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2012 Programs

2012 Programs

Amy Goodman, Best-selling Author and Host of Democracy NOW!
The Silenced Majority Book Launch, Discussion and Signing
September 18, 2013
Conaway Center, Columbia College Chicago

The Institute, Haymarket Books and The Public Square, Illinois Humanities Council co-presented the Chicago launch of Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan's new book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope.
In their new book, The Silenced Majority, Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan provide a vivid record of the events, conflicts,and social movements shaping our society today. They give voice to ordinary people standing up to corporate and government power across the country and around the world. Their writing and daily work at the grassroots public TV/radio news hour Democracy Now!, carried on more than a thousand stations globally and at democracynow.org, casts in stark relief the stories of the silenced majority. These stories are set against the backdrop of the mainstream media's abject failure, with its small circle of pundits who know so little about so much, attempting to explain the world to us and getting it so wrong.

Moving Voices: An in-depth conversation with women choreographers from Africa
September 15, 2012
The Dance Center

Representing a multitude of styles, subjects and perspectives in African women's lives, choreographers of Voices of Strength have leading roles within the arts communities of their respective countries: from founding one of few women-lead contemporary dance companies in a region, to curating and producing international arts festivals, to establishing arts and cultural institutions.
Voices of Strength choreographers:
Kettly Noël (Haiti/Mali), Nelisiwe Xaba (South Africa) and  Nadia Beugré (Cote d'Ivoire) had a conversation on each women's distinct experience as choreographer and community leader. Moderated by Jane M. Saks, Executive Director, Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.

Film Screening, Panel Discussion and Agents of Change Expo:
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
(Based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn)
September 15, 2012
Chicago Cultural Center

ITVS's Community Cinema program, its partners and the Institute presented an exclusive preview of content from the landmark PBS mini-series, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide to engage the Chicago community in dialogue about the root causes and the solutions to ending gender inequity locally and globally.
The event highlighted the stories of women and girls living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable and fighting bravely to change them. In particular, two abridged segments from the upcoming mini-series werescreened: Sex Trafficking in Cambodia and Gender-Based Violence in Sierra Leone.
The program included a brief panel discussion featuring representatives from leading organizations in Chicago working on these issues.

Host: Kathy Im, Director of the Media, Culture and Special Initiatives program of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Welcome: K. Sujata, Executive Director, Chicago Foundation for Women
Moderator: Jane M. Saks, Executive Director, Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in Arts and Media.
Serena Chen Low, Executive Director, Apna Ghar.
Rachel Durchslag, Executive Director, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

Scheherazade Tillet, Executive Director, A Long Walk Home

Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Legal Director, National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
The panel was followed by the Agents of Change Expo which featured a variety of interactive elements including video letters, a shared resource wall, a commitment board and more.
Presented by: ITVS Community Cinema, Chicago Foundation for Women, Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in Arts and Media, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and WTTW Channel 11.

Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues
Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama/Tea Party Era with special guest Chuck D
September 13, 2012
Conaway Center, Columbia College Chicago

Rap Sessions is led by critically-acclaimed journalist, activist, political analyst and Institute Fellow, Bakari Kitwana.  
For the sixth year, the Institute partnered with Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop, bringing a distinguished panel of scholars, journalists and activists for a townhall-style meeting addressing important issues in our communities.
This year's panel explored the ways the election of Obama, the emergence of the Tea Party and the shifting national political landscape has both strengthened and diminished hip-hop's effectiveness at galvanizing youth.
 ROB"BIKO" BAKER, Executive Director, The League of Young Voters
 ROSA CLEMENTE, Community Organizer and Journalist
 CHUCK D, Hip-Hop activist, Entrepreneur, Producer and MC
LAURA S. WASHINGTON, Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times, Political Analyst, ABC 7-Chicago
JASIRI X, Independent Hip-Hop Artist
Moderated by: BAKARI KITWANA
Over the last decade, hip-hop unleashed its influence on the national political scene through national hip-hop political organizations and local activist groups, on college campuses, through the Internet, at grassroots gatherings and beyond-a force that by 2008 notably influenced the outcome of the US presidential election. Two-thirds of 18-29 year-olds who voted for president in 2008, cast their vote for Barack Obama. With Election 2012 months away, now is an opportune time to consider the potential impact of hip-hop on the next presidential election.  

Eye on India: Words on Water Author Talk with Urvashi Butalia
July 15, 2012
The Dance Center

Institute Executive Director Jane M. Saks and writer/publisher Urvashi Butalia discussed and investigated global issues related to women, gender, culture and identity through the mediums of the novel and arts and media.
This conversation was part of the Words on Water series presented by the Eye on India Festival (July 12-22, 2012).
In its second year the Festival showcased a rich blend of Indian classical and world music along with an interesting mix of Indian art and culture from the fields of literature, film, cuisine and dance. The festival was produced in partnership with Columbia College, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music and the Goodman Theater.

Jomama Jones: *RADIATE*
Produced by Jane M. Saks in association with Victory Gardens Theater
April 19-21, 2012
Victory Gardens

Legendary expatriate performer Jomama Jones brought an intimate concert version of her sold-out smash show, RADIATE to Chicago.  “RADIATE glows..." said The New York Times, "making it hard to resist this sequined earth-mother's soulful embrace." Accompanied by her collaborator and musical director, Bobby Halvorson, Jones performed songs from her CDs Lone Star, Radiate and the upcoming EP Six Ways Home while sharing tales from her life's journey and her surprising observations of the America to which she returned. Jomama Jones speaks to the comeback in us all!


In Jeopardy? Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance
A Partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
April – May 2012

The Institute was proud to partner with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and other organizations for the G8/NATO public program series, In Jeopardy? Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance. This series is being launched in preparation for the G8 and NATO Summits to be held in Chicago in May, which also coincides with this year's celebration of the Council's 90th anniversary.The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is one of the two principal partners of the city's G8/NATO Host Committee. Working with a consortium of local and international organizations, The Chicago Council has planned a suite of activities around the Summits. The In Jeopardy? Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance series will feature public programs on topics such as the future of the transatlantic alliance, the world economy, and other pressing global issues.


No Woman, No Cry film screening
April 16, 2012
Gene Siskel Film Center

The Institute was honored to partner with Lifeway Foods and Every Mother Counts to bring this special screening of Christy Turlington Burns' documentary film No Mother, No Cry to Chicago. Institute Executive Director, Jane M. Saks moderated a discussion with Christy Turlington and Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky immediately following the film.

Small Ensemble Concert featuring Sonia Sanchez
Friday, April 6, 2012
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library

The Institute was proud to partner with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble for this exploration of music and the spoken word in the jazz canon. Featuring poet, writer, and Civil Rights activist Sonia Sanchez, this program explored the languages of improvisation and jazz as they intersect with the spoken and written word . The program took inspiration from historical and contemporary collaborations between word and sound, originating with the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s-70s that gave rise to a whole generation of formative African-American literature, poetry, music, and activism. An important figure in African-American literature, Sanchez has had a profound impact on this literature's oral tradition.


New Paradigms: Mickalene Thomas in conversation with MCA curator Naomi Beckwith
March 30, 2012 7pm
Reception After Dark 8pm.      
Art Institute Chicago, Fullerton Hall

The Institute was proud to partner with the Leadership Advisory Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute to present a discussion with celebrated New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas, whose elaborate paintings expand on traditional notions of beauty. She discussed her artwork and shared insights from her residency at Versaille Foundation Munn with Naomi Beckwith (MCA Curator). The conversation continued with a reception at After Dark featuring special gallery tours, DJs, appetizers, and a cash bar.


Lorraine O'Grady Lecture
March 15, 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art

Lorraine O'Grady is an artist and critic whose installations, performances, and texts address issues of diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity. This Critical Encounters event was co-sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Departments of Art + Design and Photography, and The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.


Out at CHM: Curators Bare All
March 8, 2012
Cocktails at 5:30pm
Program at 6:30pm
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street.  

For the sixth year, the Institute was a proud partner of Out at CHM, an annual series at Chicago History Museum discovering the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Chicago.  In a moderated conversation with Northwestern University professor Bill Savage, Out in Chicago co-curators Jill Austin and Jennifer Brier shared their experiences developing the exhibition.


Not Ready To Make Nice: The Guerrilla Girls in the Art World and Beyond
March 1 – April 21, 2012
Opening Reception: March 1, 5-8pm
Glass Curtain Gallery

Public Conversation
: March 1, 6-7pm
Educator/Student Open House
: March 2
Conaway Center

The Guerrilla Girls have engaged in a major initiative, focusing on art and activism through a dynamic collaboration with the Institute, the Department of Exhibition & Performance Spaces, the A + D Gallery, the Center for Book and Paper Arts, and Critical Encounters at Columbia College Chicago. Their project compromised an Institute Fellowship; a 6-week solo exhibition with new works and installations; community actions; and a series of student workshops and public programs. Beginning in October 2011, founding members of the group had the first of two campus residencies, culminating with the opening of the solo exhibition at two locations on March 1, 2012, the Glass Curtain Gallery and the A + D Gallery. In the Public Conversation, Neysa Page-Lieberman, Exhibition Curator and Director, Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces, and Institute Executive Director Jane M. Saks were in conversation and conducted an audience Q&A with the artists. The Educator/Student Open House hosted a conversation with the Guerrilla Girls and Chicago-area educators, students and activists. A major Chicago initiative, this project illuminated and contextualized the important past and current work of these highly original, provocative, and influential artists who champion feminism and social change.   


Miss Representation
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Pre-Reception: 5:30-6:15PM
Film Screening: 6:15-8:00PM
Audience Talk-Back: 8:00-8:30PM
Film Row Cinema

The Institute was proud to co-sponsor this screening of Miss Representation in partnership with Chicago Foundation for Women's Leadership Councils, Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition's Associate Board, and Women Employed's Advocacy Council. Institute Executive Director  Jane M. Saks moderated a post-event talk-back on gender and discrimination in the modern media landscape.The acclaimed documentary interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, and Gloria Steinem about the media and its message.