Deploying Financial Solutions for Businesses and Real Estate Development in Low-Income Communities: A Conversation with Roy Alston


 

 

Join us for an insightful conversation with Roy Alston, the esteemed Executive Director of Five Points in Austin, TX. Delve into the critical topic of deploying financial solutions for businesses and real estate development in low-income communities. Roy brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, offering invaluable insights into fostering economic growth and prosperity in underserved areas. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and perspectives that can drive positive change and empower communities. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 16th, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM CDT at the Great Cities Institute (412 South Peoria Street, Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7067). Click here for the downloadable PDF of the flyer. To RSVP, click here.

 

 


Roy Alston is the Executive Director who has been with Five Points in various capacities since its formation in 2009. Mr. Alston has been actively involved in community development and finance for over 30 years in various consulting roles, specializing in urban redevelopment, community development finance, public investment, and community economic development policy. Mr. Alston served as a Senior Consultant for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Foundation for Louisiana, and PolicyLink, a national policy and communications firm, focused on developing State and Local Equitable Policy issues with the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans along with providing advocacy support of many community-based organizations involved in the Gulf Coast Recovery. Mr. Alston serves on the advisory boards of the multiple Community Development Entities. Mr. Alston has spoken extensively on community economic development for the Community Development Finance Association, National Leased Housing Association and Neighborworks America.

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Air pollution data could be used to plan better transit routes.

In the near future, travelers in cities like São Paulo will be able to optimize their car journeys using air quality data alongside traffic information. Researchers from the University of São Paulo, supported by FAPESP (FAPESP or Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo is a public foundation, funded by the taxpayer in the State of São Paulo, with the mission to support research projects in higher education and research institutions, in all fields of knowledge), are creating maps pinpointing pollution hotspots and peak emission times. These findings were presented at FAPESP Week Illinois, a collaborative event fostering scientific exchange and cooperation between São Paulo and the Midwest of the United States, organized in partnership with the University of Illinois System. The gathering united researchers from universities and research organizations in São Paulo, the University of Illinois System (UIS), and institutions across the Great Lakes region of North America, as well as partner institutions in Canada and Mexico. Experts from diverse fields such as health, agriculture, climate, bioenergy, democratic institutions, and smart cities participated in this collaborative event.

“Smart cities use innovative information technologies to collect data that are used to build and operate interconnected urban systems to improve efficiency and enhance sustainability and resilience,” said Teresa Córdova, director of the Great Cities Institute of the University of Illinois in Chicago.

“Based on the data collected during these studies, we were able to make maps and identify which regions of the city have the highest concentration of pollutants,” Thiago Nogueira, professor at FSP-USP, told Agência FAPESP.

“We’ve seen that high-rise buildings have a negative effect on the dispersion of air pollution,” said Nogueira.

“Despite the culture that São Paulo is a very polluted city, in comparison with other countries we observed that the levels of exposure to particulate matter in the capital are lower,” said Nogueira. Some of the reasons for this difference are that the fuels used to power vehicles in Brazil are cleaner than those used in the countries of the other nine participating cities. In addition, Brazil’s energy matrix has a larger share of renewable sources, Nogueira explained.

 


From FAPESP Week (To go to the actual article, please click on this link.)


 

Honoring the Life and Work of John Hagedorn


 

 

On Tuesday morning, October 31st, 2023, John Hagedorn died peacefully in his home with his family at his side. We deeply mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague. John had a long-time affiliation with the Great Cities Institute and in 2016 was given the official title of James J. Stukel Senior Faculty Fellow. He was also Professor Emeritus from the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice. We offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Mary, and to his family.

On the afternoon (from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) of April 1, 2024, at Student Center East at UIC (750 S. Halsted), we will be hosting, with the family, an event honoring John and his work. We will feature many of his colleagues as well as former students who themselves have gone on to do incredible work in multiple arenas. To download the PDF version of the flyer, please click here. To RSVP, please click here.

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Featuring David Brotherton

David Brotherton is professor in sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is also the director of the Social Change and Transgressive Studies Project. Among his recent books are: Routledge International Handbook of Critical Gang Studies edited with Rafael Gude (Routledge 2021); Immigration Policy in the Age of Punishment: Detention, Deportation and Border Control with Phil Kretsedemas (Columbia 2017); Las Pandillas Como Movimiento Social with Luis Barrios (University of Central America Press 2016); Youth Street Gangs: A Critical Appraisal (Routledge 2015); Banished to the Homeland: Dominican Deportees and Their Stories of Exile, with Luis Barrios (Columbia 2011); Keeping Out The Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Control, edited with P. Kretsedemas (Columbia 2009); and  The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang, with Luis Barrios (Columbia 2004). He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Critical Criminology: An International Journal and the founding editor of the “Studies in Transgression” book series at Temple University Press.

David Brotherton Introduced by Avelardo Valdez

Avelardo Valdez is professor of social work and sociology at the University of Southern California. He is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar with an extensive publication record in his field of research, which is in the intersection between substance abuse and violence and health issues among high-risk groups. His most recent book is Mexican American Girls and Gang Violence: Beyond Risk. He is also a director of the NIDA Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse, has served as a member of the Committee for National Academy of Sciences Study of High Rates of Incarceration in the United States (2013-2014), and served on Governor Gavin Newsom‘s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Law and Policy in California (2015) and appointed to the Advisory Cannabis Working Group by the Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management.

Robert Aspholm

Roberto Aspholm is assistant professor in the school of social work at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He has spent more than a decade working in community practice and research capacities on issues affecting young people in marginalized urban neighborhoods, particularly street gangs, community violence, and violence prevention. His work in these capacities has taken place primarily on the South Side of Chicago and in East St. Louis, Illinois, an industrial suburb of St. Louis and the city with the highest homicide rate in the United States. He recently wrote a book titled, Views for the streets: The transformation of gangs and violence on Chicago’s South Side (2020), as well as co-authored several publications on gun and gang violence in Chicago: Interpersonal gun violence research in the social work literature (2019); The fracturing of gangs and violence: A research based reorientation of violence prevention and intervention policy (2019); and How the coronavirus and Chicago’s gun violence are related (2020). 

Lance Williams

Lance Williams is professor of urban community studies at the historic Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. He currently works with Chicago area violence prevention groups that serve young men who are at high risk for being shooting perpetrators or victims. For over 20 years, Dr. Williams has worked as an expert witness in Federal and local gang and violence-related cases. He is the author of Culture and Perceptions of Violence Related Behaviors Among Adolescents (2009), co-author of the book titled The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Fall, Rise and Resurgence of an American Gang (2011) and author of King David and Boss Daley: The Black Disciples, Mayor Daley and Chicago on the Edge (2023).

Words from Meda Chesney-Lind

Meda Chesney-Lind is professor emeritus in women, gender and sexuality at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, and her testimony before Congress resulted in national support of gender responsive programming for girls in the juvenile justice system. Her most recent book on girls’ use of violence, Fighting for Girls (co-edited with Nikki Jones), won an award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for “focusing America’s attention on the complex problems of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.” She also co-edited, with John Hagedorn, Female Gangs in America: Essays on Girls, Gangs, and Gender, which is the only edited volume ever published in the U.S. on female gangs.

Alistair Fraser

Alistair Fraser is professor of criminology at the University of Glasgow, and director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Alistair is the author of two books: the first, Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City (OUP, 2015) was shortlisted for the BBC/BSA Ethnography Award and co-awarded the British Society of Criminology Book Prize. His second book, Gangs and Crime: Critical Alternatives was published by Sage in 2017. He is on the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Youth Studies, and is an Associate Editor of Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Benneth Lee

Benneth Lee is instructor in justice studies at Northeastern Illinois University, educating students about inner city gangs; prisons and jails; ex-convict recidivism; and prisoner reentry systems. He is also the founder and CEO of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated (NAEFI), which is a community-based organization working in the state of Illinois to empower formerly incarcerated men and women to work towards restorative citizenship. The program involves partnering of male and female formerly incarcerated individuals with trained mentors, providing one-on-one mentoring, through counselling, life skills workshops, leadership development training and support from trained mentors.

Kaitlin Devaney

Kaitlin Devaney is faculty in criminology at DePaul University. She received her Ph.D. with distinction and her M.A. in Criminology, Law and Justice with a concentration in Violence Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research lies broadly in neighborhood-level violence, community-level anti-violence strategies, critical race studies and comparative racialization, and outsider qualitative methodology. She is currently engaged in work that explores the drill rap subculture of violence in Chicago and evaluative prison education research on Northwestern’s Prison Education Program, where she did her postdoctoral research fellowship.

Tribute by Former Students Led by Xavier Perez

Xavier Perez is faculty in criminology at DePaul University. His research interests address two broad areas of study: criminology and latino(a) crime. Specifically, what distinguishes Latinos(as) from other ethnic/racial groups in America? Second, his research interests explore variation in legal traditions around the world and the implications of such variation on crime policies. Specifically, Xavier examines the impact of this training on police behavior and community relations in Puerto Rico, thus exploring how and why countries punish criminal offenders differently and how those differences are often the result of cross-national variation in culture, politics, economics, religion, and social organization.

Moderated by Teresa Córdova

Teresa Córdova is the Director of the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois Chicago.  She is also Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at UIC. Dr. Córdova received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout her career, Teresa has engaged with communities in and outside the university and is an expert in community/university partnerships and methodologies of engaged research. In addition to strategies for community and economic development, her work focuses on global/local dynamics and the impacts of global economic restructuring on local communities, including impacts of resource extraction. She has been instrumental in affecting economic development policy and projects, the provision and design of infrastructure, local governance, and neighborhood change. She currently sits on the Cook County Economic Development Advisory Committee, The Board of Directors of Grand Victoria Foundation, and the Board of Illinois Humanities Council.  She publishes extensively in the fields of community development and Latino/a Studies.

 


John Hagedorn, Ph.D. was a James J. Stukel Fellow with the Great Cities Institute and Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hagedorn’s first book, People & Folks, Gangs, Crime, and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City, argued for more jobs than jails and applied William Julius Wilson’s underclass theory to gangs. He was the architect of a neighborhood-based, family centered social service reform in Milwaukee that became the subject of his dissertation, published as Forsaking Our Children: Bureaucracy and Reform in the Child Welfare System (1995). He was editor (with Meda Chesney-Lind), of Female Gangs in America: Essays on Girls, Gangs, and Gender, the only edited volume ever published in the U.S. on female gangs. His interest in Chicago gangs led him to become immersed in the history of the Vice Lords and the importance of race. His global travels further informed his understanding of gangs, which led him to edit the volume Gangs in the Global City based on an international conference at the Great Cities Institute. He was Principal Investigator of a Harry F. Guggenheim study at the Great Cities Institute of why Chicago’s homicide rate did not decline like New York City’s. He argued in 2007 that the decision to not invest in public housing but demolish it was a major correlate of high rates of violence.  In A World of Gangs (2008), he applied Manuel Castells’ work in analyzing gangs, arguing that understanding the cultural struggle for identity was crucial in working with gangs. His 2015 book, The In$ane Chicago Way: The Daring Plan by Chicago Gangs to Create a Spanish Mafia, looks historically at gangs, organized crime, and corruption in Chicago. John truly left a legacy at so many levels, including the many students who adored him. For more on John Hagedorn’s legacy, click here.

 

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The Workers Cottage: Past, Present, and Future


 

 

Join us for an enlightening light lunch lecture as we delve into the rich history, present challenges, and future prospects of Chicago’s iconic workers cottages. These modest yet historically significant homes have been at the heart of Chicago’s urban landscape for over a century, embodying the aspirations and struggles of working-class families throughout the city’s rapid growth. The event will be held on Thursday, March 14th, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CST at the Great Cities Institute, Large Conference Room (412 South Peoria Street, Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7067). Click here for the downloadable PDF of the flyer. To RSVP, click here.

 

 


For guest speakers, we have Joseph C. Bigott, Ph.D. from Purdue University Northwest and who is the author of From Cottage to Bungalow. As a renowned historian specializing in Chicago’s architectural heritage, Joseph brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into the significance of workers cottages in shaping the city’s built environment. Additionally, we have Lucy Gomez Feliciano, who is the community engagement director at Here to Stay Community Land Trust. With a background in urban planning and community development, Lucy offers invaluable perspectives on the challenges and opportunities associated with preserving workers cottages amidst rapid urbanization and gentrification.

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Chicago in a position to claim a new title: ‘City of solutions.’

Teresa Córdova on Crain’s Chicago Business discusses how the city of Chicago is in a position to claim a new title: ‘City of Solutions.’

“”Chicago is such a great city, I love it,” is what I so often hear when I travel. I also hear comments about the crime, the corruption and the entrenched inequalities.”

“But “pride comes before a fall.” It is not that we were arrogant about our industrial past, but in Chicago, like other “rust belt” cities, factory after factory was closed — often without much notice. Left behind were high rates of unemployment, disinvested neighborhoods, contaminated sites, and a decimated manufacturing sector. Many say companies left because of the nearly singular focus on shareholder value. They just up and left, and with them the vibrancy of Chicago’s workforce and neighborhoods. Given these conditions, which amazingly persist to a large degree, we cannot be surprised by the attendant social problems.”

“There are visionaries among us who believe that we can become a global leader in the production of goods needed for the emerging economies around green manufacturing, renewable energy, local food production and more. There is enough research and economic analysis now to demonstrate both the urgency for this direction as well as the economic feasibility.”

 


From Crain’s Chicago Business (To go to the actual article, please click on this link.)


 

Honoring the Life and Work of John Hagedorn on April 1st, 2024.


International and National Criminal Justice Scholars Join us to Honor the Life and Work of John Hagedorn on April 1, 2024


Please join us on April 1, 2024, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. when an array of criminal justice experts gathers to honor the life and work of John Hagedorn, James J. Stukel Fellow at the Great Cities Institute and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois Chicago. You can RSVP here.

Our featured speaker is David Brotherton, who is professor in sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is also the director of the Social Change and Transgressive Studies Project. Among his recent books are: Routledge International Handbook of Critical Gang Studies edited with Rafael Gude (Routledge 2021); Immigration Policy in the Age of Punishment: Detention, Deportation and Border Control with Phil Kretsedemas (Columbia 2017); Las Pandillas Como Movimiento Social with Luis Barrios (University of Central America Press 2016); Youth Street Gangs: A Critical Appraisal (Routledge 2015); Banished to the Homeland: Dominican Deportees and Their Stories of Exile, with Luis Barrios (Columbia 2011); Keeping Out The Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Control, edited with P. Kretsedemas (Columbia 2009); and  The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang, with Luis Barrios (Columbia 2004). He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Critical Criminology: An International Journal and the founding editor of the “Studies in Transgression” book series at Temple University Press.

David Brotherton will be introduced by Avelardo Valdez, who is professor of social work and sociology at the University of Southern California. He is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar with an extensive publication record in his field of research, which is in the intersection between substance abuse and violence and health issues among high-risk groups. His most recent book is Mexican American Girls and Gang Violence: Beyond Risk. He is also a director of the NIDA Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse, has served as a member of the Committee for National Academy of Sciences Study of High Rates of Incarceration in the United States (2013-2014), and served on Governor Gavin Newsom‘s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Law and Policy in California (2015) and appointed to the Advisory Cannabis Working Group by the Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management.

Alistair Fraser is traveling from Scotland where he is professor of criminology at the University of Glasgow, and director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Alistair is the author of two books: the first, Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City (OUP, 2015) was shortlisted for the BBC/BSA Ethnography Award and co-awarded the British Society of Criminology Book Prize. His second book, Gangs and Crime: Critical Alternatives was published by Sage in 2017. He is on the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Youth Studies and is an Associate Editor of Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Other speakers include the following:

Robert Aspholm is assistant professor in the school of social work at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He has spent more than a decade working in community practice and research capacities on issues affecting young people in marginalized urban neighborhoods, particularly street gangs, community violence, and violence prevention. His work in these capacities has taken place primarily on the South Side of Chicago and in East St. Louis, Illinois, an industrial suburb of St. Louis and the city with the highest homicide rate in the United States. He recently wrote a book titled, Views for the streets: The transformation of gangs and violence on Chicago’s South Side (2020), as well as co-authored several publications on gun and gang violence in Chicago: “Interpersonal Gun Violence Research in the Social Work Literature (2019); “The Fracturing of Gangs and Violence: A Research Based Reorientation of Violence Prevention and Intervention Policy (2019 with John Hagedorn, Teresa Córdova, Andrew Papchristos  and Lance Williams, and); and “How the Coronavirus and Chicago’s Gun Violence are Related” (2020). 

Lance Williams is professor of urban community studies at the historic Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. He currently works with Chicago area violence prevention groups that serve young men who are at high risk for being shooting perpetrators or victims. For over 20 years, Dr. Williams has worked as an expert witness in Federal and local gang and violence-related cases. He is the author of Culture and Perceptions of Violence Related Behaviors Among Adolescents (2009), co-author of the book titled The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Fall, Rise and Resurgence of an American Gang (2011) and author of King David and Boss Daley: The Black Disciples, Mayor Daley and Chicago on the Edge (2023).

Words from Meda Chesney-Lind
Meda Chesney-Lind is professor emeritus in women, gender, and sexuality at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, and her testimony before Congress resulted in national support of gender responsive programming for girls in the juvenile justice system. Her most recent book on girls’ use of violence, Fighting for Girls (co-edited with Nikki Jones), won an award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for “focusing America’s attention on the complex problems of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.”

Benneth Lee is instructor in justice studies at Northeastern Illinois University, educating students about inner city gangs; prisons and jails; ex-convict recidivism; and prisoner reentry systems. He is also the founder and CEO of the National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated (NAEFI), which is a community-based organization working in the state of Illinois to empower formerly incarcerated men and women to work towards restorative citizenship. The program involves partnering of male and female formerly incarcerated individuals with trained mentors, providing one-on-one mentoring, through counseling, life skills workshops, leadership development training and support from trained mentors.

Kaitlin Devaney is faculty in criminology at DePaul University. She received her Ph.D. with distinction and her M.A. in Criminology, Law and Justice with a concentration in Violence Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research lies broadly in neighborhood-level violence, community-level anti-violence strategies, critical race studies and comparative racialization, and outsider qualitative methodology. She is currently engaged in work that explores the drill rap subculture of violence in Chicago and evaluative prison education research on Northwestern’s Prison Education Program, where she did her postdoctoral research fellowship.

Tribute by Former Students Led by Xavier Perez
Xavier Perez is faculty in criminology at DePaul University. His research interests address two broad areas of study: criminology and Latino(a) crime. Specifically, what distinguishes Latinos(as) from other ethnic/racial groups in America? Second, his research interests explore variation in legal traditions around the world and the implications of such variation on crime policies. Specifically, Xavier examines the impact of this training on police behavior and community relations in Puerto Rico, thus exploring how and why countries punish criminal offenders differently and how those differences are often the result of cross-national variation in culture, politics, economics, religion, and social organization.

Moderated by Teresa Córdova
Teresa Córdova is the Director of the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois Chicago.  She is also Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at UIC. Dr. Córdova received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout her career, Teresa has engaged with communities in and outside the university and is an expert in community/university partnerships and methodologies of engaged research. In addition to strategies for community and economic development, her work focuses on global/local dynamics and the impacts of global economic restructuring on local communities, including impacts of resource extraction. She has been instrumental in affecting economic development policy and projects, the provision and design of infrastructure, local governance, and neighborhood change. She currently sits on the Cook County Economic Development Advisory Committee, The Board of Directors of Grand Victoria Foundation, and the Board of Illinois Humanities Council.  She publishes extensively in the fields of community development and Latino/a Studies.

Additional former colleagues and students of John will be on tap to provide testimonies on John’s influence on them and on the field of Criminal Justice. We hope that you are able to join us for this very special event. To download the flyer in PDF, please click here.


Spring 2024 Political Science Distinguished Speaker Series: “Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point”


 

 

Steven Levitsky, David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government at Harvard University, will speak by Zoom (click here to access Zoom on the day of the talk) next Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 11 AM to 12 PM CST on his new book with Daniel Ziblatt, Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point, as part of the political science department’s speaker series. Professor Stephen Engelmann, UIC, will serve as a discussant. The Speaker Series is organized and moderated by Professor Alba Alexander and sponsored by UIC’s Department of Political Science. Click here for the downloadable PDF of the flyer.

 

 


Professor Levitsky’s research focuses on authoritarianism, political parties and democratic institutions. He has published more than a dozen books. The most recent are the New York Times bestseller (with Daniel Ziblatt) How Democracies Die and (with Daniel Ziblatt) Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point.

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Mother Earth Meets the Anthropocene (“The Age of Man”): An Ecofeminist/Environmental Justice Assessment Talk Event


 

 

“The Anthropocene,” or “Age of Man,” is a proposed name for the current geological age, one, its proponents claim to be a new era where “humans” have become a vast force capable of overwhelming the vast forces of “Nature.” This illustrated talk considers the sexed, gendered, racialized and otherwise political concept of “The Anthropocene” in dialogue with concept with the ancient reality of “Mother Nature” or Mother Earth, common to indigenous ecological knowledge as well as contemporary ecofeminist and environmental justice perspectives.

This talk event will be held in the afternoon (from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM CST) of February 20, 2024, at Student Center East at UIC (750 S. Halsted) in the Cardinal Room. To RSVP, please click here. Click here for the downloadable PDF of the flyer.

 

 


Jane Caputi is Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. She has written four books, most recently Call Your “Mutha”: A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene (Oxford University Press, 2020). She also has made two educational documentaries, The Pornography of Everyday Life (2006) distributed by Berkeley Media and Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth (2016), distributed by Women Make Movies. Dr. Caputi, in 2016, was named Eminent Scholar of the Year by the American Culture/Popular Culture Association and in 2020 the Association for the Study of Women in Mythology gave her their annual “Saga Award” for contributions to women’s history and culture.

 

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Mother Earth Meets the Anthropocene (“The Age of Man”)


Mother Earth Meets the Anthropocene (“The Age of Man”)


We are so pleased that Professor Jane Caputi, Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University, will be joining us to share her analysis of “Mother Earth Meets the Anthropocene (“The Age of Man”): An Ecofeminist/Environmental Justice Assessment.”

Jane is a brilliant scholar and has been writing about violence against women for decades. Her most recent book, Call Your “Mutha”: A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene, was published by Oxford University Press in 2020. Jane makes a very powerful argument for the significance of Mother Earth in the face of the destructive forces of domination over nature and the threats to survival. Dr. Caputi’s other books include Goddesses and Monsters:  Women, Myth, Power, and Popular Culture (Popular Press 2004); Gossips, Gorgons, and Crones: The Fates of the Earth (Bear and Company 1993); and Age of Sex Crime (Popular Press 1987). She also has made two educational documentaries, The Pornography of Everyday Life (2006) distributed by Berkeley Media and Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth (2016), distributed by Women Make Movies. Dr. Caputi, in 2016, was named Eminent Scholar of the Year by the American Culture/Popular Culture Association and in 2020 the Association for the Study of Women in Mythology gave her their annual “Saga Award” for contributions to women’s history and culture.

The event is Tuesday, February 20, 2024, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Student Center East Cardinal Room (750 S. Halsted) at the University of Illinois Chicago. To RSVP, please click here. To download the flyer in PDF, please click here.

After Professor Caputi delivers her lecture (with many images) she and Teresa Córdova, Director of Great Cities Institute, will engage in a conversation about the significance of her analysis. Check out this video from 1992 of Jane, Teresa, and Ann Scales talking about images and violence against women. This video will remind you of how deeply imbedded the messages are in popular culture that perpetuate violence against women.  Thirty-two years later, Jane is still illuminating this issue. If you want to hear more, please join us for Professor Jane Caputi’s lecture. It will be worth your time.

We are happy to co-sponsor the event with UIC’s Institute for the HumanitiesAnthropocene LabGender and Women’s Studies, and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy.