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  • September 24: Warm Data: US Military Imprisonment and the Sensorial Life of Empire
  • September 25: Zona Abierta: Fight for 15
  • October 29: From Vision to Legacy: LALS 40th Anniversary Celebration

September 24
Warm Data: US Military Imprisonment and the Sensorial Life of Empire

When: September 24, 12:00-1:30pm

Where: UIC University Hall, 601 S. Morgan St.
Sponsor: The Asian American Studies Colloquium

Speaker: Ronak K. Kapadia, Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, UIC


Over the past decade, the US security state has engaged in an immense data collection project on racialized “Muslim” populations not just in
its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also in the US and around the world. How have contemporary artists from the South Asian and Arab
diaspora responded to these new tactics of US counterinsurgency warfare in their aesthetic practices?

This talk investigates the critical and social potential of visual and installation art works by Rajkamal Kahlon, Mariam Ghani, and
the Index of the Disappeared. Prof. Kapadia will focus on these artists' incorporation of newly released government documents detailing
widespread abuses in US military practices of torture, interrogation, kidnapping, and rendition in their artworks. This talk will explore how
South Asian and Arab diasporic artists employ these documents as raw materials for their creative interventions, and in so doing, offer
a more imaginative account of security and the sensorial life of empire. Prof. Ronak Kapadia is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's
Studies and affiliated faculty in Asian American Studies, UIC. He is completing his first book, The Sensorial Life of Empire.

For more information, contact asamstudies@uic.edu

September 25
Zona Abierta: Fight for 15

When: September 25, 3:00-4:30pm

Where: Latino Cultural Center, LCB2
Sponsor: UIC Latino Cultural Center


Join us for an interactive conversation with the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC), who have led the local Fight for 15 campaign to bring awareness to the high number of fast food workers who live below the poverty line. They demand that the McDonald's Coporation treat workers with dignity and respect and that the minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour so that workers can support themselves, their families and their neighborhoods.

For more info, please call 312-996-3095 or visit our website

October 29
From Vision to Legacy: LALS 40th Anniversary Celebration


When: October 29, 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.
Sponsor: Latin American and Latino Studies Program, UIC


"Anniversary Celebration” Kick-off Event / Fundraiser for LALS Student Scholarship Fund

For more information, contact martae@uic.edu or moralesdpdl@gmail.com