Graphic novelists (from left) A.K. Summers, Nicole Georges and Phoebe Gloeckner hold up student art before their Visiting Writers Series event on March 24.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Northeastern Illinois University is always working with its community partners. Now that spring has arrived, those volunteer efforts are moving outside. We’ve got more on the Cesar Chavez Day of Service, El Centro’s feature on ABC7 and lots more!

Around the Commons

Cesar Chavez Day of Service

For a third year, Northeastern will celebrate the life and work of American farmworker, labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez through local volunteer work by students, staff and community members. The Cesar Chavez Day of Service is March 28, and Northeastern is partnering with community organizations and schools in the Albany Park neighborhood.

Two new chapters

Linguistics Professor Richard Hallett has written a chapter in a recently published book titled “Encounters with Popular Pasts: Cultural Heritage and Popular Culture.” Hallett’s chapter, “Parodying Heritage Tourism,” analyzes three parodic travel guide books about countries that do not exist but are readily recognizable. Also from the Department of Linguistics, master’s student Zach Gordon and master’s alumna Erica Sosa have published a chapter in “Religion and Language” titled “Pray What You Mean: Balancing Integrity of Belief and Continuity of Tradition in a Secular Humanistic Jewish Congregation.

Asian and Asian-American Heritage Conference

Northeastern will host the annual Asian and Asian-American Heritage Conference on Thursday, April 2. Organized by the Asian and Global Resource Center, the conference gives the University community an opportunity to increase its awareness and understanding of Asian and Asian-American culture and traditions.

Unlocking history

Department of History Assistant Professor Joshua Salzmann and Associate Dean of Libraries Dave Green have co-authored a grant proposal that was awarded $4,999 by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries. The proposal was titled “Unlocking Chicago’s History: A Guide to Conducting Research in Chicago City Government Records.”

And there’s more!

  • In collaboration with the Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce, Northeastern’s Educational Foundations Program is hosting Creating Grassroots Education: A Collaborative Forum on Saturday, March 28.
  • Executive Director of Government Relations Suleyma Perez and Presidential Fellow Isaura Pulido participated at the 20th Annual HACU National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education in Washington, D.C., on March 23-24. Perez served as the convener for the session titled “The Budget's Impact on HSI: Appropriations for FY2016.”  She is also a new member of the HACU Government Relations Committee.
  • Biology junior Da In Lee has launched Current Editorials for Learning Life Sciences (CELLS), a journal review club for students. The club meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays in BBH 364.

In the media

El Centro on ABC7

After weeks of planning and filming, ABC7 aired its “Ñ Beat” feature about El Centro on March 21. The half-hour show was hosted at El Centro by Stacey Baca and Hosea Sanders, and it highlighted the students, architecture, mission and history of the location.

Also in the media ...

  • DNAinfo Chicago previewed the March 24 graphic novels panel discussion in the Auditorium.
  • reported that John Ahlgrim (M.A. '94 ELAD) has been named superintendent of Warren Township High School District 121.
  • Headline & Global News published a story about Michael Angelo Batio (B.A. ’79 Music), who is about to release a best-of compilation album, “Shred Force 1 (The Essential MAB).”
  • Biofuels Digest interviewed Mike Glatz (B.S. ’89 Marketing), vice president of sales and business development for Optimus Technologies.

To do

Kontras String Quartet

The Kontras String Quartet, one of the most sought-after chamber groups on the scene, will perform Friday, April 17, in the Recital Hall as part of the Jewel Box Series. The group presents a global perspective in showcasing its music in new and artistic ways.

The sound of silence

“Chicago: A World City Stretches Its Wings,” a silent film about Chicago shot in 1931 by German novelist, poet and filmmaker Heinrich Hauser, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3, in the Recital Hall. The film will feature a new music soundtrack created and performed live by the NEIU Jazz Combo and directed by Mayo Tiana with contributions from faculty members Jeff Kowalkowski and Kathy Cowan as well as students.

Mark your calendar!

  • “The Hijabi Monologues” (free), 3 p.m. March 27, Recital Hall
  • Fahimeh Mehrabkhani, soprano - Elective Voice Recital (free), 7:30 p.m. March 27, Recital Hall
  • Juried Student Art Exhibition (free), March 30-April 30, Fine Arts Gallery
  • Waller and Maxwell Guitar Duo (free), 7:30 p.m. March 30, Recital Hall
  • HERstory month keynote by Jennifer De Leon (free), 10:50 a.m. March 31, SU214
  • Marsha Aizumi presents “Two Spirits, One Heart” (free), 1:40 p.m. March 31, LWH 1002
  • Senior Piano Recital by Jonathon Toni (free), 2 p.m. April 1, Recital Hall
  • Race & Gender Identity/Expression with Symone Simmons (free), 2:25 p.m. April 1, Pedroso Center
  • Junior Piano Recital by Cesar Pino (free), 3:30 p.m. April 1, Recital Hall
  • Graduate Lecture-Recital by Dorothy Hill (free), 7:30 p.m. April 1, Recital Hall
  • Jazz Combos Workshop Concert (free), 3:05 p.m. April 2, Recital Hall
  • The T is not silent with the GLBTQA Club Executive Board (free), 3:05 p.m. April 2, B158
  • Puerto Rican Arts Alliance Carnivals of Puerto Rico opening reception (free), 6 p.m. April 2, El Centro
  • Senior Voice Recital by Adriana Velazquez (free), 7:30 p.m. April 2, Recital Hall


Asian and Global Resource Center

It's almost April, and that means it's almost time for the Asian and Asian-American Heritage Conference and the Asian American Heritage Awards Gala, both hosted by the Asian and Global Resource Center. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with these and future events.

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