Calendar for the Week of 2/6/2015–2/12/2015

The 2016’s Kent Lecture, a march by Phoenix Survivor’s Alliance, and the future of Hyde Park’s parks among other events in this week’s calendar.

Saturday, February 6

How Can We Get Women to the Polls? 

1–3 p.m. in the Community Room at Treasure Island, 1526 East 55th Street

Hyde Park’s Older Women’s League (OWL) is concerned about the alienation of female voters from the political process. OWL, which advocates for elderly women, finds the prospect of disengaged women of all ages potentially—in their words—disastrous. A panel at this meeting will consider the problem. 

Sunday, February 7

Summer Anti-Violence Action in Hyde Park 

1–3 p.m. at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 South Kenwood Avenue

Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK), an organization committed to combating violent crime in minority communities, and Kenwood Residents for a Safer Chicago are holding their first organizational meeting. Founder of MASK Tamar Manasseh will speak about her achievements and the group’s plans for the coming summer. 

Monday, February 8

South Parks Visioning Workshop 

5–7 p.m. at the Washington Park Refectory, 5531 South Russell Drive

The Chicago Park District and Heritage Landscapes, an organization that partners with clients to develop landscapes, is holding a public workshop to discuss plans for the future of Jackson and Washington Park as the prospect of the Obama Library approaches. 

Tuesday, February 9

Senator Amy Klobuchar at the IOP 

12:15 p.m. at the Institute of Politics. RSVP online.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota will visit the IOP to discuss her book, *The Senator Next Door*. Klobuchar will be interviewed by Law School professor Geoffrey Stone, who helped edit her book and taught her when she studied at the Law School.

2016 Kent Lecture 

7 p.m. in Mandel Hall 

For this year’s Kent Lecture the Organization of Black Students will host director Ryan Coogler. Coogler, who directed the critically-acclaimed film *Fruitvale Station* and the blockbuster Rocky sequel *Creed*, will talk about the importance of minority representation in film.

Wednesday, February 10

Lou Agosta on Empathy

6 p.m. at the Sem Co-op

Lou Agosta, a professor and psychotherapist, has written several books on empathy, including *A Rumor of Empathy* and *Empathy in the Context of Philosophy*. If nothing else, presumably, he feels your pain. At this event he will present his understanding of this complicated emotion.

City of Thorns 

12 p.m. at the IOP. Register online.

Ben Rawlence will give a lecture on his book City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp. The book follows the stories of residents the refugee camp of Dadaab in northern Kenya and illuminates the wider global conflict that has caused the refugee crisis.

Phoenix Survivors Alliance Campus Climate Forum 

7:30–8:30 p.m. at a location TBD

The message of this forum—in reaction to recent events and the results of last year’s campus climate survey—is that the University of Chicago campus is in a “state of emergency” around issue of sexual violence. At this forum, hosted by the Phoenix Survivors Alliance, attendees will discuss what is to be done.

Thursday, February 11

Reading by Ed Roberson

6 p.m. at the Logan Center for the Arts, Terrace Seminar Room

Ed Robertson, recipient of the 2015 Ron Offen Poetry Prize, will read selections from his ten books of poetry. Robertson has also received the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award and more for his achievement in poetry. Before his recent retirement, Robertson was the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Northwestern University.

Tanisha C. Ford on Dressing for the Revolution 

6 p.m. at the Seminary Co-Op

Tanisha C. Ford will give a lecture based on her book, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul. The book examines how black women across the nation have incorporated the aesthetics of the “soul style” movement into their activism. Ford is an assistant professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst. A reception will follow the lecture.

Lincoln as a Realist and a Revolutionist

5:30 p.m. at the Neubauer Collegium, 5701 South Woodlawn Avenue. Register online.

Abraham Lincoln is sometimes portrayed as a cautious moderate on the question of emancipation—willing, in his words, to save the union without freeing any slaves. In this Neubauer Collegium Director’s lecture, historian David Bromwich will consider how revolutionary Lincoln was in light of his changing approach to the question of slavery.

Phoenix Survivors Alliance March

4 p.m. on the Booth Quad

The Phoenix Survivors Alliance has advocated around issues of sexual violence at the University of Chicago for years. This march across campus to Levi Hall is meant to drive home the Alliance’s concern about Title IX training for University faculty and demand a meeting with Provost Eric Isaacs.

Friday, February 12 (College Break Day)


12–5 p.m. in Room 122A, Regenstein Library. Register for tours online.

Held on College Break Day, RegFest is a study break that offers activities such as underground tours of Mansueto Library and Valentine’s Day card/craft-making. The event will mix games, snacks, and informational sessions and all attendees will be put in the drawing for unique Library gift bags. 

Teach-in on Racism and Activism

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Saieh Hall. Register online.

Recent events have brought the issue of the University’s racial climate—one of the main topics of this forum—into sharp focus. The event will discuss racism on campus, the role of the University of Chicago on the South Side, and the broader world of activism.

Event write-ups by Pete Grieve, Annie Nazarro, Eileen Li, and Adam Thorp