campus Advocacy Network and the Movement Against Sexual Violence. 3:30–5 p.m. UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center


March 17

“Reproductive Justice for All: Seeing Women of Color at the Forefront of the Movement For Reproductive Justice.” Representatives from Chicago Abortion Fund, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health. 5:30–7 p.m. UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center. RSVP wlrc@uic.edu


March 18

“Who Runs the Classroom? Scholars and Students Discuss Black Feminism and Beyoncé.” Kevin Allred (Rutgers University) and Jennifer Richardson (UIC) discuss how they use the pop icon’s music and career to explore black feminist theory and connect to contemporary issues of class, race, gender and sexuality. 5:30–8 p.m. Lecture Center A1


March 30

“Women, Plants & Healing: Exploring the Tradition of Women Harvesting Nature to Heal Illness.” Women’s Leadership & Resource Center and the Native American Support Program. 3–4 p.m. UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center.

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