October 12 2021

Jonathan Castillo - 6pm

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Unaccompanied, features new work by Jonathan Michael Castillo created in Chicago and funded by the Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues.   This work was made across several youth shelters run by leading global human rights organization Heartland Alliance, that care for Unaccompanied Children after they have arrived in the United States without their parents.  This includes children from as far away as India, China and parts of Africa, most of whom arrive at the Southern border along with Spanish speaking migrants from Central America.  Through photographs of interior space, images of items made by the children and interviews of staff this exhibition is the culmination of two years of involvement with Heartland programs that care for this uniquely vulnerable population.  This fellowship is a unique partnership between Columbia College Chicago and Heartland Alliance that supports the selected fellow through funding, exhibition space, access to Columbia College facilities,  and involvement with Heartland Alliance programs to make a new photographic project that engages socially with Heartland Alliance participants, staff and programs.  


October 19 2021

The Archive Alive Project with Robert Hanserd & Rami Gabriel - 6pm

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The Archive Alive project is an academic and artistic initiative by two professors in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences, Rami Gabriel PhD and Robert Hanserd PhD, to energize the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) through a series of monthly events during that 2021-2022 academic year. This initiative brings together scholars and musicians from Chicago with students at Columbia College Chicago around materials from the archive. Each event will have a set of objects-from CBMR as the focus upon which an invited scholar, the discussant, and an invited musician explore through their respective practices. The events take place at the CBMR with the participation of Columbia College students and faculty collaborators from Film and Video, Music, English, Communications, Collective Impact and Columbia College Chicago Library.

Some examples of Archive Alive events include: Depictions of race in the Robert W. Hough collection, Sounds of Haiti: Past, Present and Future, Chicago Jazz and the AACM, South Side churches and the legacy of Gospel, Black World: Cuba, Township Jazz in South Africa, Afro-Atlantic percussion traditions, Poems of Black Africa: From Griot to Sonyinka and others. These varying events highlight the depth and value of the CBMR through related scholarship, musical, artistic and literary activities presented in an intimate and interactive space.

In collaboration with the Columbia College Library, events will be hosted by two professors and students one Tuesday every month from 6 - 7:30 at the CBMR, 618 S Michigan Dr. 


October 26 2021

Modeling History Project - The Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement - 6pm

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The research team of Erin McCarthy, Heidi Marshall, Bri Ramirez and Adiam Woldu team will give a project update and the strategies they are using to discover, interpret and elevate archive content.  

The Columbia College Chicago research team in partnership with the Chicago Cultural Alliance(External link) will formalize its model for its partner-based life history approach to oral history and develop a new model for thoughtful and theme-based use of edited oral histories, with both easily adaptable models made available to other institutions. We will also produce a 20-minute podcast using the models with the thematic, edited oral histories designed to highlight the personal stories embedded in these histories from interviewees involved in the Chicago struggle to end apartheid in Southern and South Africa.

Help us promote our project by using the hashtags; #CICPubHum #CCCantiapartheid #CCCspecialcollections


November 09 2021

Illinois Media Literacy Coalition

We warmly invite you to celebrate media literacy week as this webinar covers the work on the newly funded Illinois Media Literacy Coalition (ILMLC) to support the recent legislation of of Public Act 102-0055 requiring every high school in the state to teach a unit of media literacy starting next school year. The co-founders of ILMLC are Dr. Yonty Friesem, assistant professor of civic media and communication and graduate programs director at the communication department at Columbia College Chicago and Michael A. Spikes, a doctoral candidate from Northwestern University, Illinois chapter leader of Media Literacy Now and adjunct professor in social media and digital strategy at Columbia College Chicago.

Last week, we celebrated Media Literacy Week, as the ILMLC together with Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University received submissions for the Miss Illinois 2021 “I am MediaLIT, are you?” TikTok Challenge. Isabelle Hanson, Reporter and Anchor for KFVS12 and Miss Illinois 2021, decided to lead a media literacy TikTok Challenge for Illinois high school students to learn media literacy skills. Illinois teens in grades 9-12 displayed their creativity with TikTok videos explaining what is media literacy and how it manifests through their day as they produce a TikTok video with the hashtag #ILMediaLit. The winners will be announced during this special Collective Impact webinar. 

Help us promote our work by using the hashtags; #ILMediaLit

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November 30 2021

Mikki Kendall

We warmly invite you to engage with Mikki Kendall, the New York Times bestseller author of Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot. Mikki Kendall is a writer, diversity consultant, and occasional feminist who speaks on intersectionality, policing, gender, sexual assault, and other current events. Her essays can be found at TIME, the New York Times, The Guardian, the Washington Post, Ebony, Essence, Salon, The Boston Globe, NBC, Bustle, Islamic Monthly, and a host of other sites. Her media appearances include BBC, NPR, the Daily Show, PBS, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, WVON, WBEZ, and Showtime. 

Mikki Kendall and Columbia College Chicago’s Associate Professor Raquel L. Monroe, Ph.D. will delve into Kendall’s book Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot. Mikki will share her ideas on resisting isolation as a critically engaged writer and artist involved in social movements. How creatives can work in collaboration with organizations to address issues like gun violence and hunger through the lens of hood feminism will also be discussed.

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Learn more about Mikki Kendall here:  https://mikkikendall.com