Brown Bag Flashback: God’s Gang 4.13.15

On this day, we were delighted to have God’s Gang Founder, Carolyn Thomas, host a Brown Bag in which she instructed our Heritage Garden Interns on heritage (organic) farming techniques. These activities promote self-sufficiency and self-reliance while also developing a safety net to meet the food security needs.

Background: More than twenty five years ago, GOD’S GANG was founded on the premise of“Raising Village Children Higher”.  Seeing children enter the doors of St. Mary’s AME church without shoes and proper clothing, GOD’S GANG founder, Carolyn Thomas set about making a positive difference in the lives of families in the CHA Robert Taylor housing project at 52nd and State Street, Chicago.

God’s Gang is currently a 501(C)-3 not-for-profit organization founded to promote self-esteem, entrepreneurial training and opportunities for personal growth for youth through sustainable agriculture projects and initiatives. As a direct food supplier through urban farming, they provide agricultural training to youth and families. families. They serve ethnically diverse, low-income Chicago  residents.

For more information on this organization, and how you can help, visit their website at: http://godsgangchicago.webs.com/

Brown Bag Flashback: DuSable Museum 3.19.15

On this day we welcomed Charles Bethea, curator for the DuSable Museum of African American History, for a Brown Bag on DuSable’s upcoming exhibition “Freedom & Resistance: The Afro-American Experience.” This pre-discussion to the Museum’s new permanent exhibition gave us an inside glimspe of what to expect on its opening on June 5, 2015.

For more information, please visit DuSable’s website: http://www.dusablemuseum.org/

Site Visit: By The Hand Organization

Thanks to a collaboration with the African American Academic Network (AAAN), we received a visit from By The Hand Organization on Fri. April 10th, in which they viewed both our Urbs in Horto Exhibit and The American Negro Exhibition. Listed below are highlights from the time they spent with us:

   

 

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By The Hand is a Chicago-based, after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child—mind, body and soul.

“Black Lives Matter” Lecture Series: Reading and Conversation with Claudia Rankine

Reception, Buffet Lunch, and Book Signing – April 8, 2015 (12:00PM – 2:00PM)

Location: 613 SCE Student Center East

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen, Winner of 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award, and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, and the plays Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, commissioned by the Foundry Theatre and Existing Conditions (co-authored with Casey Llewellyn). Her bold writing on race and the intersection of imagination and reality is both formally innovative and relevant. Her work illuminates the cultural dimensions of the contemporary crisis in black America.

Claudia RankineRankine, Henry G Lee Professor of English at Pomona College, is co-editor of American Women Poets in the Twenty- First Century series with Wesleyan University Press and The Racial Imaginary with Fence Books

Presented by: UIC Dept. of African-American Studies

UPCOMING BROWN BAG: Urban Public Policy Fellowship Program Informational Session – April 2

Join us this Thursday for an Informational Session on the UPPF Program, presented by Catalina Nava, Program Coordinator for the Institute for Policy & Civic Engagement. The Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) program is a leadership development program designed to expose historically underrepresented minority undergraduate students at UIC to key public policy issues. The program provides fellows with weekly seminars offering a solid introduction to theory and practice in the areas of public policymaking, advocacy, community development, and service provision. Students from all academic areas are eligible, including those with an interest in fields such as education, urban planning, political science, sociology, urban health, communication, and law. Upperclassman standing (minimum 45 hours) is necessary to participate in this non-degree, noncredit program.

Catalina Nava

Please contact Catalina Nava at cnava2@uic.edu or directly at (312) 355-0154 if you have any questions.

Visit there website http://www.ipce.uic.edu for more information about our program.

TODAY’S SPECIAL BROWN BAG EVENT!

LUNCH ON US TODAY!
Come share your afternoon lunch hour with the AACC as we welcome our guest speaker, Charles Bethea, curator at The DuSable Museum of African-American History. Mr. Bethea will share information about the museum’s upcoming permanent installation, “Freedom & Resistance: The Afro-American Experience,” which opens in June 2015.  The exhibition will take a contemporary look at the history of Blacks in America from the transatlantic slave trade to the turn of the 21st Century.

Come and join us for this exciting event filled with good food and networking. Hope to see you there!03-19 freedom and resistance