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Rights, Radicals + RevolutionsCritical Encounters is a college-wide civic engagement initiative intended to synchronize conversations between the school and the community in an ongoing dialogue around a socially and culturally relevant central issue each academic year.

Critical Encounters: Rights, Radicals, and Revolutions examines how the arts and media provoke change in individuals, collectives and institutions. Rights, Radicals, + Revolutions challenges students as well as our larger community to investigate how systems of hierarchy and oppression are critiqued and disrupted. From the spoken word to scientific intervention, we seek to provoke debate, encourage civic engagement and promote actions of social justice.

Critical Encounters: Rights, Radicals, and Revolutions sponsored a number of events throughout the school year, listed below in date order.  


Who is your Radical?
Via J-Connect, incoming students will offer insights on the radical, transformative persons in their lives.  From public figures to family members, students in journalism will conduct a year-long inquiry as to the actions and attitudes that set specific individuals upon a course of action. Selected essays will be published in the Columbia Chronicle with a broader survey available at http://columbia-jconnections.org/wordpress/.


Urban Challenge: Sites of Revolution 
Thursday, September 1, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Do you know where the most dangerous woman in Chicago lived? 
Did you know that one of the most important labor revolts took place around the corner? Or that a statue intended to commemorate a Civil War veteran served as the site of one of the most significant anti-war protests ever? Join us during Weeks of Welcome when Critical Encounters will team with First Year Exploration Leaders to investigate the urban spaces that make Chicago the city of rights, radicals, + revolutions.


Panel Discussion: Twitter and Local Governments
Thursday, September 22, 12:00 p.m.
Stage Two, 618 South Michicagn Avenue
How could Twitter be used as a tool to foster a closer connection between local governments and their constituents? Explore this topic as Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s director of social media, Kevin Hauswirth, hosts a discussion with Adam Sharp (@AdamS), Twitter’s manager for government and politics.



Critical Encounters Café Society Event:
Thursday, September 22, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 South Wabash Ave., 1st floor.
Free and open to the public. Students/faculty are encouraged to attend.


Café Society meetings are opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together and consider the impact of rights, radicals, and revolutions. For this meeting we will gather to discuss the radical acts of participation presented in the exhibition The Uncommon Nature of Artists as Collaborators curated by Annie Morse. From large scale interactive paintings to video projections and mobile structural interventions, we will question the boundaries between artist and audience and how artists continue to revolutionize our expectations. Additionally, we will consider the cultural constructs of Latina identity as experienced by artists Paola Cabal and Edra Soto. Co-sponsored by DEPS and Latino Cultural Affairs.
Download the Café Society Curriculum guide here.  

colab CoLaboratory
Exhibition runs September 6–November 2, 2011
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 South Wabash Ave., 1st floor


Chicago artists' collaboratives, ED JR. and (ƒ)utility projects present CoLaboratory, a tandem vehicle of works on paper, site-specific sculpture, video, and performance.

¡Social Media Revolution!
Panel Discussion: Thursday September 22, 2011, 12:30 p.m.
Multicultural Affairs Multipurpose Studio, 618 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor 
Do you like to facebook, blog, tweet, connect, bookmark? Forget the digital divide – Latinos are posting and tweeting their way to social media dominance. Learn how this growing market segment is using social media to communicate. Co-sponsored by Critical Encounters, HACU’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Week, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and Professor Elio Leturia’s Intro to Journalism class.



Coming Out Reflections from Multicultural LGBTQ & Allies
Friday September 23, 2011, 12:30 p.m.
Multicultural Affairs Multipurpose Studio, 618 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor 
A panel of students will discuss personal stories of the radical act of “coming out” and reflect on the need to protect LGBTQ rights. This event is free, open to the public, and co-sponsored by African-American Cultural Affairs, Asian/Asian-American Cultural Affairs, Critical Encounters, Office of International Student Affairs, and the LGBTQ Office of Culture and Community, and Victoria Shannon’s Gay and Lesbian Studies I course.



Links Between Human and Non-Human Primates 
Thursday, September 25, 2011, 6:00 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 South Michigan Avenue
312.663.5554 • www.mocp.org

Alison Ruttan in conversation with Laurie Santos, Ph.D. Moderated by Gabriel Spitzer.

Exhibiting artist Alison Ruttan and Laurie Santos, Ph.D., will discuss uncanny parallels that link human behavior to that of monkeys and apes. Santos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. Spitzer covers science, health and the environment for WBEZ, Chicago and is the creator and host of the program Clever Apes.



Artist Lecture featuring ED JR., Paola Cabal, and Edra Soto
Monday, September 26, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Glass Curtain Gallery, Conaway Center, 1104 South Wabash Avenue, 1st floor
Chicago artists' collaboratives ED JR. and (ƒ)utility projects will address the inherent frictions and challenges of collaboration, as well as its fruitful outcomes.  This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored with the Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces and Latino Cultural Affairs.



Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
September 26–October 1, 2011 • Performances at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
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Continuous Replay, photo by Paul B. Goode
The Dance Center, 1306 South Michigan Avenue 
For tickets and details: http://www.colum.edu/Dance_Center//performances/billtjones/index.php
Bill T. Jones returns to The Dance Center with Body Against Body, a new repertory program that revives and reconsiders the groundbreaking works that launched Jones and the late Arnie Zane, his partner and collaborator of 17 years. The company will present two different programs that challenge both performer and viewer through their notions of task-based movement and non-narrative structure.



The Wonder Years: Premiere Screening with 9th Wonder!
Friday, September 30, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Stage Two, 618 South Michigan, 4th floor
As a revolutionary Grammy Award winning producer, DJ, college lecturer, and social activist, 9th Wonder will share his film and thoughts on his latest work. This event is co-sponsored with African-American Cultural Affairs and Critical Encounters.



COCO FUSCO: Radical Rights + Actions, and Identity in the Classroom—
What do we see in the classroom? What do we not see?
Monday, October 3, 2011, 12:30–3:20 p.m.

Office of Multicultural Affairs, 618 South Michigan, 4th floor

Interdisciplinary artist and writer Coco Fusco will talk about her recent projects and research about the ways that performance, social media and political activism intersect in many Latin American contexts. This lecture will be followed with a student-led dialogue to explore identity, culture, and point of view in the classroom. This event is co-sponsored with Critical Encounters, CTE, Latino Cultural Affairs, and the students in Amy Mooney's Contemporary Art History:1980 to the Present class, and RoseAnne Mueller's class Latin American Women in the Arts.



Photography and Our Connection to the Cosmos
Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 South Michigan Avenue
312.663.5554 • www.mocp.org

Aspen Mays in conversation with Kathryn Schaffer, Ph.D.

Exhibiting artist Aspen Mays and Kathryn Schaffer, postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago, will discuss ways scientists and artist search for insight into the origins of our universe using photography, among other tools.

•   Cultural Journey Series
Mona Noriega, Commissioner, Chicago Commission on Human Relations 
Friday, October 14, 2011, 12:30 p.m.
Multicultural Affairs Multipurpose Studio, 618 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor
Mona Noriega co-founded and served on the Board of Directors of Amigas Latinas, an organization committed to the empowerment and education of Latina LBT women in Chicago. Noriega also worked as the Regional Director of Lambda Legal Defense’s Midwest office, which advances the civil rights of LGBT individuals. Join us for an interactive conversation as Ms. Noriega details her personal journey towards a life and career dedicated to eliminating prejudice and committed to advancing the appreciation of Chicago’s diverse population. This event is free, open to the public, and co-sponsored by Critical Encounters, the LGBTQ Office of Culture and Community, and Victoria Shannon’s Gay and Lesbian Studies I course.



Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.
618 S. Michigan, Stage Two
The Goggles (aka Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons) have the radical and revolutionary idea that consumerism has run amok. The former creative team of Adbusters magazine, they have produced major international advocacy campaigns for TV Turnoff, Buy Nothing Day, and the Blackspot Sneaker, which was featured as one of the New York Times' "Best Ideas." They are also co-authors of the book I Live Here, a visually stunning narrative in which the lives of refugees and displaced people become at once personal and global. 

Fall 2011 Creative Nonfiction Week
October 17-20, 2011
618 S. Michigan, Stage Two
Free and Open to the Public

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An annual collaboration among the Department of English, Fiction Writing, and Journalism, Creative Nonfiction Week presents a range of voices: Familiar and new, renowned and emerging, all helping to define and redefine the genre of creative nonfiction. Past presenters include Alex Kotlowitz, Scott McCloud, Art Spiegelman, Jamaica Kincaid, Beverly Donofrio, Luis Alberto Urrea, and many others.

Creative nonfiction comes in many forms: memoir, narrative journalism, travel writing, personal essay, descriptive storytelling, and more. What they all have in common is a basis in reality, from careful observation to honest and emotional truth. 

Creative Nonfiction Week is cosponsored by the Departments of English, Fiction Writing, and Journalism, and this year includes collaboration with the Departments of Radio and Film & Video,  and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).


Critical Encounters Café Society Event:
Enrique Chagoya: Graphic Agitations
Wednesday, October 19, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Anchor Graphics, 623 S. Wabash Avenue, room 201
Chagoya's previous visit to Anchor Graphics during the 2009 Southern Graphics Council Conference resulted in the production of some radical prints by the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Chagoya's work speaks to the issues of rights of undocumented immigrants, using radical graphics to question current political realities, and promote revolutionary changes. We will gather to talk with Mr. Chagoya about the power of graphic agitation and the lasting impression of print revolutions. This event is sponsored in collaboration with Anchor Graphics and Latino Cultural Affairs.

Download the Café Society Curriculum Guide here. 

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Photo: Darren Wallace

•  Art + Design Lecture Series
Enrique Chagoya  
Thursday October 20, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Film Row Cinema, 1104 South Wabash Avenue, 8th floor
Drawing from his experiences living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Chagoya juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States, Latin America, and the world. He uses familiar pop icons to create deceptively friendly points of entry for the discussion of complex issues. Through these seemingly harmless characters, Chagoya examines the recurring subject of colonialism and oppression. This event is free and open to the public, and co-sponsored with Anchor Graphics, Art + Design, Critical Encounters, and Northwestern University.


Not Ready to Make Nice: The Guerilla Girls
Thursday, October 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Columbia College Library, 624 S. Michigan Avenue
Third Floor Reading Room

Please note: This event is open only to Columbia College Chicago students only.

During this informal interview and Q & A session led by students in Entertainment Marketing, founding members of this radical art activist group will discuss their projects and concerns.
Donning gorilla masks and assuming the names of dead female artists, the Guerilla Girls have led revolutionary campaigns to counter racism and sexism in the art world for more than 25 years. Their Columbia College project will comprise an Institute Fellowship; a 6-week solo exhibition, opening on March 1, 2012, with new works and installations; community actions; and a series of student workshops and public programs. This event is part of a dynamic collaboration with the Ellen Stone Bellic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, the Department of Exhibition & Performance Spaces, the A + D Gallery, and the Center for Book and Paper Arts.



Center for Book + Paper Arts Fall Spotlight Exhibition


An Exploration of Identity in Central Europe

Curated by Janeil Engelsta


Rudolf Sikora
Exclamation Mark
Photo collage, paper
19" x 27"

October 28 – December 10, 2011

Opening reception: Saturday, October 29, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

One of the defining events of the twentieth century was the momentous fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. For many Central and Eastern European artists the political and social changes that followed the break-up of the Soviet-bloc, fundamentally changed the subject and style of their work. This Spotlight Exhibition examines how blacklisted artists responded to the restraints imposed on them under communist regimes and how their worked changed when those systems fell apart. Featured artists include former dissidents who took the view that being blacklisted was a refuge away from the government mandate of making work in the Socialist Realism style…  a place and state of being that Slovak artist Rudolf Sikora termed, an “unfree freedom." The exhibition also includes work by young, emerging artists who are responding to a new set of freedoms and constraints, brought about by democracy, capitalism, and globalization.


•  Intersections Lecture Series
Kadji Amin “Queer History and Untimeliness”

November 2, 2011, 
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington, 1st floor, Garland Room


Proponents of same-sex marriage in the U.S. have described gay history through the metaphor of a child who went through a phase of adolescent revolt during the Gay Liberation Movement, who had to grow up fast during the AIDS epidemic, and whose attainment of adult maturity is visible today in the respectable desires for marriage, children, and social legitimacy. 

Against this linear and, indeed, all-too-straight historical narrative, Dr. Kadji Amin will argue that an account of the pre-Stonewall period, of marginal social locations such as prisons and of geographies outside of the U.S., demonstrates the vital untimeliness of a specifically queer history. Co-sponsored by Critical Encounters, the LGBTQ Office of Culture and Community, and CTE.


Kadji Amin “Identity in the Classroom”
November 4, 2011, 
2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Loft, 916 South Wabash, fourth floor

Critical Encounters, the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Multicultural Affairs present a student-led dialogue with Dr. Kadji Amin exploring the boundaries of identity, culture and point of view with and throughout the teaching and learning dynamic.


America: Now and Here: Seeking Student Participants for the ARTIST CORPS!

Kruger Truck

Through an inaugural national tour, America: Now and Here will present opportunities to incorporate the voices of Chicago artists, leaders and citizens in a growing national movement; and to seed essential partnerships with Chicago cultural institutions, community organizations, and artists in order to realize a dynamic and far-reaching partnership. The TRUCK, a media-rich environment that presents the work of participating artists (including Columbia College's own Dawoud Bey and Peter Cook) will traverse Chicago neighborhoods, inciting discussion and raising awareness of how the arts can serve as a catalyst for radical social change. ANH will offer a series of American Dialogues in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jane Addams Hull House, the Hyde Park Arts Center, the University of Chicago, the ReBuild Foundation, and Columbia College Chicago. All are welcome to come and check out this inaugural platform featuring the revolutionary work of Barbara Kruger.

Artist Corps
Young and emerging Chicago-area artists, in partnership with Columbia College and the Art Institute of Chicago, will be invited to participate in America: Now and Here programs. In their own right as artists, they will have the opportunity to creatively respond to the ANH mission by submitting art work (visual art, film, play, poetry, music) for possible inclusion on the ANH website. Artist Corps will facilitate ANH programs during the inaugural 2012 tour.

Kruger Truck Program and Tour
November 3–10, 2011
A full sized tractor-trailer, wrapped by the work of celebrated artist Barbara Kruger, will feature a media-rich environment for America: Now and Here orientation. The Kruger Truck can be viewed at the following locations (schedule subject to change):

Friday, November 4
8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. 
   Jane Addams Hull House and UIC Campus
   900 S. Halsted Street
Saturday, November 5
8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  
   Auburn Gresham Community-Thurgood Marshall Public Library
   7605 S. Racine Avenue
Saturday, November 5
1:00–6:00 p.m.  
   Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation
   79th St. and Racine Avenue.
Sunday, November 6
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
   Perry Mansion Cultural Center
   7042 S. Perry, Englewood
Sunday, November 6
2:00–5:00 p.m.
   Lake Shore Park
   808 N. Lake Shore Drive
Monday, November 7
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
   Museum Campus
   (next to the Field Museum)
Tuesday, November 8
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
   Chicago History Museum
   1601 N. Clark Street
Wednesday, November 9
8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.  
   Hyde Park Art Center
   5020 S. Cornell Avenue

Find out more about this project at: http://americanowandhere.org/
For more information, contact Julie Simpson@julie.simpson@comcast.net


Connecting Across Campus:
Differing Voices in Creative  and Revolutionary Collaboration
Wednesday, November 9, 5:30-7:30 pm.  
Center for Book and Paper Arts Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash, 2nd floor
What do young artists take from historical performance collaborations to advance and empower their own creative work and partnerships? How can emerging artists use interdisciplinary collaborations to expand the potency of their work? Looking to the radical models of collaboration offered by Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg as a starting point, Connecting Across Campus will facilitate an entry point for students to discuss approaches and possibilities for making work. The evening will include faculty presentations on varying collaborative models, a student-led conversation to explore experiences, thoughts, and desires for cross-disciplinary projects, a "speed networking" activity to facilitate interactions for students to connect and share project ideas, and a MiniEvent, showing of excerpted Merce Cunningham Dance Company works performed by Dance Center students.

This event is open to students and faculty from all departments.



•  Photography Lecture Series

Deborah Luster
Thursday, November 10, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Ferguson Lecture Hall, 600 South Michigan Avenue, 1st floor

Deborah Luster will discuss her second book, Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish,in which she explores the city in a new way, creating a compelling portrait in the form of a photographic archive of contemporary and historic homicide sites. Following on from her first book, Prisoners of Louisiana, Tooth for an Eye explores the themes of loss and remembrance in a series of tondo photographs that offer an opportunity for the viewer to enter deeper into the idea of the city, a place where life and death coexist, neither free of the other’s influence.


Monday, November 14, 12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.
623 S. Wabash Avenue, room 423


OPEN WORKSHOP and TEACH-IN for anyone who wants to learn more about social justice activism. Two speakers, Gabe Schivone of No More Deaths/No Más Muertes and Crystal Vance Guerra of the Occupy Movement will share a variety of historical and current examples of direct action for social justice, consensus decision-making, and for strategies and solidarity. Gabriel Matthew Schivone is a volunteer with U.S./Mexico border humanitarian organization, and co-editor and a contributing author of the forthcoming book Concrete Connections: Militarization, Migration, and the Political Economy of Human Rights in the Mexico/U.S. and Palestine/Israel Borderlands. Chicago-born Chicana American Crystal Vance Guerra is a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (BSJP) and Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition (BIRC). She currently works for the Southeast Chicago Observer, covering the Occupy Movement as a writer-participant. This event is co-sponsored with Northeastern Illinois University and the International Socialists at Columbia College.  
For more information contact Dr. June Terpstra at j-terpstra@neiu.edu



Merce Cunningham Dance Company
November 16-19, 2011 • Performances at 8:00 p.m.
Harris Theater, 200 East Randolph Street
For tickets and details: http://www.colum.edu/Dance_Center//performances/mercecunninghamdancecompany/index.php
As the Legacy Tour draws to a close, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company presents work from several decades as a celebration of Cunningham’s lifetime of artistic achievement and a testament to the choreographer’s enduring genius.


Climate Reality: Nothing but the Truth . . .
Featuring James Sweitzer

Thursday November 17, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
33 E. Congress Boulevard, Room 219
Free and open to the public!
Every day, we are confronted with more evidence of the “Inconvenient Truth” of global warming. This presentation offers an up-to-the minute reality check: reviewing recent weather events worldwide and explaining the basic science behind them. It will also explore the phenomenon of denial and suggest strategies to address the crisis of man-made climate change.

Mr. Sweitzer, astrophysicist and owner of his own science communications business, has been personally trained by The Climate Reality Project’s founder, Al Gore, to present an updated version of the slide show featured in the Academy Award-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth. Co-sponsored with Columbia College Chicago's Science and Journalism Departments and the Columbia College Recycling Program.



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Black Gossamer: Fabrications of Identity in Black Contemporary Art
Opening Reception with exhibiting artists 
Aisha Bell, Myra Greene, and Ebony Patterson, and curator Camille Morgan

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 South Wabash Avenue, 1st floor


Critical Encounters Café Society Event:
Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Black Gossamer features contemporary black artists who use and draw inspiration from clothing, fashion, textiles, and fabrications to explore and uncover recent revolutions in black identity. Artworks will present exciting ways these artists are manipulating fashion to reveal hidden meanings and codes – initiating dialogues on where black culture is today, where it is going, and what that means. Other artists in the exhibit include Sheila Bridges, Marlon Griffith-Louis, Kalup Linzy, and Wangechi Mutu.

Download the Curriculum Guide here.






World Premiere: Celestial Bodies by Lisa Schlesinger
November 30–December 10, 2011
For tickets and details: http://www.colum.edu/Theater_Center/main-productions/index.php
In this world premiere by CCC playwriting professor Lisa Schlesinger, the course of scientific history is changed forever when Marina Gamba and Galileo Galilei meet in Renaissance Italy. A fantastical telling in the setting of a seventeenth-century theatre, the worlds of religion, exploration, sex, and power are forever changed by the clash of these CELESTIAL BODIES.


Café Society/CJE Listening Session


The Radical Vision of Charles Mingus

Thursday, January 19, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash Ave.
Jazz music has historically been entangled with many of our nation's most serious questions concerning civil rights and social justice. Charles Mingus—and the musical world he developed—is the jazz artist most aligned with drafting a music that squarely confronts these questions in both word and song.

This session pairs CJE Artistic Director Dana Hall and special guest artist, bassist/vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello, in a discussion and Listening Session focused on the work and legacy of the radical vision of Mingus.




Download this Café Society Curriculum Guide here.

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble Concert
Beneath the Underdog

The Musical World of Charles Mingus
Friday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.
The Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr.
Free tickets available for those who participate in the Café Society/CJE Listening Session on January 19!
Regular student tickets are $5 with valid ID.
In this compelling pairing, bassist Christian McBride and bassist/vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello collaborate with the CJE on a program of music by legendary bassist and composer Charles Mingus, including some of his final compositions which were written in collaboration with vocalist Joni Mitchell in the late 1970s.
McBride was named 2011 Bassist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and has worked with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Pat Metheny.
Ndegeocello is a singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist whose artistry has earned her ten Grammy Award nominations. Recently she appeared with jazz pianist Jason Moran in New York in a well-received performance paying tribute to Fats Waller. In November she released Weather, her ninth album.

4 mono Staged Reading: Four Monologues by Aram Saroyan

Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 p.m.
Poetry Foundation Auditorium61 West Superior Street

This dramatic reading by Columbia College students directed by professor Brian Shaw coincides with the release of a letterpress chapbook edition created by Book and Paper MFA students under the supervision of professor Clifton Meador. The edition is the first in an annual literary series edited by Poetry magazine Senior Editor Don Share. The author, Aram Saroyan, will be present. The monologues revolve around the 1930's literary circle of Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, whose sharply satirical depiction of Josef Stalin in a poem amounted to professional, and literal, suicide. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Book and Paper Arts, the Columbia College Theater Department, and the Poetry Foundation. 

Conversation in the Arts:  Gloria Steinem 
Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. 
Film Row Cinema, 8th floor of 1104 S. Wabash Ave. 
Check-in begins at 6:00 p.m. 



As a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist, Steinem is the radical iconoclast.  
From the founding of Ms. Magazine to her influential books such as Revolution from Within:
A Book of Self-Esteem and Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions,
she has inspired us to
believe in and fight for social equality for all. In addition to this public lecture, Steinem will
meet with students to discuss her current project Road to the Heart: America As if Everyone Mattered,
a book about her more than thirty years on the road as a feminist organizer and her continuing
work with the Women’s Media Center which she co-founded in 2004.

This event is co-sponsored with BMO Harris Bank, The Office of Development, and the F-Word, a Columbia College Feminist Student Group. For more information, click here.

Thursday, February 9, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
The Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.

Download the Curriculum Guide here. 


What Color is Nude? The Racial Future of Fashion
Friday, February 10, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Conaway Center, 1104 South Wabash

A discussion of race, radicals, and revolutions in fashion with scholars Monica Miller, Krista Thompson, and D. Denenge Akpem. Using the exhibition Black Gossamer as a point of departure, the panelists will share their perspectives on the ways that identity influences style and consumerism. This event is co-sponsored with African American Cultural Affairs, DEPS, and the Departments of Fashion Studies and AEMM.


A Conversation with Iraqi Novelist Mahmoud Saeed
Thursday, February 16 • 6:00 p.m.
618 S. Michigan Avenue

Mahmoud Saeed is an exiled Iraqi novelist living in Chicago who was imprisoned under Saddam Hussein for his writings, including his novel Saddam City (2004) which depicts the fear and despair of a Baghdad schoolteacher as he is shuttled from prison to prison after his arrest.
Saeed will discuss his latest novel, The World Through the Eyes of Angels, published by Syracuse University Press. A richly textured portrayal of Iraqi society before the upheavals of the late twentieth century, Saeed’s novel depicts a sensitive and loving child living in 1940s Mosul, Iraq—a teeming, multiethnic city where Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians, Jews, Aramaeans, Turkmens, Yazidis, and Syriacs mingle in the ancient souks and alleyways. Assailed by the cruelty of life, the boy is sometimes defeated, but never surrenders, sustained by his city and its people.

Critical Encounters Artists in Residence 2011-2012
The Potluck: Chicago
How can art-making harness Chicago’s diversity for the common good?

Welcome to Potluck: Chicago
The Potluck is a creative community building project, which lifts its name from the custom of a collective meal to which everyone brings a dish. It's about conversations, share of creative tools, an inclusive exploration of community and “creative placemaking” in cities, like Chicago, which are increasingly plural. 
The Potluck has been initially imagined by London-based international arts company motiroti, as the 2011-2012 Critical Encounters artists in residence at Columbia College Chicago. Alongside Columbia, a range of partners have joined the project early on to contribute ideas and planning—including The Dorchester Projects, the En Las Tablas Performing Arts Center and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.
Together, we will offer food and culture sharing workshops as an invitation to bring people from Chicago's diverse communities around the table in new ways, to exchange ideas and develop new relationships.
The Potluck is a flexible, participant-centered  process that will respond to the common interests of the network and communities involved, and is likely to include skilling up students, prototyping new works in public spaces in the city, and producing materials and creative campaigns.

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SPRING 2012 Community Workshop II: February 13-17, 2012

We hope to build a new network of grassroots creative activism that will be of lasting value to the city, and a model that can be adopted elsewhere. The Potluck is running online as well as offline until  February 2012, to extend and capture the conversations— through a project blog here, and on Twitter (@plchicago). Wherever you are in the world, if these themes and ways of working interest you, do connect in and add your offerings!

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Download the press release here.

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SIDEWINDER, by Sam Shepard; Directed by Jeff Ginsberg
February 15–25
Getz Theatre, 72 East 11th Street
For schedule and tickets visit here.
An adventure story, a political satire, a pop-art “smash up,” this play with music points up the dehumanizing effects of technology on American culture, circa 1970. A sophisticated Air Force computer in the form of a huge snake escapes in the Mojave Desert, becoming the focus of a multitude of forces—a black militant, a hapless young tourist couple, the military establishment that tries to recapture the sidewinder—against a backdrop of Hopi Indian magic and mysticism. A cartoon with a rock score from the early 1970s, and a cautionary tale for now.
Spooks, Censors and Sam Greenlee’s The Spook Who Sat by the Door
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 5:00–9:00 p.m.
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue

"What we have is a colony; what we need is a nation," states token Black CIA agent turned freedom fighter Dan Freeman in The Spook Who Sat By The Door. Based on Chicago-born poet/producer/screenwriter Sam Greenlee's original novel published in 1969, the film was censored almost immediately after its release. This event begins with a screening of the explosive 1973 film that critically chronicled an urban war for liberation. With a soundtrack by Herbie Hancock and Ivan Dixon's direction on location in Gary, Indiana and Chicago, Spook charts a militant alternative in the spirit of Black Power and Black Arts Movements. This screening will be followed by the acclaimed 2010 documentary "Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of The Spook Who Sat By The Door," by Christine Acham and Clifford Ward, which explores the film's censorship and the legacy of this most revolutionary work of art. A post-screening discussion with Sam Greenlee and David Lemieux (aka "Pretty Willie" from Spook) will follow.

spook Schedule
  5:00 p.m. The Spook Who Sat By The Door (1973) 
  6:30 p.m.  Break for food/refreshment
  7:00 p.m.  Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise And Fall Of The Spook Who Sat By The Door (2010) 
  8:00 p.m.  Post-screening discussion with Sam Greenlee and David Lemieux.

Image from the DVD by Monarch Home Video, released after the film, missing for decades, was rediscovered.

This event is presented as part of Critical Encounters 2011-2012 "Rights, Radicals and Revolution" and is supported by African American Cultural Affairs for African Heritage Month Celebration 2012, and by the Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences.


Columbia College Chicago as a Transformative Institution

Tuesday, February 28, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Film Row Cinema, 8th Floor, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue

Come hear the perspectives of those who traveled together on "the long march" from Columbia's beginnings as an educational alternative to its current status as a traditional institution for higher education. Our focus will center on perspectives and practices that allowed the College to make an education in the arts and media accessible to all. We will hear from those who struggled to ensure that the classroom was a radical space dedicated to critical thought and social equality. As we face the process of institutional prioritization, this history of the College has deep resonance and may prove inspirational for future authoring of the revolution of our times. 


Original poster by Skip Williamson.

The Guerrilla Girls
March 1–April 21
Opening Reception: March 1, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.


Through a dynamic collaboration with the Ellen Stone Belic 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, the Guerrilla Girls will engage in a major initiative, focusing on art and activism. Their project will comprise 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.
A major Chicago initiative, this project will illuminate and contextualize the important past and current work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change.   

Public Conversation with the Guerilla Girls
March 1, 2012, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Neysa Page-Leiberman, Exhibition Curator and Director, Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces and Jane M. Saks, Executive Director, Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, will be in conversation and conduct an audience Q&A with the Guerrilla Girls. 

Educator/Student Open House with the Guerilla Girls
March 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Conaway Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Open house and conversation with Chicago-area educators, students and activists with the Guerrilla Girls.
Additional details to follow–check back here soon! 

Co-sponsored with DEPS, Department of Art + Design, the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Interdisciplinary Arts Department, and the Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Windy City Queer: Radical Reads
Friday, March 2, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Film Row Cinema, 8th Floor, 1104 S. Wabash
Join contributors David Trinidad, Achy Obejas, Sharon Bridgforth, E. Patrick Johnson, Karen Lee Osborne, J. Adams Oaks, Deb R. Lewis and editor Kathie Bergquist for a reading, reception, and booksigning of the new anthology Windy City Queer: LGBTQ Dispatches from the Third Coast (University of Wisconsin Press). This event is co-sponsored with the Departments of English and Fiction Writing.





Thursday, March 15, 6:00 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue

Since her 1980 performance of Madame Bourgeoisie Noire, O'Grady has challenged institutional myopia and racism. Her critical writings on Diaspora and black female subjectivity are at the corner stone of most Feminist art history courses. As per the recent WACK! exhibition, she is the radical canon.  

Lorraine O’Grady is an artist and critic whose installations, performances, and texts address issues of diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity. In 2006, The New York Times called her “one of the most interesting American conceptual artists around.” Born in Boston in 1934 to West Indian parents, O’Grady came to art late, not making her first works until 1980. After majoring in economics and literature, she’d had several careers: as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government, a successful literary and commercial translator, even a rock critic. Ultimately, her broad background contributed to a distanced and critical view of the art world when she entered it and to an unusually eclectic attitude toward artmaking. In O’Grady’s work, the idea tends to come first, and then a medium is employed to best execute it. Although its intellectual content is rigorous and political, the work is generally marked by unapologetic beauty and elegance.

This talk is sponsored in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago through Critical Encounters, 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; and with Emerge, a donor affinity group that supports the education, exhibition, and acquisition programs of the MCA.
For more information, visit O'Grady's website.

16th Annual Story Week: Surviving the American Dream
March 18–23
See the Story Week website for detailed information.

This year's theme will spark discussion among Story Week participants about the ways in which writing inspires social, political and personal change. As it has for the last 16 years, Story Week 2012 will offer six days jam-packed with readings, conversations with authors, panels, performances, and book signings at venues throughout Chicago—all free and open to the public. Co-sponsored with Bath Spa University, Metro, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Aplified, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago Hilton + Towers, McNaughton + Gunn, with partial funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 

written by Young Jean Lee 
March 14–25
Directed by Catherine Slade
Classic Studio Theater, 72 East 11th Street

According to The New York Times, in this polemical look at racial tropes, Korean American playwright Young Jean tweaks, pulls and twists cultural images of black America.  Lee wields sharp, offbeat humor to point up the clichés, distortions and absurdities, turning the wearily familiar — a foul-mouthed stand-up comic, a drug dealer, a would-be rapper — into loopy, arch cartoons. Even in the lighter moments, however, Lee, does not shy away from prodding the audience’s racial sensitivities — or insensitivities — in a style that is sometimes sly and subtle, sometimes as blunt as a poke in the eye.



INTERSECTIONS: Militarism, War, & Radicals
Monday, March 19, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, first floor in the Garland Room
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." —Dwight D Eisenhower, former five-star general and U.S. President
Has the U.S. become the Roman empire of the modern world, maintaining a strong military capability of extraordinary proportions and prepared to use it aggressively in the pursuit of its globalized national interests? What is war as experienced by those on the ground whose lives are enveloped by it? What is the experience of those who refuse to war for reasons of conscience? What is peace beyond the absence of war? This discussion will consider a range of perspectives that inform our current consciousness. The panelists include: Janine Shoots, Cultural Studies Major, Barry Romo, Vietnam War Veteran and VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against the War), Jeff Gibson, Draft Resistor, Adjunct Faculty, and Louis Silverstein, Distinguished Professor Of Humanities.
Intersections is a lively series of lectures and discussions investigating and celebrating the complexity of contemporary culture and the arts. The lecture series co-sponsored with the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences and the Chicago Cultural Center.

tres cantos
Tres Cantos, photo by Eduardo Patino
Ballet Hispanico
Café Society: Dance and Politics with Eduardo Vilaro
Monday, March 19, 4:00—6:00 p.m., A + D Gallery, 619 S. Wabash

Ballet Hispanico Performance
March 22—24, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan
Information about Student Tickets
"The glamorous troupe offered an evening of delicious dancing that was technically challenging, witty...and chock-full of emotion." —Backstage

Eduardo Vilaro has a long history with Columbia College Chicago as both an alumnus of the Interdisciplinary Arts program, where he received his MFA in 1999, and later as an Artist-in-Residence at The Dance Center. He founded Chicago-based Luna Negra Dance Theater in 1999 and served as its Artistic Director for 10 years. In 2009, Eduardo joined New York’s Ballet Hispanico, where he had once been a principle dancer, as Artistic Director. Both Vilaro's creative leadership and artistic voice explore facets of Latino culture through contemporary dance, examining the rich diversity and diaspora within Latin American and Caribbean countries. Creating over 20 original works, Vilaro often collaborates with visual artists, designers and musicians to create multi-layered works which frequently explore the radical politics of identity. Born in Cuba and raised in the Bronx, Vilaro studied dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. He was honored as Chicagoan of the Year in 2007 and Alumni of the Year by Columbia College Chicago in 2008.

Cultural Studies Program Colloquium Series:
Criminal Queers
Film Screening & Discussion with
Eric Stanley and Chris Vargas
Thursday, March 22, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Collins Hall, Room 602 , 624 S. Michigan Ave.
This lecture is FREE and open to the public. 

Criminal Queers visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation. Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitization of social movements. Criminal Queers grows our collective liberation by working to abolish the multiple ways our hearts, genders, and, desires are confined.
For more information, please contact Christie Dal Corobbo at cdalcorobbo@colum.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Humanities, History, + Social Sciences and the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences



Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.
Stage Two, 618 South Michigan Avenue, 2nd floor

Umbrellas of Social Justice, LaLa Mama, New York, NY, 2009

Social consciousness and radical design has long been part of the vocabulary of New York graphic designer Luba Lukova. Through student workshops and a public lecture, Lukova will discuss the influences and process that inspired her 12 poster series Social Justice 2008. Her career-long focus on issues such as peace, censorship, immigration, ecology, hunger, and corruption is merged with the history of visual communication. As Lukova states “This project is my cry for action. We have to change things for the good of the entire world, not only for America,” says Lukova. “I was inspired by the desire for change in our society, by the enormous activity of the people and their will to make a difference.”
Co-sponsored with Art + Design, AIGA, and Students in Design.

Café Society LISTENING SESSION: Jazz and the Spoken Word
The Roots of Sonic Revolution with Poet Laureate SONIA SANCHEZ 
Thursday, April 5, 4:00—5:30 p.m. • 618 S. Michigan, Stage II
Co-sponsored with Chicago Jazz Ensemble, led by CJE Artistic Director Dana Hall.
The Chicago Jazz Ensemble presents

A CJE Small Ensemble Concert: Jazz and Literature
Friday, April 6 • 7:30 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Library
Featuring poet, writer, and civil right activist Sonia Sanchez, the newly-named Poet Laureate of Philadelphia
sonia sanches Sonia Sanchez
American literary figures such as Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison have all infused the language of jazz into their writing, extending the oral tradition, elaborating on the call and response of improvisation. Jazz and Literature will explore the languages of jazz and improvisation as they intersect with the spoken and written word.
Dana Hall
Photo by Jacob Hand.
The program takes 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. The identity formation encouraged by this movement—individuality and finding your own voice—directly connects to the practice of improvisation, a touchstone of the jazz tradition. Contemporary hip hop and spoken word practices have built upon these foundations, illuminating how the exploration of history becomes a journey to the present moment. Join Dana Hall, CJE Artistic Director, and Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez as they share insights on the music that has and continues to inspire our social and political consciousness.

2nd Story Presents
Rights, Radicals, and Revolutions: Stories of Rebellion

Sunday, April 8 + Monday, April 9  
Webster’s Wine Bar, 1480 West Webster Avenue
Storytellers: Coya Paz, Jessica Young, Lott Hill, + Ames Hawkins
Curator: Bobby Biedrzycki
Doors open at 7:00 p.m., Stories begin at 7:30 p.m.
$15 online, $20 at the door
“Why do we rebel? And in what ways do we provoke change in individuals, collectives and institutions? This month, in conjunction with Columbia College Chicago's Critical Encounters: Rights, Radicals, and Revolutions initiative, 2nd Story seeks to investigate how systems of hierarchy and oppression are critiqued and disrupted, as we tell stories of rebellion. From a high school student who doesn’t get the memo on how to dress to protest, to a couple of kids trying to find their sexual identity through the music of Billy Joel, join 2nd Story this April for Rights, Radicals, and Revolutions: Stories of Rebellion.

Artists' Talk
Amir, Author ofZahra's Paradise
pril 11 • 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m
916 South Wabash, Room 201
Amnesty International and InterArts together will present an artists' talk with one of the authors of the serial webcomic Zahra's Paradise. Amir an his co-author, Khalil, maintain anonymity for reasons that are obvious once one reads a bit of the English, Farsi, Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch webcomic. Amir will be at 916 South Wabash, Room 201, on April 11, from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Columbia College is delighted to have him here in person to speak about the graphic novel and its potential as a medium to reach wide audiences and inspire people to activism and awareness about important issues. He'll discuss the use of art in social protest and advocacy from a global perspective.

Amir is an Iranian-American writer, filmmaker, and human rights activist, who believes in the power of stories to shift perceptions and perspectives, and open up new forms of space, communication and community. Convinced that memory and art are crucial in guarding the reflection of the Iranian people, Amir views the graphic novel as a powerful medium for advancing human rights by grounding stories—real and fictional characters—in an historical and cultural context that's accessible, imaginative and fun.

Khalil’s work as a fine artist has been much praised. He sculpts and creates ceramics, and has been cartooning since his youth. Zahra’s Paradise is his first graphic novel. Amir and Khalil have long dreamed up projects together, but Zahra’s Paradise draws on their talents as though they’ve been preparing for it all their lives—and through it, they answer the calling of their times.

Thursday, April 19 • 4:00-6:00 p.m.
624 S Michigan Avenue, Collins Hall, room 602

Cultural Studies Colloquium with Huey Copeland, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Art History, Northwestern University

Huey Copeland's work focuses on modern, contemporary, and African American art with an emphasis on articulations of blackness in the visual field. A regular contributor to Artforum, Copeland has also published in Art JournalCallalooQui Parle, and Representations as well as in several international exhibition catalogues and edited volumes, including Modern Women: Women artists at the Museum of Modern Art. Most notable among his forthcoming publications is Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which was awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2009. Recently, Professor Copeland was a residential fellow at Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, where he continued to work on a new manuscript exploring the constitutive role of black in femininity Western art from the nineteenth century to the present.
Solar Ethics
 In this talk, Copeland aims to chart Sun Ra's evolving import as icon, model, and prophet for a range of visual artists. Ultimately, he contends that a critical re-examination of the jazz musician's work allows us to freshly understand the ethical stakes involved when contemporary practitioners turn to the past in conjuring utopian visions of the future.      

Please watch the film Space is the Place prior to this presentation on YouTube.com.

games wars

Alumni on 5: Alumni in the Library Exhibitions
Opening Reception: Friday April 20, 2012, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Columbia College Chicago Library, 624 S. Michigan, 5th Floor

Are you radical? Do you play games? Do you war?What revolution have/would you join or lead? Can art be a medium for discussing politics, fun, social issues, and community engagement?

Alumni on 5: Alumni in the Library Exhibitions announces their spring exhibition Games, Wars, + Summits. The exhibition uses this year’s Critical Encounters focus "Rights, Radicals, + Revolution," to explore revolutionary artistic practice, as well as the NATO summit taking place in Chicago in May 2012. The exhibition will be on view over the duration of the NATO conference and through the summer, providing an opportunity for continued exploration and discussion of artistic practice that comments on global issues. Woman Boxer #2, a work by Ali Beyer, 2008 InterArts MFA, is highlighted on the exhibition postcard.


Show organized and curated by Jodi Adams (BA ‘08) + Stephen DeSantis (MFA ‘08). Featured alumni artists:

Ali Beyer (MFA ’08), Valerie Burke (BA ’76), Larry Chait (’02), Sandi Chaplin (MA ’98), Laurie LeBreton (MFA ’11), Weston Morris (’08), Rachel Muich (BA ’07), Larry Oberc (MA ‘96), Carolyn Otto-Pavelkis (MFA ’01), Kevin Valentine (MFA ’10)


Wednesday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ferguson Hall, 600 S. Michigan 


The Global Teach-In will link audiences over radio, online and in local city-chapters with speakers sharing their successful strategies for moving money, worker owned coops, a green new deal and ultimately, how to create an alternative economy that works for the 99% of the world. Sponsored by Critical Encounters, Occupy Columbia, Cultural Studies Students Society, Chicago Political Economy Group, American Monetary Institute and Illinois Citizens for Public Banking.

For specifics on participants, visit us on Facebook.

Critical Encounters Faculty Exhibition
March 1–July 31, 2012
Faculty Center, 8th floor, 600 South Michigan Avenue

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Opening Reception : March 1, 2012 • 4:00–8:00 p.m.
Critical Encounters is a college-wide initiative intended to synchronize conversations between the school and the community, in an ongoing dialogue, around a central, socially and culturally relevant issue each academic year. The 2011–2012 Critical Encounters focus is Rights, Radicals, + Revolutions.
Big Woods, multimedia drawing by Michael K. Paxton.

Featured faculty artists:
Ali Beyer
Sandi Chaplin
Norma Fay Green
Palesa Nicolini
Niki Nolin
Michael K. Paxton
Rose Camastro Pritchett
Teresa Puente
Miriam Schaer
Jackie Spinner
Fereshteh Toosi

The Guerrilla Girls:
Not Ready to Make Nice

March 1–April 21
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash Ave.


Through a dynamic collaboration with the Ellen Stone Belic 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, the Guerrilla Girls will engage in a major initiative, focusing on art and activism. Their project will comprise 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 exhibitions at two locations on March 1, 2012, the Glass Curtain Gallery and A + D Gallery, plus the student show at the Arcade Galllary.
A major Chicago initiative, this project will illuminate and contextualize the important past and current work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change.     

Crafting Hope, Restoring Humanity
April 2—20
Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash 
This exhibition will feature One Million Bones, a collaborative art activist installation designed to recognize the millions of victims and survivors who have been killed or displaced by ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burma. The mission is to create a visible movement that will increase global awareness of these atrocities while raising the critical funds needed to protect and aid displaced and vulnerable survivors. Throughout the month, classes and community groups, individuals and institutions will be invited to come to the gallery and make bones. Students Rebuild will donate $1 for every bone made by a student. With this project, we hope to reach 50,000 bones made for the Great Lakes Area, and look toward a 50,000 Bones GREAT LAKES installation as a part of the Weeks of Welcome in August 2012. Co-sponsored with DEPs, and the Departments of Art + Design and Cultural Studies.

Survival Techniques: Narratives of Resistance
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan, 1st Floor
April 12–July 1, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 12, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

landauSigalit Landau, Azkelon

Film Screenings: Friday, April 13, 6:30 p.m. 
at Film Row Cinema, 1104 South Wabash Avenue, 8th floor

Before AiWeiwei by Daria Menozzi.
Enemies of the People by Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin.



Tuesday, April 17, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

MoCP, 600 S. Michigan Ave., First Floor

Lecture/Performance: Wednesday, April 25, 6:00 p.m
MoCP, 600 S. Michigan Ave., First Floor

This exhibition and its related programming looks at artists who are creating works that reflect the way individuals react to situation arising from conflicts in ideologies and the collapse of communication; when thinking about nationalism, ethnicity, and power; when dealing with issues of displacement and exile or the struggle to exist within a state of flux within one’s own self-identified place of being. Co-sponsored with FarEastFarWest, the Department of Photography, and The Ellen Stone Bellic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.

Cultural Studies Colloquium

Huey Copeland, Ph.D.
April 19, 4:00 p.m., 624 South Michigan Ave., Collins Hall room 602
Pre-reading article available HERE.
Huey Copeland is Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Art History, with an affiliation in African American Studies, at Northwestern University. His work focuses on modern, contemporary, and African American art with an emphasis on articulations of blackness in the visual field. Copeland will share radical ideas from his forthcoming publication Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which was awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2009. Recently, Professor Copeland was a residential fellow at Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, where he continued to work on a new manuscript exploring the constitutive role of black in femininity Western art from the nineteenth century to the present.

INTERSECTIONS: Crafting a New Pedagogy
Connecting Students to Local and Global Issues Through the Arts
Monday, April 23, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, The Garland Room, 1st Floor, 78 East Washington St.
Free and open to the public—Professors and teaching artists are encouraged to attend.
How can we use art as a platform to education youth about critical issues surrounding their community and their world? This panel will include Ames Hawkins and Jim Duignan, who promote agency in our youth by teaching their students to be socially engaged through art activism.
Ames Hawkins will present her involvement with art installation, One Million Bones and her motivation to integrate artistic civic engagement to Columbia College Chicago’s campus at a global level.
Jim Duignan, founder of the Stockyard Institute, will present how this Chicago-based collective has fostered undergraduate and graduate students to design temporary art projects and sustainable art education programs since 1995.
Crafting a New Pedagogy is in conjunction with Columbia College Chicago’s One Million Bones exhibition in the Hokin Gallery. One Million Bones is an art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims killed or displaced by ongoing genocides in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burma.This panel is part of Intersections, a meeting place to explore the complexity of contemporary culture and the arts and is sponsored with the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Columbia College Chicago.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 • 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Conaway Center, 1104 South Wabash Avenue
final RRR shocaseThe Critical Encounters Showcase featured exhibits and performances by students who had connected with Critical Encounters through courses, clubs, or on their own. More than 200 students and their work were represented, demonstrating how Critical Encounters enhanced classroom curricula and the culture of the college. Curated by CE fellow Chelsea Middendorf.