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Young Women Fighting for their Lives from Chicago to Africa: Facing Race, Gender Violence and HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, 25 April 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments
Young Women Fighting for their Lives from Chicago to Africa: Facing Race, Gender Violence and HIV/AIDS Ghana
Global Girls in Ghana

May 12, 2007
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Goodman Theatre
170 N Dearborn St

This event is free and open to the public.
Reservations are recommended and can be made via email or phone at 312.422.5580. Groups from schools and youth organizations are encouraged to attend.

Join the Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council for this intra-generational community conversation featuring a dance performance by Global Girls, Inc., a South Side organization that empowers girls through the performing arts and a performance of “Unsolicited Encounters” by teen slam poets from Applied Arts Science Technology Academy (AASTA).This conversation will explore the impact of race, gender violence and HIV/AIDS on the lives of young women and how these issues are connected. What are the parallels and differences between young women’s experiences here in Chicago and in Africa? How are young women fighting inequality and discrimination and what can we do to build urgency and awareness about the needs of young women locally and globally?This conversation will be led by:

  • Adaku Utah, a member of Females United for Action (FUFA) and youth organizer for the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
  • Julie Lee Merseth, a researcher with the Black Youth Project and doctoral student in political science at the University of Chicago
  • Lynette Jackson, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mardge Cohen, director of Women’s HIV Research at The CORE Center and co-founder of a clinic for women and their families living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda

This event is co-sponsored by Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, Females United for Action, the Goodman Theatre, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, Women’s Equity in Access to Healthcare (WE-ACTx), and Young Chicago Authors.

For more information about productions at the Goodman Theatre, including In the Continuum–a portrait of two young women whose lives are suddenly upended by an HIV diagnosis–visit their website.

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit Chicago Parking Map.com.

Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973, the IHC is now a private nonprofit (501 [c] 3) organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; by the Illinois General Assembly; and by the NEH.The Public Square at the IHC was adopted by the Illinois Humanities Council on December 1, 2004. Founded in 2000, the Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council has carved out a unique place in the cultural life of Chicago through innovative programming that fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. All Public Square at the IHC‘s programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations.


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  1. Wednesday, 25 April 2007 at 6:31 pm

    The IL Humanities Council is a great organization. It is my sense that this organization democratizes and socializes knowledge in such a way that is inviting for every person.

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