Celebrating LAS


The Dean’s Welcoming Reception for LAS Freshmen

Students and families.

On Sunday, August 26 several hundred new LAS students and their families gathered in the Behavioral Sciences Building to meet Dean Astrida Orle Tantillo, the Associate Deans, student leaders, the entire advising staff of the College, and each other. Everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch, the opportunity to mix and mingle with new classmates, advisors and senior administrators. Students left with questions answered and LAS tee-shirts in hand.

Photos by Matthew Kaplan




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Upcoming Events

Expand your horizons with free public programs at LAS. Unless otherwise noted, listed events take place at the Institute for the Humanities, Stevenson Hall, Lower Level; UIC Campus, 701 S. Morgan.


Commerce in Human Souls:  The Legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Through May, 2013

Curated by Professor Emerita Nancy Cirillo and co-curated by Tim Soriano, the exhibit of three special collections narrates the political, economic and social effects of the Atlantic slave trade over 300 years of history and into the present. Read more about it.

UIC Library, Special Collections Department; 801 S. Morgan, 3rd Floor

Information: peggyg@uic.edu; 312-996-2742.

Cri·sis: a special series of talks hosted by the Institute for the Humanities

October 24, 2012—Oil and Water with Toby Jones, Rutgers University

February 7, 2013—Credit and Trust with Scott Nelson, College of William and Mary

March 6, 2013—Epidemics with Priscilla Wald, Duke University

Information: lvavra@uic.edu; 312-996-6352.

A Visual Riddle on Chicago Streets: Jane Addams Repudiates Lewis Hine's Urban Camera

Friday, November 2, 2012, 7 p.m.

Professor of History Emeritus Burton J. Bledstein presents a free History Mysteries program. Reception following. Space is limited, RSVP required: Lindavp@uic.edu

The Holy War Conference

Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16, 2012

How do religious traditions link God and war? How have these linkages been misconstrued or exploited? Is religious violence distinct or do appeals to religious justification for violence serve as an excuse or smokescreen? The conference will examine iterations of religious violence across temporalities and space. Conference presenters will speak to the internal categorizations of war and violence and their relations to imperial, national and religious political forms. While individual papers will address specific religious traditions, the panels and conference as a whole is comparative and will bring out specificities and similarities among conceptions of holy war. Information: lvavra@uic.edu; 312-996-6352.

How Did Chicago Become the Queer Crossroads of America?

Friday, March 8, 2013, 7 p.m.

Jennifer Brier, associate professor of history and gender and women’s studies presents a free History Mysteries program. Reception following. Space is limited, RSVP required: Lindavp@uic.edu

Food Justice: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

April 4-6, 2013

An interdisciplinary group of scholars explores issues of food justice in historical context as well as in terms of contemporary policy debates. Keynote speaker: Vandana Shiva. Information: lvavra@uic.edu; 312-996-6352.