Weekly Advisory: June 2, 2014

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UIC Experts

Gay Marriage: The launch of Illinois’ gay marriage law is a major victory for the people struggling for LGBT equality and rights, but it should not be considered an end point, says Jennifer Brier, UIC associate professor of gender and women’s studies and history. Brier says the varied social movements working on behalf of LGBT people have long understood that marriage is one possible right to be won, but attention must turn to issues including immigration reform, economic inequity and the implementation of health care reform. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

Illinois Historical Note: The first homosexual rights organization, Society for Human Rights, was founded in Illinois in 1924 by a multiracial group of men. Jennifer Brier, UIC associate professor of gender and women’s studies and history, can discuss the short-lived group’s importance in the gay rights movement locally, in addition to other historical topics that intersect gender, race and sexuality. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

Seasonal Allergies: Eating foods that contain proteins similar to those found in tree and grass pollen can exacerbate allergy symptoms, says Dr. Stephanie Joe, associate professor of otolaryngology in the UIC College of Medicine. “We often see people whose allergies are being treated with a good response, but then they eat a food that cross-reacts with their particular allergy and their symptoms worsen. Knowing what foods to avoid if you have allergies can go a long way towards reducing flare-ups, ” Joe says. Contact Sharon Parmet, (312) 413-2695; sparmet@uic.edu

UIC Events

(A complete listing of UIC events is online)

4, Wednesday: Autism Tips and Tools for Homes and Schools. Workshop for parents and educators of children in early education, sponsored by UIC Center for Literacy. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays, Canteen Room, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Free. Call (312) 747-8571.

7, Saturday:  Seeds of the Earth: History and Dance of Ancient Mexico. Recital for program sponsored by the UIC College of Education. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Ames Middle School, 1920 N. Hamlin Ave.  Free. Call (773) 844-3386.

Thru June 16:  “Encounters at the Edge of the Forest.” Art exhibition. Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 6 p.m. Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St. Free. Call (312) 996-6114.

Note: New end date. Thru Aug. 1: “Migration and Transformation through the Arts: The Soul of Bronzeville.” Exhibition. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. African-American Cultural Center at UIC, Addams Hall, 2nd Floor, 830 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 996-9549.

Thru May 2015: “Unfinished Business: The Right to Play.” Exhibit on the need for time off.  Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.  Free. Call (312) 413-5353.

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