Programs and Initiatives
To maintain the focus of our organizational mission, the AACC is especially invested in translating academic research and first-voice experiences of the diaspora into creative, informative, engaging and accessible formats. These include: the Centers for Cultural Understanding & Social Change (CCUSC) Urban Heritage Garden Project, public art, photography, historical and ethnographic exhibitions, video documentary, story collecting and story sharing activities, intercultural and civic dialogues, workshops, seminars, performances, and lecture-demonstrations.
AACC Student Board
The AACC Student Board is an exciting and necessary initiative made up of UIC students. They provide perspectives on the Center, its future, and student life at UIC.
Lunchtime Reading Room
Come and join the conversation! Each Thursday we will discuss short and thought-provoking selections by black poets and authors. Discussions will be facilitated by African American Studies faculty and lunch will be provided. Reading will be circulated ahead of time
Black Sexuality & the Cinematic Imagination
This series of six films explores the work of filmmakers who have created powerful re-visions of gender and sexuality within the black community.
Black Life and Mass Culture Film Series
In collaboration with the Department of African American Studies, the AACC is proud to present Black Life and Mass Culture Film Series.
Curator's Talk with Jacqueline Yvonne Smith
UIC Alum Jacqueline Yvonne Smith reflects upon her inspiration to retrace the legacy of Chicago’s 1940 American Exhibit, through “Cavalcade of the American Negro”.
This one day symposium opens up a space for scholars, artists, activists and participants to critically share strategies and interventions that Black and Brown communities have developed to sustain and heal themselves.
Daughters of the Dust & Lemonade
Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade sparked renewed interest in Julie Dash’s 1991 film about the migratory journey of a family of Gullah women.
In search of a place to critique and cope with the social and political implications of race revolts across the country, a group of UIC students came together to form Mojos’ Pen during the 1990’s
AACC Brown Bag
The series was established during the Fall of 2013 as a community-building lunch-hour program that enabled campus and community partners to share academic, artistic and activist works-in-progress