“What matters is not to know the world but to change it.” Frantz Fanon “Give Light and people will find the way.” Ella Baker Deserve your dream - Octavio Paz Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.” -Jane Addams Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” Angela Davis


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“to create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.”

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SJI is hiring for the Sawyer Seminar

Positions for the Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2 dissertation fellowships (UIC students only), and the Sawyer Program Coordinator have been posted...(more)

UIC wins Mellon grant for social justice series: The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Social Justice Initiative has been awarded a $175,000 Sawyer Seminar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a yearlong seminar series beginning in January.

The Sawyer Seminar operates like a temporary research center for interdisciplinary exchange in the humanities and social sciences, where faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and guest speakers participate in intensive study and public programs...(read more)

Household Workers UNITE!

Premilla Nadasen Book Talk

A Discussion on Domestic Worker Organizing and Labor Rights with Premilla Nadasen, Associate Professor, Barnard College, and Nik Theodore, Professor, UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

November 5, 2015


UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL

Room: Illinois B

RSVP: sjiuic@gmail.com

Memories of Julian Bond (1940 – 2015)

Keynote Speaker at SJI’s Freedom Dreams/ Freedom Now Conference in 2014

Barbara Ransby Talks with Julian Bond

I first met Julian Bond as a graduate student in the early 1990s when I was working on my dissertation on Ella Baker. I gave a paper on Baker at the Organization of American Historians’ annual meeting. I saw Julian (who I thought of as Mr. Bond at the time) in the audience. The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) veterans are a tough bunch. They don’t mince words and they don’t like folks meddling in their history, unless they are prepared to do enough work to get the story right. So, I was nervous when I saw Julian coming toward the stage after the panel. Maybe I could act like I did not notice him and hurry off in the other direction. But there was no time. He looked right at me, striding with a confident gait, and a purposeful gaze. These were not good signs, I thought to myself. When he finally reached me, he stuck out his hand and said “well done.” What a relief. I moved forward with greater determination to finish the dissertation and then the book. Every time I saw him after that he was friendly, warm, and generous...(read more from Barbara Ransby)

Social Justice Minor

In the Fall of 2015, Gender and Women’s Studies in partnership with the Social Justice Initiative will offer a minor in Social Justice. This minor will allow students to gain experience working with community-based organizations and provide opportunities for students to combine their experiences with new skills and strategies for future careers in organizing, non-profits, or applying a social justice lens to any professional field. Students who minor in Social Justice will learn about strategies to work toward social change, discuss movement work and link local movements to global ones. Minoring in social justice will entail focusing on critical analyses of social systems and movements that create and perpetuate equality and inequality. Additionally, all minors will complete at least one in-depth community-based learning experience with a partnering organization.

To learn more about the Social Justice Minor, click here.

Interested students please contact Emily at emilywil@uic.edu

First Recipient of the Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Border Crossing Scholarship

The 2015 Recipient of the Nesbitt, Carrasco, Unzueta Border Crossing Scholarship is Jocelyn Munguía Chavez...read more

"28, 43" A Photographic Exhibit

Over 70 people attended the opening reception for "28/43": Ferguson to Ayotzinapa, a photo exhibition at our new Pop Up JUST Art space at 1255 S. Halsted. Over 140 people have visited the gallery and 6 classes have visited the exhibit.

Gallery hours are Thursdays, 3p-6p; Fridays, 3p-7p; and Saturdays, 11a-3p. To schedule a class or group visit, email sjiuic@gmail.com

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