Weekly Advisory: December 9, 2013

UIC Headlines

UIC Experts

Corporate Tax Breaks: Archer Daniels Midland is looking for a tax break to move its headquarters from Decatur to Chicago. Rachel Weber, UIC associate professor of urban planning and author of “The Ideal Deal,” can comment on how to ensure that such breaks benefit the communities that give them. Contact Anne Brooks Ranallo, (312) 355-2523.

Online Spying: Government surveillance online can be considered uncomfortable, but so are the information gathering practices of the country’s top tech companies, says Zizi Papacharissi, UIC professor and head of communication. Papacharissi, an expert on privacy in digital environments, says that a more explicit framework for ensuring citizens’ privacy is needed. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681.

Holiday Shopping: The combination of lower gasoline prices and lower credit card debt may mean that consumers have the capacity to spend freely in shopping malls and online this holiday season, according to UIC retail expert Annie Logue. “And that may mean a happy assortment of holidays for retailers, even with an early Hanukkah and a late Thanksgiving,” Logue says. Contact Jeffron Boynés, (312) 413-8702.

UIC Events

(A complete listing of UIC events is online)

10, Tuesday: Jane Addams’ Birthday. Group activities throughout the museum. 4 – 7 p.m. Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 413-5353.

14, Saturday: Holiday Party. The Craniofacial Center at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is hosting a holiday party. Pediatric patients, their families, and staff — more than 500 people in all — will celebrate with Santa, crafts, food and music. Noon – 2 p.m. Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave. Contact Sharon Parmet, (312) 413-2695.

Thru Dec. 14: “It’s the Political Economy, Stupid.” Group show of videos and more. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 6 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St.  Free. Call (312) 996-6114.

Thru May 9, 2014:  “Chicagoaxaca.” Exhibition. 1 – 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Pop Up JUST Art Center, 729 W. Maxwell St. Free. Call (312) 355-5922.

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