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  Volume 5/Issue 10—October 25, 2013

The University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired the literary archives of the poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and poet laureate of Illinois for more than 30 years. Photo courtesy of Nora Brooks Blakely


This Week’s Activities @ WRC:

“As a human rights issue, the effort to end violence against women becomes a community’s obligation, not just a good idea.” Charlotte Bunch

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Join us in activities and events throughout the month to become involved in eliminating violence and abuse in our relationships, our homes and in our community! A calendar of events is available here.


Monday—October 28 @ 12NOON—Dish It Up | Women’s Resources Center Lunch Series presents: Reframing ‘Women’s Work’/ Radical Compassion as Activism featuring Meadow Jones, PhD Student, Art Education, School of Art + Design. All lunches are free & to open to ALL! Partially funded by SCPF.

Monday—October 28 @ 5:30 to 6:30pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Women on the Move presents: Belly Fit Classes with Instructor, DoMonique Arnold. Belly Fit, a series designed for women-identifying students and part of our Women on the Move Series, consists of fitness classes for students seeking a women-identified workout space for religious or healing-related purposes. These FREE weekly belly dance classes are designed for bodies of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. Dress in clothes that are easy to move around in! The Belly Fit series continues all semester. Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.); please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Monday—October 28 @ 7pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Hot Topics | Lighting the Path to Citizenship: Local Organizing for Immigration Justice. Co-sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum, this discussion of local immigration organizing will feature a diversity of speakers, each active in different activist projects for citizenship. Hot Topics Dialogues is a series hosted by the Women’s Resources Center and the YWCA on campus. Hot Topics seeks to provide a space for dialogue on gender and other social identities and social justice–and occurs every 2nd and 4th Mondays 7-9pm. Refreshments will be provided. Event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Gender Action Network and the Champaign-Urbana Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Should you require any additional accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Tuesday—October 29 @ 5:30pm @ Asian American Cultural Center; 2nd Floor resource Room, 1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana—Women’s Support Group. This weekly support group is for women students who have been sexually assaulted/abused or who have been abused within a relationship. The focus is on finding support and learning ways to cope with the emotional trauma of intimate abuse. Call Pat or Molly for more information @ 217.333.3137.

Tuesday—October 29 @ 5:30pm @ Women’s Resources Center— Body Image Action Coalition. Our 6-week discussion group for women and trans* students on race, gender/sexuality, (dis)ability, and body image begins! You must be registered by 9/30/13! Contact Rachel Storm for more information/registration.

Wednesday—October 30 @ 7pm @ Women’s Resources Center—What You Create When You Date: Building and Maintaining Healthy Relationships. Cosponsored by Women’s Resources Center and CHLH 340B / SOCW 350B: CARE Practicum. Join us to learn the signs of an abusive relationship, the cycle of domestic violence, and what a healthy relationship looks like! We will go over specific scenarios and identify whether they are signs of abusive relationships or not, talk about the cycle of domestic violence and why people stay in abusive relationships, speak about specific resources to help those affected by domestic violence, and talk about communication skills that help create happy and strong relationships. Free, everyone welcome!

Thursday–October 31 @ 5:30pm @ Women’s Resources Center—Crafternoons with Noelle Bruce. Join our talented volunteer, Noelle for weekly “Crafternoons” where we’ll tackle a new craft each week- from jewelry making to paper arts, knitting to DIY screenprinting. We’ll also craft cards together as a weekly practice. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to kick back, relax, and craft! Should you require any accommodations (assistance with food and seating, large print programs, an ASL interpreter, visual/audio assistance, etc.), please contact us at your earliest convenience. Everyone WELCOME!!

Events This Week @ OIIR cultural centers/units:

Saturday—October 26 @ 10am-2pm @ Murphy Lounge, University YMCA –Direct Action Organizing Training. We’ve all heard the saying: “be the change you want to see.” But they never talk about the hardcore planning and power analysis that’s required to bring about that change. Facilitated by writer and advocate Sesali Bowen, this training will help identify practical issues, targets, and allies; in addition to mapping out a winnable strategy to win victories. Come learn some of the basic principles of direct actions, grassroots organizing and change the way you meet adversity! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP hereThis training is co-sponsored by Diversity & Social Justice Education, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, and the University YMCA, and paid for in part by the Student Cultural Programming Fee. For more information, contactDiversityEd@illinois.edu.

Monday—October 28 @ 6 pm @ Asian American Cultural Center—CHAI Time Co-hosted by Taiwanese American Student Club (TASC). Join us for our next segment of Chai Time!  CHAI Time is a weekly AACC evening program co-sponsored with a different Registered Student Organization each week. Snacks and tea are provided by the AACC and all students are welcomed to join. This week’s host of Chai Time is Taiwanese American Student Club (TASC). We will be having a segment on Taiwanese Desserts. TASC will hold a live demo on how to make these delicious desserts like mochi! We will be giving out samples douhua as well! Come learn more and have a fun time meeting new people with Taiwanese American Student Club (TASC)!

Tuesday—October 29 @ 12noon @ Asian American Cultural Center; 1210 W. Nevada, U—Food For Thought | How Student Groups Can Respond to Devastating Natural Disasters with Melanie Castillo-Cullather, Asian Culture Center, Indiana University. Free and open to all. Partially funded by SCPF.

Tuesday—October 22 @ 6pm @ La Casa Cultural Latina, Room 116—META: Transferring into AHS. Come, learn the do’s and don’t’s!

Wednesday—October 30 @ 12noon @ Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center; 708 S. Mathews,—Food For The Soul | Black Jeopardy featuring BNAACC Interns. All lunches are free & open to ALL! Partially funded by SCPF.


Thursday—October 31 @ 12noon @ La Casa Cultural Latina; 1203 W. Nevada, U—Lunch @ La Casa |Sonic Imagery: El Grito de Don Pedro Albizu Campos—Sandra Ruiz, Latina/Latino Studies, and Robert Ramírez, Theater. All lunches are free & open to ALL! Partially funded by SCPF.

Friday—November 1 @ 12noon @ Native American House; 1206 W. Nevada, U —Chat ‘N Chew |First American Indian Writer: Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, A History & Reading, Robert Parker, American Indian Studies/ English. All lunches are free & open to ALL! Partially funded by SCPF.

This exhibition will run till November 1 @ Asian American Cultural Center—Asian American Cultural Center Celebrates Student-Created “What Do You Care About?” Art Exhibit and Artist Reception. For more information seewww.apavoice.org. The photographs displayed in the exhibit express a multitude of concerns relating to subjects’ racial, ethnic, religious, and gender identities. The goal of the reception is to begin a dialogue amongst the attendees about the various issues addressed in the photographs and how they relate to one another as well as other current issues affecting a multitude of communities. “Our hope is to gather stories and question those stories in a way that connects them to larger issues,” states Julian Ignacio, the moderator of the APA Voice blog. Asian and Pacific Islander students (both domestic and international) represent approximately 30% of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s student population and are also one of the fastest growing college student demographics nationwide. The Asian American Cultural Center will host the “What Do You Care About?” exhibit through November 1, 2013. Once the exhibit concludes, new pictures will continue to be uploaded to the blog at www.apavoice.org. Exhibit hours are Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm. Funded by the Student Cultural Programming Fee & Asian American Cultural Center.

Get to know all events and activities happening at the cultural centers and departments in the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations:http://oiir.illinois.edu/

Out & About on Campus and the CU Community:

Sunday—October 27 @ 12:00pm – 3:30pm @ Uniplace Church University Place Christian Church (403 S. Wright, C – corner of Wright and Springfield—Immigration Celebration! October Immigration Justice month will culminate with a welcoming diversity fair/Interfaith Immigration Justice Service on Sunday, October 27, at University Place Christian Church (403 S. Wright, C – corner of Wright and Springfield). From 12:30-2 there will be a free meal and information tables about what groups in the community (faith based or secular) are doing to foster comprehensive immigration reform and make this an immigrant friendly community. Then at 2 there will be the Interfaith Worship Service. 2:00 pm Sunday, October 27 Interfaith Worship Service at University Place Christian Church, 403 S. Wright, Champaign led by faith leaders from many distinct congregations. It will be a moving conclusion to a month-long effort to lift up the needs of our immigrant neighbors today even as we celebrate the immigrant history of our past.

Please join us for the theatrical screening of the award-winning documentary film, “After Tiller”Sunday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. @ Art Theater Co-Op, 126 Church Street, Champaign, IL, sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center and NARAL Illinois Choice Action Team. “After Tiller” is a groundbreaking portrayal of the doctors who provide later abortion in the wake of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller. An important film that explains and humanizes the work these doctors do. Screening will be followed by a Q& A session and panel. $9 adult. There is a $6 senior and child discount, and a $7 student discount. You must ask for these discounts (for the student discount, provide proper I.D.) to receive discount. Tickets are sold in person at the theater.


University YMCA Fall 2013 Friday Forum Schedule: “Rethinking Security: Beyond Mass Incarceration” Taking on a year-long look at the state of security in America, the Fall Friday Forum series, Beyond Mass Incarceration, will peer deeply into current issues revolving around incarceration and will feature expert views on current issues at the local, state, and national levels. Friday Forum is a weekly lecture series held during the fall and spring semesters that strives to raise awareness about national and international trends and events. November 1-Grace Bauer speaks on Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice.

Other News and Information/Opportunities for YOU!

Tuesdays: October 29, November 5, 12, & 19 @ 6 to 9 p.m. @ Sinai Temple of Champaign-Urbana; 3104 W. Windsor Rd., CH—Women’s Basic Rape Aggression Defense Course. Registration Fee: $25. For more information, contact: The Hope Center for Personal Empowerment @ 217-355-1669info@hcpe-il.org or Rape Advocacy, Counseling, & Education Services@ 217-344-6298admin@cu-races.org.

Dads Association Scholarship. The Dads Association will be awarding six scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each.  All undergraduate students are invited to apply (graduate students are ineligible) and the deadline to submit an application isFriday, November 29.  For full details as well as the link to applications students can click the following link: http://illinois.edu/lb/article/349/78223.  If there are any questions students can contact the Illini Union Parent Programs Office at uofiparents@illinois.eduor 217-333-7063.

2013 Black Alumni Network Scholarship. The Illinois Black Alumni Network (BAN), an affiliate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumni Association (UIAA), is awarding $1,000 scholarships for achievement this year (2013-2014). The selected students will possess not only academic excellence, but also excel in at least one other area of College involvement (i.e. student government, clubs, athletics, visual & performing arts, etc.) The selected students will have a proven record of good citizenship on campus with a clean record of social responsibility, (i.e. no disciplinary record, nor negative Dean referrals, or excessive absences.) Students who have met these criteria should submit the attached application on-line before the November 15, 2013 deadline. The application must include current transcript, and an essay detailing achievement, recognition, and any other specific information you would like us to consider. Applications will NOT be accepted after the deadline. DUE NO LATER THAN: November 15, 2013.https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/276604.


DiversityEd Paraprofessional Program. Apply today to serve as a workshop facilitator or dialogue course facilitator for DiversityEd. This paraprofessional program provides student the ability to develop interpersonal facilitation skills while deepen an understanding of diversity and social justice issues. Through training courses, students will learn how to develop interactive learning programs in the form of workshops or classroom curriculum! Interested? http://go.illinois.edu/SJEPApplication

Alternative Spring Break is a student-run program of the YMCA sending service trips across the country during all U of I breaks. Fall and Winter applications are currently open, with a variety of trips dealing with a range of social justice issues and environmental concerns. Visit illinoisasb.org to start your fall or winter adventure:) Emailexternal@illinoisasb.org with any questions.

Tunnel of Oppression is a student-run social justice experience. A “tunnel” is constructed and different identity groups are given a chance to talk about their culture, experience, and encounters with Oppression. This year’s event will take placeNovember 11 & 12 4-8pm in SDRP Multipurpose Rooms. Past participating groups include students with disabilities, LGBT students, MA’AT black student union, and Isparc. We are seeking volunteers to be door holders, tour guides, and set up assistants for one or more one hour shifts. Commitment includes a mandatory training on November 7th at 7:30pm in the SDRP. Follow the link or contact Hugo htrevin2@illinois.eduwww.SignUpGenius.com/…/12351997. Volunteer Deadline is Sunday, November 3 @ 11:59pm.


December 5-6, 2013 @ University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign—Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms: Genealogy, Theory, Performance

Since their controversial inceptions –controversial not just for their sound or aesthetic, but also in ongoing debates about their origin stories— punk and hip-hop have received significant scholarly attention as objects of study. As insurgent and often incoherent sets of scenes emerging in the 1970s, and in the aftermath of multiple, devastating anti-imperial wars and a global economic restructuring, punk and hip-hop manifested all the contradictions of modernist avant-garde movements – unsentimental and romantic, revolutionary and reactionary, a draw for queers and freaks and the worship of male genius.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Fifteenth Annual Women’s and Gender History Symposium/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. February 27 – March 1, 2014, at the Illini Union in Urbana, Illinois with a Keynote Address by Professor Luise White, University of Florida. Where is the Love? Uncovering Love, Past and Present. The concept of love has historically cast a large shadow, influencing everyday lives, political processes and social structures. We invite all papers that help us conceptualize, historicize, and complicate the themes of love and affective relations, across all time periods (ancient, medieval, and modern), while grounding their analysis in the category of gender and/or the experiences of women. We are looking for papers that consider love in a wide variety of contexts from different parts of the world. Contexts could include familial/filial love, romantic love, queer love, multiracial/inter-communal love, spiritual love and dysfunctional love. The entanglements of love with religion, the nation, comradeship, migration, ideas, and objects are also open for investigation. We also warmly welcome proposals considering the topic of affective studies and methodology, with regard to problems of evidence, archives and historical repression. The experience of love, the desire for intimacy, as well as the willingness to act on affection, have shaped peoples’ interpretations of their world. In the recent past, discourses of coloniality have also reproduced love as the counterfoil to reason and rationality. However, what exactly “love” is—and exactly how historians and other scholars can study it—remains an open question, which we are interested in exploring further. This conference will reconsider love in all its complex forms, and its multiple historical and geographical iterations.

While we do not have a specific spatial focus, we strongly encourage submissions focusing on Non-Western and Indigenous areas, or on pre-modern periods, along with those that employ inter-disciplinary approaches and tools. The keynote address for this year’s symposium will be delivered by Professor Luise White from the Department of History at the University of Florida. A leading scholar of African history, White’s work has contributed to the gendering of labor migration and urbanization. She has also contributed significantly to methodology in the study of the African past, addressing issues concerning oral history and the use of rumor as evidence. White’s 1990 monograph, Comforts of Home: Prostitution in Colonial Nairobi, won the prestigious Melville J. Herskovits Award in African studies. All graduate students interested in presenting at the conference should send their 300-500 word abstracts togendersymp@gmail.com by November 15, 2013. Applicants will be notified by December about whether their paper has been accepted. We look forward to receiving your abstracts!

The campus and community programs/events listed do not reflect the views of Women’s Resources Center or the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations. WRC newsletters are a weekly service designed to provide information and updates on the women’s community and the general campus community. This newsletter is sent out every Friday. Any campus departments, student organizations or community groups that would like to submit events or announcements to the newsletter must submit detailed information, including contact information, to Pat Morey @ pmorey@illinois.edu by Thursday at 12pm (noon).We reserve the right to edit announcements.


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