Campus Life Calendar 11/5-11/18


“Handmade by Robots” Fine Arts Exhibition Open Nov. 4-27

Fine Arts Center Gallery (Fall 2019 Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

An exhibition that showcases Chicago based artists who use digital media to assist, influence or augment their process or final piece. A reception will take place Friday, Nov. 15, 6-9 p.m. Contact: Kim Ambriz, Interim Gallery Director, [email protected]


ARS: A Reading Series

Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Nov. 5 in FA 247 and Nov. 19 in SU 216

ARS is a monthly reading series created to allow the NEIU community to showcase their work. ARS is a fun, safe and supportive environment. If you have never read in front of an audience, this is where you should start practicing! Kathryn Hudson, [email protected].


Commencement Resource Fair

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 7, 3-7 p.m., Alumni Hall 

All December 2019 graduates are invited to attend the Commencement Resource Fair. At the fair students can: learn about the benefits and services offered to NEIU Alumni, get career placement assistance, order a class ring and graduation announcements, pick up Commencement tickets and even receive a coupon for a free photo print. Contact: Student Union, Event and Conference Services, [email protected], (773) 442-4630.


SLAM Open Mic Poetry Club Thursday Show

Thursday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Nov. 14, Golden Eagles Nest Cafeteria (SU 018A)

The SLAM Open Mic Poetry Club ( holds weekly public open mics that include multicultural poetry readings and musical performances as well as periodic poetry and performance workshops. Contact: Trudy Leong, [email protected], (773) 629-7375.


NEIU Opera Presents Fall Opera Scenes

Friday, Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium

The NEIU Opera presents Fall Opera Scenes directed by Sasha Gerritson. Free and open to the public. Contact: Asher Waldron, [email protected], (773) 442-5921.



Symposium on Genocide and Human Rights Research in Africa and the Diaspora

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Eagles Room (SU 103)

The sixth annual Symposium on Genocide and Human Rights Research in Africa and the Diaspora is titled “Prevention and Repair.” The keynote speaker is Jermaine McCalpin from New Jersey City University, who will deliver “Dignifying Suffering: Reparations and Restorative Justice in Deeply Divided Societies.” Free and open to the public. For more information, please see: Or contact: African and African American Studies, (773) 442-4553.


iGNiTE at NEIU: Pizza and Politics

4:30-5:30 p.m., LWH 1002

All NEIU students are invited to Pizza and Politics, an informational workshop/seminar to ignite conversations regarding the political atmosphere as well as help students who want to pursue a career within the political realm. The keynote speaker will be iGNiTE National Chicago Fellow Alyssa Mayleen Mermea. Contact: Vanessa Macias, [email protected], (773) 818-3079.



One Book, One Chicago Panel Discussion: What Can We Do About Climate Change?

6-7:30 p.m., Albany Park Library (3401 W. Foster Ave.)

Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Sixth Extinction” traces the history of mass extinctions on Earth. Asteroids, volcanoes and sea-level change have all caused the deaths of millions of species. Now humans have become both a new cause and potential victims. Join NEIU professors Nadja Insel (Earth Science), Ryan Poll (English) and Melinda Storie (Geography & Environmental Studies), Alderman Samantha Nugent (39th Ward) and Ryan Baker from the Chicago Sierra Club as they gather to discuss solutions to the problem of human-caused climate change. What can we do? What should we do? Come find out. This event is co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library and NEIU College of Arts & Sciences and the NEIU English Department.



NEIU First Generation College Celebration Day

12-3 p.m., Alumni Hall South

Friday, Nov. 8 is First-Generation College Celebration Day, a national event highlighting and recognizing the academic and personal journeys of first-generation students, faculty and staff. NEIU will now have its very own celebration brought to you by TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO Upward Bound and TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science. The schedule (see: for the university-wide celebration includes a Maker Activity and Selfie Stand in Village Square, first-generation display in the Library, panel discussion featuring first-generation NEIU students, faculty and staff in Alumni Hall South and the screening of an award-winning documentary in the Pedroso Center. The event will conclude with the annual TRIO SSS Awards Ceremony, where appetizers will be served.


Fall 2019 Student Dance Concert

7:30-9:30 p.m., Auditorium

Faculty, students and guest artists present completed and in-progress choreography. Contact: Concert Coordinator, Asher Waldron, [email protected],  (773) 442-5921.



Work for Yourself@50+

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Carruthers Campus, Lower Level Conference Room (B00)

The College of Business and Management and the AARP Foundation host the Work for Yourself@50+, an interactive, entrepreneurial readiness workshop in which participants explore business start-up and self-employment options and find help in developing ideas into viable new business ventures. Free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested, as these workshops fill up fast. Walk-ins on the day of the event are also welcome, if space is available. Contact: Margaret Johnsson, [email protected], (773) 442-6078.



SACNAS Guacamole Bowl

3-4 p.m., Golden Eagles Room (SU 103)

The NEIU chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) invites the university community to come and enjoy some guacamole. Guacamole Bowl is an event where students and faculty members compete to see who has the best guacamole. Guests who don’t compete can come in and try each one of them and also give feedback on which one they enjoyed the most. Contact: Karla Solis, [email protected], (312) 599-8293.



STEM Internship Workshop

3-4:30 p.m., BBH 201

All NEIU students are invited to join the Student Center for Science Engagement to learn how to identify and apply for internships and research experiences in the STEM fields. Contact: SCSE, [email protected], (773) 442-5636.



Women in Science Conference

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Alumni Hall and Golden Eagles Room (SU 103)

Women in Science is Northeastern Illinois University’s annual conference celebrating women in the sciences. This year, the conference focuses on women in the field of chemistry. The conference will include keynote and plenary speakers, a career panel, a scientific art and media display and competition, hands-on, chemistry-based learning activities and a theater performance about Marie Curie at the end of the day. This event is free to attend. For more information and to register, please visit: Or, contact: Joeli Brinkman, [email protected], (773) 442-5562.


Seminar: Dr. Bart van Alphen

3-4:05 p.m., BBH 102

Dr. Bart van Alphen, postdoctoral research fellow, Northwestern University, will deliver a seminar on his research on the molecular genetics of circadian rhythms and sleep, and neurodegeneration and the circadian clock. Reception to follow. Contact: Dorina Bizhga, [email protected], (773) 442-5716. 



Jewel Box Series: Leyla McCalla

7:30 p.m., Recital Hall (FA 160A)

“The Capitalist Blues” is Leyla McCalla’s way of processing the current political environment. “It feels like everyone’s in a pressure cooker in this country,” she says. The album is McCalla’s third, after “Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes” and “A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey.” Those albums and her time as a member of the African-American string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops presented her vision in songs that revealed the realities that people lived, often expressed in metaphors. She explored Haitian Creole identity issues in songs with arrangements that focused on the song. The Jewel Box Series (see: / brings local, national and international artists to NEIU’s 175-seat Recital Hall or 425-seat Auditorium. The Jewel Box Series is recognized for quality, diversity, innovation and collaboration among the campus and community. Tickets: $10; $17.50; $25. Contact: Office of Cultural Events, [email protected], (773) 442-4978.



27th Annual Etiquette Gala

5:30-9:30 p.m., Alumni Hall

Enjoy etiquette lessons with a three-course meal, wine service, photo headshot, networking and professional attire fashion show. Black tie optional. Tickets are $15. Receive $5 off your ticket if you donate your gently used professional clothing to the Power Closet (bring your Power Closet receipt to room CBM 184 for a discounted ticket). Proceeds will benefit student scholarships and programming. Please register by Nov. 14. (See the College of Business and Management website for more information.) This event is sponsored by the College of Business and Management in collaboration with the NEIU Power Closet, Gamma Phi Omega, Phi Iota AAlpha and NEIU Black Caucus.



BIG Center Speaker Series: Business and Entrepreneurship

5-8:30 p.m., Carruthers Campus, Lower Level Conference Room and Donn F. Bailey Auditorium

The Business Innovation & Growth (BIG) Center will have guest speakers who are current entrepreneurs come and share some tips and their experiences with starting their businesses. Free. Contact: Kristen Evans, [email protected].