Weekly Advisory: March 3, 2014

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UIC Experts

ACA Enrollment Deadline: “March 31 could be the most important deadline of your life if you are African American, ” says Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice president for community-based practice at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. African Americans carry a disproportionate burden of disease, including some of the highest rates of cancer, diabetes and hypertension. Winn says that enrolling in health insurance and utilizing health care services could go a long ways towards improving the health of the African-American population in the U.S. Contact Sharon Parmet, (312) 413-2695; sparmet@uic.edu

Ukraine: The current crisis in Ukraine comes out of a long history of conflict with Russia. Ryan Maness, UIC adjunct assistant professor in political science, has written on Russian cyber and energy coercive power and the probability of conflict following the collapse of the Soviet Union. He is available for comment. Contact Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, (312)  996-1583; jgala@uic.edu

Google Glass Ban: Legislation banning the use of Google Glass while driving is under consideration in Illinois and other states. Steve Jones, UIC distinguished professor of communication and a Google Glass “explorer,” says drivers would be better served by audio delivery of useful information from Google Glass, which he expects to play a future role in the widespread use of screens integrated with car windshields. Contact Brian Flood, (312) 996-7681; bflood@uic.edu

Unionizing College Sports: Robert Bruno, director of Labor Education Program at UIC, says the announcement that football players have petitioned the NLRB to allow them to form a union reflects the reality that big-time college sports are an enormously profitable business. “Young men performing in front of a national television audience and 100,000 paying customers are doing labor, ” Bruno says. Contact Jeffron Boynés, (312) 413-8702; jboynes@uic.edu

UIC Events

(A complete listing of UIC events is online)

3, Monday: “Great Cities, Great Schools: A Conversation with Pedro Noguera.” Linda Lutton, WBEZ education reporter, interviews Noguera, Peter L. Agnew professor of education, New York University. 6:30 – 8 p.m. Room 302, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 996-8700.

5, Wednesday: “Urbanization and Governance in China and India.” Xuefei Ren, Michigan State University. Noon – 1:30 p.m. Great Cities Institute, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St.  Free. Call (312) 996-8700.

7, Friday: Latinos, Environmental Justice & Climate Change.  Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California; Rachel Morello-Frosch, University of California-Berkeley; Adrianna Quintero, NRDC Latino Advocacy Program; Rafael Hurtado Jr., Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. 8 – 10 a.m. Great Cities Institute, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St.  Free. Call (312) 996-8700.

7, Friday: “The House Seems All Upset: Exploring Critical Whiteness.” Discussion with installation artists Theaster Gates and Valerie Piano. 6 p.m. Reception, 5 p.m.  Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. Free. Call (312) 413-5353.

8, Saturday: Beekeeping Class with Chicago Honey Co-op. Hive management, biology and maintenance. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St. $78 including lunch. Call (312) 413-5353.

12, Wednesday: “Migration Stories: All Roads Lead to Chicago.” Historian Timuel Black and WBEZ producer Gwen Macsai present immigrants’ stories from the past century, while StoryCorps records new stories.  6 – 7:30 p.m. Free, but reservations required. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall, 800 S. Halsted St. Call (312) 413-5353.

Thru May 9:  “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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