UIC Spring Humanities Day

Date / Time

April 28, 2021

10:00 am - 5:30 pm


Join us! Our events include a celebration of faculty and student accomplishments, a roundtable on innovative engaged undergraduate research, a film screening of A Tiny Ripple of Hope, followed by a conversation with Producer and Director Jason Polevoi, and a discussion with Professor John Modern of his new book Neuromatic, or; a particular history of religion and the brain.

We hope to see you at these exciting events!

“Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.”

(Please note that link for film is separate from Zoom link for Humanities Day.)

10 AM-12 PM

Welcome and Celebration of humanities research and awards: Mark Canuel (UIC)

Students Speak: Students present Research Projects from the Engaged Humanities Initiative

Moderator, Ellen McClure (UIC)


12:30 -2:00 Film screening: A Tiny Ripple of Hope (2021), produced and directed by Jason Polevoi (register by emailing at huminst@uic.edu for link)

A Tiny Ripple of Hope documents the life and work of Chicago activist Jahmal Cole.  While striving to build a better Chicago for the teens in his neglected community, Cole confronts the multilayered challenges to his home, family, and personal safety.

2:30-3:30 Film discussion: Jason Polevoi with Mark Canuel and audience

Jason Polevoi is a founding partner of the Chicago-based production company One City Films and the first-time feature Producer and Director of the Slamdance Film Festival premier A Tiny Ripple of Hope. Jason’s previous credits include the Chicago/Midwest Emmy-winning documentary F*** Your Hair, the Independent Lens series The Calling, and A Regional Taste, a first-of-its-kind docuseries for the James Beard Foundation.


4 PM John Modern: Presentation and Conversation: Neuromatic: or, a particular history of religion and the brain  (forthcoming from University of Chicago Press)

John Modern is a Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, where he teaches classes on American religious history, literature, technology, and aesthetics.

Contact huminst@uic.edu for pre-circulated pages

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