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Deadline Jan 15 – CALL for PAPERS: Engendering Change: 3rd Annual Graduate Student Gender and Sexualities Conference


Engendering Change:
The Third Annual Graduate Student Gender and Sexualities Conference

Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, 2013
University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is proud to announce the third
annual Engendering Change conference. This annual interdisciplinary
graduate student-led conference provides a venue through which graduate
students can share their scholarship on gender and sexualities with one
another and get feedback from faculty based in the Chicago area. This
year’s conference will be held on the University of Illinois at Chicago
campus on Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th, 2013. The
conference is free and open to the public.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in all academic disciplines
are invited to present their original research related to the study of
gender and sexualities broadly defined. Papers can be based on any aspect
of gender and sexualities, including but not limited to: activism, bodies,
families, feminisms, identities, health and medicine, masculinities and
femininities, media, religion, sexual subcultures, transnationalism, and
the workplace.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: The conference will start on Thursday, March 14th,
2013 at 5:30PM with a special keynote event at the Jane Addams Hull House.
Graduate student panels, as well as a themed faculty panel, will take
place on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at Student Center East.

CONFERENCE THEME: This year’s conference theme, “Thinking Intersectionally
about Gender and Sexualities,” focuses attention on theorizing and
researching gender and sexualities through an intersectional lens. In
addition to the above noted topics, graduate students are encouraged to
submit papers that bring intersectional theory in conversation with gender
and sexuality studies, reflect on the state and future of
intersectionality in gender and sexualities studies, and consider
innovative methodological strategies for studying these intersections.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: To submit an abstract, please complete the online
submission form available at
The submission form will ask for an extended abstract with a minimum of
350 words as well as keywords.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 15th, 2013. All
presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 1st, 2013.
Participants will be asked to submit their full papers to the conference
committee by March 1st, 2013.

Please circulate this announcement to all those who may be interested!


Nov 12 – Revolutionary Doctors

*Save the Date!*

/*Revolutionary Doctors: How Cuba and Venezuela are Changing the World’s
Conception of Healthcare*/


/A Lecture by Author Steve Brouwer/

*Monday, November 12, 6:00pm*

*UIC School of Public Health*

*1603 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL*

*(Accessible by Ashland #9 Bus, Pink/Blue Line, Taylor #157 Bus)*

RSVP on our Facebook Page:

/Presented by Radical Public Health (RPH), Global Health Student
Interest Group (GHSIG), Emergency USA, and the Chicago Committee to Free
the Cuban Five/

/To be added to the Radical Public Health LISTSERV, please email <>/

“Revolutionary Doctors gives readers a first-hand account of Venezuela’s
innovative and inspiring program of community health care, designed to
serve—and largely carried out by—the poor themselves. Drawing on
long-term participant observations as well as in-depth research, Brouwer
tells the story of Venezuela’s Integral Community Medicine program, in
which doctor-teachers move into the countryside and poor urban areas to
recruit and train doctors from among peasants and workers. Such programs
were first developed in Cuba, and Cuban medical personnel play a key
role in Venezuela today as advisors and organizers. This
internationalist model has been a great success—Cuba is a world leader
in medicine and medical training—and Brouwer shows how the Venezuelans
are now, with the aid of their Cuban counterparts, following suit.” –

“/*The Cuban medical education model, so eloquently described in this
book, has not merely transformed health care in much of Central and
South America. It has shown doctors and medical students who work in the
unjust and dysfunctional U.S. health care system that another world is

—Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH; professor of public health, CUNY;
visiting professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School

— Radical Public Health

/Probe. Provoke. Praxis./

“A genuine man goes to the roots. To be a radical is no more than that:
to go to the roots.” ~ José Martí

November 2012 – Figure drawing Sessions

The Student Association of Medical Illustrators Presents: Figure Drawing sessions
For anyone who loves to draw, open to all students

Bring 5$ and drawing supplies (+ drawing support, or just your drawing pad, no easels available )
Comfortable atmosphere, just the model and students.
The session will begin with gesture drawing and progress into longer (25 or 30 minute) poses.
UIC AHS Building, 2nd floor student lounge
5-7pm on 9/17, 10/4, 10/15, 11/1, 11/12

Extended evening hours for UIC Counseling Center!

The UIC Counseling Center has expanded their hours of operation.  The Counseling Center now offers evening appointments.  In addition to the regular schedule of hours from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Counseling Center now offers evening appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  These evening hours will be available on an appointment only basis.  Given that many graduate students tend to have a very busy schedule during the day, these added evening hours will allow more students to take advantage of the available resources.

I encourage you to explore the Counseling Center website at < for more information about services.  (Please note, the website does not indicate the evening hours yet but should do so in the near future.)

In case of emergency, call the Counseling Center at 312.996.3490 (business hours only), call or visit the UIC Hospital Emergency Room located at 1740 W. Taylor Street (312.996.8177) or the emergency room of a hospital near you, or call 911 for emergency assistance.

Any questions about the services of the Counseling Center should be directed to their office.

Nov 7 – Graduate Student Excursion to The Art Institute of Chicago


Hello Graduate Students,

The Graduate College would like to invite you to come explore the Art
Institute of Chicago with other UIC Graduate Students on Wednesday,
November 7th.  Whether you like Impressionist paintings, photography
prints, or modern sculpture, there is sure to be something you will enjoy
at the Art Institute.  The Graduate College will provide a *free boxed lunch
* for all graduate student attendees.

*What:    Graduate Student Excursion to The Art Institute of Chicago*

*When:  Wednesday, November 7, 2012*

*Where:  Meet at the Graduate College Conference Room 650 University Hall.*

*              Everyone will grab a lunch and we will travel to the museum

*Time:    12:00 PM – 4:45 PM*

*RSVP:  Required by 11/5. Please reply to this email to
RSVP with your Name,

*            Department, and Doctoral or Masters student status.*

Excursion Schedule:

12:00 PM          Meet at 650 University Hall, pick up lunch.*

12:15 PM          Leave for Museum

12:15- 1:00 PM  Transit to Art Institute **

1:00 – 4:00 PM  Enjoy the Museum

4:00 PM            Meet at the front steps and head back to UIC

4:45 PM            Arrive back at UIC

*You must RSVP if you want lunch! Please reply to this email with your
Name, Department and whether you are a Masters or Doctoral student.  If you
need a vegetarian option let us know.

** If you do not have a UPass and need assistance with the cost of public
transit to and from the museum let us know ahead of time by making a note
in your RSVP.

***Please bring your student ID, Illinois license, or a recent bill with
you to verify Illinois residency for free entrance to the museum.

Nov 2- Innovation Incubator and GMARK present: Michael Farah

Innovation Incubator

Innovation Incubator and GMARK present: Michael Farah

Michael has had a huge experience with start-up companies
and their marketing, such as Culture, The Youghurt Society; Berry Chill; or recently Curbside Foodies.

Michael developed an innovative mobile marketing solution to connect food truck owners with their customers. This new solution has been gaining on popularity in Chicago area and California..

More info on:

Connect with Liautaud Graduate School of Business organizations:
Innovation Incubator and GMARK
Event Details
Meet at the UIC Innovation Center
Friday, November 02, 2012
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)
1240 West Harrison Street (map)
FREE snacks and drinks provided!!Get your FREE ticket from event page. 

October GEO Newsletter

To all Tas and GAs,We will have the GEO General Meeting to discuss a possible strike
drive on Monday, October 29.

We have been in bargaining for almost six months and we still haven’t
received a single economic proposal (wages, health care, fee waivers,
tuition waivers, etc.) from the university! It’s time to start talking
about what we are willing to do for a fair contract. Members will
discuss and vote on whether or not we should begin organizing for a
possible strike (a “strike drive”) on Monday, October 29 at 5:30pm at
Jane Addams Hull-House, 800 S. Halsted. Food will be provided. All TAs
and GAs are strongly encouraged to attend.

Also, you can use this “Mad Libs”-style form letter to let the Board
of Trustees know why you deserve a fair contract now!


Graduate Employees Organization


1. Bargaining Session on Wednesday, 10/17
2. Grade-In in University Hall lobby, 10/18
3. Ready to Strike? General Membership Meeting on 10/29
4. Send a letter to the Board of Trustees for a fair contract now!
5. Wednesdays are GEO t-shirt and button day!
6. Grievance Tip of the Week
7. Other upcoming GEO meetings and events
1. GEO bargaining session on Wednesday: your right to be free of sexual harassment, height & weight discrimination, access to necessary supplies in your workplace still on the table
We will meet again with the administration on Wednesday, October 17 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm in 650 University Hall. Articles under discussion include Nondiscrimination and Employee Rights. We have proposed language that protects workers from sexual harassment, as well as discrimination on the basis of weight, height, gender identity or expression, and HIV antibody status. We’ve also proposed expanding your access to supplies you may need to do your job as a TA or GA, including computers, printers, and assistive technology. We are hopeful that we can FINALLY settle these articles after a MONTH of slow negotiations with the administration. YOUR RIGHTS are at stake: join us for all or part of the session on Wednesday!
2. Grade-In in UH lobby, 12pm to 2pm, Thursday
Show the administration that you want a contract now: bring your grading (or other work) to the lobby of University Hall this Thursday, October 18, from 12pm to 2pm. We’ll have brand new GEO t-shirts, free for all members!
3. Are you ready to strike for your contract? IMPORTANT General Membership Meeting to discuss a possible strike drive on Monday, October 29.
We have been in bargaining for almost six months and we still haven’t received a single economic proposal (wages, health care, fee waivers, tuition waivers, etc.) from the university! It’s time to start talking about what we are willing to do for a fair contract. Members will discuss and vote on whether or not we should begin organizing for a possible strike (a “strike drive”) on Monday, October 29 at 5:30pm at Jane Addams Hull-House. Food will be provided. All TAs and GAs are strongly encouraged to attend.
4. Send a letter to the Board of Trustees asking for a fair contract now!
The Board of Trustees are the other party to the GEO contract. Use this “Mad Libs”-style form letter to let the BoT know why you deserve a fair contract now!
5. Wednesdays are GEO t-shirt and button day!
Wednesday is GEO t-shirt and button day! Show your solidarity by wearing your GEO t-shirts and buttons. To get a free shirt, go to fill out the form. We’ll even deliver it right to your office!
6. Grievance Tip of the Week
All materials that you use in the course of your work as a TA or GA should be provided to you at no cost by the University. This includes photocopies and textbooks. If you are being charged for materials related to your work, let the Grievance Committee know:
7. Other meetings and events
All members are welcome at all GEO meetings and events! All meetings/events are held at the GEO office (815 W. Van Buren, Suite 203) unless otherwise noted.
Bargaining Committee: Monday, October 21, 4:00pm
Direct Action Working Group: Tuesday, October 22, 4:00pm
Grievance Committee: Monday, October 21, 12:00pm
Stewards’ Council: Monday, October 21, 3:00pm
Steering Committee: Monday, October 21, 5:30pm