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2006 Programs

Date: September 5 – October 13, 2006
Opening reception: Thursday September 7, 2006 5 -8-pm
Location: C33 Gallery, 33 E. Congress Parkway
David Krut Galleries, CCC Office of the Provost, [C] Spaces

In conjunction with the Office of the Provost's college-wide Critical Encounters initiative, the Institute presented an exhibition of life-size self portraits of women who, by mapping and documenting their lives and their illness, invite us to name and identify HIV+ people of South Africa. Bodymaps is a traveling exhibition of art works created by the Bambanani Women, a group of women living with HIV and AIDS from the Kahyelitsha township near Cape Town, South Africa. These artworks were developed from the Memory Box Project, a community engaged program initiated by the University of Cape Town and Medecins Sans Frontieres, in response to the growing number of South Africans living with HIV and AIDS. This exhibition was brought to the Institute in partnership with David Krut Galleries of New York and South Africa. Also available was the accompanying book Long Life- Positive HIV Stories, which illustrates and profiles the lives of the Bambanani Women's Group, the Bodymaps artists.

Body as Art: Politics, Gender, and Culture Public Panel Discussion (as part of the Critical Encounters Initiative)
Date: September 20, 2006, 6-7:30pm
Location: Ferguson Hall, Columbia College Chicago, 600 S. Michigan
Partners: Liberal Education Department, Columbia College Chicago, POLVO, RadioArte, and SAIC Visiting Artists Program and Performance Department

The Institute co-presented the Body as Art: Politics, Gender and Culture public panel discussion with the Liberal Education Department, SAIC Visiting Artist and Performance Department, POLVO, and RadioArte. The dialogue investigated the relationships and intersections of gender, politics, and culture as it relates to the body, art, activism, and HIV/AIDS/Health. Participants included visual and performance artists Sonia Baez-Hernandez and Tracey Rose, Outreach Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit, University of Cape Town, Colin Almeleh, and moderator Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Associate Curator at The Renaissance Society.

BitchFEST Reading, Discussion and Book Signing
Date: September 28, 2006, 5:30-7pm
Location: Ferguson Hall, Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan
Women and Gender Studies Program, Journalism Department, Columbia College Chicago, and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

The first issue of Bitch Magazine was published in January 1996 as a photocopied and stapled zine that was a feminist response to pop culture. Ten years later it has grown into a public forum for discourse on the state of women in our culture and has become one of the most provocative places to voice one's critical thoughts, guilty pleasures, dissatisfactions, and de-code mainstream media. Bitch founders Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler read from their latest book BitchFest, an anthology of the best writing in Bitch's 10 year history, along with new pieces, including the Forward from comedienne Margaret Cho. Following the reading was a moderated discussion and then a book signing.

Reeling Film Festival- the Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival- Movie Screening and Panel Discussion
Date: November 4, 2006, 12-3:30pm
Location: Film Row Cinema, Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash
Reeling Film Festival

The Institute co-sponsored the movie screenings of two films Boy I Am directed by Sam Feder and FtF: Female to Femme directed by Kami Chisholm, as part of this year's Reeling Film Festival. Boy I Am is a compelling and provocative look at the place of trans issues within the larger queer community. This riveting documentary focuses on the lives of three transmen as they prepare for their transitions and questions how the emergence of female to male visibility affects the dyke community from which they have come. Their stories serve as the backdrop for smart and provocative interviews with leading gender theorists, journalists, activists, lawyers, and professors. FtF celebrates dyke femme identities and an understanding of femininity as multiple rather than singular, constructed rather than natural, and as potentially radical on someone “born female” as masculinity, which has lately been given a great deal of privilege in the dyke community. Following the screening was a public panel discussion including directors Feder and Chisolm and a diverse audience of over 100 people, addressing perspectives of gender identity, trans/identity issues, and dyke feminism.

A Conversation with Human Rights Activist Veronica Cruz
Date: November 10, 2006, 1:45pm
Location: Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted
Human Rights Watch, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, International Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Latin American and Latino Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago

The Institute co-presented a conversation with Veronica Cruz, a leading Mexican women's rights advocate and founder and head of Las Libres (The Free Women), the only organization in the conservative state of Guanajuato to help rape victims access safe abortion. Elena Gutierrez from UIC's Gender and Women's Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies programs took part in the conversation with an audience comprised of students from multiple educational institutions.

The Lola Project (TLP)
Date: November 16-18, 2006, 8pm
Location: HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo
A Sordid Collective, Office of GLBT Student Concerns, Columbia College Chicago and dykediva.com

A Sordid Collective produced The Lola Project, a part burlesque part drag king performance that invited the audience to trace the connections and divergences around and among ten feisty characters as they traversed early-twentieth century Chicago. The Lola Project explores themes of gender, class, privilege, desire, culture, and mass communication while keeping a beat to a campy, steamy rhythm.

Gender Based Violence in a Global Context: A Chicago Discussion
Date: November 20, 2006, 6-8pm
Location: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue
WE-ACTx Rwanda, Heartland Alliance, Marjorie Kovler Center, Hektoen Institute, Crossroads Fund, Chicago Foundation for Women, University of Illinois at Chicago International Studies Program, Roosevelt University

This program included a distinguished panel discussing issues of human rights, gender-based violence, and health care on the occasion of the “To Live Again” Project: Rwandan Survivors of Genocide photography exhibit, which was open for viewing during the discussion. The audience was comprised of a majority of students from the multiple educational institutions, health workers, activists, direct service providers, media representatives, and scholars.

Natalie Bennett, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, DePaul University
Cathy Christeller, Executive Director, Chicago Women's AIDS Project
Marge Cohen, M.D. Director of Women's HIV Research, CORE Center
Dori Dinsmore, Midwest Regional Director, Amnesty International USA
Mary Fabri, Ph.D., Director of the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture
Lynette Jackson, Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies and African American Studies, Chair of the International Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University

25 years of HIV/AIDS from a Gender Perspective
Date: December 5, 2006
Location: Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Avenue
Crossroads Fund, Chicago Women's AIDS Project, WE-ACTx Rwanda, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice at Roosevelt University, Chicago Foundation for Women

This year marked the 25th year of the AIDS epidemic. In remembrance of this history and in support of current HIV/AIDS activism, the Institute joined with Crossroads Fund, Chicago Women's AIDS Project, WE-ACTx Rwanda, Mansfield Institute for Social Justice at Roosevelt University, and the Chicago Foundation for Women to co-present a program that included a distinguished panel discussing issues around HIV/AIDS and health care in the context of race, class, and gender on the occasion of the “To Live Again” Project: Rwandan Survivors of Genocide, a photo and oral history exhibit, which was open for viewing during the discussion. The audience was comprised of a majority of students from the multiple educational institutions, health workers, activists, direct service providers, media representatives, and scholars.

Cathy Cohen, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
Mardge Cohen, Director, Women's HIV Research, CORE Center: Connections Between Local and Global HIV Activism
Chris Curry, Student AIDS activist: Students Take Action Against the AIDS Pandemic
Debra Flemming, Local HIV Activist: Community Responses to HIV/AIDS
Keith Green, Black Gay Men's Caucus: Community Responses to HIV/AIDS
Moderator Cathy Christeller, Executive Director, Chicago Women's AIDS Project

Art in the Time of Democratic Fever: the New South Africa
Breakfast conversation with Albie Sachs, Constitutional Court Justice of South Africa, and South African architect Vanessa September
Date: January 13, 10am - 12pm
Location: Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave., 1st Floor
Partner: CCC Office of the President

This special breakfast conversation features Albie Sachs, Constitutional Court Justice of South Africa, and South African architect Vanessa September speaking about art, democracy, the New Court House and Constitutional Hill in South Africa, activism, social change, community empowerment, creative process, and individual roles and responsibilities. The audience is comprised of an invited group of 50 artists, activists, philanthropists, civic leaders, public representatives, cultural workers, Columbia colleagues - trustees, upper administrators, staff, faculty and students.

Women in Hip-Hop featuring Psalm One and Ang13
Date: February 23, 4-6pm
Location: HotHouse, 33 W. Balbo Ave.
Partner: Cultural Studies Department, Black World Studies Department

This program created a platform for performances by female Hip-Hop artists Psalm One and Ang13 followed by a question-and-answer session about the challenges of being female in the Hip-Hop world and the particular roles and responsibilities that female hip hop artists face.

Women of Color and Feminism Series:
African American Women Defining the 'F' Word
Latinas Defining the 'F' Word
Asian American Women Defining the 'F' Word
Date: February-April 2006
Location: Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor
Partner: Chicago Foundation for Women

These panel discussions focused on the state and perception of feminism among women of color. This program attracted over 250 participants.

Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein
Date: Performances and Educational Programming throughout February 2006
Location: Museum of Contemporary Art
Partners: About Face Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art
CCC Departments of Theatre, Art + Design, English, Liberal Education

Loving Repeating was directed and adapted by two-time Tony Award winner Frank Galati, who was also a professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern, Associate Director of the Goodman Theatre and ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Music and orchestrations were by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty.

The Institute was the educational partner of the production and a sponsor. Educational programs included student-focused discussions with the director, producers, composer, and performers of Loving Repeating and visits to rehearsals of the production. Columbia students were able to attend preview performances and a select group of students from several disciplines including Theatre, Art and Design, English, Liberal Education and interdisciplinary acts participated in a series of discussions and special events with the principles in the production. The Institute co-presented an after performance panel discussion with Mr. Galati and several of the performers and a scholar and artist.

A description of Loving Repeating follows:
The Tony Award-winning creators of the blockbuster musical Ragtime—composer Stephen Flaherty and Chicago's own Frank Galati—reunited for this endlessly fascinating chamber musical about one of America's most original writers, Gertrude Stein. Loving Repeating explores the romantic world of Gertrude Stein - her giddy love affair with language, self-expression, and with Alice B. Toklas. Stein - the great modernist and artistic gadfly - is one of the most influential artists of the past century, and she and her expatriate milieu - including the likes of Picasso, Matisse, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, and her beloved "wife" Alice B. Toklas - changed the way contemporary artists see the world and express themselves. Loving Repeating is a theatrical love song to one of the most lyrical, romantic, and daring writers of our era, created by two of the most important artists working in the American theatre.

Women and Film: Producing, Exhibiting, and Making Media
Date: March 8, 5:30 - 7pm
Location: Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor
Partner: CCC Film and Video Department

For International Women's Day, the Institute selected a distinguished panel comprised of female leaders in the film industry to discuss the challenges of women working in the film industry today. The panelists spent time during the day with approximately 30 film and video students, critiquing their work, discussing their craft and answering questions giving students more direct time with the visitors. After the public panel discussion, the Institute hosted a dinner with selected guests including cultural leaders in the field, trustees, prospective donors, and foundation leaders and Columbia colleagues.

Moderator: Mara Tapp, Award winning Journalist, Columbia College Chicago faculty member
Patricia Cardoso, Award-Winning Director, Real Women Have Curves
Judith McCray, Filmmaker and Founder, Juneteenth Productions
Gigi Pritzker, CEO and Co-Founder, Odd Lot Entertainment
Dianne Weyermann, Executive Vice President, Documentary Production at Participant Productions, Columbia College Chicago Alumni Film & Video

Sister Chicas
Date: April 5, 6:00-8:00pm
Location: One E. Wacker Drive, 20th Floor
Partner: Chicago Foundation for Women

The Lesbian, Latina, and Young Women's Leadership Councils of Chicago Foundation for Women and the Institute hosted a reading, discussion and reception to celebrate the release of the novel Sisster Chicas (Penguin/NAL). Written by Lisa Alvarado, Ann Hagman Cardinal and Jane Alberdeston Coralin, the novel tells the story of three young Latina friends in Chicago. Addressing issues such as culture, body image, self-concept and sexuality, the novel presents the reader with an image of strong female relationships.

26th Annual Conference of the National Women & Theater Program
Date: August 1 - 2, 2006
Location: Columbia College Chicago, Department of Art and Design
Partner: Departement of Art and Design

The National Women & Theater program promotes the work of women in theater, performance, and activism, and is dedicated to engaging with the local community in which our conference takes place. The Annual Conference draws 100-200 scholars and practitioners from across the U.S. and Canada and features panels, presentations, performances and workshops. Teatro Luna, a Chicago-based Latina theatre troupe, was the keynote performance and Chicago's About Face Theatre performed a staged reading of Jane Chambers's classic lesbian play, Last Summer at Blue Fish Cove. There was also a powerful performance by Karen Finley, the most famous artist of the "N.E.A. Four".