Youth Voices: Truth and ChoicesMay 11, 2013
The Institute was a co-presenter of Youth Voices: Truth & Choices in partnership with Black Youth Project; Columbia College Student Organizations: One Tribe; The F Word; Columbia Links; Chicago Freedom School; Crossroads Fund; Fearless Leading by the Youth; Young Chicago Authors and Young Women's Empowerment Project.
In a youth forum/expo style event different youth organizations from across the city came together with high school students and college students to share experiences and build community and solidarity.
Featuring Chicago's youth-led organizations & guest speaker Beth Richie. Crossroads Fund grantees will be discussed and displayed the power of youth activism through dialogue & interaction with attendees. Through a community panel and an expo, the groups had a chance to not only talk about the work they do, but showcase it as well.
5 Broken Cameras--Film Screening
April 23, 2013
Co-Presented by: Ellen Stone Belic Institute for Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Columbia College Chicago and Jewish Voice for Peace.
Presentation Partners: Columbia College Chicago, Education Department, Film & Video Department, First Year Seminar, Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences, International Student Organization and Multi-Cultural Affairs.
An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the film was assembled by Burnat and Israeli co-director Guy Davidi. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil, as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost.
"To me it's not just about making films. I put my life at risk. I was shot at. I was arrested twice. But that was not to make a film or to make money. The film was a way to reach my goal, and that is to tell people the truth about our lives, to tell the story of Palestine." -Emad Burnat, Los Angeles Times
Gender Fusions 9: Barnum & Gayley: The Queerest Show on Earth
April 19, 2013
The Institute was a proud co-sponsor of the annual spectacle Gender Fusions. The mission of Gender Fusions is to produce an annual performance event that creates a queer cultural space and celebrates the multiplicity of gender and sexuality, thus helping to forge a strong and vibrant queer community at Columbia College Chicago.
FORMOSA: A show about beauty, culture, and...Barbie
Featuring Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
April 16, 2013
The Institute was pleased to co-sponsor this program with the Asain American Cultural Affairs and Multicultural Affairs Department in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Columbia College Chicago.
Inspired by the history of Barbie doll manufacturing in Taiwan, FORMOSA, written and performed by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, weaves a tragicomic tale across time and space tracking Vega, a failed Spanish colonizer in Taiwan during the mid-1600s; Harajuku Barbie Maybe, a present-day Nicki Minaj-knock-off Asian American femcee; Pinky, a present-day 8-year-old Chinese American adoptee in Manhattan; and Hsiu-Mei, a Taiwanese factory worker in the Barbie doll factory during the late 1960s-1980s. FORMOSA fuses spoken word, movement, and theater exploring the ways that Barbie, beauty, body, culture, and labor connect.
Generation Return: Art + Justice Post-Genocide and Post 9/11 featuring Anida Youe Ali
April 9, 2013
The Institute was pleased to co-sponsor this program in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Columbia College Chicago with Asian American Cultural Affairs, Asian Student Organization, One Tribe, International Student Affairs, International Student Organization, UIC Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, UIC Asian American Studies Program, UIC Asian Studies Program, and UIC International Studies Program.
Artist, Writer, and Global Agitator Anida Yoeu Ali upholds the belief that art is a critical tool for individual and societal transformation. Born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago, she returned to live in Cambodia in 2011 after nearly 3 decades away. She is part of a returning diaspora of artists and thinkers creating narratives of Cambodia beyond war and poverty. Her performance and video works with collaborative media lab Studio Revolt and the Khmer Exiled American community provocatively consider the diasporic past/present contours of the Cambodian American experience.
Irresistible Revolution:A Discussion of the Contemporary LGBT Movement with Urvashi Vaid, Community Organizer and Attorney in conversation with Kate Clinton, Political Humorist and Family Entertainer.
April 3, 2013
The Institute was pleased to co-present this program with the Center on Halsted, Community Media Workshop, and Windy City Times newspaper. Vaid, one of the most influential and insightful social justice leaders discussed her new book, Irresistible Revolution Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics with Kate Clinton political humorist and family entertainer.
All the Ladies Say Move Workshop and Film Screening
March 15, 2013
The Institute was pleased to collaborate with The Academic Program at the Dance Center, Admissions, The Center for Black Music Research and Multicultural Affairs at Columbia College Chicago to present All the Ladies Say Move! a free breakdancing workshop with world-renown Hip-Hop breakdancing pioneer Ana "Rokafella" Garcia.
Immediately following the workshop was a screening of All the Ladies Say film on the complicated roles of women in contemporary Hip Hop culture and a dynamic roundtable discussion with a visiting artist in residence, Teena Marie Custer, a member of the first all-female Hip-Hop Dance Crew, Venus Fly Trap, local b-girl star, Lady Champ, local Hip-Hop and house dancing champion, Boogie McClarin, and a co-founder of the thriving Chicago youth hip hop organization, Kuumba Lynx, and manager of the legendary FootworKINGz Dance Crew, Lady Sol.
World Premiere: Alice Wlaker: Beauty in TruthA documentary film by: Prathiba Parmar
March 10, 2013
The Institute is a proud sponsor of Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth, a feature documentary film by Pratibha Parmar, about the life and art of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple.
The film received an exclusive world premiere on March 10, 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the South Bank in London (England).
The screening was followed by a conversation with the director, Pratibha Parmar and Alice Walker.
One Billion Rising: Chicago RisingFebruary 14, 2013
The Institute partnered with RAPE VICTIM ADVOCATES for CHICAGO RISING, a collaborative celebration of V-Day's global One Billion Rising campaign calling for an end to gender-based violence on Valentine's Day.
On Valentine's day, February 14, 2013, the worldwide organization VDAY asked women and the people who love them RISE, DANCE, and DEMAND an end to the violence affecting women everywhere. One out of three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime - that's one billion women all over the world.
OUT at CHM: 50 Shades of the Blues
January 31, 2013
For the seventh 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 the 1920s and 1930s, pioneering musicians like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey used suggestive lyrics and tongue-in-cheek performances to express their fluid sexuality.
In this installment of the 2013 Out at CHM series, Sharon Bridgforth and Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones used conversation and live performance to consider how race, gender, and class played important roles in developing this complex musical form.
Performer Katherine Davis and her trio sang blues favorites during the complimentary pre-program cocktail reception.