Calendar of events

UChicago International Women's Day 2016 Events

Events that require RSVP are indicated below. All events are free and open to the public. For directions to all locations, please consult the UChicago Maps

Tanisha C. Ford: Dressing for the Revolution: The Politics of Style from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter | Calendar

Thu Feb 11: 6 PM, CSRPC 1st Floor Community Room. 5733 South University Avenue.
From the civil rights and Black Power era of the 1960s through antiapartheid activism in the 1980s and beyond, black women have used their clothing, hair, and style not simply as a fashion statement but as a powerful tool of resistance. Whether using stiletto heels as weapons to protect against police attacks or incorporating African-themed designs into everyday wear, these fashion-forward women celebrated their identities and pushed for equality. Professor Ford will deliver a lecture focused on her latest work, "Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul"

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) | Website

Tues Feb 16: 12:15 - 1:30PM, Institute of Politics
Please join the IOP and the University of Chicago Law School for a lunch discussion with Senator Amy Klobuchar and University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone. Senator Klobuchar will discuss her work in the Senate, and her new book, The Senator Next Door, which chronicles her life in public service, and her journey from high school prom fundraiser to the United States Senate.Senator Klobuchar is Minnesota's senior United States Senator. A Democrat, she was first elected to the Senate in 2006; she was later reelected in a landslide and named to Senate leadership. A national leader, she has a well-earned reputation for working across the aisle to pass legislation that supports families, workers and businesses.

Discussion with Cook County State’s Attorney Candidate Anita Alvarez | Website

Wed Feb 17: 12 - 1 PM, Institute of Politics
Discussion with Cook County State’s Attorney Candidate Anita Alvarez
Join the Institute of Politics (IOP) for a discussion with current Cook County State’s Attorney and candidate for re-election, Anita Alvarez. Among other topics, Alvarez will address her plans to crack down on violence and the current gang epidemic, to protect children from trafficking, and step up anti-corruption efforts. She was first elected in 2008 as the first female and first Hispanic State’s Attorney in Cook County, and will discuss her experience and accomplishments.

Women's Leadership and International Relations | Website

Wed Feb 17: 3 PM, International House, Coulter Lounge
Federiga Bindi discusses the factors that have impeded women's ascent to foreign policy leadership positions and suggests some possible solutions to gender-based inequality in this important sector. Bindi is Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Rome Tor Vegat.

Free Black Women's Library: Black History Month Popup

Sat Feb 20: 10 - 5 PM, CSRPC 1st Floor Community Room. 5733 University Ave
Inspired by the Free Black Women's Library, a monthly mobil library pop-up organized by Ola Ronke in NYC, we in Chicago ae coming together during Black History Month to celebrate Black women. This day long event will be centered on a library of books written by or about Black women or girls. Join us for arts, readings, and various types of programming including a teach-in about women in the Garvey movement.

Phenomeal Black Women and Girls: Transcending Disparities and Social and Cultural Violence in Multiple Systems | Website

Sat Feb 20: 8 AM, School of Social Science Administration, 969 E 60th St.
The African American Alumni Committee of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is proud to present this year’s symposium:

"Advancing Equity: Balancing Policy, Programs, Partnerships, and Politics" Kimberlyn Leary, Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and 
Advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls
Professor Beth Richie, Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago Nneka Hones Tapia, Executive Director of Cook County Jail, Chicago
Kimberley Foxx, Former Chief of Staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
Moderator: Mary Mitchell, columnist, Chicago Sun-Times
Spoken Word Artist:
Toiné Houston, Neo Soul Lyricist, Actress, and Model 

WYSE Middle School Themed Dance

Sat Feb 20, 6 - 9PM, McCormick Tribune Lounge
Relive your middle school days at the WYSE Middle School Dance! Support WYSE (Women & Youth Supporting Each Other), a female mentoring group that mentors middle school girls in Little Village with great LIVE music and phenomenal Hyde Park food. No middle schoolers will be present. Bring your dancing shoes and your appetite. $5 for 1 ticket, $8 for 2 tickets.

International Women's Day Leadership Workshop | Website

Tue Feb 23: 6 - 7 PM, Cobb 430
Please join the Center for Leadership and Involvement for our upcoming Women's Leadership Series workshop. We have partnered with the Office of International Affairs in honor of International Women's Day, and are hosting a panel of UChicago faculty, staff and students who will be sharing their perspectives on women’s leadership across the world, how it may differ from the US, and what impact it has on women globally.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by 2/22 to





From Women to Gender in the study of Islamic Law: The Example of Khidma | Website

Thu Feb 25: 4:30 PM, Stuart 101
Dr. Marion Katz (PhD, Chicago NELC) is a professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University where she teaches courses on women and gender in Islam and the Qur’an. Her recent book, "Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice" (2014) received the 2015 AMEWS Book Award.

Dr. Keme Carter presents the Joel Schwab, MD "On Being a Doctor" Lecture Series, "I'm Clear, Your Clear, We're All Clear

Tues Mar 8: 5:30 - 7 PM, BSLC 115 - Biological Sciences Learning Center
Dr. Keme Carter, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine will discuss communication practices in the care of Emergency Department patients, specifically her work teaching effective communication practices between emergency medicine providers and consulting services, as well as between providers and patients during inter-unit transitions of care. Pizza will be provided!

The Victim of Conflict-Related Rape

Tues Mar 8: 6 - 8 pm, Saieh 021
Over the last two decades, the international community has paid unprecedented attention to rape during war. One cannot read the news without hearing about the Islamic State's use of sexual violence, or the trials of former dictators who oversaw state-led campaigns of rape. What all of these examples have in common, however is the victim. The victim is always female. In honor of International Women's Day, join us for a conversation about how conflict-related rape is understood and who is left out of that understanding. The discussion will begin with a presentation by Amanda Blair, a PhD candidate specializing in Comparative Politics. Ms. Blair's research focuses on such topics as sexual and gender based violence, armed conflict, African politics, and feminist theory. Free dinner from the Med will be provided.

Keynote Address: Monica Vela: EventBrite

Tues Mar 8: 6 - 8 PM, Ida Noyes Hall 3rd Floor Theatre
Food and drink provided for our dinner reception and keynote address

Dr. Monica Vela received her MD degree in 1993 at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1996. She provides primary care for patients at UCM’s Primary Care Group. Dr. Vela has served as the Associate Vice Chair for Diversity within the Department of Medicine (DOM) since 2006. She is also the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the Pritzker School of Medicine, directs the medical school’s Health Disparities: Equity and Advocacy Course, and has published on diversity and disparities in health.

Dr. Vela has served as the Chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Disparities Education Committee. She is also a National Advisor to the Latino Medical Students Association, which awarded her Mentor of the Year in 2010. She is the 2010 recipient of the DOM’s Diversity Award and the 2011 recipient of the American College of Physicians’ Award for Diversity and Access to Care. She has received numerous teaching awards from Pritzker students and has traveled across the country to share her innovative work broadly through scholarship, publications, and presentations. She was listed as an expert in diversity in medicine in a recent U.S. Supreme Court writ.  In 2014, Dr. Vela received three major awards in recognition of her work: the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Herbert W. Nickens Minority Health & Representation in Medicine Award, the Biological Sciences Distinguished Community Service and Advocacy Award and the inaugural Alpha Omega Alpha Fellowship in Leadership Award.



Body Project Workshop | Website

Wed Mar 9: 6 - 7 PM, Cobb 430
Join the Body Project in an inclusive and productive discussion about how to challenge the ideal standards of beauty and negate fat talk!