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2010 Programs

A Life in Two Genders: Jennifer Finney Boylan
November 7, 2010/ 10-11am
Francis Parker School, 2233 N. Clark Street

The Institute was proud to partner with the Chicago Humanities Festival during its 21st season focusing on the body.  As part of this partnership, the Institute co-presented this lecture and organized a special student workshop with Jennifer Finney Boylan. With her bestselling book She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, Jennifer Finney Boylan helped redefine the conversation about being transgendered in the United States. In the program, Boylan spoke candidly about being transgender-and about the changes in her roles as spouse, parent, and friend as she transitioned from male to female. The author of ten books, Boylan teaches at Colby College in Maine and is distinguished writer-in-residence at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania in 2010. A regular contributor to the Op-Ed page of the New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler, she is also a nationally-known advocate for civil rights. 

Rhodessa Jones: The Medea Project
November 7, 2010/1-2pm
Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan

The Institute was proud to partner with the Chicago Humanities Festival during its 21st season focusing on the body.  As part of this partnership, the Institute co-presented this program and organized a special student workshop with Rhodessa Jones. In the late 1980s, while working in the San Francisco County Jail, actor and performance artist Rhodessa Jones recognized that female inmates often responded to incarceration with feelings of guilt, depression, and self-loathing. Blending social activism and theater, Jones and her theater company, Cultural Odyssey, founded the acclaimed Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, to explore whether an arts-based approach could help reduce female recidivism. Jones brings her story to the Festival stage and speaks about 25 years of working with women in the California prison system and of her recent outreach to female prisoners in South Africa.

Exhibition: November 8, 2010-January 7, 2011
Reception: November 11 / 5-8PM
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue, 1st Floor

Tomboy examines the degrees to which identity and gender influence meaning in the work of six contemporary queer women artists.  From painterly gestures to performative acts, sculptural installations to digitally altered photographs, this exhibition explores the variety of approaches artists take in negotiating notions of identity.  Participating artists include: Kelli Connell, Dana DeGiulio, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Mary George, Allison Halter, and Leeza Martin. Curated by Betsy Odom, Tomboy delves into the murky spaces between the personal, the political, and the formal in order to ask viewers the question: “can and should what we know about an artist be separated from how we experience their work?” Presented by the Department of Exhibition & Performance Spaces, and co-sponsored by Critical Encounters: Image + Implication and the Institute.

For more info: www.colum.edu/deps or 312-369-6643.

November 11 Related programs:
4:30pm –6:30pm: Indoor 5k Run with exhibition artist Mary George (Glass Curtain Gallery)

5:30pm: “I Will Always Love You” interactive performance by exhibition artist Allison Halter (Glass Curtain Gallery)

7:30pm: “Crossing the Line: Genre & Identity,” a reading and lecture by award-winning author Dorothy Allison, co-presented by Critical Encounters: Image + Implication, the Fiction Writing Department, and the LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community (Conaway Center


The Return of Navajo Boy and Yellow Dirt: Film, Book and Panel Discussion
November 10 / 12:30 – 3:20pm
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor

The Institute was proud to co-sponsor this film screening, reading and discussion exploring the image and implication of Native Americans associated with cold war uranium contamination and environmental justice in the Navajo Nation. The documentary film by Jeff Spitz, The Return of Navajo Boy, was screened, followed by a discussion with Director Jeff Spitz (Associate Professor, Film & Video Department) and Judy Pasternak (LA Times investigative reporter) for her latest book “Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed.” Presented by Critical Encounters: Image + Implication, and co-sponsored by the Institute, Journalism Department, and Department of Science and Mathematics.


Yes Men—Critical Encounters Artists-in-Residence
Lecture:  Sept 23, 6:30pm. Conaway Center
Exhibition:  Sept 9 – Oct 23, Glass Curtain Gallery
Screening:  Yes Men Save the World, Sept 22 Film Row Cinema
Residency:  Sept 24-26. Columbia College Chicago

The Institute was proud to co-sponsor the 2nd year of the Critical Encounters Artist Residency, with this year's focus on Image and Implication. Beginning in Fall 2010, Critical Encounters Artists-in-Residence, the Yes Men,  led a “Yes Lab” on campus to examine and challenge media images, propagation and meaning. This workshop component was by application and aimed to offer participants a dynamic mentorship opportunity culminating in a disruptive, productive media event to keep the public reminded of what's wrong, what could be right, and what's in store if we don't change our ways. Included in the residency was a public lecture, exhibition and film screening.

3G Summit: The Future of Girls, Gaming and Gender
August 12-15, 2010. Columbia College Chicago
The 3G Summit was a 4-day initiative that convened 50 urban teenage girls with five leading women game designers and scholars for intensive dialogue, inquiry, game-play, and rapid prototyping. Through multi-faceted workshops, a public forum, and design expo, this initiative confronted gender representation and participation in our society's fastest growing cultural medium. 

Co-presented by: Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, the Interactive Arts and Media Department and Open Youth Networks.

3G wass made possible by: McCormick Foundation, Chicago Foundation for Women, Illinois Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Illinois General Assembly, and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Additional sponsors include Resolution Digital Studios, Show Department, International Game Developers Association, and Columbia College's School of Media Arts, Television Department, and Critical Encounters: Image + Implication.

Thursday, August 12
Columbia College Chicago
Media Production Center Soundstage

This free public event featured presentations by, and conversations with, five leading women gaming scholars and design artists on the topic of the future of girls, gaming and gender.

Mary Flanagan, artist, scientist, humanist, and author of Critical Play
Tracy Fullerton, game designer, USC professor and writer; "Cloud," "flOW," and "Night Journey"
Jennifer Jenson, gender and gameplay scholar and game designer, "Epidemic" and "Tafelmusik"
Susana Ruiz, indie game designer, "Puzzle Bots" and gaming blogger, "livelyivy.com"
Erin Robinson, indie game designer and scholar, "Darfur is Dying" and "Finding Zoe"

Janell Baxter, Assistant Professor, Interactive Arts and Media
Brendan Riley, Assistant Professor, English

Sunday, August 15
Interactive Arts and Media Department

This free event invited the public to learn about and play gender inclusive games produced by women and girl game designers and other leading Chicago game companies. Participants viewed the actual prototypes developed by five teams of fifty girls created during the workshops and have a chance to vote on prize-winning designs. One prototype was chosen to be developed into an actual playable game by the Department of Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College.

Sterling A. Brown Blues Festival of the Arts--Keynote: ANGELA Y. DAVIS
April 30, 2010.
Getz Theatre

This festival celebrated the blues across artistic disciplines and included a staged reading of August Wilson’s, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and special keynote address by scholar/activist Angela Y. Davis, who spoke from her book, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday.

Gender Fusions 6: Our Temple of Transgressions
April 17, 2010.
Columbia College Chicago

Gender Fusions is an annual queer spectacle of live performance—an electric mash-up of drag, burlesque, spoken word, song and dance. In uproarious celebration with the audience, Gender Fusions showcased the vision and artistry of the Columbia College community along with raucous stars from Chicago and nationwide. This year featured award-winning performance artist, Guillermo Gomez-Pena in a keynote address entitled The Oracle Speaks: Strange Democracies; followed by The Revival Hour of food, music and performance installations, and a celebratory parade led by Gomez-Pena to the main venue for the Gender Fusions Spectacle. Presented by: LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community, Critical Encounters: Fact & Faith, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute.

Out at CHM: Chicago’s Gay Bars and the Police or Richard Nixon, Gay Liberationist?
April 15, 2010.
Chicago History Museum.

This third installment of the 2010 series, focused on the Chicago bar scene of the postwar era, historian John D’Emilio has uncovered some surprising and unintended consequences of Richard Nixon’s animosity towards the Richard J. Daley administration. Without a doubt, queer activists over the course of the 1960s and ‘70s fought back against police harassment of LGBT public spaces. But Nixon's concerted efforts to destroy the power of Chicago's Democratic machine paradoxically undermined the police's systematic harassment of bars patronized by LGBT people.

Celebrating African Women Writers
April 13, 2010.
Film Row Cinema

The Institute proudly co-presented this Chicago program, Celebrating African Women Writers, in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as part of their inaugural Writers from Africa & the Diaspora Festival in Urbana-Champaign. This panel discussion will feature visiting poets, playwrights, activists, artists and cultural workers including: Hope Azeda (Rwanda); Amandina Lihamba (Tanzania); Mshai Mwangola (Kenya); Malika Lueen Ndlovu (South Africa); and Chantal Synman (South Africa). The program was moderated by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Institute Fellow and award-winning actor, director and writer.

Among Tender Roots: Laura Anderson Barbata
January 15 – April 9, 2010.
Center for Book + Paper Arts

Best known for her series of collaborative community-directed projects, Laura Anderson Barbata is a Mexican-born artist and papermaker whose work finds expression in the service of cultural exploration and group participation. Barbata works within a wide variety of cultures to create art that has great meaning and relevance for her collaborators. She has developed ongoing, long-term relationships with the Yanomami people of Venezuela (since 1992); grade school students in Grande Riviere, Trinidad; and the Lacandon community of Chiapas, Mexico.  The exhibition at the Center for Book + Paper Arts documented Barbata’s collaborations through books, handmade paper, printworks, sculpture, video, installation and photographs. Presented by the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts and Media Department, and the Institute.

Digital Incarnate: The Body, Identity, and Interactive Media
February 8 – April 2, 2010.
Arcade Gallery

Digital Incarnate: The Body, Identity and Interactive Media explored the moving body in relation to technology in a multimedia exhibition which featured pioneering works by Luftwerk, the OpenEnded Group, and Troika Ranch, as well as the Synchronous Objects interactive web kiosk created by William Forsythe, Maria Palazzi, and Norah Zuniga Shaw. This exhibition was curated by Alycia Scott and Sara Slawnik, and presented by The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, the Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces, the Institute, and the Interactive Arts and Media Department. A series of related programs, including gallery talks, discussions and workshops will be offered throughout the exhibition. A related Student Response show will be presented in the Interactive Arts and Media Project Room space from April 8-29.

Gallery Talks with Exhibition Artists
12:15pm, The Arcade 618 S. Michigan, 2nd Floor. FREE

Friday, February 12            OpenEnded Group
Tuesday, March 2                Synchronous Objects
Thursday, March 4               Troika Ranch
Thursday, March 25             Luftwerk

Panel Discussion: “Corporeality and the Digital Gaze”
Monday, March 1


Grisha Coleman: composer, performer and choreographer; Assistant Professor in Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University.

Marianne Kim: artist and educator working in dance, theatre and video art; Assistant Professor at Arizona State University’s Humanities, Arts and Cultural Department.

Maria Palazzi: co-creative director of Synchronous Objects; Director of the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) and Associate Professor of Design at The Ohio State University.

Dawn Stoppiello: choreographer and dancer; Executive Director and Artistic Co-Director of Troika Ranch, with Mark Coniglio.

Raquel Monroe (moderator): scholar, artist, and activist; Assistant Professor at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.

Las Américas
March 29, 2010
Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center

The Institute was pleased to partner with the Chicago Sinfonietta when they presented the Chicago debut of acclaimed conductor Alondra de la Parra and Sphinx award-winning cellist, Tony Rymer. Raised in Mexico City, Ms. de la Parra is the Founder and Artistic Director of New York City’s Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.  Mr. Rymer is the 2009 First Place winner of the Sphinx Competition for young musicians of color.  The concert will feature works by Arturo Márquez, Astor Piazzolla, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

The Institute's Executive Director, Jane M. Saks, was also in conversation with Alondra de la Parra and Tony Rymer in a pre-concert program.

The Woman Behind the Name
March 24, 2010
Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash, 1st Floor

This inaugural program was co-presented by the National Public Housing Museum and the Institute, focuses on the lives and work of the women for whom many public housing communities have been named. In the spirit of celebrating these women who made inordinate contributions to our society, this program highlights people who are currently carrying this torch through their own work and activism. The theme of this panel discussion, "Journalism as Activism: Using Media to Expose Inequality and Impact Social Change," will focus on the journalism legacy of Ida B. Wells, celebrated journalist, civil rights activist, suffragist, community organizer and founder of the NAACP. Veteran journalists including:Thandi Chimurenga, Megan Cottrell, Clarence Page,and Reverend Dr. Barbara Reynolds who are working in the tradition of Ida B. Wells, will discuss some of today's important issues and how they are using current media outlets to address them. This discussion was moderated by Curtis Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Journalism at Columbia College Chicago.

Lecture by Mickalene Thomas
March 18, 2010.
Stage 2, 618 S. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor.

New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas is known for her elaborate paintings adorned with rhinestones, enamel and colorful acrylics.  Her depictions of African American women explore notions of black female celebrity and identity while romanticizing ideas of femininity and power.  Reminiscent of 70s style Blaxploitation, the subjects in Thomas’ paintings radiate sexuality. Women in provocative poses sprawl across the picture plane and are surrounded by kitschy decorative patterns inspired by her childhood.  Mickalene Thomas earned her MFA at Yale University in 2002 and completed a residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.  Currently she lives and works in New York. This lecture wass sponsored by the Photography Department, the Art + Design Department, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago.

No! The Rape Documentary: Screening & Discussion
March 11, 2010
Annie May Swift Auditorium

One out of three women in the United States will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. The groundbreaking documentary film, produced and directed by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an incest and rape survivor, features riveting testimonials from Black women rape survivors who defy victimization. No! is a Black feminist educational organizing tool being used in the global movement to end violence against women and children. This screening was followed by a discussion with the director. Presented by Northwestern University’s Department of Performance Studies, Department of African American Studies, and Gender Studies Program, in collaboration with the Institute.

Educational Partnership: Third Coast Filmless Festival
March 6, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art

The second annual Third Coast Filmless Festival, was a celebration of storytelling, sound and the art of listening. Patrons joined other radio fans “in the dark” to listen to unforgettable audio documentaries and to meet some of the most innovative producers working in radio today. Throughout the day-long festival, patrons enjoyed screenings followed by Q&As, a lobby humming with audio installation, a special presentation of a documentary-in-progress with Joe Richman (Radio Diaries) and an evening book launch for Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, featuring contributors Ira Glass (This American Life) and the Kitchen Sisters (Hidden Kitchens, Lost & Found Sound). The 2010 Third Coast Filmless Festival was presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago with additional support from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, The Poetry Foundation, American Airlines and Chicago’s Navy Pier. The educational partner was the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media. The Third Coast Filmless Festival was part of the 2010 season of Chicago Public Radio Presents.

Out at CHM: Queer Latinos: Art and Change
March 4, 2010.
Chicago History Museum.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Institute wass a proud partner of Out at CHM, an annual series discovering the long and storied history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Chicago.  This installment was a fascinating exploration of Chicago’s long standing and diverse queer Latino community. Scholars Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes and Lourdes Torres shared their insights on the intersection of art and political change over the last twenty-five years.

The Vagina Monologues: V-Day Columbia College 2010
February 13 & February 14, 2010.
Stage 2.

Columbia’s student feminist organization, FEMMES: Feminism: Equality Matters, presented three performances of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, co-sponsored by the Institute and as part of the V-Day Campaign. The V-Day Campaign is a global effort to end violence against women and girls. 10% of the proceeds from these productions went toward stopping the atrocities currently being enacted against women and girls as a tactic of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Proceeds benefited the WINGS program, a Chicagoland organization helping homeless and abused women and girls.

Lecture with Debbie Allen
February 2, 2010. Conaway Center.

One of the most respected and versatile talents in the entertainment industry today, Debbie Allen is a successful actress, director, producer, choreographer, singer and dancer with numerous awards and accolades.  She received two Emmys and one Golden Globe for her role as Lydia Grant in the hit series, Fame. She then forayed from acting to directing; first with the series Fame, followed by Family Ties and Bronx Zoo, before taking the reins at NBC's A Different World as director and producer in 1988. Allen's latest film work was as producer of the highly acclaimed 1997 film Amistad, directed by Steven Spielberg. Recently, Allen has written her first children's book, Brothers of the Knight. This lecture was presented by African American Cultural Affairs, and sponsored by the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Institute as part of Columbia College Chicago’s African Heritage Celebration 2010.

February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four
Screening & Community Dialogue
February 1, 2010. Film Row Cinema.

The Chicago Freedom School in partnership with the Institute celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Greensboro Four sit-ins with a screening and discussion of February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four. The film looks back at how four African-American college freshmen took a stand for justice by sitting down at a Woolworth whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina in February 1960. Their actions launched the sit-in movement, created momentum for the organizing of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and profoundly changed the direction of this country. Co-sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council Public Square, Teachers for Social Justice, and the Chicago SNCC History Project.

Out at CHM: Queer Spaces: Past and Present
January 28, 2010. Chicago History Museum.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Institute is a proud partner of Out at CHM, an annual series discovering the long and storied history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Chicago.  In this installment, the series inquired “What is "queer space" and where do we find it?” Focusing on Chicago past and present, Sharon Haar, architect and Associate Professor in Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Doug Ischar, artist and Associate Professor in Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago, explored how city space is rethought and remade by and for queer communities.

Lecture by Stephen Kinzer
January 26, 2010. Film Row Cinema

Prolific author, former New York Times bureau chief and correspondent, and Northwestern University lecturer Stephen Kinzer presented a lecture entitled “Iran, Turkey, and the United States: Power Triangle of the 21st Century.” Following the lecture, Kinzer also signed books. Presented by International Women Associates, a Chicago-based educational organization that promotes cross-cultural exchange, dialogue and friendship, and co-sponsored by the Institute.